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.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. This is my honest opinion of it.
|Reviews TwoLips Reviews rates it – 4 LIPS! “The plot keeps moving along with action and intrigue, and her writing makes you feel as if you are right there… Knight Dreams is a great start to what promises to be an exciting new series.” – Clare from Two Lips Read Complete ReviewLiterary Nymphs awards Knight Dreams – 5 Nymphs! “This is my first book from C.C. Wiley, but if Knight Dreams is any indication, it won’t be my last.” – Literary Nymph reviewer, Satyr Vael Read Complete ReviewThe Good, Bad, and Unread gives KNIGHT DREAMS a B+ “Ms. Wiley has done her research very well. She has perfectly captured the feel of the era she’s chosen, her history is rich and detailed.” – Book Reviewer, Sandy M Read Complete ReviewThe Pen and Muse gives Knight Dreams 5 Stars! “This is a must read for those who love historical romances.” – Reviewer Denisse Alicea Read Complete ReviewLong and Short Reviews – Awarded 4 BOOKS! “C. C. Wiley enchants with admirable imagery and a compelling writing style… This is a wonderful 15th century romance with a touch of history and imagery that thrills the senses.” -Camillia Read Complete Review
RT Book Reviews- Awarded Four Stars – HOT
“Fun, arresting and action packed, Wiley’s first Knights of the Swan book will put readers in the center of action. The love scenes are hot and tender, the characters are well defined and the protagonists’ rocky road to romance is entertaining.” – RT Book Reviewer, Keitha Hart
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“Knight Dreams is a tale that pulls you immediately into the plot, intrigue, and action-packed adventure. There were many times I thought I was right in the middle of the scenes.” Reviewer Cherokee