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The Knight's Scarred Maiden (Lovers and Legends) Mass Market Paperback – July 18, 2017
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Locke's latest entry to her Lovers and Legends series is a beautifully written tale of loss, faith and the magic of love between a scarred maiden and the deadly mercenary she rescues. Well done! ― RT Book Reviews
This is right up there with some of the best books I have read. It's beautiful, heart wrenching and you get tingles while reading it. ― Chicks Rogues & Scandals
Rhain and Helissent's story was amazing and lovely and I will confess to a few tears. - The Romance Reviews
From the Author
When writing this story, the characters surprised me. I thought I knew Rhain's conflict with himself and his lineage. After all, Rhain is the brother of Teague, the hero of In Debt to the Enemy Lord. I had time to get to know him.
But it took Helissent's outlook on life, her tragic past, her struggles with her very visible scars, to show to me (and Rhain) what he was truly bottling up inside. It was an emotional moment for me.
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I've enjoyed each of her books and look forward to another soon.
Fun fact about reading this book, again thank you so much to Nicole for sending me a copy, is that it was the first actual book I have read in a while. I've been using my Kindle a lot lately, so it was a lovely change to have a book in my hands, even my husband commented on it.
The Knight's Scarred Maiden scooped me up and kept me in it's grasp from start to finish. I met a beautiful, brave maiden, Helissent, who I became quite attached too. A tragedy left her with no family and scars covering her body. She is working in an Inn that once belonged to a wonderful couple, who took her in and helped her heal when she was a child. Since their passing, their horrible son has taken over and treats Helissent terribly. Everyday she makes the most delicious honey cakes and works harder than anyone else for no reward. All she can do is dream of making a life for herself elsewhere. One day a group of travellers arrive and Helissent is drawn to the one man, who sits in the corner, with his hood just covering his face. She watches how he interacts with his men and is curious about the shadows he casts over himself. One night when Helissent is in trouble, the shadow man comes to her rescue. Knowing that she can no longer stay at the Inn and feel safe, Helissent turns to her rescuer for help. Mercenary Knight Rhain has more pressing matters to deal with, like getting his men to safety. He most definitely doesn't need to be adding protecting a Scarred Maiden to his duties.
This story was slow and steady., which made me feel like each chapter was drawing me further and further in. I had no control over it but I welcomed the feeling. Rhain and Helissent were both wonderful characters. Rhain with his charm, air of mystery and sense of power, that exuded a natural leadership, was easy to fall in love with. I actually felt like he was protecting me while I was reading this book. That may sound strange but there was just that vibe to him that made me feel happy and safe in his presence. As for Helissent, she was an incredible women. After everything she had been through, I was in awe of her. She was brave, smart and she loved to bake - her baking references and comparisons had me giggling out loud. Trust me it's worth the read because of them alone. Helissent is so sweet and innocent that sometimes the only way she can explain how she feels is through referencing baking and her honey cakes - these moment are absolutely precious.
I love it when I become so attached to characters that they seem to sneak their way into my every day life. I was at work one day, after I had just finished reading The Knight's Scarred Maiden, and a random song came on - I didn't know the song but it was kind of romantic - then out of nowhere my brain started playing out Rhain and Helissent's story to this love song, like my mind was literally creating a montage just for them!! No joke, this actually happened!
So, if you're looking for an easy going read, that will also tug at your heartstrings, I am suggesting today that you pick up a copy of The Knight's Scarred Maiden. You will love it!
Helissent has had a painful life. She lost her parents and sister due to a fire. A fire in which she tried to save her sister but failed and feels that all the pain she is suffering is because she broke a promise to her mother. She does not feel anyone will ever care about her nor love her.
Rhain is a mercenary and he met Helissent. He once led a group of mercenaries and had at one time led a respectable comfortable life.
Rhain saved Helissent from some unsavory men and took her to a different land where he hoped she would find what she was looking for.
Helissent loved to bake and even though the fire and heat of the ovens hurt her own burns. She still made honey cakes that won Rhain’s heart.
Nicole Locke wrote a beautiful love story and one that showed that even if you feel you do not amount to anything someone else may find you just right.
The story was written so that you felt that you were seeing life through Helissent & Rhain’s eyes. This is the 5th book in the Lovers and Legends series but can also be read as a standalone book. This story is about history and medieval times and a wonderful written and emotional love story.
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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