Monica Bentley makes history sexy.
The Count of Brionde continues his endless game of cat and mouse with the French king, Jean le Bon. In the forests surrounding the chateau, however, lurks the armed band of legendary condotierre leader Bertrand du Guesclin.
Inside the chateau, the Guard practice daily, preparing for the inevitable attack. The youngest member, Louis - ward to the master of the Guard – dreams of becoming a true warrior.
He also dreams of the kitchen scamp Phoebe, who grows more beautiful with each passing day.
Young love's first blush finds these two resourceful orphans relying on each other when no one else trusts their lowly position.
When the fateful battle finally arrives, choosing whom to trust means life or death.
Inspired by historical events, Chateau of Desire helps us escape to an earlier time in this unforgettable coming of age tale of love, trust and resilience.
For mature readers only.
What drives you as a writer of history?
The story of people – their passions, flaws, redemption. No matter what time or place, we have the same dreams and nightmares.
What draws you to medieval France?
The pageantry, ambition, intrigue between nobles and royalty. Edward III looms large for Cressy and Poitiers, his bete noir being du Guesclin, one of the first practitioners of asymmetrical warfare. It's a wonderful stage on which to mount a story readers return to repeatedly.
Your heroines find their strength through their femininity.
The root of a woman's power lies in her sexuality. Though doomed to a society designed to keep them in the background, Emma of Normandy, Eleanor of Aquitaine or Elizabeth I come forward by using their sexuality to render men weak in the knees.
What sources of inspiration did you use?
Chroniclers Venerable Bede, Chaucer and Froissart, philosophers Aquinas, Bonaventura, and Teresa d’Avila, and classical and medieval historical and military authorities. Fencers will recognize my thrill of the fight.
*Please note that each of the Chateau of Love trilogy are completely standalone stories with no cliffhangers.
“It's part coming-of-age, part second-chance, part destined-to-be-soulmates...”
“a slice of life as it was long, long ago in France.”
“There was sex, drama, and death all mixed together in a captivating storyline.”