Alexa Aston with you today, beaming from ear to ear with the release of Journey to Honor, Book 4 in my Knights of Honor series.
This 14th century English medieval romance series began with the story of Geoffrey de Montfort and Merryn Mantel in Word of Honor. This latest installment in the series features Geoffrey’s niece, Avelyn Le Cler. She locks horns with–and then loses her heart to–Sir Kenric Fairfax.
When twin boys are born, a servant with a grudge switches their birth order . . .
Â 1366 A.D. â€“ Kenric Fairfax is raised as the second son of the Earl of Shadowfaire. The day of his Knighting Ceremony, a tragedy takes place–and Kenric flees the north of England, putting his past behind him as he swears he will never marry. He becomes a trusted knight in service to Lord Michael Devereux, who asks Kenric to lead an escort party from London in order to bring his wife’s sister home to Sandbourne.
Avelyn Le Cler has spent a year as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa and finds the treachery at the royal court not to her liking. She looks forward to a summer visit with her sister Elysande, who will soon give birth to her first child. While journeying from London, Avelyn discovers a secret about Sir Kenric Fairfax that could change his life–if he believes her.
But Avelyn is plagued with doubts since she has no proof to present Kenric. As the couple fall in love, Avelyn knows she must reveal to Kenric the truth she has learned about his birth–even if it costs her everything.
Join Kenric and Avelyn as the truth rips them apart–but their enduring love brings them together again.
Kenric found himself stunned when Avelyn beat him soundly in their first game of chess. It happened quickly, as if he experienced a surprise attack by the enemy that left him decimated. He struggled but clawed his way to victory in the second game. Though the noblewoman proved a cunning opponent, when he saw the disappointment in her eyes, he thought to give her an out.
“Mayhap your injury contributed to your loss, my lady.”
“A slightly twisted ankle has nothing to do with my thinking.” She eyed him for a moment, much as a cat might before it pounced upon a helpless mouse. “A final game, my lord, to see who will take the match?”
“Nay.” He sat back from the gaming board. “We can reengage in play once we reach Sandbourne.”
Her grin told him that he had been caught.
“You wish to think about my strategy and plan a way to try and win.” She laughed, a teasing light shining in her eyes. “You think, despite your talk of honoring ladies with your code of chivalry, to embarrass me in front of your home troops in the great hall, where you will have a bevy of knights cheering for you.”
Avelyn picked up her queen and toyed with it. “I accept your challenge, Sir Kenric. It will give me time to give thought to your chess play, as well.” Her eyes now sparkled with mischief. “You should fear me, my lord. I won’t go easy on you–no matter what witnesses stand present at your defeat.”
He crossed his arms. “I fear I won’t find an easy victory, for I now see you have a keen mind.” He paused. “I underestimated you, Lady Avelyn.”
In more ways than one . . .
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