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Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Knight Well Spent



A Knight Well Spent by Jackie Ivie
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Rose

Scotland 1141. A Norman king's attempt to rule the Highland clans is making his favorite knight's job difficult, indeed--and this is before a woman of mystery lays siege to the warrior's heart...
She lives to heal...

He's a giant of a man; what's more, he's the enemy. These truths should be enough to send Aislynn running far and fast from the wounded stranger in the woods. But he needs her help--and the reward he bestows changes her forever...

He fights to the kill...

Formidable knight Rhoenne Guy de Ramhurst has been "gifted" with a fiefdom--and the unenviable task of taming the rebellious Highlanders that populate it. He also has a castle full of dissidents, led by his own half brother. Yet these challenges pale in comparision with attempts to forget the healer who saved his life and captured his heart...

And one love rules them both...

Rhoenne believes a family curse places any woman he loves in mortal danger. When Aislynn is abducted by his profligate sibling, Rhoenne becomes her protector--even as he tries to resist her. But Aislynn has secrets of her own--and as deception and danger swirl ever closer around them, the truth may be their only salvation...

Jackie Ivie has woven a tale of love, magic, romance, and desire that will have any lovers of Scottish history drooling and will leave them yearning for more. She has done a masterful job drawing pictures of people you will come to know and to love deeply, and her secondary characters are as fully developed as the main characters of Rhoenne and Aislynn.

Rhoenne has been awarded a fiefdom and the dubious honor of trying to hold it and tame the Highlanders who live there. And he has another problem. Because of his conviction that any woman he loves and desires is doomed, he has shut himself off from love. But the healer he encounters does more than heal his wounds. She also heals his heart and gets deeply under his skin.

Aislynn’s gift of healing and her psychic abilities stand her in good stead, but it’s her sensitivity that makes her willing to give up everything in order to protect those she loves—even if that means making him think she betrayed him.

My favorite character, though, besides the main characters is Rhoenne’s right arm, Harold. Harold is not afraid to tell Rhoenne what he thinks. And, he cares enough for him to risk losing his friendship forever. I really hope Ms. Ivie will give Harold his own story one day. He really deserves it.

If you enjoys Scottish historicals, or even if you don’t, give Jackie Ivie’s A Knight Well Spent a try. You will be glad you did.