UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES by Shay Savage
Book 6: The Apprehension
With two traitors removed from their midst, Branford and Alexandra rekindle their faith in one another. Branford insists on remaining at Alexandra’s side at all times to protect her as he rallies his allies against King Edgar and the kingdom of Hadebrand.
Alexandra’s grace and humility continue to touch the hearts of the people of Silverhelm, and the couple is surrounded by the love of their people. But treachery still lives in the hearts of those who wish to see the destruction of Silverhelm and they would be willing to cause Alexandra harm to achieve their goal. King Edgar still will not relent, but will his role in past events be exposed? Branford is not invincible, and despite his vows to keep his wife safe, Alexandra is still vulnerable. When the unthinkable happens, Branford may not be able to survive the loss.
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In the 6th installment of Shay Savage’s Unexpected Circumstances series, Savage has provided a perfect set of circumstances and actions that prove just how contradictory the meanings of the word apprehension are:
Definitely 1: the faculty or act of apprehending or understanding; perception on a direct and immediate level.
This aptly applies to the discoveries that are made at the beginning of the story. People used Alexandra’s kindness against her and plotted to thwart any efforts made by the newly crowned King and Queen to protect Silverhelm, but now that Branford knows the truth, he’s promised to ensure his queen’s safety by no longer failing her or making mistakes that risk everything he loves.
This new information is a powerful weapon for both Branford and Alexandra because it shows them that there are very few people in and out of the kingdom who they can trust, which means that, hopefully, by relying on only themselves, they can once again focus on their relationship and command their kingdom to a secure order.
Definition 2: anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
Branford and Alexandra are still together and back to who they were to each other before people interfered with their lives, which means that the threats are not over. There are still those who hold power that look to acquire more and they do not feel that a Commoner Queen is worthy of her position, so there’s still adversity for Branford and Alexandra to face despite Branford’s pledge to protect her at all costs. That is not something that Branford can control and before the story is over, they, once again, find themselves fighting for their relationship…fighting for their kingdom…even fighting for their lives.
Shay Savage has woven quite the historical romance in her Unexpected Circumstances series. Heading into the final book, I have no idea how everything will play out, but what I do know is that Alexandra can hold her own regardless of what she faces and Branford will make anyone pay in blood who threatens his wife and his kingdom.
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4 Poison Apples
Slowly, his gaze dropped back to his hands resting over his legs, and his eyes closed. I felt his shoulders rise and fall with his breaths. When his eyes opened again, he turned where he sat and placed his hands on my hips.
“I hate what I did,” Branford said, his eyes closed tightly as he touched his forehead to mine, “and to discover now how pointless it had been. To know it was not necessary…it makes me…makes me want…”
I slid my fingers up the tense muscles of his arm, over his shoulder and jaw until I cupped his face with my hands.
“It is behind us now,” I told him. “We have another chance. I may still bear your child.”
“You will,” he said with conviction as his mouth covered mine suddenly. His words became muffled against my lips as he angled me backwards against the mattress. “You will have my child…no one else. No one…ever…I swear…”
“But what if I cannot—”
“Hush,” he said, and his mouth covered mine again.
“But we do not know—” Again he cut off my words with his mouth. His tongue touched my lips for a moment before he moved slowly to my chin and up my jaw.
“I will never, never touch another woman,” Branford whispered with hot breath into my ear. “I would die before I ever let that happen again. It almost killed me, knowing what I was doing to you…”
“I know, my Branford,” I replied.
“I hated it…hated what I was doing…hated myself for not knowing what else to do…”
“Hush,” I whispered, repeating the word he had used with me many times before. My lips trailed over his neck. “No more. It is only us now…”
“How can you not hate me?” He wrapped his arms tightly around me, and his body stilled completely atop mine. “After so many mistakes and so many failures, how can you still trust me to provide for you and keep you safe? How can you even believe the words that emanate from my mouth?”
Our eyes met, and I could see the sorrow darkening the green of his irises.
“I love you, Branford,” I reminded him. “When I fell in love with you, I knew you were not a perfect man. I would not stop loving you for making mistakes, especially those you believed were right at the time. I only want you with me—loving me. I do not expect perfection.”
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