Elisabeth Hobbes

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

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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 – A Wager For The Widow by Elisabeth Hobbes

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“I suppose a kiss of gratitude is out of the question?”

Widowed Lady Eleanor Peyton has chosen a life of independence. Living alone on her rocky coastal outcrop, she’s cut herself off from the world of men—until William Rudhale saves her life and demands a kiss!

As steward to Lady Eleanor’s father, Will knows the desire he burns with is futile—but he’ll still wager he can claim Eleanor’s kiss by midwinter. Yet when the tide turns Will realizes vulnerable Eleanor is far too precious to gamble with.

Can he win his lady before it’s too late?


This is another delightfully fun, high octane and emotionally deep book from Elisabeth Hobbes, and one that I hugely enjoyed.

Eleanor Payton after the death of her husband has now decided on living the rest of her life in solitude, she has always vied for more independence and now she has it, she wants to prove that she doesn’t need a man in her life to take charge. Eleanor knows that her peaceful, quiet – if lonely existence – will one-day end, if her parents have their way. Even though she is a widow and living on her own mean’s, they still meddle into her life at every opportunity and they have made it abundantly clear that she must re-marry. Even though she is now in a horrendous position Eleanor being the tough cookie that she is has vowed that no matter who her family push in her direction she will not yield to them. That is until she meets her father’s new steward.

When she first meets William Rudhale, he first saves her life and being the rogue that he is demands a kiss for payment she thinks him nothing but a scoundrel. A handsome one at that, who as irritating and infuriating as he is, she can’t stop herself from thinking about him. Eleanor is a spirited young woman, she is stubborn and highly picky but underneath all that gutsy bravado lies a young woman who just wants to be loved. She wants the thing that alludes so many other’s she wants a true marriage where she can love and be loved and be happy.

‘You can let go of me now,’ she muttered.
The horseman’s eyes crinkled. ‘I could,’ he said, ‘though I just saved your life. There must be some benefits to rescuing a beautiful maiden in distress and holding her until she stops shaking is one of them. I suppose a kiss of gratitude is out of the question?’

Well, what can I say about Will? He is such a great character. Strong – not just in body but in body but in mind too, canny and rough around the edges. He is grafter, he knows the concept of hard work. Because of his knowledge, his determination to prove himself and his wit and boyish – if sometimes serious – charm he has made a name for himself, his had got a sold intelligent head on his shoulders, he has pulled himself up from practically nothing and slogged hard to make something of himself and all that grit and stamina has worked as he is now head a steward at his young age, plus various little off shoots in wine that not just bring him extra income but greater respect from people who would normally look down their noses at him. This man is such a keeper, he may have a brusque rudeness about him at times, but that just adds to his appeal. Hobbes has got Will spot on, he is the thing that keeps me glued to the book.

Will think’s that the wager he accepts to steal a kiss from Eleanor before midwinter is going to be a piece of cake, after all he has seen the way she blushes in his presence and he knows how she watch’s him how her eyes have more than once taken in every aspect of his body. So, he gladly takes on the wager – after all you can never have too many sheep.? But as he begins to woo her, he finds that she is not at all what she said seems. She isn’t the thick-skinned, fiery woman he first thought her to be. She is vulnerable and looks at life and him with eyes which are filled with suspicion and something else…fear!

‘Why did you come?’ she asked instead.
‘To protect you, of course,’ William answered. He sounded surprised that she had to ask. ‘What other motive do you suspect me of?’
‘I don’t need your protection,…..’
…She drew the dagger from its scabbard and brandished it aloft. ‘I won’t hesitate to use this if I need to.’ William stopped laughing abruptly and his face became solemn.
‘I’m sure you won’t…’

As a couple they go through so many emotions, from furious and irritated to scared and distrustful. Then there are the sneaky glances with heated eyes the lustful stares and the little touches, the atmosphere crackles around them. The way that they move from lady and steward to a lusty and caring couple is very beautiful, the slow burning only makes them even more alluring and when they do give in – even with a small touch – it is worth the wait. They are a cute couple.

The only thing I do have to say against it is, the first chapter is a bit of a slow burner for me, up until we meet Will – who for me is the driving force of this book. Don’t get me wrong there is absolutely nothing wrong with the book before we are introduced the Will as Hobbes does a great job at building up Eleanor’s past for you to understand her story and her character.

I did really enjoy the story itself, I know that Hobbes says this is more of a Christmas book and I can really see that, it isn’t as dark or heavy as the other books I have read from her – which is what I have come to expect from medieval romance, and it’s a pleasant change. It’s different but in an entirely good way. It’s a great read and as we’ve to come to expect from Hobbes, she sprinkles her unique charm across it and she has created an alluring and thoughtful story.

The Wager for the Widow is perfect for those starting out in medieval romance and those who have just come across Elisabeth Hobbes, it’s a fresh and classy romance with that medieval edgy-ness that I love about this era, as always with this author, highly recommended.

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

Wager for the Widow is put now and can be found in all retail outlets including Amazon.

Introducing The Unlaced Ladies.

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Just over a year ago nine incredible Historical Romance author’s banded together to create the hugely popular Facebook based; Unlaced Book Club, a very special place where authors, readers and like-minded individuals all get together to discuss Romance, History and have a lot of cheeky fun in between.

Now a year on and with enough books to fill a library and with over two hundred members this club is going from strength to strength and I feel very privileged to be a part of it and be able to experience the fun and good-natured banter that makes this Book Club so special.

So, who are these nine women who brought all this fun and hilarity to the world?

Each one of them are extraordinary writers with the best Romance brain’s in the business, between the nine of them they have brought to the world Rugged Medieval Knight’s, Sinfully Handsome Rakes, Roguish Agent’s, Tormented Military Men, Scandalous Dukes and Gorgeously Brave Vikings. Plus some one the strongest and resilient heroine’s that are the only women in the world that can put up with theses adorable heroes.

Let me introduce you to nine of the best women you will ever meet.

“We are a group of authors who write sassy and sexy historical romance. If you like good books, giggles, and giveaways you’ve come to the right place! At The Unlaced Book Club, we adore heroes that wear breeches or wield a broadsword. We love to chat and have fun, the only thing we ask is that members are respectful of each other and if you’d like to post promotional material, you check with one of the administrators first.
So, dive right in and join the conversation. You know you want to…”

 

Virginia Heath

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep. Virginia is the author of the incredible Wild Warriners series.

Reading List

That Despicable Rogue
The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide
Miss Bradshaw’s Bought Betrothal
Her Enemy at The Alter
A Warriner to Protect Her
A Warriner to Rescue Her
His Mistletoe Wager

If you want to find out more check out virginiaheathromance.com or follow her on Twitter @VirginiaHeath_ Click Here

 

Laurie Benson

Laurie Benson is an award-winning historical romance author who writes books about men in boots and the women who fall for them. She began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, where she learned more than you could ever want to know about hot dogs and credit score reports. Her interest in history began when she was in elementary school, and that interest was fueled by many visits to many museums. In 2015 Laurie was honored to become a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist. When she isn’t at her laptop avoiding laundry, Laurie can be found browsing antique shops, going on ridiculously long hikes, or sitting in her car on the school pickup line. She lives with her husband and two sons in a house filled with testosterone—even her bunny is a boy.

Reading List

The Unsuitable Duchess
The Uncommon Duke
The Unexpected Countess

Learn more about Laurie by visiting her website at lauriebenson.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @lauriebwrites and like her on Facebook Click Here

 

Lara Temple

When Lara was fifteen she found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Max Ravenscar and with Regency Romance. Lara writes strong, sexy, and suspenseful regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but deliver plenty of passion. Lara recently went back to look for that grubby crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

Reading List

Lord Crayles Secret World
The Reluctant Viscount
The Dukes Unexpected Bride
His Cinderella Heiress

To learn more about Lara Click Here

 

Nicole Locke

Nicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly). If she isn’t working on the next book in the Lovers and Legends historical series.

Reading List

Her Enemy Highlander
The Knights Broken Promise
In Debt to the Enemy Lord
The Highland Brides Laird
The Knights Scarred Maiden

She can be reached at NicoleLocke.com, on Facebook, or Twitter as @NicoleLockeNews. Click Here

 

Harper St George

Harper was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. Harper is the author of the fabulous Viking Warrior series and the Outs of The WildWest series.

Reading List

Enslave by the Viking
One Night With The Viking
The Innocent and the Outlaw
In Bed With The Viking Warrior
Marriage Deal with the Outlaw

She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at http://www.harperstgeorge.com or find her on Facebook Click Here

 

Catherine Tinley

Catherine writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start.

Reading List

Waltzing With The Earl

She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com, and @CatherineTinley on twitter. Click Here

 

Janice Preston

Janice Preston writes emotional, sensual and satisfying Regency romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She grew up in Wembley with a love of reading, writing stories and animals and has worked as a dairy farmer, a police call-handler and a university administrator. She has two children, two step-children (all now adult) and a gorgeous, cheeky grandson. She now lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two cats and enjoys swimming, yoga and pottering about the garden when the sun is shining.

Reading List

Mary and the Marquess
Cinderella and the Duke
The Governesses Secret Baby
Saved by the Scandal’s Heir

If you’d like to know more, please visit Janice’s website at http://www.janicepreston.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @janicegpreston or Click Here

 

Jenni Fletcher

Jenni was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes historical romance novels set in the Medieval and Victorian eras. She studied English at Clare College, Cambridge and Hull University, before starting to write books of her own Combining her love of history and literature with a special emphasis on alpha males and feisty heroines.

Reading List

Married to Her Enemy
The Convenient Felstone Marriage

Jenni loves hearing from her readers so why not get in touch Click Here

 

Elisabeth Hobbes

Elisabeth grew up in York where she spent most of my teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet. Sadly it never happened but Elisabeth developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching. These days she holds down jobs as a teacher and mum. She lives in Cheshire with her husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names. Elisabeth loves historical fiction and has a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When she’s not writing, she spends a lot of her spare time reading and has become something of a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book!

Reading List

The Saxon outlaws Revenge
Redeeming the Rogue Knight
The Blacksmiths Wife
Falling for her Captor
A Wager for the Widow

You can find Elisabeth on Facebook and Twitter Click Here

Aren’t they fabulous?

So why not check out each of these author’s work and follow the Unlaced Book Club on Twitter to keep up to date with all their comings and goings. I can guarantee that getting to know these fine women will be the best thing that you will do today. TheUnlacedBookClub

 

Review – Redeeming The Rogue Knight (The Danby Brothers Series #2) by Elisabeth Hobbes

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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…

Brief Preview

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?

My View

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

 

 

A Chat With…Author Elisabeth Hobbes

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Today I am so pleased to have Harlequin and Mills and Boon author Elisabeth Hobbes chatting with me, so take a seat and let’s get to know a bit more about Elisabeth.

You can find me hanging around The Unlaced Bookclub on Facebook along with other Harlequin Historical authors. I grew up in York where I spent most of my teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep me off my feet. Sadly it never happened but I developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching. I live in Cheshire with my husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down here in 1999 and I never left.
I love historical fiction and have a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When I’m not writing, I spend a lot of my spare time reading and have become something of a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book! I’m fond of ginger mojitos and Thai hot and sour soup, though not at the same time.

Reading Chick: Hi Elisabeth, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. Firstly what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Elisabeth : Hi, it’s lovely to be here. Only five words. Hmm….Mum, teacher, frazzled (owing mainly to the first two), creative, geeky.

Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Elisabeth : Not the Middle Ages, despite writing about the period and being fascinated by it I wouldn’t want to pay it more than a quick visit! I couldn’t cope with the lack of plumbing and hygiene.

The Roaring Twenties and thirties in New York looked like an amazing time to be alive. The clothes, cocktails and music are all wonderful. I’d go hang around the Algonquin and try make friends with Dorothy Parker or pretend I was in a Jeeves and Wooster story.

Reading Chick : Ooh! I like it, Who was your childhood hero?

Elisabeth : Han Solo. He was so cool and I was a real tomboy so spent playtimes running around pretending to be on the Death Star. I first saw Star Wars when I was little, I don’t think I quite understood what I liked about him. Of course when I got a little older… Yum! That’s probably where I developed my love of rogues and heroes with slightly blurred moral codes and a dangerous twinkle. You never quite trusted he would do the right thing.

Reading Chick : Totally agree with about wayward rogues. What is your favourite time of the year?

Elisabeth : I love to be warm so summer (though I’m fond of winter because I love to ski). Teaching means I’m lucky enough to get a few weeks holiday travelling round France or Spain with my family and I love the light nights where I can sit outside with only a couple of layers on rather than bundled up to the eyebrows.

Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Elisabeth : Oooh, difficult, I love all my children! Generally I’m fondest of whoever I have just written so in this case it’s Roger Danby, the roguish brother from The Blacksmith’s Wife who has now got his own story. If I have to choose a previous one I have a bit of a soft spot for Will, the hero of A Wager for the Widow. He’s flirty and cocky (there’s that Han Solo influence) and like me he prefers his oysters cooked to raw.

Reading Chick : Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Elisabeth : Places play a huge part in my ideas. The Blacksmith’s Wife is set in York where I grew up and on the nearby moors that I love to visit, because I wanted to take a city girl and put her in the middle of nowhere. I fell in love with St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and thought it was such a beautiful, isolated place for a character to withdraw from the world so I gave it to Eleanor in A Wager for the Widow. The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge sprang from walking around the Cheshire countryside on a damp, misty day and imagining the execution of a group of unsuccessful rebels and needing to find out who they were. One day I’m going to set a story in Briancon, the lovely Medieval town I stay in when I go skiing.

Reading Chick : What a great answer, What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Elisabeth : Keep notebooks or paper everywhere because you never know when the perfect sentence or line of dialogue might pop into your head and there’s nothing worse than only half remembering it (deciphering my 3am pitch black scribbles is always fun).

Write something every day, even if it is only one sentence because they do build up and you can’t edit nothing.

Join some sort of writing group, whether online or in real life and be prepared to take criticism. Some people are brutal but mostly I’ve found other writers to be a supportive group are really happy to offer suggestions and advice.

Reading Chick : If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Elisabeth : There would have to be other authors so I could pick their brains. Terry Pratchett and Jane Austen because they’re two of my all time favourites and I suspect they’d both enjoy talking about how they deal with class and convention. The third would be Tom Hiddleston so I could apologise for the cover of The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge looking nothing like him (not that I don’t like the model I got)!

Reading Chick : Thank you, Elisabeth for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?

Elisabeth : My naughty treat is crisps. I’m a savoury rather than sweet girl (I’m sure many would agree) and I could eat my way through bag after bag if I wasn’t disciplined, especially if I had a glass of wine to hand.

It’s been a pleasure. Thank you for having me.

Thank you for chatting with me, it’s been a pleasure having you visit.

If you want to know more about Elisabeth and her work, then check out the links below.

Website

Twitter : @ElisabethHobbes

Facebook : @ElisabethHobbes

Amazon

Goodreads

Reading Chicks Best Books of 2016

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We are nearly into 2017, so for the first time I am holding my own Top Books of the Year, but with my own twist. I have five Categories Best Hero, Heroine, Plot, Series and Book of the Year. This isn’t an oficial chart it’s just my opinions on what I have read this year, I would love to know what your favorite books have been and equally what you are looking forward to reading in the new year, so let’s begin. . .

Best Hero :

Rhys Winterborne, Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas.

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A ruthless tycoon. . .

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with . . .

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

This is exactly what I have come to expect from the very talented Ms Kleypas, Rhys is the best hero I have come across for a very long time and I love the fact that his isn’t aristocracy, he is a blunt, rough around the edges hard-working man who has pulled hisself out of the gutter and become a successful self-made man. he isn’t afraid of hard work and he appreciates what life is like to be below the bread line and that for me is very refreshing, I do love a good down to earth, ordinary hero who we can all relate to and with Rhys we have just that. and he is just so damn gorgeous to boot. ~ Chicks Rogues and Scandals

Best Heroine :

Amelia Mansfield, The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide by Virginia Heath.

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Choosing a wife is not a task that should be undertaken lightly.

Bennett Montague, sixteenth Duke of Aveley, is seeking the perfect bride. He’s narrowed his search to five worthy “Potential”…until the arrival of his aunts companion unravels his carefully laid plan’s.

Having fought for everything she has, Amelia Mansfield is incensed by Bennett’s wife-selection method’s. But as she’s forced to spend time in his company, she begin’s to see another side to Bennett – and that man is infinitely more tantalizing and enticing…

Amelia, is the best heroine that I have come across for, ages, talk about rag’s to riches fairytale, well Cinderella has nothing on this girl. She know’s what’s it like to be not just on the bread line but miles below it, she is a tough cookie and from what she has had to go through in her short life so far it is not surprising, she went to hell and back and yet she still managers to be so sweet and lovely. but she doe’s have her flaws too she is so untrusting of the aristocracy, especially titled men, but that insecurity makes you warm to her the more, I just love the way she bring’s out the real Bennett, she shows him life from another perspective; something that he has never done in his life and because of her he does come in to his own ~ Chicks Rogues and Scandals. 

Best Plot :

 No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah McLean

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A rogue ruined. . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night. Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of. . .absolution.

A Lady returned. . .

Mara planned never to come back, but when her brother falls deep into dept at Temples exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade: she will return to society and reveal the truth. . .that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed. . .

But the lady – and her past – are more than they seem. It will take every bit of Temple’s strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything. . .even for true love.

Twelve years earlier the young William Harrow, heir to the Dukedom met a tantalizing and beautiful girl, a girl with magical odd eyes, he fell in love with her there and then. The next day he woke in his to be step mothers bed, with no memory and in a pool of blood and he was accused of murdering her. After fleeing to London he was rescued by an elusive person named Chase who ran a gambling hell called The Fallen Angel, where he changed from suspected murderer to the towering Temple. Now all those years later Mara Lowe the very women that he was supposed to have murdered turns up, completely and utterly alive and wanting help from the very man who was accused of murdering her all those years ago. ~ Chicks Rogues and Scandals.

Best Series :

Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

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There was really no other choice for this category, Maiden Lane is by far the best Series out there, Elizabeth Hoyt just keeps spittting out book after book which contain the most amazing plots and charactand. This is one series that I will never tire off.

The Maiden Lane Series is just breathtaking no matter which book or character is your favorite, no matter what a person usually read this series has something for all Historical Romance reader’s and by far the best thing that Elizabeth Hoyt has done, I can’t wait for the next one. . . ~ Chicks Rogues and Scandals.

Book of the Year : 

The Saxon Outlaws Revenge by Elisabeth Hobbes.

This was by far the most difficult decision I had to make, I have read so many brilliant books this year, but this in particular did stick with me. The entirety of this book is just perfection.

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At the mercy of her enemy!

Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face to face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He’s now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his. . .

Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?

My goodness how much do I like this? I haven’t read a Historical Romance from this period before, for some reason I just never thought about trying a Medieval Romance, how wrong I was. This is just so unbelievably good. The story is incredible Constance and Aelric are on opposites sides Constance is a Norman and Aelric a Saxon, both are supposed to hate each other and yet deep down they are soul mates. This reminds me so much of Tristan and Isolde, which is one of the most romantic stories ever, two love bird’s stuck in the centre of two warring clan’s, separated by who and what they are. ~ Chicks Rogues and Scandals.