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For This Knight Only

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what an amazing book!! The author is a master of creating stories and characters. I will definitively be reading books of this author!! Great job.
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This author is wonderful.  She has given us a heroine who is strong, practical but also gentle and loving.  Alyss is one of my favorite heroines ever.  Then we have Roark...who is a product of his times.  A true warrior who will do whatever it takes to make his dream of a home a reality...well, except that he is honorable.  Their road is bumpy, with lies and troubles.  The times are horrific and makes me wonder how anyone survived during those days.  Meanwhile, these two keep me turning the pages, loving every minute of this story.  I'm going to look at more of Barbara Bettis' stories!  Enjoy.
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I loved the way the author opened the book with Chauvere getting attacked. I was immediately drawn into the story, and itching to learn more. Alyss’s character intrigued me from the beginning. She has a strong mind, and even when everything is falling apart around her, literally, she remains strong and takes charge. 

The interactions between Sir Roark and Alyss were entertaining, especially in the beginning when they first met. The book was well-written with beautiful and descriptive imagery. I recommend this read!
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This book was a good, smooth read. The overall quality of balancing historical day-to-day facts with a budding romance is exceptional. I did not expect this story to be as good as it was since it was in the historical fiction category. What I enjoyed most were the royal political references and normally, those details bore me. But in this book, I felt compelled to determine what the royals had to add to the story. The characters were well rounded and credible. The main plot  and sub plots ran cohesively together and added to the story instead of detracting from it. There was adventure, danger, action and intrigue. It was a hard time to live, but I felt that I was a character of the story, watching how it unfolded. The descriptions were rich with details and did not overpower the main stoey.
     I feel that the author was able to convey the facts and fiction in a creative manner. This was very well written and all plots were consistent and concluded properly. There were no dangling ideas or unfinished pieces to this book. If a character was mentioned, it was for a reason and they were dealt with appropriately.  The author was able to combine the grandeur of court with the mediocrity of village life  and the grit of battle. I would recommend this book for anyone that enjoyed fulfilling medieval romance. 5 stars
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Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she's much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn't long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin. Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family's castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother's dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she'll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady's duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord. But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation: Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.
This was a pretty good read. I really liked Lady Alyss from the beginning. She was strong in a time when women weren’t allowed to be. I didn’t really like Sir Roark in the beginning, but I trusted the author and she didn’t fail. I loved following both characters through their journey to a happy ending. 
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
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In this novel, I had a hard time liking Sir Roark at the beginning. I didn't like the way he treated Lady Alyss with such a heavy hand when he was the one who was lying to her to get her castle and land. Through the middle portion of the book, I thought he became a better character as he grew and learned that the true treasure he had lied to get was actually Lady Alyss. I did like Lady Alyss’s character, though I thought she was a bit stupid at times. She often acted without thinking, putting herself in danger more often than I think a woman would have in those times. At the beginning of the story, in one of the first chapters, the author takes Lady Alyss right to the point of nearly killing a man as the chapter cliffhanger, and I was sorely disappointed that the author did not bring us back to that point when Lady Alyss’s perspective resumes. Rather, her story started up again some weeks later; as a reader who had seen the terror of the moment, I think the author owed us the end of that scene!

I thought that the beginning and the end of this story were weak, the beginning for what I mentioned with both Sir Roark and Lady Alyss. The ending had a series of surprises that came one after the other in rapid succession, and I think everything wrapped up too quickly. So much happened in so little time that it didn't seem or feel realistic. More time was needed to fully explore the many facets of the end.
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Knights of Destiny series bring Sir Roark and Lady Alyss together with intrigue and tales that come to light.  Wonderful world  of characters in this story of action and romance you won't want to put down.

Ebook from Netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
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I thought that Roark and Lady Alyss were a well-matched couple. Both were honorable, intelligent, and had strong leadership qualities. Although both wanted a life of freedom and to be valued for their personal virtues and not for their property or status, they entered into a union that would serve for the protection of Lady Alyss's family holdings and the people who lived there. 
The writing drew me into their internal lives and made me want to see them succeed as a couple as they grew to respect each other.  They each recognized they had feelings for the other that weren't all about physical attraction. I didn't want Roark's secret to tear them and apart when it became known. There were unexpected plot twists that surprised me and kept the story fresh. I recommend this for readers looking for medieval characters of depth and integrity.
I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley and I offer my honest opinion in response.
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New author. Great book. Great character development. Wonderful story line. Adventure and romance all combined. I read this book within few days and I really liked it a lot!
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A knight seizes the opportunity to claim a home when the heir to a castle is killed in a surprise attack against King Richard. Knowing he must marry the heir's sister is his first task, defending the castle is his next. A shaky foundation with every possibility that he could lose it all.
A new author for my list, who writes a well put together romance with a fee tears to a happy ending. One strong heroine and one strong outstanding knight.
A free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
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Rollicking, light hearted, cheesy love story set in the time of Richard the Lionheart and his brother John. 
I actually really enjoyed this book, it's one that kept me up reading late. Love this author, highly recommended.
My only complaint is that Alyss is fairly petulant in the beginning, but she grows on you as the story  flows. 

I was grateful to receive this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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With her brother gone to fight with King Richard and her father taken to his death bed, Lady Alyss must protect her people and secure Chauvere Castle. Under a barrage of attacks, she stands tall and wins every battle. She knows she’s defenseless against the power of Sir John once news surfaces about her father’s death. But when Sir Roark shows up suddenly with a death bed plea, she’s unsure what to believe. Did he truly know her brother, Henry, or is this just a ploy to get under her skirts and take possession of her lands? A marriage of convenience it may be, but she’ll never give her heart to Sir Roark or will she discover true strength lies in building a life together with Sir Roark?


This story captured my heart from the very first page. Set in a time period where women were property and any man with the strength and fortitude could secure lands and titles, For This Knight Only is a breath of fresh air. A strong heroine with a backbone to rival the greatest knight, a hero searching for a place to call his own. . . it’s a battle of sexes set in medieval times.


Breathtaking descriptive narration with historical accuracy right down to cutlery, this is a must-read. The romance, while set against a battle-strewn landscape, melted my heart. The action, suspense and drama combine to make this one of the best medieval romances I’ve read in a very long time. Emotional, gripping with a few twists I didn’t see coming, For This Knight Only will keep you turning the pages to the conclusion.


Perfect for fans of Robin Hood and medieval times, For This Knight Only is a gem.


Favorite Character/Quote: Lady Alyss. She’s such a strong woman who has had to deal with so much in her young life. She’s spunky, intelligent and I loved her. But as the book went along, she learned valuable lessons about the softer side of being a woman and that true strength lies within the arms of love.


My Rating: 5 stars
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Absolutely loved this book.    Others can tell you about the book. I will not repeat what the authors already written. I will tell you the emotions. This book is going to make you angry, this book is going to make you shout yes. The author brings you through all sorts of twists and turns.   The book will keep you guessing in the sensual aspect of the book is wonderful. You can’t wait for it to happen and when it does… This book is not to be missed
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Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love?
A knight who is thought to be dead with a wish for land of his own. A lady who's family is now gone who's home is being offered to a man who can wed her.
What will be the extent of this knight's efforts to gain his wishes?
Will his efforts work or will they be in vain?
This fast paced convoluted tale is one of the best in this genre that I have read. The time period is not one of my favorites usually only mildly interesting me but if the books had been as well written as this one I may change my mind.
The characters have a chemistry that entices the reader to see what is around the corner. It is a real page turner.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development. The intimacy had just enough heat to compliment the story as a whole.
I received a complimentary ARC of this book but was enjoying the book so much I purchased a copy before completing the read.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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I absolutely loved this story!!! Once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down, it's that good! Sir Roark  shows up at Lady Alyss's castle with a made up story that her brother's dying wish was that Roark would marry Alyss to keep her and her village safe. He's always dreamed of having his own lands and he figures this is an easy way of getting it. He finds out Alyss is no pushover and really has a mind of her own! She will NOT make this easy for him!!! 

There are so many twists and turns in the story, filled with mystery and well as passion! My thanks to the author, Barbara Bettis, for writing such a wonderful story for us to read!!

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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