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  • Title: The Return of Her Lost Knight
  • Author: Melissa Oliver
  • Publisher: Mills and Boon
  • Publication Date: 24 June 2021

Copy received from Rachel’s Random Resources for review purposes.

Description:

Her second chance

With her lost love…

To avoid a forced marriage, Lady Gwenllian plans to escape to a convent. She couldn’t possibly honor another when her heart still belongs to Ralph de Kinnerton, the man she had to betray to save his life—only to hear of his death shortly after. So how is it possible he’s here at this knight’s tournament? Now the pull of their unfinished past forces Gwen to question the choice she’d made for her future…

My Thoughts:

As part of the Notorious Knights series, this book is another example of Melissa Oliver’s fantastic writing. Although the books can be read and enjoyed without following the series, I would recommend reading the previous two books as these give a more rounded feel to the books. Especially as characters from previous books can appear, and it’s quite lovely to see what has been going on in their lives.

Historical romance books are an enjoyable read, they invite the reader to step back in time and experience a world so rich in detail and full of wonderful characters. And I think that Melissa Oliver is a name readers want to keep an eye out for, her books give the reader more than just an historical romance, there is drama, danger, and tension.
The characters are intriguing from the moment you meet them, you want to know more about their stories and feel a connection to them, or certainly become invested in their tale … wishing for success and happiness. I felt that Ralph and Gwen’s tales had me drawn in, they were so well crafted and I loved finding out more about them, watching as they tried to overcome their pasts.

I would definitely recommend checking out the books written by Melissa Oliver, they are a real treat for readers and have you falling in love with the period, the characters and the stories.

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  • Title: Her Banished Knight’s Redemption
  • Author: Melissa Oliver
  • Publisher: Harlequin/Mills & Boon
  • Publication Date: 21st January 2021

Copy received from publisher and blog tour organiser for review purposes.

Description:

A lady’s need for protection 
A knight’s chance for redemption

Exiled Knight William Geraint answers only to himself. Yet, a mission to find and reunite lost heiress Lady Isabel de Clancey with her family is Will’s chance to finally atone for the torment of his past. With every rushed mile, their intense attraction becomes dangerously thrilling. He swore to protect Isabel not seduce her, but their desire for each other could threaten the redemption he’s worked so hard to achieve…

My Thoughts:

There is so much intrigue around William Geraint and his troubled past that has kept him in exile for years. So when he is tasked with a seemingly straightforward mission of tracking down a lost heiress and returning her safely to her family, I was even more intrigued to see what lay ahead. Especially after such a fascinating first few chapters …

Whilst this is a historical romance tale, there is a fantastic dash of mystery thrown in which makes this such a thrilling read. As readers get to know Isabel de Clancey and watch as she tries to piece together memories from her childhood, they share in her frustrations at not being able to fully see the bigger picture that looms just out of reach. Why was she sent away? Why did no one look for her? What danger lies ahead of William Geraint and Isabel de Clancey on their journey, and will they make it back? The details that are woven into the narrative make this such an exciting read and I loved following William and Isabel as they darted down streets and alleys, or hid in plain sight. The developing attraction between these two characters allowed for great character development, and it was nice to see the way that William opened up, shared what troubled him, not just in recent years, but from his childhood too. This allowed readers a chance to try and understand why this character acted in the way he did.

The historical elements woven into the plot made this a great read, I found that there were bits and pieces I was keeping note of to look up once I’d finished the book (I didn’t want to interrupt my reading to fall down a rabbit hole on Google to research knights and crusades), and have since been scouring for more reads like this.

Vivid descriptions really brought the scenes to life, I loved imagining the landscapes William and Isabel rode through, seeing the tapestries and decorative touches of grandeur … what a perfect escape!

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