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The Earl (Order of the Broken Blade #4) by Cecelia Mecca. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Conrad Saint-Clair, earl of Licheford, may have started a rebellion against the king, but he is powerless against the woman he loved and lost.

The Order of the Broken Blade finally has the support it needs to succeed, to curb King John’s outrageous behavior, or so Conrad hopes. They have waited all winter for the king to respond to their demands. With their rebellion on the cusp of success—or utter failure—the last thing on Conrad’s mind is romance. Which is why he is completely blindsided when the only woman he’s ever loved, his friend’s sister, shows up on his doorstep.

Years ago, Cait Kennaugh was brutally attacked by a king’s man at the Tournament of the North. Her brother Terric and three other young men banded together to save her. Conrad, then a handsome earl’s son, wielded the sword that killed her attacker. A bond formed between the boys that day, one that culminated in their rebellious order, but it wasn’t the only connection forged by the traumatic experience. Cait and Conrad began corresponding, unbeknownst to her brother, opening their hearts to each other in their letters—until Cait stopped writing.

Fear drove Cait from the man she loves, and she’s desperate to reclaim him. But will the earl risk opening his heart to her again, while his rebellion hangs in the balance?


Conrad Saint-Clair,  Earl of Licheford is a leading member of the Order of the Broken Blade.  They have been organizing a rebellion against King John.  They are almost at the final stage of making him agree to a list of demands that will one day be known as the Magna Carta.
Cait Kennaugh has not left her home in years until recently.  The order that her brother is part of are finalizing their plans and she has invited herself along.  There is one man in particular that she needs to see,  to try and explain why she stopped writing to him.  
We have wonderful characters that need to resolve things once and for all.  
A vicious attack many years before started something that changes the course of history.  
This is the final book if the series and must be read after the others. 
A very enjoyable conclusion to a great series.


Cecelia Mecca is the author of steamy historical romance that transports readers to the middle ages. A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, transporting readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles. Her first series, set along the Anglo-Scottish border in 13th century Northumbria, turned Cecelia from educator to full-time author. Readers love the Border Series for its focus on well-developed characters and their steamy relationships leading to satisfying happily ever afters. Cecelia lives in Northeast, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found either planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.

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