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A Knight's Temptation (Knight's series) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2009
A ruby pendant stands at the center of this tale of disgrace, plotting, redemption, and the reunion of childhood friends. Aldwin Treynarde is a squire who, in his youth, was banished from home for shooting Lord Geoffrey de Lanceau with a crossbow bolt and nearly killing the man. Later on, Aldwin discovered that he had been set up by the deceitful Baron Sedgewick, who fed him false stories about the lord's wrongdoings. Now, several years later, Lord Geoffrey sends out a call for volunteers to find a stolen, valuable jeweled pendant before it falls into the hands of the Baron and his wife Veronique. Aldwin accepts at once and hopes to make amends to Lord Geoffrey. If he excels in his duty, he hopes he might even be awarded knighthood. Meanwhile, Lady Leona Ransley and her aging father, who have possession of the pendant, want only to turn it in anonymously and collect the reward money. Under an assumed name, Leona arranges for a secret meeting with Aldwin in a seedy tavern, and, making yet another rash decision, Aldwin decides to kidnap her. She fights furiously against him and finally reveals her true identity: she and he had once been great companions. In fact, Aldwin had nearly caused her death 12 years earlier when they disturbed a bees' nest during a childhood game. By this point, the feckless squire desires his warrior captive more than any woman he has ever met, and he knows he has one last chance to protect her life. Only by settling the events of their past and fighting side by side will Aldwin and Leona be able to defeat their opponents and surrender to their greatest temptationlove.
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- Publisher : Medallion Press (April 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 350 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1933836520
- ISBN-13 : 978-1933836522
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4 x 1.1 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,326,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The history in this novel is superb. I felt like I was there with the characters. The characters are well drawn. The plot and subplots are tied up nice and tight. There is no cliffhanger at the end of the story. I look forward to the next book. This novel contains a steamy love scene.
It's exactly the kind of thing I am guilty to admit even to myself I enjoy, with the perfect blend of sensuality, medieval fluff and characters that are likable enough to make you want things to turn out well for them, but not so gritty or tortured that they keep you up at night, worrying.
I loved the fact that when the gallant hero is wounded... he bloody well stays wounded. No silly, convenient "he didn't even feel the pain anymore" or "he hardly noticed his side twinging" during tender romantic interludes or ride-shout-run-fight action-- no, even when he's mere seconds away from finally getting his freak on, the man remembers to favor his stitches. Bravo!
I also very much appreciated the character of Veronique; the way she was as much influenced by her physical appetites as a male character typically is portrayed in these sorts of stories. Not only using her body as a weapon against men, to get her way... but using her body for herself as well. I'm not explaining it very well, but lines like "Why waste the desire prowling inside her, even if 'twas not for him?" give us a glimpse into the Evil Seductress archetype that, I feel, is rarely depicted.
Was it a little tiny bit trite and predictable? Sure. Was it rather repetitive? Well, yes. Could it have been a bit more steeped in period dialogue and description? Certainly. Was there at least one instance where the wrong name was used for a character? Ah, yes. Whoops. (In the first third of the book, where Aldwin is telling Leona the story of Elizabeth. "'God's teeth,' Elizabeth murmured.")
Nevertheless, those imperfections couldn't take away my pleasure in the book itself. It's just plain fun to read, for someone like me whose tastes run this way. Do you like a deliciously tense and vividly physical buildup to the intimacy? Do you secretly swoon for lords, ladies, knights and vassals? Do you love forests and castles, horses and healers? I'd give it a strong 4.5 stars, so I will err on the side of generosity here and give it a 5. Because sometimes you really just want a plain Hershey Bar, not a Lindt Truffle Gourmet Assortment (or... at least I do. Don't judge! :-P).
A most delightful series, with each book serving to set the stage for the next ……
 A Knight’s Vengeance (Geoffrey de Lanceau and Lady Elizabeth Brackendale)
 A Knight’s Reward (Dominic de Terre, a knight loyal to Geoffrey de Lanceau, and Gisela Anne Balewyne, former lover)
 A Knight’s Temptation (Aldwin Treynarde, a knight-to-be loyal to Geoffrey de Lanceau, and Lady Leona Ransley, whom he knew as a child)
 A Knight’s Persuasion (Edouard de Lanceau, son of Moydenshire's great Lord Geoffrey de Lanceau, and Lady Juliana de Greyne, to whom he was once almost betrothed)
Michele Doucette, Amazon Author
I've really liked every other Catherine Kean book or novella I've read, so I was surprised to find myself disliking this one. Aldwin is just plain mean; he can't seem to help himself. His binding Leona's wrists, tethering her with a rope, and forcing kisses on her seem like assaults to me--definitely not romance.
Furthermore--the villainess is like a cartoon character.
At 42%, I just checked existing reviews to see whether I can expect it to get any better. Apparently not. I should have read them before ordering this. I won't automatically buy books from this author anymore either.
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In fact he concludes she is of poor descent and only carries herself like a lady and speaks like one because she is a courtesan, as apparently poor women cannot acquire such abilities by morally sound means!
Leona's constant switching from hating Aldwin to happily wanting to snog him grates as much as his 'nasty' attitude towards those less fortunate than him. Although admittedly even when he begins to think she might be a lady his ambition to be knighted still drives him to force her compliance. No wonder the man is so old and not yet a knight, he's an idiot!
But as if the author wishes to emphasize the validity of his attitude towards the poor, the villainess of this tale is a heartless courtesan, and not of 'noble' birth, but a mere 'farmer's daughter'.
Now I realize Aldwin is right, 'Lady L' did have useful information' but it was his daft idea to fulfill his mission alone and to use violence to get information from her, apparently going through with the exchange and then having Leona followed required more brain power than Aldwin possessed.
Awful lead characters and poor plotting ruined this for me and I didn't read much, so it might have improved if I had persevered, perhaps the h&H miraculously realise their supposed to use their brains for thinking?