on June 6th 2017
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“Diana Cosby is superbly talented.” —Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author
Deep within Scotland, a healer and a warrior join forces to protect Scotland’s future . . .
There is an intruder in the woods near King Robert Bruce’s camp, but when Sir Thomas MacKelloch comes face-to-face with the interloper, he is shocked to discover his assailant is a woman. The fair lady is skilled with a bow and arrow and defiant in her responses. The wary Knight Templar dare not allow her beauty to lower his guard. Irritated by his attraction, he hauls her before his sovereign to expose her nefarious intent.
Outraged Sir Thomas dismissed her claim, Mistress Alesone MacNiven awaits the shock on the arrogant knight’s face when he learns that she has told the truth. But it is she who is shocked, and then horrified, as it is revealed that her father, the king’s mortal enemy, has betrothed her to a powerful noble, a deal that could jeopardize the king’s efforts to unite Scotland. Robert Bruce orders Sir Thomas to escort Alesone to safety. As they embark on a harrowing journey through the Highlands, Alesone tries to ignore her attraction to the intimidating warrior, but as she burns beneath Thomas’s kiss she realizes this fearless knight could steal her heart.
Praise for the novels of Diana Cosby
“Cosby gives you it all—passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic. Excellent reading.” —Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author
“A sexy new voice in historical romance. Scottish historicals have a bright new star.” —Sandra Hill, USA Today bestselling author
“Diana Cosby writes wonderful historical romance!” —Susan King
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Forbidden Knight is the second book in the Forbidden series by Diana Cosby. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but it wasn’t necessary as this second book can easily be read as a stand alone one. That said, I enjoyed it so much that I hope to go back and read the first book as soon as I can.
Alesone Macniven is a healer, taught her trait by Griselle, the woman who brought her up when her mother died. Her mother’s husband was away fighting and didn’t know of her birth. A good thing really because Lord Comyn, Robert the Bruce’s mortal enemy, claimed parentage of her. Although being her father, he didn’t have anything to do with her, and it was left to Griselle to look after her. When Alesone brings home an injured man to heal, a supporter of King Robert (as she is, despite who her father is), it brings Comyn’s men to the door, and they kill Griselle. Before dying though she managed to speak to Alesone, and gave her a ring that Robert the Bruce had given her in the past. Griselle told her that if she took the ring to him he would protect her, no questions asked. Alesone grieves, and blames herself for her friend’s death but she does as Griselle bade her.
Alesone finds King Robert and as she was promised, he immediately offered her protection and a job as healer in his camp as soon as he saw the ring. Knowing that she had to be honest with the king from the start, she told him who her father was but that she had no allegiance to him whatsoever. The King trusts her and Alesone feels safe for the first time in a long time.
Sir Thomas MacKelloch is a Templar Knight returning home from France after the brotherhood had to be dissolved, and the men had to escape to safety taking as much of the precious religious treasures they had kept safe over the years, as they could. On his way to the King’s camp he comes across Alesone, she is out collecting herbs away from the camp. She spots Thomas first and thinking he might be the enemy she shoots a warning arrow, narrowly, but deliberately missing him. While he keeps her talking, his men come up from behind and overpower her. Although she swears she is loyal to the King and is his healer and under his protection, Thomas doesn’t believe her. He knows all about the King’s camp, and that no women were amongst the people there. So he binds her wrists and marches her back to the camp with every intention of having the King confirm that she is the enemy. Of course the King does nothing of the sort, and Thomas has to eat humble pie when he finds out that Alesone has been telling the truth.
That was the way they met, and from then Thomas has the job of protecting her. The King had found out that Comyn decided at long last to acknowledge he had a daughter and wants to use her to form an alliance by marriage with somebody who would help his fight against King Robert which would mean that Scotland would be lost to them. Thomas and Alesone flee the camp and what follows is the fight for their lives. Also the very real personal fight that Thomas must face when his past that he has tried to escape from becomes very much the present when old friends and family must help him keep Alesone safe.
All the while during the fighting a romance starts to develop between Thomas and Alesone, one he tries to fight with all that he is because he doesn’t think he deserves any happiness after what he’s done in the past. He just wants to concentrate on keeping her safe, but love has a way of making itself known, so how will he be able to keep his feelings to himself?
This was an exciting story that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Right from the start the action starts, and for the whole duration of the story the battle was on to not only see Alesone kept safe, but to see her help heal Thomas’s heart and help him see he is worthy of love. There were some beautiful scenes between them, some heart wrenching, some funny, and some quite steamy! The fighting scenes between Comyn’s men and the King’s were thrilling to read, and I was cheering in my mind every time Thomas and his men beat back the enemy. I had no idea how the story would end, and there was quite a twist that I was not expecting. So yes, right to the very end of the book the book was high action and you never knew what was coming next.
There were a few errors, mostly typos that I believe were missed in editing, but despite that, I will definitely read the first book, and any future books in this series because the author is definitely going to be added to my favourites list. Who cares about a few errors when the storyline and the characters are so fabulous!
I voluntarily reviewed and advanced readers’ copy of this book.