Her guardian treated Katherine as a skivvy, even though she was a lady of noble birth. In an attempt to be rid of her, he offered Katherine as the prize in a jousting tournament. Ralph intended to win that prize. No man would have the woman he had always loved.
Linnet had a choice. Marry an aged knight, complete with castle, or a squire who could give her nothing. She wed the knight but in her dreams she lay in Moray's arms. It didn't take her long to realise Moray had given her the greatest gift of all - love!
Jael doubted Oriana's claim to being nobility. After all, she was a tavern wench who served ale. When he helped rescue her father from a castle dungeon, Jael finally discovered the truth about the woman he had grown to love but, by then, she found it necessary to reject him.
Because Arlette often clothed herself as a man and bore arms, Jake declared he could not love her. After discovering her wearing nun's robes, he thought only of the curvaceous body beneath them. When Ambrose imprisoned Arlette, intent on sacrificing her to obtain Holy blood, Jake had to save her.