By Design

Bound by honor...

The moment Rhys saw the stunning young woman selling her exquisitely crafted pottery in the marketplace, he was captivated. But the wealthy freemason would never have guessed that just a few days later, a misunderstanding would land Joan in the town stocks and he would become her unlikely savior. After the grueling ordeal, Rhys tenderly cares for Joan's bruised body—and her bruised pride. Yet he longs to do much more ... to satisfy the fire that sparks between the pair the moment they are alone.

Rhys could not have known that Joan once enjoyed a more privileged life. She'd had no choice but to become an indentured servant, but she is determined to avenge the crimes that ruined her family and destroyed her world. When Rhys meets with her employer to buy pottery—and buys her instead —Joan is furious. She vows to resist falling under the spell of the handsome, imposing Rhys. But she finds that her resolve quickly softens when tempted by Rhys's powerful charms—and she can only hope to find a way to avoid surrendering to her potent desire....

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By Jackie (Cambridge, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · February 15, 2011
3.5

I came across Hunter for her Regency novels, but whenever I find a new (to me) romance author whose work I admire, I like to go back and read her oeuvre from start to finish, so I'm in the midst of reading a bunch of Medieval romances. Hunter is a strong writer, and her books are deeply imbue... ...more
By Jes · ★★★★☆ · July 27, 2014
This is the first romance novel I have ever read, and I must say, the historical relevance was rather over my head when I was twelve and reading this kind of book for the first time alone and hiding it from my family.

That aside, this is a tremendously written novel with a very full plot. I haven'... ...more
By Nancy (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 20, 2014
I love reading books that surprise me. This is one of those. I love the way that Madeline Hunter can make the period come alive and create characters that captivate me. If you are not familiar with the regency period before Edward III comes of age to take the throne from his mother, Queen Isabell... ...more
By Regan (Solana Beach, CA) · ★★★★★ · December 08, 2013
Wonderful Medieval Love Story with Masonry and Pottery Making Superbly Incorporated

Set in 14th century England, when a young King Edward reigned, but was still controlled by his mother, Queen Isabella and her lover, Mortimer, Earl of March, this is book 2 in Hunter’s wonderful medieval series of... ...more
By Darla · ★★★★☆ · December 18, 2012
I enjoyed the 2nd installment to Madeline Hunter's "Medeviel series". This book featured Rhys and Joan, and I really enjoyed the journey we went on with these two. I have loved Rhys since we had first been introduced to him in By Possession. He proved to be even more beautiful inside and out in h... ...more
By BJ Rose (Riverside, CA) · ★★★★☆ · April 25, 2011
Joan has escaped the horrors in her past, only to indenture herself for 5 years to a London tiler. Her drunken master, however, was responsible for putting her in the stocks, since she was caught selling the defective tiles he sent with her to the market. Rhys protects her from the hecklers &... ...more
By LJ · ★★☆☆☆ · December 28, 2007
By Design - Ok
Hunter, Madeline

The moment Rhys saw the stunning young woman selling her exquisitely crafted pottery in the marketplace, he was captivated. But the wealthy freemason would never have guessed that just a few days later, a misunderstanding would land Joan in the town stocks and he wou... ...more
By Annii (Mishawaka, IN) · ★★★★☆ · August 29, 2013
This is a very good book! I am usually wary of books taking place before 1800 or so, as they seem to fudge history far more than necessary. This book is an exception. While there are, of course, fudges, nothing stood out to me as being so completely anachronistic that it ruined the book for me (l... ...more