Years ago, young Bela of of Turis
tricked Tearlach Merin into taking her maidenhead. Now Merin
is a general, and charged with bringing Bela back to the
palace as a potential bride of Emperor Jahn. But when he
arrives at the village he is appalled to learn that Bela is
already married; to him.
When she was younger, Bela wanted to be
free of the burden of her maidenhead, so she drugged Merin
and performed the Turi ritual that would bind them together.
Since she was no longer a maid, she could fight as a
warrior, which was what she desired.
To get out of the marriage the couple
must perform another ritual. They must be bound together
with a rope for twenty-two days and nights before the
marriage can be dissolved. During that time they search for
the origin of "Kitty" the magical sword that Bela carries.
Will their marriage end, or will they rediscover a passion
that once existed between them?
22 Nights is the second
book in the Emperor's Brides series, and although I have not
read the first book I enjoyed the second one a great deal.
Bela is a headstrong woman who matures during the book and
becomes a woman not afraid to love. Watching her and Merin
together was entertaining.
Merin's reaction to his wedding was
also interesting to watch, and his obvious growing love for
Bela rang true to me.
There is a second story line in this
book, of another bride, Lady Leyla Hagan, who has also been
summoned as a potential bride, and Savyn, the wheelwright
who is part of her escort group. Their storyline is deep,
and is spread throughout the book, so much so that I really
wanted them to have their own story so we could explore them
22 Nights is a
fast-paced, entertaining read. I have to admit I was a
little disappointed in the ending. It provides the opening
for the third book, true, but I felt as if the characters in
this one had not done all they could do, and would have like
to see Bela and Merin, and Leyla and Savyn meet. It would
have provided me with more closure for these characters in
Still, I am looking forward to book 3, and will now go on
the search for book 1. Ms. Winstead Jones has penned an
interesting tale and I will be watching to see how it plays