Knight Secrets by C.C. Wiley
It's a refreshing change to find a Historical romance that ISN'T a Regency. This one is set in 1415, during the early years of the reign of King Henry V of England. It even features a historically verifiable fact, Henry's departure for France in the summer of 1415.
Frankly, that's quite impressive; historical accuracy in romances set in the Middle Ages isn't exactly a given (don't talk to me about potatoes). Knight Secrets, however, is an exception; meticulously researched and beautifully written, the historical knowledge of the author is very much on display here.
There are a few questions left unanswered in the book, but I suspect that's deliberate, with a few loose ends to be tied off in other books in the series. They don't detract at all from the story, which is an excellent, period-accurate romance.
I may be a picky bitch about misogyny in contemporary romance novels, but frankly in a historical of this period I'd think it was inaccurate if the man WASN'T convinced of his own superiority. Everything about the world at that time only confirmed it. Ranulf, however, never gives in to his baser urges despite knowing that nobody would ever call him on it. He lets Clarice have her self-respect, and it makes for a thoroughly charming yet still believable romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'll be looking out for more of C.C. Wiley's work in future. 5 stars.
Knight Secrets is available now.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.