Review: A Perfect Knight for Love by Jackie Ivie

Posted September 20, 2012 by Vampbard in 3.5 stars, Historical Romance, Rating B Tags: , ,

A Perfect Knight for Love
Author: Jackie Ivie   
Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 978-1420124002 
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (342 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher via AAD con
About the book:
With his reckless, drunken brother bringing ruin to the clan, and the lass he’s loved all his life in the clutches of a violent husband, the last thing Thayne MacGowan needs is a spirited, sharp-tongued damsel to contend with – no matter how enticing she may be. Having narrowly escaped an objectionable arranged marriage, Amalie is starting a new life – with a new identity. But her freedom is cut short when a surly but irresistibly handsome Highlander is forced to take her as his bride. If only he knew who she really was. Fate designs an improbable match, and a battle of wills ensues. As Amalie struggles to protect her identity, Thayne finds himself fighting for an unexpected love – and a passion neither can refuse.
What VampBards talking about:
Men. In.  Kilts.  Pass me a fan!  The heat Jackie Ivie has created in A Perfect Knight for Love will make the mercury rise!  This title was a bit odd for me, but the sexual tension between the main characters made it worth the read.
I really did adore the main characters, Amalie and Thayne!  It was an amazing turn-of-events that threw the will-be lovers into one another’s arms.  As this is my first go-round with one of Ms. Ivie’s titles, I may not be used to her writing voice.  I though that some of the ‘inner monologue’ for the characters was a bit ‘in the now’ for 1600’s Scotland.  It annoyed me enough to run a couple lines past one of my daughters…nope.  Not just me.  HOWEVER…I looked beyond the vernacular and became involved with the two main characters.  
Thayne is next in line to be Chieftain for their clan.  His older brother is busy debauching the job at present.  We hate his brother, Jamie, BTW.  Oftentimes ruled by his heart, Thayne has helped what he considered to be the love of his life, Mary, escape the dishonorable beast that she married.  She dies in her birthing bed, in a pub.  The girl-child survives.  Thane is crushed by Mary’s death.  He, and his Honor Guard, commandeer Amalie to pose as the child’s mother.  Thayne begins the story as the protector – protecting Amelie from the horrors of having her virtue stolen by a man that would bag & tag her as a trophy for his misguided sense of self.  Somewhere along the way, he found himself enjoying Amalie’s company.  Thayne had a brief bout of doubt with about 70 pages left, but remained true to his word and his heart.  I did think that we could have seen something more powerful as Thayne bid farewell to his lost love, Mary.  Didn’t seem like he had emotions unlinked to Amalie even though he’d proven to be a highly emotional character.  I’d have liked to see more from him.  The character was well-written and had much room for growth and further development.  Thayne is HOT!  Just reading Ms. Ivie’s descriptions.  Mmmmhmmm.  Perfectly muscled, and a verra large Highlander.  Nothing wrong with a man in a kilt.  Evah.  
Amelie, our duplicitous female lead, began the story by requiring rescue so she didn’t fall into the street, to her possible death.  Thayne rescued her.  She was described as a lil thing, and it appeared as though she required assistance for various tasks.  Amelie was escaping from an arranged marriage, and was posing as a governess that she saw gravely injured and die on her flight from her home and the … icky dude to which she was promised.  Assuming her identity and leaving behind her courtly upbringing, Amelie traveled to become the governess/teacher for a Scottish clan.  Initially, she fought traveling with Thayne and his clan.  When the traveling party was confronted with the husband of the recently deceased Mary, she easily lied that the child with which the party was traveling was hers and Thayne’s.  In effect, she publicly announced she was wed to Thayne, bore his child.  By Scottish law, at the time, that was as good as a wedding.  Much to Amelie’s horror…initially.  Through the long hours astride a horse, traveling to the MacGowan lands, Amelie’s heart softened for the handsome brute, even though she was terrified of consummating their marriage.  
One of Amelie’s most endearing traits is her bull-headedness.  She appeared to argue as often as possible with Thayne, when the matter wasn’t life and death.  I appreciate a sassy female lead.  **Nods head sagely**  The end of the novel found Amelie stepping into her role as the wife of a Scottish laird.  Without spoiling the end, she seems to flip from being the woman that despised being cared for, to a woman that no one seemed to feel the need to coddle.  The transition from one to the other was overnight.  I liked Amelie, with her quick wit and sharp tongue.  Watching her use her wit for good things was refreshing.  
I really loved Thayne and Amelie as a couple.  It was evident from about page 100 that they would have a phenomenal relationship once they got past the rocky part at the beginning.  It was evident that they had a special spark between themselves, and furthermore, they not only appreciated the other’s physical form, but they appreciated the other’s mind and other talents.  While Thayne was highly respectful, in a Highlander-sort-of way, it WAS the 1600s, and women were expected to blindly obey their husbands.  Which is always an adventure, especially with one as high-spirited as Amelie.  I think they’re a perfect match, but wish that there had been a few things explored in a different manner, and other less consequential things (in my opinion), left to a passing mention.  Ms. Ivie weaves an intriguing tale of deceit, protectiveness and passion in A Perfect Knight for Love that is a good read for one of those cool fall nights, curled up in front of a fire; the blaze in the hearth isn’t the only thing with heat!  
VampBards Rating:
Liked it – recommend (B+)

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