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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: The Highlander’s Secret Son
  • Author: Jeanine Englert
  • Publisher: Mills and Boon
  • Publication Date: 27 May 2021

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

His first love

Now his sworn enemy…

What is Fiona MacDonald doing on the run across his lands? With a wee baby as well! Brandon once loved this woman with all his heart―until her family killed many of his clan. Now, as the new Campbell Laird, he must make sure she pays the price for her betrayal. But how can he claim his vengeance if what she says is true…? That her child is his son and heir!

My Thoughts:

I have been absolutely loving the human side to the tales of books from Mills and Boon recently, and so when I read the description of Jeanine Englert’s latest book I just knew it was going to hit the mark perfectly.

In both Fiona MacDonald and Brandon Campbell readers are given two characters that come alive from the pages. The way they have been crafted, Jeanine Englert draws the reader in, slowly giving glimpses that all is not as it might first appear. There are hints of heartbreak, betrayal and longing surrounding MacDonald and Campbell, and as readers get to know more about their personalities, their stories and shared histories, it soon becomes apparent that this is more than a simple romance tale.
When I first encountered Fiona MacDonald it was hard not to feel a need to understand her more, try to work out what happened between her and Brandon Campbell, and most importantly lead to the hatred she faces from the Campbell clan.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the exploration of Brandon’s mindset, his turmoil and struggle with being Laird and holding the remains of his family and clan together. Watching him work through his feelings, face the things that haunt his thoughts … it all adds up to a powerful story of seeking forgiveness, trust and love.

As if readers weren’t already spoiled enough with such wonderful characters, there is also the fantastically detailed writing that vividly paints a picture of each scene as it happens in the book. I felt like I could actually see the locations mentioned, even the small details were written in such a way to craft a full, colourful picture.

I’d highly recommend this, and if you’re a fan of the Outlander series, then I think you’d probably enjoy this!

Purchase a copy:

Amazon US/Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Highlanders-Secret-Son-Jeanine-Englert/dp/1335506284

Amazon/US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NPTH2J3

Amazon/UK Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highlanders-Secret-Son-Jeanine-Englert/dp/0263284034

Amazon/UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highlanders-Secret-Mills-Boon-Historical-ebook/dp/B08ND9NYW6

Author Bio –

Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a Golden Heart ® Finalist, Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery. Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at www.jeaninewrites.com.

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1) One signed paperback copy of The Highlander’s Secret Son.

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  • Title: The Warrior’s Innocent Captive
  • Author: Ella Matthews
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon
  • Publication Date: 18th March 2021

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

Description:

An impossible choice:

His family or love

As steward to the Earl of Borwyn, Erik Ward had only admired sheltered noblewoman Linota Leofric from afar – until he has to escort her on a dangerous journey. When she’s kidnapped, he rescues the courageous beauty, revelling in finally having her in his arms. But Erik has a secret plan to reunite his family – now he’s forced to choose between that and his growing feelings for Linota…

My Thoughts:

There’s something so rewarding about delving into a book that promises adventure, drama, and historical intrigue … it’s safe to say that The Warrior’s Innocent Captive has this, but Ella Matthews has also created some incredibly detailed characters that capture the attention of the readers.

I’m fast becoming a huge fan of historical romance, and Ella Matthews is a name I will be adding to my list of authors to watch out for, and I’m keen to go back and read the other books in the House of Leofric series. I should point out that although this book is part of a series, I was able to read and enjoy it without having read the other books, I believe their stories occur around the same time as the setting in this one but focus on different characters and tell their stories.

So without rehashing the plot, what can I say about The Warrior’s Innocent Captive? The story follows Erik Ward, a strong and likeable character, who develops well through the book, he is conflicted and struggles with doing what is right while remaining loyal and honourable to those around him. His past means his loyalties are tested, but he appears to have a good heart, and readers cannot help but like him.
Linota Leofric was a character I instantly liked, I felt invested in her tale and found that I wanted things to work out well for her. As you watch her personality unfold through the pages, you witness growth and see her becoming stronger and not a woman to take lightly. She knows her own mind, and in a time when women had little say in their own fates, she really makes the reader want to cheer and say ‘good on you!’ when you see her feisty side emerge.
The relationship between Linota and Erik is turbulent, each guarding their own thoughts and feelings, but there is an intensity there that Matthews weaves through the narrative perfectly and keeps readers turning the pages in anticipation of what lies ahead.

If you’re looking for a historical romance that offers more that a love story then this is the one for you! The writing is fantastic, there is an amazing level of detail in the settings and scenes, so much so that you can almost see each scene play out as you read, you can imagine the cloth of Linota’s cloak, the carved wooden furniture … it’s all so vivid and clear. Not only are the main characters interesting and exciting, the secondary characters are intriguing and really make you want to know more about them and their lives, and with a storyline that’s plotted so well, this really is a book to enjoy with a cuppa and a cheeky biscuit or two.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warriors-Innocent-Captive-Historical-Leofric-ebook/dp/B08HPGSM19

US – https://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Innocent-Captive-Historical-Leofric-ebook/dp/B08HPGSM19

Check out the other stops on the blog tour for more reviews, extracts from the book and maybe even an author interview!

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  • Title: The Duke’s Runaway Bride
  • Author: Jenni Fletcher
  • Publisher: Harlequin/Mills & Boon
  • Publication Date: 18th February 2021

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

Description:

From shopkeeper…

To Duke’s wife

When Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realises his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted?

My Thoughts:

I was so intrigued from the outset with this book … the notion that the Duchess of Howden was writing to her estranged husband to offer divorce, and wanting to live a quiet life doing what she loves most … That had me curious and I really wanted to know more about this character and her life. As it turns out, Beatrix is a lovely character, one who has been hurt and has learned that she must shield herself, build walls to protect herself from events from the past in the hopes that she will not be exploited, hurt or cheated. All well and good until you realise she’s married to a Duke who wants to save his family and his home. Quinton Roxbury is under pressure from those around him, he is the head of the family and in the public eye, he wants to do what’s right for everyone.

A surprising proposition leads to Beatrix and Quinton giving their marriage a chance and it leads to suprising consequences for the entire Roxbury clan. Secrets are unearthed, truths learned and bonds strenghthen as Beatrix touches the lives of everyone around her.
The development of the relationship between Beatrix and Quinton is wonderful to watch unfold, seeing how they interact with each other and other characters because of the influence of the other really changes the characters. Learning about Beatrix and her life before her marriage is fascinating, her reasons for wanting to keep her past hidden make her such an endearing character, her need for self-preservation is admirable. And I loved getting to know each of the Roxbury clan, even the ever so frightening dowager …

The details woven into the narrative really bring the settings alive and make this such an enjoyable read, it felt like Jenni Fletcher had really taken a great deal of time and care to ensure that readers felt transported to the settings of her book and would experience them through the eyes of her characters.

I will definitely be looking out for more books from this author!


Purchase Links

Amazon UK  https://amzn.to/2HP64em

Amazon. com https://amzn.to/35A0gPb

Kobo https://bit.ly/36CPLKp

WHSmith https://bit.ly/36BUpsc

Author Bio

Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels ranging from the Roman to late Victorian eras. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. She teaches Creative Writing at a university in the north of England and her favourite hobbies are baking and, of course, reading.

Social media links:
https://www.facebook.com/JenniFletcherAuthor
https://twitter.com/JenniAuthor

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