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(Knights of Destiny #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  30 reviews
To avenge his mother's honor, Sir Giles of Cambrai has come to England to kill his father. First, however, he'll take sweet revenge by kidnapping his sire's new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What's a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.

Abandoned in a convent by her brother, Lady Em
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by The Wild Rose Press
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Regan Walker
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval
4 and 1/2 Stars - Classic Medieval Story of Knights and their Ladies in the time of King Richard

Set in Lincolnshire in 1197, this is the story of mercenary knight Sir Giles of Cambrai (“Silverhawk”), who was ambushed by outlaws on his way from France to see Lord Henry of Chauvere, and Lady Emelin of Compton, whose men rescue Giles.

Lady Emelin is on her way from the convent where she was living to wed Lord Osbert, a stranger to her. Osbert essentially bought her as a broodmare from her evil broth
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Celeste Bradley, or Jo Beverly, you'll love Barbara Bettis. The tangled tale of Silverhawk weaves a story set in 1197 England about Sir Giles of Cambrai, a mercenary known as Silverhawk, and Lady Emeline of Compton, resident of St. Ursala Convent. Lady Emeline, betrothed to Lord Osbert Langley and Sir Giles, Langley's illegitimate son, bond as they travel to Langley. Bettis spins a tale of love and hate, trust and self-doubt mingled with the battle betwe ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet and adventurous romance. The historical details and developement of characters made it all the easier to lose yourself in the story. Beautiful love scenes as well. A very lovely find indeed.
InD'tale Magazine

In an intricate plot involving greedy and traitorous men, a surprising romance blossoms between two disparate people.

Read full review in the 2014 March issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Linda J.
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this as part of a bundle of 7 authors called HISTORICAL SERENADE: Seven Tales of Romance.

This is what I love about bundles - finding new author's. If the rest of her work is anything like this I've found a new author to read.

This is one of those stories that held my interest from the beginning to the end. My only compliant was with the h at times trying to run away. I understood why, because she wanted to save a child, but life would have been a heck of a lot similar if she would lis
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a fan of Medieval stories of Knights and their Ladies in the time of King Richard, this book hit all the right notes for me.

It had everything I wanted in it, adventure, betrayal, love, and a good dose of romance. I moved quickly and I enjoyed everything about it.

Emelin of Compton is a true lady. After the disappearance of her betrothed and five years in a convent, she’s been ordered by her brother to marry. On the way to Lord Osbert, a man in need of an heir, her escort happens on a strange
Carole Burant
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now this is what I call an amazing and wonderful medieval romance story! It has everything you would want in a historical romance and I must say that Giles and Emelin have quickly become one of my favourite couples!!! He is the handsome mercenary knight and she is the "warrior nun" as he likes to call her at first. The story contains intrigue, twists and turns, romance, heartbreak, love, mystery, as well as humour....I'm still giggling at Missy's cat's name! lol I very much recommend this book a ...more
Cocktails and Books
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Silverhawk is a historical romance. This book had great multilayered characters that easily carried the storyline. Lady Emelin of Compton’s brother Lord Garley banished her to a convent after her first betrothed failed to return from war. He uses her as a pawn in his bid to gain property, power, and riches. However, Lady Emelin’s time at the convent has increased her empathy and when she finds a wounded knight she is determined to take him with her and help him heal. I loved the way the author s ...more
L.A. Kelley
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Giles of Cambrai, known as Silverhawk, is a mercenary with a personal vendetta. Lady Emelin, on her way to a forced marriage may be dressed as a nun, but her heart holds passion kept barely in check. Sparks fly when the two of them collide with a stolen kiss, but a future is impossible when he is a landless mercenary and she is promised to another. Then Giles is drawn into a plot against the king and overhears a threat to Emelin’s life. He kidnaps Emelin to keep her safe, but why should she trus ...more
Ellen Parker
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Come on a journey to Lincolnshire, England in the year 1197.
Sir Giles of Cambrai has come to England for two reasons. First: He is tasked with delivering a message from his King about a possible traitor. Second: He intends to kill the father that has never acknowledged him. His plans begin to change when he’s attacked by six armed men and rescued by a party en route to a wedding.
Emelin of Compton is a true lady. After the disappearance of her betrothed and five years in a convent, she’s been ord
Nicole Laverdure
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Lady rescued by a Knight!
I have always loved reading stories from medieval times. It took me back to the genre of books that gave me the love of reading. I loved the cover of SILVERHAWK so much that I decided to read Barbara Bettis’s book! Who cannot resist the story of a strong sexy Knight rescuing a feisty Lady? I loved her characters Giles and Emelin. Giles had two missions, kill his father and kidnap a beautiful lady betrothed to his father. As a knight, he had to track traitors. He had no
Leanne Davis
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well written book taking place in the 12th century and in England with a knight and lady betrothed to another. The characters were awesome. They had heart, humor, caring and I could relate to them. It was a kidnapping the lady story but so well done it was believable, entertaining and engaging. I loved this story and that it wasn't cheesy or silly. One of those books the wonderful writing made it a great story where it could have easily been the opposite. ...more
Christine Black
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Silverhawk. The story moves along at a brisk pace as the hero meets the heroine when the book begins, throwing us into the action immediately. All the details and elements of historical romance writing are found in the story and the author weaves a delightful tale with her characters and plot. Five stars!
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
Lady Emelin is being escorted to her soon to be home to be married when the group encounters a wounded soldier on the road, Sir Giles aka Silverhawk and the sparks fly between them. This adventure includes kidnaping, outlaws, traitors, plots, greed, love, and new beginnings.

Sex: 2 very short scenes
Violence: non-graphic
Kyra Dunst
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet and adventurous romance. Giles is a man on a mission, until he meets Emelin. She is willful, outspoken, and everything he could want in a woman. But she is on her way to wed another man. When a plot to murder her and a threat to the throne throw hen together, they both find that the other may prove to be their match.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great plot!
Loved this book. Great well-developed plot that will keep you reading to see what will happen next. A wounded hero out for revenge, a villian you can hate and a heroine you can love. The author makes all of the characters (even secondary ones) come to life and includes humor that will make you laugh while you root for the hero & heroine.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a long read for me. There were times when i just didnt want to finish it because it became predictable. Hoping the end would be a kicker it was a real let just ended! Like ok hello-goodbye. Overall not a bad read just not my kind of writing.
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

In an intricate plot involving greedy and traitorous men, a surprising romance blossoms between two disparate people.

Full review in March 2014 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Barbara Xedos
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Here is another wonderful story by Barbara Bettis. I also read this book sometime ago. I really enjoyed reading this book. I hope you will also enjoy reading this book as much as I did.
Marie McCaulley
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A littlest of historical romance

The story has many twists and turns. Just like life. It was interesting the ways of love held both of them. Both demanded freedom that neither truely wanted
Nubia Sanchez
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good story!! Love the characters! Recommend it.
Review by: Vikki

Review Rating: 4.5 Stars

Link to Review: http://www.romantichistoricalreviews....
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful read with lots of historical information that enriches this without bogging it down. A great read.
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea

Good basic story; it did not need the sex scenes. I wish I had known before I started it. I won' t be bothering with this author any more.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I liked it more than I'd thought I would.
Stephanie Zuiderweg
Not perfect, but quite good

A few things didn't sit quite right with the story, sort of like the author wrote things out of order and didn't quite fix inconsistencies that cropped up because of it. But otherwise interesting characters and a well developed plot makes it an enjoyable read.
Mervin Barrett
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book. A lot of history and clean romance. The story was intertwined with suspense and a lot of surprises. It's a page turner!
pat knott
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific book that holds your interest from beginning to end. Only thing left hanging wa Stephens story. Maybe it will be another book. I look forward to reading more by this author. Thanks for many enjoyable hours.
Robyn Sheets
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read!

I enjoyed this book. First time reading a book by this author, but now will search for more. Hopefully there is a sequel.
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