Knight of Love: Is Chivalry Dead or Just Enfeebled?

KNIGHT OF LOVE

 

Knight of Love coverby Catherine LaRoche
Pocket Star/Simon and Schuster
June 2014
E-Book 400 Pages

E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged. All opinions presented are my own except as noted.

In this saucy romance, an English lady turns the damsel-in-distress tale on its head as she escapes her malicious fiancé and fights for both her life and that of the lustful rebel that has become her protector.Lady Lenora Trevelyan, a naïve yet stubborn young lady born to the highest noble houses of England and Germany, finds herself betrothed to the brutal Prince Kurt von Rotenburg-Gruselstadt. But after she is cruelly bruised and flogged by her fiancé, she decides to take the reins of her fate. In the midst of a German revolution, Lenora escapes Kurt’s iron fist and embarks home to England. She quickly finds herself in the hands of a rebel group and their robust, gentle, and handsome leader, Wolfram von Wolfsbach und Ravensworth, the English Earl of Ravensworth.Lenora struggles to deny the passion she feels towards the frustratingly chivalrous Earl but her desire for him continues to bloom. Wolfram hungers nothing other than to fight for democracy and civil rights in uniting Germany and to protect what he assumes is his damsel in distress. Through nights of immeasurable pleasure, Lenora and Wolfram learn that their passion is no match for the revolutionary chaos that ensues. And when Lenora discovers that her protector’s life is threatened, she must risk everything to save her Knight of Love.

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The Damsel of the Sanct Grael, by Dante Gabrie...
The Damsel of the Sanct Grael, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti: medieval romance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was a book I really enjoyed — especially  the ironic switch that the hero believes in the fairy tale,   true love, and the chivalric code,  but the heroine doesn’t.  I did feel for poor Wolfram, the hero,  though — repeatedly spurned when he is just being a good guy and doing the noble thing.

Also, it takes place during the turbulent period of the German period of revolution against tyrannical monarchy.  While ostensibly a Victorian Period novel the unusual location and cultural change makes for an interesting switch up and points to the historical links between the Germanic principalities and England.

Lenora’s fiance is a real blackguard, her hero is a twice noble hero. There is one disturbing sexual scene; i am not sure whether it could be called rape or not, but the heroine’s mixed feelings ,and my reticence, made me think hard about it. And, that is always the sign of a book that I will remember.

I did find myself at odds with the heroine:  when faced with a necessary expedience continues to rail against it. I have always found that ridiculous in an otherwise intelligent character.  And, Wolfram’s starry-eyed love at first sight and destined to be together attraction is such an interesting switch up.

There’s a great reference to the story of Parsifal part of the extended Arthurian/Holy Grail mythos.  I would encourage anyone to add that to your reading.

And, this book as well comes highly recommended from me.  It’s refreshingly different from several perspectives.

 

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