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The Unforgiven Athos (By The Sword #1) by Michele Hauf. Historical Romance/Adventure. ARC Review.

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Musketeer Arnaud de Sillègue d’Athos is ready to bid adieu to the King's Guard and to lay down his sword. Yet he's been charged with one final mission—to apprehend a dangerous enemy of the king, the Belle Dame Sans Merci. Despite his desire to apprehend a woman who causes such destruction, Athos refuses... until he sees a sketch of her. It's the same villainess with whom he had been locked in a passionate, sensual moment. 

Emmanuelle Vazet never gives up control, even if briefly, in the arms of a blue­eyed stranger, she felt the need to give in and let desire take over. But now circumstances have placed her at the scene of a murder. Her reputation—and the ridiculous name—has preceded her, even if she is innocent. Now her nameless lover is the enemy. A royalist. A musketeer who could be her undoing... unless she becomes his undoing first.


Arnaud de Sillegue d'Athos is one of the French king's musketeers.  He has decided it's time to retire from the service and have a quieter life on his own estates.  A chance encounter with a beautiful and mysterious woman will delay him. 
Emmanuelle Vazet is a peasant woman whose parents where murdered by the king's men.  Since then she has been trained to take revenge . Her training has been unorthodox and intense. 
Our heroine is the ultimate kick ass woman.  Way ahead of her time in fighting techniques.  Our poor hero gets absolutely battered several times in this story, it's a wonder his ego survived.  Old secrets and crimes come back to bite our characters.  There is a particularly nasty and strong villain. 
A wonderful adventure,  romance set in medieval France. 
I loved every page. 



Michele has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage 'write what you know', all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has never seen. 

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