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Friday, August 15, 2008

Knight's Fork



Knight's Fork by Rowena Cherry
Publisher: Dorchester
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy
Length: Full
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum


The Queen Consort of the Volnoth needs a sperm donor, and only one green-eyed god has the right stuff. Little does she know she has pinned all her hopes on the crown jewels of the fabled Royal Saurian Djinn. Not only is he the son of her greatest enemy, but he has taken a vow of chastity.

The Saurian Knight is caught between a problem father who has all the moral integrity of a Mafia Don, and a married Princess who would stop at nothing to have his seed in her belly. No matter which way he turns, he’s “forked.”

Taking the wrong lover…in the wrong place, at the wrong time…is dangerous. And when the High and Mighty intervene, it can be fatal. Can true love and a pure White Knight’s virtue triumph, when society loves a right royal scandal?

Knight’s Fork enjoys the benefit of being the culmination of a well thought out bit of world building-- complex, entertaining and peopled with interconnected characters dancing amongst fascinating political plays. The story is a homecoming of sorts with all the characters from the previous books coming to lend a hand to a great shift of personal destiny and political power. I would highly recommend to readers that they read Forced Mate and (my favorite in the series before reading Knight’s Fork) Insufficient Mating Material.

Ms. Cherry’s capacity to write complicated plots full of intrigue and stories populated with characters rich in personality and foibles make her books a delight to read. She also has a way of turning a phrase that hooks you and never lets go, such as Carpe Scrotum, Seize Life by the Testicles. How can you not love Rowena Cherry?

Knight’s Fork, which I believe to be the final book of the series, focuses on the much neglected Prince Djarrhett a/k/a ‘Rhett and Electra – Djerroldina. They have to be two of the most mismatched characters and yet they are perfect for each other. Too bad they don’t know it.

Rhett is being pressured by his dad to go into the family business, manipulated by his other family members to divert attention to this or that; basically it seems that Rhett is at the whims of the fates, the cards and by his loving, conniving but well-meaning grandmother. Good thing Rhett is savvy, clever in his own right, a wiz with a rapier and totally side-swiped by one Queen Electra.

Electra is also under pressure. She has to produce an heir for her husband and believe it or not, he’s from another species. Cool concept and very realistic given the science we know here on earth of two separate species being unable to reproduce. I’m glad we have the ways we have in our medical communities to help women who want to become mothers. If we had to jump through the hoops Electra’s had to endure, I’d pull my hair out while screaming and running for the hills. But she can’t, she‘s a queen and she is stuck.

And the plot thickens. I’m glad Ms. Cherry kept Grievous. He cracks me up. He’s from Earth and his perspective is totally unique to this universe and refreshing. He is Tarrant-Arragon’s aide and he was ‘leant’ to Rhett to help in a certain dilemma. Tarrant and Grievous come from the first cool story, Forced Mate, and Tarrant is now related to Rhett through marriage. I can’t divulge any more otherwise I’d be off on a totally different tangent. Like I said, this world is huge, lush with details and vivid in characterization.

Ms. Cherry is also quite funny. When Electra has a misunderstanding about Levi’s, it totally gave me the giggles. You see, Rhett grew up on Earth so he has a different way of referring to things or he references items from Earth in conversation which totally perplexes and confuses Electra.

I could not imagine how the main plot conflict could possibly be resolved. Electra is married and Rhett, as sexy and irresistible as he is, will not act on his desires – so what if he’s walking around totally frustrated? The sexual tension throughout this story keeps you on the edge. The revelation of one of Rhett’s secrets makes his decisions all the more amazing. He is a man to respect and sigh over. Let me assure you though that this is romance at its most tantalizing. There is a happily ever after that is well earned by the hero and heroine. The reader who inhales page after page hoping and wishing that Rhett would finally get it on with Electra should be very satisfied with the ending.

There are more characters and events I could wax poetic over that are woven in and around the romance of Rhett and Electra, but this review would end up as a small book in and of itself. Suffice to say, Knight’s Fork has substance, intelligence, characters I really cared for and is a romantic tale with a satisfying HEA. I may not know much about chess but I know a good book when I read one and Knight’s Fork delivers the goods.



38 comments:

april3025 said...

i love to read :)

Mindy said...

I've read ALL the books except Knight's Fork & LOVED every one of them. I'll be sorry to see the saga end if Knight's Fork is indeed the end of this riotous group.

Mindy :)
Birdsooong@aol.com

Mindy said...

I also get Rowena's newsie, it's always a hoot!

Mindy :) Birdsooong@aol.com

Megaera said...

How much do I love this phrase: Carpe Scrotum, Seize Life by the Testicles.

That's awesome!

imawit said...

I haven't read any books in this series yet, but after reading this review I am heading to B&N to pick them up.

They sound like a reat read for a dreary day.

Carolyn ;-}} imawit2005@yahoo.com

Joan said...

Haven't read any books in the series yet but sounds like something I would enjoy.

deb said...

This sounds like another awesome book by an awesome writer.LOL
Debby
cleo@hbeark.com

babeobean said...

Rowena Cherry is a fantastic storyteller. I love all of her books. She has a great sense of humor. Write on Sister!

Karen H in NC said...

Haven't read any of this series yet. Sounds like I should start!

Maithe said...

Oh, I just got Insufficient Mating Material and I am so glad to see this one is out! I love love your books and I can't wait to read it.

Hugs,

Maithe
maithe007@bellsouth.net

Sue A. said...

This is one book I'd like to read!

Dragonlady said...

I bought "Insufficient Mating Material" then sat down to read it. I read a chapter and enjoyed it, then I realized it was a sequel. I don't read trilogies or series unless they are in order. So I have ordered "Forced Mate" so that I can read them. I was attracted to "Insufficient Making Material" by the cover, hot, then read the back and knew I would like it. I would really like a copy of "Knight's Fork" so I can finish the trilogy.

Kimberly B. said...

Oooh, this series sounds like a good one1 I love a good laugh, and sci fi and romance make for a good combination, I think. What fun!

Cathy M said...

This is such an intriguing series, love Rowena's world building, truly imaginative.


cathy m
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Ali said...

I've loved the previous book in Rowena's series, and look forward to reading this one :)

aliciaeflores1 @ yahoo.com

Leah said...

Look forward to reading Rhett's Book. Loved Insufficient Mating Material.
secretwindow57@yahoo.com

Valerie said...

Hi,

I love your books...I don't have this one, but it's on my 'to buy' list for sure.

Good luck everyone in the contest....but I'm hoping I win...hehe!!!

Valerie
valb0302@yahoo.com

rosemary said...

I have never read any other books by Rowena Cherry, but after reading this review that will change. The story and characters made me smile. This series is definitely one on I want to read.

rosemary

Norma said...

Rowena's series is utter magic and I look forward to each new title!

keizerfire said...

I can't wait to read this!

Pam P said...

Ladies, this series is good and will also make you laugh, recommended. I just need to get this last one now.

LighthouseSandy said...

I've read a couple of books from this series and they're hilarious! Would love to read Knight's Fork too.

kaisquared said...

Glad you mentioned the humor, I love that in Rowena's books!

cherio1 said...

Nothing better than a knight who has taken a vow of 'chastity'.

Jane said...

I like humor in romances. Sounds like a great book.

janie1215 AT excite.com

rosie said...

Looking forward to the read!

tigger9 said...

looks great.
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lrwirum said...

This sounds like a great book. Enjoyed reading the review. Definitely makes me want to get this one. :-)

Larena
lrwirum@cox.net

ptweetypat said...

I am so glad that I received Rowena's newsletter. It is good to be kept up to date on great new reading material. Thanks Rowena!

Patsy Nelson

Estella said...

Sounds like aa awesome read!

Barbara said...

I always enjoy a story with humor, so I'm looking forward to picking up the series.

Jeanette J said...

Sounds interesting. I'd like to enter the contest please.

Kytaira said...

This sounds like a really fun book. I've heard so many great things about this series. I have Forced Mate. Now I just need to get the rest!

Berek said...

Gotta love good sex mixed with ribald puns. How could it get any better?

Huguette E. said...

Oooh sounds awesome!

Michelle said...

This definitely sounds extremely entertaining...love the humor that is mixed in with the hot & steamy scenes...

Michelle B.

Eva S said...

I'd love to read this one!

eva.silkka AT gmail.com

lindseye said...

I enjoy her perspective on the world. Lots of fun reads. Lindsey
linze_e