Genre: Medieval historical romance
Publication Date: 1st September 2021
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Standalone First Book in The King’s Knights series
Estimated Page Count: 368
Risking her life
To save a knight!
Disguising herself as her late twin brother keeps Avva Carpenter, and her family, safe. Until Sir William Devereux arrives in her town. As the castle’s stable master, Avva can’t avoid the knight—or the desire he instantly stirs in her. He’s everything she never knew a nobleman could be: honest, kind, brave. When danger surrounds them, the only way to help William is to reveal her true identity, but can she trust him enough?
My Review of The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise
I had the best time losing myself in The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise. Written so well, the scenes flowed effortlessly from one page to the other until I had finished reading the book! I was fully immersed in the story and wrapped in the world of kings, knights, barons, and peasants.
I did not verify the historical accuracy of the events and places in the book. But I was able to sense the atmosphere of danger that followed the King of England and the knights who had sworn to protect him. The ruthless nature of nobles who will stop at nothing to grab power is depicted well–but without unnecessary blood and gore.
The King’s pride and arrogance also shone through his speech and behavior. The author didn’t tell us much; she preferred to show us each character’s personality through action and dialog.
The fight scenes are vividly written. You can hear the clang of swords, the grunt of the fighting men, and the groans of the injured in your mind.
Sir William and Avva, the main characters, have plenty of steamy moments as desire relentlessly pulls them closer. Avva has a shameful secret (or two!) so she tries to be as inconspicuous as possible. But she stands out like a red traffic light for Sir William, who feels inexplicably attracted to her at first sight — even though she’s in disguise.
The bulk of the story deals with how Sir William and Avva tiptoe around their attraction for each other, knowing that there is a wide chasm between their social standings. The scenes in which they’re forced into close proximity are scorching hot, enough to set the page on fire.
Of course, there’s a happy ending but not before a lot of dilly-dallying on the part of Sir William. His character is quite naïve for a knight in the employ of the King of England!
Overall, The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise is superbly written, full of action, and has some heartwarming scenes towards the end. People who enjoy historical romances will LOVE this story.
I received an e-copy of the book from Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources with a request for an honest review.
About Ella Matthews
Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).
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