{Review & Giveaway} Dream Knight by Denise Lynn

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{Review & Giveaway} Dream Knight by Denise LynnDream Knight by Denise Lynn
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group on November 25, 2013
Genre(s): Historical Romance (Adult)
Pages: 283

Our Rating

4 Stars

“I will not make a good husband for you.”

Such was the warning of Lady Catheryn’s husband-to-be, the powerful warrior who dispatched her dishonorable guardian, unknowingly answering both her prayers and nocturnal visions. And he seemed right. His past was too bleak, his nature too violent. But Baron Gerard also promised to never beat her, to be kind, to care for Brezden Keep and her people, and the spark in his eye was not kindled by bloodlust alone. His strong hands could be gentle and build fires in her. So perhaps the witch and her magic sachet had the right of it. Perhaps Gerard of Reveur was not only a protector but a better husband and a truer love than either of their tortured souls could ever imagine.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

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Brezden Keep was once filled with laughter, but all that changed when Pike and de Brye showed up.  After seeing to the deaths of both her parents, they’ve claimed the castle as their own, letting it fall into needless disrepair, mistreating its people, and tormenting Lady Catheryn.  And now that de Brye is now claiming Catheryn for marriage, there’s little chance for even the smallest happiness.  With desperation and no small amount of childish, if not fruitless hope, Catheryn resorts to superstition to reveal destined love.  Instead of peace and fortune, though, her dreams are now filled with visions of a violent siege, a dark knight, and perhaps even her death.

Since the horrific murder of his wife and infant son, Gerard done little more than serve his king and seek his vengeance.    Brezden Keep falls easily enough to his attack, but only one of the men he seeks perishes in the fighting, and there is no sign of the other. Left behind are only bodies, ruin, and a woman who refuses to bend to his will.  Before he can do anything else, though, he’s ordered to marry her, gaining full control of Brezden and losing all control to Lady Catheryn.

div ButWhile I understood Catheryn’s naivete and initial reluctance to trust Gerard, I felt like she too often chose the wrong moments to stand up for herself and too easily allowed him to control her.  Sure, the story takes place nearly a thousand years ago, and I can’t imagine women having any rights or independence during that time, but while Catheryn was meant to be strong and willful, she was frequently just came across as foolish.  Her situation was desperate, and he was entirely dependent upon Gerard to not only restore Brezden to a place of happiness and prosperity, but for her own safety as well.  Conflicting feelings and conservative hesitation aside, it would have made much more sense for her to confide in Gerard the moment she realized she was in danger.  Instead, she allowed herself to be manipulated, ensuring no one’s safety.

div TheVerdictAs I’ve said before, I’m a total dork for historical romance, and this book didn’t disappoint.  There was action, intrigue, pageantry, and some super-hot romance going on, and I couldn’t put the book down until I’d read every last word.  The story didn’t delve too deeply into historical fact, but aside from the manner of speaking (because have you ever tried to read Norman-English?), it was reasonably true to the time period, a must-have for me when I’m reading about olden times.

Catheryn wasn’t my favorite kind of heroine, but she definitely wasn’t unlikeable, and I could just feel her despair every time things went wrong for her.  Gerard, on the other hand… Oh, my.  Surely I have a sachet of yarrow around here somewhere!  That man was the epitome of a historical romance hero, from his brute strength to his moments of unguarded tenderness.  If ever there was a man I wished was real…

All in all, Dream Knight was a really fun read, and it kept me on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what could possibly happen next.  If you like adventure and intrigue with a heaping serving of romance from another era (not to mention a dangerously sexy knight, pick up Dream Knight and step back in time for a few hours.

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About Denise Lynn

Denise Lynn has been an avid reader of romance novels for many years. Between the pages of those books she traveled to lands and times filled with brave knights, courageous ladies and never-ending love.

Denise writes Medieval romances for Harlequin Historical and Paranormal romances for Silhouette Nocturne. Now she can share with others her dream of telling tales of love and romance.

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  1. Hi Denise!

    I love Medieval romance and was thrilled to find out about Dream Knight! I wished I knew sooner that it had been released last November because it sounds like a great book to read in front of a roaring fire! At least we have a lot of snow here and I’m looking forward to spending a week-end getting “warmed up” sitting in a comfy chair and reading Dream Knight!

    Hopefully Brezden Keep had a fire going as well I think I’m already falling in love with Gerard myself! I do so love a hero who has both strength and tenderness!

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    • Jeanne – oh, I hear you on the snow…ugh. Thanks for dropping by. I do hope you enjoy Dream Knight.

      Take care and KEEP WARM!

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