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26 November 2021

Book Review: The Knight's Convenient Alliance by Melissa Oliver *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Knight's Convenient Alliance by Melissa Oliver ahead of the blog tour.

Remember how much I enjoyed The Return of Her Lost Knight by Melissa Oliver? Well I enjoyed The Knight's Convenient Alliance just as much! Although this book kind of follows on as we discover Brida's story, it can absolutely be read on its own. Although I don't know why you'd want to do that.

The Knight's Convenient Alliance by Melissa Oliver book cover. A medieval woman with long brown hair is gently embraced from behind by a slightly scruffy looking knight, they hold hands with the barest of touch.

The only man who’s tempted her…

Now poses as her husband!

When an injured knight arrives on Brida O’Conaill’s doorstep, the village assumes he’s her long-lost husband.

But her only previous connection to Sir Thomas Lovent was an intense shared moment at a tournament years ago.

Brida maintains the pretence while she nurses him, yet once he’s back to full, virile health, she cannot reveal Thomas is not her husband - or that she’s unmarried! - when everyone is expecting them to act like husband and wife…

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

Another outstanding historical romance from Melissa Oliver! She really went - fake dating but make it historical. And I loved it.

Brida is headstrong and desperate. She knows what she wants, and it isn't a life in a convent. I loved the way she's built a place for herself in the community, and the way the people of the town rally around her. We also get to see peeks of Gwen from The Return of Her Lost Knight, who is am amazing friend.

Thomas is pretty rash, but he's grown up a lot since the prologue of the book and I loved the intrigue he brought to the story.

The mess that Brida's lies get her in really were the best kind of shenanigans, especially as Thomas leaned right into it. And I loved how it slowly built love from the secret attraction they held for each other.

I loved the instant chemistry between Brida and Thomas, the way they both get under each other's skin and defences. It leads to some excellent banter between them, a lot of teasing, and So Much Sexual Tension. For being pretty short, this definitely felt like a slow burn. The anticipation was amazing.

As always, the historical setting was lush. The pages transported me back in time and the small details kept me there. There is obviously a huge amount of research into the minutiae of the period and it really is wonderful to read. It makes the story come alive around you.

I loved this romance so much.

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 daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.

Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association's Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight. 

When she's not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.

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