The spy who sought refuge…
When injured spy Sir Roger Danby comes asking for shelter at her inn, Lucy Carew is wary. He may be strikingly handsome, but the disgraced single mother has learned the hard way with men like him. Against her better judgment, she gives him refuge.
Sir Roger has never been at the mercy of a woman before, and he’s never met one as mysterious and bewitching as Lucy. He hasn’t come looking for redemption, but Lucy is a woman who could reach in and touch his closely guarded heart…
Roger Danby is not just a Knight but also a bit of a spy, he is on a mission to take a secret missive to the King, only there are men lurking in the shadows waiting to do everything in their power to make sure he doesn’t deliver the message. While on route he and his squire; Thomas Carew have to make a quick get away from the house they were staying at, while on route to Cheshire. Thomas was caught in a compromising situation with the Lord’s daughter which resulted in both Thomas and Roger on the run.
While fleeing Roger gets shot with an arrow and the only safe place for him is the little inn that Thomas’ father owns. On arrival Thomas and a severely wounded Roger come face to face with Thomas’ sister Lucy, brandishing a poker.
Lucy can’t believe her eyes, when opening the front door to see her brother – who has been gone from her life for years – with a huge and some what menacing looking man who has an arrow stick out of his shoulder. She doesn’t trust Roger in the least but she can’t turn him or her brother away no matter what they may have done, so she looks after him, tending to his every needs.
Lucy is in desperate need, she has got debt’s that she can’t pay off because the last batch of her own brewed ale has turned sour and the inn that she has been looking after since her father’s death is in deep trouble. So, the last thing she wants is a wounded man to care for – especially if he is a fugitive, like she thinks him to be. But something about this ox of a man intrigues her.
They both distrust the other, yet they both are seriously drawn to each other. Can they get past each of their personal barriers be able to trust and love?
I hadn’t read the previous book where we were first introduced to Roger – but because it is so brilliantly written, that didn’t restrict my reading and understanding of the story and characters. I read it as a stand alone, the story does very much revolve around Roger and Lucy so it’s an easy and highly enjoyable read.
Roger is well and truly a wolf, a dominant leader of the pack he is a masculine and insatiable man, who is very self-assured and über confident – even when wounded, he still ultra charming, if on the verge of egotistical.
‘You can sing me to sleep, if you wish, dove.’ He slapped his naked chest. ‘Right here against my heart. Or anywhere else you wish to lay your lips.’
At first you think he is all out for fame and glory as that is the reason he took on this job. But as you get to know him as a man and not just a Knight, you start to really see that there is some real deep-seated emotions lurking beneath the surface. Roger is very much the black sheep of his family, but I genuinely do think that he has the heart of a good, honourable and loyal man.
Roger is manly strength incarnate, brutal, commanding and sinfully handsome in a very rough around the edges sort of way. I find him compelling and intriguing if, a little arrogant and he demand’s attention with his unique brusque charm.
Lucy has an awful lot on her shoulders, she is practically ostracized by her village due to the fact that she is a single, unwed mother. She is raising her son, brewing the ale and running the inn after the death of her father and to protect her son and her livelihood she will do just about anything – that includes tying Roger to the bed while wielding a red-hot poker.
‘Should I get the poker?’ Lucy asked. He grunted a laugh. ‘You’re fixated on the thing, aren’t you?
She takes everything in her stride she is resilient and resourceful, but beneath that strong-willed independent, exterior there is a nervous and worried, scared young woman who has got too much to lose if her secrets are exposed.
She is scared for her son and herself, she is worried about her ale spoiling and that her debt’s are piling up and more importantly she is nervous about this stranger, with his gruff countenance, mesmerizing eyes and heavenly sculptured chest.
‘Is there something you want?’ ‘I thought I should examine your dressing. On your shoulder.’ ‘Or just watch me dressing?’ Roger asked suggestively. ‘That’s a good shirt. I don’t want you to bleed on to it.’
This is glorious, the detail of everything about the era is breath-taking, Hobbes has created this superb and compelling story and she has backed it up with intricately detailed historic fact. This is what I really like about Hobbes, her writing is raw and real. It is the language in particular that the characters use that I really like, it is very normal and of the age. There isn’t any dithering about with polite small talk, it’s always straight to the point and like Roger himself hugely blunt, and I absolutely love it.
‘Go! You don’t want to miss your chance.’ ‘Will you give me a favour to wear, my lady?’ Lucy raised her brows. She reached behind her head, pulled the green ribbon from her hair and pressed it into his hand. Before he could thank her, Lucy reached on her tiptoes and brushed her lips against his….
This is like walking in the characters foot steps you get a real sense of the period, Hobbes has yet again shown just what a talented author she is.
It is sharp and precise, from the language right down to details of the joust. It’s an highly charged tale of finding love in the most unexpected places, it is thrilling and emotional.
Another great read that I cannot recommend enough.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Redeeming The Rogue Knight is released on 24th August and can be pre-order at Amazon