A maiden for the mercenary
Mercenary knight Rhain is living on borrowed time. With a vengeful warlord pursuing him, he has accepted his fate—though first he must get his men to safety.
When he rescues mysterious and deeply scarred Helissent from her attackers, Rhain soon wishes he wasn’t marked for death. He can never be the man she deserves—his scandalous lineage alone dictates that—but Rhain can’t resist the temptation to show this innocent maiden how beautiful she truly is…
Lovers and Legends
A clash of Celtic passions
“This is right up there with some of the best books I have read. It’s beautiful, heart wrenching and you get tingles while reading it.” — Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Best Books of the Year, 2017 on The Knights Scarred Maiden
About the Author
If she isn't working on the next book in her historical series, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com or on twitter @NicoleLockeNews!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Knight's Scarred Maiden is number five in author Nicole Locke's Lovers and Legends series and I absolutely loved it! What a fabulous story! If you've been reading this series in order like I have, then you already met Rhain in the previous book, In Debt to the Enemy Lord. Although it's not necessary to read them in order or together as they can stand on their own, I highly recommend you do! At the end of the previous book a secret is revealed which changes everything for Rhain. This story takes place five years later with Rhain working as a mercenary where he meets our heroine Helissent. Helissent was a fantastic heroine. Scarred from a tragic fire in her youth, she is a brave and courageous woman although she personally doesn't see herself as such. Rhain and Helissent are drawn to each other from the beginning but both feel they are undeserving of love. Author Nicole Locke did a wonderful job of creating a story that I had a hard time putting down and a couple who I just couldn't help but fall in love with. Highly Recommend!
Attention grabbing details intrigue you, and an intricately woven plot carries us away in this tale of unexpected love! The characters believe they each are flawed and undeserving, yet they each see a truer side in the other. I would have liked to see a bit more of the two of them developing their relationship and also would have liked to have seen his family story line have a bit more of a conclusion, but overall, a very nice read! A traveling mercenary knight, determined to find info about his past ... a hunted man destined to pay for his deeds ... a kind-hearted man unable to turn away from someone in need. Rhain has a lot of duty sitting on his shoulders right now and he's not going to back down until he accomplishes what he has set out to do. Helissent leads a sheltered life of almost non-existence. She's badly scarred and ignored by those around here ... only her luck runs out and she's all of a sudden the target of some bad men when Rhain steps in to rescue her. He takes her with him to get her to safety, but along the way they find themselves learning about each other in a way neither has told anyone else. Are they destined to be together ... or meeting just to lose each other immediately?