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Monday, February 1, 2010

For One Dark Knight by Ava James

For One Dark Knight by Ava James
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (175 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Past the suitable age for marriage, Lady Isobel longs for her life to begin. When the chance to flee the clutches of her misery arises, she sets out on a journey to her dower lands and childhood home. But no road is without its perils, and she soon finds she needs someone by her side.

Sir Robert de Gever's duties become vastly more complicated when Lady Isobel stumbles into his life in need of rescue. Questions arise and secrets run deep, leaving desire and suspicion to war within him.

Intrigue awaits the pair, and conspirators abound. Is the bond of one dark night spent together strong enough to save them from their fears?

When Lady Isobel is rescued by Sir Robert de Gever, the infamous Black Blade, she’s immediately attracted to the dark knight, but is he a savior or a curse?

Lady Isobel longs for adventure and romance. When she runs into Sir Robert, her attraction is strong and immediate. However, she soon learns that Robert is none other than the infamous Black Blade, a knight known for brutal behavior. She is grateful for Sir Robert’s assistance in escorting her to Wellsham, her childhood home, but doesn’t trust her feelings for him.

Sir Robert is also attracted to Isobel, but he’s confused by the stubborn girl. Some claim that Isobel is running away from Lord Carl, her supposed betrothed. However, Isobel insists she’s never entered into an agreement with Lord Carl and never will. She insists she’s running from her mother. With Isobel’s Wellsham in shambles, Sir Robert takes her to his home. The tension between the two is palpable until one night the passion between them explodes. Isobel’s happy ending seems to be within her grasp, until Lord Carl shows up to claim her. Will Sir Robert follow his heart and trust Isobel, or will he abandon her to the clutches of Lord Carl?

Isobel is certainly one of the strongest willed heroines I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. She always says exactly what she’s thinking, which gets her into trouble on more than one occasion. Isobel is also a very tough woman. She’s had to develop thick skin to cope with the abuse she’s suffered at the hands a mother who never wanted her. Isobel’s feelings for Robert are powerful. He’s the first man to ever stir such feelings in her, but his reputation gives her pause. Can she trust a man dubbed the Black Blade?

Sir Robert also has a tough exterior, but beneath it is a caring man who wants nothing more than to give his heart to Isobel. However, Robert doesn’t trust anyone but himself and his blade. He certainly isn’t sure he can trust the strange girl he rescued in the forest. Is she really running from her mother? Is she truly betrothed to the vile Lord Carl? Will he embrace the love of a lifetime or be blinded by his misgivings?

Lord Carl and Lady Tamlyn, the villains of the story, are truly repulsive. Lady Tamlyn is especially vile in her treatment of her own flesh and blood. Lord Carl is a sniveling coward undeserving of someone as strong as Isobel. Readers will instantly be rooting for Isobel in her quest to be free from both people.

Once I started reading For One Dark Knight, I couldn’t put it down. The tension between Isobel and Robert kept me glued to the story. I absolutely had to know how it would end. I highly recommend this story to any fan of strong heroines and great medieval romance.