1995—Disowned and homeless, nineteen-year-old Ángel García accepts a job offer from Thornvaal, a cult-like live action roleplaying community. They need a poster boy. He’s got Round Table-worthy sword skills and movie star good looks, and he desperately needs money and a place to live. However, Helen, the group’s quixotic, foul-mouthed leader, hates Ángel’s womanizing ways. It’s change or leave, and he chooses change, turning Helen from a rival to an ally—much to their mutual surprise. But the growing intimacy between himself and Helen threatens the friendship he’s formed with her husband and maybe even Thornvaal itself.
2003—It's been five years since his affair with Helen left him scarred, broken, and banished from Thornvaal. Ángel has returned to his former life as the prodigal son of a large Puerto Rican family. To keep everyone happy, he plays the roles of fixer-upper boyfriend and reformed black sheep, while secretly living the life of a seducer. This centerless existence has him teetering on the edge of depression, so when presented with an opportunity to swing a sword and be the real person he was in Thornvaal, he takes it. Now all he can think about is Helen, the woman he never should have loved, but is lost without. Helen won’t leave behind her celebrity, so if there’s any hope for them, Ángel must go to her. But he’s on his last chance with his family—they’d disown him permanently if he ran away again. It’s love versus honor, and either choice will cost Ángel half of his world.
Complete at 99,000 words, LANCELOT DEL LAGO will appeal to readers of both romance and book club fiction because it places the alpha male hero into our own world, adding the complications of reality into the classic love versus duty conflict.