A lady’s need for protection
A knight’s chance for redemption
Exiled Knight William Geraint answers only to himself. Yet, a mission to find and reunite lost heiress Lady Isabel de Clancey with her family is Will’s chance to finally atone for the torment of his past. With every rushed mile, their intense attraction becomes dangerously thrilling. He swore to protect Isabel not seduce her, but their desire for each other could threaten the redemption he’s worked so hard to achieve…
Introduction to extract- Lady Isabel de Clancey has been living in the small village of St. Jean de Cole for the past 12 years unbeknown by her real family who had believed her to be dead. Here, William Geraint, commissioned to find her suspects that she is indeed the lost lady…
Just as when they had danced together, his piercing gaze made her knees feel a little weak. Made her feel a little breathless. He was certainly handsome, but there was more to him than just that, some unknown quality behind that penetrating gaze. He intrigued her, even though he really shouldn’t.
Isabel wondered again whether he was really the same boy who had rescued her a lifetime ago. The memory of his kindness etched on to her mind had been replaced by this man’s mocking tone. For the first time since his appearance at the feast, Isabel wondered what had happened to him in the intervening years since boyhood. What had happened to that young, caring squire she remembered or had she made far too much of the boy-hero? She could not have. William Geraint had, without a thought for his own safety, saved her life.
She gave herself a mental shake.
‘As I said before, I’m not sure why you remain here in our little village that sadly provides you with an inadequate place to rest and sleep, when your search had proved unsuccessful.’
‘Oh, I wouldn’t say that,’ he said, raising his brow.
Again, that gaze of his was making her feel a little on edge. It conveyed that he didn’t believe a word she said.
God, but every time Isabel encountered this man, she somehow reinforced and strengthened his belief that she was Lady Isabel de Clancey. And just as every other time, she had to get away. She couldn’t stay and be reminded of what she owed her real family, her duty to them. Oh, yes, the doubt and guilt were slowly gnawing at her.
She took a step in an attempt to get away. Far away. ‘If you’ll excuse me.’
He caught her arm gently, the warmth of his fingers sending a shot of unexpected awareness through her.
‘I do not mean to cause you any distress. I am only here for one purpose and one purpose only.’
‘Ah, but consider, messere, that your purpose is the very thing that is the cause of my distress.’
He raised a brow. ‘Why?’
‘Not everyone desires to be found, Sir William, or for that matter welcomes their old life back,’ she hissed under her breath.
Thank you, Melissa Oliver and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
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 – Book 1 Notorious Knights.
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