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Published by Entangled Publishing on October 19, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
An unexpected seduction...
Catherine Linwood is amongst the favored of Tudor Queen Mary-until her physician father dies mysteriously. She's distraught, shunned and desperate for answers. Catherine's only ally is Sir Brandon FitzAlan... who is willing to risk his life to protect hers. While the handsome stranger's courage and wit soon capture her heart, his true allegiance and purpose is uncertain.
Brand is well used to the lies and shadows of court. Yet nothing prepares him for his sizzling attraction to innocent Catherine, or the deadly plot she is tangled in, for her father took a secret to his grave that could tear Catholic England apart. With one chance at salvation, Brand and Catherine begin a cross-country journey that reveals the shocking truth... and a burning passion that could save or destroy them both.
Set in during the reign of “Bloody Mary” Tudor, ONE FORBIDDEN KNIGHT tells the story of Lady Catherine Linwood, a favorite to the Queen and daughter of a beloved physician, and Sir Brandon Fitzallen, a solider who is determined to discover the reasons behind the mysterious death of Catherine’s father.
Catherine is an educated young woman, intelligent, compassionate, and incredibly loyal. Brandon is equally intelligent, though is bitter and cynical due to his father’s rejection and hard life as a soldier. When Catherine and Brandon are accused of plotting against the Queen, their love and loyalty stand firm in the face of conspiracy and distrust.
Overall, ONE FORBIDDEN KNIGHT is an entertaining read, but the pacing was off. It felt very rushed all the way through. Moreover, Catherine and Brandon’s love is of the “instant” variety, which is not my favorite since it comes across forced and unrealistic. I would have loved this story more if it had been another 100 pages longer.