Book Review: “A Stormy Knight” by Amy Mullen

A Stormy Knight by Amy Mullen is a 2013 Astraea Press Publication.  I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a sweet historical romance that centers around a young couple torn apart by suspicions and machinations beyond their control.

Young and in love Gemma and Nicholas used to meet in a special place, their hearts full of love and promise of the future until one night Nicholas fails to show up and Gemma learns he and his family have simply vanished under a cloud of suspicion.  Broken hearted, Gemma vows never to love again and refused to marry although she has many admirers.

When a string of deaths and odd occurrences plague the castle, Gemma finds herself all alone and making decisions she never expected to have to make.  She calls upon the king for help.  The last person she expects to ride up to the castle is Nicolas!  The boy who broke her heart is now a full grown man, and not only was he sent to protect Gemma, he is there to marry her as well.  Each blame the other for what happened seven years ago,  and each are too proud to admit something was not right about what had happened and they are also too afraid to admit the love they shared back then is still in their hearts and stronger than ever.

I loved this Medieval England tale of intrigue and politics, loss and pain, but of young love, true love, the healing power of love.  It is not an easy time and Gemma and Nicholas will find themselves at battle on many fronts.  It looks as though the couple will not be able to reconcile the past or to overcome the anger they feel toward each other due to the pain and suffering they endured in the past. This is a little frustrating at times, and both characters made me want to scream a few times but they do have their hands full. There is some tense action going on as well, which I like in a romance as it helps to offset the turmoil the couple is going through.  It is not until the very last when things seem the darkest for Gemma that she learns she is not alone in her feelings and that maybe Nicholas was in her corner all along, but too stubborn to tell her. Men!

I am glad I discovered this book and the author and was so happy to find a solid medieval romance in the midst of these regencies!! I hope this historical era will make a strong comeback and this book is a fine example of how wonderful these stories can be.

Reviewed by Countess Julie.
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SYNOPSIS

Will his love burn brighter than his need for revenge?

In twelfth century England, Gemma de Vere and Nicholas de Reymes find love at a young age. Too naïve to truly understand what is happening, their fledgling relationship is torn apart by political games and scheming minds. Nicholas and his family disappear into the night and Gemma is left with a shattered heart.
Seven years later, Gemma still harbors a broken heart, and retreats into a life in which she will not be foolish enough to fall in love again. Mysterious deaths and accidents begin to plague those living within the walls of Blackstone Castle, and her father falls ill. She has no choice but to seek the assistance of King Henry.
Help arrives in the form of her childhood love, the handsome and imposing Nicholas, who is now a fierce and loyal knight bent on revenge. The pain and anguish he feels over the fate of his family casts Gemma as his enemy. To him, she represents all the misfortune in his life as he tries to keep her at arm’s length and far away from his heart.
Their journey towards truth is riddled with treachery and danger from an unlikely source. Will they find their way back to each other, or will his need for revenge outweigh the love he feels in her arms?

 

EXCERPT

“You defy me,” he said as he spun around to face her, “and you do it at every opportunity. You have caused me great pain, and I will have no more of it. You lead my men astray and cause them to be weak. I cannot be lord with you undermining my authority within these walls!”
Gemma steadied her voice, her only option clear, “I shall leave then. I will go to my uncle in Wales. We shall remain married. There is nothing that can change that, so your hold on this land is secure. ‘Tis all you care for. I once loved it here, but living with a man who does not know how to trust me is too much to bear.”
“You are my wife, like it or hate it, and you will do as you are told! You will stay out of my way, and you will not step foot outside of the keep until I say so.” His entire body was tense, his voice harsh.
“Nay,” she said while lifting her chin, “I shall leave. What you do not know, Nicholas de Reymes, is that I love you.”
He froze as she spoke but did not say anything.
“And because of that love” she continued, tears falling in earnest, “I can no longer abide this life. For the second time, loving you has been a mistake. My feelings betray me, and they anger you. I will be gone before I cause you more pain. I will take Isabel with me, and my father can come when he is up to travel. All I ask is you treat him well in my absence.”
“You will do no such thing!” he said. “It makes no sense, and I will not have you telling me what you are going to do. You are my wife, and you will do as I say. I will keep you safe, and I cannot do that if you are not here.”
“‘Tis not up to you,” she said, her voice low, “and you will not stop me. I love you, but I must be stronger than love. I realize now you feel I am the cause of all pain here. ‘Tis only right I lift the burden and leave so all who reside here are safe.” She abruptly left the room, unable to face him for a moment longer.

 

About the Author:

Amy Mullen is a freelance writer and romance author living in Corning, NY, with her husband, Patrick, two children, Rayna and Haylen, and an orange cat named Steve. Her first novel is a medieval romance titled “A Stormy Knight.”
Amy has been writing about love both lost and regained since she was old enough to have her first broken heart. Her love of history and her intermittent jaunts into amateur genealogy led her to a love affair with writing historical fiction. When not writing, she snaps pictures, enjoys the company of her children, and when time allows, loves to bury her nose in a good book.

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