It’s Medieval Monday with Barbara Bettis!

I’m excited to share the ninth excerpt from Barbara Bettis’s book, For This Knight Only from the Knights of Destiny Series. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.


He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him.  If only either had a choice.  It’s a marriage only love can save.

Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.  

Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.

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As a child, she once saw a juggler who twirled a staff burning at both ends. She felt like that juggler. For months now she’d kept the staff balanced but she couldn’t forever, and no matter which way she moved, she would get burned.

Still, to be under the control of this man, any man, for the rest of her life. Did she have a choice? He hadn’t exactly threatened her people, but he had implied—what? What had he said? He had talked of protection, not conquest. Could she trust him?

Closing her eyes, she pictured her people, her sister, her loyal friends here. Their welfare was her responsibility.

Being lady of the keep requires more responsibilities that most realized. Follow next week on Ashley York’s blog:

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