I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One Forbidden Knight by Nicola Davidson
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 19th 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
Reading Challenges: 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Catherine Linwood is amongst the favored of Tudor Queen Mary–until her physician father dies mysteriously. She’s distraught, shunned and desperate for answers. Catherine's only ally is Sir Brandon FitzAlan...who is willing to risk his life to protect hers. While the handsome stranger’s courage and wit soon capture her heart, his true allegiance and purpose is uncertain.
Brand is well used to the lies and shadows of court. Yet nothing prepares him for his sizzling attraction to innocent Catherine, or the deadly plot she is tangled in, for her father took a secret to his grave that could tear Catholic England apart. With one chance at salvation, Brand and Catherine begin a cross-country journey that reveals the shocking truth...and a burning passion that could save or destroy them both.
I really enjoyed the mystery that surrounds Catherine Linwood in One Forbidden Knight. Catherine finds herself caught up in a wicked deception following the surprising death of her father. She later convinces Sir Brandon FitzAlan to join her quest in learning the truth about her father’s demise. Having the book set in Tudor England during Queen Mary’s reign was a nice touch, and provided a backdrop of intrigue and danger.
I also really enjoyed Sir Brandon. He seems like an interesting character, and I would love to read more of his adventures. However, I wasn’t a big fan of Catherine. She didn’t come across to me like a true Tudor-era woman. Her behavior was not what I would envision a woman would behave during that time, and I found Catherine quite confusing. She came across both smart, and stupid at the same time.
One thing I noticed about One Forbidden Knight, was the dialogue. It read a bit cheesy at the beginning, but improved as the story continued and found its footing. As the mystery plot became more involved, the story and characters seem to grow stronger, and I found myself eventually getting sucked into the story.
I would recommend One Forbidden Knight to anyone looking for an easy, romantic read. However, if you’re looking for a real historical story, then One Forbidden Knight fell a bit short. True, the elements of Queen Mary’s life and situation towards the end of her reign were present, I never felt as if she were truly a part of the story.