Dangerous Favor

by Joyce DiPastena

Dangerous favor

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Mathilde de Reivelle's father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romantic dreams.

Etienne, the younger son of a disgraced family, has neither wealth nor connections, but is smitten with Mathilde at a glance. She finds the knight intriguing, but believes he is only out to seduce her. While she seeks for a way to win Therri's attention, Etienne tricks her into granting him her favor, an embroidered white ribbon, for a tournament, setting in motion a dangerous chain reaction of events. Can Etienne save Mathilde from a nightmare from her past and prove himself the true hero of her dreams?

About the Author

Joyce DiPastena

Joyce DiPastena moved from Utah to Arizona at the age of two and grew up to be a dyed-in-the-fur desert rat. She first fell in love with the Middle Ages when she read Thomas B. Costane’s The Conquering Family in high school. She attended the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a degree specializing in medieval history.

Joyce taught piano lessons to children and adults of all ages for over twenty years and continues to serve with her musical talent as accompanist for the local first grade and for the high school chorus. She loves to play the piano and sing for her own amusement, and sings in her church choir. Other interests include reading, spending time with her sister, trying out new restaurants, and, unfortunately, buying new clothes. The highlight of her year is attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival, which she has not missed once in its twenty-four years of existence.

Joyce has been owned and loved by many cats, the most recent being Clio (who helps her with her website) and Glinka Rimsky-Korsakov (that’s all one cat).

Joyce enjoys hearing from her readers and may be contacted at jdipastena@yahoo.com. You can also visit her on her website at joyce-dipastena.com, keep up with her latest news at jdp-news.blogspot.com, or follow along as she researches her novels at medievalresearch.blogspot.com.

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Outstanding! I couldn't put it down!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Joyce DiPastena has lived true to her reputation and written another outstanding historical romance set in the tumultuous backdrop of France in the Middle Ages. With extraordinary skill, she has woven intrigue and danger around the exquisitely delicious romance between Etienne and Mathilde.

Joyce has masterfully shrouded the origin of Matilde's favor to Etienne in a mystery that is unraveled one perilous strand at a time. As the attraction between Etienne and Mathhilde heightens, they slide steadily deeper into a darkening pit of danger. I fell in love with Etienne. He is the epitome of masculine perfection: sensitive, kind, full of honor, passionate, fearless, romantic, and...GORGEOUS! Matilde possesses the beauty of an angel who has the inner will and strength to take on demons--and she does. The story is complex. The quality of the writing is exceptional. The prose is poetic and keenly descriptive. The novel's historical elements are seamleessly threaded into every scene.

I couldn't put Dangerous Favor down. It went EVERYWHERE with me (even into the kitchen to cook). Thank you to Joyce DiPastena for another first-rate romance.

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