Mercenary knight Rhain is living on borrowed time. With a vengeful warlord pursuing him, he has accepted his fate—though first he must get his men to safety.
When he rescues mysterious and deeply scarred Helissent from her attackers, Rhain soon wishes he wasn't marked for death. He can never be the man she deserves—his scandalous lineage alone dictates that—but Rhain can't resist the temptation to show this innocent maiden how beautiful she truly is…
She punishes herself by exposing the scars on her body while he punishes himself by hiding and concealing the scars inside him. A poignant, heartwarming medieval romance was a lovely, gentle read leaving me eager to return to the Lovers and Legends series.
The Knight’s Scarred Maiden is the fifth book in a series and the events follow on the heels of book four, In Debt to the Enemy Lord. I could see this one had connections to an earlier storyline, but I read it out of order and did alright.
The theme of this story was scars. Rhain’s scars are on the inside due to his troubling past and a swift decision to kill a man for his cruelty and thus, bring the brother’s search for vengeance on him. Helissent’s scars are both outside and inside. She feels guilty over surviving a fire that took the rest of her family so thinks she needs to punish herself by exposing her scars and accepting people’s disgust. Quite the pair who find themselves thrown together when Rhain rescues Helissent from a bad situation and then she insists he take her from the village to a new life in the city of York.
The story is set during turbulent times and there is a sense of danger in the background, but the story itself is gently paced and moves steadily as the romance pair help each other heal through stops and starts in a bumpy relationship. They take turns being stubborn and misunderstand though I give them full credit for talking things out eventually. This was a sweet romance, but there was a good tension and sensuality to it that built steadily to the end.
All through the book, Rhain is anticipating a showdown with the vengeful Reynold. I enjoyed the twist the author gave that part of the story to really fix my interest in the big climax scenes.
In summary, this was a delightful diversion with a light, sweet medieval romance, engaging characters, and a conflict that drew me in.
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