A Stolen Knight’s Kiss
Captured by a knight…
Rescued by his kiss!
When orphan Eva loses the father-figure who’d protected her on the streets of London, she suspects the Knights of Fortitude. But when she steals information from them, she’s caught by brooding knight Nicholas. Learning he might not be the villain after all, she puts her distrust aside to work with him, yet Eva must stay focussed – and not get distracted when they share a stolen kiss!
Author Bio :
Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes sweeping historical romance and is the winner of The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight.
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Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: Protectors of the Crown, #2
Release Date: October 25, 2022
In this installment of the Protectors of the Crown, Sir Nicholas d’Amberly along with the other members of the Knights Fortitude of the Order of the Sword are hot on the trail of the Duo Dracones, a group of traitors bent on bringing down the king. Tonight Nicholas is waiting in a tavern for his informant to deliver a missive to him outlining the Duo Dracones’ next move. They complete their business quickly and within seconds, Nicholas notices a lovely young woman working her way to him, but when she is detained by a drunken patron, Nicholas is honor bound to help her. But as soon as he helps her, she turns to leave and he realizes that the missive he just received is gone and his mother’s ring along with it!. He gives chase and sees that the maiden has a partner – a young boy. He catches up to them, just as the girl is going over a wall, he thinks he will catch the boy, but after exchanging a few words, the boy too gets away.
Eva Siward was not born to the streets, but after the death of her family at the age of 12, she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle, but soon it becomes clear that Eva cannot stay and she runs away. She is rescued by a master thief named Simon the Rook, who took her under his wing and kept her safe by making everyone believe she was a boy. Simon was recently killed by a Crown Knight, so when she is offered a job to steal from one, she jumps at the chance, especially since the fee from this job will enable her to leave London and start a new life with her friend Marguerite, another girl who ran away from a bad situation. But she underestimates Sir Nicholas and finds the tables turned, as he has taken Marguerite hostage until Eva returns Nicholas’ property. An exchange is set up and Eva knows she has no choice but to comply, but she will do it on her terms!
This book was a well-written, non-stop adventure from the very first page. I loved Nicholas and Eva together, they have such chemistry and are so supportive of each other, not to mention, their passion for each other certainly heated up the pages! This book has action, betrayals, revelations, near-death moments, loss, surprises, steamyish love scenes, cameos from the other knights and their wives, some twists and turns, and finally a HEA with a glimpse of what can be expected in the next book. This is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone title, but I really would recommend reading the books in order for the best reader experience.
*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.*