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21 April 2021

Book Review: The Knight's Runaway Maiden by Nicole Locke *AD gifted

I was provided with a free copy of The Knight's Runaway Maiden by Nicole Locke ahead of the blog tour.

After reading The Maiden and the Mercenary by Nicole Locke last year, I knew I wanted more. So I pounced on the chance to join the blog tour for The Knight's Runaway Maiden, and I was not disappointed by what I read. If anything, it was even better!

The Knight's Runaway Maiden by Nicole Locke book cover Mills & Boon Harlequin historical

She hates all Warstones...

Can this one win her love?

Balthus of Warstone secretly loved Séverine, even though she was unhappily married to his brute of a brother, then she fled six years ago.

Now her husband is dead, Balthus must find Séverine and reclaim her sons as his father’s heirs.

Balthus’ desire is to claim her too, and despite his battle-maimed arm and her distrust of his family, he’ll prove he’s a suitor worthy of such a courageous woman...

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5 Word Review: Family, danger, loyalty, passion, love. 

Having read one of the previous books (although they can all be read as standalones) I thought I knew what I was getting myself in for. But The Knight's Runaway Maiden absolutely blew me away.

This is a story about loyalty and love. Séverine is such a fantastic character, and I loved the contrast of the loyalty-of-friendship she had from previous servants against the loyalty-of-fear that those servants once had for Ian and the Wartone family. It made their fierce protection of Séverine all the more powerful.

I loved Séverine. For all that she was a naïve young lady, she is resourceful and generous and knows now what she wants. I loved the care that she showed for everyone around her, and how loyal she was to those that had helped her.

Balthus is a bit of a Hot Cross Bun. He's nice to look at but a bit of a mule, and sometimes it was frustrating that he didn't just use his words - this story wouldn't have existed if he'd just opened his mouth. His argumentative and withholding ways did mean that the stakes were raised though - I wouldn't have it any other way.

The attraction between Séverine and Balthus grows from a tiny spark years before. It's a slow burn that feels almost like a flaming romance. The plot drives the intensity of their passion, and the edge of danger that lurks around every corner makes for a pretty thrilling lead.

The setting is marvellous - we see a lot of Séverine's world and the hard work she has put in over the years to evade the Warstones.

The Knight's Runaway Maiden is a fantastic medieval historical romance, the world truly came to life. I'd love to read more about Balthus and Séverine, and see where life takes them next.

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  1. Oh this sounds like a really fun book. Isn't it funny how many wouldn't exist if the characters learnt how to use their words? Great review!

  2. I can't say I've ever read a medieval romance novel! This sounds interesting though and shame the giveaway is only open for US! x

  3. "nice to look at but a bit of a mule" made me snort. You have such a wonderful way with words

  4. I think I would like Severine as a character as well. I just love a good loyal one <3 And I can understand about the male love interest because I would find that frustrating too. I am glad you enjoyed the setting so much and book overall.

  5. I love the sound of Severine, a resourceful medieval heroine sounds perfect. Your comment about Balthus being a Hot Cross Bun made me chuckle though, he does sound like a bit of a ass! x

  6. Gret review! I have never read a medieval romance story, I think I'll have to give them a go.

    Lois |


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