Her Banished Knight’s Redemption
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…
Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.
Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight – Book 1 Notorious Knights.
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Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Notorious Knights, #2
Release Date: January 26, 2021
As a young girl of eight, Lady Isabel de Clancey is on her way to foster with her betrothed’s family in France, when her entourage was set upon and she is the only one who escaped the gruesome fate of her party, thanks to the help of a young squire named William Geraint. Isabel doesn’t tell William who she is, nevertheless, he takes her to safety and then must leave, but he vows to always be her friend, in thanks she gives him one of the two identical silver and ruby pendants she has with her. He leaves and she is sure her family will come for her – but years pass without a word and Isabel using her mother’s name of Adela is adopted by a family and decides to embrace her new life.
Twelve years after that horrific day, William is now living in France as a “disgraced knight” and mercenary but is secretly working for England’s regent and Lord Protector, William Marshal. He is approached by Eustace Rolleston who swears he will not only pay Will a fortune to find the missing de Clancey heiress but guarantees he will have Will pardoned. Will declines until Rolleston points out that the pendant he wears belongs to the de Clancey family. Will has long wondered what happened to the girl and finally agrees. It takes him months before he finally finds her, but when he does, it is clear that Isabel doesn’t want to be found.
After days of evading Will and planning to run away and hide, Will finally corners her and she reluctantly agrees to return to England. But almost as soon as they sent out, it is clear that someone doesn’t want Isabel to return to England alive. They will have to outsmart their pursuers and with the help of the Knights Templar, solve the mystery of the pendants. All while trying not to let their growing feelings leave them both with broken hearts.
This was a well-written, fast-paced story with wonderful characters and an intriguing mystery. I enjoyed getting to know William and Isabel, they are both likable characters with painful pasts, I thought the mystery of the pendants was very well done and loved the incorporation of the Templars – it gave the story a bit of a “National Treasure” feel. The story is filled with emotion, betrayal, murder, a cameo from Hugh (of The Rebel Heiress and the Knight), very mild love scenes, treasure, secrets, action, and finally a well deserved HEA. This the second book in the series, but it is easily read as a standalone title with no problems. I enjoyed this story and would happily recommend this title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. *