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FEARLESS IN BATTLE His surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn. TENDER IN BED Catherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan o FEARLESS IN BATTLE His surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn. TENDER IN BED Catherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan or be taken to the Tower. Catherine agrees to give her handsome new husband her body, but she's keeping secrets, and dare not give him her heart. As passion ignites and danger closes in, Catherine and William must learn to trust in each other to save their marriage, their land, and their very lives.


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FEARLESS IN BATTLE His surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn. TENDER IN BED Catherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan o FEARLESS IN BATTLE His surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn. TENDER IN BED Catherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan or be taken to the Tower. Catherine agrees to give her handsome new husband her body, but she's keeping secrets, and dare not give him her heart. As passion ignites and danger closes in, Catherine and William must learn to trust in each other to save their marriage, their land, and their very lives.

30 review for Knight of Desire

  1. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This review contains NO spoilers A little "how I came to buy this book" background: A few months ago I was browsing through a bookstore one day, looking for something to scratch my medieval romance itch and I happened upon Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory. I read the blurb on the back and it sounded good to me, but it was the hunky man on the cover that sold me. Yes, I am ashamed (but only a little bit) to say that I am one of those women who do in fact allow the cover design to sway my pocket This review contains NO spoilers A little "how I came to buy this book" background: A few months ago I was browsing through a bookstore one day, looking for something to scratch my medieval romance itch and I happened upon Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory. I read the blurb on the back and it sounded good to me, but it was the hunky man on the cover that sold me. Yes, I am ashamed (but only a little bit) to say that I am one of those women who do in fact allow the cover design to sway my pocketbook. I mean, let’s be honest ladies. If you’re reading a book and the story is horrible but the cover is beautiful and sexy and gives you something to drool over, it doesn’t feel like a total waste of money. Am I right? I can see you all nodding your heads in agreement. But I digress…So I made my purchase, came home and put the book right up there on my bookshelf and forgot about it. Then just a few weeks ago, I signed up for a Goodreads reading challenge that required the title of the novel to contain a word, any word, that had to do with royalty, so I went right to my bookshelf and started pulling out books that would qualify and what did my wondering eyes behold? Yep, you guessed it! Knight of Desire. I grabbed it off the shelf, added it to my book challenge list and am now sitting here, laptop at hand, hoping that I can find the words to describe this book in a way that will do it justice. Now that that's out of the way - My Review: I had no idea while reading this book that it was Margaret Mallory’s debut novel. That says a lot about the writing, the storyline and the characters. This type of storyline was fairly new to me and instantly caught my interest, holding it from the first page to the last. Things start moving very quickly in the story which was nice. Often times a novel with a complex plot ends up reading like a history book with dates and place names tossed at you. This is not the case with Mallory’s writing. She brings the story to life, artfully weaving a tale that sweeps you away to another time. You can imagine yourself being there through it all – the battles, the intrigue and the passion. All of the relationships in Knight of Desire were beautifully written which is why I came to care about the characters, not as characters, but as people. I enjoyed the deep, longtime friendship between Catherine and Prince Harry, the mother/child bond of Catherine and Jamie and then the love/hate marriage between Catherine and William. Their emotions were honest in that they felt the kinds of things that real people in their situations would feel; hurt, betrayal, mistrust, doubt, fear – but there is also hope, faith, desire, passion and most importantly, love. I regret having waited so long to take this one off the shelf! I’m definitely looking forward to reading Knight of Pleasure and Knight of Passion, as well as her upcoming Highlander series. Note - my original rating for this was 4 stars, but as I sit here reading book 2 in the series, I see what an excellent job Ms. Mallory did 'pre-developing' the characters, Stephen and Jamie so I'm changing this rating to 5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katyana

    This was an interesting book. It was a fun, fast read, but it was largely sort of... *shrug* Let's start with the good stuff: Catherine was a badass. I really liked the heroine, Catherine. She was in a shitty situation, but she was clever, resourceful, determined, and never gave up. She made the best of her difficult, dangerous life, and managed to take good care of the people who were important to her. It was nice to read about a heroine I actually admired. She didn't need to wait around for anyon This was an interesting book. It was a fun, fast read, but it was largely sort of... *shrug* Let's start with the good stuff: Catherine was a badass. I really liked the heroine, Catherine. She was in a shitty situation, but she was clever, resourceful, determined, and never gave up. She made the best of her difficult, dangerous life, and managed to take good care of the people who were important to her. It was nice to read about a heroine I actually admired. She didn't need to wait around for anyone to save her; Catherine saved herself. On multiple occasions. Real historical detail It was fun reading a bit about the young life of Henry V, and the actual historical figures from the Welsh and Northern rebellions. Obviously, creative license was taken, but still, I enjoyed the setting and the research that went into it. Great secondary characters Everyone from the housekeeper (Alys) to the hero's brother (Stephen) to the heroine's son (Jamie) to the estranged mother (Elanor) was fun to read about. They all brought dimension to the story, and I enjoyed reading about them. Now for the stuff that I think could have been better... Men suck and should all die horrible, flaming deaths. I felt that the above message got to be a little tedious... at times, I felt the message repeated over and over with all the forcefulness of an anvil to the noggin. The one (and really, the only) thing you could count on in this story is that the men would be a constant disappointment to Catherine. Okay, not the children (Stephen, Jamie... and maybe you can include Harry too, as the book mentions multiple times that he is just 18 and is not yet wise in the ways of the world / women). Apparently, males are born intelligent and sweet, but somewhere along the way, morph into douchecanoes. This is true for nearly everyone in this book, from Catherine's father to the king to the hero (William). They certainly didn't all mean to be condescending douchebags, but hey, they can't help being born men, right? *wink wink* It got tiresome. Expounding on that last one a little William stressed me out. I really wanted to like him. And in truth, I did like him. But he was hypocritical. His family were traitors to the crown, but he worked hard to distinguish himself and prove his loyalty, so he expected to not be judged by his family and their actions. But he refused to trust Catherine, because the man she was forced by the King to marry ended up being a traitor to the king (that's not really a spoiler, btw... it happens in ch 1). This, despite the fact that the king and prince learned of her husband's treachery from Catherine herself, so they were able to catch him in the act and that was that (also not a spoiler, you can read it on the back of the book). She has done as much as he has to prove her loyalty. But because she's a woman, and all the men seem to think that she should somehow managed to not betray her husband AND (paradoxically) not betray the king, she is to be viewed with contempt. William is also dumb. Sorry, but he is. It really is his superpower - he can say amazingly dumb things that leave my jaw on the floor. And then, at the end of the book, he gets emo. At that point, I was just rolling my eyes. All the "wah-wah, I have failed you" was a little over-the-top. Despite all that, I honestly liked William. He was a good man. When he thought LOGICALLY about things, he loved Catherine. But he was prone to passionate anger, and every time, that passionate action / reaction led him in a stupid direction. See above (William is dumb). Seeing women treated like cattle is rough. I know it is historically accurate, but still. The way Catherine was treated in the opening couple of chapters... and then the way the abbess told her she should be grateful for it all... it set my teeth on edge. I could never have lived in that time. I would have set someone on fire. Probably a lot of people, frankly. It got a little melodramatic. We had barely recovered from one threat to Catherine's life, and the next would occur. I like the drama of danger as much as the next person, but at some point, even I have trouble suspending disbelief. I don't blame William for wanting to lock her in the castle, preferably in a room filled with pillows. But lest you think that the negatives above really dragged it down, let me reassure you: it really was a fun read. I will be snagging the next book in the series, featuring Stephen, some point very soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Knight of Desire is the first book in the medieval series "All The King's Men" which is set around the same time that her "Return of The Highlanders" series. This book and this series is set around the time when King Henry IV took the throne and which deals with the Wales rebellion. I don't get a chance to read too many books around this time era and I had such a wonderful time with this book, it swept me back into this majestic period of h This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Knight of Desire is the first book in the medieval series "All The King's Men" which is set around the same time that her "Return of The Highlanders" series. This book and this series is set around the time when King Henry IV took the throne and which deals with the Wales rebellion. I don't get a chance to read too many books around this time era and I had such a wonderful time with this book, it swept me back into this majestic period of history in England. Margaret Mallory has a almost magical touch when it comes to writing medieval era romances and I really got a kick out of her "authors note" that she put at the end of the book that explains some historical figures that we see in this book. Including King Henry and his son Harry and some of the Wales rebellion leaders. This book begins with a prologue where our hero and heroine meet for the very first time. Lady Katherine, is to be married at sixteen to a man who frightens her but this is what the King is asking of her, and she is loyal. But the night before the wedding she wants some freedom but a knight....Sir William. William knows the risk of escorting Katherine, but fears what could happen to her if she doesn't have protection. So he goes out with her so she can enjoy her last night of freedom. There is a strong bond that forms between William and Katherine, a frienship of laughter and understanding. But Sir William goes off to war to fight and gain his own lands and Katherine is to be married to Lord Rayburn. Lady Katherine has had to bear years of her husband forcing himself upon her, beating her for the lack of a child but finds a way to get pregnant and now she has a small son she loves and adores. But now Rayburn wants a second child and she doesn't know if she will survive his beatings once again. So when she realizes that her husband is a traitor to his King, she reports him to the King knowing that he is working along side with the rebels. She received notice that her husband has been killed and one of the King's men, a loyal knight, will be taking over the lands and will be the one to decide her fate. Sir William doesn't know if he can trust Rayburn's wife, considering she betrayed him even if it was due to her loyalties to the King. But when he sees her, he recognizes her as the one whom he protected that one night and one he never forgot even after all these years. So he has two choice send her to the tower in London or...marry her. At first, Katherine is apalled that she will have to marry again especially to a man that is a stranger to her. But she soon realizes that Sir William is very different from her late husband...he is kind and gracious to her son. Soon a slow trust begins to form between them, but there is still a level of miscommunication between them. And when they both make mistakes, they soon realize that they need to embrace their marriage and come to an understanding and acceptance. But the battles with the King's enemies will prove to push the love they have found to the brink and they may lose each other just as they have found each other again... What a tremendous and beautifully written story that I devoured. I honestly didn't want to put this book down and breezed through this audio book. I have had this trilogy on my TBR for the LONGEST time, in reality...years. I will admit, that the covers that Forever designed for these books are stunning and just makes you want to buy them so they can look pretty on your shelf. But I adore medieval romances and Margaret Mallory is so talented at writing these books and the time era that she has chosen for this trilogy is one of my favorites. There are so many unique dynamics that bring this book together. One of my favorite aspects was seeing all the secondary characters and where as some of them are actual historical figures. Such as King Henry IV and his son Harry. Prince Harry we see quite a bit of in this book, he and Katherine were childhood friends, and we see how he plays a pivotal role in the story and the development of the plot and some of the Wale rebels machinations. I was fascinated by Prince Harry to be honest. I so don't like his father since he was very cruel. But his son, was the opposite. Of course, he was a warrior and at the young age of eighteen, he already was in charge of England's armies and despite how youthful he could be...he was cunning and so intelligent yet charming and kind too. I was really intrigued with how Mallory developed the plot because...seriously...it didn't turn in the way I expected it and she always does this to me. She turns my world upside down with twists and plot developments that take those unexpected turns. The historical aspects of the story are one of my favorite elements of this story. Its so rich with history and details and I was really intrigued with how she handled the rebellion of Wales. This is such a fundamental part of England's history and she wrote it so well. I found myself really intrigued with the leaders of Wales who are in charge of this rebellion and now I want to pour through historical books to find out more about them. This is the true talent of Margaret Mallory, when she wants me to pour over history books....you just know how well she pens a story. The romance between William and Katherine isn't a easy road for either of them. The first half of the book, the focus is them learning each other and boy the misunderstanding and miscommunciations are ridiculous at times. If they were to just sit down for five minutes, it would be resolved. But then its a romance novel...so its not going to be that easy. But they do find some common ground and boy does the hero let Jealousy get the better of him. We see him face up to why he is feeling jealous of the Prince....so much that he almost wants to attack him even though its obvious they are just good friends. Katherine has her own issues of course too....she hasn't emotionally recovered from the abuse she was dealt by her first husband and at times she does take it out on William, even if she doesn't realize what she is doing at first. They both have to learn about trust and honesty and being open with each other if they want their relationship to work. But they do make it work and find some common ground although....the learning aspect of their relationship was so dramatic at times that it could be a bit frustrating. This aspect of the story is the reason this book isn't a five star read. Lack of honesty and communication can drive me up the wall. Overall I fell in love with Knight of Desire....its a tale rich in history, vibrant in sensuality, stunning in detail and endearing in emotion, simply a romance to remember!!!UNFORGETTABLE!   [foogallery id="60305"]

  4. 5 out of 5

    D.L.

    Overall I enjoyed Knight of Desire. It definitely passed the put-down pick-up test. Most of the story is told from William, our hero’s point of view. I enjoyed watching his feelings and understanding of Katherine evolve. While there is a lot of action, William and Katherine’s relationship changes very slowly. The main conflict in their relationship is their lack of trust, so the book is rife with misunderstandings. They weren’t the wall-banger, TSTL types of misunderstandings but I did start to Overall I enjoyed Knight of Desire. It definitely passed the put-down pick-up test. Most of the story is told from William, our hero’s point of view. I enjoyed watching his feelings and understanding of Katherine evolve. While there is a lot of action, William and Katherine’s relationship changes very slowly. The main conflict in their relationship is their lack of trust, so the book is rife with misunderstandings. They weren’t the wall-banger, TSTL types of misunderstandings but I did start to find them tiresome. William spent most of the book either confused or oblivious, but is never an overbearing ass-hat hero. I found Kate’s character more off-putting. She is clearly a strong woman able to endure a lot of hardship, but she didn’t seem active in making her and William’s relationship work until way into the book. I was a bit hesitant about this book since it’s my first medieval romance, but I’m glad I got it. I think my decision may have been influenced by its gorgeous cover and the rave reviews it received a few months ago. There wasn’t too much detail and realism about the time period, but this worked for me since I find too much realism distracts me from the story. It was a fun read and I’m really excited for the next book in the series, Knight of Pleasure. The hero, Stephan, is introduced in this book and became my favorite character, so I’m thrilled he gets his own story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Medieval isn't my go-to time period for romance novels, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was an engaging book full of well-drawn characters and a decent plot. It's a "typical" romance book, yet there were non-typical events and actions, which I appreciated. There is a strong female lead that nonetheless feels at home in the time period and not a modern transplant. I read through it quickly and was happy to pick it up whenever I had the chance to read. That's the measure of a successful boo Medieval isn't my go-to time period for romance novels, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was an engaging book full of well-drawn characters and a decent plot. It's a "typical" romance book, yet there were non-typical events and actions, which I appreciated. There is a strong female lead that nonetheless feels at home in the time period and not a modern transplant. I read through it quickly and was happy to pick it up whenever I had the chance to read. That's the measure of a successful book these days! ;-)

  6. 5 out of 5

    ☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}

    Rated 4.5 Stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    Knight of Desire is a medieval romance set in a period that I haven’t come across very often in historical romance – the time immediately following the usurpation of the English throne by Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV). This story of a young woman who is forced into marriage not once, but twice, is played out against the backdrop of great political unrest in England, and most specifically, along the Western Marches, the borders between England and Wales. The historical detail has clearly been Knight of Desire is a medieval romance set in a period that I haven’t come across very often in historical romance – the time immediately following the usurpation of the English throne by Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV). This story of a young woman who is forced into marriage not once, but twice, is played out against the backdrop of great political unrest in England, and most specifically, along the Western Marches, the borders between England and Wales. The historical detail has clearly been well researched and I especially enjoyed the author’s portrait of the future King Henry V, who, at the time this story takes place, is a youth of eighteen and already a seasoned soldier. Lady Catherine is married at sixteen for her money and lands. Her much older husband, Lord Rayburn, takes out his frustration over his bedroom inadequacies on her and beats her with increasing violence to the extent that she fears for her life. Unable to stand up to him physically, she works secretly to ensure his downfall by spying on him and passing on information of his treasonous activities to the king. Given Rayburn’s treatment of her, it’s no wonder that her reaction to the news of his death in battle is one of overwhelming relief. Unfortunately for Catherine, she is not destined to remain a widow for long. Even though she had been instrumental in exposing Rayburn as a traitor to the crown, King Henry is mistrustful of a woman who would betray her husband so easily and is of a mind to have her imprisoned in the Tower of London to await execution as an accessory. Fortunately for Catherine, Prince Henry (Harry) intercedes on her behalf. They grew up together and have remained friends over the years and Harry, knowing Catherine to be loyal, persuades his father to clemency. The king decrees that Catherine’s fate shall be decided by Sir William FitzAlan, the man responsible for the defeat of the rebel forces and the man to whom Henry has gifted Rayburn’s lands and castle. FitzAlan can marry the lady or send her to the Tower as he sees fit. Fortunately for Catherine, FitzAlan is a chivalric and honourable knight and he determines he will marry her, sight unseen. Given that her last husband had been chosen for her by the previous king (Richard II), Catherine is naturally not especially sanguine about marrying the choice of the current monarch. She is surprised when William turns out to be young, handsome, and kind. Given she has no alternative but to agree, they are married before the day is out. You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals, where I've given a B for content and a C for narration. I've left my grade here at 3 stars because of a serious flaw in the narration.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nely

    On the night before her wedding Lady Catherine secretly decides to go on one last ride before she is to marry the man her King has chosen to be her husband. There she meets a young knight (William FitzAlan) who accompanies her on this ride and returns her safely to the stables, but not before leaving them with memories that they think back upon over the years. Five years later, Lady Catherine betrays her husband in order to protect her king. Her husband was violent and abusive and she has no remo On the night before her wedding Lady Catherine secretly decides to go on one last ride before she is to marry the man her King has chosen to be her husband. There she meets a young knight (William FitzAlan) who accompanies her on this ride and returns her safely to the stables, but not before leaving them with memories that they think back upon over the years. Five years later, Lady Catherine betrays her husband in order to protect her king. Her husband was violent and abusive and she has no remorse in betraying him for the traitor that he was. On the day of her husband's death, she learns that his/her lands and castle are forfeit to William FitzAlan. The King has left her with no choice but to either be taken to the Tower or to marry FitzAlan. Reluctantly she chooses to marry William - as for William, he recognizes Catherine as the young girl he still thinks of and immediately marries her despite his doubts as to what type of woman can betray her husband. Although the main threat to Catherine is easily resolved with their marriage, there are still many other issues that they have to deal with. For one, Catherine has only been to the marriage bed with her late husband and it was not something pleasant for her. So she is none too thrilled about consummating her marriage. Secondly, William has issues trusting her - he is constantly questioning her actions not to mention his closest friend keeps reminding him of the outcome of her previous marriage. As passion ignites and danger closes in, Catherine and William must learn to trust in each other to save their marriage, their land, and their very lives. I love historical romances - and this one has just the right amount of romance, witty banter and likeable characters. Ms. Mallory definitely did her research when describing the Welsh rebellion of the 15th century as well as Medieval England. This is a well-written story and you will see that the pages fly by with ease. It is riddled with love, lust and betrayal... what more could you want out of a romance novel? I can definitely recommend this to fans of the romance genre and congratulate Ms. Mallory on a very enjoyable debut.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terra

    Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory is sizzling must have summer read. Delicious from page one to the very end, this is one love story you won't soon forget. A Debut book by this author that will leave you hungering for more. William FitzAlan is a Knight of renown and high on the King's list of best of the best. A man with no title, lands nor wife, he is surprised when the King hands him all this on a platter for being who he is, a devoted Kings man to the death. Catherine is Lady of Ross Castle Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory is sizzling must have summer read. Delicious from page one to the very end, this is one love story you won't soon forget. A Debut book by this author that will leave you hungering for more. William FitzAlan is a Knight of renown and high on the King's list of best of the best. A man with no title, lands nor wife, he is surprised when the King hands him all this on a platter for being who he is, a devoted Kings man to the death. Catherine is Lady of Ross Castle and a close friend of the Prince. She is also the battered wife of a sniveling coward who rules this Castle and a man that has little to no scruples. When Catherine is trust into a plot to overthrow the King and Prince she knows where her allegiance falls and betrays her husband. The story starts really quickly with the death of Catherine's husband and William's acquirement of lands, title and wife if he will have her. The king has given William two choices as to what he may do with the Lady of Ross Castle and he wonders if he will regret his choice for quite some time. This is a delicious romance that flows smoothly from beginning to end, action packed throughout and sit on the edge of your seat fascinating that you won't be able to put it down. Even now with having finished this book I am craving more, ever so much more that I read the excerpt for the next book which is due out in December and wonder if I can indeed wait that long without going stark raving mad. Our Author is new and this is a Debut book and one that surely make you come back for more. She has included all the best of deceit, love, pain, doubt, intrigue and so many more emotions that you will constantly be driven to go from one page to the next and wish you could read this in all one day. It will be very hard to put this one down even for the must have potty break.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ridley

    Huzzah for enjoying a free book! Mallory's debut medieval pairs the wily Lady Catherine with the honorable, but stubborn and insecure, William FitzAlan in a hasty marriage. Catherine's husband had betrayed the Crown, but Catherine had been sending the prince messages behind her husband's back. The day the king's forces catch up with and kill her traitorous husband, she's offered a choice: live in the Tower of London, or marry William, who the king gave her lands to. Reasonably, she agrees to marr Huzzah for enjoying a free book! Mallory's debut medieval pairs the wily Lady Catherine with the honorable, but stubborn and insecure, William FitzAlan in a hasty marriage. Catherine's husband had betrayed the Crown, but Catherine had been sending the prince messages behind her husband's back. The day the king's forces catch up with and kill her traitorous husband, she's offered a choice: live in the Tower of London, or marry William, who the king gave her lands to. Reasonably, she agrees to marry. The book shines on the virtues of its plot. There's angst, yes. Catherine was abused by her previous husband and is not terribly keen on the whole wife thing. William doesn't trust her or women in general. But the plot keeps twisting and turning, with running away to an abbey, royal visits, kidnapping, intrigues, and bad guys getting what's coming to them. She drops clues and builds foreshadowing subtly. Never did I think I had the next step all figured out, but neither was I ever totally surprised. None of this book is groundbreaking. You know these guys. She's spirited. He's alpha. There's a ton of misunderstanding and groveling. But the plot moves so well, pulling us along a surprising journey, that the stock characters are acceptable. They're not cardboard cutouts, but this is not a character study by any means. I enjoyed Catherine's poise and spirit and William's drive to do the right thing and ability to apologize when he's done quite the wrong thing, but they're very familiar characters to me. Regardless, I look forward to subsequent books of hers. She has a good voice for medieval romance, if maybe a touch too modern.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    A very enjoyable medieval romance, with a hero who might be boorish and taciturn but was less alpha than your usual knight. The heroes were likable and believable and though the hero was a bit of an ass for some part, he made up for it in the end. Their main problem is the lack of trust between them, which -stupid as it made him feel at some times- was in tandem with what they knew of each other. It was a sweet, emotional story of two lonely people that found themselves in a forced marriage and A very enjoyable medieval romance, with a hero who might be boorish and taciturn but was less alpha than your usual knight. The heroes were likable and believable and though the hero was a bit of an ass for some part, he made up for it in the end. Their main problem is the lack of trust between them, which -stupid as it made him feel at some times- was in tandem with what they knew of each other. It was a sweet, emotional story of two lonely people that found themselves in a forced marriage and tried to make the best of it. Still, the part after the middle where the adventure overtook the romance let me down somewhat; too much focus on politics and too much time for the heroes spent apart, is not my idea of a romance. Just when I was getting frustrated though, the romance picked up again and everything turned out as it should be. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    I enjoyed it overall, but at times it felt like I was reading a medieval soap opera. I skimmed the last half. I didn't really care much for hero or heroine, and the storyline had too many little misunderstandings and wrong assumptions.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    So I totally loved this book. I'd read the first book in Margaret Mallory's other series Return of the Highlanders and enjoyed it, but I definitely loved this book more. It kept me reading late into the night and all the next day until I finished it. And it left me sighing and psyched to read the next to books in the All the King's Men trilogy. The book starts out with a highly romantic prologue. And then it's right down to business. Our hero, William FitzAlan, rides up to Ross Castle ready to c So I totally loved this book. I'd read the first book in Margaret Mallory's other series Return of the Highlanders and enjoyed it, but I definitely loved this book more. It kept me reading late into the night and all the next day until I finished it. And it left me sighing and psyched to read the next to books in the All the King's Men trilogy. The book starts out with a highly romantic prologue. And then it's right down to business. Our hero, William FitzAlan, rides up to Ross Castle ready to claim the castle as his own, as well as the recently widowed lady of the keep. The king has given him both as spoils of war. William is not a warrior brute however; he wishes to marry the Lady Catherine Rayburn to save her from the Tower, and so that she and her young son will not be thrust out of their ancestral home. After escaping a terrible marriage by sharing her husband's rebellious plans with the Crown-due to her spy intel, he was slain in battle-the last thing Catherine wants is to be married again. But to protect her young son, and possibly her life, she acquiesces to William FitzAlan's proposal. So bam! Our hero and heroine are married in the first few chapters. I like this storytelling device, as it lets the relationship get developed right off the bat and the romance can get underway. It's also just a romance novel trope I love; marriage of convenience or necessity, that has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with love. At first ;) I loved the characters. From our leads to the supporting characters, Mallory has done a fantastic job developing them all. Catherine is a complex, much more interesting heroine than we sometimes get in historical romances. She is a spy, she has survived terrible ordeals, and she is a fiercely devoted mother. She knows how to rely on herself and also how to form important alliances. She even has male friends and associates how are not romantic interests! Imagine that! Catherine is fiercely loyal to England and knows how to run a household and manage an estate. Her beauty is far from her only asset, which is admirable, especially for a woman living in the early 1400s. William is very knightly and honorable (which I find oh so romantic). He definitely has his flaws, but he is always trying to redeem himself, and to become more understanding of others. William and Catherine's relationship is very dramatic and tempestuous, but also hot and realistic. Yes, there are a lot of arguments and misunderstandings, but there probably would be when you're forced to marry someone the very day that you meet them! The cast of characters includes Catherine's darling little boy, a smart and mischievous young man called Stephen, a host of loyal servants, and a villain who reminded me of Thomas from Downton Abbey. Then there's a host of real historical figures, like Prince Harry (later Henry V), the Tudors of Wales, and Prince Owain Glyndwr. I noticed some similarities between Knight of Desire and the other Mallory book I've read, The Guardian. They both have the rich family life, real history mixed with fiction, and both feature a similar climax, (view spoiler)[the attempted rape of the heroine, though I thought it was done much better in this book, with Catherine taking a stand against her attacker by killing him, and putting to rest the ghosts of the battered wife syndrome she suffered at the hands of her first husband. This attempted rape didn't just feel like a plot device, but like the heroine taking matters into her own hands, and saving herself so that she would know she was capable of defending herself. Catherine's pretty badass, and the scene is reminiscent of the climax of Gone Girl. (hide spoiler)] I like Mallory's style of romances. Every historical romance writer has their formula, and she does hers well. Extremely well in Knight of Desire. I recommend it not only to fans of historical romance, but to fans of historical fiction in general. Sharon Kay Penman's medieval historical fiction used to be my go-to; Mallory has a rich level of historical detail and knack for time and place that recalled those books for me. It was also totally refreshing to read a medieval romance novel NOT about highlanders! I don't think I had before! Medieval England, and Wales (where part of this book is set), are some of my favorite settings :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sian

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Hi

    Trigger warning: domestic violence, sexual assault, attempted rape I loved this book!!! So often with medieval romance there is domestic violence between the H and h, which I hate. Authors usually present us with weak wishy-washy heroines as foils for arrogant men, not so here. Ms. Mallory gives us Catherine a strong h who is believable for her time period while still enjoyable for contemporary readers. William is a kind and multi faceted hero. There is plenty of action, although no traditional d Trigger warning: domestic violence, sexual assault, attempted rape I loved this book!!! So often with medieval romance there is domestic violence between the H and h, which I hate. Authors usually present us with weak wishy-washy heroines as foils for arrogant men, not so here. Ms. Mallory gives us Catherine a strong h who is believable for her time period while still enjoyable for contemporary readers. William is a kind and multi faceted hero. There is plenty of action, although no traditional drawn out battle scene. This book is very romantic. Often there is a obstacle to overcome and relationship growth is inferred not seen while action happens around the couple. In knight of desire we get to see the relationship unfold in a realistic way. There is also a good weaving in of past physiological issues that explain current actions. This is hands down in my top three favorite medieval romances of all time category. ************WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD************** True to timeless male reasoning the h is held responsible for her husbands treachery against the king, even though she is the one who turned him in, and in punishment has her lands and self given to a knight in marriage. What is so interesting is her motive. While Catherine is very loyal to the prince she is basically saving herself from a violent husband who makes her fear for her life. Can I say how much I love that she saves herself from him! I love that she is strong in a endures a lot way. I like a female sword wielding h, but they do require a strong suspension of belief. Catherine is very smart in a pragmatic, tactical maneuvering, check mate sort of way. The author gives this side of her a reasonable base, she has been running a household since she was 12 or 15 years old. She also plays chess helping her have a long term viewpoint. Our H William is loyal, kind, and desperately wants a home and love. This might seem a hard sell for a medieval knight, but the author gives him a detailed background which supports his character. What is crazy is that our H William learns of Catherines motives and believes her, yet still is distrustful of her. I know he has family issues, but this irritates me. Though out the book the main issue between them is trust. My number one pet peeve in romance is trust issues that are resolved by outside influences. Trust in a relationship includes faith in the other person even when there is no outside evidence. In this book the H came dangerously close to outside influence being the deciding factor. The author saves our H by giving us internal dialogue at a pivotal time, his decision to go back home when the villain is not where he should be. I will also mention that the side characters are so much fun. From the reluctantly welcomed brother, abbess, flirtatious minstrel, on to the Tudor captors. One character I loved the handling of is the H mother. In the book a lot of issues are put on her shoulders, but I really love that the author did not leave it there. Our h Catherine brings out that the mom was really young when much of what the H describes takes place. She also brings out that maybe she is just doing the best she could with really hard choices to be made. There are other books to come after this one and the characters flow nicely from this introduction.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Giulia

    So, I'm not really sure what to make of this book. It's Mallory's first book, but I don't think that's the problem, she has pretty good style and control of pace so I can't complain about that. The characterization is also good. I felt sorry for William because Catherine is so damn difficult a personality. She's like wax, all supple on the inside, but stiff and formed otherwise, and it takes William forever to really figure her out, or even know her. It'd be too easy to say that's because he did So, I'm not really sure what to make of this book. It's Mallory's first book, but I don't think that's the problem, she has pretty good style and control of pace so I can't complain about that. The characterization is also good. I felt sorry for William because Catherine is so damn difficult a personality. She's like wax, all supple on the inside, but stiff and formed otherwise, and it takes William forever to really figure her out, or even know her. It'd be too easy to say that's because he didn't trust her or because he was manipulated by certain people, it's more about her I think. She's had to hold herself apart and strong for far too long to let herself melt towards anyone, even William, and every time she does, William manages to upset her somehow. I often thought she was overreacting, but given her history I understood her reactions. However, it made me sympathize with William all the more because he loved her without conditions and that wasn't enough, she wanted to be loved for herself. Of course, we all do, but I wanted to shake her and say then stop giving him all these mixed messages for crying out loud! I think the main problem with them as a couple is there was never really an honest conversation between them. By the time it happened, the book was over and I was left with a "this is the HEA?" feeling. So yeah, not sure what happened there. There's quite a bit of history told throughout the story and we get to meet both Henry V as a young prince Harry, as well as Owen Tudor, the grandfather of Henry VIII. Catherine is a great friend of the prince and her story gets tangled up a bit with the Welsh rebellion. Quite a bit actually. The history doesn't bog down this novel, however I'm wondering if the story pivoting around it didn't get in the way of the romance for me. Because I think that's the problem, there's not quite enough romance for me in this book. And from the prologue, I was expecting to leave this book with happy sighs over the HEA and I'm not. Some moments struck me as sweet, and I do rather have a soft spot for William, because the depth of his love for Catherine could be soul searing. It is, actually, but in my opinion, since the romance wasn't quite well developed enough for my taste, it doesn't quite pierce your heart as you're reading. Or at least, it didn't do that for me. However, I'm aware this book is a set up for the later novels and probably that's why the romance suffered a little. I guess I just wanted more from this book. That said, the pacing was good, the characterization was fair and the plot was just fast paced enough to keep you engaged. It's a good read, and I will continue the series. Three glittering stars. More reviews at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bookaholics

    Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory Medieval Romance- July 1st, 2009 4 ½ stars Margaret Mallory has written a surprisingly deep and emotional romance with all the vivid pageantry and realism of the Medieval Era. This book was easy to delve into and difficult to stop. As the fascinating and 3 dimensional characters took a life of their own. Catherine is a beautiful woman who was wed to an abusive husband early in her life. Years ago, on the night before her marriage she snuck out for her last nigh Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory Medieval Romance- July 1st, 2009 4 ½ stars Margaret Mallory has written a surprisingly deep and emotional romance with all the vivid pageantry and realism of the Medieval Era. This book was easy to delve into and difficult to stop. As the fascinating and 3 dimensional characters took a life of their own. Catherine is a beautiful woman who was wed to an abusive husband early in her life. Years ago, on the night before her marriage she snuck out for her last night of freedom and stumbled into a young man named William. They share a heated kiss. Neither forgets the other. After many years Catherine’s betrays her husband to her king. Her husband’s treachery and abuse and disgust her. An older and hardened William is assigned by the king to take over her deceased husband’s lands. He is still attracted to Catherine but does not know if she remembers their brief encounter. And he is wary because a woman who will betray her husband cannot be trustworthy. And although William cannot help wanting her, his past keeps telling him that woman are not honorable. This story transported me back to Medieval Times. I felt myself becoming one of the characters and experiencing the hardships they endured with each passing page. Often I find historical romances more fantasy (which I also enjoy) but this book was able to bring realism without taking away from the romance. William and Catherine were very believable. I particularly enjoyed Catherine’s character. The Medieval era was a difficult time for an independent woman. Through out the story Catherine fought adversity and prejudice with dignity and rare courage. William was also a strong character who showed his vulnerability. He is unused to love and does not realize this is what he wants from Catherine. As he sorts through his confused feeling and fights being the typical stoic male, I rejoiced as his emotions for Catherine came slowly to light. Unfortunately, he is divided because he feels his caring for her makes him weak to his men. As both struggle to trust, I became spellbound by their story. This was a sweeping novel filled with history and romance. Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

    Synopsis: As a young heiress, Lady Catherine has little choice but to accept her king's choice of husband. But the night before her wedding, Catherine sneaks into the stables for one last taste of freedom and runs into William. William is a young knight in the service of the Earl of Northumberland. He accompanies her on this late night ride and they leave each other with memories that each return to over the years. Lady Catherine betrays her husband to protect her king. On the day of her husband's Synopsis: As a young heiress, Lady Catherine has little choice but to accept her king's choice of husband. But the night before her wedding, Catherine sneaks into the stables for one last taste of freedom and runs into William. William is a young knight in the service of the Earl of Northumberland. He accompanies her on this late night ride and they leave each other with memories that each return to over the years. Lady Catherine betrays her husband to protect her king. On the day of her husband's death, her relief at her escape disappears as she learns that his lands and castle are forfeit to William FitzAlan and that she must choose to marry FitzAlan or be taken to the Tower. Not surprisingly, Lady Catherine chooses marriage. William FitzAlan had wondered what sort of wife would betray her husband to the king and whether he could trust her enough to marry. William recognizes Catherine immediately and marries her despite his misgivings. As political unrest and war invade their castle, Catherine and William slowly learn to trust and love each other. Review: I admit that I have a weakness for historical romances. Just reading about the book, I suspected that Knight of Desire would be a fun and satisfying read. Indeed, it has the elements of the best historical romances: interesting romantic leads, action filled plot during tumultuous times, and snappy dialogue. I particularly enjoy romances with (a) the leading men who have had difficult lives but because of a strong sense of honor they remain brave and true and (b) although they're cynical or wary of love, they can't help but become besotted with the plucky heroines. Though I'd suspected that Knight of Desire would fulfill these expectations, I enjoyed the plot twists and the witty banter even more than I'd expected. This would qualify as a guilty pleasure - and a book that I'll reread several times until Margaret Mallory's next book comes out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isalys

    This is Margaret Mallory's first publication and congratulations to her for her success! She truly did a great job creating a captivating story with interesting and likable characters. William FitzAlan is the epitome of what a knight should be. He is kind-hearted, noble, honorable, and brave. Catherine has been the victim of a cruel marriage for far too long and has decided to take matters into her own hands. She reveals her husband's treasonous ways to the king thereby 'eliminating' him. The kin This is Margaret Mallory's first publication and congratulations to her for her success! She truly did a great job creating a captivating story with interesting and likable characters. William FitzAlan is the epitome of what a knight should be. He is kind-hearted, noble, honorable, and brave. Catherine has been the victim of a cruel marriage for far too long and has decided to take matters into her own hands. She reveals her husband's treasonous ways to the king thereby 'eliminating' him. The king, as punishment for her husband's betrayal, decides to lock her up in the tower UNLESS the revered knight, Lord William FitzAlan agrees to marry her the very same day that she became a widow. In the hopes of saving her from a cruel imprisonment, William agrees to take her as his wife - and it certainly doesn't hurt that she's quite the fair-haired beauty! William is patient with her, not forcing her to consummate their marriage until she's ready (understanding that bedding someone you just met isn't easy) so long as she agrees not to tell anyone about their arrangement. However, his patience is tested after several weeks of a cold bed. Having only experienced the barbarous love-making of her deceased husband, she is afraid of what giving herself to this man would be like. When she finally decides that it's time to take the next step, unexpected passions are unleashed! He is far more tender than she ever expected possible. William and Catherine have many obstacles to overcome - including learning to trust each other and their [respective:] secrets! However, are they ready to reveal those secrets? What will happen if they do? And more importantly, can they truly learn to love each other? This story is filled with all the right ingredients for a great romance: lust, love, hate, intrigue, action, and drama.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    The first book in new author Margaret Mallory’s All the King’s Men trilogy introduces us to William FitzAlan and Lady Catherine Rayburn. This is a series I’m reading because my book club is reading the third book for our June meeting, and I believe book series should be read in the proper order. Lady Catherine has just betrayed her husband by reporting his traitorous efforts against the king and as a reward for stopping Lord Rayburn’s attempt to overthrow the King of England, William FitzAlan has The first book in new author Margaret Mallory’s All the King’s Men trilogy introduces us to William FitzAlan and Lady Catherine Rayburn. This is a series I’m reading because my book club is reading the third book for our June meeting, and I believe book series should be read in the proper order. Lady Catherine has just betrayed her husband by reporting his traitorous efforts against the king and as a reward for stopping Lord Rayburn’s attempt to overthrow the King of England, William FitzAlan has been given Lord Rayburn’s land and Ross Castle. Plus he gets to decide the fate of Lady Catherine – he can marry her that day or send her to the Tower in London, where she will most certainly be killed. FitzAlan has been given this choice because the Lady is a childhood friend of the kings’ son and the Prince Henry has convinced his father that Lady Catherine is loyal to the crown and not involved in the Welsh rebellion. Lord Rayburn was abusive and it’s has had a terrible effect on Lady Catherine’s ability to fully accept her new husband. FitzAlan will not force himself upon his new wife and has fallen for her young son, Jamie. He looks forward to creating a family with Lady Catherine – if only he can get her to accept him I her bed. And, while FitzAlan has to fight the enemies outside the castle, he also has an enemy within the castle and it’s someone who he has brought with him to the castle. Plus, he questions his wife’s relationship with Prince Harry, her childhood friend. I really enjoyed reading this book. The details about what was expected of a wife in early 15th Century England – such as married women should never let their hair be seen. I’m looking forward to reading the next two books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This was a re-read for me, probably my fourth or fifth read of the book. I still have the paperback I bought before getting a kindle. When I purchased a kindle I bought all of my favorite historical romances in a kindle format (if they were available) but I just couldn't get rid of the paperbacks I have in this series. Margaret Mallory is one of my favorite historical authors. She writes rich, emotional stories with characters that drag you in and the rich historical details she provides makes y This was a re-read for me, probably my fourth or fifth read of the book. I still have the paperback I bought before getting a kindle. When I purchased a kindle I bought all of my favorite historical romances in a kindle format (if they were available) but I just couldn't get rid of the paperbacks I have in this series. Margaret Mallory is one of my favorite historical authors. She writes rich, emotional stories with characters that drag you in and the rich historical details she provides makes you feel like you are living in the era. The book has a standard historical story line, knight saves damsel in distress, but the author weaves such a beautiful love story it makes you ache for William and Catherine. William, a landless knight, is awarded his long desired castle and lands. He has the choice of marrying the lady of the castle (Catherine) or sending her to the tower. He chooses to marry Catherine. He remembers her from a short meeting 10 years before but has no idea of the abuse and suffering she faced while married to her traitor husband. Catherine resists William's tender approaches because of her past abuse. But William perseveres and finally wins the day. Your heart aches for him while he stays the course of winning Catherine's love and affection. If you love a valiant knight who will grovel for his lady, love her and her child, and want a HEA, this book is for you. I highly recommend all of the books in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I bought this trilogy based on the recommendation of a bookseller. She said for debut novel this was really well done so I decided to give it a try. I have to say I was very impressed. I adore medievals as a rule and this one was lovely. Though there were several misunderstandings and a lack of trust between the couple, I felt they were justified on both sides. Although Catherine is a strong, independent woman, I never felt she was too independent. Despite betraying her first husband she was very I bought this trilogy based on the recommendation of a bookseller. She said for debut novel this was really well done so I decided to give it a try. I have to say I was very impressed. I adore medievals as a rule and this one was lovely. Though there were several misunderstandings and a lack of trust between the couple, I felt they were justified on both sides. Although Catherine is a strong, independent woman, I never felt she was too independent. Despite betraying her first husband she was very loyal and caring. She suffered quite a bit throughout the book, both mentally and physically, but she bore each new strain admirably. Though I understood why her husband mistrusted her, I still felt her pain. At times I became just as frustrated with William as Catherine, but it was hard to remain angry. His strong sense of honor and self-doubt made him an extremely sympathetic character. Plus, the kindness he showed not only Catherine but her son and the inhabitants of her home was very endearing. I found the setting and political backdrop fascinating. The Prince, King and their enemies were written in a way that was engaging on their own while advancing the main storyline. I also enjoyed the other secondary characters, especially Robert, Stephen and the Tudors (who were featured here before their reign).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

    I seem to be in the minority here, but I had some serious problems with this book. It's the author's first novel (which she states in the preface), so I tried my best to give her some leeway here. But the character of William rubbed the wrong way SO BADLY that I could barely stand it by the end. I've seen several reviews state that they didn't like the character of Catherine, which kind of surprised me. I empathized with her a great deal, and I was rooting for her the entire time. The pair of the I seem to be in the minority here, but I had some serious problems with this book. It's the author's first novel (which she states in the preface), so I tried my best to give her some leeway here. But the character of William rubbed the wrong way SO BADLY that I could barely stand it by the end. I've seen several reviews state that they didn't like the character of Catherine, which kind of surprised me. I empathized with her a great deal, and I was rooting for her the entire time. The pair of them meet when William is a landless knight and Catherine is sixteen and about to be married. They share a stolen kiss, but William can offer her nothing at the time and Catherine is determined to do her duty to her father and king and marry whom they chose for her. They don't forget one another over the years, even though they don't know the other's name or really anything about them. Catherine spends years in an unhappy marriage, (view spoiler)[where she is physically and sexually assaulted numerous times by her husband. She ends up informing the king that her husband is plotting treason, which results in her husband's execution. And this is where things start to get a little weird, because even though her husband was plotting against their king, everyone seems to think that Catherine should have stayed loyal to her husband and not told anyone anything about his plans. Uhh...? The fact that she passes along VERY important information to their king that helps him keep his throne is seen by nearly every character in the book as a BAD thing when it comes to Catherine, and I never understood that. She helps save her king, and she is treated like a conniving bitch because of it by almost everyone, INCLUDING William (her new husband by this point). What? (hide spoiler)] Quite honestly, William is unkind to her numerous times, and it seems like the reader is supposed to excuse his bad behaviour. (view spoiler)[For example, since Catherine was violently raped numerous times by her first husband, she is understandably very leery of the marriage bed. William doesn't force her into his bed, which is a plus on his side, but he's not super understanding about her misgivings either. At one point, he gets royally drunk and goes up to her room, where he gropes her and pretty much tells her that his patience is at an end. Fortunately, he passes out before he rapes her, and Catherine, who is frightened beyond words at this point, is so terrified that she runs to an abbey, where she hopes to say her vows and commit to a life in the Church to get away from William. But because he "didn't really mean it" and the reader sees that he is somewhat remorseful, it is like William gets a pass for this. And yet, at the end of the book, when Edmund pretty much does the EXACT same thing to Catherine, it is rightfully treated as a violation of her. You can't have it both ways. (hide spoiler)] William is exceptionally jealous and angry about Catherine having ANY male friends whatsoever. He snaps at her numerous times and accuses her of infidelity ALL OF THE TIME. (view spoiler)[Literally, she is held captive for weeks, if not months (the time frame was a little hazy), and when William finally gets her back, it is obvious that she is pregnant. Instead of thinking that the baby is his or even ASKING if it is his, he immediately assumes that his wife, who has been sexually violated for years before him and did not enjoy sex at all until William, had an affair during her captivity (a willing one!) and fell in love with someone else. What. He even heard her puking all of the time BEFORE she was captured and never put two and two together. He also acted VERY BADLY when Catherine confessed something of a personal nature to him, about the parentage of her son. Her husband abused her badly and would keep abusing her until she managed to conceive a child, but it was obvious that wasn't going to happen by that point (they had been married a while). So she takes a "lover" who gets her pregnant. They slept together ONCE and Catherine was badly injured by her husband's abuse, and it was obvious that she didn't LIKE it - she just wanted to get pregnant so her husband would stop beating on her all the time. And William acted like she was a slut because of it and gave her NO sympathy or understanding over it. Ugh. I kind of hate him. (hide spoiler)] Quite frankly, all of the infidelity accusations got old FAST and were insulting to both Catherine and women in general. Some people might argue that William had ~*pain*~ because of his mother, but that doesn't give you a pass in life. (view spoiler)[Also, his mother turns out to be not nearly as bad as William portrays her. (hide spoiler)] The pacing was also kind of weird - it was good, then the book lagged, and then everything happened all at once and I felt like I had whiplash over it. Also, the epilogue. Ugh. (view spoiler)[I'm not a huge fan of epilogues in romances, but if they do exist, I want them to cement the relationship and show them as a happy couple. Which the epilogue sort of does (there are numerous children and William and Catherine have been "happily" married for twelve years now), but then it leads up to there being a huge war coming and William might die in it. I...don't want the hero to be put into mortal peril in the epilogue, because I want a happy fucking ending, damn it. I know times were tough back then and a dozen years of marriage might be all you get, especially to a knight, but come on. I want romance! I want my HEA! I'm not reading this book to get a lesson about how so many people died so young back then. (hide spoiler)] The book had some good moments and had a lot of interesting history to it, which is why I ended up giving it two stars instead of just one, but it was a struggle to hit that second star, let me tell you. It's more like a 1.5 for me. If you enjoy stories where the "hero" accuses the heroine of infidelity constantly, boy, is this book for you!

  24. 4 out of 5

    mgalibro

    In this genre, we usually only get the female's POV. I was really pleased to be reading the male's POV this time. In a war-torn era where alpha males were usually aggressive bordering on barbarism, I liked how Margaret Mallory paints the character of William in how he upholds his honor in being a knight true to form. She lets us take a peek into the male psyche, so one can actually empathize with the hero in this story as he struggles to understand his wife, & fight for those who he loves. The ch In this genre, we usually only get the female's POV. I was really pleased to be reading the male's POV this time. In a war-torn era where alpha males were usually aggressive bordering on barbarism, I liked how Margaret Mallory paints the character of William in how he upholds his honor in being a knight true to form. She lets us take a peek into the male psyche, so one can actually empathize with the hero in this story as he struggles to understand his wife, & fight for those who he loves. The characters are well developed & are believable. The historical aspect was well researched & it made me want to get to learn more about the medieval era. I got my dose of romance, tension, & sensuality. This was also a fast read & very unputdown-able. I would readily recommend this to fans of Lisa Kleypas.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Knight of Desire tells the story of a young woman, Catherine, who is forced to wed a violent man. When she has had enough of his behavior, she betrays him and sends word to the king that her husband is a traitor. Her husband is captured and killed. The king has decided to let Catherine's fate and her home lay in William's hands. He has given William the choice between sending Catherine to the tower which would undoubtedly result in her death or wedding her the very same day she became a widow. W Knight of Desire tells the story of a young woman, Catherine, who is forced to wed a violent man. When she has had enough of his behavior, she betrays him and sends word to the king that her husband is a traitor. Her husband is captured and killed. The king has decided to let Catherine's fate and her home lay in William's hands. He has given William the choice between sending Catherine to the tower which would undoubtedly result in her death or wedding her the very same day she became a widow. William is an extremely honorable man and decides to take Catherine as his wife. This book is filled with romance, lust, love and betrayal. I loved this book! If you enjoy Historical Romance, this is a MUST READ!

  26. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    Ms. Mallory did an exceptional job on her first book. This was a very well written story with believable characters and interesting plot turns. Both Catherine and William enter their forced marriage with baggage that needs to be worked through. They are both strong, good, sympathetic characters but I couldn't help feeling for Catherine. In spite of her brutal experiences, through determination to make a good marriage, she overcomes her fears and puts her trust in William. To bad William cannot b Ms. Mallory did an exceptional job on her first book. This was a very well written story with believable characters and interesting plot turns. Both Catherine and William enter their forced marriage with baggage that needs to be worked through. They are both strong, good, sympathetic characters but I couldn't help feeling for Catherine. In spite of her brutal experiences, through determination to make a good marriage, she overcomes her fears and puts her trust in William. To bad William cannot bring himself to do the same. His inability to trust her in return greatly weakens his character and causes untold heartache. There are a few sex scenes but they are easily skipped if need be without hurting the storyline.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This was a very fun romp of a book! The characters were human - flaws and strengths - the plot was engaging, it kept moving, and contained enough twists to keep anyone entertained. I read this book all the way through in one sitting, which gives you an idea of just how much I loved it! A very light, friendly read. I delighted in watching Catherine and FitzAlan torment themselves and each other with their relationship. Love was given a chance to develop slowly, although the characters did not reco This was a very fun romp of a book! The characters were human - flaws and strengths - the plot was engaging, it kept moving, and contained enough twists to keep anyone entertained. I read this book all the way through in one sitting, which gives you an idea of just how much I loved it! A very light, friendly read. I delighted in watching Catherine and FitzAlan torment themselves and each other with their relationship. Love was given a chance to develop slowly, although the characters did not recognize it until it was almost too late. Margaret Mallory has created a unique voice that deserves to flourish in the sea of romance novels.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A reaction to a book is always somewhere in the nebulous space between the book and the reader. Sometimes it's a little more on the book-end of things and sometimes a little more on the reader-end of things. This was on the reader end. The book focuses a lot on trust issues (interesting) and turns that focus on jealousy. I hate jealous heroes. I probably shouldn't have finished the book, but I'm always a little embarrassed when I don't finish book club books. For thoughts on the writing, characte A reaction to a book is always somewhere in the nebulous space between the book and the reader. Sometimes it's a little more on the book-end of things and sometimes a little more on the reader-end of things. This was on the reader end. The book focuses a lot on trust issues (interesting) and turns that focus on jealousy. I hate jealous heroes. I probably shouldn't have finished the book, but I'm always a little embarrassed when I don't finish book club books. For thoughts on the writing, characters, etc, look at those other (more positive) reviews. Those reactions are more on the book-end of that nebulous space.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Lady Catherine suffers a dreadful marriage with a man who conspires against the king. Through her spying and telling her childhood friend, the Prince Harry, he´s caught and killed. Now the King has decided that she´s to either marry William FitzAlan, who defeated her husband, or face time at the Tower for treachery. What she doesn´t know is that they´ve met before, the night before her marriage, and that he never could forget her. Medieval romance, angst and action. They´ve got a lot against the Lady Catherine suffers a dreadful marriage with a man who conspires against the king. Through her spying and telling her childhood friend, the Prince Harry, he´s caught and killed. Now the King has decided that she´s to either marry William FitzAlan, who defeated her husband, or face time at the Tower for treachery. What she doesn´t know is that they´ve met before, the night before her marriage, and that he never could forget her. Medieval romance, angst and action. They´ve got a lot against them and their happiness, not least them selves.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    All romances have the basics. Boy meets girl, falls in love. This novel included a castle,knights,twist,turns,and intrigue. Which gave the story substance and naughty thoughts. I enjoyed it very much. My favorite quote came from the author's acknowledgment; "Some men are honorable because of the example set for them, others, choose to be honorable in spite of it" I can't wait for the 2nd book in the series,"Knight of Pleasure".

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