Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: The Knight by Kate Sherwood

The Knight (Against the Odds #2) by Kate Sherwood
Dreamspinner Press
Novel: 216pgs
4 Pants Off

Things were confusing enough before the revolution, when Adam Challoner was a rich idealist and Remy Stone a jaded prostitute. After months of fighting, Adam has risen to become the leader of the continent. Now he’s responsible for feeding his people and holding the country together.

But without a fight, without a purpose, Remy scrambles to find his place in the freedom of the postrevolution world. When his quest takes him away from the capitol, Adam can’t object. Remy was a slave before the revolution—Adam won’t deny him his freedom now.

Then an attempt on Adam’s life brings Remy back to his side. In his new role as bodyguard, Remy keeps his distance, but neither he nor Adam can ignore the connection between them. For them to be together, Remy needs to free himself from the damage inflicted by his past, and Adam has to fight through the restrictions of his present. But as the political situation deteriorates, Adam and Remy once again find themselves fighting for their lives—and for each other.

The Knight picks up right after The Pawn with Adam being in power after finally releasing the poor from persecution from that of the rich. Adam had to give up all his riches along with that of his council to be on equal footing with the people he's trying to save. At his side is one time prostitute and his lover Remy (I use the word "lover" loosely) who was significant in starting the revolution and gathering the dirty info. Both men have a lot to lose if they fail, because they pissed off powerful people, and with a revolution sometimes unrest follows. And one wrong move is all it would take to lose everything.

Adam never wanted to be in power, but he was neutral territory and they think him the right man for the job. Perhaps, but his mind seems to be preoccupied with all that is Remy his very jaded lover (so jaded he's Jade). With uprising within the colonies, someone is trying to assassinate him, the arrival of his family, Adam more than has his hands full. Yet he can't help feeling like he's losing the one thing that matters most to him, while struggling to be the bigger man he keeps making mistakes while he watches the country he loves hang by a thread.

Remy is...Remy is a sad character and almost robotic at times but his personality is reflection of the life he's led. Yet, he's a strong well thought out character with no quick changes to make the story more sexy/erotic. He's a growing character realizing all his strengths and the story development integrates all of that.

The story is pretty much political intrigue, mixed with a mystery, and following the development of a once somewhat broken character. It also brought the tears with the death of a character that I had come to like very much, and I was heartbroken there for a bit. If you're coming into this series looking for a pretty romance with sexy good times, then this story won't be for you. Its character and very plot driven that comes with a side of HEA and a somewhat bow tied resolution to Remy's sexual hang ups but that's another long story.

Should You Read It? If you're a fan of Kate Sherwood then yes this would be a good fit. I am a huge fan of Kate, and this series was very different from what I've read before. The talent here is well thought out characters (sometimes stubborn annoying characters) with nice world building.

4 Pants Off
Review: Book #1 The Pawn

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