Review and Giveaway! "Knight of Passion"



As part of the "Knight of Passion" blog tour, I have my review of the newest book in Margaret Mallory's All the King's Men series, as well as a giveaway of 5 copies of the book, sponsored by Hachette! So read on to see my review of this wonderful medieval romance and please enter for your chance to win!!

"Knight of Passion"

by Margaret Mallory

Source: finished copy provided by Hachette Books

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Lady Linnet and Jamie Rayburn hadn't seen each other for the five years since their relationship ended badly. They were each other's first love, and even over so many years, they still haven't gotten over each other. Headstrong Linnet has since become friend and confidante to Queen Katherine, and young and innocent Jamie is now a knight, Sir James Rayburn. When Jamie is sent to watch over and protect the Queen, he and Linnet realize that no matter their differences or how hard they try, they can't stay apart any longer.

From the very first few pages, I knew I was going to like Jamie, A LOT! He was that perfect combination of strong, powerful knight, with a sweet and loving heart, and of course, eyes only for Linnet. Jamie didn't disappoint, even when he wasn't a wide-eyed innocent anymore, he still retained all of those noble qualities.

I had a bad taste for Linnet at the prologue, but it was explained that Jamie was a little at fault too (hard to believe, I know) so I forgave her. Sometimes, she irritated me just a tiny bit, but I admired the fact that she was so strong and knew what she wanted.

Together, Jamie and Linnet had so much chemistry! Sparks were flying right off the page! You could really tell how much they loved each other too, it wasn't all physical. I loved that the author wasn't afraid to deal with jealousy. Boy, did Jamie get jealous!! I could positively see the steam coming out of his ears! Linnet had her share of jealous moments too. I was glad to see them envious, it made them more human and provided even more sparks.

Mallory's writing is fast paced and some of the dialogue was so unexpectedly funny! Linnet and Jamie's relationship is a roller coaster ride of extreme ups and downs.

There is a great supporting cast of characters as well. I loved the true story of Queen Katherine and Owen Tudor. I'm so intrigued, I definitely need to find more books about this couple!

There were some creepy devil-worshipping scenes (the villains) that were really uncomfortable for me to read. These scenes are not for the faint of heart! If not for these scenes, I would have given the book a full 5 stars!!

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5 (I must read more about Queen Katherine and Owen Tudor!!)

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 5/5
Uniqueness: 4/5


Bottom Line: I really loved this book! Especially Jamie! I have found a new historical romance author to watch out for!

Extras: Check out this site for more extras from the All the King's Men Trilogy. I LOVE the illustration on the main page!




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Contest is closed! Thank you everyone for entering!!

Hachette books has generously provided FIVE copies of this awesome historical romance for readers of this blog!

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  • Ends Sunday June 20
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32 comments

  1. Lovely review, and oh this cover is so stunning!

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  2. I also love this cover. I like Knight of Pleasure, so hope this one will surpass that for me!

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  3. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

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  4. I would love to be able to read this!

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  5. Carrie, thanks for the lovely review! Jamie is easy to love, but I'm glad you came around to understanding Linnet's side of things. As for the chemistry between them...I'll just say that I have BEGGED my mother not to read this one. ;) Thanks for the comments about the unexpected humor in my dialogue!

    Margaret

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  6. Thank you for stopping by, Margaret!!

    I'm so glad you liked my review! Yes, Jamie is SO easy to love! That is so funny about not wanting your mother to read this one. But I have to say she would be missing out if she didn't read it :)

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  7. I loved this one too, Carrie. I agree about needing more Katherine and Owen. They were so cute together even if it was a big no-no :)

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  8. Wow! Sounds like you liked it! Please count me in. Thank you!

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  9. Wow sometimes you can judge a book by its cover this looks like a great read. Count me in on the giveaway. I am a follower. kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com

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  10. This isn't an entry - Just saying, Carrie, I gave you a blog award a while ago, but my computer wouldn't let me comment on your blog. ;_; Go into my backlist and you'll find it. You're a great blogger, and I'm glad I found you through the hop. Alas, I'd love to enter, but romance is soley ebook for me (stupid covers and parents *grumble*

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  11. wow great review. I can't wait toreaf this book .peg360@hotmail.com

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  12. I would love to read this historical romance. Good review of the book. Please enter me in this giveaway. thanks.

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  16. It sounds like a good book! I'm a follower!

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  17. I love historical fiction & romances. Please, enter me into the giveaway and thanks for the review.

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  18. Great review! Jamie sounds positively yummy! :)

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  19. I loved her first in this series, and am about to read the 2nd, so please def. enter me in your contest!

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  20. What a beautiful blog. I love everything about it--wallpaper, photos...all.
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  21. You are the only person who can convince me to read HR! and I always like the ones you reccomend. I'm really interested in this one!!
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  22. Jamie sounds yummy! Love that he's a knight and that he and Linnet rekindle their love. It's cute when couples get a bit jealous here and there, too. :-)

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  23. looks like a great book thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  24. I would love to be entered in the contest, thanks! :)

    Your review definitely made me want a copy of this. For romance novels to be winners for me, they need chemistry & humor, both things you mentioning this book having plenty of!

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  28. I read Knight of Passion & loved it. This one sounds great, too. Please count me in. Thanks!

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  31. Thanks for the great review and also for the contest! Would love to win the book and am a huge fan of historical,

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Thanks so much for your lovely comments!