Ok, ok, I confess, I knew this was going to be a great read before opening the book. Christi Caldwell has become one of my go to authors when I want a book I know I'm going to enjoy. In Need Of A Knight didn't disappoint. This is a fairly short book, perfect for historical romance fans with limited time for reading. Ms Caldwell has delivered a well-written book. Her characters are second to none, totally my favorite part of any book by Ms Caldwell. Aldora and Michael's story is loaded with drama, humor and spice and is a fun book to read. I enjoyed In Need Of A Knight and look forward to reading more from Christi Caldwell in the future. In Need Of A Knight is the prequel novella to The Heart of a Scandal Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from BookFunnel.
"He cupped my jaw and ran his thumb over my cheekbone and said, "I can't stop thinking about you, and all I want to do is be with you. Even if it's like walking through a minefield."
Ever since Heidi Cullinan's "Carry the Ocean", I have a soft spot for MCs on the autistic spectrum. So not only did the POV switch from Daniel to Elijah totally take me by surprise, but I was ECSTATIC when I started the first chapter.
And whereas I already liked Elijah in the first book, I absolutely LOVED him in this one.
The way he accepted being gay just like that, how he handled it and how he dealt with life in general and his feelings towards Daniel - everything about him just felt so real and was so touching and fascinating that I didn't want this book to end.
And though the blossoming relationship between Elijah and Daniel is still in its early stage, their chemistry was undeniably palpable, both in and out of the bedroom.
From the author's note:
"It was important for me to really do justice to Elijah and ensure he wasn’t a parody. It was also crucial to make sure he had an actual personality and wasn’t merely a bundle of textbook traits. I think things like his doggedness, his unflinching and methodical observances and his high opinion of his own intellect give him some nice abrasive texture. If all we saw of him were his challenges and sufferings, he’d be a wimpy and unlikeable character. I also wanted to make sure he had lots of room to grow."
I'd say mission accomplished, Ms. Price!
"I like you, and I think you like me."
What a great kick-off for a trilogy. Though there were too many technical details and too little romance and steam for my taste (there was just a tiny little hand job at the end, blink and you'll miss it), I can't help but admire Jordan Castillo Price's compelling and fantastic writing and how she constantly delivers well-developed and believable characters, refreshing new concepts and ideas and an imaginative world-building.
I can't wait to see what happens next.
PS: I just LOVED the character of goofy, but loyal Larry. Everyone should have a friend like Larry.
Book: Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart
Author: Janelle McCulloch
Summary: Paris is an inspiring tour through the city’s most charming streets, revealing best-kept secrets and hidden gems at every turn: ateliers overflowing with fabric and notions, lush courtyards, charming cafes, vibrant markets and elegant boutiques. Packed with lavish color photographs that capture the true spirit of the city, this book is a treasure trove for those who love style, design, fashion, food and - of course - Paris! - Chronicle Books, 2011