Thursday, March 22, 2012

A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT by Cate Masters

Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date published: February 2012
ISBN 9781613332153
Paranormal, Time Travel
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher.

Lance Knight is at a Medieval Merriment, somewhat unwillingly dragged there by his friend Kurt. Tomorrow he leaves for another town and Kurt hopes to convince him to stay. Then Kurt and his girlfriend reveal they’ve arranged a 1Night Stand for him. The girl, Gwyn, is beautiful and reminds him strongly of his lost love, but he’s so angry he almost ruins the night before he finds out she knew nothing about it either.
Then his nemesis Morgan le Fay appears and the evening becomes one of danger and almost disaster.

I was surprised this story was labeled erotic. There was heat, tension, and suggestion, but less than one page to the single sex scene. It is, however an enjoyable quick read, with a hero who develops from one the reader wants to slap upside the head, to one everyone will love and wish success. The villain threw a few neat surprises into the mix too, and the heroine’s growth matched the hero’s step for step. The Medieval Merriment setting and Pirate Dinner are vividly described and fun to envision.

I found it annoying that Morgan le Fay was also called Morganna, whereas traditionally there is only one “n” in her name (Morgana). There were also a few places where the author descended into purple prose (rosette nipples, binding as a silk vine of steel), and a couple of instances of cliché-style repetition (history repeats itself again). However, overall the story was entertaining enough to keep the reader wanting to know what would happen next, and the ending was fulfilling.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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