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A Knight and White Satin by Jackie Ivie

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Cover art: A Knight and White Satin Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Knight and White Satin - Related to her other Knight books, but stands alone
Author: Jackie Ivie
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN-13: 978-1420108842
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Medieval Romance with a touch of Fantasy
Year/Setting: 1541 Scotland
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Jackie's Website/Blog: www.jackieivie.com


When Dallis Caruth is captured by Payton Dunn-Fadden and taken as spoils, he takes her as his wife in a hurried ceremony with the bride trussed and gagged. When he goes to consummate their vows, a small dirk comes between them and injures him unawares. But the small bit of blood is enough to convince everyone that the marriage is now real and Dallis is taken to the Dunn-Fadden clan. When Payton is called back to be The Champion for the king, he must go and leave his home under the care of his new wife. Little does he know that she’s funding his competitors with the gold he sends to her and she’s allowing his keep to slowly go to ruin.

She has her reasons and believes she is doing right…until The Champion returns home and finds his wife and keep in shameful conditions. After sending a large bulk of his men to plead with the king for help rebuilding his keep, the place is attacked by the man who was originally betrothed to Dallis. Payton believes he has been sold out to her former beau and almost perishes in the fight. Dallis is captured and kept under lock and key until a daring rescue is made to get her out.

They have to get both Dallis and Payton safely to the King to settle matters and find out who shall end up with the castle. Dallis’ pregnancy slows their journey a bit, but Payton is delighted by the time he can spend with his wife. Once they reach the king, forces and politics and lies are at work to keep them apart forever. Will the king’s Champion be killed before all is decided? Will Dallis become a casualty in the war for land and castles?

This is a passionate and lively story. Both Dallis and Payton are headstrong and bull-headed enough to cut of their noses to spite their face. Yet, that bull-headedness creates quite the spark of desire when they allow the flames of passion to be fanned. While their fighting can be hot, the lovemaking is hotter. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of distrust between the two of them and it seems that everyone conspires to use that distrust to keep them apart.

When Payton is forced back to the ring, I feared for his life. I didn’t think he’d live long enough to see his child born. And with the cunning of those at court, it really looks grim that they will be together again.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and found it to be an engaging and fast read. I felt the ending dragged out a bit and it slowed about three-quarters of the way through. It did pick up for the ending and I was totally absorbed again. It was the slowing and stilted section that caused me to lower the overall rating to a 4.0. Still an excellent read with lots of excitement.

Robyn

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