The Knight’s Convenient Alliance
The only man who’s tempted her…Now poses as her husband!
When an injured knight arrives on Brida O’Conaill’s doorstep, the village assumes he’s her long-lost husband. But her only previous connection to Sir Thomas Lovent was an intense shared moment at a tournament years ago. Brida maintains the pretence while she nurses him, yet once he’s back to full, virile health, she cannot reveal Thomas is not her husband—or that she’s unmarried!—when everyone is expecting them to act like husband and wife…
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.
When she’s not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.
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Series: Notorious Knights, #4
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Brida O’Conaill and Sir Thomas Lovent have a history, three years ago they shared a passionate kiss, and then Brida, who instigated the kiss, delivered a cutting setdown to Thomas and stormed off. She later felt bad, she lashed out at him in frustration – she wants him, but a curse on her family means she can never marry, so she took her disappointment out on him. She meant to apologize, but Thomas left the following morning without a word and she hasn’t seen him since. That is until he shows up half-dead on her doorstep and her neighbors assume he is her long-absent husband!
Thomas has been working as an agent on behalf of the crown and Hubert de Burgh, the Chief Justiciar of England, which thankfully meant that much of his time is spent in London – far from the tempting Brida. But when a mission goes wrong and Thomas is accused of murder – he will have to return to the Welsh border to clear his name and stop a plot against his liege. But his escape was not easy and he was wounded. He went first to his friend Ralph de Kinnerton, but when he learned Ralph was away, he ended up on Brida’s doorstep. When he awakes, he learns that Brida has made up a husband and all the villagers think he is that man. He plays along but plans to leave as soon as he is well, but when the men who attacked him come calling, he flees with Brida in tow.
Can these two figure out who is behind the sinister plot and thwart it? And more importantly, can they both let go of past hurts and doubts to find love beyond compare? Or will their fears doom them to a solitary, lonely life?
This was a good story, a bit slow-moving, but ultimately, the ending was worth the time invested. The book has strong leads, warm love scenes, a bit of intrigue, a little action, cameos from previous characters, and finally a very sweet HEA. This is the fourth book in the 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.*