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The Christmas Knight

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  563 ratings  ·  52 reviews
When a knight arrives on the king's orders to take over her father's keep and take her youngest sister as his wife, Bronwyn de Breton pretends to be her sister and agrees to marry this fearsome new lord.
Mass Market Paperback, 473 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2010)
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MelissaB
I really enjoyed this medieval romance with a Christmas-time theme. The lead characters were both likable, good people who find love together when they meet after the hero is sent to be the lord of the keep where the heroine lives. The hero lost an eye in an accident when he was younger, so he is a bit tortured about how people react to his physical appearance. The heroine does not care about his eye, she knows from personal experience that it's what inside a person that counts. I enjoyed the wr ...more
Willow
DNF! D:

Gawd what a boring book. Maybe I have the attention span of a gnat (since everybody else loves this book except me) but there is no way I can struggle through three hundred more pages of this book. All these characters do is ponder on their insecurities, moon over each other, and talk, talk, talk. It makes me cranky.

First we have Ranulf, who is horribly scarred and is missing an eye with a flaccid eyelid. Yes Sinclair uses the word ‘flaccid’.

I happen to love beasty stories so my first th
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Penny Watson
I saw this recommended as a "beastly" book...the hero has been badly burned in a fire, and he is missing an eye. And he refuses to wear an eye-patch...Mr. One-Eyed Bad-Ass! There is some great chemistry between the beastly hero and the heroine who is determined to protect her sisters and village. Ever since reading Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley, I have shied away from longer books. I am still traumatized by the never-ending KA saga--although the book was very entertaining, the length was hideou ...more
Kari
Beautiful medieval romance, much better than I expected. This is my first book by this author and I really liked her style.
The H&h are both scarred and insecure. When they meet, sparks fly. Even though the story takes place in a timeframe of a few days, it doesn't feel rushed. We can see them falling in love and understand why it happens so quickly.
There is a lovely Christmas holiday feel to the book. The story takes place during Christmastide and we get small tidbits at the beginning of e
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Gerrie
There were so many wonderful aspects to this book. First, it is set in a very interesting time. The young King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, have just ascended to the throne of England after decades of civil war. The author's historical research is impressive, and she weaves it seamlessly into the story. Ranulf, the hero, is close to Henry and one of his most valued military commanders. Ranulf is scarred, both physically and emotionally. He has just inherited a vast estate in Nort ...more
Regan Walker
This is a great Medieval Christmas romance. Sinclair begins each chapter with a tradition of Christmastide or Twelfthtide (the 12 days of Christmas), as celebrated then, for a wonderful holiday touch.

Set in the 12th century, it's the story of Ranulf, a knight of King Henry II, who is scarred (literally and figuratively) as a result of his heroism of the past and shunned by most women. He is a warrior known for his feats of valor, but with the death of his father and cousin, he reluctantly is per
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Rebecca (everyday reader)
This is not a sappy historical romance. It is a very good story though. Bronwyn is strong willed and intelligent, and her husband Ranulf is honorable, brave and not used to kindness. Theirs is a true love. I loved it, great read!!
Sandy M
Michele Sinclair has created one of those romantic couples that I just love to read. A scarred hero who has buried his feelings and emotions so deep he never expects to love or be loved and a heroine who looks past those scars into his soul. And when they finally come together, the story only gets better.

Ranulf is a reluctant new nobleman, taking over when a cousin dies and King Henry bestows the title and land on him. We learn about Ranulf when the heroine’s father finally tracks him down and v
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Lyndsey
What a wonderful story about the ugly duckling... this has to be one of my all time favorite historical romance books. In the Christmas Knight we meet Ranolf, a hardened solider with an obvious physical flaw who has recently become Lord of Hunswick against his will. To top it off, he is being forced to marry a daughter of the late protector of the keep. Unknown to him, one daughter waits at the keep that will love him for who he is and not what he appears to be. While there are several different ...more
Desiree
Man am I exhausted after that read! While I think the story line was a good one, at times it felt like it was too wordy. I didn't think it would ever get going. But it did, thank goodness. While I liked the hero and heroine there were times (ok maybe lots of times!!) I wanted to shake them both until their teeth rattled! My goodness, her insecurities and uncertainty and him trying to make her jealous or tricking her into telling the truth drove me nuts! I hate that kind of stuff. Ugh While it wa ...more
Sarah
I wasn't going to read this book all in one go, but I found that once I started it was near impossible to put down.

Bronwyn is the eldest of three sisters who are each beautiful in there own right, though Bronwyn seems to be overlooked by men the most. (I think that this is due to her lack of confidence in her looks combined with how strong her character was. Given where she was raised there would have been very few men who would be able to match her.) When word comes of her fathers death and ne
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Sandy
This was a really great book! What an epic story that kept you engaged!! Had some great twists and turns, and I loved the way that each chapter started with an explanation of the 12 days of Christmas!! Now I'm off to find out if Edythe has a book of her own!
URGH! No book for her ... so annoying... they left that hanging!
Kathie (katmom)
This was a charming story. The little snippets of information at the beginning of each chapter added an enjoyable lesson to the fiction.

Now I need to read on to see if Lily and Edythe find their own HEAs.
Becca
This book could have easily been a 5 star read for me if the middle had not been so sluggish. I was not a fan of the first chapter of the book, but once Bronwyn and her sisters arrive on the page, the book became very enjoyable. Ranulf and Bronwyn were strong characters that fit together beautifully. Ranulf is a scarred warrior who has used his one-eyed appearance to test and condemn others in order to keep himself apart. Bronwyn is a strong leader with a secret insecurity about her appearance, ...more
V.J. Bernal
So beautiful, I love it!
Now, mi dear Michelle, I need more Tyr and Edythe!!!
Heather
1st couple of pages are a lil confusing.&i didnt even understand the italicized words on pg1.this book is already not what i thought it was.the guys disfigured &missing an eye.not that that matters,i like readin about the scarred war heroes somtimes,but the description didnt hint at ranulf bein like this at all.
they didnt even say what the guys name was on the back,so at the beginning of the book it took me a lil while to figure out who the main guy was.
"shrugged his chin." i wasn't awar
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Danielle
When I saw that Sinclair had this book coming out, I was disappointed that it was not from her Highlander series (I think she must have gotten stumped with the stories for the twin brothers and I am nervous that she is taking a longer break or just flat out done with them *sniffle*) This story was fantastic.

Ranulf has had a hard life and his scared visage has made him a hard man and a very good commander for the new King Henry II. Ranulf is more or less forced to be lord of Hunswick by the king
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Dianne


The Christmas Knight (Zebra Historical Romance)
Sinclair, Michele

“He loved, and was loved in return.”



I picked this novel up quite by chance and found myself ignoring everything around me as I devoured it. I have not read such an intriguing and character/relationship driven novel in quite some time.

This novel is about a Knight named Ranulf de Gunnar who has been ordered by his new King to take over Hunswick Castle. While on his boat trip back to the castle an accident occurs on the ship he is on
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Readitnweep
For the first 3/4 of this book, I would have rated it a 3-1/2. I found both Ranulf and Bronwyn well developed characters and found it brave and honest of the author to have Ranulf, a warrior, have lost his eye. And I thought her way of having Bronwyn likewise scarred was a wise way to develop their bond.

But then, 3/4 of the way through, what had started out as an interesting story was ruined by Bronwyn stupidly leaving to get a tapestry. Could the author find no other way to have her meet up wit
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Charlie Richards
I'm a sucker for historical Highland romances. It's been a while since I picked up one of Michele's books, but the mood struck me yesterday. I searched the internet to remember what her titles were, then I found one I hadn't read and bought it. I'm glad I did. And, yup, it kept me transfixed enough to where I read it in a day.

The plot is well developed and kept me turning pages, even well into the night. The characters, though not exceptionally deep, are well written and engaging. Bronwyn is the
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Johanna
The Christmas Knight
by Michele Sinclair

Genre: Historical Romance

Her Only Hope For The Season

With their father gone this Christmastide, Bronwyn de Breton and her two younger sisters are utterly vulnerable at unprotected Hunswick Castle. And their troubles are compounded when a fearsome knight arrives on the king's orders to take Hunswick as his own—and the youngest de Breton daughter as his wife.

Is A Man She's Never Met

Bronwyn would never let her little sister be forced to marry a man as rough an
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Sally Monroe
DNF - ugh! So full of modern slang, concepts, etc., I thought I was reading The Kardashians Go Medieval. The characters have the emotional maturity and stability of middle school students. The hero is pouting, petulant, and obsessed with his attractiveness (or lack thereof) due to scarring and loss of an eye. He has a NICKNAME -- Deadeye!! Seriously?! Save your sanity and money, and read this story done well in Judith McNaught's Kingdom of Dreams or Julie Garwood's The Bride.
Kimberly
I have a new author to read. Really enjoyed this book. Really liked the explanations of the old English holiday Twelefthtide was explaned at the beginnning of each chapter. The author wove them into the chapter in some manner or other. The romance was not rushed as seems to be done in other books. Also the growth of both the male and female leads is given ample time. The is a lengthy read coming in at 473 pages.
The one one aspect that stopped me from giving this 5 stars was the constant referre
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Fera フェルナンダ
ahhhh I truly love this one <3
the twist is great and I have no big problem getting immersed with this book. Wish there's more story for the hero's guy friend whose name I kind of forgot but he came from Scottish, taller than the hero, easy going yet vows to never get married haha. Overall, such a romantic, thrilling, and enjoyable read <33
Cruth
A medieval Christmas story blending the traditional rituals of Twelfth Night with romance and understanding. The incorporation of little history lessons at the start of each chapter is really nice - I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpts. They weren't overly intrusive, but interesting, taking a fairly standard historical romance to a book that means Christmas.

I really liked this one. It's a clever, unusual story which ticks the boxed for genre expectations (including light and easy read). Sinclair gi
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Jody
Lots of little historical / informative paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter. Slow build. Disfigured hero! I want to know what happened with Tyr and Edyth.
Nabi Bibi
All her books are GREAT.
I just loved Ranulf......saranghae
mad4rombks
Jul 07, 2014 mad4rombks marked it as to-read
Recommended on Amazon forum as an angsty read.
Patricia
I absolutely loved this book. I hedged in the first chapter whether or not to continue but I'm glad that I did. I love it when an author writes so well that you lose yourself in the story. The characters were well written, the storyline flowed wonderfully. I just couldn't put this book down once getting through the first chapter. This definitely will be a return read during the holiday season. A bonus is at the beginning of each chapter, imformation is given about the evolution of Christmas cust ...more
Jen
The good news is that Christmas isn't a humongous part of the story, but the story takes place around Christmas. If you're a history nut, the beginning of each chapter will be fun to read. If you're a sucker for the scarred emotionally & physically hero and the under-appreciated heroine scenario, go ahead and pick this one up, you won't regret it! (view spoiler) ...more
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In need of a creative outlet, I began writing novels after my second child was born. A voracious reader of romance books and a constant dreamer of romantic plots, I was encouraged to put my ideas to paper. I soon found out I loved it...all of it!

I am a member of the Romance Writers of America and of the Georgia Romance Writers.

In addition to writing historical romance novels, I also build large HO
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