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The Scholar's Heart by Antonia Aquilante
Series: Chronicles of Tournai #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
Lord Etan, the younger brother of Duke Cathal and cousin to the monarch of Tournai, spends his days assisting Prince Phillip and his consort, Prince Amory. When he’s not working for them he uses his time researching in the Palace library. Many subjects fascinate Etan, in particular the family bloodline’s special and secret Talent. Etan has plenty of spare time since the man he gave his heart to will never be within reach.
Prince Amory has known Tristan since childhood and he became a regular fixture in the palace after Amory’s marriage to the Prince. Introduced to Lord Etan they quickly became fast friends, but everything changed when Tristan’s father took ill. Suddenly the young man was expected to run the family’s extensive businesses. What was harder to bear was his father’s insistence on arranging a marriage for his son.
Reluctantly agreeing to the wedding Tristan lost his father soon after and then months later his young wife died in childbirth. Through it all Tristan missed his friendship with Etan, never realizing why the young lord had backed out of his life. Faced with a newborn daughter and a busy career Tristan is nonetheless incensed when his mother insists he remarry and father more heirs.
Trying to juggle everything Tristan made time to visit his old friend and began to see Etan in a new light. He found that Etan gave him the strength to cope. Dealing with his mother was becoming more and more difficult, but that was nothing compared to the discovery that his infant daughter has been kidnapped. Together Tristan and Etan will find baby Bria and uncover a secret plot intent on destroying them all.
Author Antonia Aquilante takes readers back to the lands of Tournai, to the loves and the lives of some singularly special, Talented people. Rich in detail and well developed characterizations, The Scholar’s Heart is an emotionally fraught romance true to the previous books. Etan and Tristan allow others to carry them forward until finally, they take the reins and the responsibility. Weaving several plotlines within the story everything ties together by the exciting climax. Fans will love their return to Tournai. This series should be read in order to fully appreciate the characters dynamics. Dive into The Scholar’s Heart where mysteries, engaging characters, and an excellent storyline can be embraced.