Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Knight of Desire, by Margaret Mallory - Review

Review and Giveaway!

The Facts

Title: Knight of Desire
Author: Margaret Mallory
Pub Date: July 1, 2009

Don't get me wrong. I like Regencies; I like them a lot.

But there's just something about a medieval, isn't there? And I've missed them; it seemed like they disappeared from the shelves for awhile. I hope this is the beginning of a trend, along with Madeleine Hunter and ? who else? seems like I've seen a couple surfacing here and there lately.

Anyway, I talked a bit about medieval romance in general a while ago, and I have to say, Knight of Desire does a great job of delivering everything you could want from a classic Knight In Shining Armor story. A larger-than-life hero, terrifying on the battlefield, with an irresistably tender spot only for the heroine. Yum.

Catherine is no slouch either. She endures and survives a disastrous and abusive first marriage, made for political reasons, but "passive" is not a word she knows. In romance books, the hero's sense of honor often leads him into difficult choices between duty and love, but Mallory gives us a twist by sending the heroine down that path instead. Catherine's unswerving patriotism leads her into treacherous political waters, with rather unfair but somehow inevitable consequences for her personal life.

In the end, this is a story about trust, on many levels. The two protagonists are both likeable people of honor, integrity, and loyalty, but nonetheless, those very traits cause frustrating obstacles along the way as they learn to apply those virtues to each other. I want to say too that it would have been easy for Mallory to have gone down the Big Misunderstanding road with this story, but instead she has constructed a fast-paced plot that throws natural-feeling curves into the character-driven twists and turns of the relationship development.

Which happily enough, is exactly what I want in a romance novel.

The Giveaway

Want to see for yourself? Comment on this post for a chance to win one of 5 copies. No PO Boxes! Add a link back to this post, share on Facebook, etc. for additional entries (you have to let me know what you've done though). Stop back here on Tuesday, July 14 to see if you won.

**New Rule for Alpha Heroes Giveaways** I'm not going to chase down the winners! Stop back here to find out if you've won and email me your address. If I don't have it within 3-4 days, I will choose an alternate winner.

Readers from outside of North America: let me know in your comment where you are - the sponsors of the contest do not ship outside of the US and Canada, but I will enter all the international names in the last drawing and cover shipping myself if one is chosen. So you only have one chance instead of five, but you DO have a chance!

Big thanks to Hachette books for sponsoring the giveaway!

The Blog Tour

There are a number of folks around the blogosphere discussing this one, so if you don't believe me, try a second opinion. Or third. Or seventeenth.

PARTICIPATING BLOGS: - June 29 giveaway. - June 29 giveaway - June 29 review and giveaway. - June 29 to July 10 review and giveaway - June 30 review and giveaway. - July 1 review and giveaway. - July 4 review, giveaway, and Q&A. - July 4 review and giveaway - July 5 review; July 19 giveaway. - July 5 - July 6 review and giveaway. - July 7 review and giveaway. - July 8 review and giveaway. - July 9 review and giveaway. - July 10 review. - July 10 review and giveaway - review and giveaway. - review.

Update: I've removed a few of the links where I couldn't find a Margaret Mallory post. If you have reviewed this book and would like a link, just leave your info in comments!


Mandi said...

I haven't read a good medieval story in a while. Sounds great! I added the contest to my sidebar as well.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read a good medieval in a while either. Please sign me up!

Anonymous said...

Hey girl, I have never read a medieval story I don't think, this one looks good though! Count me in. I am a follower and I posted to my blog! Thanks

couchpapaya said...

i'm excited too if medievals are coming back. please sign me up. thanks!!

Sheila DeChantal said...

Good morning! Hope you can stop by today - great prize packages as we celebrate the Blogoversary.

Please enter me in your giveaway... havent read anything like this :)

Margaret Mallory said...

I wanted to stop by before I head to the airport to visit family & do booksignings in Michigan. Nicola, I love that you appreciated my twist in giving the heroine honor & loyalty conflicts! That was fun to do, by the way. ;) It is so nice to have a reviewer highlight my themes of trust, honor & loyalty. Thanks for participating in my blogging tour!

Eva S said...

I love medievals and I've heard so much great about this book!
Thanks for giving us from overseas a chance to win this book!Please enter me!
Eva from Finland

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

I haven't read this before. Sounds good.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Nicola O. said...

Hey, Anonymous, up there in the #2 slot: I need *some* kind of identifier if you're going to be in the contest. Screenname or email addy, please!

Jenny N. said...
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Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

Medieval you say?? Sign me up hun!

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

Oh and I added a link to this on my sidebar =)

Thanks again,

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I so want to read this one... Medievals are so rare and this one has created a lot of buzzzz.
Thanks for offering it to international readers.
I'm in France...Thx thx thx

Jen (from TT) said...

Ooh, those themes sound really appealing. I haven't read a medieval in years, but I'll have to give this one a try.

mrsshukra said...

Love medieval romances, count me in!

dag888888 said...

Medieval romance is one of my favorite romance genres. Monica McCarty is one of my favorites! I would like to read Margaret Mallory's new book - count me in!

Armenia said...

Nice review. The last good medieval series I've read was Catherine Coulter's FIRE SONG, EARTH SONG, and SECRET SONG.

Count me in for the giveaway. Thanks.

Dixie said...

I think I'd enjoy reading this also.

Kammie said...

The very first romance book I read many years ago was a medieval. I enjoyed it so much, I scoured the shelves for more of the same and I still love the genre today. I'd love to read this one!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading the comments. I have added this book to my TBR list.

Pissenlit said...

I'd love a good medieval story right about now. Count me in, please and thank you!

Minding Spot said...

I love medieval romance, heck I love romance! lol

Please enter me for a chance - I'd love to get my hands on this one :)

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

Emma said...

Knight of Desire
sounds wonderful.Please enter me in your giveaway. augustlily06)at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Erin said...

Yum. I haven't read a good medieval in ages. Count me in!

The Brunette Librarian said...

:) LOOKS AWESOME! Pleae count me in!

rachie2004 @ yahoo DOT com

I'm a happy follower if that helps :)


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