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Posted April 17, 2012
Title: * Knight of Hearts
Author: Suzie Quint
Series: McKnight, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Date/Year: November, 2011
Reviewed by: ElaineReads
*This book was provided to me by the author for review.
Summary from the publisher:
They have a deal: Rachel will teach the newly divorced Mac to date again, and he'll accompany her to her brother's wedding. Seems like a straight forward trade, but when Mac decides the kisses he wants can only be found on Rachel's lips, he sabotages all her efforts to find him another woman.
Rachel's never met a man more inept at meeting women. If he's not sharing inappropriate information, he's hitting them with the worst come-on lines she's ever heard. The man can't even do a decent Texas Two-Step. If she didn't need a date to her brother's wedding so desperately . .
Let me begin by saying I loved this book. I did not realize when I began that it is the second in the series (A Knight in Cowboy Boots is the first), but that did not interfere with my enjoyment. Of course, I liked it so much that I immediately read the first book when I finished this one.
Rachel is a strong, take control woman and her personality sometimes puts people off. That includes members of her own family. They love her, but they don’t always seem to like her. She has never had a relationship of her own, which makes it especially funny that she has been chosen to help Mac find someone new.
Mac is having a difficult time entering the dating arena after his divorce. He was married for fifteen years and things have certainly changed. He makes a deal with Rachel to help him learn how to meet women again. In return, he will be her “date” to her brother’s wedding. She needs someone to divert her mother from trying to fix her up.
Mac is not the normal alpha hero. At first, I was not sure I liked him, but his determination to get on with his life was endearing. Rachel’s relationship problems came from her need to be in control. Even when she was interested in a man, she could not seem to let herself go enough to get close to anyone.
This need for control also interferes with Rachel’s developing relationship with Mac. They fall in love (not a spoiler, because really what else did you think was going to happen?), but she still cannot let herself go enough to enjoy a sexual relationship. To me, this is when the story really begins. Mac is determined not to lose Rachel and will do whatever it takes to make her feel the same about him.
Suzie Quint has definitely made it to my autobuy list. She has a short story (All’s Fair) about Sol, one of the other brothers, which only whet my appetite for a complete book. There are so many books to come. After all, Rachel is one of thirteen siblings and I want each one’s story.
The author’s website does not indicate when a new book will be published, but I will definitely keep checking. I don’t even care which sibling is involved as long as I get another story about this family.
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Posted May 20, 2013
Reviewed by: Patti
Book provided by: Author
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Suzie Quint does not disappoint, I loved this book! It is going on my keeper shelf. I was disappointed when it was over; and I am disappointed that next one in the series is not yet available. I wanted to read this book because after reading the first book in the McKnight Romance series, A Knight in Cowboy Boots, I needed to know what happened next. I loved the first one and this one was equally enjoyable. Suzie Quint combines great characters, situations, love, humor and family.
Mac MacAllister had me sucked in from the very first page. He was a really sweet guy with a big heart, great sense of humor and just a little pinch of smartass. There was definitely attraction between the two main characters but also some hurdles to overcome. He seemed like a man who deserved a happily ever after since he seemed to have been without love for quite some time. I liked how he joked around a lot but when it was needed he could be strong.
Rachel McKnight was the kind of woman I love; she was strong, responsible, caring and selfless. She had a talent for figuring out what people needed and made sure they got it. She used her tough shell to hide the pain she carried with her all the time. Teaching a man how to flirt required getting intimate but she had issues with getting close to men so that caused this deal they had to get quite interesting. Rachel also had not had love in her life for a very long time.
These were two people who were very good at hiding how lonely they were, so it took quite a bit of doing for those walls to come tumbling down. It was actually entertaining but also a little sad watching Rachel try to balance what she felt her family expected of her with what she thought she needed to do for Mac and what she wanted for herself. I really enjoyed the entire storyline. I liked how the characters each had a few different things going on. They each had family issues, friends, work and then their personal relationship with each other. Knight of Hearts was a very well rounded story and each character could be seen from a few various perspectives. That made the whole experience more enjoyable for me. There was humor and tension and also some interaction from the other characters in this series. I can’t wait to see who’s story is coming what is going to happen next.
I would definitely recommend that if you like to read about loving families and hot cowboys you grab this series. I don’t know if they are written as stand-alone stories but I always prefer to read series in order.
Posted January 14, 2013