Renewed Desire for Medieval Romances

Tuesday, July 7

Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory
Historical Romance
Forever Romance
ISBN: 9780446553391

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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.


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.

I used to read medieval romances all the time. In fact I was hooked on them after reading my first Julie Garwood historical. To this day some of her medieval romances remain my all time favorites. But after a while it did not seem that there was anything new worth reading so I moved on to Regency and Contemporary romances. That changed for me after reading Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory and the Blood Sword Legacy series by Karin Tabke.

Knight of Desire has all of the elements that I love about this sub-genre of historical romance. It has truly vile villains, emotionally wounded, yet a strong hero and heroine, and it immerses you with a vivid sense of time and place that is fraught with political unrest, peril, treachery, betrayal, and jealousy.

Catherine and William's love story is about learning to trust each other and their instincts despite doubts, insecurities and seeming betrayals, and at times left me heart sore for each one at different times. Knight of Desire helped renew my love of reading Medieval romances for these very reasons. If you like Julie Garwood (Saving Grace, The Wedding, or Ransom) or Kat Martin's Bold Angel, then I think you will really enjoy Knight of Desire!

p.s.: To my great delight Margaret Mallory is already hard at work creating two more novels in the All the King's Men series. Look for Knight of Pleasure in late 2009 and Knight of Passion in 2010.

Romance 3.75
Passion 3.75
Kleenex 1.5
Overall 3.75


HODGEPODGESPV July 7, 2009 at 7:45 AM  

good, if i win and like knight of desire, i will have other books to look forward too!

scottsgal July 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM  

This is definitely on my summer TBR list - looks like a great read

Cheri2628 July 7, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

The excerpt and your review have really captured my interest in this book. I love medievals, so I am going to put this one on my TBB list.

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming July 7, 2009 at 8:59 PM  

I love Julie Garwood's historicals, so I think I'll love this book! Thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention!

Caffey July 8, 2009 at 11:56 AM  

I'm reading Garwood now (THE WEDDING) and really love reading Medievals. I'm too excited about more books to come from her in this series!

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge July 8, 2009 at 11:35 PM  

I have a friend who recently turned me onto medieval novels and this is one that she suggested, after reading the review, I definately have to agree that this is on my summer reading list. Thanks for a great review.

Babyblue22 July 9, 2009 at 1:10 AM  

That's cool I didn't know it was going to be a series.
I won Knight of Desire already on the blog tour......Which I can't to read. Now I have 2 more to look forward to. WOOHOO!!!!!

Julie Robinson July 10, 2009 at 9:30 AM  

Coming in a little late, having been on vacation, but wanted to say that the excerpt sounds wonderful. I love medieval romances, that period being my favorite.

Congrats on the recent release of this book and the excellent review.


Armenia July 13, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

I love medievils. Am glad you liked this one for 3.75, now I'm really interested to read this one.

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