This will be a sticky post.
The title is Black as Knight.
In 1420, England and France are at war, with Scotland allied with France. Newly made English earl Grimme Kyneward must take a Scots noblewoman to wife to keep his lands and his life, but those are in short supply, and the one he needs is not available. What does a knight do when he cannot have the woman he wants? He snatches her, of course.
Never mind that Lady Brìghde Fàileach is the wrong bride; she has her own reasons for wanting to marry the first earl who plucks her out of her wedding just before being forced to say “I do.” That the earl has a deep and abiding aversion to brunettes is convenient for her, and the fact that he is also in need of a castellain to run his household, which is in shambles, is even better.
She is fully aware that a man in need of a noble wife will also be in need of legitimate heirs, but she readily agrees to it, freeing her from her father and fiancé forever, and giving her a chance to practice the trade her mother had taught her: How to rule a fortress with an iron fist, which includes any and all mistresses and the four bastards amongst them that Grimme has collected on his way through the battlefield and the lists.
Grimme has no desire to bed Brìghde, but he must, to keep his lands and life. Brìghde has no need to bed Grimme, but that was the bargain and she certainly won’t mind. And on the journey back to his lands, Grimme and Brìghde forge a friendship Grimme is certain will last forever …
… but for the ravenous duke who covets everything Grimme loves and will do anything to get it.