Secrets of Her Forbidden Knight
She’s rescued a knight
Now she needs the favour returned…
When widowed Lady Johanne happens upon an injured knight, she sees an opportunity to form an alliance and protect her home, Castle Brae, from her enemies. The betrothal she proposes might be merely for appearances, but the very real attraction between her and Sir Alewyn thrills and disturbs her. For it’s clear he’s hiding something… Can she trust him, with so much at stake?
Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. She writes medieval romances for Mills & Boon. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).
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Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: The King’s Knights, #3
Release Date: August 23, 2022
When Johanna, the widowed Baroness of Brae, came upon a massive man lying unconscious on the road, she can’t just leave him to die, despite being warned to do so by her steward, who noticed a trap on the road, which most likely caused the man’s current predicament. But Johanna points out that he likely saved them from the same fate and insists on taking him back to Brae Castle to tend him. And hopefully, with any luck, she will convince him to stay on and help protect the castle.
Sir Alewyn “Al” Monceaux wakes and doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. He remembers leaving Windsor Castle on a mission for the King’s Knights, but has no recollection of the accident and is missing his horse and all his belongings, including his sword. But as luck would have it, he has ended up exactly where he was meant to be, Brae Castle where he was to investigate reports that Lady Johanna is aiding the French against the king and to arrest her for treason if he finds proof of these claims.
He wonders how he will convince Johanna to let him stay, but that problem is solved when a neighboring baron arrives unannounced and Johanna says Al is her betrothed. He plays along with the ruse, because it will give him time to investigate, but as he gets to know Johanna, he can’t believe that she is a traitor to England. He is even more sure that she is innocent when he meets another of her neighboring barons. But can he trust her with the truth of his mission? And the even bigger question is, will he be able to leave her once the traitor is caught?
I loved this story, it is definitely my favorite of the series (so far) and a book that I am thrilled to recommend. Johanna and Alewyn are remarkable characters who both battle with insecurity and strive to prove their worth to others. I adored how they worked together and supported and encouraged each other. I was hoping for a bit more steam in this book, but in the end, I didn’t miss it and when their story ended, I had no doubts about their mutual desire and love for each other. This is the third book in the series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone title with no problems.
*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.*