Once a Knight - Knight, Bk 1 Author:Christina Dodd A Lady's Champion — Only a threat to her life can make strong-willed Lady Alisoun hire Sir David of Radcliffe to protect her castle. Although he had once been a hero and master swordsman, the good life has been a little too good, and his warrior skills have become as rusty as an old suit of armor. But he needs the money to support his motherl... more »ess daughter, and Alisoun is in no position to haggle.
At Alisoun's grand estate, Sir David does indeed discover mischief-makers afoot. But the danger that surprises him most is how quickly his own well-protected heart is falling to a fiery damsel who brings him to his knees.« less
I really liked this one, & I'm not a big fan of medieval reomance. The characters were multidimentional, the secondary characters were interesting; the plot was good & well-developed. A touch of mystery, a twist here, an awwww there - all makes for an enjoyable read.
From Publishers Weekly
Medieval fans have a real treat in store in Dodd's newest. Dodd (Move Heaven and Earth) fashions her hero and heroine with such candor and wit that it tempts the imagination. After an attempt is made on her life, Lady Alisoun, the lofty and aloof chatelaine of Georges Cross, seeks protection from the legendary mercenary Sir David of Radcliffe. Searching out the former "King's Champion," Alisoun discovers, to her dismay, a down on his luck, out of condition hasbeen. Desperate, Alisoun hires him, hoping that the past laurels of the fabled hero are enough to hold the assassin at bay. The sensitive and often humorous interaction between the hero and heroine keeps the story moving at top speed and should win this writer an even broader audience.
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