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Knight of Desire
All the Kingís Men series

by Margaret Mallory

     

When fearless knight William FitzAlan kills a traitor, and then receives the manís castle and widow as reward, heís ready to enjoy what now rightfully belongs to him.† However, William never imagined that the beautiful widow, Catherine Rayburn, would open her home to him, but close her heart.† He also couldnít have predicted that her beauty would cause every man to burn with desire for her.† Though shrewd and knowledgeable on the battlefield, William remains clueless about how to handle his headstrong wife.

Having been burdened with an earlier arranged marriage to an abusive husband, Catherine was more than willing to report his traitorous behavior to her friend Prince Harry.† Outraged that she was forced into yet another marriage, she accepts her handsome new husband when he displays kindness toward her young son, but withdraws her affection when he exhibits jealousy and distrust—especially regarding her faithfulness. Aided by the Prince and a few other friends in powerful places, Catherine is forced to take matters into her own hands to ensure her safety, and that of her son, when William disappoints her again and again.

In her first historical romance novel, Margaret Mallory presents an entertaining story of the Welsh rebellion of six hundred years ago.† Although the main characters have their irritating traits—Catherine angers too easily and William is too possessive—they are generally likeable.† They have a series of misunderstandings that could be remedied by open communication, but instead they argue, make love, and apologize to each other without dealing with the real issues, which can be frustrating at times for the reader.† Brief love scenes punctuate the story, which is filled with interesting historical people, places, and information (most of which is factual, although the author claims that some personal traits of historical figures came from her imagination) about a turbulent time in Englandís past.

The Book

Forever / Hachette Book Group
July 2009
Mass Market Paperback
978-0-446-55339-1
Romance - Historical (1405 England)
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Excerpt
NOTE: Sexuality, Profanity, Violence

The Reviewer

Leslie Halpern
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Reel Romance: The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies, Dreams on Film, A Writer's Guide to Fearless Interviews, and the co-author of Connections: A Collection of Poems. Coming Soon: Passionate About Their Work: Celebrities, Artists, and Experts Discuss Creativity.
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