One Hot Knight by Christy Gissendaner
Yves Sucat was a Crusader trapped in a canine body…until a beautiful twenty-first century dog groomer offered the missing link to break his spell. But Regina Patterson was no fluffy-headed female who would instantly melt at Yves' silvery seduction. The more time he spent with the tender-hearted blonde, the less he was able to keep his paws—hands!—off of her.
Regina was much more comfortable with dogs than men, and the stunningly handsome – stunningly male – knight who now shared her apartment was no exception. She'd hoped to find a man as loyal as the pooches she pampered day after day, but would Yves's broken curse end with her own broken heart?
About the Author
Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand. She lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons and is always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!
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One Hot Knight
By Christy Gissendaner, Shannon Godwin, Theresa Cole
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Christy Gissendaner
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Life was a bitch.
Nine hundred years after an evil witch turned him, Yves remained stuck in a dog's body. He shook himself, fur flinging in all directions, and sat. Under the shade of the old oak in the park was his favorite spot to hang out. It was as far away from the playground as he could get. He'd liked children when he was in his human form, but not so much as a dog. Always pulling his tail and fur or dressing him up to look girlish. No, thank you. He might be a dog, but he had his pride.
The park was the perfect place to find a bite or two to eat. All he had to do was sit there and look hungry. Some poor soul would eventually share their picnic with him. He enjoyed the freedom he had these days, though a decent meal wouldn't be such a bad thing.
"Aren't you a pretty boy? Are you here alone?"
He glanced to his right to find the owner of the sweet voice. A beautiful woman, dressed in an overly large black smock, approached him. A halo of white-tipped blond curls surrounded her head and shoulders. She was gorgeous, yet approachable. The type who would give a stray dog a snack.
Bending down, she cautiously extended her hand. "May I pet you? Don't be afraid. I won't hurt you."
The beauty reached out a hand and scratched under his chin. "Such a nice doggie. You could use a bath though."
His right leg gave an embarrassing jiggle as she continued scratching him. He hated when that happened.
The sound of her laughter soothed him.
"Tell you what. Come with me and I'll make sure you get cleaned up. Then how about a good meal?"
Food. Ah, the way to a hungry beast's heart ... figuratively speaking, of course.
Barking was the best response he could give. "Woof! Woof!"
As they strode down a busy street, Yves turned his head and studied his reflection on the door panel of a shiny new Mercedes they passed. Arching his neck, he stuck out his wide chest and he flexed his tail. Not that his dog body wasn't decent, for a canine anyway, but it was still that of a beast. It could've been worse. Mauve could've turned him into a poodle. Now there was a yipping, entirely unmasculine breed. Or a pug! Hell, don't even get him started on the unattractiveness of pugs.
All in all, he could've done much worse than a Saint Bernard.
Yves turned his gaze back to the nicely toned calves of his soon-to-be savior. She was a striking woman, bombshell blonde and curved like a goddess. He couldn't properly judge, but she appeared to be of average height. In human form he stood well over six feet, at least half a foot taller than what he estimated her to be.
"It's not much farther. You're not tired, are you?"
Too bad he couldn't lift an eyebrow. Did a dog even have eyebrows? Regardless, all he could do was give her a blank stare. The woman had an unusual tendency to talk to him like an equal. It was a welcome change from being kicked or ignored. She had kind eyes. Surely she was the one to save him.
"Look, Mommy! A dog!"
Yves cringed. Not another child.
"Leave him alone, Scott. He doesn't look like he wants you to pet him."
Yves could've kissed the mother who stopped her child from approaching. Smart woman.
His possible savior had crept closer to him when it seemed the child would approach. She stood at his side, her leg right by his nose.
The scent of flowers floated to him on the breeze. It had to be from whatever concoction she'd put on. Why in hell did he have to possess such an excellent sense of smell? And why was it so damn windy in Chicago? He'd visited most of the states during his one hundred years or so in America, and this city had to be the breeziest he'd ever come across.
"Close one, huh boy?"
Yves moved his head in a nod-like fashion. Too close.
Her pace was unhurried as she began to walk again. He trotted after her. The streets were crowded, but luckily, they hadn't encountered any other dogs. He'd become accustomed to other canines, but that didn't mean he had to enjoy it.
A young man came up to them on the sidewalk. A sharp whistle pierced the air. "Hey, baby. You're looking good today."
"Thank you." Stepping around him, she tried to continue on her way.
A hand shot out and he grabbed her elbow. "Where are you going? Hold up, I just want to talk to you."
The small, rude man needed a warning. He continued to speak, not paying attention to Yves's curled lip and bared teeth.
Yves tried again. His growl earned a cautious look from the man. "Is that your dog?"
After letting go of her elbow, the man backed away with his hands in the air. "Okay, I'm sorry. Just don't let him bite me."
"Asshole," the woman whispered beneath her breath as the man rushed off. Before Yves could get too pleased with himself, she wagged a finger. "No! Bad doggie. Although I know you were trying to protect me, you can't growl at strangers."
His dinner ticket pointed a finger in his face and shook it rapidly.
Fighting? He'd only wanted to scare him a little, but she'd effectively ruined that plan.
"Now, listen to me. We're at my salon. I want you to be nice and don't pick a fight with the other animals."
Yves peeked inside the open doorway and froze. What self- respecting man, or dog, would willingly enter a shop decorated entirely in pink? Dogs might be color-blind, but he was not.
"Well, go on."
Every one of his manly instincts recoiled. Nothing on God's green earth could entice him to enter. Nothing. Nada. Not a thing.
"Don't you want a nice, warm bath and food?"
His mental denial ground to a halt.
"Uh-huh. You'd like that, wouldn't you?"
The air around him reeked. His last bath was only a distant memory. The promise of cleanliness made him arch his tail and proudly stride into the shop.
Hey, a bath was a bath. Especially when he hadn't been clean in weeks, and even then it had only been quick dips in the freezing river. Besides, this place wasn't so bad. His head lowered to study the shop, and ...
A poodle, wearing matching hair bows and a kerchief, trotted past. A Great Dane was on a table being dried by a large, fluffy towel. The sight of a terrier having her nails painted made him want to turn tail and run.
He bumped into the woman as he tried to back out the door.
"Easy there, boy. You're going to knock me over."
A pat to his rump gently, but firmly, pushed him forward. "Let's go start your bath."
The bath was fine by him, but the first person who came at him with a ribbon or nail polish might draw back a nub. He hadn't survived nine hundred years on the streets by giving up his masculinity.
A large metal tub, in the shape of a paw print, stood in the center of the room. His savior set to work, humming under her breath as she filled the tub and poured in some sort of liquid.
Roses. Not flowers again.
What did she think he was? A bloody female?
"Okay, the water is ready. Come on, boy."
The water did look inviting, curls of steam rising from the center. It wasn't like he'd smell like roses forever. At least, he hoped not. Stranger things had happened. Take the curse that had trapped him as a dog for example.
Smelling like a female was worth it. A tiny set of steps led into the tub. He jumped in, completely soaking her and most of the floor. A scolding wasn't immediately forthcoming. She merely laughed and tossed her damp hair out of her face.
"We're going to clean you up and see about cutting some of the hair out of your eyes."
She scrubbed his ears and back with some sort of soft brush, dipping low to get his stomach and haunches. A sigh of pleasure escaped him, and he licked her chin.
"Maybe I should've given you a Tic Tac or two on the way home. Add getting your teeth brushed to the list."
Perhaps he should be offended, but he was too exhausted to give a damn.
"Normally, after being groomed, you would go to meet your playdate, but you're not actually getting the full Puppy Love treatment. Even though I'm positive you're full-blooded, I don't think any of my clients would go for a dog I picked up in the park."
The bath felt like heaven as the warmth of the water seeped into his tired bones. No clue what she was talking about, but he would listen to her all week as long as she kept scrubbing.
For the past several months, he'd roamed the streets of Chicago, sleeping in alleys and scrounging for food. Several narrow escapes with animal control had him constantly on the run. It was a welcome change to be able to relax.
"Time to get out."
Do I have to?
She tickled his ears. "Come on, lazybones. After we finish getting you cleaned up, I'll find you some lunch."
Nothing perked him up quite like the mention of food. Water poured off his body as he heaved himself out of the tub. A great shake helped to rid him of the excess before he trotted down the steps. A muffled squeak from her and a glance over his shoulder confirmed his fear.
Once again, he'd completely soaked her. Damp ringlets hung to her shoulders. Her smock plastered to a body, which was sculpture worthy. As she took a step, her woven sandals made a squishing noise. Yet, she didn't say a word. Either she was a sucker for punishment or had the patience of a saint.
Her shoes squeaked on the tiled floor as she took him to a different room.
His teeth were brushed with a foul smelling, minty concoction. Whatever it consisted of made his tongue tingle and his breath smell like a plant. It was the first time he'd tasted toothpaste although he'd seen it a few times. He'd rather chew on a mint leaf and be done with it.
The various stages of drying came next. First, a large towel was used to soak up the moisture on his fur. A machine that made a hideous noise as it heated his body was second. Brushing was probably the worst part. Removing several years of tangles proved difficult.
She wielded the brush like a pro, which he supposed she was. The other humans in the room treated her with respect and deference, which spoke of her authority. In his time, a woman wouldn't have been allowed a profession. Not an admirable one, at least.
A professional attitude continued to be displayed by her as she clipped the excess hair from his eyes and brushed his muzzle. She leaned in, close enough so he could see her brilliant blue eyes and the tiny smattering of freckles at the corners. He doubted anyone else even knew they were there.
Once again he was grateful he wasn't color-blind, or he wouldn't be able to see the glorious shades of her peaches-and-cream complexion, angelic eyes, rosebud mouth.
"Where did you find him?"
A tiny brunette with tortoiseshell glasses and pigtails, came over to lend her assistance. She picked up a brush, her touch not nearly as gentle as her boss's.
"In Portage Park. I think he's lost."
The brunette lifted a brow. "More like abandoned. Jeez, Regina. He's as big as a horse!"
Now he had a name to go with the face of his savior. Regina. He liked it. The name suited her.
"Are you going to take him to Doc Wilson?"
Yves shuddered a second time. If there was one thing he hated, it was going to the vet.
"Of course I am. Hopefully his tests will turn out fine. I decided to bring him here first. He needed a bath and the poor thing looked hungry."
"What are you going to do with him in the meantime? He's too big to keep in your apartment."
Regina's hands stilled. Yves stayed motionless as well. This he had to hear. "Actually ... "
"Good God, Regina! You're seriously not thinking of taking him home. Not only will your landlord freak out, but the dog will destroy your apartment."
"It'll be fine. I only have to keep him there until I find his family."
He swung his head back to Regina.
Sorry, lady. My family is long gone.
* * *
After she fed the dog, she pulled one of the larger dog beds they sold behind the counter with her. He plopped down on it as if he owned the place.
"I bet I could sneak you into my place, but it would be tricky. What do you think?"
The hound lifted his head, woofed, and put his head back on his paws.
"Oh, what do you know?"
Regina sighed. Some had called her crazy for tying her grooming salon to a popular online service for dogs, but business had been good so far. She and her staff prettied up the dogs before their owners took them to meet their playdates. Dogs needed socialization, but in a big city that wasn't always easy. There were the dog parks, but those encounters could be dangerous for all involved. Her service provided good matches for dogs that had the same temperament as their proposed playmates.
Regina dropped her head against the backrest of her chair and sighed.
The hound at her feet seemed forlorn. Although he was big and in good health, something about him screamed solitude. His eyes were haunted, and it was a bit unsettling. The soulfulness in his gaze called to her.
The clock on the wall struck four, one hour until closing.
Regina glanced around the empty shop. Why was she wasting her time?
Striding to the door, she flipped the sign to Closed. When she turned around, the hound was on his feet and staring intently up at her.
"Don't worry, boy. I'm not leaving you."
She gathered her things, remembering to grab the leash and collar she kept on hand, and carefully locked the shop. Although Puppy Love was in a nice neighborhood, one couldn't be too careful. The store next door, Shoe Haven, had been broken into just last month.
"Let's go. My car is just around the corner," she said to the dog, who obediently trotted at her heels. He'd taken to a leash much better than she'd thought he would. It was amazing how well trained he was.
Her pink Volkswagen bug was where she'd left it. The car had been a high school graduation present from her parents, and she'd kept it in topnotch shape. Last year, she'd painted it to match her shop. Bright pink with black paw prints scattered all over. Sure, it drew many curious looks, but when she explained the nature of her business, it typically gained her a new customer.
Regina opened the passenger side door and waited for the dog to jump in. He did, but he had to bend double to fit into the cramped space.
"Sorry!" Tottering on her wedged sandals, Regina ran to the driver's side, flicked a button, and released the convertible top. "There. Now you should have enough room."
With a shake of his head, the dog turned to watch the top retract to the back of the car. He settled into the seat, seeming pleased with the situation.
"Oh, you like that, huh? Just wait until the cool breeze ruffles your fur. This car is a dog's dream come true," Regina bragged.
She put on her sunglasses and turned on the engine. It sputtered once, twice, and a third time before finally coughing to life.
"It's a bit tricky, but she never lets me down. Do you, Betsy?"
The dog turned toward her and Regina rolled her eyes. "Yes, I named my car. She's been with me since I was eighteen." She chewed on that thought for a moment. "Nearly ten years. Wow. I'm getting old."
They would have to visit the park again. He would need to be walked before they headed to her apartment. The drive took only a couple minutes. Parking next to a beat-up, green sedan, she let the top up.
"All right. Watch your head," Regina warned.
"Come along, boy. Let's go for a walk."
The park was crowded as usual.
With a sigh, she undid the top two buttons of her Puppy Love smock, revealing a light pink camisole underneath. The spring sunshine and fresh breeze revived her. The dog glanced longingly at the trees surrounding the park and whined. The leash tightened as he pulled forward.
"No, stay on the path." Holding firm to the leash, she attempted to pull him back.
His limpid, brown eyes remained steady on hers. He woofed and carefully placed one paw on her knee.
"Don't beg. It's not attractive." But Regina's heart was already softening. Maybe if she let him go once, he would get it out of his system.
With a heavy sigh, she gave in. "Oh, all right. We'll go."
She cut across the walk path, pausing to let an elderly couple pass by first. Envy filled her at the sight of the old couple, who walked on with their hands linked. So it is possible to find your soul mate? That sort of love was what she wanted.
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And fun read.
One Hot Knight is One Hot Read! There is only so much seduction from a medieval knight this girl can take! And I don't think I would have lasted as long as Regina. ;) The story of a Knight cursed to dogdom for 900 years only be rescued/changed back to man ( even though temporarily ) by a fetching dog groomer, then seduced and by the said knight was happy happy happy reading for me! Now I've only read two Entangled Covet books, and both are 5 Stars - I sense a trend. Christy Gissendaner is a pro at keeping this funny, light and entertaining! With enough depth to keep things grounded One Hot Knight was excellent addition to the lighter side of paranormal romance! The romance between Yves and Regina was made to be, the two got on famously as girl and dog, there was some shock to Yves changing shape but she took it pretty well, and Yves snaking his way into her life and eventually in to her bed was a joyous journey of seduction and amusing dialog. Of course Maeve the witch who cursed Yves happens to still be alive so she puts some cracks on those happy walls and creates drama to keep things interesting and keeps you wanna keep reading on. Top three likes: Yves' doggie thoughts were amusing and authentic, Regina's diet woes were cute, Yves' seduction techniques were delightfully medieval! Top three dislikes: The dog show... why would he do that? Regina keeping the secret, another why? But that is all folks, other than those two I loved this!
This was a fun, light paranormal with great moments of humor. Just from the setup alone - a crusader trapped in a dogs body in the 21st century - you hope the story ends up making you laugh. And Im happy to say it did not disappoint. Yves has been cursed for 900 years by a witch who misunderstood a situation she caught him in. Sadly even though he did not do what she thought she would not believe anyone and remove the curse. He has spent centuries trying to find the one person who can remove it. When Regina finds him in the park and takes him to her shop where she runs an elite dog grooming business, he starts to hope again she might be the one to break the curse. Once Regina finds out what happened to Yves she is determined to help him find a way. This is definitely more of a light paranormal and it works perfectly that way. The darkest thing in the story is the evil witch and the curse. Watching the two main characters get to know each other and Yves adjust to modern living is fun to watch along with the stories Regina has to invent to not only explain this dog she found and keeps but also this man that starts coming with her everywhere. You really root for them to find a way to break the curse and keep Yves in human form. This was just an awesome, fun story that I recommend to anyone looking for a light paranormal. I personally am looking forward to whats next from this author.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews One Hot Knight is witty and humorous. It really had me smiling. Some of the turn of events were predictable, but of course, I was caught off guard and didn’t expect anything. Yves, oh my gosh, Yves had me at the first sentence, with “Stupid, curse!” I could completely hear his proper English. Regina is kind and sweet, but watch out for her temper when she really gets mad. The banter between these two is great. This is the story of a nine hundred-year-old curse and a dog’s/man’s journey to find the one person to help him break the curse. It’s a story of two kindred spirits who magically find each other in this crazy world. I would have given the story a higher rating if it didn’t leave me with unanswered questions that I can’t mention in this review as they could give away the story. I’ll also add that the ending though complete, seemed just a tad bit abrupt. But overall, it was definitely worth my time to read this book. Source: Publisher in exchanged for an unbiased and honest review.
One Hot Knight was a pretty good read. Fast paced, fun, quirky, corny at times, it had all the elements I like. I really was able to sit down and just get lost for a little while in this light romantic read. I am totally a crazy dog lover, so I would absolutely be that girl to bring home a massive dog from the park and get the surprise of a lifetime! :) Simply put, One Hot Knight is pure, fun romance with some magical elements thrown in that are enjoyable and straight forward.
Yves has been trapped as a dog for around 900 years. He made a witch angry over a misunderstanding and was curse to be a dog. All that changes when Regina who loves dogs takes him in and puts a magic collar on him. Now she is faced with a naked very sexy man and Yves is faced with trying to convince her to help him. As they try to figure out how to break the curse permanently things heat up between them. Even if Regina resist wanting Yves. After all she knows men are dogs this one just really was a dog before she knew it was a man underneath. Yves is from a different time period and has some adjustments to make. He is sexy, charming and really is a knight wanting to protect people. Regina doesn't trust easy and is more comfortable with the canines she loves. You get to see her open up the more she is around Yves. She can be sweet, funny but definitely isn't a morning person. She also has a few sides you would never guess as you read the book you find out more. At first I didn't like her to much but she grew on me as I saw more sides of her. Yves had me from the start. If you are looking for a lighter paranormal romance book this is the one. It has a great plot and the characters are a lot of fun to get to know. Yves really gives me a few laughs as he figures out more about what this time period is. He knows some from being a dog but clothes still confuse him and I love the dressing room scene with him. I will say this book has a few twist I don;t see coming as they try to fix Yves curse. The author did a great job as I did not expect them. Another great thing Regina doesn't jump right in bed with Yves. So many times now you see females or males in books jump right together the first day they meet. Not these two they actually get to know each other a little first. It does have steamy scenes to enjoy so no worries! I recommend this to all who enjoy light love stories with some steamy scenes, paranormal lovers, or just anybody wanting to read a good book.
Normally I stick to the contemporary genre but lately I've been lucky to receive some ARC from Entangled Publishing's different imprints. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have picked this book otherwise. I'm really glad I did. While this book dealt with spells and curses it also had the realistic issues such as getting older, being good enough, and loneliness. If you're like me and you don't generally give a book like this a chance focus on the relationship aspect. I think the author is very talented and she did a good job with the dual POV. While dual POV's is becoming the norm, not everyone can women can write the male perspective and be believable. I think she got it right.
This was a fun read! The story is a great mix of humor, suspense, and chemistry. There is a small cast of characters, focusing more on the story of the main characters. While you pretty much know (or at least hope) how it will end, you have no idea how they will get there. There are surprises along the way. I love a book that can keep me guessing!
booksbysteph says "An Evil Witch Who Doesn't Do Anything Evil?" No good deed goes unpunished! * WARNING: SPOILER ALERT * While the plot of this story is interesting, it left me really disappointed. If Maeve was such a bad witch that she cursed a man and turned him into a dog, why was the ending so simple? Why was she so nonchalant and even nice when telling Regina that she was actually Maeve? And then why wasn't Regina really upset? Then as quickly as Yves got hit by a car, Regina remembers ancient spells from her previous life. And then, in a few sentences, more answers come, everything was fine and the book just ended. Very disappointing. Until next time, live life one page at a time!
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** Cursed by a witch over a misunderstanding, Yves Sucat has spent the last nine hundred years wandering the earth...as a Saint Bernard. All he wants is to be human again, but to accomplish that he needs to find a way to permanently break the curse that's kept him trapped him in a dog's body. Regina, owner of a dog grooming business, stumbles upon the saddest looking Saint Bernard ever. He's hungry, dirty, and in desperate need of a haircut. So she takes him back to her shop, cleans him up, then decides to take him home. Except a quick trip for a walk in the park has her rethinking her plan to take him home and turns her world completely upside down. I liked Regina's initial resistance to her attraction to Yves. Each time she walked away from his attempts at seducing her only heightened their awareness of and desire for each other, making their first time together that much more enjoyable to read. I also liked the differences in Regina's personality depending on where she was and who she was a with. Amongst her canine friends, she was open, loving, welcoming. But when with her employees (who cared about her very much) or even with Yves, she was aloof, closed off, cautious. It was nice to see such different sides to the heroine. I wasn't very fond of one of the twists in this story though. **Spolier Alert** That Regina is a reincarnation of an apprentice to the witch who cursed Yves seemed to come from nowhere.**End Spoiler** In the end, the twist made sense but it would've been awesome to have events throughout the book prepare the reader for that particular revelation. Overall, this was an enjoyable story for me. Ms. Gissendaner has written about an attraction that grows into a love that's strong enough to overcome the unusual--a curse that turned the Hero into a dog and the collar that turns him into a man--to bring Yves and Regina the happy ending they both deserve.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like One Hot Knight after I read the blurb. A knight cursed to wonder the earth as a dog...hmm? I was wrong I loved the book Yves was swoon worthy and Regina was sweet, carrying and strong. I laughed a lot and loved Christy Gissendaner's writing. I have no complaints about this book it was awesome. Pick up a copy today and enjoy a great tale.
This is a really good paranormal romance with comedy thrown in. This short story introduces us to a loving pet groomer who is looking for love and loyalty, but she’s more comfortable talking to dogs, and a cursed knight who would give anything to be human again. I really liked that it had me laughing out loud quite often, and I am looking forward to see what other stories Christy has written. Yves has not been in human form for nine hundred years, all because of the witch who changed him into a dog due to a misunderstanding. He has been searching all these years for a way to break the curse with no luck. When he thinks he’ll never find the help he needs a beautiful woman stops to talk to him, and when she takes him with her he wonders if this is his chance to be a man again after all these years. Regina is on her way back to work when she walks by him in the park and stops to talk to him. The love she has for animals will not let her walk away so she takes the dog to her pet salon and treats him to food and a bath. When she realizes there is nowhere to take him for the nigh she decides to take him home never expecting that her life will be forever changed. On the way home he pulls her into the park where he digs up a collar that he’s buried and barks long enough to get her agreement to put it around his neck. But Regina never expected to see a man standing there when she looked up. This gorgeous, naked man who has the same eyes as the dog, that is no longer there, but she still cannot believe what she’s seeing. Yves tries to explain what happened to him in hopes she’ll believe him, at least enough of his story that she will agree to help him break the curse. Even though Regina knows she shouldn’t, she doesn’t have the heart to tell him no, so she agrees to help him figure out how to break it and they will try to break it within two weeks. Since Yves is staying with her and she’s buying whatever he needs he decided that the one thing he can do to repay the debt to Regina is by helping her with the duties in the salon. The time they spend together is causing them to really care for one another. If only these feelings were enough to break the curse everything would work out perfectly. Is there anything that will break the curse so they can be together? I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3 1/2 stars. This was a cute read--I especially enjoyed seeing things from Yves's perspective, especially when he was in dog form. Watching Regina and Yves's feelings for each other develop was very sweet. However, it really felt like so much more could have been done with this story. Many of the parts that should have been big and dramatic felt a bit on the shallow and easy side. Still, it was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I'll definitely be interested to see what Ms. Gissendaner writes in the future. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I loved Christy Gissendaner's One Hot Knight. Yves, a crusader for King Henry, has been a dog for 900 years. All because of that 'stupid curse'. He is rescued by Regina, a sweet and sexy woman. Imagine her surprise when the dog she saved changes into a man. Finally his luck has changed. Maybe. Fate or sorcery may have other ideas. The story is like a breath of fresh air. Yves and Regina have wonderful chemistry. They are soul mates. The romance between them is a mixture of sweet and sultry. The dialogue is sharp and very humorous. The plot takes some unexpected twists that caught me by surprise. This book is a perfect for a hot summer day and will leave you feeling refreshed.
An ARC was giving for an honest review. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when reading the synopsis for the book; however once starting, I was pleasantly surprised. Yves is a 900 year old knight that has been cursed to be a dog by a witch. Regina is the owner of a dog grooming business and happens to find a large St. Bernard (Yves) in the park and decides to take him home. When taking the dog for a walk he leads her to a jeweled collar and when she puts it on him, he turns into one hot naked man. Together can they find a way to lift the curse forever or is Yves destined to return to his dog form forever? The attraction between Yves and Regina is very hot and the story kept me entertained throughout. I would recommend if you are looking for a short read that has entertaining, sexy and has a surprise or two to keep you turning the pages.
Men are dogs right? For Yves Sucat it really was true. 900 years ago as a Crusader he saved a young woman from being savaged by several men and for that he was cursed to be a dog. The young woman he saved was able to give him a partial out from the curse but it has taken this long for him to meet someone that made it work. Regina Patterson owns a pet salon and gets along better with dogs than people. When she comes across the St. Bernard in the park she takes him in and gives him a bath and some food. He shows her to a jeweled collar that when she puts it on him he turns into a tall gorgeous man. Can Yves convince Regina to help him break the curse or will he spend eternity as a dog? This story had a cute premise and I really liked Regina. This is a good contemporary fairy tale.
ARC: 4.5 Stars After reading the synopsis of story I wasn't so sure it I would like it. I was pleasantly surprised how much I did like it. The writing was good, likely characters from start, chemistry between main characters, plausible experiences, unique storyline. The cover didn't match the story or wasn't too appealing. Author didn't get the secondary characters too much time in book. The build up was good the ending seemed to tidy things up pretty quickly but it was still a good read.
f you like these things and check them off like I did then: Cute dogs (check), sweet personalities (check), chivalrous hot man (check), sassy sexy woman (check), witches (check), curses (check)... well then "One Hot Knight" is the book for you! This story showcases Regina and Yves in a short wonderful paranormal romance story! Yves is a charming dog who has been cursed for 900 years all because he saved a young girl. A witch thought that he hurt the young woman and cursed him into the life of a dog. He is hoping that one day his curse can get broken and he can become a man once again... Regina is a kindhearted woman who takes care of animals and finds this lonely dog (aka Yves) in the park and takes him back to her shop. However, despite it all she sees something in him that calls to her and she helps him and talks to him like he is a "real person". There is magic, lust, attraction and much more with this couple! Their banter with one another was humorous and the kindness Yves shows Regina is very genuine. Despite that connection the questions arise:can she be the one to save him of the curse and can they possibly have a future or will the curse deny them their feelings before it's all too late?? This book has it all! If you love paranormal romance books this book is definitely for you! I enjoyed this book and devoured it in all one sitting! I literally couldn't put it down! ;) * I received and ARC of this book by the publishing company in exchange for an honest review*
I read One Hot Knight this weekend and couldn't put it down. Regina is just going on with her life as a dog groomer and meets a St Bernard who appears stray. Little does she know it ends up being the man of her dreams caught in an spell! Then to find out she actually knew him 900 years ago. If you are looking for a good read this one will keep your attention.
I was given an AR copy of this book in exchange for my honest review so here it is. I found the book to be very interesting. I mean you can't go wrong when you have a woman who thinks she's nothing special who turns out to actually be an amazing person, a man who was cursed by a witch centuries ago and of course let's not forget the witch from centuries ago still trying to disrupt lives even in the present. This is a great love story with quirky characters and villain's you can't help but dislike just as much as the characters do. I could not put this book down I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends
This book is a cute story. You got a sexy knight that was cursed by a witch, that turn him into a dog for 9 centuries he's been looking for someone to help him. Regina found a stray dog and wanted to help. She took the dog to a park and he took off, she went after him. He dug up a collar that had jewels and she put it on him and he turned into a man. Regina didn't know what she was going to do but she couldn't leave him by himself, she had to help. You got to read the book for the full story.