For once my "quick roll before going to bed" is turning out just that -- hooray. Knight's entries in the Medieval Murderers series are not necessarily among my favorites, but it is clear that he knows his stuff, and I might just as well finally catch up with his protagonist Sir John de Wolfe's earlier history.
He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him. If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.
Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.
Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.
But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.
The Knight's Kiss by Nicole Burnham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Was their love destined to be written in the stars or hindered by the hands of time? Burnham brings class, heartache and magic to a modern fairytale. When past and present collide, anything is possible. The Knight's Kiss reads like the most memorable sonata. Isabella and Nick take emotions on the most unpredictable ride of their hearts. His past heartbreak could hold the key to her future happiness, but the cost could be more than either are willing to endure. Get ready to be swept away by a larger than life love story.