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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Mini Review: Knight of Pleasure by Margaret Mallory
by Margaret Mallory
Hachette Book Group Inc.
Description: THE GREATEST PASSION: Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country. IS WORTH THE GREATEST PERIL: Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. So when a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen has a chance to prove that he is more than a knight of pleasure...and that love can conquer all.
Review: I have read quite a few blogs in which people have mentioned how much they enjoyed this book, and well, I am jumping on the bandwagon. It is a delightful light read, perfect for an afternoon at the beach, a hot bubble bath or in front of a fireplace on a cold Canadian winters night (well maybe not this years winter, but you get the picture).
The characters are interesting and not one dimensional which is something you don't often find in historical romance novels. The book has a riveting storyline that intertwines adventure and history so masterfully that I dare you to put it down. I do have to be honest, a couple of times I just wanted to smack Lady Isobel for some of her actions, but they ARE the actions of a women of that time, so it really shouldn't annoy me so. (But it does!) I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into detail, because I hate when someone gives too much of the story away. The secondary characters are interesting and would like to know more about them, especially the 2 french orphans. The ending is really beautiful though, and not too sugary which is something else I dislike. One of the blogs I had read mentioned that there was graphic violence and sex, but I beg to disagree. It is sensual without being overly graphic and the violence is not overly violent (dude, if you are reading a book set in medieval times -- there is going to be violence, that is how life was back then).
I would recommend to those who enjoy historical romances that are not wishy washy/lovey dovey. It is also pretty accurate historically, which many of you know is something that I require to really enjoy a historical romance.
The above was received as a prize from Libby's Library News