For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Another old review I never posted. 🙈 But better late, than never!

This was one of the very first historical romances I ever read (before I even knew it was considered “historical romance” because at the time I was clueless about sub-genres). But anywho — I borrowed it at my local library on a whim. Glad I did too!

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— BLURB —

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

*** This is Book 3 in the An Uncertain Choice series (aka Noble Knights Series).

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— MY REVIEW —

As mentioned earlier, I borrowed this book from my local library on a whim liking how the blurb sounded. But I hadn’t realized at the time that this was part of a series… and the last book too (check the edit below)! What were the chances?!

(But note to self — Get onto Goodreads first and research before borrowing books!)

I’m usually not a fan of reading books out of order in a series, despite the fact that they can all be read as standalone. I’m obsessive compulsive that way, but I didn’t want it to go to waste before I had to return it so… I read it! 😄

Thank goodness each book in the series has different protagonists with completely separate story lines. The thing that connects each book is that the characters all know each other one way or another.

I feel like I’ve been reading YA fantasy fiction with so much detailed romance (that it should technically be in the NA category), so this was a nice, simple change of pace. This book was quoted as “clean” historical fiction and I absolutely agree. It has the cute, lovey-dovey, hallmark romance going for it that still makes you grin.

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Sabine is a spunky, strong-willed protagonist who has her moments of teenage rebelliousness. But you gotta love her for it. Her lighthearted banter between her grandmother and especially with Sir Bennet is what made this story all the more enjoyable. Yes, they were stuck in the middle of a dangerous battle with secrets up in the air but boy, I couldn’t help but swoon during the scenes where Sabine and Bennet were together and wondering how the other truly feels about.

There’s a little bit of magic and curses wrapped around Sabine that’s affected her ability to trust and open herself up to new people. Things are not what they seem.

An overall nice, steady developing romance with just a little bit of suspense and secrecy thrown in that’ll keep you engaged. There’s a simple little world-building here, enough to keep you picturing castles, pretty dresses, chivalry, and with it — seedy minions! 😜

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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This was an enjoyable read! 👍 If you have a few hours to kill and looking for a quick read, I highly recommend this one! Ooh and the rest of the series too!

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Side Note: After checking Goodreads, there’s apparently a fourth book; A Loyal Heart to be released sometime this year! I hope it does get released, I’m liking this series so far.

**EDIT: Since this is a super old review that I never got around to posting, my guess is the fourth book HAS been released. Although I can’t say for sure as I never did get around to finishing this series (and I hadn’t looked at on Goodreads since). 😅 But I still would recommend it though. It’s clean, adorably sweet, clean romance books. 


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Catch you guys in my next one. Happy reading! Xo

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The Best Years by Elena Monroe

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— SYNOPSIS —

SAINT

College. My one chance to escape. And I ran as far and as fast as I could. Straight into the arms of something more dangerous. Oliver.

He thinks I’m a good girl. But he doesn’t know what I’m running from. He thinks I should stay away from him. But I can’t. I like his cruel words. And his intoxicating smile. He’s a temptation I can’t resist. Am I a sinner or a saint?

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College. Second year. There are bad decisions at every turn. Including the new freshman, Layla. Temptations I can’t fight. Shackles I can’t escape. I’m only comfortable with the cruelty that slips from my lips.He innocent charm isn’t going to polish away my bad reputation. This wasn’t going to end well.

We all have secrets. What’s your sin?

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[ Sidenote: Before I get to my review, I just want to say this is a late blog post. I had planned on posting this review last month (and why I have it under my May book reviews) but sucky adulting and getting a friggin’ cold (twice) got in the way. Apologies for the delay, guys. But it’s here now 🙂 ]

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— MY REVIEW —

ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for my honest review

Dark and gritty, NA contemporary romance told by both Oliver and Layla’s POVs. Enjoyed the read and was hooked with Ollie’s (Oliver) story from the first few pages. Despite the very serious issues he’s suffering through, you cannot not like him!

Layla on the other hand was someone that took awhile for me to get used to. She’s also dealing with her past, and although her issues are just as serious and traumatic – I just couldn’t connect with her as a character. It’s nothing personal, I think she’s more of an acquired taste and partly why I couldn’t rate this book higher. I think she’s the take it or leave it type of character. Hopefully in the next books, she’ll grow on me.

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Overall, I think it’s a promising start to the series and a great debut for Elena. The story kept me engaged, there’s lots of drama and lots of angst as you go through their journey. I love when you see character growth in books and this one did not disappoint. Ollie was the standout for me. There’s just something about bad boys with soft hearts.. hehe.

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The side/ minor characters like their friends and family (especially Ollie’s) gave the story another layer because you get to see their actions and reactions towards what Ollie and Layla have gone through. It felt more relatable and realistic. Shoutout to Caden (Oliver’s best friend)!

I did find the story a little slower paced in the first half but it does eventually pick up. I should also warn you… it does end with a cliffhanger (but that shouldn’t come as a surprise as this is a series). But it’s a great read for those who love NA fiction and who’s used to or wanting to give dark reads/romances a try.

Trigger warnings! 

Please note: This book contains sexual content, abuse and addiction.

Sidenote: My copy had minor spelling and grammar mistakes but in no ways did it deter me from reading on (but hopefully it’s all been edited now for you readers wanting to read it). 

RATING: ♥♥♥/5

Thank you for checking out my spoiler free review. Hope you enjoyed reading this one! Until next time, folks..

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The Best Years is out NOW!