Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Review: The Knight Trilogy by Kitty French

When I got the opportunity to review the entire Lucien Knight Trilogy by Kitty French I was thrilled because I had heard such good things about these books. And let me tell you they did not disappoint. I read all 3 books in 2 days and was a little sad when it came to an end.

Knight & Play
Based on reviews I've seen in the past, I knew this was going to be a steamy read. I just didn't realize how hot it was going to be. Now 2 warnings before I continue:
     1. cliffhanger
     2. cheating
I normally don't like to give too much away, but I know those two things are important to some readers so I wanted to put it out there. Generally I'm not a fan of cheating, though its not necessarily a deal breaker for me. Honestly, I didn't even bat an eye at in in Knight & Play. It felt almost justifiable to me, which is probably ridiculous, but it is the truth.

This is a sensual exploration of a woman's sexuality while she comes to terms with the reality of her marriage. And Lucien knight is just the man to help Sophie Black discover that part of herself. It was very much one explosive sexual encounter after another but there is also a very real and emotional story here as well. Both characters have demons that they need to face and battle and both may be going about it in the wrong ways. You do have to wait for book 2 to see what happens for them both, but it is not a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting to hurl your eReader at the wall. It just leaves you wanting more. 
Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“Look in the mirror, Sophie.” She tried to pull away but he held her firm. “Look. Tell me what you see.” She looked, reluctantly. And she saw the same person she always saw reflected back at her. The same yet subtly different. More grown-up? More knowing? Black silk underwear, hold-ups, high heels. Long, tumbled blonde hair. A kissswollen mouth, and the liquid, sensual eyes of a satisfied woman.
And standing behind her, a head and shoulders taller, Lucien. Shirtless. Beautiful.
Her Viking warrior, and now her Viking lover.
“Let me tell you what I see.” Lucien said, his hands on her shoulders.
“I see a woman with the face of an angel.” He ran the back of his fingers down her cheek. “A face that makes men want to fuck her just to see how she looks when she comes.”
Sophie stared at him in the mirror, shocked and mesmerised.
“She has the kind of curves that make men want to touch her.”
He splayed a big warm hand over her pale stomach, making her skin tauten and her breath catch in her throat.
“I see a woman who deserves to be treated like a princess.”
He only had to touch her and it was as if he’d flicked the ‘seduce me now’ switch in her head.
“Look at you, Sophie.” He was so close that she could feel the warmth of his breath tickle her neck. “You’re like a peach waiting to be plucked from the tree.” He stepped flush against her, her back against his chest.
“Velvet soft skin.” He trailed his fingertips down her arms.
“Luscious curves.” He covered her breasts with his hands and stroked them through her bra.
“Ripe.” He slid a hand between her legs and cradled her. Sophie watched his every move in the mirror with wide eyes, almost too turned on to breathe.
“Juicy.” He groaned as he slid his hand inside her knickers. “So fucking juicy.” He moved his fingers along her sex, still wet from the first time he’d made her come.
“I want to lick your juices, Sophie.”
Sophie could feel his erection pressing hard into her back, and all she could think of was how much she wanted him to carry on making her feel this good. The sight of them in the mirror was like a life size soft porn movie; she couldn’t take her eyes away from his hand moving inside her knickers.
“Tell me that isn’t beautiful,” he said against her ear.
She couldn’t. The fact was that he made her beautiful.

Title: Knight & Play
Author: Kitty French
Series: Knight #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Book Blub:
There's only one thing in life Lucien Knight really hates, and that's husbands who cheat on their wives.

There's only one problem in Sophie Black's life. Her cheating husband...

From the moment Lucien & Sophie meet, the seal is set.

Romantic, emotional & intensely erotic, Knight and Play is the perfect read for lovers of international bestsellers Fifty Shades & Bared To You. Let yourself be swept away by Part One of the Knight series from Kitty French, a romance so hot it'll burn your fingers...

CEO of Knight Inc. Lucien Knight is catch-your-breath gorgeous and damaged by his troubled past in Norway. All grown up and relocated to London, he's built his empire of adult clubs from the ground up to become the gorgeous patron saint of the sex industry. No one knows the dark childhood secrets that have given Lucien a backbone of steel and a heart encased in ice. No one until Sophie Black, that is...

From the moment girl-next-door Sophie accepts the job as Lucien Knight's PA, she understands how Alice must have felt when she tumbled down the rabbit hole. Lucien takes her safe, vanilla life away and plunges her head first into a huge dish of fantasy flavours. Rich, spicy chocolate covered with dark, oozingly lickable sauce? Check. Tutti-frutti with indecently red, glistening cherries on the top? Yes please.

Lucien strips away all of Sophie's inhibitions, and when he instructs her to select three new toys, she soon realises he has more than a game of Monopoly on his mind...

He's opened the door to a whole new pleasure packed world without limits, and Sophie is utterly intoxicated. But how far is she willing to go? And what happens when she has to step back into reality again?

Lucien & Sophie's is a story of star crossed love and forbidden passion, a sexual odyssey that spans the globe and changes both of their lives forever. Let it change yours, too.

Knight & Stay
If I thought book one was a roller coaster of emotions and blissful sex, book two might even be more so. Lucien may be beautiful, dominant and sexy but he is also frustrating and stubborn. Scarred by his own past, he refuses to acknowledge his feelings for Sophie. This is just sex until they tire of each other. But we start to see cracks in his carefully constructed armor. Glimpses at the love he is capable of, if he would let himself. He is so tortured deep inside and you just want to help heal him.

I adored Sophie in this book. Thanks to Lucien, she has more confidence and backbone now. She won't roll over for her twit of husband and she won't give up on Lucien. When he pushes, she pushes back. She lays everything out on the line for him. And when most other heroines in a book would just let him walk away and wallow in their angst, she stands up and fights for him. So yeah, I thought Sophie was pretty damn awesome. I loved her, I loved Lucien and I loved their story.

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

"You know what, Lucien Knight, you're a coward," she blazed, feeling all the power that he'd imbued in her over the past months rise to the surface now that she needed it most of all. She had his full attention for one last time, and she was going to give it everything she had. "You hide behind your flash cars and designer houses... you deny love exists, and all for what? So you can hang onto your oh-so-glamorous lifestyle and screw anyone you want to? Listen to yourself - you don't want to screw anyone else. You want me. And I'm here, now, saying I want you too, saying I love you, and I don't know where the hell it'll end up, but I'm brave enough to say that right now you're my everything. You've opened my eyes, and my body, and my heart to so much more than I knew existed, and you make me feel beautiful, and protected, and adored, and I don't think you could do all of those things if you didn't love me back."

Title: Knight & Stay
Author: Kitty French
Series: Knight #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Book Blub:
Sophie black has turned her back on both her cheating husband and her sexy, enigmatic boss Lucien Knight. When she hits rock bottom, she finds herself drawn back into Lucien's glamorous no strings, high stakes world of intensely erotic encounters.

Bold and beautiful, Lucien is a walking, talking Viking sex god-the ultimate rebound guy. His is a seductive world of pleasure without limits or commitment, but can Sophie's already bruised heart survive his strictly no ties rule?

When her husband returns with his tail between his legs, Sophie is faced with the toughest decision of her life. How does she choose between the man she vowed to love forever and the man who she hadn´t planned on loving at all?

Knight & Stay is a star-crossed romantic adventure that spans the globe from Paris to the glittering artic northern lights, a sexual odyssey of love and lust that changes the lives of everyone involved forever.

Knight & Day
This is the third and final book in the Knight Trilogy and what a great finale it was! While we do get plenty of Lucien and Sophie in this book, which wraps up their love story nicely and sets our panties on fire once again, this is really Kara's and Dylan's story. Kara has been an amazing best friend to Sophie and helped her when her marriage crumbles and when she struggled with her relationship with Lucien. But Kara has dealt with her own heartbreak as well and now it is time for her own happily ever after. Dylan is an absolute mystery, From the moment we meet him, we don't know his story, where he came from or who he truly is. Hell we don't even know his real name! All we know is he left some bad stuff behind him and he just wants to start over.

Kara and Dylan have an instant attraction and it is impossible not to adore them together. Their relationship is fun and sexy and I enjoyed watching it blossom into something more. Of course at some point the truth has to come out and everything blows up. There were so many points where I wanted to grab Dylan and yell at him to just tell her the truth before it got to that point. But unfortunately, men rarely listen. There are definitely some angst filled moments when you just want them to work things out. I thought this was a wonderful final book and while I am sad to say goodbye to Lucien and Co., I'm looking forward to more from Kitty French in the future.

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“Listen, Kara…” Dylan topped up their champagne glasses in the silence that followed Lucien and Sophie’s disappearance. “I think we may have got off on the wrong foot, and for my part in that, I’m sorry.”
He handed Kara her glass and picked up his own, turning his body towards hers on the bench as he settled back down. The top couple of buttons on his dark shirt were open, and Kara found her eyes following the tanned column of his neck down and wondering what he’d be like if he lost the shirt altogether.
Balls. She closed her eyes and brought her glass to her lips. She didn’t want to think that.
Don’t think it, don’t think it, don’t think it.
Maybe if she said it three times in her head something magical would happen and he wouldn’t be so attractive when she reopened her eyes.
Well, that didn’t work. In fact, if anything, he looked sexier still, because he was watching her, waiting for her.
“Are you waiting for me to apologise too?” she asked, placing her drink down.
“Do you feel like you need to?”
He was half school teacher, half sex god, and for some reason Kara found herself ready to be thrown over his knee and chastised for her sassy mouth. Oh Lord. This was going to go bad. Champagne swilled in her veins, and there was no stopping the words from leaving her lips.
“No. I actually feel like sliding over there and unbuttoning your shirt.”
Dylan’s expression went from lazy amusement to round-eyed surprise in five seconds flat. Surprise laced with arousal.
“Which is why you should leave right now,” Kara continued, aware that she’d said too much, as always.Her big mouth had got her into all sorts of trouble over the years, and it would seem that this was destined to be another of those times.
She watched him swallow hard and wanted to trace her index finger down his Adam’s apple.
He watched her watching him.
“Well, that’s an unexpected development, English.”
“You’re telling me,” she said. “Leave. Please?”
Kara manoeuvred herself off the bench and stood to allow him room to get out.
“Should I finish my drink?”
“I could take my shirt off?”
He was standing too close, his fingers on the buttons at his chest, his eyebrows raised suggestively, his expression caught halfway between joking and deadly serious.
“Goodnight, Dylan.”
Kara crossed her arms firmly, and for the briefest of seconds Dylan’s eyes moved down to the cleavage she’d just inadvertently served up like two oranges on a platter. She didn’t dare open her mouth for fear of what might come out. “Rip my dress off and take a proper look,” sprang unhelpfully to mind.
Dylan leaned down and touched his lips against her cheek; warm, tingly, and lingering for a second longer than could be deemed platonic. Jesus, he smelt like nothing on earth. She wanted to lick his face.
“Goodnight, English,” he said softly. “I’ll see myself out. And for the record… I’ve never felt less like leaving anywhere in my life.”

Title: Knight & Day
Author: Kitty French
Series: Knight #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Book Blub:
Kara Brookes hates liars.

Dylan Day hasn’t told the truth from the moment his plane touched down in Ibiza.

It’s a recipe for disaster.

Lucien and Sophie are back, and have set up camp on the sun-drenched isle of Ibiza for the opening of the latest of Lucien’s strictly adult clubs.

They’re joined for the summer by Sophie’s best friend Kara, and Dylan Day, Lucien’s newly appointed club manager. The laid back, smokin’ hot surf guy from California seems almost too good to be true… but there’s no smoke without fire. It’s going to be a long hot summer of love, lust, lies and wedding bells. But who will get their happy ever after?

Romantic, emotional and intensely erotic, Knight & Day is the thrilling final installment of the USA Today bestselling Knight Series from Kitty French.

About the Author
USA Today best selling author Kitty French is a self confessed romance junkie - she loves to watch it, read it, and best of all, to write it. She started to write erotic romance after reading Fifty Shades and hasn't looked back since!
She lives in England with the gorgeous Mr.F and their two young sons, and is never knowingly found without a glass of wine in her hand.
Kitty also writes romantic comedy under the pseudonym Kat French. Her first novel, Undertaking Love, is out now from HarperCollins.
Twitter: @kittysbooks

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your awesome reviews, I loved reading them.
    Kitty xx


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