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Spies & intrigue, a vindictive ghost, King’s Mountain, Patriots and Tories, pounding adventure, pulsing romance.
1780, South Carolina: While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor's death fighting for Jeremiah? If Captain Vaughan snatches her away, he won't give her a choice.~
Inspired by ancestors who fought on both sides of the American Revolution, Enemy of the King is my version of The Patriot.
Annoyance thrust through him like molten steel. “Oh, for heaven’s sake. So now you’re not speaking to me?”
Meriwether got to her feet in a rustle of silk and addressed Neal with a regal tilt of her chin. “I should like to freshen up. Ensign Gamble, would you be so good as to direct me?”
Jeremiah stood shirtless, in leather breeches and riding boots. A shaft of sunlight played over her father’s sword hanging at his side and the dazzling
glow of her gown. “You’re speaking to him?” he demanded.
Neal shot him a triumphant grin.
“Ensign Gamble is otherwise engaged,”
Jeremiah said coldly.
“I am at the lady’s service.”
Jeremiah shook his head, ready to rip Neal’s from his arrogant neck. “I shall escort Miss Steele.”
“I do not require your services,Captain Jordan.”
“Oh for the love of—” He’d had more than
enough. “You are dependent on me for everything. Your very life.”
“Until I reach Bobby.”
Outrage rifled through him. “After last night! Are you out of your mind?”
“Bobby will make Ferguson see I’m innocent!”
Jeremiah grasped her slender shoulders and bent toward her speaking in a low growl. “You are not innocent. You fired on an officer of the crown, and you are not going to the British. It’s too risky by half and damn disloyal to me.”
Her lip quivered, but she didn’t shrink from him. “I’m a Tory, remember?”
“When you pulled that trigger, you joined the Patriots.”
Enemy of the King by Beth Trissel at Long and Short Reviews
Enemy of the King by Beth Trissel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Action/Adventure
Length: Full (322 pages)
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia
1780, South Carolina: While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor’s death fighting for Jeremiah? If Captain Vaughan snatches her away, he won’t give her a choice.
Meri’s twin brother is a Tory. The love of her life is a Patriot. Meri’s loyalties lay somewhere in the middle.
Meriwether Steele has been in love with Jeremiah Jordan since she was a girl. With her father dead and her twin brother off fighting for the British, Jeremiah becomes Meri’s guardian while she recovers from an illness. After she recovers, Meri relishes the time spent with Jeremiah, but fears for his safety when she discovers he is a Patriot spy. Even more troubling, Meri learns that Jeremiah’s dead wife, Rachel, has a hold over him that Meri might not be able to break.
Finally, Jeremiah confesses his love for Meri, but her joy is short lived. British troops arrive at Jeremiah’s doorstep with the intention of arresting him as a spy. Determined to keep Jeremiah out of British hands, Meri shoots and wounds Captain Vaughn, the officer sent to arrest Jeremiah. Branded a traitor to the crown, she is forced to flee into Carolina back country with Jeremiah and his band of Patriots. Unfortunately, Meri has captured the attention of Captain Vaughn. Once he recovers from his wound he’s determined to see Jeremiah hanged, and keep Meri for himself.
Meriwether is certainly a remarkable heroine. At first, the age difference between her and Jeremiah is very apparent. He is fourteen years older then her and her childlike stubbornness clearly illustrates this. However, as the story progresses, Meri develops into quite an extraordinary woman. Travelling through Carolina back country with Jeremiah teaches her more about love, life, and loss then she ever could have imagined as she fights to protect those she cares for.
Jeremiah is the classic haunted hero. His marriage to Rachel seemed ideal on the outside, but in reality was far from perfect. Even though Rachel is long gone, Jeremiah is still atoning for a wrong he committed against her years ago. As much as he wants to love Meri, the memory of his wife keeps him from moving on and committing to Meri completely.
Not only were the hero and heroine of the story compelling, but Captain Vaughn was one of the most intriguing villains I’ve read in a long time, which sets Enemy of the King a notch above some other books that I’ve read. At first Vaughn appears to be nothing more then the tyrant trying to tear Jeremiah and Meri apart. However, as I read the story, I discovered that Vaughn isn’t quite as evil as he first appeared. He too has a sense of honor and duty. He also genuinely cares for Meri and has the opportunity to prove the true depth of his character by the end.
In addition to creating memorable characters, Ms. Trissel makes wonderful use of descriptive language. “Dreadful screeching, like the cries of an enraged cat, tore through the muggy night and into Meriwether’s chamber…The sweetness of jasmine wafted from the trellised vine as she peered down through moss-draped branches.” Description like this can be found throughout Enemy of the King and really pulled me into the story so that I felt as if I were actually there.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Enemy of the King. Not only are the characters memorable and the setting beautifully described, but the action is riveting and the romance between Meri and Jeremiah is tender. I highly recommend Enemy of the King to anyone who loves a well crafted historical romance.
A Romance Review of Enemy of the King
ENEMY OF THE KING
by Beth Trissel
The Wild Rose Press
Meriwether Steele has been staying with her guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, while recuperating from an illness. She’s known Jeremiah since childhood and loved him for nearly as long. During her stay Meriwether finds out more about the man she thought she knew. Jeremiah is a spy for the rebels. A loyalist herself, Meriwether is terrified of what will happen if the British find out that Jeremiah is fighting against the Crown.
Soon Meri’s worst fears come to pass. Jeremiah is accused of being a spy for the Colonies. Meri, in defense of the man she loves, shoots the British Captain who tries to arrest Jeremiah. Now Meri and Jeremiah are both on the run in the back country to avoid prison or worse, a traitor’s death.
While on the run, Meri and Jeremiah deal with their feelings for one another. Jeremiah’s late wife is still very much an issue. Meri’s brother is loyal to the King of England and insists Meri forsake Jeremiah. To be together Meri and Jeremiah must face personal demons, family loyalties, and deception.
The author’s love for history shines through in Enemy of the King. Set during the troubled times of the American Revolution, this story has heart. Ms. Trissel gives us the human side of history, the uncertainty of life, and the strength of the people enduring it.
Once again I admire this author’s ability to bring to life a historical romance with her knowledge of the time period and a cast of unforgettable characters. Ms. Trissel knows American history and the history of her chosen setting. She brings them together making a tightly written and action-packed story that leaves one feeling satisfied at the end. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
Reviewed in July 2009 by Rho.
Enemy of the King at Coffee Time Romance
ENEMY OF THE KING
The Wild Rose Press
Rating: 5 Cups
Meriwether Steele has a lot going on in her life. She is recovering from a serious illness at her guardian’s home; one haunted by his past wife. Her father has passed away, and with his passing she finds out that there is more to her beloved dad than she thought.
Jeremiah Jordan knows that Meriwether fancies herself in love with him. Because of a deathbed promise to his dying wife, he cannot ever remarry and refuses to even consider a relationship with his beautiful ward. As if the sexual tension between them was not bad enough, his home is invaded by British soldiers and she is caught in the middle.
After fighting for the man she loves, Meriwether must run or be hung for treason. She has always considered herself to be a Loyalist, but finding out that her beloved is a Patriot, she is torn between her country and Jeremiah. As her flight continues, Meriwether finds herself not only fighting for the love of her guardian, but for her very life and she discovers a strength that gives credit to the Steele name. But will her determination and unbreakable will be enough to stave off a man willing to do anything to destroy the man she loves and have her in his arms himself?
Enemy of the King is an amazing and vibrant look into the American Revolutionary War and tells the story through the eyes of a remarkable woman. While Jeremiah Jordan himself is a strong soldier and heroic patriot, it is Meriwether Steele who makes such a great impression in this epic novel. Her dedication to the man she loves, the lengths she must go to defend herself and others, and the unstoppable force that she is makes Meriwether one heck of a heroine. Ms. Trissel brings the countryside and its people alive with her fascinating and at times gory details. This sexy historical book is a must read!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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