An Oath Broken (the Oath Trilogy) by Diana Crosby
Overview by Amazon:
Lady Sarra Bellacote would sooner marry a boar than a countryman of the bloodthirsty brutes who killed her parents. And yet, despite—or perhaps because of—her valuable holdings, she is being dragged to Scotland to be wed against her will. To complicate the desperate situation, the knight hired to do the dragging is dark, wild, irresistible. And he, too, is intolerably Scottish.
Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, takes no pleasure in escorting a feisty English lass to her betrothed. But he needs the coin to rebuild his castle, and his tenants need to eat. Yet the trip will not be the simple matter he imagined. For Lady Sarra isn’t the only one determined to see her engagement fail. Men with darker motives want to stop the wedding—even if they must kill the bride in the process.
Now, in close quarters with this beautiful English heiress, Terrick must fight his mounting desire, and somehow keep Sarra alive long enough to lose her forever to another man…
I love when a book has really authentic names because it helps me to get into the spirit of the times the story is taking place in. I think Sarra is such a lovely name! It certainly matched the character in the book. Giric was a truly unique name and it helped to keep it foremost in my mind that he was a Scot.
This story deals with a lot of prejudices. Lady Sarra dislikes Scots, she dislikes reivers and she definitely dislikes having to travel to Scotland in the winter. Her views directly impact her relationship with Giric. They are forced together in order to travel to her guardian’s castle in Scotland in order to be wed. But what is so awesome about ‘on the road’ books is that the time alone pretty much guarantees some steamy nights under the stars.
Sarra starts out pretty uptight and irritating. She is angry and confused about her future and totally takes it out on Giric. He is an Earl, but is acting like a Knight in order to earn enough gold to rebuild his keep. He takes this mission but is soon regretting it as Sarra treats him like dirt. I really liked Giric. Although he was a thief in the past, he is a really honourable man and he has a great ability to feel empathy. He is a very likeable character and I appreciated that the author made him free to share his feelings. There is none of the usual BS of not saying how he felt until it was too late.
The book has plenty of action, sword fights and subterfuge. The plot was well conceived and delivered. Sarra came to be a very likeable character and I found the love scenes to be very hot and touching. Overall this was a well-executed story that keeps a steady pace. Check it out!