Series: Knights of the Swan, #4
Release Date: July 31, 2018
The blurb for this story intrigued me, I love wounded heroes, strong heroines and a dash of mystery in my romance, plus it is a medieval!! And while the story did indeed have a wounded hero, a strong heroine and a dash of mystery – it did not work for me.
Lady Margaret “Meg” of Fletcher’s Landing has been a busy girl, she along with her two sisters and young brother have been overseeing the holding since the death of her parents. After their death, the king bequeathed the holding to the evil Sir Vincent DePierce, so Meg has learned to keep her dealings secret, and to keep the holding financially stable, she has entered in to some “arrangements” and has run into a few problems. But what she doesn’t know is Sir Vincent is dead and no longer a threat to her and her family.
Sir Nathan is a member of the Knights of the Swan and has been sent to Fletcher’s Landing on a quest for King Henry – to find a treasure, but what he finds is a feisty young woman intent on keeping secrets and the only person who has been able to shine light into the darkness that encompasses him. Nathan suffers waking dreams and nightmares from his imprisonment at the hands of Sir Vincent. He wonders if he will ever be fit for service again and has accepted this mission to try and overcome his problems, Meg is a balm to his tortured soul and he begins to hope that with her by his side, he will be able to banish his demons. He knows she is hiding something and is determined to find answers as well as the kings treasure.
I really wanted to like this story, but I felt lost from the very beginning, not having read the previous books, I didn’t understand the references to his incarceration, nor did I fully appreciate the evil done by Sir Vincent. I found the writing to be stilted and jumbled, I had a hard time following the story because it jumped from one scene to another with seemingly no rhyme or reason. I have no idea why Nathan and Meg fell in love, I am still not sure who the villain really was and there were several plotlines that were left incomplete. If you are planning on reading this book, I would strongly suggest reading the series in order and downloading a sample before you buy to decide if the author’s writing style appeals to you.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*