Cloaked in secrecy, the Black Knight rides at night to help those in need…
Mercenary knight Payne Dunbyer has one last task to undertake before he collects his money from the baron who has hired him—abduct the baron’s former betrothed and bring her to marry the man against the king’s wishes. How much trouble can one little woman be? A great deal when he takes the wrong one.
Lady Elfreda has plans for her life, and being taken captive isn’t one of them. Forced to accompany Payne across England, she is eager to return to her home. But what happens when desires change and suddenly the future she has planned isn’t the one she’s sure she wants?
And what trouble does the Black Knight hold for Elf and Payne?
In this medieval romance, Gabriella Anderson entertains with a swashbuckling tale of mistaken identity, secrets, and love. Because everyone deserves a knight to remember.
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Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.75
First Thought when Finished: This is exactly how I like my historicals: Strong woman leads with stubborn hot alpha males!
What I Loved: Here is the deal! Temptation’s Warrior pretty much rocked. There was a strong-willed leading lady that manages to be both sharp-tongued but super smart. I really appreciated the fact that Elf was written with common sense and gumption. She didn’t run every time she had a chance because she recognized she couldn’t get far. Also, her few “palm to forehead” moments were all based out of love for another person. Payne-what a yummy leading man. He was so knightly! I flashed to that moment in a Knight’s Tale (the movie) where the king was telling Sir William why he was knightly and that is what describes Payne. He does what is right even when it might cost him his dreams. *SWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON*! Oh plus, he totally rocks a joust! I may or may not have had soundtracks going in my head while reading. Elf and Payne were not instant love but they didn’t take forever to come together either. It was a fantastic balance of give and take!
What I Liked: The side characters in Temptation’s Warrior were fantastically written. Each added a little something to the story and they made me smile continually! Heck, even the bad guy was written with some panache and made me grin!
Final Thought: If you are a fan of Historical Romance I highly recommend this story! I am really hoping that there will be books for the brothers :)
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