A Highland Knight's Desire by Amy Jarecki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**This review contains spoilers!**
I'll be clear and say from the start that I very much enjoyed this novel. It kept me engrossed and eager for more. That being said, I do have some criticisms.
A Highland Knight's Desire is a page-turner throughout the first 1/3, but I found it dragging around the middle when Duncan leaves on his next mission for the king. Duncan spends far too much time either injured or recovering from injuries, and while I mostly enjoyed it, I found that plot point became overdone pretty quickly.
I’m glad that I started the series with the second book, because I would have absolutely been heartbroken otherwise. This author broke the unspoken cardinal rule of not killing off their previous novels’ hero/heroine. In this novel, the hero of the series’ first book is killed, which I’m sure would break the hearts of many readers. Usually, when I’m reading a series and this happens, I stop reading immediately, but as I’d begun the series with this book, I didn’t. Killing off previous heroes/heroines is a cruel way for authors to pull emotions from readers, especially when there are plenty of other ways to elicit those feelings.
I also had an issue with Duncan and Meg's first intimate experience, where Meg kissed Duncan when he’s unconscious, and they had sex while he was delirious with a fever. It wasn’t just that the act seemed implausible (because he was both injured and weak), but that a woman would try to seduce a man that was out of his wits. He clearly wanted it throughout the beginning of the novel, and he was pleased with the fact afterward, but it still seemed a bit sketchy to me.
Despite my reservations, I really enjoyed A Highland Knight's Desire. I'm definitely going to read the other two books in the series.
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I want to wish all of my fellow Canadians a very Happy Thanksgiving!
This year, we had dinner both at my in-laws' place (yesterday), and at home (today). Ordinarily, we'd have three turkey dinners on Thanksgiving weekend, but this year my mom is out of town, so we invited my older brother over to our house.
The photo on the left is my dinner plate from my in-laws' place, and on the right is our dining table at home.
I hope you all have had a lovely weekend, are stuffed full of turkey and pumpkin pie, and are having a wonderful time with family and friends!
Award winning historical romance author, Acquisitions Manager for Pandamoon Publishing, wife, and stay-at-home mom of four. Chocoholic, nerd, & bath bomb enthusiast.