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For This Knight Only

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she's much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn't long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.

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Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc
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With her brother gone to fight with King Richard and her father taken to his death bed, Lady Alyss must protect her people and secure Chauvere Castle. Under a barrage of attacks, she stands tall and wins every battle. She knows she’s defenseless against the power of Sir John once news surfaces about her father’s death. But when Sir Roark shows up suddenly with a death bed plea, she’s unsure what to believe. Did he truly know her brother, Henry, or is this just a ploy to get under her skirts and ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner!

If you are in the mood for a fast-paced medieval adventure, then 'For This Knight Only' by Barbara Bettis will surely please you.

It tells the captivating story of Lady Alyss and Sir Roark.
When Alyss's father dies, she is determined to protect Chauvere Castle and her people. She decides to send away to a convent her younger sister Evie to keep her away from danger. But the task proves difficult, since her brother is gone fighting for King Richard. She is now alone, but smart,
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found the very beginning to be a little slow for my liking but then oh my it turn into one of those page turners I just couldn't put down. You name it, this story has it all - action, suspense, romance, etc. Loved the development of the characters and the interaction between them. Loved the strong feisty female character and how she wouldn't take flack from anybody and did what was not the norm for females back then. Loved the comradeship, honesty, and loyalty that was portrayed. I totally bec ...more
Marianne Denning
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author is wonderful. She has given us a heroine who is strong, practical but also gentle and loving. Alyss is one of my favorite heroines ever. Then we have Roark...who is a product of his times. A true warrior who will do whatever it takes to make his dream of a home a reality...well, except that he is honorable. Their road is bumpy, with lies and troubles. The times are horrific and makes me wonder how anyone survived during those days. Meanwhile, these two keep me turning the pages, lovi ...more
InD'tale Magazine
As medieval romances go, this book has a variety of interesting characters.

Read full review in the 2019 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jamie Jack
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: p-2019, medieval
In this novel, I had a hard time liking Sir Roark at the beginning. I didn't like the way he treated Lady Alyss with such a heavy hand when he was the one who was lying to her to get her castle and land. Through the middle portion of the book, I thought he became a better character as he grew and learned that the true treasure he had lied to get was actually Lady Alyss. I did like Lady Alyss’s character, though I thought she was a bit stupid at times. She often acted without thinking, putting he ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a time when King Richard and Prince John fought over England’s throne, Barbara Bettis brings us For This Knight Only. Sir Roark of Stoddard fought to bring his king back to the realm. In one battle he loses the land he was promised, the men he captained, and his good name because of the man he was sworn to serve. Lord Martin of Cantleigh had secretly organized an ambush for the King Richard in a split second Roark had to choose his king or his liege lord. Lady Alyss of Chauvere was fighting h ...more
C Becker
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For This Knight Only is a historical novel that will ensnare you deep in the time of the Crusades. Barbara Bettis has created captivating characters to tell her story. Alyss is a strong woman overseeing her dead father’s castle and lands in England as she awaits word of her brother Henry fighting for King Richard. Sir Roark, a knight under the reign of King Richard, realizes his liege lord is part of a plot to kill the king. After Sir Roark flees the deadly battle, he travels to Alyss’s homeland ...more
Angel Hatfield
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she's much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn't long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin. Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family's castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother's dying wish binds her ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought that Roark and Lady Alyss were a well-matched couple. Both were honorable, intelligent, and had strong leadership qualities. Although both wanted a life of freedom and to be valued for their personal virtues and not for their property or status, they entered into a union that would serve for the protection of Lady Alyss's family holdings and the people who lived there.
The writing drew me into their internal lives and made me want to see them succeed as a couple as they grew to respect
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Roark, a knight sworn to protect, finds himself at a crossroads. Although sworn to protect his king, the man he has trusted for so long had done a deed that he cannot accept so he ventures forth to find his own fortune settling on marriage to the lady of the castle.

Alyss has a broken betrothal, loses her father, and hears of her brother's death in a short amount of time. She knows her castle is in danger once word gets out and must find a way to protect her people. Roark shows up tel
Karen  Dee
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this medieval romance. I enjoyed even more Alyss the books heroine medieval feminism! In a time where women had little rights she gave Roark a good lesson in partnership and thwarted his efforts to "tame" her. She was a lady who knew what she wanted and wouldn't allow him to dictate to her. Way ahead of her time in mind her heart however was as old as time. Roark couldn't help but fall for the feisty stubborn and determined Alyss even though she frustrated him to no end. Both of ...more
Carole Burant
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story!!! Once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down, it's that good! Sir Roark shows up at Lady Alyss's castle with a made up story that her brother's dying wish was that Roark would marry Alyss to keep her and her village safe. He's always dreamed of having his own lands and he figures this is an easy way of getting it. He finds out Alyss is no pushover and really has a mind of her own! She will NOT make this easy for him!!!

There are so many twists and tur
Casi McLean
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful tale with a great romance.

Barbara Bettis strikes the perfect balance of a strong woman and the man of her dreams in an era of castles and kings. For This Knight Only is a delightful read with everything I look for in a story. A strong heroine, suspense, romance, and what could be more romantic than a knight in shining armor.
I highly recommend this book as Bettis weaves a fast-paced saga with richly drawn characters, the perfect amount of heat for a beautiful love story, and a well-de
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have had the pleasure to have read and enjoyed books by Barbara Bettis and For This Knight Only is no different. Medieval times is starting to be my favorite time period to read and I adored Roark and Alyss’s story. It was great watching them grow throughout the book. It was full of adventure, action, and romance.

I am giving For This Knight Only four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy Medieval era romance.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own
Teresa Williams
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. The beginning seemed just a little slow to me, though I did enjoy the characters. There was just a lot to lay out for the story to make sense. It didn’t take long though, for me to totally get caught up in the intrigue and all that was going on.
I loved the interactions between Lady Allyss and Sir Roark. They were both very strong people who’d pretty much been forced by circumstances to stand alone and strong.
I loved the ending, and I think, that
Susan Hutchinson
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fine Historical Romance

Barbara Bettis delivers a wonderful historical romance with For This Knight Only. Set in the early 12th century, Bettis’s historically accurate tale of a Knight in the time of King Richard and Prince John delivers a fine mix of intrigue and romance between Sir Roark and Lady Alyss. Politics, not exclusive to this day and age, could prove both brutal and deadly in the 12th century. Bettis colors the pages of her novel with a master’s use of language, bringing each scene viv
Kathleen Roth
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written story! This author definitely has a knack for visually capturing the essence of a scene, thought, or emotion by using only a few but concise words in a sentence. I usually read in bed at night and drift off to sleep, letting my Kindle go to sleep on its own. By 2:30 am last night, I was still reading. What a great story. I finally had to force myself to shut down my reading device or I would've been up all night. I think I might have found my new, favorite author! ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
During a time where women had very little choice on whom they could marry, Alyss proves to be a very strong determined woman on her options. Enter Sir Roark, a knight that has just come from battle to tell her that her brother perished in the bid to aid King Richard...along with the desire to marry her for the land that she lives on. I was turning pages quickly as the story writing kept me intrigued. Well written and thought out book.
Sydney Winward
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the way the author opened the book with Chauvere getting attacked. I was immediately drawn into the story, and itching to learn more. Alyss’s character intrigued me from the beginning. She has a strong mind, and even when everything is falling apart around her, literally, she remains strong and takes charge.

The interactions between Sir Roark and Alyss were entertaining, especially in the beginning when they first met. The book was well-written with beautiful and descriptive imagery.
Sandra Dailey
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The characters were interesting, multi-layered, and developed along the way. The setting was well written, visual, and authentic. The action was outstanding. It didn’t stop for a single page. Warning: once you open this book, you won’t want to put it down. Congratulations on another great book, Barbara Bettis.
Mona williams
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
this book was actually really good! not my usual book to read. he wants the land and will do anything to get it. even marry her. she is trying to protect her castle. theres some bad men trying to take over it all. read to find out what happens.
Julie Sherman
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slice of history

This is a slice of history infused with a fiction to make a name be historical romance. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. The story is well written and has great imagery within it.
Crystal Galloway
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Knights and shining armor

Not a 100% fan. The book was well written. In the end everything works out as you knew they would.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story I really got into it.
Deborah Roussety
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved this book
Laura L
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rollicking, light hearted, cheesy love story set in the time of Richard the Lionheart and his brother John.
I actually really enjoyed this book, it's one that kept me up reading late. Love this author, highly recommended.
My only complaint is that Alyss is fairly petulant in the beginning, but she grows on you as the story flows.

I was grateful to receive this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
#forthisknightonly #netgalley
Ellen Parker
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
England in early 1194

Young women were seldom able to choose their own husband in 1194. Alyss of Chauvere, however, is determined not to marry the neighboring lord, the one at the gates of her father’s castle. If only her brother and his men would return, the defenses would be strengthened.
Sir Roark of Stoddard is one of many knights defending his recently-released-from-exile king. When the party is attacked, he does his part, learning of betrayal from within.
Ms. Bettis presents a classic tale w
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A knight seizes the opportunity to claim a home when the heir to a castle is killed in a surprise attack against King Richard. Knowing he must marry the heir's sister is his first task, defending the castle is his next. A shaky foundation with every possibility that he could lose it all. A new author for my list, who writes a well put together romance with a few tears to a happy ending.
A free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
Margaret Dill
rated it it was amazing
Jun 11, 2020
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