The British Knight
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When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough.
As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs.
But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits.
When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up.
On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long.
Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.
As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen.
I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.
The British Knight is a stand-alone, contemporary romance.
LOVED EVERY PAGE
I just finished The British Night about American Violet King and British Alexander Knightley). I loved every page and am sitting here smiling as I write this review!
For many years, I have been a big fan of Louise Bay after reading The Nights Series and then The Empire State Series. Although The British Night is a standalone, her other books, the King of Wall Street (Max King and Harper Jayne) and Duke of Manhattan (Scarlett King and Ryder) have family members that re-appear in The British Night. I absolutely loved those books as well and encourage you to read them too. Although not everyone enjoys reading a series, I love re-visiting characters and seeing how their relationships progress over time, and their continued family dynamics and interactions. In this book, sassy and smart Violet (sister to Max and Scarlett), was able to get her happy ending with the very sexy, intelligent although sometimes moody Alexander.
In every book I read by Louise Bay, I was immediately drawn to the main characters. She describes things so well that you understand how they are feeling and why. It makes you want to route for them, and I did! In this book, both characters have flaws and are able to admit them and apologize. This is part of life–growing and changing–and I could easily relate to what they were going through and I admired how they wanted to improve their lives and their relationship.
I read about 200 books a year and especially enjoy books like this where I learn something. This book takes place both in London and New York and I was engaged the entire time learning how the English legal system worked and visiting (through the written pages) various sites abroad. Louise did an excellent job describing every detail from the parks to the office space to the Duke’s castle. I felt as if I was there.
Most importantly about this book was the relationship between Violet and Alexander. I loved her spirit and feistiness and how even though she was a bit broken, she was a fighter and persevered. For Alexander, I just wanted so much for him to relax and give into his feelings and I was not disappointed. I loved how their relationship grew from a work relationship to friendship to lovers, and how she was able to make him a better man who enjoyed life more. I also enjoyed how Alex's father's friend and business associate mentored him and helped him on his journey of self-discovery.
Their sexual chemistry was undeniable, and I enjoyed reading how they were able to build a solid relationship that included family and friends and a positive work-life balance. I am so very pleased they got their well-deserved happy ending!
Review: The British Knight
The British Knight by Louise Bay is a standalone story set in the same world as King of Wall Street, Park Avenue Prince, and Duke of Manhattan. This is the story of Violet and Alexander and is possibly my favorite of these to date. Well paced and well written, engaging throughout and told in dual POV I couldn't get enough of these two seemingly opposite characters.
Violet is in a rut. She just got fired, is still nursing her wounds from a devastating betrayal four years ago and has no plans for the future. When an opportunity arises for her to take a breather for a few months in London she is more than ready to leave New York in her dust. Meeting the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes on while there isn't a hardship either.
Alexander Knightly is all about his career. Being a barrister is all he has ever wanted and he works night and day to be as successful or better than his father was. He had always looked up to and admired his father and is following the same workaholic tendencies. When the beautiful Violet shows up in his life she is the catalyst he never knew he needed to change the path he is on.
Emotional, witty and charming this book was amazing. Enjoy!
Violet and Alex, Oh, Yes!
From HOPEFUL, my first Louise Bay book, to THE BRITISH KNIGHT, her most recent, I have loved every single book that she's written. Louise writes books that just grab me, pull me in and under, and keep me turning pages until THE END. Her characters, her stories, everything, make reading one of her books an absolute pleasure, every time.
Of course I know Violet King. Sister of Max and Scarlett King, we met her in both of their books. Especially in DUKE OF MANHATTAN, Scarlett's story, it became very clear that Violet had her own story to tell, and that it was going to be fabulous.
Alexander Knightley is the perfect foil for Violet. He has no idea that the lovely girl on the train is about to rock his world in ways that he'd never, in all of his tightly-wound, buttoned-up mind, imagined.
These two. I loved the absolute heck out of them and their story. At first look, they couldn't be less well-matched, but each of them really needs what the other has to offer. Seeing Violet take back her sense of self, of regaining the strength and the capability that she lost way back when, is lovely. She really comes into her own, and she is fierce. For his part, Alex couldn't stop the tidal wave that is Violet if he wanted to. And, he does want to, or so he tells himself. But he has some changing to do, too, and Violet is absolutely the key.
Louise continues to delight and engage, and I look forward to each of her books. I've loved every book in this set of standalones and THE BRITISH KNIGHT does not disappoint. Fans of Louise will adore it, and new readers will become instant fans, I'd wager. Grab this book, and, while you're at it, all the others, as well. 4.5 easy and well-earned stars for Violet and her British Knight.