Knight of Passion
By Margaret Mallory
Paperback: 416 pages
Available: June 1, 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Book received from: Hachette Book Group
HOW CAN THIS PASSIONATE KNIGHT…
Renowned beauty Lady Linnet is torn between two desires: revenge on those who destroyed her family or marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sir James Rayburn. One fateful night, she makes a misguided choice: she sacrifices Jamie’s love for a chance at vengeance.
TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST?
Jamie Rayburn returns to England in search of a virtuous wife-only to find the lovely Linnet as bewitching as ever. Their reckless affair ignites anew, even hotter than before, although Jamie vows to never again trust her with his heart. Then just as Linnet begins to make amends, she’s tempted by one last opportunity to settle old scores. But a final retribution could cost her Jamie’s love – this time forever.
Reviewer: Mama Kitty
I will be the first to tell you that I’m not that into Historical Romances. While I am somewhat of a history buff, I prefer non-fiction to fiction. The heroines are usually simpering moronic virgins with few redeeming qualities and a weak woman irritates me to no end. So why did I volunteer to guest review a Historical Romance? Mostly because I felt the need to broaden my horizons as to the spectrum of books I read, but also because I trust Fiction Vixen’s judgment, and if she thinks it’ll be a good book, it likely will be. So, I dove into Knight of Passion with an open mind and smothered the voice screaming in the back of my head that it was a bad idea.
I’m glad I smothered that voice.
Lady Linnet is no simpering moronic virgin. In fact, she’s more like the heroines of today – strong, courageous, and unafraid to take what she wants. She’s not your typical “Lady” –she doesn’t cower away from men who would rather see her barefoot and pregnant, nor does she hold her tongue in “polite” company- and this makes me like her immensely. She’s driven by a need to seek revenge against the men who took advantage of her sick grandfather and sent her twin brother and herself to the streets. What I didn’t like about her was that she allowed the need for revenge take over every aspect of her life, clouding her judgment when it came to her approach to Jamie Rayburn, the man she loves. She keeps him in the dark about too many things, which puts them both in danger, and blatantly lies to his face. Sorry, but that’s not the way you treat the man you claim to love.
I first took Jamie Rayburn to be a splendid knight, fighting for king and country like any brave man would, but an absolute pussy when it came to Linnet. She humiliated him from the very beginning of the book and he ran away with his tail tucked between his legs. Five years later, they meet again and his feelings are just as strong. She humiliates him yet again, and he tucks tail and runs to his mommy. What I initially took as him being cowardly was actually him protecting his heart, which is (let’s face it) a smart thing to do. I will say this: he did eventually man up enough to tell Linnet to cut the shit, but by then it was already too late – she’d opened Pandora’s Box and there was no turning back.
Overall, I did end up enjoying the book. Granted, it wasn’t until the last couple hundred pages when things started to fall into place, but I really did end up liking it. The author based the main subplot on actual events, and my history buff heart leapt for joy that she so seamlessly wove the story of Queen Katherine de Valois in with Linnet and Jamie’s love story.
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Other books in the series:
- Knight of Desire
- Knight of Pleasure
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