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The British Knight
There’s absolutely nothing not to love about Louise Bay’s The British Knight. It’s wickedly sexy, heartwarming and highly entertaining with charming characters and an interesting peek into the British legal system, and I couldn’t put it down.
American Violet King lives in the moment and isn’t a fan of long term commitments – and she’s seized the opportunity to take a three-month sojourn to live and work in London. Her friend helps arrange employment, and on the way to her interview, she bumps into a gorgeous Brit on the London Underground. Although their encounter is brief, it’s intense and feels like kismet.
She soon discovers that her fairy-tale encounter was with the man who could be her boss, Alexander (Alex) Knightly, who is a young, standout barrister, and this is where some of the magic ends. Alex doesn’t want Violet – or anyone – to assist him. He is a gruff workaholic and control freak, and he insists on doing everything himself. But Alex doesn’t get to make that decision – is head clerk does – and Violet is hired. Now, Alex has an unwanted assistant, and worse, one he is extremely attracted to. The office – or in this case chambers – dynamics are about to get complicated.
Alex is not an easy man to work for. He’s surly and terrifies the administrative staff, and he’s been able to stonewall every previous attempt to help him. But Violet is sassy, fierce and brilliant, and she’s not intimidated. She figures out a way to work around Alex to do her job and support his work, and he’s (secretly) very impressed. He growls at her every chance he gets, but they establish a working routine.
They attempt to ignore the sexual tension that has been escalating since their first run-in on the Tube, but the air zings with the electricity they generate whenever they are in proximit. They circle each other and exchange sarcastic quips, and it’s a mesmerizing seduction. Their attraction becomes uncontrollable, and they ignite and share a fan-yourself-worthy office interlude, which Alex quickly swears will be a one off.
Of course, he can’t stay away from Violet! These two were meant to be together, and they quickly establish a strong physical connection. Their emotional intimacy is slower to develop, because both have wounds from previous relationships and reservations about love. Also, Violet’s stay in London is temporary and this is always in the back of their minds. They guard their hearts but trust creeps in, and they lower their defenses, which allows them to consider if this thing brewing between them could be so much more than a fling.
Alex and Violet are wonderful together. They complement each other perfectly and are incredibly well-matched. They’re both intelligent, honest and likeable, and their relationship issues are understandable and relatable. I adore a grumpy, loveable, sexy hero, and Alex is one of my favorites; he’s simply irresistible and unforgettable. The pacing of their relationship is perfect, and there is never a dull moment in this engaging read.
I especially love The British Knight’s setting of the barristers’ chambers at Lincoln’s Inn and the insight into the legal system. It provides such an interesting backdrop and makes the story truly unique. It’s a world I’d probably never experience otherwise, and I can now proudly say that I know the difference between a solicitor and a barrister.
Everything about Louise Bay’s The British Knight is delightful and shouldn’t be missed.
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