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Black Knight (Gentlemen of Knights #2) by Elizabeth Johns. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A rake and an independent female find themselves tangled in the web of a marriage of convenience...

Lord Heath Knight is the quintessential wastrel second son. He has spent his youth raking and making merry to be as opposite of his brother as possible. When he finds himself almost dead, his dictatorial older brother has had enough and issues an edict for him to marry or be cut off. Heath decides to marry the most unsuitable lady he can in order to vex his brother the duke.

Cecilia Dudley is an heiress with a catch—her father is a cit. Her dowry is so vulgar that she has decided she would rather avoid marriage in favor of an independent life where she can live as she likes. When she suddenly finds herself married, she quickly realizes a marriage of convenience is not so convenient.

Heath quickly realizes he cannot ignore his new wife. Cecilia cannot accept his wild past and the baggage that follows him. Will Cecilia be able to resist the charms of a seasoned rogue?


While Lord Heath Knight is recovering from an injury received in a duel in Italy, a wealthy man offers him a deal that could get him out of trouble with his brother the Duke.
His brother has threatened to cut him off if he doesn't find a wife. 
Miss Cecelia Dudley is a heiress with no desire to marry.  She wanted to use her money to help as many unfortunate people as possible.  Her father however has other ideas. 
Our heroine is furious and has mad up her own mind about her new husband and she will never trust him.  
Our hero is ready to put his old ways behind him but it keeps returning to bite him.  
This is a fun, sweet historical romance with fabulous characters.  The story takes a lovely twisty route and involves a lot of family help.  
Good fun.


Like many writers, Elizabeth Johns was first an avid reader, though she was a reluctant convert. It was Jane Austen's clever wit and unique turn of phrase that hooked Johns when she was "forced" to read Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author’s books and decided to try her hand at crafting a Regency romance novel. Her journey into publishing began with the release of Surrender the Past, book one of the Loring-Abbott Series. Johns makes no pretensions to Austen’s wit but hopes readers will perhaps laugh and find some enjoyment in her writing.
Johns attributes much of her inspiration to her mother, a retired English teacher. During their last summer together, Johns would sit on the porch swing and read her stories to her mother, who encouraged her to continue writing. Busy with multiple careers, including a professional job in the medical field, author and mother of small children, Johns squeezes in time for reading whenever possible.

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