Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Rebel Heiress and the Knight by Melissa Oliver as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
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!
In The Rebel Heiress and the Knight we meet Eleanor and Hugh as they are brought together and ordered to be married by King John. Eleanor is able to stand on her own two feet so being told to marry is the last thing she wants to do. After suffering such a terrible first marriage she has no wish to be in that position again. However there is much more at stake then this. You see Eleanor is hiding some secrets that will put her in serious danger. What can I say about Hugh. He has been hurt in the past and trust is definitely an important thing for him. He has a brooding side (which I love) but there is also a lighter side to him that reveals itself along the way.
I loved how this pair danced around each other unsure of the other person. Both flawed and wary they began to form a tentative friendship. This for me was a lovely part of the story as I got to see both characters slowly reveal parts of their personalities. With Eleanor’s feisty but caring ways shining through and Hugh with his outward charm showing much more depth than at first glance.
There is drama involving the characters and their relationship but also because of the secrets that are firmly standing between the pair. Melissa Oliver gave Eleanor and Hugh a wonderful depth carefully building their personalities up so I really felt a connection. The story moves at a lovely pace and Melissa Oliver sets the scene perfectly with richly described moments that immersed me completely in the story. A true escape is so lovely at the moment and this book easily provided that for me. The Rebel Heiress and the Knight had that little bit of danger, intrigue and of course romance. This all combined to create an engaging and wonderful story. This book is a wonderful debut and I can’t wait to read what the author will write next!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Social Media Links
Twitter – @melissaoauthor