Title: Knight of Love
Genre: Historical Romance/Erotic
Author: Catherine LaRoche
Publisher: Pocket Star, June 9, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5++
Description from Amazon.com:
In this saucy romance, an English lady turns the damsel-in-distress tale on its head as she escapes her malicious fiancé and fights for both her life and that of the lustful rebel that has become her protector. Lady Lenora Trevelyan, a naïve yet stubborn young lady born to the highest noble houses of England and Germany, finds herself betrothed to the brutal Prince Kurt von Rotenburg-Gruselstadt. But after she is cruelly bruised and flogged by her fiancé, she decides to take the reins of her fate. In the midst of a German revolution, Lenora escapes Kurt’s iron fist and embarks home to England. She quickly finds herself in the hands of a rebel group and their robust, gentle, and handsome leader, Wolfram von Wolfsbach und Ravensworth, the English Earl of Ravensworth. Lenora struggles to deny the passion she feels towards the frustratingly chivalrous Earl but her desire for him continues to bloom. Wolfram hungers nothing other than to fight for democracy and civil rights in uniting Germany and to protect what he assumes is his damsel in distress. Through nights of immeasurable pleasure, Lenora and Wolfram learn that their passion is no match for the revolutionary chaos that ensues. And when Lenora discovers that her protector’s life is threatened, she must risk everything to save her Knight of Love.
Ms LaRoche has written a good story. She can write action, and dialog equally well. Her characterizations are spot-on. Lenora is an admirable heroine, fighting for her life amidst the horrors of war and evil. Wolfram is a slightly misguided hero, making some poor choices in the name of chivalry and love. The Prince is the personification of sadistic Evil.
In spite of my misgivings, I can recommend this book, but only to those who have no problem with a plot that is filled with graphic violence, sexual assault and marital rape. This is not one of the throw-back novels to the 80’s where these themes were prevalent and routine, this is a new novel debuting in 2014. Do I have a prejudice against this type of novel? Yes, I make no apologies, this is how I roll. I sincerely hope that this is not indicative of the direction that Historical Romance is heading.