Book Review: Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes.

Release Date: 31st May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @elisabethhobbes

My head has been a little all over the place lately and I've found myself not being able to concentrate on books. I've been unable to focus or give them my full attention, which has left me feeling disconnected from the story in front of me. Then I picked up 'Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight' by Elisabeth Hobbes and BAM! my happy little bookworm head returned!!! 
Aelfhild is a bold and confident young woman. She wants to be free from life in the Priory, but she won't leave her mistress behind. They've been together since Aelfhild was taken to her family's home as a child and so have a loyal, sisterly bond that cannot be broken. So, when Lady Sigrun's betrothed comes to take her away from the priory, Aelfild must do something about it. Taking on her mistress' identity, Aelfhild tries to keep the enemy knight at arms length, but the more they spend time together and the more they face on their journey back to Lady Sigrun's home, the more Aelfhild realizes that arms length may not be possible after all.

I was seriously captivated by this book from start to finish. It was a little darker in places than what I'm used to when reading historical romance, which was all down to the era of the story. There was a little more blood on the hands, but it didn't make me like the book any less, it somehow made it all the more compelling and gripping! The characters had to go through a lot, so I found myself more attached to their well being and plight to get home. I know I've said it before in past reviews of historical stories, but it really is incredible to read about life before now and how people were so strong in the face of terrible, terrible things. Reading these kinds of stories always makes me realize how lucky we are today. Yes, bad things still happen, but we are more well equipped now and have a lot more comfort around us. Even just the idea that the journey Aelfhild, Lady Sigrun and their enemy knight went on was all done on foot or horseback, is mind blowing. 

Aelfhild was a force to be reckoned with. She was incredibly brave when being there for her mistress and always put her loyalty first. The two were complete opposites, which meant that Aelfhild, the bolder and more confident of the two, took on the role of protector to Lady Sigrun and looked after her like a sister. It was a very sweet relationship and one I enjoyed reading about. As for the enemy knight Gui, he was fascinating. He was made of very strong stuff, but also had a vulnerable side to him and in some ways a fearful side. After everything he had been through he knew how to fight and be a man, but his experiences had also changed him and made him scared of what was out there. I found this very endearing. There were so many times I just wanted to give him a big hug and keep him safe. The relationship between him and Aelfhild was very powerful. Reading their story had addictive qualities and was completely riveting! 

I'm so grateful to Elisabeth Hobbes for sending me 'Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight,' because I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. If you love historical fiction or are looking for a unputdownable (it comes up on google as a word) read, then I highly recommend it! 

Happy Reading!

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