The Return of Her Lost Knight
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…
Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and three daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, grand palaces and all things historical. She is the winner of The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight. When she’s not writing she loves to travel, paint and visit museums & art galleries.
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Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: Notorious Knights, #3
Release Date: June 29, 2021
When his father died trying to clear his name after falsely being accused of treason, Sir Ralph de Kinnerton was forced to flee his home under the same cloud of treason as his father and though he begged his betrothed Gwenllian ferch Hywel to leave with him, she refused, breaking his heart. Now six years later and thought to be dead, Ralph has returned disguised as his good friend Sir Thomas Lovent, determined to reclaim the life that was stolen from him by his cousin Stephen le Gros. His plan is simple, participate in the tourney, win enough to pay the taxes levied on his estate by the crown, and then announce himself to the king and take his rightful place. Simple until he sees the only woman he ever loved and who refused to stand by him when things were bad – Gwenllian.
Gwenllian has mourned Ralph for years, she refused him years ago to save his life and was heartbroken when she learned of his death. She only refused him because his vile cousin Stephen promised to kill him in front of her if she refused to marry him, a promise she made to save Ralph after Stephen took liberties and marked her – to her everlasting shame. Thankfully she was able to escape Stephen’s clutches and was made a ward of the crown – thwarting Stephen’s plan to use her dowry to pay the estate taxes. She is surprised when Sir Thomas gives her a token that she had given to Ralph and demands answers. It is then that she learns that Ralph is not dead.
She is overjoyed, but it changes nothing, she insists on taking the veil and refuses to even consider a future with Ralph – assuming he is triumphant. Ralph doesn’t want to lose Gwen again, but first, he must finish what he started and win the funds, but his interest in Gwen has not gone unnoticed and someone will stop at nothing to keep him from her.
This well-written, nicely paced book was a great story with cameos from the previous characters and very likable leads. The book has betrayal, secrets, a second chance at love, lies, warmish love scenes, great secondary characters, heartache, a bit of angst, and finally a hard-earned HEA. This is the third book in the connected series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.