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!
Christy also writes historical romance as Robin Danner. Check her out at http://robindanner.webs.com
So, as an author, I have a little problem when reviewing books. I tend to read the book blurb, see the front cover, and instantly plot out my own version on that book. Invariably no book is the same as I’ve imagined it, some are not as good and leave me wanting more, others supersede my expectations and that’s when I get the ‘wow factor’ when all I want to do is read, and even my own writing takes a back seat till I’ve finished that book – I know, naughty Nicky!
One Hot Knight has a fairy-tale feel and, if I’m being honest, Knights are my favourite characters. Forget vampire hotties or incubus lovers – Knights embody honour, bravery and that all-important romantic element of courtly love. Which is why I wanted to read this book. Now, although the author didn’t take the same literary journey as I did, she still manages to give us a real-world fairy-tale with romance, magic and dog grooming.
From a writer’s perspective, the plot was a little thin. It revolved around the curse (which in fairness is should) but not much else, and personally I would have had at least one more plot line for the characters to get into. Their interaction, although fun and flirty, seemed to be limited to arguments and a little shopping. The character of Regina however, was a lovely one. She was the kind of girl you’d want to be friends with and she really did deserve a bit of romance in her life.
I personally didn’t like the Knight in question, Yves – as a character he wasn’t overly gallant and was kind of sex obsessed – which I guess I could understand as he was a dog for 900 years – however he’d have appeared much more likeable if he’d have gotten over that clichéd stereotype after the first century. Again, just my own opinion tainted with my slight obsession with the notion of courtly love.
The front cover doesn’t give much away and, as a romance novel, this was a good one so if you’re a romance addict then I’d rate this 5 out of 5. If you are however, like me, want a bit more bite to your romance (pun intended!) then I’d give it 3 out of 5.