To avenge his mother’s honor, Sir Giles of Cambrai has come to England to kill his father. First, however, he’ll take sweet revenge by kidnapping his sire’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.
Abandoned in a convent by her brother, Lady Emelin finally has the chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape
Rescuing the intrepid lady–while hunting the traitors–is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate. But the greatest challenge to both Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them. For he’s everything a proper lady should never want, and she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.
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Time and setting: Lincolnshire, England 1197
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer rating: 4.5 stars
Review by Vikki
This book was a real pleasure to read. It was very well-written with no grammatical mistakes that I could find, which is a rarity recently. Giles of Cambrai is the perfect honorable knight and Lady Emelin is a feisty, yet genteel lady. I really enjoyed how their love story played out. The only reason I gave it four and a half stars instead of five is because the author could have been a bit more descriptive, in order to give a better sense of the time period, but the story was a solid five.
Giles and Emelin meet when she stumbles upon him as he’s being attacked and saves his life. There is an immediate attraction between the pair, but they each believe it cannot go further. Giles is a mercenary, serving Mercadier, bent on avenging his mother. He believes Lord Osbert of Langley is his father and that he deserted his mother. Emelin is to marry Lord Osbert.
Giles decides to thwart the marriage by kidnapping Emelin from Langley on the eve of her wedding. While Lady Emelin has no desire to marry Lord Osbert, she feels she must to protect his unwanted daughter, three-year-old, Margaret, so she feels she must get away from Giles and return to Langley.
Thus begins a journey where Giles is constantly rescuing his warrior nun, as he calls her, since she was wearing a habit when she rescued him from harm. The last thing he wants or needs is to be responsible for this reluctant lady, but he will not allow her to be sacrificed for her brother Garley’s greed. Besides, the attraction he feels for her is more than he can resist.
On one of these escapades, he is gravely wounded. Thankfully some knights from Granville come upon them and help Emelin get Giles to the castle, where he can be tended to. His life hangs in the balance, and while Emelin feels she should slip away, she cannot until she knows Giles will recover. The lord and lady of Granville are kind, and she grows fond of them as she tirelessly nurses Giles back to health. When the young lad, Davy finds them at Granville, Emelin believes Garley and Lord Osbert must be hot on their trail.
Can the warrior nun protect her wounded knight from the evil that lurches in the shadows? Will true love overcome their obstacles? This engrossing tale is well worth the time to read and is one that I will keep on my shelves to visit again. I highly recommend this moving story.