Medieval Romance

Review : Reclaimed by the Knight (Lover to Legends #7) by Nicole Locke

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He left to save his family…
Now he’s back!

Nicholas of Mei Solis once swore to do anything to protect his home—he even went away to fight for it. That meant leaving beautiful Matilda too. Now Nicholas has returned briefly, to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one look at Matilda, now widowed and with child, changes everything. Suddenly Nicholas is compelled to stay…and to take back the future they both thought they’d lost…

My View

Firstly when I got this book, I got to say I did squeal in pure delight! I have been looking forward to reading this one since I met Nicholas in ‘The Knight’s Scarred Maiden.’ There was something very dark and dangerous and raw about him, something that captured my attention and like a lot of readers of this series, I really wanted a Nicholas story. I wanted to know what drove him to becoming a mercenary, I wanted to know all about him, so I was very excited when I heard that Nicole Locke had written his story. I was way too excited! This does not disappoint, this story is high on emotion, but more than that it answer’s so many questions’ that needed answering about Nicholas.

This is book seven in the wonderful Lovers to Legend’s series, just the like previous books this can be read as a stand-alone or as apart of the series. This is what I love about this series is you can pick up any book in random order and instantly become glued with it.

Mercenary Knight; Nicholas left his home all those years ago to bring in the funds that his ancestral estate needed. Yes, some thought he left to gain a name for himself or left for some selfish, vain reasons, but that is as far form the truth. Nicholas isn’t selfish he cares deeply and knew that he needed to leave. Which also meant leaving the one woman he had always loved; Matilda.

When he receives word that Matilda had blatantly given up on him and married their childhood friend Roger, Nicholas is fuming and all out for revenge which is one of the reason’s he decides that now is the time to return home and take his rightful place as lord. Nicholas is hurt and confused by Matilda and Roger’s marriage, he doesn’t understand why the woman who had claimed to love him and said she would marry him had done such a thing while he was away risking his very neck – not to mention losing his eye – to send home the coin Matilda and his people needed. Let me just say that Nicholas can hold a grudge, he has seen too much and experienced too much he has become dangerous and jaded and his blood and heart wants revenge. Yet, he isn’t half as bad as people think him to be, he is kind and nurturing he has a big heart and feels thing’s very deeply. He is actually quite a sensitive man beneath his chain mail. He just wants love!

Matilda had no choice, she waited for Nicholas but after all her letters had gone unanswered she thought he had given up them. She saw him as just another selfish mercenary. She had tried to forget about her feelings for him and get on with her marriage, she wanted it to work with Roger, that is until the man she had vowed herself to suddenly dies and her past love turns up. Like Nicholas she is confused about her feelings for him, she wants to hate him for – as she thought it – deserting her, yet he proves difficult to do so.

Their feelings for one an other are still obvious for all to see, there are a lot of misunderstandings and confusion on both sides. They are both quite stubborn people, and they don’t make life easy for themselves. I do love how Ms Locke has really pulled out all the stops with these two, she has created a powerful yet equally up-lifting, second-chance romance.

I absolutely love this story, it is an engaging, magic and wonderfully romantic love story that has got so much of the authors heart in it. Ms Locke’s passion for this era and this story is evident on every page. The character’s really go on an emotional journey not just finding their happy ever after, but they go through a lot as individuals. Out of all the Lovers to Legends series, this has to be the most emotionally heart-wrenching book of the series, it is very character focused, the reader is drawn into Matilda and Nicholas’ world. For me I found that I wasn’t merely reading their story I was completely immersed into the story, avidly watching as the story unfolded.

A fabulous addition to what is already a favourite series, I cannot wait to see what comes next.

This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

Reclaimed by The Knight is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.

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Review : Rebel Warrior (Medieval Warrior’s #3) by Regan Walker

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When your destiny lies far from where you began …

Scotland 1072

The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to flee to Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.

The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon! Though Catrìona captures Steinar’s attention, he is only a scribe and she is promised to another.

Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The man she thought to wed will soon betray her.

When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?

My View

Wow! This is breath-taking! I do love a Medieval romance and I always know that whenever I pick up a Regan Walker book, I am going to be in for something special. And this is no different! Rebel Warrior is book three in the delightful ‘Medieval Warriors Series’ and it is incredible. For those that have been reading this series they will recognize Steinar from The Red Wolf’s Prize as he is the brother of the beautiful Serena. As soon as I read that book, I was interested in reading his story, he sort of jumped out at me, and I can say that I am not disappointed. I am a huge medieval romance fan there is something dark and brutal, yet inexplicably romantic about this era. It was a dangerous time, yet their love seemed to transcend the danger they were in and Walker has perfected writing this emotion, especially with this one.

When out with her guard flying her beloved Hawk, Catriona of the Vale of Leven, returns homes only to find that her entire village is being ransacked and everyone were either brutally murdered or taken prisoner by North-men. She sees her mother and father slain right before her eyes and within minutes she is alone in the world all except for her brother, her guard and friend and her Hawk. She is sent to live at King Malcom’s court, she still has thoughts to marry the Irishman that her father arranged but again her heart is broken as her betrothed betrays her.

Catriona is a smart cookie, she is a non-nonsense, resilient and feisty young women who has been witness to something that no one should have seen; the brutal murder of not just her parents but her whole community, her way of life. That has made her strong, it has given her a sense of how brutal and harsh life can be. It has hardened her heart, that is until she meets a charming young lad with a certain twinkle in his eye.

Steinar has gone to Malcolm’s court to recover from being severely wounded, while there he has been brushing up his sword skills and he has been regaining his strength. He is full of anger that his beloved Talisand has been taken by a Norman and even more angry that his sister has married one, yet he knows that she is happy with her Wolf. It still doesn’t squash his well-hidden feelings on the matter, which is why he and he best friend the marvellously witty and equally charming Rhodari, Welsh archer – who in my book, is a real scene stealer, what a fun and sexy character! Steinar is happier with his own company, that is until he spies the most beautiful red-head he has ever seen, he is instantly taken with her. The one thing that really stood out for me about Steinar is how he wants a woman like his sister; Serena. He likes that fire and the fact that Catriona can think for herself, that to me is a vital part of his personality, he not only wants a woman to be able to think for herself, but not to be walked over, he also respect’s women for that trait too, which I found utterlyendearing.

I am so in love with Steinar! It is wonderful to see him get his own story, he was a compelling and fascinating man when we first met him, earlier in the series, but this just brings his absolute passionate, wild and romantic personality out for all to see. He is brave, heroic, stubborn, sensual and sexy and I particularly like his wit and his resilience. I love the friendly and almost brotherly relationship between him and the ever so charming Rhodari.

This book really pack’s a punch, as with all of Walker’s work it isn’t just about the romance that blossoms between the characters, there is an intriguing, thrilling and action-packed story that takes the reader on a real ‘blink and you will miss it’ adventure. The thing that I really picked up on from this the authors passion for the era, the history but more importantly the story. Walker’s love and attention to detail and the history shines through her words, and that passion really imprint’s itself on the reader, which makes reading this book an absolute joy.

I love this, it had me laughing, crying and gripped not wanting it to end. It is gritty and brutal, yet tender and loving and all the time enthralling.

Utterly fabulous!!

Rebel Warrior is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.

Review – The Knight’s Forbidden Princess (Princesses of the Alhambra #1) by Carol Townend

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A princess captive in the tower…

A Spanish knight who can set her free!

In this Princesses of the Alhambra story, meet Princess Leonor, who can’t escape her tyrannical sultan father. For Spanish knight Count Rodrigo, her innocence–and beauty–tug at his sense of honor. He will lay down his life to protect her…but the risks are great: she is the daughter of his sworn enemy!

My View

The Knight’s Forbidden Princess is book one in this new mini-series, and what an incredible start to what I can tell is going to be an amazingly romantic and thrilling series. I haven’t read Carol Townend’s work before, (which is a complete mystery to me, how come I have never read this author before?) so this isn’t just a wonderful start to a new series but a fabulous introduction to this new to me authors work, and I will definitely be reading more from her. As soon as I heard about this book and this new series I was hooked, the whole look and feel of it caught my attention.

The Princesses of Alhambra is set during Medieval Spain, where the country is at odds between the Knightly Spanish Nobles and the Sultan of Alhambra. The war that is battling between them is deadly, Knights are being taken by the Sultan for nothing more than ransom to fill his dwindling coffers which is what happened to our hero; Rodrigo. Townend has captured the tension and the danger of the time and area perfectly, it is real rawness an edge to it, that I love.

Princess Leonor is desperate to escape the prison her tyrannical Sultan father has locked her in, she and her two sisters; Alba and Constanza are a secret that their father fully intends to keep well hidden away. They are not allowed to go outside, they are not allowed to socialize. They are not even allowed to ask about their late mother. They are as Leonor describes them; pretty birds in a gilded cage, all they want is to be free to do as they wish, to live a life that they have been secluded from for so many years.

Leonor is a rebellious young woman, she is inquisitive about the world outside her towers walls. She has got fire locked away, she is by far the most innocent un worldly heroines I have ever come across. She takes risks but all for good and the loves she shows towards her sisters is beautiful. She yearns to learn about her mother, yet that half of her is locked away from her. Why is her father so adamant that she never knows about her mother? And why has he suddenly decided that they are never to marry? She is so full of questions, but her asking these things can lead to far worse than being locked in a tower.

Count Rodrigo has been captured by the Sultans men, along fellow Knights; his wayward cousin Enrique and best friend Inigo they are held for ransom. Rodrigo has more on his plate than just being a prisoner for financial gain his friend Inigo is seriously wounded when they were captured, and Rodrigo is also grieving the death of his baby brother. But meeting a veiled lady who saves his friend’s life changes Rodrigo’s life forever.

Breaking out of her prison tower, Leonor and her Knight in shining armour have to make the ride of their lives. The Sultan wants his daughter back and the tyrant will do anything to get her. Which means that the Knightly, gentlemanly Rodrigo has to protect the exotic and enticing beauty with his life. The way they find each other and learn about each other, is so lovely. They are such an adorable couple, the air crackles around them with just a mere glance. Love it! They face a lot of obstacles as they find their way in their relationship, not only the Sultan but they is a lot of conflicting and complex emotions from each of them that stands in the way.

I love this man! What a sexy, sinfully handsome and alluring man, Rodrigo is incredible. From that very first glance of him through Leonor’s window as he arrives dirty and brooding, I will admit I fell head over heels for him….seriously swooning! 😉 He has got so much going on, his duties in the army, his duties as a noble his grief for his brother and his complex and challenging feelings for a woman who he can’t have. He is proud, protective, perceptive and highly intelligent. He loves absolutely, I’m telling you if you are loved by this man than you are one very lucky lady.

I do love Medieval Romances, there is something very raw and edgier to them and this is no exception. The story is articulate, fast paced and highly engrossing. It flows beautifully taking the reading on a sweeping journey through Medieval Spain, from the stifling cities to the flowing countryside.

The rich and opulent scenery is excellent in detail and atmosphere that it captures your attention, it is as though you are riding through the dire heat, sitting in those filthy prison cells and lounging about in the stifling harem.

I really, really love this book! Townend is a skilful and creative writer who draws you so expertly into her world. This is an exciting, hugely romantic and fresh story that has everything you would want from a Historical Romance, I cannot wait to read more from this author and this series. I got a feeling this is going to a fabulous series!

A spicy romance with a brilliantly engrossing plot.

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Knight’s Forbidden Princess is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.

Review – The Warrior’s Runaway Wife by Denise Lynn

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The notorious Lord of Roul…

…must take her as his bride!

Lady Avelyn flees an unwanted betrothal to an elderly warlord only to be hunted down and returned to King David’s court by fearsome Elrik, Lord of Roul, a legendary warrior with a heart of ice—and a kiss of fire. And now Avelyn is bound to Elrik—and his bed—when Elrik is commanded to wed her instead!

My View

Wow! Firstly, If I rated book’s, which I don’t this would be way, way over five stars!

What a wonderful introduction to a new to me author’s work, this is the first book I have read by Denise Lynn and I can say without a doubt, it will not be the last. My goodness me this is good, I do love Medieval Romance, there is something tantalizing and raw about this era that instantly grasps hold of your attention and this is no different.

After her mother died, she was taken in by her Lordly father who has arranged for her to be wed to an aged warlord. Avelyn flees this very much unwanted betrothal, she thinks if she can get to France she will be safe. She is followed by unknown men and is eventually found by a green-eyed devil, who she instantly feels a raw connection with, even though this man is taking her back to be bartered off like a piece of bread.

Avelyn may like to act the confident young woman who likes to think for herself and she is an intelligent, feisty and strong woman in her own way. But I think that after all she has been through she is a naive, scared little thing. She has lost all faith and trust in all men, she is instantly on guard around Elrik but because of his calming and patient persona she soon realises that, this man is different.

Elrik; Lord of Roul has been forced to become King David’s notorious and brutal Wolf, to atone for the sins of his father who after being caught in a treasonous act had his life spared by King David under the condition that Elrik became his warrior. So along with his closest childhood friends; Samuel and Faulk – who are the only men Elrik trust’s he became the dark, dangerous and deadly Wolf.

He is an expert tracker, he has this rare skill to be able to find anything or anyone, which is why King David sends in in search of runaway Avelyn. If anyone can find the lass, it’s Elrik. What our hero doesn’t plan on though is that King David is a canny and calculating man and he has plans for them. A plan that not only will solve the problems that is circulating around them but will benefit all – especially the King.

Elrik has a lot of issues from being reluctant to marry again after what happened him during his first marriage (really, what was his first wife thinking?) to holding on to a decades long grudge for none other than Avelyn’s father. Because of the treasonous act that resulted in him being who he is, he will never forgive, that grudge and prejudice means that Elrik has hardened his heart off towards her. He doesn’t want to like her – and yet, he can’t help himself.

I love the instant chemistry between Avelyn and Elrik, the first time they meet is so sexy. It’s like something out of Outlander, he threatens to pick her up and throw her over his shoulder, she says no so he does it anyway. These two even though there is a real trust issue between them, they are so good for each other.

She brings lightness, laughter and the kindness his poor wounded warrior’s heart need’s, even though it takes time for him to trust her his built in, urge to protect her with his life is constant. Whereas he is the steady warm rock she needs in her lonely, scared life. He is the proof that men aren’t always abusive, manipulative brutes that she has always thought, they bring joy to one and other and I absolutely love how Ms Lynn has portrayed each of their own personal mis-giving’s.

I do have a real fondness for a green-eyed, dark-haired rogue, and Elrik is something very special. My goodness me, he is a sexy as hell man, brutishly handsome…. Swooning! He has a charisma that can make any woman go weak at the knee’s, this man is pure sexual masculinity! He did what he thought was right for his father, he cares deeply for those he loves and if you are privileged enough to warrant that love, you are a very lucky person indeed. Everyone think’s him to be a cold, ruthless and brutally dangerous man, but I see a protective, smooth and genuine man who can charm the birds from the tree’s.

I love this book! I really cannot say enough good thing’s about it, everything about this is perfect from the fast and engaging storyline, to the well-defined and completely likable character’s. The fast and witty banter between Elrik and Avelyn is romantic and laugh out loud, it is articulate and flows seamlessly from one beautifully crafted scene to the next. Ms Lynn is a wonderfully talented writer, she keeps you engrossed in the story with her stylish way with words and I cannot recommend this enough.

This is an amazing and highly recommended story, that will be loved by all romance readers.

This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Warriors Runaway Wife is to be released on 28th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

A Chat With… Author Elisabeth Hobbes, Exclusive Interview!

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I have the great pleasure of welcoming back wonderful Medieval Romance author; Elisabeth Hobbes to Chicks, Rogues and Scandal, Elisabeth is  the writer of naughty knights and brooding heroes for Harlequin, Mills and Boon.

About Elisabeth

Elisabeth’s writing career began when she entered her first novel into Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013 and finished in third place.  She was offered a two book contract and hasn’t looked back!  Since then she has published six Medieval romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon and doesn’t have any plans to stop.

Elisabeth works as a Primary teacher but she’d rather be writing full time because unlike five year olds, her characters generally do what she tells them.  When she isn’t writing, she spends most of her spare time reading and is a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book.  She loves historical fiction and has a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes.

Elisabeth enjoys skiing, singing, and exploring tourist attractions with her family.  Her children are resigned to spending their weekends visiting the past.  She loves hot and sour soup and ginger mojitos- but not at the same time!

She lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.

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Frankie Hi Elisabeth, Welcome back to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Elisabeth Hi, thank you for having me. It’s great to be here.

Frankie Firstly, can you tell us a little about yourself and your books?

Elisabeth I’ve been writing seriously since 2013 when I entered Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and finished third. I never expected to get beyond the submission, let alone be offered a two-book contract as a result! I’m a perpetually frazzled mum to two pre-teen Aspies and also a teacher so the fact I manage to write anything constantly amazes me. I’d love to write full time. Maybe one day…

My books are set in the Medieval period which is one I adore. My heroes tend to be the underdog rather than the nobility. The era was brutal and hard and I don’t want to gloss over that so my books are quite grisly in places. Readers should be prepared for a bit of blood and suffering as well as lots of romance, and of course the all-important Happy Ever After. One reader described them as ‘romance in a post Game of Thrones era’ which I loved.

Frankie Wow! Where do you get the time and energy? That is one of the things that I love about your books, it is very real. If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be?

Elisabeth I would love to visit Rome. Probably under the reign of Vespasian when the empire was a little more stable and enjoying a break from the more nutty rulers. Luckily there are plenty of sites still available to go visit and imagine myself back then.

Frankie Do you plan out yours stories, or are you more for going with the flow of the writing?

Elisabeth I always set out to plan them – I generally know how the HEA will happen and a few key scenes – but my characters have a habit of doing their own thing and changing the story. I do wish they would behave!

Frankie Can you tell us a little about your latest release? This can be your most recent or up-an hid coming release.

Elisabeth My new release is called Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight. It’s set shortly after the Norman Conquest of England and is a companion to The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge. That book had a Norman heroine and Saxon hero so I wanted to twist things around in this book. My heroine Aelfhild is from York, which was still very much a Viking city at the time, and my hero Gui is from Brittany.

Gui is asked by his friend Gilbert to go fetch Gilbert’s promised bride, Sigrun, from the priory she has been living in. To gain admission he pretends to be Gilbert. Sigrun is terrified of marriage so her maidservant Aelfhild poses as her. Gui and Aelfhild are instantly attracted to each other but both believe the other one is someone else- and already spoken for.

Frankie Do you have a writing ritual?

Elisabeth I work four days so I have one day for writing. I drop my daughter at school then go to the library where I know I won’t be tempted to go online and waste my day away on social media. Apart from that I try to grab any spare time I can to write or make notes and always have a notebook with me in case inspiration strikes.

Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?

Elisabeth I’d love my Danby Brothers miniseries to be filmed but I couldn’t choose between the brothers so can I be greedy and say two? I’d love Aidan Turner to play Hal in The Blacksmith’s Wife and Clemence Poesy would play Joanna. I’d pick Santiago Cabrera as Roger in Redeeming the Rogue Knight and Margot Robbie as Lucy.

The Blacksmith’s Wife

 

Redeeming The Rogue Knight

Frankie Oooohh! Yes, now they would be films I would love to watch! What is it about the Medieval era that catches your attention?

Elisabeth I love the scope for danger and action. The period allows for grittiness and conflict that makes for so much excitement and drama. Characters can be put into dangerous situations that make their eventual victory and HEA even more satisfying. It was when the code of chivalry and idea of courtly love emerged, leading to honourable men willing and able to protect the women they love.

Frankie Your Medieval books are amazing, would you ever consider writing a book set in a different era? And if so which?

Elisabeth Thank you, I’m really pleased you enjoy my stories. I’m actually changing time period for my new book. It’s one of four books in a series set in Scotland that I’m writing with my friends Janice Preston, Lara Temple and Nicole Locke. They’re each set in a different era and mine is set in the early Tudor period. Luckily it is a time I studied at university and isn’t too great a leap from the Middle Ages so I’m partly familiar with it. I have a story I’d love to write set in the 1920s but I’m keeping that to myself until (if) I have time to write it.

Frankie Oh, wow! This new series sounds like it’s going to be great, I hope you do get the chance to write you 1920’s story.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Elisabeth. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun. What is your ideal girly night?

Elisabeth I love a night in with a bottle of wine and a good film, something like A Knight’s Tale or Hairspray. And we’d have to remember the 3 Cs – Crisps, chocolate and Comfy trousers!

Frankie Hahaha! I love it and I am so with you on the three Cs.

Thank you, Elisabeth!

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About the Book

Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight

He’s her enemy…

…and she must not fall for him!

When her mistress is taken as an enemy Knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her Lady – she must go in her place! But there’s more to the scarred Knight than she first thought…she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realises she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…

Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight is to be released on 31st May and can be pre-ordered at Amazon

Review – Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

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He’s her enemy…

…and she must not fall for him!

When her mistress is claimed as an enemy knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her lady; she must go in her place. But there’s more to the scarred knight than she first thought—she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realizes she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…

My View

Firstly, I want to say; Thank you Elisabeth Hobbes for teaching us how pronounce Gui’s name properly. I am terrible pronouncing some names and at first, I was pronouncing his name wrong that was until I read the fabulous scene where Aelfhild learns how to say his name ‘properly’ so instead of how I was saying it ‘Guy’ it is actually ‘Ghee’. I love that Hobbes put that one paragraph into the book, it’s so helpful for the readers immerses you even further into the story, I found it very rare for an author to write that in.

My goodness me, this is good! When I say good, I a mean unbelievable good, I have been a fan of Hobbes’ work for a while now and this is a terrific addition to her CV. Hobbes’ knowledge of the era is absolutely spot, she never holds back with the history, her descriptions and detailing of this particular era is superb the author has a genuine fondness for this era, you get a sense of that through out her work.

Set just after the Norman conquest, this is a hard and brutal time when Saxons and Normans are at logger head’s just before the peace. This is a time where the North of England is a battle ground, I really like how Hobbes has brought attention to what was happening in Yorkshire at the time, the plight of the ordinary people and how they were suffering during what was a very bloody time. You see the both Saxon and Norman perspectives throughout the story.

Soldier and Archer Guilherm Fitzlannion; or Gui is charged by his Lord and friend, Gilbert du Respez to take on Gilbert’s identity, travel to the Priory in Byland and retrieve the woman who is set to marry Gilbert, on the King’s orders no less. So that the house of Haxby be joined with the du Respez name. I’d say Gilbert is a dandy, he is impulsive, spoilt and has a bit of a short fuse whereas his right hand man Gui is calm and diplomatic, he knows to pick his fight’s Gilbert doesn’t want to marry anyone which is why he get’s Gui to do his dirty work for him with the promise that on Lady Sigrun’s return Gui will have his reward in land of his own.

Gui isn’t keen on collecting the precious daughter of the shrewd Countess of Haxby any more than his Lordship is, but Gui want’s what is promised to him, he wants to be able to live out his lonely life on his own land doing what he was raised to do. He don’s the clothe’s of his lordship and sets out to collect this elusive Lady Sigrun and if need be drag her back to marry Gilbert. But as with all Historical Romance it all doesn’t go to plan.

Gui what a character! Oh, my word!! Getting to know him has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions, he breaks my heart, he intrigues me, and I have fallen head over heels for this rough around the edges, vulnerable and proud man. Gui is so strong and yet so he is so broken, he feels useless and grotesque he has resigned himself to being alone. I wanted to take him in my arms and try to bring him the peace he so desires and deserves. Yet, the little water sprite or how he funnily likes to call her; the human Gorse bush! You need to read it to fin out why 😊

Feisty and straight to the point Aelfhild, who is the life long companion to Lady Sigrun ever since she was taken in to the Haxby household as a child, because Sigrun has taken refuge at the Priory to be hidden away from the ‘evil’ Norman’s, Aelfhild had no choice but to go to. Sigrun is a mild-mannered little thing, who really wouldn’t say boo to a goose. She is very lady-like and has this aristocratic aura about her that shouts out who she is. Aelfhild hates the restrictive Priory life, she wants to be able to do what she wants to, to have freedom. But Sigrun is like a sister to her and she will follow her anywhere, so when her bridegroom; ‘Gilbert’ turns up to take Sigrun back, the two women decide that until they can escape him Aelfhild will take on her mistress’s identity.

From that point onwards both Gui and Aelfhild are in disguise as their master’s, both are intrigued by each other and yet as they both think that the other is someone else, they try to keep a wall between them. Only that proves harder than they planned.

There are so many great moment’s in this book, scenes that I know will stick with me for a long time. My particular favourite two have to be when Gui and Aelfhrild first meet – that is tense, sexy and equally as funny, especially when they he is telling her he is “all man” 😉. And when Gui is teaching her how to use a bow and arrow, who knew that Archery could be so sexy? I love that scene the chemistry is smoking and intimate while he teachers her. I am telling you now those scenes are scorching hot, sexy as hell moment’s that will make you rather hot under the collar.

This book is right up there with the best Medieval Romances I have read, from an author who knows her craft and isn’t ashamed to share that knowledge. ‘Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight’ is cleverly written, supremely romantic and engaging from that very first page. I do love a ‘Enemies to Lover’s’ trope and this has all the component’s that you would want in historical romance, a character driven story that is full-bodied, mesmerizing and sensual romanticism all wrapped up with a big bow of emotional angst.

This is too good for words and a book that I will happily pull off the shelf again and again. I absolutely love every page.

Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight is to be released on 31st May and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review – The Red Wolf’s Prize (Medieval Warriors #1) By Regan Walker

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HE WOULD NOT BE DENIED HIS PRIZE

Sir Renaud de Pierrepont, the Norman knight known as the Red Wolf for the beast he slayed with his bare hands, hoped to gain lands with his sword. A year after the Conquest, King William rewards his favored knight with Talisand, the lands of an English thegn slain at Hastings, and orders him to wed Lady Serena, the heiress that goes with them.

SHE WOULD LOVE HIM AGAINST HER WILL

Serena wants nothing to do with the fierce warrior to whom she has been unwillingly given, the knight who may have killed her father. When she learns the Red Wolf is coming to claim her, she dyes her flaxen hair brown and flees, disguised as a servant, determined to one day regain her lands. But her escape goes awry and she is brought back to live among her people, though not unnoticed by the new Norman lord.

Deprived of his promised bride, the Red Wolf turns his attention to the comely servant girl hoping to woo her to his bed. But the wench resists, claiming she hates all Normans.

As the passion between them rises, Serena wonders, can she deny the Norman her body? Or her heart?

My View

I have one word for this and that is simply; Wow!! Even though I have been reading this series out of order, I was bowled over by just how incredibly good this book is. This is how Medieval Romance is done, the story flows seamlessly and flawlessly while keeping the reader engaged and enchanted throughout. The Red Wolf’s Prize is one of those books that you will repeatedly pull of the shelf again and again, it is beautifully written by one of the best authors around today.

Set during 1068, just after Norman King William has conquered England, after all his loyal and un-relenting service towards William and throughout the conquest; faithful Knight Renaud de Pierrepont (or more commonly known as The Red Wolf) is given the northern strong hold of Talisand as a gift for all his hard work. Not only has King William given Ren the mighty estate but he has given him the Lady of Talisand as a bride. At first Ren isn’t too keen to take a Saxon bride who most likely will hate him, but he is ever dutiful and as he is looking forward to seeing his new home.

Lady Serena of Talisand wants nothing to do with The Red Wolf, she vows that she will never marry the Norman Knight and so she decides to leave her beloved childhood home. As much as it pains her to leave not just her home but the people of Talisand whom she’s looked after, but she is adamant that this is what she needs to do, so she flees dressed as a servant.

Once Ren arrives at Talisand and finds his bride gone, he is furious and sends out a search party. Unbeknown to him that amongst the women his Knights bring back is infact his bride; Serena in disguise as Sarah the servant girl. As Serena watches and gets to know the fearsome ‘Red Wolf’ she can’t help herself but to like him, and she is reluctantly impressed by how he charms her people, his natural magnetism draws her to him like a moth to a flame. Ren is as equally charmed by the servant girl ‘Sarah’ she entices him with a mere look with her violet eyes and he has this sneaking suspicion of her, he has the impression that there is more to this elegant servant then meets the eyes.

The chemistry between Ren and Serena is electric, their attraction for each other can barely be contained, it simmers and boils overs. Even though Serena plays hard to get and tries to keep her heart closed off to his sensual and exotic charms, which where Ren is concerned is an awful lot harder then she thinks. I have always been a fan of ‘Enemies to Lovers’ and this is perfect. It has all the element’s that you want from this trope.

Ren is such an incredible man he lives by a handful of rules that he expects his own Knights to abide by too – but seeing as these rules are don’t abuse the local’s especially the women and be respectful and so on, they aren’t too strenuous to adhere to. Ren is honourable and Knightly through and through, he is an intelligent, brave and seductive warrior who treats people with the utmost respect. He truly believes in treating everyone – especially women – with decency and respect and anyone who dishonours themselves best beware. That is just the Knightly side of him, but I really like the man behind the ‘Red Wolf’ mask – Ren the man is a seductive and supremely sexy man, I particularly like how he genuinely listens and takes his time to get to know the people of Talisand.

Serena is a good woman she cares deeply for her people especially of the women, she cares for bringing justice to those who have been wronged. She is a passionate, calm and very brave woman who isn’t averse to standing up to the mighty ‘Red Wolf’ especially when it’s on a topic that she believes in. Which is one of the reason’s why Ren is so transfixed by her, he likes her stubborn tenaciousness. Serena is a great character with so many good qualities, she is also an archer – by far one of the best even Ren and his loyal Knights are justifiably impressed with her skill.

Whenever I read a book by Regan Walker I am spell-bound with her stories, she grasped hold of your imagination and transports you to another time while taking you on a wondrous journey. You are educated as well as entertained with her masterful way with portraying exactly what was going on at the time with precise historic details that I love. The Red Wolf’s Prize is brilliant, I cannot say too many good things about this book and this series.

I don’t rate book’s in my reviews, but if I did this would be given easily ten stars, I love it!

Highly recommended!

The Red Wolf’s Prize can be purchased at Amazon.