Title: Code of Honor Knights of Honor, Book 3
Author: Alexa Aston
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: 1350; 1365 Scotland
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
Published Date: March 28, 2017
Sold by: Amazon digital Services LLC
1365 A.D. – After the Earl of Sandbourne banishes his supposedly unfaithful wife to a convent, his young son Michael swears never to set foot on the family’s estate until after his father’s death. Michael will then claim his title as the new earl and restore his beloved mother to a place of honor.
Fifteen years pass, and the now-knighted Sir Michael Devereux serves Lord Geoffrey de Montfort at Kinwick Castle. He accompanies the nobleman and his family to a wedding, where Michael unknowingly falls in love with the bride before he even knows her identity.
Lady Elysande Le Cler is angry that her usually indulgent father went against her wishes and betrothed her to a stranger prior to his death. Now as her wedding day approaches, dread fills her—until she meets a dashing stranger who helps her deliver a foal. Elysande loses her heart to this knight, frustrated that they can never be together.
Join Michael and Elysande as they find fate has other plans in store for them.
My Thoughts: I felt sorry for Michael Devereux, a young boy at the beginning of this tale. No young person should have to deal with what he does. He has a father who apparently doesn’t care a damn for him, treating him harshly, and a mother who loves him beyond anything else. His father not only is harsh with this son, but feels his wife is having affairs behind his back.
A day Michael will never forget and festers in his heart, is the day his father beats his mother and kills a knight, all because of jealousy and not based on any truth. Here we see what a loose canon the man is. Michael leaves his father with the intention never to see him again, returning to his fostering knight. A young boy of ten, plump and seemingly clumsy turns into a knight of great standing, serving an admired and respected knight, Lord Geoffrey de Montfort.
Elysande meets Michael Devereux by chance. He quickly sets his heart upon her, but finds she is to marry in just a few days, betrothed to Hendry. In fact, Elysande, wishes with all her heart she could marry Michael instead. Once Elysande is told her betrothed, Hendry, dies on the very journey to Castle Hopeston, she’s elated. Then she’s told his father, Lord Ingram, wants to marry her. Be warned! Lord Ingram is despicable. His words:
“You better get used to a man telling you what to do. In and out of bed. Women are here to serve men. Nothing more.”
Elysande is an adorable, adventurous and totally devoted person to horses. She mid-wife’s two mares with help from Michael which encourages their relationship. Her heart and feelings quickly are focused on Michael.
“I’ve always been yours,” she replied. “From the moment of my birth. I knew not who you were and when we were fated to meet, but now that we have?” Elysande kissed him. “It will always be you. Never another. You are my light and my life, Michael Devereux.”
Young love is rocky. Sir Michael discovers something from his youth which will change everything, devastating to Elysande and Michael’s future.
Elysande is pursued by Lord Ingram, even after he’s been told not to; his interest is not reciprocated. He nearly succeeds in capturing her, the devil, with the intent of showing her what little power she has over her own life and body.
Author Alexa writes an entertaining and moving story, moments of optimism and hope, then plummeting the reader to despair. I was hooked from the beginning of the read with its emotional highs and lows forcing me (I went willingly!) to stay with the story to resolve the calamity.
I’ve enjoyed the series thus far, and would recommend this read to readers who crave danger, suspense, honorable knights and strong women who know what they want.