York, England 1069… three years after the Norman Conquest. The North of England seethes with discontent under the heavy hand of William the Conqueror, who unleashes his fury on the rebels who dare to defy him. Amid the ensuing devastation, love blooms in the heart of a gallant Norman knight for a Yorkshire widow.
Angry at the cruelty she has witnessed at the Normans’ hands, Emma of York is torn between her loyalty to her noble Danish father, a leader of the rebels, and her growing passion for an honorable French knight.
Loyal to King William, Sir Geoffroi de Tournai has no idea Emma hides a secret that could mean death for him and his fellow knights.
War erupts, tearing asunder the tentative love growing between them, leaving each the enemy of the other. Will Sir Geoffroi, convinced Emma has betrayed him, defy his king to save her?
This is the first book I have read by Regan Walker and I have to say that I loved it, Rogue Knight has the perfect amount of romance, adventure and history. I have really grown to love Medieval era Historical Romance, I find that when done right they are educational as well as exciting and romantic, and Rogue Knight is spot on.
Sir Geoffroi de Tournai is a Norman Knight who is sent to York by his leader; The Red Wolf to aid William the Conqueror with the uprising or the native Northumbrian rebels, amongst enemies, death and destructed he meets a beautiful, intelligent and brave young woman; Emma of York. Geoffroi is captivated by the innocent young women, she isn’t like anything he has ever met before and soon their wariness of each other blossoms into and sweet romance. There is just one flaw; Emma isn’t just a young widow trying to get on with her life she is in actual fact the daughter of a Thegn, who is the leader of the rebels. The very person that Geoffroi has been sent to York to defeat.
Before we they know it the Norman Knights are soon under siege by the Northumbrian rebels; led by Emma’s father and the harsh and brutal Danish, Vikings and York turns into a battle ground. Emma is torn she is concerned for her father; a Rebel and the man she loves; a Norman, two of the most important men in her life are fighting on opposites sides and Emma knows only too well that this fight could be a fight to the death. Will Emma and Geoffoi get their HEA that they both deserve?
Just as he was about to cross the bridge, his eye was drawn to a cloaked figure moving through the crowd and a huge dark grey dog striding a pace. the gown showing beneath the cloak told him it was a woman.
A sudden gust of wind threw back her hood to reveal flaxen hair and a nearly, perfect face marred only by a scowl directed at him and his Knights. the image of a Valkyrie arose in his mind, a handmaiden of the Norse god Odin tasked with choosing which warriors would live and which would die. . .
. . .Captivated y the strength of the woman exuded, he paused to watch her and the hound.
I really like Geoffroi, he is a wonderful hero, I think anyone who reads my reviews knows of my love of the more military hero, so obviously I was drawn to Geoffroi. To Geoffroi life is in black and white, right and wrong, he’s got a brilliant calm, kind and reassuring character. It is so refreshing to have a hero that isn’t complex and complicated, who hasn’t a hidden agenda; Geoffroi is exactly what you see, there are so falsehoods with him, he is a proper understated hero. Geoffroi is exactly like a lot of military men today, modest to a fault, claims he is “only” do his job and very humble towards his achievements and I love his easy-going and protective nature – plus there is the fact that he is devilishly handsome, has the broadest shoulders. After all who doesn’t like a pair of broad, powerful shoulders? 😉
Rogue Knight is book two in The Medieval Warriors series, even though I haven’t – as of yet – read book one that doesn’t take anything away from this story. I found that I didn’t need to read book one first to know who was who and what was going on, because I read it as a stand alone, you learn about each character and their past’s as though you have met them for them first time – as I did. That to me is the trait of a very talented author, and Regan Walker is that, her writing is flawless and intelligent.
Emma turned her gaze to the blond knight. “You have come to my aid once again. Why, I cannot imagine.”
“Can you not?” he whispered. His blue eyes teased but she detected a seriousness there that belied his laughter in his eyes.
“if your interest is in me, sir Knight, it is misplaced.”
He took her hand and kissed her knuckles, sending a shiver coursing through her, making her breast tingle.””We will see, my lady.”
She turned her eyes from his intense regard and pulled back her hand. “No matter, I am in your dept once again. Thank you.”
“I will always come to your aid,” he said. . .
I have said this before about Historical book’s, I really like background and detail of the era and I love those historical fact’s that bring the story’s to life and make them real, and I have to say that Rogue Knight has all that. The history and knowledge just jumps off the page and you become immersed in the medieval life. Regan Walker has done a fabulous job at mixing historical fact with the fictional love story.
I cannot recommend Rogue Knight enough, anyone who loves medieval romance will adore this. I don’t have a bad word to say about it, this is just about as perfect as you can get with a Historical Romance. The Medieval warriors Series is up there with my all time favorites series, and it is one that I am looking forward to reading more of and Regan Walker has definitely been added to my “Go To Authors List”.
This was a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.