Book 3, Swordcross Knights - A Medieval Romance
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Claim your heart’s desire…
Lady Angelet has spent her whole life as a pawn, acquiescing to the wishes of others. She’s been a good daughter, a good wife, a good mother, and a good widow. The reward for her obedience is nothing more than a one-way journey to a nunnery. Outmaneuvered by her shrewd father-in-law, Angelet is forced to accept her fate. The knight who is hired to escort her has other plans.
Now known as the undefeated Knight of the Raven, the low-born but charming Sir Rafe has had to fight for everything he’s ever had. When he sees Angelet, he’s more than willing to fight for her too. Rafe makes the soon-to-be cloistered lady a salacious offer: for the duration of the journey, she can spend every night with him, and she doesn’t have to be good at all.
When a deadly pursuer threatens them, Rafe defends Angelet’s life even though it means revealing his dark side. But Rafe isn’t the only one with a secret, and now that she’s sampled the life she’s dreamed of, Angelet is done being a pawn…
The third book in the Swordcross Knights: A series of full-length historical romance novels set in the vivid and beguiling world of medieval Britannia.
I’ve followed the entire series so far, and I can’t put the books down! Raven’s Rise was the perfect mix of everything I could ask for in a book, I can’t wait to read the last of the series.
Choose the sky
I liked the plot and all the intrigues. I read books 1,2 and 3. I didn’t appreciate the many and repeated erotic sex portions. One or maybe 2 would have been enough.
I hope the next series would be more historic and less erotic.
Danger and Romance
Rafe has been a knight on the Tournament Circuit since his actions caused a rift in the small group of friends with whom he grew up, and with whom he had fought in the war for King Stephen. Angelet is the widow of the oldest son of the Baron of Dryton Manor. She suffers from a condition that causes her to have visions occasionally, and because of it, many of the manor’s residents are wary of her.
Rafe agrees to lead a small band of young men on a mission to guard a member of Lord Otto Yarborough’s household on a journey. They discover at dinner the day of their arrival that they will be taking Angelet to a nunnery. This is not Angelet’s desire or decision, nor did she know of it before hand. Her father-in-law tells her that the physicians at the nunnery may be able to cure her condition. He also makes it clear that she will not be allowed to see her young son who is fostered with another family, unless she complies.
It was an eventful journey. There were attacks by robbers, including one of their own. And as they travel, Rafe and Angelet fall in love. After the first attack, Rafe and Angelet escaped the battle and continued with out the rest of their companions. In an attack a few days later, Angelet was injured so badly that Rafe was forced to take her to Cleobury, a place where he was sure he would be punished for past misdeeds. Angelet recovers, but their trouble is not over. Before they can move on with their lives, Rafe must confront his past – he does, all of it, and Angelet must decide what she truly wants for her future. Can they win their battles, the ones brought to them by enemies and the ones within themselves? It won’t be easy. But they won’t be alone.
Raven’s Rise is the third installment of the SwordCrossed Knights series. The story is action-packed, full of adventure, fighting, kidnapping, mystery, and romance. It’s a page-turner that keeps your interest from the beginning to the end. It is intense in places, lighter in others. There are a few surprises, two really nice ones near the end of the story. I highly recommend this one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily reviewed it and the comments are my own.