Title: Knight Defender
Series: Knight Chronicles, Book 3
Author: Rue Allyn
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2016
Genre: Historical, Medieval, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: My Family's Heart
Sent alone to Scotland to wed a wild scot and serve the needs of her father and her king, Lady Jessamyn plots to escape the marriage and make the life she wants. In Scotland she finds not the wild boorish monster she imagined but a Knight Defender who would claim her heart, if she will only give up her dreams.
Baron Raeb MacKai is done allowing himself and everyone he loves to live in poverty and despair. His betrothal to a wealthy English heiress will solve a decade of problems. He will do everything necessary to defend his home and his country, but can he defend his heart?
Jessamyn and Raeb. I've met some pretty stubborn characters but these two might take the cake!
Their engagement to each other means very little. It's a means to an end--fulfillment of a decree for her, restoration of his clan for him--that neither plan on seeing happen. Their determination to repulse one another was truly amusing and amazing. It showed just how badly they were opposed to idea of marriage and just how strongly they wanted to hold onto their individual goals.
As most couples find out, working and standing together usually brings those goals to fruition but also in ways neither were expecting.
Raeb wasn't the Scottish boor Jessamyn thought he'd be. She discovered a man who is loyal, kindhearted, and strong.
Jessamyn wasn't the frigid English heiress Raeb though she'd be. He discovered a warm and caring woman hiding behind Jessamyn's sharp tongue and quick mind.
Raeb saved his clan and gained a woman just as strong as he who didn't take any of his crap. Jessamyn's desire for a life of her making came to be because Raeb didn't find a need to change her.
This story moved pretty quick despite the time period and book length. I'm used to Medieval romances being somewhat slower paced, the author pulling me into the story with world building and dialogue. This story had those two elements and still it was boom!boom!boom!, you know? One thing after another, one-upmanship at its finest, this amusing and evocative story was definitely worth reading.
When not writing, loving her spouse, or attending Toastmasters meetings, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance. She loves to hear from readers, and you may contact her at contact@RueAllyn.com. She can't wait to hear from you.