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28 June 2021

Book Review: The Return of Her Lost Knight by Melissa Oliver *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Return of Her Lost Knight by Melissa Oliver ahead of the blog tour.

I was excited for this book, as I loved the previous book by Melissa Oliver that I read. The Return of Her Lost Knight did not disappoint, I absolutely loved it!

The Return of Her Lost Knight by Melissa Oliver book cover Mills & Boon historical

Her second chance

With her lost love…

To avoid a forced marriage, Lady Gwenllian plans to escape to a convent.

She couldn’t possibly honor another when her heart still belongs to Ralph de Kinnerton, the man she had to betray to save his life - only to hear of his death shortly after.

So how is it possible he’s here at this knight’s tournament?

Now the pull of their unfinished past forces Gwen to question the choice she’d made for her future…

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Secrets, honour, family, danger, love.

Another outstanding historical romance from Melissa Oliver!

We meet Ralph first, who is a bit headstrong and rather impulsive - and almost to his own detriment. He is very chivalrous, and it's very appealing. He reminds me of Will from Her Banished Knight’s Redemption, who makes a brief cameo.

Gwen is maybe even more headstrong than Ralph. As a woman she doesn't have much power, but the power she does have she uses well. I loved her plotting, her plans to save herself and escape Stephen. I'd want to escape him too, he's pretty vile. Gwen has had a lot of heartbreak and betrayal, and it will take a lot to help her heal and learn to trust again.

This is absolutely a romance of miscommunications. If Gwenllian and Ralph had only used their words, so much anguish could have been avoided. But it was frustrating in the best of ways, particularly as the narrative switched between them so as a reader we knew the full story.

Both Gwen and Ralph had such strong senses of honour, and although it caused problems between them (which lead to a brilliant lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers arc) it meant that the passion and trust in their relationship was amplified. Their chemistry is amazing.

The historical setting is so well researched, it comes to life on the page with so many small details. There is an ever-present under current of danger that makes the pace feel fast even when the story slows down for more tender romantic scenes.

I've said it before and I'll doubtless say it again, Melissa Oliver is an author I'll be keeping an eye out for. I can't wait to read more.

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Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and three daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, grand palaces and all things historical. She is the winner of The Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight. When she's not writing she loves to travel, paint and visit museums & art galleries.

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