Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Book Musings: Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner

Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner
Miniseries: Lion's Pride
Category: Historical Romance, Male/Male, Medieval, Romance
Publisher:  Carina Press
eISBN: 9781426890512

The Blurb:  Squire William Raven has only one goal—to finally receive his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns from a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.

After Sir Robert's return, noble guests arrive from France, bringing intrigue to the castle. William is oblivious to the politics, as he's distracted by nightly visits from a faceless lover—a man who pleasures him in the dark and then leaves—a man he soon discovers is none other than his master, Sir Robert.

But William can't ignore the scheming around him when he overhears a plot to murder Robert. He becomes intent on saving his lord and lover from those who would see him killed...


My Thoughts...

Rating:  5 out of 5 Amara Stars

I have to say, I love a good historical romance.  Give me a good read about knights and crusaders, and I am one happy girl.  Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner did a great job with this one.  This baby had it all; Action, intrigue, great characters, seduction, hot sex, as well as an amazing historical accuracy and detail that transported me back to time and place. 

I absolutely loved the characters in this one.  I first read about Willam Raven in Aleksandr’s short story Deliverance, part of the Forbidden Love anthology, and just fell in love with him.  Lion of Kent takes place before that and gave me a wonderful glimpse into a much younger William’s life.  Young, impulsive, loyal, strong and determined.  He had it all.  Watching him want so badly to gain his spurs and become a knight, and to please his lord, yet fumble around every time he was watching him was completely endearing to me.  Sir Robert de Cantilou, I loved as well.  Strong, just, noble, dignified, everything I would expect as William's lord and mentor, and exactly what I wanted him to be. 

I loved watching the relationship between these two develop.  I found the romance and the sex to be well written, true to the characters as well as their status as lord and squire.   Some of the sex scenes were incredibly hot, others less so, but never was I disappointed. 

I’ve actually not got one bad thing to say about this one.  Not being a fan of novellas that’s saying a lot.  When I finished it, I was actually glowing.  Aleksandr and Kate made a great team, I hope to see more from the two of them, and I definitely want to see more of William.

This one… highly recommended.

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