AN ANGEL WITH HELLFIRE IN HER HEART
Astride her white palfrey, surrounded by a nimbus of silver-blond hair, Jasmine was a vision to strike a man mute with desire. But the violet-eyed love child of King Richard's half brother had vowed that no man would ever rule her heart. Until she saw the face of the Devil himself in her crystal ball-- the dark, brooding knight who would kill to make her his own. She would risk a dissolute court and a maddened, lustful king to keep destiny at bay, anything to keep her from the hypnotic eyes and burning caresses of...
A wickedly handsome warrior who lived by blood and the sword, Falcon de Burgh wanted to wed no woman- until he laid eyes on the exquisite Jasmine, and he vowed to possess her, to teach her all the wonderous ways a man could love a woman, no matter what it might take to conquer her fiery, unyielding heart. Falcon knew only blind, reckless passion as he swore to tame, at the risk of his life...
Virginia Henley introduced me to the world of romance through The Falcon and the Flower. It has been 14 years since I first read it. Their were only two things that stayed with me through the years was the very beginning of the book, when Jasmine uses her crystal ball and sees Falcon for the first time and how Falcon describes Jasmine's derriere. I am guessing that the description stuck with me because I just couldn't see a heart shaped butt... I still can't. So I guess I figured out how to reread a book and make it feel like the very first time... wait a good 15 years in between reading.
Now on to my thoughts on this book. I really enjoyed rereading it, but I have to say Jasmine is one of those heroines that you want to rip out the book and smack. She was on the extreme side of bitchy. Raised by her Grandmother, Jasmine only knew art, music, herbs, magic, and she had a very low opinion of men. She knew nothing of being a wife, mother, or running a household of two hundred. Jasmine had been spoiled beyond belief to say the very least.
Falcon had earned the nickname The Prince of Darkness for his cunning and determination in battle. Once he set his sights on Jasmine nothing was going to sway his mind, not even Jasmine's father. Yes, Falcon knew exactly what kind of bride he was getting in Jasmine, he just didn't realize that she was not the sweet and innocent girl he thought her to be.
Jasmine would go against Falcon in everything, if he said the sky was blue she would argue it was green. She was not going to let this man bully her into anything. She vowed to never marry Falcon and hate him to her death. Jasmine would soon find out that there is a very fine line between love and hate.