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Knight Everlasting by Jackie Ivie


Cover art: Knight Everlasting Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Knight Everlasting
Author: Jackie Ivie
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN-13: 978-1-42010-8859
Release Date: October 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Scotland, 1287
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Jackie's Website/Blog: www.jackieivie.com

Juliana’s world is turned upside down—literally—when Aidan MacKetryck scoops her up onto his horse and rides away with her. She finds out later that the Saxons were killing everyone in the village. She is the only survivor. Now she doesn’t know what to do. She must hide her true identity from this Highlander. Aidan has always been rash and reckless, so grabbing a woman as he flees his death is really just par for the course for him. He just thought there would be a little gratitude from this woman. If he’s looking for a thank you, he’d better keep looking. The high-spirited Juliana doesn’t feel to grateful and continues to try to escape.

What was supposed to be a simple raid for Aidan and his clan has turned into a bloodbath where only two of his men escaped with their lives. Defeated and weary, Aidan must take the woman he saved and get back to his clan. Aidan is hiding a few secrets of his own. He is chief of his clan and trying to avoid his home and his uncle. He lets Juliana know he is laird, but doesn’t give her any idea of the scope of his responsibilities.

This deceiving of each other continues across Scotland as they head back into the Highlands. This travel so close together only magnifies the raw sensuality that is sparking between Juliana and Aidan. While Aidan is determined to leave her virtue intact, it begins to be Juliana who is her own worst enemy. She is longing for something she can’t identify and name.

This desire they have for each other is the thing that keeps them together. It might also be the thing that drags them apart. Everyone knows that marriage between a Highland Laird and an English woman is doomed from the start. She will never be accepted amongst his people.

But sometimes the heart doesn’t want to hear about reality. The heart desires whatever—and whomever—it does.

Aidan got to me from the first page. He is so loving and caring and has a heart of gold underneath his gruff and cold exterior. Unfortunately, he doesn’t believe he has any control over his destiny. The seer prophesied over him at birth and he believes in her words, potions and amulets. He doesn’t believe he can overcome or conquer what has been prophesied over him. And without his amulets, he is incapacitated.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story because I want you to have the same surprises that I had when I read the story. Juliana is such a sweet person, but I didn’t totally trust her at first. I knew she was hiding something about herself, but I couldn’t figure out what. As I glimpsed more and more of her strength of character and her determination to be a survivor, I came to love her. She is the kind of person that I would have as a friend.

It’s the unique way the love blossoms between them that captured my heart. I love the way Jackie Ivie brought this story to the conclusion. I have a hard time putting into words the way she captivated me with each chapter. I was spellbound and couldn’t put it down. I loved this story from the first page to the last and I can’t wait to read another Jackie Ivie book.


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