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A Knight's Reward (Knight's Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Kean
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Book Description

When Gisela Anne Balewyne comes face to face with handsome knight Dominic de Terre, she fears her dangerous secrets have caught up with her. The small town of Clovebury seemed the perfect place to hide from her abusive husband, raise her young son, and earn a living as a tailor while she saved to move north and start a new life. Seeing Dominic—the lord she loved and then lost when he went on crusade—renews her desire for him, but she can never be with him again, and not just because she’s a commoner and he’s a nobleman. Loving him would mean risking too much, including his life.

Dominic is on a crucial mission for Lord Geoffrey de Lanceau: to find out who stole de Lanceau’s cloth shipment, worth a fortune. Dominic is stunned to see Gisela, the only woman he’s ever loved. She’s changed, though, from the passionate, sensual woman he knew. He vows not only to succeed in his mission, but to win her heart forever—goals that endanger them all, especially when Dominic learns she’s been hired to sew clothes from some of the stolen silks.

As he unravels her shocking secrets and learns the truth about her little boy, he could lose all that’s dear to him—or win a knight’s greatest reward.

Knight's Series Novels:
A Knight's Vengeance (Book 1)
A Knight's Reward (Book 2)
A Knight's Temptation (Book 3)
A Knight's Persuasion (Book 4)
A Knight's Seduction (Book 5)--Available Spring 2014


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932815996
  • Publisher: Catherine Kean (15 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079QUWSS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award-winning author Catherine Kean has always loved tales of heroic knights and stubborn damsels. Her debut medieval romance, Dance of Desire, was the launch title of Medallion Press's Sapphire Jewel Imprint. Dance of Desire won two Reviewer's Choice Awards, Best Medieval in industry review magazine Affaire de Coeur's 2006 Reader-Writers' Poll, and finaled in four contests for published romance novelists.

Her other books have also garnered accolades. My Lady's Treasure won the historical category of the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest and was a finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. A Knight's Reward was a 2008 National Readers' Choice Awards finalist.

Catherine also writes contemporary romantic comedies under the pen name Cate Lord. Busy working on her next novel, Catherine lives in Florida with her husband, daughter, and two spoiled cats. For the latest news on her books, please visit her website at www.catherinekean.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 30 Aug. 2012
By zoe
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A really cute story, with villains, knights and a damsel in distress. What more can you want. A really lovely ending too x
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By marnie
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I have only recently started reading Catherine Kean's books and have enjoyed everyone until now.
I found myself not enjoying this book mainly because I was so furious at the hero's holier than thou attitude and the mother's wimpiness. Dominic (hero) and Gisella (Anne) had a romantic and sexual relationship four years ago but he leaves to go on the crusades so has only recently discovered she had a child and was forced to marry an abusive, violent man. In one scene he is filled with an all consuming rage that she has been abused by her husband then in the next scene threatens to throw her over his horse and take her to the castle dungeons.
Then he is (again) consumed with rage that she had'nt told him about his son and not once does she say "hang on pal, who left me pregnant, whose fault was it I had to marry a man who scarred me for life." No, she just keeps saying I'm sorry, so sorry.
You know you're in trouble when you prefer the child to the two adults. The 3 year old certainly had more courage than his mother and more honour than his father. Altogether, this book left me angry and frustrated with the two lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely series, keeps you reading on..... 31 Oct. 2013
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I have been reading books ever since I got my 1st Kindle and I cant get enough of them.
This book took me into another world, would recommend to anyone, you get absorbed in the story.
You never know what is going to happen next, this series has you hooked so expect lots of late nights reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Knights Reward (Knights series. bk 2) 20 Jan. 2015
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This is bk 2 of 5 in this series. Another yarn that is action packed. I would have like an little extra text in way of an Epilogue though just to round up what happens to Ada and the town... Will Geoffrey make improvements to keep them safe..... I did enjoy this read, although I didn't engage with Gisela as well as other female characters in the other novels in this series. Which was a let down for me.... Dominic I loved, right from the start, and had hoped his own story line would have been as zingy as the other Knights.
I made a mistake when reviewing A Knight's Temptation bk 3, and should have given it a 5*, but instead I did the review for bk 2 (this novel) which has really annoyed me... silly me. So if you get to read this and the other review, please bare that in mind. Sorry....
I do love this authors style and imagination. Her novels are well worth reading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Medieval Romance - Great Heroine - 4-1/2* 9 May 2008
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Severely beaten and almost killed by her violent husband Ryle, Gisela Anne Balewyne and her son Ewan fled home finding sanctuary in the small town of Clovebury. Gisela knows should Ryle find her he will kill both her and Ewan. Therefore Gisela leads a reclusive life as a tailor constantly looking over her shoulder. Anticipating the money she can earn from one more commission to complete, Gisela will soon be able to move further away. All was going according to plan until Dominic de Terre, her first and only love, returned from the Crusades with the intent of finding a stolen cloth shipment belonging to his friend de Lanceau.

Dominic had regretted leaving Gisela behind when he'd gone to war, but now that he found her he wasn't about to let her go again. Unfortunately, not only was Gisele unknowingly hiding some of the cloth he sought, but he discovered that Ewan was his illegitimate son. While Dominic is reeling from Gisela's betrayal, he is captured by the desperate thieves. With only one way to save Dominic, Gisela must go to de Lanceau, confess to her crimes and hope she is not too late to save Dominic's life.

*** Ms. Kean has once again penned another richly textured, jewel of a medieval romance bringing a masterful, emotionally riveting story peopled with beautifully drawn characters to life. Her imagery was is fantastic and the reader can't help but feel a part of the marvelous tableau Kean drew.

One of the images that clearly came across was the painful scar Gisela bore from the knife wound to her breast her husband Ryle had inflicted when he attempted to cut her heart out, or worse, kill her son Ewan. Having experienced a bit of chest surgery myself, I could fully appreciate the lasting pain of such a wound from her monster of a husband along with the threat towards her beloved son.

The love that existed between Dominic and Gisela (his "Sweet Daisy") was quite poignant, fully emotional and quite sensual. I could understand why Gisela would want to keep her secrets, fearing Dominic would want to avenge her, though I would have to disagree with Gisela's keeping the truth of Ewan's parentage a secret. (My opinion only)

Three and a half year-old Ewan, Gisela's "little warrior" was endearingly portrayed, and leapt from the pages right into my heart. I could definitely see him in my minds eye, holding his little sword, along with Sir Smug as he would defend his mama from all who would threaten her. Kean used him judiciously throughout the story to both lighten the mood as well as draw in moments of nail biting suspense when it appeared he might be in danger.

For me, the plot was excellent, the suspense and danger totally in keeping and balanced well with the romance along with wonderfully drawn characters. Catherine Kean is definitely a highly recommended author and a great choice for romance readers looking for a richly embellished, and adventuresome medieval historical romance read. Bravo!

Marilyn Rondeau
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 23 Jun. 2008
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
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Set in Moydenshire, England, the year of 1194. It is the land of Geoffrey de Lanceau. A rich French merchant, Varden Crenardieu, encourages his thugs to undermine the local traders so he can take more and more control of Clovebury, a town on the edge of Moydenshire. Crenardieu had stolen de Lanceau's load of costly silks as they were being shipped down river to Branton Keep.

When Gisela Anne Balewyne finally has enough abuse (physical, mental, and verbal) from her husband Ryle, she flees with her small son, Ewan. They are hiding in the town of Clovebury. Gisela works as a tailor, trying to earn enough money to finally leave the area and be free from her dangerous and insidious husband. When Crenardieu gives her a commission, Gisela has no idea the silk is stolen. Once she suspects, Gisela does not report it to the authorities because she needs the money from the commission too much. But then Dominic de Terre spies her in the market place.

Dominic is a knight in the service of Lord Geoffrey, sent to investigate the recent cloth thefts. He is amazed to find Gisela in Clovebury. Then he is horrified to learn that her husband had changed her from his laughing, vibrant love into a frightened, suspicious woman. Gisela and Dominic were lovers until he had gone away on crusade. Though the two still care for each other, Gisela fears any help due to what Ryle would do should he locate her and Ewan. As for Dominic, he discovers that not only has Gisela lied to him about the stolen silks, but also did not tell him that Ewan was his illegitimate son. Having betrayed him twice, Gisela expects Dominic to arrest her and take Ewan away. Before anything can happen though, Crenardieu's thugs get their hands on Dominic. Gisela must go to de Lanceau for help, even though doing so would condemn her. And then she must face Ryle.

***** Geoffrey de Lanceau is from the previous book titled A Knight's Vengeance. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are secondary characters in this adventure though. I found it wonderful to see them briefly. It also made this story a little more realistic to me. The character of Gisela is one that I could not help but respect. All the choices she made, good or bad, were made for her child. All good parents would have done as Gisela did. Therefore, readers with children will easily identify with her.

The story begins with the sense of danger surrounding Gisela. I was hooked instantly. From then on, it was non-stop drama with plenty of action. Author Catherine Kean has become the queen on her genre! Superb! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Rewarding Medieval! 26 Jun. 2008
By Beverly Romance Books - Published on Amazon.com
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Catherine Kean continues her Knights Series with a wonderfully enchanting and heartwarming story of love once lost and now found. Years ago, the strong, handsome nobleman, Dominic de Terre, fell in love with an exquisite commoner, Gisela Anne Balewyne. Rather than give in to his family's demands and marry a noblewoman, he chooses to leave his home and the arms of his "Little Daisy," of his life, Gisela, and join up to fight in the Crusades with King Richard. All he thinks about during his time away is being in the meadow of daisies with his Gisela. He returns, feeling that his life has changed and that Gisela is probably married. He joins up to support his friend and strong local lord, Lord de Lanceau. While on an undercover mission to find out who has been stealing Lord de Lanceau's precious shipments of rare silks, he sees his Gisela in the marketplace. But this woman says she is Anne and the little boy with her is her son, Ewan. Dominic's eyes and heart know differently, and he continues to follow and discover that Anne really is his Gisela. He immediately wonders why she is in hiding with her son and working as a tailor. Little does he realize that Gisela has many secrets, but most of all, she has run away from a brutal husband who has scarred her for life and has threatened all that she loves, especially her son. The mystery begins as Gisela is trapped in a situation with a French Merchant Crenardieu and the very silks that Dominic is looking for, as well as another deep secret she must tell Dominic. For a short time, Gisela has her Dominic back, but she knows once she meets Crenardieu's blackmail demands, she must take the money made from the silk garments commissioned for him and run far, far away from her evil husband Ryle and her newfound love for Dominic. But Dominic does not want to give up on Gisela, and as their passion once again reignites, Gisela, her son, and Dominic get trapped in the dangerous plot by Ryle and Crenardieu. Will Gisela run, or decide to stay and save Dominic while facing the loss of both Dominic and her son by admitting to Lord de Lanceau that she was involved in the stolen silk plot? But most of all will Dominic forgive her most important secret?

As all of the other Knight Series, Catherine Kean has once again written an interesting and intense story with mystery and many characters with depth. A Knight's Reward is another page turner that keeps the reader absorbed from beginning to end, and is another Medieval Romance that is a keeper for collectors.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting medieval romance 19 April 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1194 frightened more for the safety of her son Ewan even if he is the lord's heir, Gisela Balewyne runs away with her child from her odious abusive husband Rhys. She takes shelter in Clovebury where she obtains work as a tailor. Her goal is to save enough money so that she and her child can travel even further away from Rhys; she hopes one day she can stop looking at every stranger she sees with suspicion that he is the one.

Lord de Lanceau sends his loyal knight Dominic de Terre to find stolen valuable silk. When the trail takes him to Clovebury, Dominic is stunned to see Gisela, who he loved before going off to war, sewing garments from the very cloth he seeks. She is working on a special order for French merchant Crenardieu. Dominic cannot believe she would be part of a theft ring, but the evidence is clear just like he learns who Ewan's sire really is. He knows his heart loves Gisela, but his head tells him she is untrustworthy of his feelings while Crenardieu sends hooligans to eliminate the investigating knight.

This is an interesting medieval romance that uses a late twelfth century setting to tell a tale that in many ways feels contemporary with a sleuthing warrior and a woman hiding from her husband. The story line is fast-paced, but obviously driven by the relationship between the lead couple as he suspects her of thieving and lying while she prays he proves her love for him is right by protecting Ewan. Catherine Kean writes a fascinating historical tale.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper of a romance weighed down by redundancy 15 Sept. 2012
By Babs13 - Published on Amazon.com
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This story had great potential but never felt like it went anywhere. The first half of the book tells of Gisela's life in hiding using an alias name and earning money as a seamstress in order to flee from her abusive husband. The author took a lot of time and effort to give us a back story of Gisela and Dominic in an effort to draw the reader into the characters and develop sympathy for them, but she only gives us enough about a tryst they had four years prior. There was nothing of their lives before the tryst (which ended up getting her with child, Ewan). How did they meet....or did I doze off during that part? Or why her husband was so abusive? Or even how G ended up marring him, how he knew about D and where was her family? Did she not have parents? Sisters, brothers who could help her? There is a big black void on a lot of things.

I admit, I didn't read the whole story. I got bored about 46% of the way through. Maybe the second half revealed more back story of G and D and even the abusive husband, but frankly, the story couldn't keep me turning the pages. I wanted to know more of their history. Not even the anticipation of any love scene kept me going for long. The constant inner thoughts of Gisela grew tiresome. The inner dialogue was re-hashed so many times about her wanting to flee the husband, protecting her son, starting a new life, yadda, yadda, yadda. These are all good reasons, and good points, but did the author have to remind us of her purpose every other paragraph? The redundancy got to be too much for this reader. Perhaps I would have been willing to finish this story, but there was no action. Just her living in her house and secretly making dresses and Dominic coming by at night with food. (Yawn) When I started re-reading paragraphs three times because I just couldn't get my mind into it....I gave up. The pace of this story was overly drawn out and long.

What I admired about the book was the author's strength in using point of view properly. I could envision what the characters were doing and the settings, which I love about stories. Unfortunately, this story did not have enough "story" for me.

If you love medieval romances as I do, you might enjoy it if you like a more subtle, non-exciting, lazy afternoon style of romance.
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