on December 5th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Also by this author: Duke of Manhattan
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.
Louise Bay may by my favorite “new to me” author of 2017. Her books are a little sweet, a little silly, and a whole lot of steamy. Bay’s newest release, The British Knight was no exception, and served-up a great slice of London in this opposites attract, office-themed, romance.
Violet King needs a fresh start. After her college boyfriend left her – taking their technology startup with him – Violet’s bounced between waitress jobs in an effort to find motivation. So when the opportunity arises stay rent-free at her friend’s London flat for three months, she jumps. Once in London, Violet is on her way to a job interview when she bumps into a handsome stranger – who turns out to be her new boss! Barrister Alexander Knightley has a reputation for being pretty no-nonsense and rough around the edges; however, he finds his drive for success suddenly waylaid by Violet’s presence in the office.
The British Knight is a standalone novel; however, readers will enjoy character appearances from earlier books. This was a light and quick read – perfect for anyone looking for a quality romance without a ton of angst and drama.
Here’s what I loved…
- Violet as a believable heroine: At first, I was afraid The British Knight was a Peter Pan-type story with Violet being a mid 20-something woman refusing to grow up. In all actuality, there was a nice “figuring out what to do with your life” subplot that was surprisingly well executed. The novel leaves Violet in a much more stable place than where she began – kind of expected in a Romance novel – and I’d love to see an extended epilogue on where Alexander and Violet end-up 10+ years down the road.
- Alexander’s Dual Sides: Oh goodness! Alexander is like an M&M. All tough, gruff, and manly on the outside with a soft center. He’s so hopeless and clueless (and even occasionally aware of it) – I have the biggest soft spot for him. Gah! I get all googly-eyed when those tough men-folk stumble around trying to do nice things.
- The Romance: I’m not sure if I’d classify The British Knight as an enemies-to-lovers romance because Alexander just kind of hated everyone. But whatever you wanted to call it, the attraction was raw and primal (maybe bordering on hate sex?) Not sure how to think about that one but just trust me it was melt-the-paint-off-the-office-wall hot.
Bonus! The setting is very British (Duh!) and surprisingly educational! Alexander is a Barrister at Lincoln Fields Inn, almost like a shared space for lawyers. The Barrister and legal system are much different in the U.K. than in the United States. So bonus! Mr. Darcy’s job in Bridget Jones Diary will not make far more sense after reading the book!