Knight of My Dreams by Lynsay Sands: A Review Post
One of my all time favourite authors is Lynsay Sands! Both her paranormal series, about vampires from Atlantis, and historical romances are imbued with a wealth of humour, warmth and character chemistry. Her latest, an e-reissue of “Knight of My Dreams” (formerly called “Mother May I?” in A Mother’s Way, an anthology), is built on not just the romantic relationship between two lovers, but also explores the – often very funny – relationship between a mother and son…
Lady Alice knows she is not the type to entice a man. She’s too voluptuous, too intelligent, too strong-minded. Why, she even reads! But then Jonathan, Earl of Fairley, arrives at court. Tall, dark and handsome, the knight is any woman’s dream. And he has just been ordered by the king to find a bride … and Alice is to help him!
Jonathan has been evading his mother’s matchmaking schemes for years, so why does she insist that Lady Alice isn’t for him? Alice is only to aid in his search for a bride, yet Jonathan can’t help but be distracted by her glorious hair—the color of a sunset—and a figure that is like a lush berry about to burst to full ripeness … Has Jonathan fallen prey to love?
For me, Jonathan’s mother was undoubtedly the best part of “Knight of My Dreams.” She excels at tactical manipulation and matchmaking. Moreover, she knows her opponent – in this case Jonathan, who will do the exact opposite of what she wants – very well. But she’s as determined as her son to get what she wants – Jonathan’s just lucky that his mother’s goals happen to align with his own a little into the novel.
As for Jonathan and Alice, they were a sweet couple. Despite the fact that this novel is only a hundred or so pages, Lynsay Sands did a really good job giving our lead couple time to get to know one another. Jonathan and Alice had some passionate moments and some quiet ones, and both characters were introduced to the reader slowly. We, along with Jonathan’s mother, get to see that they really are a good couple, as the different layers of their character are revealed to complement one another’s.
But, of course, the Matchmaking Mama in “Knight of My Dreams” is what sealed the deal for me on this one. Don’t get me wrong, Jonathan’s mum is far from perfect, but her flaws only make her more endearing.
This is a great read, a 4 out of 5 for me – and just in time for Mother’s Day. (Although, if you’re a commitaphobe like me, you might give your mum some unwanted idea’s with this one!)
(aka “Still looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas…”)
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This entry was posted on April 29, 2014 by Rika Ashton. It was filed under Book Reviews, Favourite Authors and was tagged with a mother's way, Alice, anthology, historical, Jonathan, knight of my dreams, love, Lynsay Sands, matchmaking, mom, Mother May I, mother's day, reissue, romance.