Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes @ElisabethHobbes @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

About this book…

He’s her enemy…

…and she must not fall for him!

When her mistress is taken as an enemy Knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her Lady – she must go in her place! But there’s more to the scarred Knight than she first thought…she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realises she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…

My review…

I’m going to start by saying that I absolutely love this Mills and Boon cover but I also like the Harlequin version so am sharing that one here as well!

I much prefer the pulled back shot although I can see why they have zoomed in for that steamy look between them for the UK cover version. Anyway now that’s out of the way, on with the review!

Everyone knows about my teenage obsession with Mills and Boon but in all that time I had never read an historical romance. The first one I read was by Elisabeth Hobbes and I adored it so much that I’ve read all her books since then. She has also opened my heart to other books in this genre although Elisabeth still remains my favourite author of historical love stories! I was looking forward to Beguiled by The Forbidden Knight but I had no idea that I would end up loving this book so much that it’s shot straight onto my favourite books of 2018 list! Honestly, this is Elisabeth Hobbes best book so far-I absolutely LOVED IT!

Gui and Aelfhild had an incredible chemistry with the heat factor off the scale at times!! Their attraction to each other was immediately brought to life with a well constructed scene when they first meet and the build up continued at a perfect pace. I loved the “switched identity” confusion with Aelfhild pretending to be Lady Sigrun when Gui turns up at the sanctuary to take Sigrun back home to be married. Unfortunately Gui is also pretending to be someone he’s not! So neither of them want to fall in love as they think they are already taken by another but some emotions are too hard to ignore! Gui melted my heart and I think I fell more than a little in love with him myself!

The historical detailing here is exquisite, this author certainly knows her stuff as I felt as though I was traveling alongside the characters here on the journey that they must take. I could practically smell the death and desperation that they encountered along the way! I don’t know much about the period after the Norman Conquest but my interest was piqued by the wonderfully descriptive narrative that brought a very real sense of time and place to the story. There was a darkness to parts of their journey that saddened me as I watched this unknown moment in history come alive again through the magic of creative writing.

This is one of the easiest 5 stars I have ever given to a book! Elisabeth Hobbes is an incredible writer and I highly recommend that even if you think you aren’t a Mills and Boon fan, you still need to experience the wonderfully natural way with words that she has. Beguiled by The Forbidden Knight is a captivating seduction of the senses with two intriguing and likeable lead characters who spark off each other perfectly, creating an enchanting but heart wrenching romance.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but I loved this book so much! It’s intelligent, well observed and utterly spellbinding. And I’m still not quite ready to let Gui and Aelfhild go yet! Any chance of meeting them again please? I’d love an update on what they’re doing now!

Meet the author…

Elisabeth Hobbes

Elisabeth grew up in York, where she spent her teenage years looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet.

She achieved her dream of becoming an author after finishing third in Harlequin’s SYTYCW contest 2013 and being offered a two-book contract. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time reading and is a pro at cooking while holding a book!

Elisabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and two cats with ridiculous names.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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