Book Review: The Rebel Heiress and The Knight by Melissa Oliver.

'The Rebel Heiress and The Knight,' is Melissa Oliver's debut and I have to say I was very impressed. Her writing style settled me in nice and cosy right from the very first chapter. I felt like I was reading any one of my go-to authors new reads, so it's safe to say that Melissa has now become one of those authors for me!

The Blurb.

She must marry the Knight
By order of the King!
Widow Eleanor of Tallany Castle knows her people are broken by the taxes demanded by King John. So when she’s ordered to marry Hugh de Villiers, a knight loyal to the king, she’s furious – even if he is handsome! As gallant Hugh begins to heal the scars of Eleanor’s abusive first marriage, she’s even more determined to keep her secret: she is the outlaw the king wants to send to the gallows!

My Review.

This story was really easy to immerse myself in. Straight away I grasped the characters, their predicament and was invested in their futures. I've been in an extra super reading phase lately and this book added more fuel to the already roaring fire. It had a very female Robin Hood vibe to it, which I really enjoyed - Robin Hood makes me think of Taron Egerton - Taron Egerton makes me happy! ;) 

Eleanor was an incredible force to be reckoned with. Independent, brave and skilful. I admired her kind heart and the fact that she wasn't a 'normal' woman in those times. She wanted to do right by her villagers no matter what the cost, but she was smart, so she managed to get away with more than most people would. I enjoyed seeing her barriers break little by little the more time she spent with Hugh. My stomach was genuinely in knots at the idea of him finding out her secrets! That's how invested I was in the characters! 

I loved Hugh. Simply put. I admired his loyalty, but much preferred when that was towards Eleanor than the crown. It took him a while, but the whole process was charming, often funny and highly entertaining. I especially liked his wedding gift for Eleanor!! It's always the thought that counts and this bit warmed my heart. I loved the two of them together and think they fit wonderfully with each other. They had their ups and downs but got through them, because once they truly cared there was no turning back. There were many a times though that this had me on edge!! 

'The Rebel Heiress and The Knight,' is a brilliant, engrossing debut that I highly recommend. I look forward to Melissa Oliver's next book! :) 

Happy Reading!

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