Forbidden love between a warrior princess and an elite samurai makes for an adventure set during the early days of the Tokugawa shogunate. Join this couple in a race across 17th century Japan where political unrest has created dangerous ronin, civil uprisings, and war-ravaged castles. Caught in the middle of the struggle between Shogun's rise to rule and the old regime, this warrior princess is forced to battle for her life.
In the end, she must choose between family honor and her heart's desire.
Kitchell’s warmhearted 17th-century Japanese historical romance (after Lady of the Imperial Court) beguiles the reader with passion, secrets, and deadly action. Forward-thinking warrior princess Saiko is tormented when her father, the most powerful man in Japan, informs her that she will become the consort to the figurehead emperor. She seeks solitude at her favorite bridge, where she meets elite loyal samurai Hosokawa Takamori. An immediate attraction between the two grows steadily during their daily clandestine meetings. Saiko evades Takamori’s inquiries about her identity and their future, as defying honor and the protocols of duty can have deadly consequences. When Saiko’s father assigns Takamori to escort her to the emperor, she manages to keep her secret until the retinue is attacked. Saiko uses her warrior skills alongside Takamori’s as they race across Japan to safety. While awaiting reinforcements, they create blissful intimate memories and strategize how to defeat their enemies. Just when it looks as though loyalty will win out over love, a twist of fate brings happiness within their reach. Cultural and historical nuances and a spirited heroine overcome a meandering beginning and a less developed hero in this fine period romance. (BookLife)