She must marry the knight
By order of the king!
Widow Eleanor of Tallany Castle knows her people are broken by the taxes demanded by King John. So when she’s ordered to marry Hugh de Villiers, a knight loyal to the king, she’s furious—even if he is handsome! As gallant Hugh begins to heal the scars of Eleanor’s abusive first marriage, she’s even more determined to keep her secret: she is the outlaw the king wants to send to the gallows!
An amazing debut that had me so hooked I forgot it was bedtime!
Set during the reign of King John and just before the signing of the Great Charter of Liberties (Magna Carta) England is in uproar, the king is taxing people in extreme and rebels are growing stronger. Eleanor is a lady with a difference, she has an alter ego as Le Renard (The Fox) a leader of outlaws in Northumberland, stealing back from the king and redistributing the wealth as well as supporting the rebel barons. Hugo, as one of the kings knights, has been sent to marry Elenor and to catch The Fox, pulling the lands back towards royal control
I absolutely adored Eleanor as a character, she doesn’t have the traditional attributes of a lady in her position but she has amazing skills as a warrior that she must keep hidden. She is a widow and was badly hurt in her previous marriage making her very wary of Hugh and he must earn her trust and show that he won’t force her before she is willing to accept him in any manner. I think Eleanor’s behaviour with Hugh resonates through time and it makes her feel even more real to me. She also has to keep her secret and deciding if she should tell Hugh makes things very difficult for her when she realises that she actually quite likes her husband!
It took me longer to warm to Hugh but when I realised that he would protect Eleanor at any cost it changed my mind and I started to love him. He challenges Eleanor and doesn’t force her to do anything. Hugh is the kind of person you would want on your side during a fight, he has a strong sense of right and wrong and is very loyal. He also isn’t sure about his relationship with Eleanor and when he finds out snippets of her contradictions he doesn’t know how to react which makes him feel so real as his reactions feel relevant even to my own life!
Hugh and Eleanor’s story is unconventional but works so well and the dangers of the times are woven so well into the story that you can’t always tell fact and fiction.
This book kept me on my toes and at times had me wondering which way was up, with the emotions and drama pouring off the page
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a slightly unconventional historical romance with a determined and loveable heroine and a strong, loyal hero with oodles of drama
AM 🐾 x
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebel-Heiress-Knight-Mills-Historical-ebook/dp/B083XSFF8V/
US – https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Heiress-Knight-Mills-Historical-ebook/dp/B083XSFF8V/
Growing up in Richmond- Upon-Thames, Melissa Oliver used to walk past the old Mills and Boon offices as a teen, and wistfully sigh that one day her dream of writing for them will come true. Amazingly, after all these years, it finally has…& now she can bring all those stories out onto the pages of her books. Melissa lives in south-west London with her gorgeous husband and equally gorgeous daughters, who share her passion for castles, palaces and all things historical.
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