Note: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. went out of business February 2017 and removed this novel from sale (except Amazon sells used print copies). I reissued it as an e-book January 2019 (ISBN: 9781386692461 (Digital)).
Duty requires sacrifice…but the heart will not be denied
At the time, pretending marriage to her middle-aged widower cousin seemed like the best way to escape a politically motivated betrothal to a brutal knight. Now, her journey toward a new life has landed her in hot water—she’s been waylaid by a local Norman baron who’s mistaken her for a real bride. And he demands First Night rights.
Hot water turns to steam in a scalding night of passion…passion she has never known…and now must live without.
Lord Geoffrey is entranced at first sight of the Anglo-Saxon beauty and finds that one night in her arms is not nearly enough. But all he can offer the low-born Matilda is a life in the shadows—as his mistress.
Her head warring with her heart, Matilda resigns herself to her duty in a masquerade of a marriage. It’s a choice that could cost her life.
For the knight who first sought her hand is back with murder on his mind. Now it’s Geoff who’s faced with the ultimate choice: which is more precious…his estates or the love of the one woman who can heal his soul?
Matilda’s Song placed third in the International Outreach Romance Writers’ “Award of Excellence” Contest (summer 2003).
Lyrics written by Bobby Sharp perfectly express the love that Matilda and Geoff have for each other.
I had a feelin’ when you walked through that door /
A lovin’ feelin’ like I never had before /
That’s why I ran to you right from the start /
‘Offered you everything including my heart /
I had a feelin’ that I couldn’t control /
A crazy feelin’ from deep down in my soul /
To taste your candy kisses, all life through /
And share this love of mine with no one else but you /
Maybe I was wrong for longing for your touch /
Maybe I will lose for loving you so much /
But I had a feelin’ my dreams would come true /
And you would justify the faith I had in you /
Now my darling only time will tell /
If I loved you wisely
Or if I loved you too well /
(Substituted Matilda for Monica…the song’s name is Monica.)
Matilda, deep within the secret chamber of my heart /
There’s a flame of love that burns for you /
Brighter than the stars up in the blue /
Matilda, maybe I’m a fool for wanting you so much /
And dreaming of the wondrous ecstasy that could be mine /
If you were next to me /
But how can I stop these arms of mine /
From longing for the thrill of your warm caress /
When my very heart and soul keep crying /
For the love that you possess /
Even though I may never share the joy of your embrace /
Heaven knows until my life is through /
And the very sun deserts the blue /
Darling, I’ll go right on loving you /
…Permission for use by Bobby Sharp on 8/1/08.