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09 August 2021

Book Review: Her Honourable Mercenary by Nicole Locke *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Her Honourable Mercenary by Nicole Locke ahead of the blog tour.

This is the story I've been wanting to read since I read The Maiden and the Mercenary last year.

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An innocent maiden...

And a legendary warrior.

When captured and held prisoner in an enemy castle, Margery of Lyon is guarded by brooding mercenary Evrart, who’s been commanded to watch her - day and night.

Margery’s determination to escape brings her closer to Evrart and the kind heart hidden beneath his granite-hard body.

Now Margery is torn... Fleeing under the portcullis will mean leaving behind the man she’s falling for…

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5 Word Review: Family, danger, love, understanding.

Nicole Locke writes the most beautiful, detailed filled historical romances, and Her Honourable Mercenary is no exception. It's a continuation of the Lovers and Legends miniseries, but each book can absolutely be read as a standalone. I do like that you get mentions of other characters though.

The Warstones are messy and scary and dangerous, and after reading The Maiden and the Mercenary last year I've been looking forward to seeing how Margery gets herself into such a situation.

And it wasn't how I thought. Part of me thought that perhaps Margery was using Ian as much as he was using her, but although Margery is a lot smarter than others give her credit for, she's not ruthless or conniving. She's trying her best, she's a bit scared, and I love her for it. Margery is the kind of character who is usually underestimated. She's seen as a silly girl when actually she's much more intelligent, and her passion and generosity were endearing.

I'd say Evrart is loyal almost to a fault - but he doesn't have much choice in the matter. I loved seeing him change from almost meek around Ian into someone much stronger, despite the danger.

There's a scene where Margery tries to show Evrart colours that he can't see, and I thought it was the most touching thing I've ever read. It was so heart-warming and perfectly showed Margery's kind heart. She's very much misunderstood. Rather like her sister Biedeluue, she's only trying her best - just in a very different way.

This is a slow burn fraught with danger. Ian's instability made everything quite tense and perilous, and it really amped up the tension between Margery and Evrart. I loved the forbidden aspect of their relationship, and it was excellent to see wariness turn to friendship turn to love.

I can't wait to read more of Nicole Locke's books! I'd recommend them to anyone who likes historical romance, and especially a slow burn.

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Nicole is the author of Harlequin/Mills and Boon Lovers and Legends Historical series. If she isn't working on the next book, she can be reached at, Facebook, and Twitter!


  1. I've not heard of this book but it's sounds really interesting and a bit different to what I'd usually read x

  2. I haven’t heard of this book or the author. You have shared a very good review. Definitely an interesting topic. I wouldn’t usually choose to read something like this. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren -bournemouthgirl

  3. I do enjoy a slow burner in the summer when the days are longer and you can really get your teeth into something new


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