Kitty French – Knight & Play

Knight & Play (Knight, #1)Knight & Play by Kitty French
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Series: Knight #1
Source: Personal Library
(Borrowed Copy)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s only one thing in life Lucien Knight really hates, and that’s husbands who cheat on their wives.

There’s only one problem in Sophie Black’s life. Her cheating husband…

From the moment Lucien & Sophie meet, the seal is set.

Romantic, emotional & intensely erotic, Knight and Play is the perfect read for lovers of international bestsellers Fifty Shades & Bared To You. Let yourself be swept away by Part One of the Knight series from Kitty French, a romance so hot it’ll burn your fingers…

CEO of Knight Inc. Lucien Knight is catch-your-breath gorgeous and damaged by his troubled past in Norway. All grown up and relocated to London, he’s built his empire of adult clubs from the ground up to become the gorgeous patron saint of the sex industry. No one knows the dark childhood secrets that have given Lucien a backbone of steel and a heart encased in ice. No one until Sophie Black, that is…

From the moment girl-next-door Sophie accepts the job as Lucien Knight’s PA, she understands how Alice must have felt when she tumbled down the rabbit hole. Lucien takes her safe, vanilla life away and plunges her head first into a huge dish of fantasy flavours. Rich, spicy chocolate covered with dark, oozingly lickable sauce? Check. Tutti-frutti with indecently red, glistening cherries on the top? Yes please.

Lucien strips away all of Sophie’s inhibitions, and when he instructs her to select three new toys, she soon realises he has more than a game of Monopoly on his mind…

He’s opened the door to a whole new pleasure packed world without limits, and Sophie is utterly intoxicated. But how far is she willing to go? And what happens when she has to step back into reality again?

Lucien & Sophie’s is a story of star crossed love and forbidden passion, a sexual odyssey that spans the globe and changes both of their lives forever. Let it change yours, too.

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Kitty French begins her Knight Series with a Bang!
Several hot, toy-enhanced, & kinky bangs.

He was hands down the most charismatic, fabulous man she’d ever met, the stuff of every woman’s daydreams, but life with him in it rather felt like having her foot jammed on the accelerator. He left her breathless and giddy, and he did things to her body that she didn’t even know could be done. She barely knew him, yet he seemed to know her inside out.

I’d say the official breakdown is:

10% you know exactly what’s about to happen
20% agonizing over the guilt of cheating/being cheated on
70% explicit, panty-melting sex

Warning: This is a rough cliff-hanger, so be prepared to immediately move on to book two.

LUCIEN KNIGHT:

He only had to touch her and it was as if he’d flicked the ‘seduce me now’ switch in her head.

Lucien Knight is everything I’ve come to expect in a scorching hot alpha-male billionaire who runs a successful corporation which specializes in sex.

SOPHIE BLACK:

The girl was eighty percent kitten and twenty percent lioness, and he considered it his mission to make her roar.

Sophie Black’s sexual and emotional journey was funny, angsty, and steamy. Admittedly, she is not may favorite person; hard to take the moral high-ground when you decide to cheat on your cheating husband…

There is a serious rift among reviewers of this book…
Some readers absolutely loved it. Others bashed the crap out of it. To the haters: allow me to address some of your main points with the following explanation…
YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WERE GETTING INTO.
1. You knew it was mostly sex
2. You knew he was an Alpha-Male Billionaire Type
3. You knew there was cheating
…Those three complaints are the main soap-box for detractors of this book, but Kitty French clearly warned readers of this right in her synopsis of the book.

Question: Did you also read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies then complain in your review because you don’t like zombies?

Better Question: Did you read this book knowing that you probably wouldn’t be comfortable with what was going to happen, then gleefully hate on this?

My Confession Time…

I was contacted by the author (Kitty French) the day after the third book in this series, Knight & Day went live here in the States. Based on my reading habits she asked if I would like a review copy of her new book. I asked around, saw that the series was rated highly among my book friends and agreed. I borrowed copies of the first two books from Wendy (Wendy’s Thoughts)… It took me half a chapter to realize that I knew this book.

When it was originally published I saw it on the “best sellers” charts on iBooks, read the synopsis, and passed it over. Then promptly forgot about it. Why did I pass it over? Infidelity. The subject acts as a red-flag for a probable bias against the entire book because I don’t like the subject matter.

I am a professional reader of Erotica. I’ve read every kind of sex there is, from hard core to the softest vanilla and every sweaty, kinky moment in between. So when I say that a subject is “red-flag” I’m being quite literal… I have a list (albeit a short one) of Erotica I will not read for work because it is not the author’s fault that I don’t dig cheating stories. An author doesn’t deserve to have their book panned because the reader bit off more than they could chew. Kitty French states right in her synopsis that this is a book about cheating…

So I took myself out of the line of fire. If I can read vampires, aliens, zombies, and billionaires who can be healed with the power of love… I can sure as hell plant myself firmly in the land of
this is fiction
And get over my hang-ups.

I will continue the series.
I will probably remain reticent to read adultery romance in the future.
I appreciate this book for what it is.
Kitty French did a great job with this book. Credit where credit is due.

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