The Knight’s Substitute Bride
Could the wrong bride…
Be right for him after all!
For the sake of his family name, Lord Robert must marry to seal an alliance with an Irish clan. Only, the woman at the altar isn’t who he was promised! Instead, it’s her sister, Lady Mairenn! The sharp-tongued Irish beauty is as reluctant to wed as Robert, but as friction turns to fire between them, she’s further derailing Robert’s plans for this purely pragmatic arrangement…
The Knight's Substitute Bride is a historical romance set in medieval Ireland and the second book in the series although it reads as a standalone.
The reader is immediately drawn into the story by the chance encounter between Mairenn and Robert in the woods. Their initial encounter is filled with humour and funny bickering between the pair even though neither knows the other's identity. There was a lot of fun for the reader in anticipating how they would react when saw each other at the altar after that!
There is another funny scene involving the maids in waiting on the night of the wedding but I won't give any spoilers here.
Normally Mairenn is very daring, feisty and witty but she suffers from intense bouts of migraines which she keeps secret so as not to appear weak in front of the clan. When Robert finds out he doesn't think less of her and is concerned and wants to find a way to help.
Robert is an Anglo-Norman lord with a reputation but we see his gentler side in all of his interactions with Mairenn. He isn't always the most attentive husband in the early days especially when his uncle was around with snide comments. However, it is clear to see that they are perfect for one another and it was entertaining to watch the couple come to realise that.
Intrigue and twists made this lovely romance a dramatic and page-turning read.
Author Bio –
Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes sweeping historical romance and is the winner of The Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight.