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The Return of Her Lost Knight Melissa Oliver 4* #Review @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #HarlequinHistorical #MillsandBoonHistorical #BlogTour #BookReview #NotoriousKnights

Her second chance

With her lost love…

To avoid a forced marriage, Lady Gwenllian plans to escape to a convent. She couldn’t possibly honor another when her heart still belongs to Ralph de Kinnerton, the man she had to betray to save his life—only to hear of his death shortly after. So how is it possible he’s here at this knight’s tournament? Now the pull of their unfinished past forces Gwen to question the choice she’d made for her future…

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The third book of Notorious Knights gives a second chance to Gwen and Ralph after they were torn apart by betrayal and treachery in their youth. Ralph wants to reclaim his heritage, and winning a knightly tournament is the only way. Disguised as a fellow knight, he meets the woman who betrayed him and his nemesis, the cousin who wants his lands and his only true love.

This is a courtly romance that hides danger and deceit. Gwen and Ralph are easy to like, but they have to learn to trust each other to find happiness. There are many conflicts before they can be together, but they are strong characters and are willing to fight for their love.

The setting is well-described, and the writing immerses the reader in the times of Knights and Ladies. Whilst lacking the adventure of the previous two books, the romance is emotional and heartwarming, reflecting the two lovers gentle nature.

Melissa Oliver

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.When she’s not writing she loves to travel, paint and visit museums & art galleries.

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Right to Kill John Barlow 4*#Review @John_Barlow_LS9 @HQStories #CrimeFiction #BlogTour #BookReview #PublicationDay

On a Thursday night in February, DS Joe Romano finds himself back on home turf. He’s following up on the disappearance of drug-dealer Craig Shaw.

It’s the start of a case that could make or break Romano’s career. Because Shaw is about to go from missing to murdered.

While some don’t think Shaw’s killer should be brought to justice, Romano believes every life counts. But he’s running out of time.

The killer is ready to strike again. And Romano will be forced to question whether anyone has the right to kill.

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I received a copy of this book from HQ via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Set in Leeds and the surrounding area, this is a gritty noir style police procedural with an originally crafted detective. Joe Romano believes in justice for all, and for him, that includes criminals that are murdered. Seen from the point of view of the murderer, this story is disturbing and gritty, but it gives the reader insight, into the antagonist’s motivations, from the onset. The story then follows Joe’s viewpoint as he investigations a missing person case turned to murder, in a hostile ethos.

This is a twenty-first-century police investigation exploring political extremism and vigilante justice. Trial by social media is also an issue. It has an engaging pace and plot that keeps the reader turning the pages.