Bitchery reader Janie writes:
I read a book in 2000 I believe and I’ve been trying to find it since. I think it was written in the 90s, but here’s a detailed summery of it. I hope someone can help! I’ve been searching for it for close to 10 years!
I don’t know if I’m mixing my books but this girl who lived with her aunt or uncle[George?] and is given to the king to marry his son. She refuses so the king ties up her and drags her by the neck to marry her to his son by proxy because his son is still away in battle. When he comes back he is told he is married. He’s excited to goes to meet his new wife. He sees her tied up and the servants are hitting her. He was outraged and demanded an explanation. They showed him the scratches and bite marks she inflicted on them while they were getting her “ready” for him. He unties her and see the rope burns on her neck and is even madder at his father. He cut his arm
or palm and put the blood on the sheets to make it look like as if they consummated the marriage when they didn’t because she was understandable disagreeable. He left and was doing stuff in his kingdom when he witnessed a guy dressed as a clown steal like a hunk of very good cheese. The heroine sees this too.
The guy managed to slip past the guards and change into normal looking attire and got away with the cheese. The heroine promised not to rat him out if he delivered a message to the princes’ cousin whom by the way the prince hated a LOT because he was kind of a reason I can’t remember. The thief/jester/clown/ becomes good friends with the heroin and is sympathetic. She arranges to meet the prince’s cousin in some kind of tomb or an underground garden or something like that and wants the cousin to deflower her to spite the prince. He prince sees the thief hurrying to deliver the message and intercepts it. He goes ahead of time and throws his cousin in the dungeon and takes his place. He brings her lilies or jasmine or some nice smelling flower. So after the deed is done she leaves unaware that she was just with her husband and sorta feels guilty.
Then there is something about a bejeweled sword that heroins aunt or uncle wants or something like that. So she dresses up like a guy and goes to a tavern and low and behold she sees the prince and a fight breaks out. The prince figured out it was her before the fight so tried to protect her, but she wouldn’t have it. He made a comment about how his wife had blood lust/ was bloodthirsty because she was enjoying the violence.
Then there is a scene in the library where the prince is coming on to her and he’s naked and she throws a knife at him. He falls asleep naked in the study or library and his father who never showed any form of love because he thought it was weakness was so scared he was dead but he was breathing so he covered the prince up and left. The prince and the heroine at one point were fighting side by side and ended up defeating some enemy and they found the sword together. They escaped through some underground tunnel when they were invaded and they forgot all about his cousin still in the dungeon.
The last scene was: They were in bed and she was telling him about how she regrets she didn’t lose her virginity to him and he’s like “how did you
put it, hurry up and do it already..” or something like that.
I hope someone has read this before, because it’s a great book!
Pesky virginity with cheese thief?! Anyone read this one?