Sunday, 4 April 2010

Book Review: Wicked Knight by Tierney O'Malley

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus Superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: He vowed never to love again. She is afraid to love. A passion so strong they cannot resist.

Ruggedly handsome pediatrician, Dr. Tristan Knight, is done with marriage. Once is enough. Eager to avoid making another mistake of getting trapped in marriage vows, Tristan wields strong control to suppress his growing attraction to his sister's friend, Julie Parrish. But his resolve is tested when an unusual request for help lands on his lap--marry Julie.

Author and former model, Julie Parrish has been trying to keep her image clean; otherwise, her drunkard father will get the inheritance her mother has left her. She will never let that happen. But her stepmother, Marla, has learned about the will's stipulation. Since then, she's been attempting to prove to the lawyers that Julie is far from being clean. Fortunately, her mother has added an out to the will. Marriage. So when Tristan surprised her by offering his help end her problem with Marla, she accepts. But Julie wants more than just a ring. She wants the elusive doctor's heart.
My thoughts: Tierney O'Malley has a real talent when it comes to characterization: each and every one of her characters is layered, has history and steps off the pages. The protagonist Julie is cute and likable and the Knight family, wow, I want to spend my holidays with them too!! Arthur Knight, respectable judge and his wife Katherine have four sons (all named after the knights of the Round Table!) and a daughter Kristen, the friend of Julie. Reading about the family interactions, the affectionate teasing between brothers and sisters, the brotherly bragging was extremely enjoyable as the family relations were described so well and in such detail that you the reader feel as if you were sitting around the table with the family listening to their fraternal pranks. Not only are the four brothers funny and wicked in their senseless teasing of each other, all four of them are God's gifts to women: they look swoonworthy, are perfect gentlemen, have exciting jobs (an FBI agent, a pilot, a doctor), are ideal brothers to their little sister, are warmhearted, family-centered and generous, you couldn't imagine more perfect men!

Besides the brilliant characterization of the Knight family the other forte of the novel were the steamy seduction and sex scenes. The chemistry between Tristan and Julie is sizzling from the very beginning, Ms. O'Malley's writing is sensual and scorching, tenderness and burning passion alternate, you simply can't get enough of the hotness!

Verdict: I immediately fell in love with the Knight brothers and can't wait to read the stories of the 3 remaining brothers. This was one hot, steamy read! Don't read this in public and keep a fan handy! :-)

Characters: 10/10
Ending: 8/10
Writing: 9/10
Cover: 9/10

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I won this book fom Tierney O'Malley through Alaine from The Queen of Happy Endings.

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