Kitty French – Knight & Stay

Knight & Play (Knight, #1)Knight & Stay by Kitty French
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Series: Knight #2
Source: Personal Library
(Borrowed Copy)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophie black has turned her back on both her cheating husband and her sexy, enigmatic boss Lucien Knight. When she hits rock bottom, she finds herself drawn back into Lucien’s glamorous no strings, high stakes world of intensely erotic encounters.

Bold and beautiful, Lucien is a walking, talking Viking sex god-the ultimate rebound guy. His is a seductive world of pleasure without limits or commitment, but can Sophie’s already bruised heart survive his strictly no ties rule?

When her husband returns with his tail between his legs, Sophie is faced with the toughest decision of her life. How does she choose between the man she vowed to love forever and the man who she hadn´t planned on loving at all?

Knight & Stay is a star-crossed romantic adventure that spans the globe from Paris to the glittering artic northern lights, a sexual odyssey of love and lust that changes the lives of everyone involved forever.

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Free from the relentless crushing guilt of Knight & Play, Book Two in the Knight Trilogy surpasses its predecessor and delivers a more beautiful and thorough exploration of Lucien & Sophie.

Even if Knight & Play fell short for you (which it did for a lot of us) I recommend reading Knight & Stay. They should be sold in a 2-Pack bundle, because you almost need all the back story in book two to enjoy and appreciate anything that happens in Book One… Not to mention the whole cliff-hanger thing…

I’m a bit disappointed that we never got to see the actual fallout/fight/conversation between Sophie and Dan before Dan left. I think it would have been a real eye-opener for the reader. I would like to have a better understanding of Sophie’s marriage as something other than “unsatisfying” which is an unsatisfying description. I wanted to see Dan grovel.

And speaking of Dan… When it became clear that he left his mistress because she was pregnant… I wanted to punch that Douche-Bag myself.

You know I have to say something about the ending…
After the Happily Ever After ending… and the saccharine sweet Epilogue, I fail to see how book three, Knight & Day, is going to have a place in the story of Lucien & Sophie… And now that I’ve read all three books, I can honestly say that book three is fairly superfluous. Not awful, just not necessary…

I’M GOING TO REVIEW THIS BOOK A BIT DIFFERENTLY THAN MY USUAL STYLE!

Kitty French writes with such wonderful humor and touching affection, that her books are endlessly quotable. Normally I would give my impressions and opinions of a book and include a list of my favorite moments at the end… Not this time.

First of all, I immediately read and finished book three as soon as I finished this book. I don’t want to mix up any references about what happens in each book.

Secondly, there were so damn many awesome moments, I wanted to update my status every other page!

I’M GOING TO PRESENT A SYNOPSIS ON THE BOOK WITH QUOTES, WHICH IS 100% SPOILER!

We start off the book with the confrontation of Lucien at the front door of Sophie’s house… Lucien punches Dan in the face a few times, which was totally awesome!

Sophie wants to start from scratch, dropping Lucien & her cheating husband for better or worse. Lucien wants to continue their “no strings attached” relationship, but Sophie knows she won’t be able to handle that emotionally.

“I don’t want to forget fucking you. I don’t want to forget how you feel in my hands, or how your face looks when you come.”

Her body responded to his nearness even when her head said no, and that situation had danger written all over it.

…being near to Lucien soothed her, which she knew was entirely ridiculous, given that he was the most lethal man she’d ever met.

The man was a walking, talking poster boy for his own sinfully sexy empire.

Lucien:

After much stereotypical heartbreak, and rallying in the hands of her Best Friend Kara, Sophie realizes that she has no choice but to go back to her job at Knight, INC… As Lucien’s Assistant…

But she lays down rules – No touching; No flirting!

Lucien reluctantly agrees, because he is that desperate to keep Sophie in his life… But it’s not going to be easy…

The plain fact was that this thing between them wasn’t just basic chemistry. It was lethal, combustible dynamite, and it was only going to be made ten times more difficult by denial.

Lucien was a whole lot of trouble because he made her want things she couldn’t possibly have. He made ordinary life feel pale and insipid, a watered-down version of the existence she’d tasted that had him in it.

The pair fly out to Paris on a business Trip, and the fun really begins!
Sophie decides that “What happens in Paris, stays in Paris” and she’s tired of resisting the urge to fall back into Lucien’s arms…

“I love your tits.”
“I thought you never use the L word.”
He raised his eyes to her amused ones.
“Fine. I love your tits right now…”

Lucien drew female eyes wherever he went. It wasn’t just his height, or his Viking beauty, or his broad shoulders. The man exuded lust from his very bones: he emitted sexual charisma on a frequency that no woman could be expected to ignore.

The business lunch with the egg scene was one of the most brilliant spots in the book. I was laughing out loud the entire time… Awesome!

Even in her unprecedented situation, Sophie felt fairly certain that ‘I was on the verge of orgasming while my boss lewdly sucked eggs’ wasn’t the appropriate response.

Of course, it doesn’t take long for emotions to cloud their supposedly strictly sexual relationship. Sophie is falling helplessly in love…
Lucien is furiously resisting his feelings…

His mouth said one thing, but his body said another. His words said I want you now, but every now and then his body said I’ll adore you always.

Theirs was a closeness that went way beyond physical proximity. She was under his skin. Moving closer to his heart. He just didn’t know it yet, because no one else had ever found the pathway in before

So, in an obnoxiously predictable move, Lucien decides to push Sophie away because he believes he is incapable of love and doesn’t want to break her heart… How many books need to do this? Did anyone not know how it was going to turn out?

Wow. When he turned off the spotlight of his charm and humor, being around him was suddenly a cold and very dark place.

He had no right to be so damn romantic when he denied that romance even exited outside of fairytales.

He meant what he said, and it frustrated the hell out of her. Being that emotionally screwed up must be exhausting. “Let me get this straight, Lucien. You’re walking away, and you’re pushing me away, because you want me too much? Because you have feelings you didn’t expect?
…Trust me, the last thing I planned on was loving you. But I do.
…You can walk away, and you can deny it, but I think you love me back.”

“Sophie, you love a stranger, some hero you’ve dreamed up to get over your husband. That man isn’t me. How can you be so trusting, so open, knowing full well how much you’re going to get hurt?”
“It’s not a choice, Lucien. It’s who I am, and it’s pretty god damn normal. That’s how people are. They love, and they get hurt. But sometimes, just sometimes, they don’t get hurt. They don’t cheat, or leave… they stay and they love you forever.” Her voice broke. “I want love you forever.”

Sophie and Lucien split up again.
Sophie wallows in her self-loathing and heartbreak again.
Lucien struggles to live without Sophie’s calming presence again.
Sophie puts on her big-girl panties and goes looking for Lucien again.

Little by little, she could feel herself rising. She’d hit bottom, it was time to kick her feet hard and push herself back up to the surface.

Sophie finds out that Lucien has fled to Norway to deal with the impending death of his estranged father… which she knew nothing about…

Lucien Knight was a man on the edge. On the edge of becoming an orphan, and on the edge of falling in love.

So love-sick, huge-hearted Sophie flys to Norway to surprise and support the emotionally wrecked Viking of her dreams…

“I don’t want to wake up and find you’re not really here,” he whispered, not yet opening his eyes.

“I’ve missed you so much, princess,” he whispered, filling his hands with her hair as he tipped her head back in search of her mouth.

In his darkest moments, Lucien discovers that he does love Sophie…
He resolves to keep her…

…she was Sophie Black, the girl who surprised him. He’d never met anyone quite like her before. On the first glance she was quiet and unassuming but scratch the surface and she was spectacular.

He wanted to keep her for himself. He’d tried to let her go, he really had, but he just didn’t have it in him to send her away this time. He wanted her here. Needed her, even. It made him all kinds of selfish, but having her close by made things feel right, even when all else in the world seemed wrong.

Sophie decides that her love for Lucien will heal him…

To him love was destructive and ugly; it had taken away the one person he needed more than anything else in the world at an age when he was far too young to understand.

She might not be able to fix the past, but she was willing to spend a lifetime showing him what love could be: beautiful not ugly, uplifting not destructive, and more precious than diamonds.

“you asked me in Paris how many women I’d loved. I said one. I should have said two.” He cupped her cheek, his thumb rubbing over her bottom lip. “As a child I loved my mother, and as a man I love you.”

It was sex, it was fucking, and it was making love. It was in glorious technicolor, full of promise and joy. The best of all worlds, with the best of all men.”

Happily Ever After, complete with blissful Epilogue…

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