Published by Lyrical Press on March 28th 2017
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Sworn to protect the crown, a Knight of the Swan must never surrender—not even to love . . .
England, 1415. Ordered never to leave the lonely tower on her family estate, Lady Clarice Margrave is suddenly set free when her home is plundered. Now she is determined to discover the truth behind her father’s alleged treason. But an act of daring only propels her into a new prison, with the very knight who destroyed her home as her keeper. Sir Ranulf, Lord of Sedgewic, is ruthless in his inquisition, though there is a searing tenderness in his touch. Is it possible her bold jailor is the Red Wolf of whom her father spoke—and the one man she might be able to trust?
As a knight, Ranulf never questions his troth, but his beautiful prisoner stirs his heart and mind like no other. Clarice is achingly vulnerable—and extremely closed-mouth about her possible ties to the plot against the king. Duty demands he keep his distance, though he yearns to take her to his bed and adore her until he discovers what lies within her heart. And he would—if he weren’t in danger of losing his own . . .
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Knight Secrets is the second book in the Knights of the Swan series by C.C. Wiley. Although part of a series it can be read as a stand alone book, but if you are like me, you will love this book so much, you will want to go back and read the first book as well.
Lady Clarice Margrave has spent her life hidden away from the world. Her father, step mother and step brother often travel, but she is told she must stay in the tower on their lands, and make sure nobody apart from the servants ever see her. She doesn’t question why, but of course she isn’t happy, her life is a lonely one.
Her father has always been loyal to the King so she is shocked and disbelieving when an army of soldiers ride hell for leather to the gates demanding to be allowed in. Their leader announces he has orders to search the castle for the Musgraves, especially her father, who has been charged with treason! Before she has chance to tell the guard to rise the portcullis the army forces it’s way in and fights with whomever stands in their way. Clarice is quick to hide away and thankfully isn’t found. After a search proves fruitless the army leaves, but not without raiding the stores and taking anything they needed.
Sir Ranulf, Lord of Sedgewic, is the Knight that leads the army of men. He is determined that he will find and arrest the Musgraves. A turn of events when he does have contact with Lord Musgrave under the guise of a peddler, has him wondering if the man isn’t guilty of treason after all.
Clarice finds herself having to leave the safety of the castle, she is in search of somebody her father says will help her, the man known as the Red Wolf. During her escape in search of him though she is captured by none other than Ranulf. She won’t tell him who she is, but as she has been injured during her capture, he is determined that she stay with him while she recovers.
This book is so much more than just a beautiful story of romance between our Knight and our Lady. That in itself is a pleasure to behold, seeing how they ache for each other, but how they need to learn to trust each other before they can even think of giving in to their feelings. Apart from that though there are a couple of fabulous twists to the story, plus of course Clarice’s determination to prove her father innocent of treason. Who has been slandering her father’s name. How can she gain the King’s ear, when to all intents and purposes nobody even knows that she is alive, let alone that she is a Lady and not a commoner. The book was exciting, and I never had any idea how it would end. I had to read it in one sitting because I would not sleep it I didn’t find out.
Clarice and Ranulf have a passionate relationship, with the build up of lust being palpable between them, that said, their encounters lead to fade to black sex, so if you are looking for steamy sex scenes this won’t be the romance for you. It suited me though, and add that to the rest of the drama of the book and I think it made the perfect read which I fully recommend.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.