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"For a Knight of the Swan, any mission might lead to fortune-but the chance for love comes once in a lifetime . . . Margaret Grace is the lady of Fletchers Landing, earning what she can as a beekeeper and mead maker, and playing a nerve-wracking game with the mercenaries who demand payment to ensure her village's safety. When an unknown man appears on horseback one day, Meg knows she can't trust him-especially when the dashing knight claims to be looking for fabled lost riches. But her desires are harder to control . . .
Tormented by the memories of his imprisonment at the hands of a vicious mercenary, Sir Nathan Staves is glad to be abroad on a quest for His Majesty. His task promises the chance to recover a legendary lost bounty, but also throws him into the path of the beguiling Meg. Their breathtaking passion awakens just as a familiar danger does, forcing Nathan to decide which is the greater prize-an elusive treasure, or the love of a woman he will die to protect . . . "
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Knight Furies is the fourth book in the Knights of the Swan series by C.C. Wiley. Although part of a series it can be read as a standalone book. I hadn’t read the other books, but from what I can gather from the mention of things happening in the past the other books will be well worth a read.
Since Margaret Grace’s parents died it has been up to her to look after her siblings and keep Fletchers Landing profitable and to look after it’s tenants. The only way she has been able to do that is to pay for protection from Reivers and the only way to afford that is to sell what products they make to smugglers. All the while Margaret worries that at any time the King could have her ousted from her home in order to give the lands as a reward to one of his knights.
Sir Nathan Staves hasn’t been able to get past the horrors of what he went through when he was captured and held prisoner by his enemy. He still has nightmares of the torture and even has flashbacks in his waking hours. It’s with a great sigh of relief that he receives a missive from the King requesting that he look into some missing treasure at Fletchers Landing. Keeping his mind busy can only be a godsend.
When Nathan and Margaret first meet its lust at first sight. Margaret is horrified to find that Nathan is there on King’s business and being the lady of the keep she must offer him accommodation. How can she carry on her secretive smuggling with a king’s man residing under her roof? How can she keep from the temptation he offers of, if nothing else, some serious kissing. Bad things happen when she is enamoured with a man, so she has to give him a wide berth. For her sake and her people. It’s a bit difficult to keep her distance though when she realises just how much she needs his help, and deep down, his love.
I very much liked this story and its characters. I enjoyed reading how Margaret and Nathan are a balm to each other’s woes. Of course, I really enjoyed it when Nathan got to be the hero and looked after his woman. There’s nothing like a man wielding a sword to keep his lady safe to make this reviewer swoon! There were some fun lighthearted scenes, some deep and meaningful scenes and of course some steamy sensual scenes. The sword battles were thrilling to read and I loved the camaraderie between Nathan and his fellow Knights.
On the whole, this book was an enjoyable one and I am glad to recommend it.