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Posted November 28, 2012
Another amazing story by Stephanie Rowe!! No Knight Needed is a very touching heart felt story about two people who believe their lives are where they are suppose to be, that is, until they meet each other. There were many heart-wrenching moments that I literally wanted to reach in and give the character a hug and tell them it would be okay. Then there were just as many moments that had me smiling or laughing out loud. Simply put, Stephanie has done an amazing job with making this story so realistic that you feel you are witnessing every single one of the characters' moments in real life. An absolute must read!!!
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Posted November 29, 2012
No Knight Needed By Stephanie Rowe
What’s not to love about a good old fashion fairy tale? How about a wonderful, new contemporary fairy tale. That is what Ms. Stephanie Rowe delivers in No Knight Needed, book one of her newest series, Ever After.
Our Knight in this story comes to us as Big City business mogul Griffin Friese and the damsel in distress is, Clare Gray, Small town lawyer and single mom. The story opens with Griffin rescuing Clair’s daughter from a mountain top, one stormy night. The tension starts from the moment Clair and Griffin lay eyes on each other. Griffen has come to the small town of Birch Wood in search of his estranged daughter, who he is hoping to win over and take back to Boston. Clare became a widow and mom when she was 18, always trying to tough and self-determining. Her only goal is to provide for her daughter.
The characters were so real and believable. I was so drawn into this story, I felt like I was reading about old friends. This book was packed full of emotions, everything from Laughing, to crying your eyes out, because your heart is breaking for your friend, to shaking your head thinking WTH. There were even times I wanted to shout at Griffen and pop him up side his head. Or just reach into the page and give a huge hug, saying everything will be ok.
All in All, this is an amazing story about two strong, independent people, making their own way through life. Can they overcome their past personal experiences, to learn to trust again, learn to love?
If you enjoy a good old fashion love story, this book is for you.
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Posted September 4, 2013
No Knight Needed by Stephanie Rowe
Griffin Friese is a high-powered businessman from Boston. He's in Birch Crossing only for a few days. His goal is to convince his daughter Brooke to return to Boston with him but she and his ex-wife have formed a new family and it won't be an easy task.
Clare Gray is a struggling single parent. She's a lawyer with a passion for making cupcakes.
No Knight Needed starts out on a dark stormy night on a dangerous mountainside. But to me, this book was more small town and values and finding your life's purpose.
Get your Kleenex ready. I cried through the last 20 pages at least. Not sad (only a little bit) but very highly emotional as everyone comes to terms with what they want, who they are, who they love and how to resolve the conflicts for the HEA.
Strong characters with very deep beliefs and ideas.
I received a copy of this book from the author.
Posted August 24, 2013
If you are looking for a romance that will grip your heart and hold it tight through the entire book, this is the one you're looking for! Stephanie Rowe has an amazing talent for hooking, drawing a reader in, and holding them tight until the very end.
Griffin and Claire are two lost souls both in need of hope and love. Both are in need of each other. Their story begins with:
Griffin comes to town with one, and only one, goal in mind, getting his daughter Brooke back no matter what. He doesn't have time to fall in love so when he runs across Claire in desperate need to rescue her daughter while on his way into town, he doesn't know what to think. Claire makes him feel again and all he wants to do is be her hero even though he doesn't understand where these feelings are coming from.
Claire is so desperate to save her daughter that she doesn't know how to react when a stranger pulls up and helps her out. She's so used to doing everything on her own that it's a relief to not have to save her daughter on her own. Gratefully she accepts his help, not realizing how dead inside she'd become. She's spent fifteen years only living for her daughter so when Griffin comes along, helping her rescue her daughter, and stirs up feelings in her that she's never felt before, she doesn't know what to do.
After saving Claire's daughter and several other teens, Griffin and Claire are thrown back together in ways that they'd never expected and come to rely on each other more than either one ever wanted.
This is a story that tugs on your heart-strings and makes you want to know what happens next. Don't pass this one up!
Posted August 19, 2013
Stephanie Rowe is amazing!!!
I won't go into detail about this story as I don't believe in posting "SPOILERS".
I have been fortunate enough to have Stephanie take me on as a beta reader, and therefore have read this book prior to release.
A little background about me, I'm a HUGE paranormal romance fan. So when Stephanie asked if I would be interested in a contemporary romance I was a little skepical. Not anymore. This book is what I would imagine all true romantics will consume in one sitting!
The characters are real and believable, the setting is wonderful and the storyline has everything from drama to humour and even tragedy.
The warmth, depth and compassion in this story leaves the reader wanting more from this exceptional author.
No matter what your preferred genre, definitely put this on your MUST read list. You will not be disappointed.
Posted February 12, 2013
I hate Stephanie Rowe right now! Why? When I got her book No Knight Needed I was in the middle of another book. I finished that book and was totally exhausted after not sleeping for a couple of days. I started reading a couple of paragraphs to see what the book seemed like, thinking I would actually start the book the next day. Uh-uh! It grips you immediately! Within a couple of lines you are invested! The characters are part of your family. You feel everything right along with them. I was on an emotional roller coaster! Adrenaline, laughter, tears...very few authors have brought me to tears! I don't like to cry. At least I know what is in store for me with the next book! LOL If I had had it when I finished I would have started that one right away as well! Can't wait to get it! 5 StarsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2013
No Knight Needed - Book 1 in her Ever After Series
by Stephanie Rowe
This is an amazing story of a woman who has been widowed for 15 years.
Clare Gray has been comfortable in her life since her husband died when her daughter was just a infant. Until fate intervened. In the name of Griffin Friese'. Griffin was the Slipper King and had his own daemons he was chasing. While Clare was making ends meat by being an Estate Lawyer who make cupcakes in her spare time to relax.
Griffin helped Clare rescue her daughter and a few of her friends who went out camping. When a storm hit. Trees were down, water raising, and phone service was not the best. All Clare could see was her daughter dying like her husband did. She did not have time to be attracted to a complete stranger.
Griffin was in town attempting to make contact with his teenage daughter whom he thought his ex-wife poised against him. Griffin is a hard working CEO and businessman who wanted his daughter back with him.
You will love how Stephanie brought these two people together. And the town folks that help. You will laugh and you will cry. If you love Stephanie Rowe you will enjoy this new series of hers.
Posted January 24, 2013
Great book and quick read with touching characters who are very relatable. Definitely recommend this title and author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2013
Clare is a single mom who has lived with a secret for years that has haunted her to the point of never wanting another relationship.
Griffin is in fear and pain of not being with his daughter.
Can these two find away to heal each other pain in the small miraculous community of Birch Crossing.Where outsiders rarely fit in and the general store is the center of everyone's life.
Both are work alcoholics who want their families happy and together.
This is a excellent modern happily ever story. Bravo Stephanie Rowe!
Posted January 17, 2013
All I can say is wow . I loved this book it made me laugh,cry, and want to smack Griffin and sometimes Clare in the head hahaha. I love how the book caught me in the very beginning . I thought the people in the story were very real it made me feel as though I was right there . This book is really one you don't want to pass up . There are some great people here and I believe if you read the story you will love it and them as much as I did .I have been in a reading funk for a while now jumping from book to book just to see if I can find a book to keep my attention and I can say Thank you Stephanie Rowe. I was given this book to read as a gift and I totally loved itWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2013
I am a big fan of Stephanie Rowe’s “Order of the Blade” series but had not yet read any of her contemporary romances until now.
I now think that she is a writing goddess! This story had me laughing and crying and shouting for joy. My heart was on an emotional rollercoaster all through the book and I could almost see Stephanie rubbing her hands together with a big grin on her face that says “Yeah! Got another one!”
She knows how to suck you right into the world and keep you there and there is no hope (or want) of escape. I had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep, but, sleep didn’t keep me from her story because I dreamt about Griffin (sorry Clair, in my dreams he was all mine and you were nowhere to be found).
If you want an ordinary romance then don’t bother with this book. It isn’t for the faint of heart. The romance is steamy and is swoon worthy.
Posted December 2, 2012
No Knight Needed is contemporary romance at its best.
Visualise that checklist; you know the imaginary one that we all have whilst reading. The one that you’re metaphorically ticking off to see if it meets your literary standards! The one that, by the end of the novel, you mull over to see whether or not the book that you’ve spent the last few hours, days, or even weeks reading, has been worth your while. Of course you know the list that I’m refering to. Well, throw the list away. You will not need it with No Knight Needed; it does everything it says on the tin and more!
Okay, enough of the clichés, but surely you get the idea!
Immediately, Stephanie Rowe throws her readers into the thick of drama. We are greeted with fairly complex, yet deeply human and therefore ‘normal’ characters. Both of the characters, who are quickly established as the two protagonists, Griffin and Clare, clearly are individuals with ‘history’, and what we’re interested in, considering the genre, is the romantic history and baggage attached to both of them.
Both Griffin and Clare are extremely likeable individuals (you’ll soon be cheering for them and be swooning over Griffin) with deeply embedded morals, values, ambitions and even flaws. It is the development of these characters, the level of depth and detail that is used to tease out their characteristics, that makes this book so very enjoyable and powerful to read. Yes, this is a contemporary romance, but there’s a hell of a lot going on in this novel, by no means is it all fun, laughter and kisses, even though there’s plenty of that too!
The path that both Griffin and Clare find themselves on is unexpected for them both. In many ways, their lives are turned upside down, which inevitably creates amazing tension in the novel. We never fully know how things are going to turn out. I think this is a testament to Stephanie Rowe’s skill and talent, one that deserves applause; her ability to keep the reader second, third and even fourth guessing was pretty phenomenal. I was amazed by her adeptness to successfully fool me, yes frustrated too, but a little in awe of her ability to craft and shape her novel so very successfully.
Stephanie Rowe very effectively paints a realistic world for Griffin and Clare: a world where emotions, desires and ambitions are carefully considered and crafted; they drive the characters along in their journeys. There was not a moment that I wasn’t completely engrossed in the novel, the story, the characters. I very audibly cheered for them and did not shed just one tear, nope, rather bucket fulls. My heart at times broke for them. The narrative and dialogue surrounding these ‘tender’ moments in particular were so beautifully crafted, poetic even; it was this that had me blubbering. And of course on the flip side of the heart-wrenching events, was the amazing, witty humour.
There are numerous, superbly developed and highly likeable secondary characters in this novel, who really helped to raise the humour to the next level. Yes, there were a few quiet giggles, then the huge stomach hugging laughter, one unfortunately, at the most inopportune time, was when I was sipping my tea!
If it’s not obvious by now, then just to be clear, I love this book! I would most definitely and happily reread and give is a hot and romantic 5 fairies.
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