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Castles in the Air by Christina Dodd -- It's Not Just About the Three-Armed Heroine

by Erika Tsang

The first thing that comes to mind about Castles in the Air by Christina Dodd is the infamous three-armed heroine on the cover. (And if you’re lucky enough to come across this out-of-print edition, grab it. I did!)

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But once you get pass that and start reading, you’ll find yourself engrossed in this captivating romance. Here’s why: The sexual tension between our knight Raymond and Lady Julianna was so expertly done, that Castles in the Air ranks high on my “Must Read” list.

Raymond, Count of Avraché, is ordered by the king to marry Lady Julianna, but when the bride doesn’t show up at the wedding, he’s more than a little irked. So he goes off with a plan to kidnap her. When he actually meets his intended, Lady Julianna is more than he ever expected, and he comes up with another plan: to lay siege to her heart.

Christina Dodd shows us this couple’s chemistry almost from the start of their meeting, and it’s this slow burn that builds their relationship, makes us readers fall in love with Raymond and Julianna.

There’s a scene at the end of Chapter 10:

     “I’ve been watching you, wanting you since the day I took you to that snowbound hut, and celibacy is”—he laughed softly—“difficult. So we’ll sleep now, my pleasure will wait on your surrender.”

     Turning her until her stiff back made contact with his chest, he nestled them together like the cup of two spoons.

     She couldn’t resist asking, “What if I don’t surrender?”

     “I will do all in my power to bring you to rapture,” he promised.

Swoon worthy!!

Tell us about your swoon worthy scene in the comments, or ask Christina a question about this wonderful classic! She’ll be popping by throughout the day to chat.

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