Review: Knight & Day (The Knight Trilogy #3) by Kitty French

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Title: Knight & Day
Author:  Kitty French
Publisher/Year:  Kitty French 12/12/13
Length:  200+ Pages
Series: Knight #3

Overview

Kara Brookes hates liars.

Dylan Day hasn’t told the truth from the moment his plane touched down in Ibiza.

It’s a recipe for disaster.

Romantic, emotional and intensely erotic, Knight & Day is the thrilling final installment of the USA Today bestselling Knight Series from Kitty French.

Lucien and Sophie are back, and have set up camp on the sun-drenched isle of Ibiza for the opening of the latest of Lucien’s strictly adult clubs.
They’re joined for the summer by Sophie’s best friend Kara, and Dylan Day, Lucien’s newly appointed club manager.
The laid back, smokin’ hot surf guy from California seems almost too good to be true… but there’s no smoke without fire.

It’s going to be a long hot summer of love, lust, lies and wedding bells. But who will get their happy ever after?

 My Thoughts

Given the ending and epilogue of book 2, i was a bit saddended since i though that our journey with Sophie and Lucien as main characters was over, but luckily that’s not what we really got.  While this final book in the series focused on Dylan and Kara, we were certainly not let down with the continuation of where Sophie and Lucien’s life went.

This story picks up a few years into the future, after Sophie and Lucien’s relationship has been cemented – in the sense that they are happy with their daughter Tilly, and secure in what the other means to them.  We know that Lucien still has no need for marriage and Sophie seems ok with that .

We are taken from London to Ibiza where Lucien is opening his next Gateway club and Sohpie and her bestie Kara are opening their next boutique location.  It’s nice to see that the girls are becoming established in their own way, and that Sophie isn’t reliant on Lucien for her success and to feel like she has value.  Kara also has found her niche – and she’s got purpose now that her life has been turned upside down a bit.  She has just been jilted and left at the altar by her fiance so this move to Ibiza is exactly what she needs.

At the same time of the trio’s arrival to the island, Dylan also finds his way to Ibiza.  His reason for being there is completely different – he’s trying to escape from something back home and doens’t want to be found.  This is a constant throughout the book – which is nice since you don’t really know what he’s running and hiding from, just that he is.  He creates a new identity for himself as Dylan Day and tries to find a place for himself.  It’s a chance encounter with Lucien, he goes to the club looking for the previous owner, and by some chance of luck, Lucien trusts his gut about Dylan and gives him a chance by allowing him to work for him.

It’s the same time that Kara and Dylan’s paths cross as well, forever changing them too.  Dylan is exactly what Kara needs, in the sense that she’s not necessarily looking for a relationship, but she’s looking for someone to keep her company, and Dylan does that – very well.  They embark on a really active and steamy relationship that reminds us of what Sophie and Lucien have, even though their relationship isn’t as new.  There’s nothing missing there – certainly not a dull and boring couple.

What i appreciate about this story is that there were surprises tied to Dylan’s past that keep coming up and you continue to wonder what’s going to happen next. There’s a bit of under-world ness in the sense that his oldest brother died, and it’s never clear exactly what happens there…just that it’s affected Dylan very much.  We also meet Dylan’s younger brother Justin through some questionable means, and that makes things even more complicated.  Where Justin takes Dylan at the end of the story is both unexpected and interesting.

The nice thing about this story as well is that we do get the roller coaster of lies and love and passion that I’ve come to expect in books of this genre, and i feel like where book 2 kind of let me down, book 3 has picked me back up.  We get heat and passion which is very nicely done, maybe a little tame at times given that Kara and Sophie own a sex shop and Lucien owns a sex club, but i suppose all sceneing doesn’t have to be that hot all the time right?  We also get a complicated relationship that is based on lies, while trying to build trust all the same.

The other nice thing is that while all this is going on with Kara and Dylan, there’s another story going on for Sophie and Lucien, and it’s a really nice conclusion to where they have been and what’s ahead in the future.  it made me all weepy to be honest, and that’s a nice thing since i’m one for happier endings. Enjoy!

Review: Knight & Stay (Knight #2) by Kitty French

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Title: Knight & Stay
Author:  Kitty French
Publisher/Year:  Kitty French 5/7/13
Length:  200+ Pages
Series: Knight #2

Overview

Knight and Stay is the much anticipated sequel to the erotic best-seller Knight & Play.

Sophie Black has turned her back on both her cheating husband and her sexy, enigmatic boss Lucien Knight.

When she hits rock bottom, she finds herself drawn back into Lucien’s high stakes world of intensely erotic encounters.

Who will she chose when her husband returns with his tail between his legs?

My Thoughts

It was a nice ending to the first book when not only was Sophie forced to address her husband’s indiscretions, but Lucien decided that he wasn’t going to let her do it on her own.  Fists fly, and then, well, Sophie is ultimately left to herself.  She came to the realization that while Dan wasn’t for her since he cheated, that what she had with Lucien also wasn’t real, so she couldn’t have both.  and that made matters even worse given that it meant that she was out of a job since she couldnt’ go back to how things were as his PA.

So the story kind of fast forwards just a little bit so that a few weeks have passed, where Sohpie really hasn’t started to pick up the pieces much, she’s still living in her shell, not even leaving home, even at the urging of her best friend Kara.  It’s only when Kara strongly urges Sophie to take a shower and rejoin the living that things start to turn around.  Because she’s desperate, Sophie goes back to her old job and is miserable.  It’s when literally just within the first few hours that her boss tries to grope her again that she decides that she needs to get out.  So she does, and the only other option that she has is to go back to Knight Inc.  so she does.

Imagine Lucien’s surprise when she walks back into his office, and we know that Sophie’s able to surprise Lucien since she never does what he expects.  This is a happy turn of events because he’s slowly beginning to realize that he doesn’t want her out of his life, he just doesn’t know what he wants her in his life as.

From here on out, the story really takes a different controlling nature than we’ve seen before.  Sophie tries to lay the ground rules, Lucien tries to abide, but they are both too strong willed for their own good to really listen to what they are saying v. what their bodies want.  To give him credit, Lucien really does a great job at keeping himself at a distance…and i guess it’s for good reason.

Where this story takes us is from London to Paris and back, and brings back characters to complicate things even more so.  Lucien’s father plays a larger role in this 2nd installment, and we get to learn more about why Lucien is as is he.  Dan of course comes back, and we knew that he would based on his little snippets in book 1 while he was on holiday with Maria.  I’m surprised that it took this long, but he definitely tries to stir the pot.

I think that overall it was pretty decent, there were a few flaws that bug me.  We don’t quite get the depth of Lucien’s back story which would have been nice.  I’m always a sucker for these powerful alpha males who have a dark past, and we really only get to the gray bits of the darkness with him.  The other piece that frustrated me a bit is that the ending came up VERY quickly on us.  when i got to the final chapter and saw that it said ‘Epilogue’ i was a bit shocked since i feel like the ending was a bit rushed to get to the point in time that Kitty French wanted us to be at.  I’m hoping that when i start reading Knight & Day that i’ll get a bit more out of this story.  while i don’t think that the focus is on Lucien and Sophie as much, i’m hoping that we’ll get more of their story none the less. Oh well, average, or slightly above average, but i’ll chalk it up to being a book 2 in a series.

Review: Knight & Play (Knight #1) by Kitty French

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Title: Knight & Play
Author:  Kitty French
Publisher/Year:  Kitty French 2/22/13
Length:  200+ Pages
Series: Knight #1

Overview

There’s only one thing in life Lucien Knight really hates, and that’s husbands who cheat on their wives.
There’s only one problem in Sophie Black’s life. Her cheating husband…
From the moment Lucien & Sophie meet, the seal is set.

Romantic, emotional & intensely erotic, Knight and Play is the perfect read for lovers of international bestsellers Fifty Shades & Bared To You.

Let yourself be swept away by Part One of the Knight series from Kitty French, a romance so hot it’ll burn your fingers…

CEO of Knight Inc. Lucien Knight is catch-your-breath gorgeous and damaged by his troubled past in Norway. All grown up and relocated to London, he’s built his empire of adult clubs from the ground up to become the gorgeous patron saint of the sex industry. No one knows the dark childhood secrets that have given Lucien a backbone of steel and a heart encased in ice.

No one until Sophie Black, that is…

From the moment girl-next-door Sophie accepts the job as Lucien Knight’s PA, she understands how Alice must have felt when she tumbled down the rabbit hole.
Lucien takes her safe, vanilla life away and plunges her head first into a huge dish of fantasy flavours. Rich, spicy chocolate covered with dark, oozingly lickable sauce? Check. Tutti-frutti with indecently red, glistening cherries on the top? Yes please.

Lucien strips away all of Sophie’s inhibitions, and when he instructs her to select three new toys, she soon realises he has more than a game of Monopoly on his mind…

He’s opened the door to a whole new pleasure packed world without limits, and Sophie is utterly intoxicated. But how far is she willing to go? And what happens when she has to step back into reality again?

Lucien & Sophie’s is a story of star crossed love and forbidden passion, a sexual odyssey that spans the globe and changes both of their lives forever.
Let it change yours, too.

My Thoughts

I’m a sucker for a story that has a powerful man leading the charge, which we have with Lucien, and a women who’s clearly powerful, but doesn’t quite know it yet.  which is what we get with Sophie.

This is a ‘coming of age’ in a sense, where Sophie is trying to learn about herself, based on what’s missing in her relationship with Dan, her husband, but we get a story that’s so much more complex.  She’s in a job that she isn’t thrilled with – it’s dull, and she’s being groped by her boss at every chance he gets.  It’s because of this that she answers an ad for a PA role in Knight Inc – definitely stepping out of her comfort zone, all in the mindset of adventure and doing something for herself.

Convincing Lucien to hire her was the first way that Sophie showed that she’s got some balls, and trying her best to make the job work is the 2nd.  While she’s there, she actually comes to terms with the fact that her sexless marriage isn’t because of her, it’s because her husband has been having an affair with her, and therefore she feels like she’s justified to explore more about herself.  Can’t blame a girl – can you?

Just on a personal note here, i like that the way this is written is that it’s not entirely like Sophie didn’t know that her husband was stepping out, she 1) didn’t want to believe it or admit it to herself but 2) she kind of did know, based on his travel patters for work and how he’s been towards her, so it’s more of an ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it’ mentality than being in denial.

Where this story takes us from there is quite interesting actually.  Lucien, as we know is emotionally closed off in the sense of never having loved and not willing to love…and we know that it’s because of his background which he doesn’t really share.  We know that his father cheated on his mother and that drove to her to her death, and cause the big riff in Lucien’s family.  With the entrance of Sophie into his life, things are turned upside down, and he’s forced to look at things a bit differently.  He has this huge feeling of protectiveness over her that’s not typical to how he has felt about any of his past conquests, and that’s something that he’s afraid to take pause at.

With Sophie’s bit, we see a woman who’s struggling with her self worth, coming into her own personally and professionally, and kind of fearful about where her journey with Lucien since she’s beginning to feel like it could be more.

From UK to Norway, and tons of places in between, we’re taken on an educational journey.  Not just about the passions that happen between these 2 which are certainly growing throughout the book, but of Lucien’s business of toys, since there are a few even that i’m not familiar with.  The story itself is well written, really making me pleased given that it’s based in the UK, with British characters and i have come to expect several things from this type of writing.  Verbiage that is overly british and references that are of the same nature.  SO not the case here, so i really enjoyed the smooth read.  Regardless of that, you really just want to hope for the best here, hope that there’s relationship development on more than just a physical level, but emotional too.  i think that we’ll get there.

Where the story took us towards the end, while very expected, didn’t necessarily tick off all the boxes that i had in my mind.  We knew that certain things would come to a head with sohpie/Dan and as a result, Sophie/Lucien, but i’m not sure that i was fully expecting it to happen as it did.  The good thing though is that i have book already so i don’t have to wait much longer to find where the story goes.  I’m already a few chapters into Knight & Stay and we’ll just have to see what happens next.  i’m sure we won’t be disappointed.