All The King's Men: Knight of Pleasure, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 12 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 26, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #107,564 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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As for this series, I am enjoying it. Stephen - what a lovable rake, irresistible in his outward show of love, pulling Isobel as strong as an intractable magnet. I just love the scenes when he was with his nephew - clearly showing he is not just a handsome shell. Ms Mallory's female characters are always strong, determined individuals, needing to do what they did, even if it means going out there on their own. That is Isobel for you. What a story...
The first one (Knight of Desire) featured a physically abusive marriage; this one features a 15 year old girl being "sold" by her father into a marriage with a fat, old lecherous man--resulting essentially in a 7 year prison sentence she hated and for which she refuses to forgive her father. Then when the old fart dies, Lady Isobel Hume finds the old guy, Lord Hume, has given the lands he should have left her to another man she can't stomach. So, she allows King Henry to promise her to a French nobleman with whom he is trying to make a political alliance since things are so unstable in Normandy. Before the betrothal, however, she meets Sir Stephen Carleton (we met him in the first book) who is now grown into a powerful and handsome knight who is spying for the king, and sleeping his way through the king's court in Normandy to do so. Naturally, Isobel is reluctant to fall for Stephen fearing he'll break her heart. And then there's her handsome fiance but he's a man with major issues. While living like a rogue, Stephen is supposed to be an all around good guy who we're to believe will be faithful to Isobel if ever they wed.
The story features lots of political intrigue and treachery in the Normandy court as King Henry attempts to subdue the French. I enjoyed the book for most all of the story, but in the end, I was so sick of Isobel's back and forth with Stephen that I just wanted to slap her. I think Mallory's writing is well done, but as with the first one, I had some story issues that kept me from a higher review. I just don't see 5 stars here, sorry. For medieval romances I rate higher, see my Best Medieval Romances List.
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This is a fast paced and romantic adventure full of wonderfully likeable characters that Margaret writes so well. As with all of Margaret's books, not only do you have the historical detail but the clever dialogue between these characters, bringing an emotional and sensitive but also humorous outcome to this story. Margaret also describes how difficult life must have been for women having no say in their lives and used as possessions. But it is the relationship between Stephen and his nephew Jamie that is very special. Another passionate tale, I shall be sorry to finish this fabulous series!