Delia was raised in a convent and ready to take her vows when her father promised her hand in marriage to Areus, the King of Lortia. Areus needs control of her father’s army to defeat a man known as the Mad Prince who is a threat to not only his kingdom, but other small and vulnerable kingdoms as well. Delia and Areus know that this is a marriage of necessity to save their kingdoms and link them by producing an heir. Neither expect they will find a love match.
Delia is a strong willed woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She doesn’t want to be like her mother who is a shrinking violet under her father’s rule. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to stand up to Areus. Areus is everything a warrior king should be; he is strong, smart, and he puts his people first. He may appear intimidating, but he is a fair ruler.
Hill’s The Red King has many things going for it; it is a blend of romance, erotica, historical, with a dash of fantasy. It also had it’s share of excitement and danger. Delia and Areus get off on the wrong foot, and I enjoyed seeing them work to understand each other. I also liked Hill’s use of imagery, as a reader you are cast back in time and could actually envision yourself living in Lortia. As if these things weren’t enough Hill manages to throw a couple of surprising twists in as well. I hope to see more from Kate Hill in the very near future.
Part of the Knights of the Ruby Order series.
Torn from her beloved convent home, Delia is forced to marry Areus of Lortia. The contract states she must deliver an heir within a year or the marriage can be annulled. Delia vows to control her fate by ensuring there will be no child—until she is mesmerized by Areus, the proud, virile warrior king.
Areus agrees to marry Delia to gain her father’s army to continue his fight against Hypatios, the mad prince of Zaltana. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with a convent-reared mouse, but from the first, Delia rouses his lust and touches his heart.
Their life together hangs in the balance as the war with Zaltana advances and Areus discovers Hypatios is far more than just his sworn enemy.