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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Heat of the Knight by Scottie Barrett

The Heat of the Knight by Scottie Barrett
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (105 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F/F, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism, Light BDSM
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Magnolia

Can a man be jealous…of himself?

Beckett de Saxby, Earl of Dareford, believes he is doing the right thing by blackmailing his childhood friend Christiana to live under his protection. Even though she can never be more to him than a servant, no matter what his heart wants. He is not the man she believes him to be, and his secrets are best kept hidden behind his titled fa├žade.

Christiana soon discovers that the lad she once adored has grown into a formidable stranger, a soul-hardened veteran of the Alexandrian Crusade with an appetite for debauchery and little else. She resolves to use his weakness by offering herself in exchange for freedom. But Beckett masters her body with a skill that makes leaving him seem a punishment—until his intended bride enters the picture.

When Christiana is abducted by masked horsemen, her rescuers are even more frightening to behold. They are led by a mysterious knight in blackened mail. With little thought of the consequences, Christiana rewards the dark knight’s gallantry.

Too late she realizes whose heart she’s broken.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: Chivalry forsaken for fleshly pleasures. A knight, three obliging wenches, and an envious witness to the bed play. Spanking administered by a demanding lord. And a maiden who discovers that, indeed, size does matter.

Beckett de Saxby, earl of Dareford has been in love with Christiana since they were children, but she‘s the daughter of a servant, and worse, he caught Christiana bare-breasted with his cousin Colin and Beckett is not a man who easily forgives. When Christiana’s father dies and she’s left to fend for herself, Beckett brings her to the castle as a serving wench where he will be able to keep an eye on her.

Christiana has been in love with Beckett since she was a child and the only reason she had even considered being with his cousin, Colin, was because Colin convinced her the Earl of Dareford had no feelings for her and couldn’t marry below his station. But after being caught with Colin, Christiana hadn’t seen either of them since. Now she’s forced to be a servant in the castle and learns that Beckett does little besides go hunting with his men and ravish the maids when he returns: maids like Maud, who hates Christiana and does all sorts of wicked things to her. Insisting Christiana take a tray to the Earl’s room, Maud is making sure Christiana witnesses firsthand what goes on in the bedchamber.

Although mortified when she walks in on the Earl with two naked women in his bed, Christiana can’t tear her eyes away from the scene, even after Maud joins the affair. But when Beckett looks over his shoulder and sees Christiana watching them, Christiana runs from the room. Will these two ever find a way to be together and reveal their true feelings?

I loved this story. I am a sucker for knights in shining armor and just fell in love with the characters, the scenery, imagery and all the mishaps that befell Christiana. Though she was orphaned, rejected, kidnapped, berated and tricked, she never lost her determination and drive. Christiana is a strong woman who discovers her man’s secrets without revealing to him she knows. And she’s not above a little mischief herself. This is a wonderful story of love and friendship and shouldn’t be missed.

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