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HOW CAN THIS PASSIONATE KNIGHT... Renowned beauty Lady Linnet is torn between two desires: revenge on those who destroyed her family or marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sir James Rayburn. One fateful night, she makes a misguided choice: she sacrifices Jamie's love for a chance at vengeance. TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST? Jamie Rayburn returns to England in search of a virt HOW CAN THIS PASSIONATE KNIGHT... Renowned beauty Lady Linnet is torn between two desires: revenge on those who destroyed her family or marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sir James Rayburn. One fateful night, she makes a misguided choice: she sacrifices Jamie's love for a chance at vengeance. TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST? Jamie Rayburn returns to England in search of a virtuous wife-only to find the lovely Linnet as bewitching as ever. Their reckless affair ignites anew, even hotter than before, although Jamie vows to never again trust her with his heart. Then just as Linnet begins to make amends, she's tempted by one last opportunity to settle old scores. But a final retribution could cost her Jamie's love - this time forever.


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HOW CAN THIS PASSIONATE KNIGHT... Renowned beauty Lady Linnet is torn between two desires: revenge on those who destroyed her family or marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sir James Rayburn. One fateful night, she makes a misguided choice: she sacrifices Jamie's love for a chance at vengeance. TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST? Jamie Rayburn returns to England in search of a virt HOW CAN THIS PASSIONATE KNIGHT... Renowned beauty Lady Linnet is torn between two desires: revenge on those who destroyed her family or marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sir James Rayburn. One fateful night, she makes a misguided choice: she sacrifices Jamie's love for a chance at vengeance. TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST? Jamie Rayburn returns to England in search of a virtuous wife-only to find the lovely Linnet as bewitching as ever. Their reckless affair ignites anew, even hotter than before, although Jamie vows to never again trust her with his heart. Then just as Linnet begins to make amends, she's tempted by one last opportunity to settle old scores. But a final retribution could cost her Jamie's love - this time forever.

30 review for Knight of Passion

  1. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    I recently won this ARC in a contest and was thrilled! I love Ms. Mallory’s first two books in her All The King’s Men series and didn’t want to have to wait until the June release of Knight of Passion to read Jamie’s story. Fortunately I didn’t have to! This third installment is a slightly more intense read, delving into the darker side of England’s underground. Witchcraft and rituals, blood sacrifices and necromancy are just a few of the things Linnet and Jamie have to face in her search for jus I recently won this ARC in a contest and was thrilled! I love Ms. Mallory’s first two books in her All The King’s Men series and didn’t want to have to wait until the June release of Knight of Passion to read Jamie’s story. Fortunately I didn’t have to! This third installment is a slightly more intense read, delving into the darker side of England’s underground. Witchcraft and rituals, blood sacrifices and necromancy are just a few of the things Linnet and Jamie have to face in her search for justice at any cost. Linnet has had it rough. Her family was torn apart and her grandfather, having been robbed of all he had worked so hard for, died in poverty. She decides to find out who did this to them and devotes herself entirely to taking her revenge on them. So blind is she to anything but vengeance, that she, once again, pushes Jamie away and it seems that this time, it’s for good. I have loved Jamie Rayburn since book one, Knight of Desire. As a boy he was simply adorable, and as a young man making his way through those awkward teen years, I found him utterly charming. Now, as an adult, he is an honorable man of great integrity, with a deep desire for a family of his own and the discipline to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He’s handsome, funny, a fierce warrior and yes, he’s sexy as all get out. It’s hard to imagine a man like him having any weakness, but he does have one and it goes by the name of Linnet. But he’s had enough of her scheming, her lies and deceit and decides to leave Linnet in his past and find a wife who can be his future, a future of peace and quiet and sitting by the hearth telling and retelling the stories from his many battles. He knows that Linnet will never be content in that role, so he accepts that whatever his future holds, it doesn’t include her. So how can Linnet and Jamie even come close to getting what they most want in life, when what they want is at such odds with one another? You’ll have to read Knight of Passion and find out for yourself! Leave it to Margaret Mallory to give us a great story, with characters we love and a happily ever after that left me *sighing*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angelc

    Lady Linnet and Jamie Rayburn hadn't seen each other for the five years since their relationship ended badly. They were each other's first love, and even over so many years, they still haven't gotten over each other. Headstrong Linnet has since become friend and confidante to Queen Katherine, and young and innocent Jamie is now a knight, Sir James Rayburn. When Jamie is sent to watch over and protect the Queen, he and Linnet realize that no matter their differences or how hard they try, they can Lady Linnet and Jamie Rayburn hadn't seen each other for the five years since their relationship ended badly. They were each other's first love, and even over so many years, they still haven't gotten over each other. Headstrong Linnet has since become friend and confidante to Queen Katherine, and young and innocent Jamie is now a knight, Sir James Rayburn. When Jamie is sent to watch over and protect the Queen, he and Linnet realize that no matter their differences or how hard they try, they can't stay apart any longer. From the very first few pages, I knew I was going to like Jamie, A LOT! He was that perfect combination of strong, powerful knight, with a sweet and loving heart, and of course, eyes only for Linnet. Jamie didn't disappoint, even when he wasn't a wide-eyed innocent anymore, he still retained all of those noble qualities. I had a bad taste for Linnet at the prologue, but it was explained that Jamie was a little at fault too (hard to believe, I know) so I forgave her. Sometimes, she irritated me just a tiny bit, but I admired the fact that she was so strong and knew what she wanted. Together, Jamie and Linnet had so much chemistry! Sparks were flying right off the page! You could really tell how much they loved each other too, it wasn't all physical. I loved that the author wasn't afraid to deal with jealousy. Boy, did Jamie get jealous!! I could positively see the steam coming out of his ears! Linnet had her share of jealous moments too. I was glad to see them envious, it made them more human and provided even more sparks. Mallory's writing is fast paced and some of the dialogue was so unexpectedly funny! Linnet and Jamie's relationship is a roller coaster ride of extreme ups and downs. There is a great supporting cast of characters as well. I loved the true story of Queen Katherine and Owen Tudor. I'm so intrigued, I definitely need to find more books about this couple! There were some creepy devil-worshipping scenes (the villains) that were really uncomfortable for me to read. These scenes are not for the faint of heart! If not for these scenes, I would have given the book a full 5 stars!! I really loved this book, especially Jamie! I have found a new historical romance author to watch for! This book was provided for review by Hachette Books. reviewed for: http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Verity

    I'm baffled by all the good-to-great reviews on previous books. Thought I'd try this 1 but it made me not too keen on reading her others. Over the top villain, heroine is not credible w/ her dubious achievements (really, flushing out her grandpa's robbers / traitors @ such a young age & roaming around unescorted as if she's Bruce Lee) & flaky hero is not interesting enuff. I think it totally ruined the book for me when H/H already banged when she's only a teenager & she came across as manipulati I'm baffled by all the good-to-great reviews on previous books. Thought I'd try this 1 but it made me not too keen on reading her others. Over the top villain, heroine is not credible w/ her dubious achievements (really, flushing out her grandpa's robbers / traitors @ such a young age & roaming around unescorted as if she's Bruce Lee) & flaky hero is not interesting enuff. I think it totally ruined the book for me when H/H already banged when she's only a teenager & she came across as manipulative, mercenary b!tch from the outset. When H/H meet again @ court, he's all full of bullshit = "Oh I hate this skank but I'll have no objection to sexing her up again (& again & again !)". He consoles her when she's on the verge of getting orally raped & she tosses her skirts up for hero. I could go on & on but I'll restrain myself. Nuffink bewitching 'bout the simplistic writing style. Wondered if I missed something when I was checking out the French open scores. I'm also not a fan of silly & bizarre witchcraft plotline, even tho' I've checked my belief @ the counter. There's gotta be more worthy 1 that coulda been used. This isn't Wide Eyes Shut - the resurrection. I thought it's just an all-around disappointment. I kept waiting for some exciting stuff to pop outta the pages but it's smooth (dull) sailing. In sooth, I can't believe it's mentioned somewhere that she's compared to Roberta Gellis. This book actually made me feel itchy to re-read my Marsha Canham gems. Swashbuckling adventure this book ain't. A bummer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    3.5 rounded up As with the first two in this trilogy, Ms. Mallory's writing is wonderful, and her story enthralling. Jaimie, the hero, is a character readers have watched grow from a child in the first book, to a teenager in the second and now as a dashing adult we all love and adore. Because of this, the reader is so invested in his happiness that when he chooses a woman who is so bent of revenge for her family that she uses and abuses everyone in her way, including him, we are personally offend 3.5 rounded up As with the first two in this trilogy, Ms. Mallory's writing is wonderful, and her story enthralling. Jaimie, the hero, is a character readers have watched grow from a child in the first book, to a teenager in the second and now as a dashing adult we all love and adore. Because of this, the reader is so invested in his happiness that when he chooses a woman who is so bent of revenge for her family that she uses and abuses everyone in her way, including him, we are personally offended and enraged. He is like a son to us! How dare the author saddle such a wonderful man with someone so unworthy of him! It made it very hard to cheer when he finally catches her at the end.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}

    DNF (Did Not Finish) Too much politics for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    What can I say? This book is a gem! The characters jump off the page, there is intrigue, paranormal elements, witty dialogue, do I need to continue? Of course! I am really getting back into romance novels and I wish there was a better term to describe them since I don't think the term really suffices. Knight of Passion is my first book by Margaret Mallory and I am incredibly impressed. I am going to go have to get the other two books in this series. I can only imagine that the debut of this seri What can I say? This book is a gem! The characters jump off the page, there is intrigue, paranormal elements, witty dialogue, do I need to continue? Of course! I am really getting back into romance novels and I wish there was a better term to describe them since I don't think the term really suffices. Knight of Passion is my first book by Margaret Mallory and I am incredibly impressed. I am going to go have to get the other two books in this series. I can only imagine that the debut of this series is equally as wonderful as this one. This book works on so many levels: excellent plot that keeps you guessing until the end with several twists and turns and believable characters that make the plot come alive. You can just feel the fabric that Linnet markets and feel every emotion that she has. Jamie is the perfect foil for Linnet and I now wish that I had started at the beginning of this series, but there was no problem in getting involved and caring for these characters. YAY!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nisha

    I'll be honest. I couldn't finish this book, though I did get it for free from FirstReads. The problem wasn't the writing or even the story. I think it was the setting. I'm not fond of historicals that don't take place during the Regency or in the American West. Clearly, it was wrong of me to pick up a book that wasn't even in my chosen genre. What I can say, is that the writing was superb and the plot is much different than the typical strong, arrogant hero and spunky heroine. The couple has a h I'll be honest. I couldn't finish this book, though I did get it for free from FirstReads. The problem wasn't the writing or even the story. I think it was the setting. I'm not fond of historicals that don't take place during the Regency or in the American West. Clearly, it was wrong of me to pick up a book that wasn't even in my chosen genre. What I can say, is that the writing was superb and the plot is much different than the typical strong, arrogant hero and spunky heroine. The couple has a history and the heroine is no innocent virgin. I recommend it to those who like this time period, when knights were commonplace. I don't know what its called. I guess I still prefer witty banter and tea, along with the infamous Ton.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patti TheLoveJunkee

    Knight of Passion is not your typical boy meets girl, boy wants girl, heaving bosoms and flirtations ensue story. As the story opens, Jamie and Linett are young an in love/lust with each other and have been able to arrange a tryst in an empty room in the castle. Jamie doesn't know Lynette has arranged for them to be caught so that she might escape her father's promise of her virginity to Sir Guy, a snake among men. Naturally Jamie is devastated by her deception and leaves. Five years later, we mee Knight of Passion is not your typical boy meets girl, boy wants girl, heaving bosoms and flirtations ensue story. As the story opens, Jamie and Linett are young an in love/lust with each other and have been able to arrange a tryst in an empty room in the castle. Jamie doesn't know Lynette has arranged for them to be caught so that she might escape her father's promise of her virginity to Sir Guy, a snake among men. Naturally Jamie is devastated by her deception and leaves. Five years later, we meet Jamie again, on his way to the castle to offer his protection to the newly widowed young queen. He meets an old man who's Lady is in trouble. As Jamie steps in to assist, he realizes the Lady is Linette. He hasn't forgotten her over the years, but her betrayal still stings. Lynette is on her way to see the Queen - a good friend. Of course Jamie and Linette end up spending time together, which neither of them wants. Jamie wants to find a nice, well-behaved wife while he's at court. Linette wants revenge against the person or persons who swindled her grandfather when he got to senile to realize he was being cheated; his death left Linette and her twin brother destitute and alone. Lynette and Jamie keep ending up together and act on their passion,which has not quelled during their time apart. They agree it's temporary but exclusive. In reality Jamie wants to marry Linette but knows he must broach the subject slowly, building up to it so as not to scare her off. Linette doesn't want to be controlled by a man - she is single minded in her need for revenge. Linette is the angriest heroine I have ever read in a historical romance. I was just as upset as Jamie that she would not give up her revenge for his love. I wanted a HEA for these two so badly, and every time it seemed they would get together, some clue would come up and Linette would go chasing it, leaving Jamie behind. I will say this about Jamie - he was not some pushover who waited around once he realized where Linette's intentions lay. Once he decided Linette was not going to give up her revenge, his courtship of Agnes was quite funny. Not to worry, for those of you who need a HEA - Ms. Mallory does deliver! The secondary characters were quite engaging - the Queen was a bit of a ditz but you couldn't help but feel badly for her situation. Jamie's squire Martin was adorable - I hope we get to see him in a future book! I know this review has rambled a bit - I didn't even get to the devil worshippers or the political intrigue! And, I totally guessed the wrong villian :) As angry as Linette was, and as frustrated as I was with Linette and Jamie's lack of communication, I did enjoy this book. I give Knight of Passion 3 1/2 out of 5 stars!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    The third and final book in the All the King's Men trilogy. This is the book that my book club is reading and what lead me to read the first two. My read the books in order rule has not disappointed me. King Henry has died young and left a young widow, Queen Katherine, and the toddler king. There are two factions, the Gloucesters and Winchesters, fighting to "guide" the young king, who has been taken from the foreign queen (Queen Katherine is French.) Lady Linnet, our heroine, is one of the queen The third and final book in the All the King's Men trilogy. This is the book that my book club is reading and what lead me to read the first two. My read the books in order rule has not disappointed me. King Henry has died young and left a young widow, Queen Katherine, and the toddler king. There are two factions, the Gloucesters and Winchesters, fighting to "guide" the young king, who has been taken from the foreign queen (Queen Katherine is French.) Lady Linnet, our heroine, is one of the queen's advisors, but her most urgent desire is to seek revenge for Grandfather against the men who cheated him and left her and her twin brother, Francois, to starve upon his death. She is intent so intent on revenge that she will sacrifice everything, including love, to achieve her goal. Our story opens in France with Lady Linnet in bed with her childhood sweetheart, Sir Jamie Rayburn, the step-son of Lord William FitzAlan. Linnet is supposed to be engaged to another man when they are caught together in bed. But not by accident, for Linnet has no desire to marry the man her father has chosen for her, Guy Pomeroy. Jamie is unaware of Linnet's plot until they are discovered together and he leaves for England, heartsick at the cruelty of Linnet's refusal of his proposal. Five years later in London, Jamie rescues Linnet from a near riot in the streets of London and learns that she is an advisor to the queen while he is an advisor to the Bishop of Winchester. Their romance is eventually reignited and eventually Linnet agrees to an engagement to Jamie with the promise to stop her quest for vengeance. But one night, Linnet sees an opportunity to obtain her last revenge and she ignores her promise to Jamie, certain that he will never learn of her transgression. Linnet is wrong and Jamie learns of her betrayal and calls off the engagement. Linnet stills wants Jamie, but Jamie is determined to find a wife he can trust and soon his family has arranged for him to marry a woman whose only desire is to enter a convent -- but her family has land, something that Jamie as the step-son of Lord FitzAlan does not have. God's beard, when will our misguided lovers learn that they belong together? For sooth, certainly Jamie knows that Linnet needs him -- especially since her quest for vengeance is taking her into danger. (I just love the quaint little phrases used during the 15th century.) Yes, another great story. I anxiously await more from this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)

    This book really took me by surprise by being such a fun read. I tend not read as many medieval as I do other historical romances set in other eras because I keep picturing mud whenever I read medievals. You know, like muddy houses, pigs and chickens walking in mud, serfs with muddy and dirty clothes, drafty castles with a nasty moat and a muddy yard... this is probably thanks to all the medieval movies I've seen but needless to say, mud is not romantic and I prefer the glittering balls of Regen This book really took me by surprise by being such a fun read. I tend not read as many medieval as I do other historical romances set in other eras because I keep picturing mud whenever I read medievals. You know, like muddy houses, pigs and chickens walking in mud, serfs with muddy and dirty clothes, drafty castles with a nasty moat and a muddy yard... this is probably thanks to all the medieval movies I've seen but needless to say, mud is not romantic and I prefer the glittering balls of Regency London. When I started, I did read this book with mud tinted glasses but soon I stopped thinking about all that and really got into the story. Knight of Passion is the third book in Margaret Mallory's All the King's Men trilogy. I haven't read the first two books but there is no need to because this is a standalone book. It tells the story of Jamie Rayburn (the son of the heroine in Knight of Desire) and Lady Linnet, a lovely but headstrong French girl. I love Jamie and he is the kind of hero I enjoy reading about. He's strong, loyal, honorable, has a sense of humor and a bit of a beta hero in my opinion but he's no pushover. Then there's Linnet, whose main goal in life is to extract revenge against those who have driven her grandfather to ruin. She's your quintessential romance heroine in that she's beautiful, independent, intelligent, ahead of her time in thinking and stubborn to a fault. I liked her but I also wanted to shake her a few times and tell her to get over the whole revenge thing. My favorite parts of the book were the ones with Jamie and Linnet together. They had crazy chemistry and they needed each other and were better together than apart. I believed in their love and rooted for them. There's also a great cast of secondary characters some of which are based on real historical figures and readers who have followed the series will enjoy reading updates of the leads in the previous books. I was surprised to find there's a lot of humor in this book and it's actually the first medieval romance that had me chuckling out loud. This is the first book I've read from the author and I thought it was well-written and highly enjoyable. I'm looking forward to more from her. If you're looking for a fun medieval with of great leads, royal intrigue, revenge and a medieval that'll make you forget about mud, Knight of Passion is it! 4.25 out of 5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Terra

    The author has given us a wonderfully delicious third installment of All The King's Men and one you won't soon forget. Lots of love, passion, deceit and watch out for the tip of the sword action to have everyone enjoy. Lady Linnet is a prize alright. She is quite beautiful but doesn't have an ounce of common sense but does carry a conviction for payback for past hurts that gets her in more trouble than even someone with back luck would admire. Jamie Rayburn has been trying so hard for years to get The author has given us a wonderfully delicious third installment of All The King's Men and one you won't soon forget. Lots of love, passion, deceit and watch out for the tip of the sword action to have everyone enjoy. Lady Linnet is a prize alright. She is quite beautiful but doesn't have an ounce of common sense but does carry a conviction for payback for past hurts that gets her in more trouble than even someone with back luck would admire. Jamie Rayburn has been trying so hard for years to get Linnet out of his system when all of a sudden she is smack dab in his face making his own personal flag stand at full attention whenever she's around. So much for forgetting and getting on with your life. Oh and if that's not bad enough, Linnet knows just what buttons to push to really trigger Jamie's unbridled fury. The thousand dollar question though is can he keep from killing her before his passions get the best of him? Which tip of sword do you think she will taste first? This is a quick fluffy read that I truely did enjoy and really hope to see more from Margaret Mallory in the future. This author has a knack for testing one's patience all in the name of love. Way to go Margaret!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

    Though Margaret Mallory is a relatively new writer of historical romance, she crafts her stories with a deft hand. Her "All the King's Men" series is consistently entertaining -- with the just right amount of romance, banter, and subplots so that each book offers the escape and lighthearted romance that mark a "keeper." But in Knight of Passion, Mallory adds certain historical details and suspense that give the novel a little something extra and turn it into one of my favorites. Mallory includes Though Margaret Mallory is a relatively new writer of historical romance, she crafts her stories with a deft hand. Her "All the King's Men" series is consistently entertaining -- with the just right amount of romance, banter, and subplots so that each book offers the escape and lighthearted romance that mark a "keeper." But in Knight of Passion, Mallory adds certain historical details and suspense that give the novel a little something extra and turn it into one of my favorites. Mallory includes Owen Tudor as a character in the novel and weaves in his romance with King Henry V's widow, Katherine de Valois. The start of the Tudor dynasty can be traced to Katherine de Valois, Owen Tudor and their children. But as interesting as the subplots may be, Knight of Passion is first and foremost a fun, satisfying romance novel. As I read the book, I knew it was one of those rare romances that I'd want to reread every so often. Knight of Passion is a book to share and to keep! ISBN-10: 0446559865 - Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Forever (June 1, 2010), 416 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bird

    Margaret Mallory's first book? One of my favorite historical romances. Her second one? Not quite as good, but still decent. This one? Disappointing. Linnet is one of my least favorite heroines of all time. She is a self-involved manipulative brat. I disliked her from the very first few pages, and it got worse as the story continued. Jamie hit the nail on the head when he told her that she was putting everything in her life before him. Even worse, she doesn't agree that it's a problem. Ugh, what a Margaret Mallory's first book? One of my favorite historical romances. Her second one? Not quite as good, but still decent. This one? Disappointing. Linnet is one of my least favorite heroines of all time. She is a self-involved manipulative brat. I disliked her from the very first few pages, and it got worse as the story continued. Jamie hit the nail on the head when he told her that she was putting everything in her life before him. Even worse, she doesn't agree that it's a problem. Ugh, what a bitch. It's difficult to root for the characters when you can't stand one of them. Jamie was definitely the best part of the book. He was so gentle and loving, and that made me even angrier every time Linnet stomped on his heart. The sex scenes are another aspect of Margaret Mallory's books that I think are going steadily downhill. Her first book was HOT, and each subsequent one appears to be getting less so. I was so excited to read this book, which makes me all the more disappointed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... A very disappointing end to this trilogy. Knight of Passion was just... ugh! I liked MM’s writing, loved the historical aspects but I was very annoyed with the H and h of the book, Jamie and Linnet. They were so immature in everything; Linnet was such an ignorant little b*tch and Jamie such a moron, that I heaved a sigh of relief as I finished the book. No Ms. Author, just because someone is so beautiful, it doe My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... A very disappointing end to this trilogy. Knight of Passion was just... ugh! I liked MM’s writing, loved the historical aspects but I was very annoyed with the H and h of the book, Jamie and Linnet. They were so immature in everything; Linnet was such an ignorant little b*tch and Jamie such a moron, that I heaved a sigh of relief as I finished the book. No Ms. Author, just because someone is so beautiful, it doesn’t give her the right to do whatever she wants to get her way, at the expense of other peoples’ feelings. A person without common sense and integrity isn’t attractive, no matter how beautiful he/she is outwardly. So you fail in this regard. I don’t care that it’s a Romance novel/fantasy-land, Linnet was exasperating and immature. Her so-called ‘unearthly beauty’ paled in comparison to her moronic activities. I wasn’t fond of her from the beginning and she got worse as I read pages after pages. In Knight of Pleasure, Stephen and William saved Linnet and Francois (twins) from an invasion of the English army in Falaise. Stephen brought them back. Francois and Linnet worked under Stephen, Isobel (later Stephen’s wife). They lived with Stephen and then Robert, the King’s advisor, and his wife, Claudette for a while. I kinda felt that Linnet was a bit too matured and reckless for her age but I had no idea how worse it got. She was said to be so beautiful even as a child that men always cast lusty glances at her, something that didn’t change as she grew older. While living with Robert’s family, Linnet had no reigns on her activities and grew more headstrong. She would do whatever she has set her mind to, damn the consequences. Francois was always being harassed by her actions but since she’s soooo ‘beautiful’, they all forgive her actions sooner or later. I didn’t see anything forming between Jamie (William’s stepson and Catherine’s eldest son) and Linnet in Knight of Pleasure as they’re both in their teens. But in the passing years, it seems they formed an attraction to each-other. Jamie is 3 yrs older than Linnet and was more experienced. But even then, Jamie really wasn’t a womanizer and thoughts about love and respect were in his mind, mostly because his parents were a glowing example of one. Meanwhile, it’s known that Linnet and Francois are bastards of a nobleman, who apparently never claimed them, let alone bear any of their expanses. With their mother dead, their old grandfather looked after them. He was a cloth merchant, who was robbed off by some of his close friends, who plotted his downfall. Linnet and Francois has been in London before with their grandfather but before they turned 12, things changed. Their grandfather died, leaving them destitute. Linnet has vague memories of some men or the article of their clothing, as both siblings spied from their hiding place when those men turned on their grandfather. And that day, Linnet vowed that she will have justice, no matter what it takes her to get it. As time passed by, the idea of justice turned into bitter vengeance in her mind, even though she won’t acknowledge it thus. Francois, on the other hand, is quite jolly and doesn’t believe in this vengeance. But he couldn’t disabuse his sister of this idea as well. After sometimes, when they’re in Paris (I think they were with Robert’s family that time), their father Alain suddenly takes an interest in them, his legitimate sons having died. Linnet hated her father with a force that made her do just about anything to hurt this man. And, Jamie too, in the process. Jamie was in Paris too, with the King’s army. He already loved Linnet (Love? Not to me. I thought it was more ‘uncontrollable lust’ than love) and wanted her a lot. Linnet knew this and she wanted Jamie too but she wanted her revenge more. Alain arranges a marriage for her with a man named Pomeroy, who is a close acquaintance of the Duke of Gloucester, King Henry V’s brother. Now, Gloucester was total opposite to the saintly King; a womanizer and a wastrel. It was obvious that Pomeroy was something of the same thing. Linnet never liked him and she would never marry the man, so she seduces Jamie and stages the whole scene so that Alain and Pomeroy would find them. Jamie, the young lovesick puppy, had no idea about it. When she gives her virginity to him, Jamie is talking about marriage. But marriage is the farthest thing in Linnet’s mind. She would have her ‘justice’, work to get her grandfather’s business on the market once again and destroy all the merchants who has worked as her grandfather’s downfall. When Alain and Pomeroy finally come in and found them naked together, it was revealed that the room was Pomeroy’s (Jamie obviously had no idea). The marriage arrangement was canceled of course but Jamie got the shock of his life when the truth dawned on him. Linnet was happy that her plan worked but then, she realized (as her slow brain took it in) that what she did to Jamie to acquire this. Jamie won’t give in and leaves her without a glance. She can contact him only if there’s a child. But, I knew Jamie’s a jacka$$ when he threatens Alain not to hurt Linnet for her actions, while IMO, she deserved flogging for this. It was so self-centered and b*tchy! Anyway, 5 years pass by. Jamie has become a womanizer, to forget the b*tch, who just won’t leave his head. But he’s also working for the young king, as King Henry V has already passed away, leaving his young widow Katherine and their infant son. I love the historical aspects in this book, the real-life characters weaved through the whole story. This was one of the very few things that I truly enjoyed about this book. Back to the story, Linnet has done some ‘improvements’ on her quest for revenge. She thwarted marriage with Pomeroy but a few months later, married his feeble old uncle, not only to spite Pomeroy but also for money. She needed loads of it to get her revenge plan going. She was very calculating about her moves. Her husband died, leaving her a rich widow. She has done almost all the things she’d planned; taking back the business which is now thriving and money pouring in. She has already destroyed most of the merchants behind their tragic childhood. But, she is yet to find the superior culprit, the one who pulled the strings and used this lesser men on his behalf. She is still making investigation with the help of an elderly clerk of hers, Master Woodley. And, Linnet also has quite the high profile position now; the queen’s companion. She is Katherine’s good friend, closest and a confidante. We see that the young queen is sad and distressed because her 3 yrs old son was always taken away from her for things my brain won’t process well, something to do with the running of the Monarchy, which the young King’s uncle, the Duke of Bedford and Bishop Beaufort (Henry’s own uncle) was doing on his behalf. There were political aspects I’m not really interested to talk about but I think MM did her research well and weaved the incidents nicely. Now, Linnet cares for the queen but she can’t do anything about the young king’s absence. We meet someone called Edmund Beaufort, related to Bishop Beaufort, who is always flirting away with Linnet and has hinted to take her as his mistress. Linnet has considered it to some extent but before she could do anything, Jamie comes back into her life. Jamie has spent the last 5 yrs in war and working for England. Now he’s back to take a wife and settle down. But meeting Linnet again only diverts him from his mission. He’s consumed by the old lust for her that never died. But Jamie is trying hard to not let lust rule him and his utter dislike for Linnet to be shown. But Jamie, ah, he failed miserably in this regard. Anyway, he and his squire both are always agape like some drooling fool whenever she’s near. They keep on playing this hide-and-seek-ihateyou-butiwannaf*ckyoutoo game for sometimes. There are some troubles from Pomeroy and Jamie’s possessive instinct comes out instantly to save Linnet. But the thing is that, when Linnet was attacked by Pomeroy, she was to blame for it because she was as reckless as ever in her quest for revenge. Also she was the nosiest heroines I’ve ever read. Just can’t freakin’ keep her nosy self out of anything. She HAS to see and HAS to investigate, damn the consequences, again and again. She had zero ounce of common sense in this regard. But, because it’s a romance is why she didn’t get caught in her own stupidity until the very end IMO. She would be raped and dead in RL! Right after their altercation with Pomeroy, Jamie and Linnet have hasty sex, when she was already befuddled from Pomeroy’s attack. It was really unbelievable. I don’t know why the authors think that after an upsetting event, what a person immediately wants is sex and sex and more sex! I read a book where the heroine’s brother was murdered and she demanded (and had) sex with the hero just after he imparted the news, leaving me totally speechless! O_o Anyway, this restarts Jamie and Linnet’s affair and they keep making out like bunnies whenever they could, didn’t matter the time or place, so much so, that at one point I thought MM was trying to make up for the lack of sex scenes in Knight of Pleasure. So, Linnet was happy to put it this way as long as she can but Jamie, the fool, was again snared. He didn’t want to end, he was still possessive about her. He even went out to challenge Pomeroy on a duel, even though Linnet was to blame for her predicament. If Pomeroy called her a ‘whore’, she was a kind of a whore for using her beauty as a method of getting her way! She married Pomeroy’s uncle for money FGS but not Pomeroy, because of his lack of it. Pomeroy wanted her genuinely and a bit insanely, which came out later in a series of shocking incidents. The gossips about witches and sorcery were floating around the court. Gloucester’s mistress, Eleanor Cobham was said to have a link to these, then again, everyone knows that she’s mean and cunning, not to mention jealous about her lover. Linnet herself has once been accused of it, thanks to Pomeroy, right after his uncle’s death. Linnet also visited this apothecary woman. Her intentions was to get herbs for protection against pregnancy but she also gets a bit of gossip about one of that woman’s apprentices, who is said to have been practicing the dark art. The woman also warns Linnet that her nosy nature would lead her to trouble. Truer words were never spoken but very predictably, Linnet never took those words by heart. One day, she witnesses something in the basement of Westminster. Linnet was being her usual nosy self and went to ‘investigate’ something that caught her attentions. She finds some ceremony, where people were practicing something definitely dark. She sees this man wearing wolf’s headdress initiating it and then after some rituals, having sex with a woman. The man looks at Linnet while doing it, as if he knew she’s snooping around. Linnet just runs after that and quite shocked. But she was aroused too by all these, so she goes straight to Jamie. I don’t think I have to elaborate what they did afterwards, even though Linnet was dirty from her basement visit. And she doesn’t tell Jamie the whole story, skipping the part of sexual congress. She might’ve known that Jamie would be furious if he knew the whole truth! As they were having their secret affair, Owen Tudor makes an appearance. He is the son of Maredudd Tudor (story in Knight of Desire) and closer to age with Jamie. I liked Owen’s easygoing charm immensely, which is way I wasn’t happy, at all, when he starts an affair with the air-headed Queen. I know this event was added from the historical facts (the real Katherine did have an affair with one Owen Tudor and had many kids with him), still I didn’t like it. I wasn’t very fond of Katherine at first, she wasn’t very smart. I wanted Owen to have a great heroine but I knew he’s destined for Katherine after I read the history in Wiki. But, as I read along, I begin to feel compassion for Katherine, who has never been allowed to have an opinion or ask for something she wants in her entire life. Maybe she needed Owen to lighten up her world. He starts working as Katherine’s Clerk of Wardrobe just before their affair. Linnet knew this is a disaster in the making (political reasons, queen can’t associate herself with a lowly commoner) and she sought out Jamie’s help to avoid it, which obviously doesn’t work. They go to bed soon after Jamie and Linnet leave for Paris and begin their own affair on full throttle. Linnet was sort of closing in on the main culprit but every time she made a close move, he’d slip away. Then Jamie wasn’t giving her any peace as well. Francois visits her in Paris but we’re not entirely sure what he does when he goes away. It was mysterious and never explained. He also helps Linnet with various gossips that might help her position with the queen. Francois guessed that Linnet is having an affair with Jamie and he approved… but he did his brotherly duty by accosting Jamie. Jamie confirms him that he has marriage in mind, but they both know how ‘stubborn’ (read: stupid) Linnet is, so he’s making slow approach. When they return from Paris, Linnet is no closer to the truth. Jamie already made a move, asked her to forget about her revenge and marry him. Linnet, of course, put on a resistance at first but she had to give in. She promised him, again, that she’d forgive this mad quest. Jamie might’ve also imparted some repulsive information about him and Eleanor to Linnet, something I entirely could’ve done without. I hoped that Linnet would kick him outta her house, it was that gross but as she didn’t and went to have sex with him just afterwards, I thought, ‘well, aren’t you two a match made in heaven?!’ But I digress. Gloucester had his dirty eyes on Linnet too and he casts a lure. He can give her more information about the man she’s seeking but in return, she’d have to become his mistress. Hmm, Linnet thought, I won’t become his mistress of course but I can use this to get information. I can handle Gloucester and act as if I’m inclined to his wishes. Afterwards, I can always pay him off since he’s always in need of money. And Jamie needs never know about this.......... I leave you to decide what to think of her. Yes, she goes there to ‘act’ with Gloucester. Little did she know that Eleanor knew of it. She leads Jamie to Gloucester’s room. He finds Linnet on Gloucester’s lap...... I lost all my interest after this and wanted to kill, JUST KILL this ignorant b*tch. Jamie was hurt again beyond words and I would be happy if he just kicked her outta his life. He almost did... Almost but not quite. Jamie’s summoned by the Duke of Bedford who informs him that a bride has been chosen for him. Jamie, before his affair with Linnet, made it known that he’s looking for one. Now, both Bedford and Beaufort want him to marry this heiress. Jamie is determined and receives the man, Stafford and his daughter, Agnes. Stafford is another ignorant a-hole, who thinks his daughter is a blight upon his life. He’s always demeaning her and Jamie feels sorry for the girl, who, it was rumored, wanted to become a nun. He thinks Agnes is attractive enough but not quite as devastatingly beautiful as Linnet. Yes, she kept coming back in everything Jamie did. I lost my respect for Jamie as well, how could he after what she did to him, over and over again? I hated when he made these comparisons with Agnes. Agnes, it seemed, was a bit too enthusiastic about the Bible and its verses. I felt that MM is trying to make a fool of Agnes to make Linnet a much better prospect, that Agnes was used, more than once, for this purpose. Pathetic as this effort was, I liked Agnes much better than Linnet. And Jamie, I didn’t think, for once, would’ve married the girl. But he isn’t averse to spite Linnet, who was now stewing into this trouble of her own making. Jamie repeatedly ignored her pleas to hear her out. Then his parents, William and Catherine visit and find Linnet’s distasteful comments about Jamie’s sexual urges and how Agnes would never be able to satisfy him like she does. To her, their sex life was the last resort to get Jamie back so why not use it? Anyway, Jamie leaves with his parents and visits his siblings. William and Catherine now have a platoon of children; 7 daughters and 2 sons (including Jamie). Jamie’s immediate next is his brother, Nicholas. Revisiting the FitzAlans was another part which I adored about this book. I couldn’t believe this trilogy finally spanned 30 yrs from the first book! Made me really wistful. *sigh* Anyway, William tries to talk to Jamie about his marriage (and Linnet) but he’s resolute about marrying Agnes. Then Catherine had to make her confession about Jamie’s parentage. Jamie already knew that Rayburn wasn’t his real father. We finally get to learn more about the young knight. Seems that the man didn’t die then. Jamie’s real father, who became a monk later on, died a few months ago. Jamie wasn’t here so he never got the news. On his way, Jamie visits Stephen and Isabel too, who are happily married. Jamie later meets with his new uncle and aunt, Charles and Annie. It was apparent that both are very nice people and in love. I totally loved this part too. They welcome Jamie with open arms. Now it’s apparent that Jamie is the heir to a prospering estate and lands since Charles has no children. I don’t know if it was necessary to ‘show’ that Jamie is now rich and has his own lands but I loved that he finally got to meet his blood relations. Next, he’s in Stafford’s home. Linnet’s taunt about Agnes and his sex life comes back and Jamie becomes determined to find out about this part. It ends in a disaster of course, since Agnes’s puritanical views on sex set Jamie off totally. I, again, felt that she was just used, quite badly, to create a foil for Linnet. Either way, my fool heart wished that she got her own book, along with Francois. It was crushed when Jamie returns to ‘take Linnet back’, as Agnes flew to a nunnery. Linnet, on the other hand, learns from Francois that Alain is dead. Bundles of letters by her father confirmed that the man actually cared for them and wanted to take care of them, which their grandfather never approved of. Francois has been closer to Alain than Linnet ever was. So, upon hearing the news, Linnet becomes very upset. She’s now full of remorse. Soon, she’s in real trouble too. Someone is after her now. The old rumors of her practicing sorcery comes back to haunt her. From here, things take serious turns as Linnet is kidnapped. It was just... yada yada yada but what I distinctly remember is Jamie making fun of Agnes with Linnet somewhere in the story, with Linnet as ‘apple tart with clotted cream’ while Agnes the ‘plain oatcake’. Why would he want plain oatcake when he can have apple tart with clotted cream? So immature and mean! As I said, big sigh of relief...! I would rate it less than 3 stars if I didn’t appreciate those few good moments in the story, which sadly, have nothing to do with Linnet or Jamie.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    So, this book followed the cardinal rule I have found to be true in my year plus of reading romance novels. In a historical romance trilogy, the third book is never as good as it's predecessors. Take the series Blackshear Family trilogy. Loved the first two, but couldn't even get through the whole finale, A Woman Entangled, and I skimmed to the end. Julianne MacLean's Highlander trilogy fared little better. Again, the first two installments blew me away, and then the third book, Seduced by the H So, this book followed the cardinal rule I have found to be true in my year plus of reading romance novels. In a historical romance trilogy, the third book is never as good as it's predecessors. Take the series Blackshear Family trilogy. Loved the first two, but couldn't even get through the whole finale, A Woman Entangled, and I skimmed to the end. Julianne MacLean's Highlander trilogy fared little better. Again, the first two installments blew me away, and then the third book, Seduced by the Highlander, derailed from the fabulous-ness of the first two books, which made for a ho-hum conclusion. While I can say Knight of Passion is better than those end of trilogies, it was not the five-star romance that Knight of Desire and Knight of Pleasure were for me. I would give it 3.5 stars rather than the 3 if I could, so know that at least. Knight of Passion starts off with a bang, that is to say with a very exciting prologue. I could tell from it, that Margaret Mallory is keeping things fresh. It has a different tone and setup than the beginnings of the first two books in the All the King's Men trilogy. Our hero and heroine are already together as teenage lovers in the opening pages. They being Jamie Rayburn and Lady Linnet, introduced in books 1 and 2, respectively. But before the prologue's close, Linnet does something to irrevocably break them apart and to make Jamie hate her forever. Or so it would seem. Fast-forward to chapter one, and their paths cross again years later. Jamie reluctantly feels his attraction for Linnet growing again, and Linnet is annoyed to find she still harbors a torch for the one that got away. Amid their grudging courtship is all the political intrigue one's come to expect from a Mallory novel if you've read up to this point. This time, Henry V is dead, and powerful men are ruling in the stead of the boy king he's left behind. Mallory deftly places Jamie and Linnet right in the midst of this rich history, by having Linnet be a lady in close confidence with the dowager queen Katherine, and having Jamie be childhood friends with Owen Tudor, the lowly member of court who has caught Katherine's eye. Mallory puts the historical fiction is historical romance like no other, and it's a good thing I have such a strong medieval aesthetic, as it led greatly to my enjoyment of the book. Ya know, who can resist this? Romantic huh? *sigh* Anyhoo, this book definitely is problematic for me. Sadly, our hero and heroine are often TSTL (too stupid to live). I never thought this would be the case as I loved-LOVED I say!-Jamie from the time we met him as a four-year-old, to when he was a young teenager fighting in France; ditto for Linnet as a precocious and resourceful French lady's maid as she was at twelve-years-old. Sadly, I think I liked them both more before they grew up, and when they weren't the stars of their own book. Jamie is somewhat lacking in the hero department. All About Romance has a recent blog post titled The Ideal Romantic Hero. In it, the author uses A Game of Thrones as an example. She points out that Ned Stark-the purported hero of that novel-is too boring and righteous and unwavering in his morals to be a good hero, and he would make the dullest of romance heroes. And I totally agree. I paraphrased but here's a link to that interesting blog post here: The Ideal Romantic Hero. Jamie has the Ned Stark problem. He is honorable, unyielding, and uncompromising, even in his romance with Linnet. Does that sound like a good attitude to having when trying to have a relationship? I don't think so! He always thinks he is right, Linnet is always wrong, and all he wants is a docile wife to take home to a castle to have babies with and to help oversee his estate. Ummm...Linnet is a spitfire woman with a thriving merchant business and a quest for revenge. You picked the wrong woman for that agenda, buddy! The amount of times Jamie insists Linnet is in the wrong and to blame for all their relationship woes is soooo frustrating. And I hated that eventually he has her convinced it was aaaaall her fault and she has to apologize and grovel to him while he acts holier than thou and like he won't forgive her! Unequal relationship much? And none too chivalrous if you ask me. For all Jamie's talk of being a true knight, his lack of understanding for his lady love didn't seem knightly to me. One of my favorite redeeming Jamie moments (and one of the only ones, trust me), was when Mallory deployed one of my favorite romance novel tropes, a duel for the lady's honor. I do think it's awfully romantic when a dude will literally throw down a gauntlet for the honor of the woman he loves. And, let me see, Jamie finally makes an effort to see Linnet's POV and to aid her in her goals towards the climax, with some serious nudging from a heroine of a previous All the King's Men novel. And of course in the end he admits to his faults and to his part of the blame, and realizes how he should have treated Linnet all along. It's romantic, HEA ensues, and it is a good ending, I'll give you that. Linnet, while displaying TSTL qualities early on, was really admirable as I came to see. A businesswoman set on seeing justice for her wronged family, she has a plot usually reserved for the male heroes of romance novels. She's in charge of her sexuality and Mallory pulls no punches when writing her dialogue. I'm honestly not a fan of the trope of heroes and heroines who fell in love years before and are reunited, unless extensive flashbacks of these former years are shown, and we only see Jamie and Linnet's early relationship in the prologue. As it was, I wasn't sure why they fell in love since they mainly argue and drive each other crazy and their goals and personalities seem to be so opposing. I want to be there for the hero and heroine's first love scene, when they realize they love each other the first time, etc. Knowing that all this already happened in this past and that as the reader we missed out on it, always seems like a cop out on the author's part to me. I could go on for pages about the the scores of villains who crawl out of the medieval woodwork and seem over-the-top cartoon-ish, as if they're about to burst into a song like this: I could rant about the ridiculous witchcraft plot-line, that broke the verisimilitude of the series that had previously been straight up historical romance without any wack-a-doodle fantastical elements. But instead, I'll just say that despite my complaints, I did go along for the ride and end up enjoying it, as I'm wont to do when it's by an author I love, and there are still redeeming qualities to the novel. Read it if you enjoyed the first two books so you get closure and enjoy the cameos of the characters you've come to love. All the King's Men really feels like a nice family saga, with all the lovable FitzAlans and Carletons and Rayburns. Mallory does happy families wonderfully, and that's present here. You may even like this book as a standalone. It may be easier to appreaciate the hero and heroine if you aren't aware of their childhood potential, and the perfect romantic pairings of the first two installments. Recommended, as after all, I'm giving it 3.5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sian

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Cinnamon

    Regret. Pain. Hope. Passion. Love. Those are the themes of KNIGHT OF PASSION by Margaret Mallory, although not necessarily in that order. Fans of Mallory will recognize our hero, Jamie Rayburn as the little boy from Knight of Desire. In the first book of the series, Jamie was a cute and precocious boy. Now, in KNIGHT OF PASSION, Jamie has grown up and become quite the looker. He's returned to England, searching for a wife to build a home. Although his heart is drawn to Lady Linnet, his mind steer Regret. Pain. Hope. Passion. Love. Those are the themes of KNIGHT OF PASSION by Margaret Mallory, although not necessarily in that order. Fans of Mallory will recognize our hero, Jamie Rayburn as the little boy from Knight of Desire. In the first book of the series, Jamie was a cute and precocious boy. Now, in KNIGHT OF PASSION, Jamie has grown up and become quite the looker. He's returned to England, searching for a wife to build a home. Although his heart is drawn to Lady Linnet, his mind steers him away. He wants a nice stable wife - can Linnet play that role? The Lady Linnet's heart is torn in two different directions. One side of her wants to reek vengeance on the people who left who her poor and homeless after the death of her grandfather. She marries and quickly becomes a widow, all in according to her plan of generating wealth in order to track her prey across England. The other side of her, the side filled with love and hope, cried at having left Jamie to fulfill her dark mission. When she befriends Queen Katherine and finds herself once more in the presence of Jamie, the spark is quickly rekindled. Will her love for him be enough to convince him that she can change or will her mistakes destine her to a life without him? This book was a bit more intense for me than Knight of Desire. The first in the series with Lady Catherine Rayburn and William FitzAlan is still by far my favorite, but KNIGHT OF PASSION turned out to be pretty good competition. The relationship between Jamie and Linnet was one that kept you on the edge of your seat throughout most of the story. The passion was there, surely, but was the trust? Ms. Mallory teased us and then pushed us away, leaving us with the knowledge that both parties truly loved one another but wondering if a Happily Ever After was possible for these two. Unfortunately, I won't be able to answer this question for you. You'll just have to read and find out. One thing that makes Ms. Mallory's books so fantastic is the attention to detail she puts into them. Her writing is just as beautiful and colorful as the covers on the books and it is easy to get lost in the story through her words. Sometimes we see good stories, good plots, but the writing bogs the book down. Ms. Mallory presents us with a work that flows easily and reads quite well despite the complexity of the story and relationships therein. By far my favorite aspect of KNIGHT OF PASSION was Lady Linnet. Her backstory was painful and really tugged on the heartstrings. It was difficult reading about her at times because we knew what she was going through and what she needed, but the world always seemed to work against her and there wasn't a thing we could do about it. There were times that I wanted to shout at Jamie and tell him all about Linnet; tell him just to love her. Fortunately, I couldn't and watching the two learn about each other and themselves made for a fantastic story. I would highly recommend this to any fans of historical romance. The book is well researched, paced quite well, full of passion, and beautifully written. Ms. Mallory is an expert and one that romance junkies just have to experience.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Knight of Passion by Margaret Mallory is a story full of revenge, love, hope and pain. Our main characters, Jamie and Linnet, have to face England's crude underground- witchcraft, necromancy and blood rituals, to name a few. And Linnet will not let any obstacle destroy her opportunity to seek vengeance on those who desecrated her family. Jamie Rayburn, our knight in shining armor. He's charming, beautiful and has a colossal desire to get married and build a family with a virtuous, stable wife. Ja Knight of Passion by Margaret Mallory is a story full of revenge, love, hope and pain. Our main characters, Jamie and Linnet, have to face England's crude underground- witchcraft, necromancy and blood rituals, to name a few. And Linnet will not let any obstacle destroy her opportunity to seek vengeance on those who desecrated her family. Jamie Rayburn, our knight in shining armor. He's charming, beautiful and has a colossal desire to get married and build a family with a virtuous, stable wife. Jamie has the willpower and discipline to do what it takes to achieve all his career and personal goals. Now all that's left to do is find a woman that wants the same thing, someone who won't mind waiting for him to come home from battle and listen to his victory stories. Easier said than done. He's never been able to let go of his first love, his only true weakness- Linnet. She ripped his heart out and stomped on it five years prior to the start of this story. Jamie was set on marrying her when she told him she had no plans to become betrothed. He is determined to find another, for Linnet's dangerous, vindictive plans are too much for a man full of integrity and honor. Linnet has pushed Jamie away once again with her outrageous need to find justice for her grandfather- and this time it just may be for good. There are some captivating secondary characters that you will also find yourself delighted with. Following the relationship of Queen Katherine and Owen Tudor was incredibly fun and Linnet's twin Francois was fabulously charming. Mallory is extremely talented and I'm so glad I was introduced to her work! Mallory has obviously done a great deal of research for this trilogy- it certainly paid off! And if you're addicted to historical romance, you're going to want to get your hands on this book. Beautifully written, this novel can be read as a stand alone, but is apart of a trilogy. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the other two stories yet, but I most definitely will. Check out this review and more at RexRobotReviews dot com!

  19. 4 out of 5

    DKAY

    I really enjoyed this book. I had a difficult time getting into it but after a couple chapters I was not disappointed at all. I found the book was well written and after getting into the story found it very interesting and really liked the historical and paranormal mix. I liked the romance between Linnet and Jamie and how they began and how they met again later. I thought that the detail of the characters and the way their feelings were brought to life with the great descriptions was very good a I really enjoyed this book. I had a difficult time getting into it but after a couple chapters I was not disappointed at all. I found the book was well written and after getting into the story found it very interesting and really liked the historical and paranormal mix. I liked the romance between Linnet and Jamie and how they began and how they met again later. I thought that the detail of the characters and the way their feelings were brought to life with the great descriptions was very good and I got a real good feel for this story and really was able to get lost in it and that is one thing I look for in a good book. I have never read anything by Margaret Mallory before and would have to say I am looking forward to reading more. This is the third book in the series *All the King's Men* but I don't think it mattered at all that I hadn't read the first two yet but after reading this one I feel the need to read the others just because this one was so good. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get lost in a great historical romance. I was provided this book from the author Margaret Mallory, Forever- Hachette Book Group & Anna Balasi through Book Blogs. This review is of my own honest opinion on the book that I have recieved from this company free of charge to do this review and that in no way influences the way I do my reviews. I am under no obligation to give a positive or negative review. All reviews are of my own thoughts and should not influence a non-purchase on any item soley based on my reviews as these are only my own opinions

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I had been looking forward to reading Linnet's story after reading Knight of Pleasure. She was spunky, she was a mischievous, and she was someone you wanted to learn more about. In this book she became just another stupid heroine hell bent on doing whatever she wanted, damn the consequences or common sense. She went from being a likable character to be a cold and empty woman. The hero was not any more likable. In one chapter, he's yelling at her o I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I had been looking forward to reading Linnet's story after reading Knight of Pleasure. She was spunky, she was a mischievous, and she was someone you wanted to learn more about. In this book she became just another stupid heroine hell bent on doing whatever she wanted, damn the consequences or common sense. She went from being a likable character to be a cold and empty woman. The hero was not any more likable. In one chapter, he's yelling at her one minute, having sex the next minute and then tells her that he won't let her use him anymore & to leave him alone. Say what? There were too many threads going on at once. The book didn't flow for me. Witchcraft, revenge, queens. It wasn't a love story so much as a novel loosely based on some historical events with a couple of people thrown in. There are several background characters that I couldn't have cared less about either, meaning I don't think I want to read any of their books should they have one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Miss Jennifer ♥

    OhMyGosh this was my FAVORITE of the (All the King's Men) books. When i read Knight of Desire i fell in love with William. But once i met Stephen in Knight of Pleasure he was my new love. AND NOW Jaime from Knight of Passion has stolen my heart. This book is definately a new favorite. It has everything from to love, deciet,hurt, vengence to witchcraft and sorcery. Jaime is handsome, kind and sexy. His love Linnet is beautiful, wild and headstrong. They have loved each other since she was 15 and OhMyGosh this was my FAVORITE of the (All the King's Men) books. When i read Knight of Desire i fell in love with William. But once i met Stephen in Knight of Pleasure he was my new love. AND NOW Jaime from Knight of Passion has stolen my heart. This book is definately a new favorite. It has everything from to love, deciet,hurt, vengence to witchcraft and sorcery. Jaime is handsome, kind and sexy. His love Linnet is beautiful, wild and headstrong. They have loved each other since she was 15 and thier love has grown but she is too stubborn to stop seeing revenge in order to have Jaime. The passion between Jaime and Linnet is amazingly put into words in this book....(great sex)!!lol! I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I finished this book in a day and a half...i stayed up later than i should at nights. But when i got to the end of the book i was dissappointed...dissappointed that Jaime and Linnets story had come to an end. i look forward to reading more books by the talented Margaret Mallory!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Q

    3.5 Stars. I really liked the setting of this one: England, 1425, shortly after the death of Henry V with Linnet as lady-in-waiting to Katherine Valois; the Duke of Gloucester and the Bishop of Winchester grappling for control of the infant King Henry VI, and featuring quite a few historical players, like Owen Tudor and Eleanor Cobham. Not your typical romantic setting and the political strife plays a large part in the story. I liked the characters and I thought the plot was well-developed, with 3.5 Stars. I really liked the setting of this one: England, 1425, shortly after the death of Henry V with Linnet as lady-in-waiting to Katherine Valois; the Duke of Gloucester and the Bishop of Winchester grappling for control of the infant King Henry VI, and featuring quite a few historical players, like Owen Tudor and Eleanor Cobham. Not your typical romantic setting and the political strife plays a large part in the story. I liked the characters and I thought the plot was well-developed, with Linnet navigating the queen's court, the growing power of the merchant guilds, and rumors of sorcery and witchcraft as she searched for the men who ruined her grandfather. I was prepared to rate this higher, but then the devil worshipers showed up and the big climactic scene was just too over-the-top for me. But it's tastefully steamy throughout, and Jamie's a big sweetie-pie, and it was a nice way to spend a rainy day. I'll definitely read more from this author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sha Mslvoe

    The 3rd books in the medieval series; All The Kings Men. I really adore the cover. The sensual lips make me wanna to kiss the cover, LOL so pathetic. I didn't enjoy this book, I didn't like the story, although the characters were well developed. Jamie and Linnet are always meant to be together. I also wanted to shake Linnet and tell her to get over the revenge. But I loved the secondary characters. They were awesome. The relationship between Queen Kate and Owen Tudor was incredibly fun, so cute. The 3rd books in the medieval series; All The Kings Men. I really adore the cover. The sensual lips make me wanna to kiss the cover, LOL so pathetic. I didn't enjoy this book, I didn't like the story, although the characters were well developed. Jamie and Linnet are always meant to be together. I also wanted to shake Linnet and tell her to get over the revenge. But I loved the secondary characters. They were awesome. The relationship between Queen Kate and Owen Tudor was incredibly fun, so cute. I wish they get their own story. Even though this book is my least favorite in the series, I like the part when Jamie meets his real uncle, the way his uncle show his true love to his wife. His wife was sick but never failed him to love her. And last for not least, I loved the historical side of the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Draven

    I'd actually like to rate this book as 3 and a half stars, but I don't have that option so, I'll just extrapolate further. The last book of Mallory's Knight series is better than 3 stars but not quite deserving of 4. It's the passion of the couple and steamy page-turning love scenes that warrant the extra half star but it's the sense of waffling given to the characters and plot that cost it the other half. Still, a great romantic read and I'm definitely a confirmed fan of Mallory's work now! I'd actually like to rate this book as 3 and a half stars, but I don't have that option so, I'll just extrapolate further. The last book of Mallory's Knight series is better than 3 stars but not quite deserving of 4. It's the passion of the couple and steamy page-turning love scenes that warrant the extra half star but it's the sense of waffling given to the characters and plot that cost it the other half. Still, a great romantic read and I'm definitely a confirmed fan of Mallory's work now!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lindy

    I like Margaret Mallory's writing style and there was a lot to like about this book, but I don't like willful, defiant, reckless heroines. Linnet cared more about revenge than she did about Jamie. That was really disappointing and it made me dislike her. Jamie gave Linnet more chances than I would have, and she didn't deserve him. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I like Margaret Mallory's writing style and there was a lot to like about this book, but I don't like willful, defiant, reckless heroines. Linnet cared more about revenge than she did about Jamie. That was really disappointing and it made me dislike her. Jamie gave Linnet more chances than I would have, and she didn't deserve him. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Juliette

    It was okay. Not as good as the first two in this series. I found myself repeatedly annoyed with the female and the male lead. It took me several weeks to read which wouldn't be bad except I had picked this for a quick mindless read. Overall it was just ehh. It was okay. Not as good as the first two in this series. I found myself repeatedly annoyed with the female and the male lead. It took me several weeks to read which wouldn't be bad except I had picked this for a quick mindless read. Overall it was just ehh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Ryan

    Ah, I so love Linnet and Jamie. This was a wonderful thid book for this series and I'm so happy I got to read their story. Ms. Mallory brings history to life with intense emotion. Ah, I so love Linnet and Jamie. This was a wonderful thid book for this series and I'm so happy I got to read their story. Ms. Mallory brings history to life with intense emotion.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I really wanted to know what happened to Jamie, truly. I was so interested in this final installment and all the secrets that would be finally revealed. Shame on me. If you get more than 50% through this book without a serious strain to your eyesight from perpetual eye rolling, you deserve a medal. Such a disappointment. The 2* are for the author's effort to strive for historical accuracy and for giving us an update on the beloved characters from the previous books in the series. After this, it I really wanted to know what happened to Jamie, truly. I was so interested in this final installment and all the secrets that would be finally revealed. Shame on me. If you get more than 50% through this book without a serious strain to your eyesight from perpetual eye rolling, you deserve a medal. Such a disappointment. The 2* are for the author's effort to strive for historical accuracy and for giving us an update on the beloved characters from the previous books in the series. After this, it is sad to say but, I am done giving MM my money and valuable time. I love me a good old stubborn, willful & sassy heroine, but several times now in her writing here and in 'Return of the Highlanders'; I just end up disappointed. Vapid heroines who can't make up their mind; have brutal flaws in logic and make some of the most ridiculous decisions, so completely not in line with the time period.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Yohe

    Revenge at all costs. Jamie is a knight in love with Linnet. She is an orphan seeking revenge against all those who plotted to steal her grandfathers business and leave her and her twin brother homeless and penniless. Linnet puts this revenge above all else including her love for Jamie. I enjoyed the story but I have to say I did not like Linnet at all which is why I did not rate this book a 5. Linnet is vengeful and will do anything to satisfy that revenge, even hurt Jamie. Even though she is cl Revenge at all costs. Jamie is a knight in love with Linnet. She is an orphan seeking revenge against all those who plotted to steal her grandfathers business and leave her and her twin brother homeless and penniless. Linnet puts this revenge above all else including her love for Jamie. I enjoyed the story but I have to say I did not like Linnet at all which is why I did not rate this book a 5. Linnet is vengeful and will do anything to satisfy that revenge, even hurt Jamie. Even though she is clever she is blinded by revenge and that leads to poor decisions, putting herself and others in danger, and even using those she loves to get what she wants. Nope, I did not like her at all. Jamie on the other hand was was truly a good soul who did not deserve how she treated him. She was blinded by revenge and he was blinded by his love for her.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Shear

    Sir Jamie Rayburn was a lovely character growing up in the last two books of this wonderful series and now, here he is as a handsome, honourable and heroic young man, really stepping into his own! He believes in love, but has not managed to convince, the beautiful and head strong, stubborn Lady Linnet that their love should come first. Lady Linnet wants to make sure that the evil men who stole from her grandfather pay the ultimate price, and although that is true, she is sacrificing everything f Sir Jamie Rayburn was a lovely character growing up in the last two books of this wonderful series and now, here he is as a handsome, honourable and heroic young man, really stepping into his own! He believes in love, but has not managed to convince, the beautiful and head strong, stubborn Lady Linnet that their love should come first. Lady Linnet wants to make sure that the evil men who stole from her grandfather pay the ultimate price, and although that is true, she is sacrificing everything for vengeance. Blinded by this, she cannot see what she is doing to Jamie and herself until it all explodes in front of her very eyes! This is a truly passionate and fast pace romantic adventure and Margaret as usual does her best to capture the atmosphere of the time and bring alive characters that play such a big part in this book. I particularly enjoyed Jamie and his squire Martin's relationship. It really added to this tale. This book was full of emotion and poignancy. A wonderful end to the three part series. Fantastic!

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