Kitty French – Genie (Review & Excerpt)

GenieGenie by Kitty French

Series: Stand-Alone
Source: Review by Request
ARC provided by the Author
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Meet Genie Divine, the wise-cracking London show-girl on a hell-bent mission to save her beloved family theatre.

Now meet Abel Kingdom, the Australian gym mogul determined to buy it out from underneath her.

On paper they have nothing in common, and when they meet, they have even less.

The only thing they DO have is chemistry.
Undeniable, rip-my-clothes-off-and-do-me-now-against-the-wall chemistry.

Feathers. Lies. Glitter. Secrets. Lust.

He wants her theatre. She wants him dead.

The stage is set for an explosive summer…

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Spotlight on Kitty Mulholland

Last Week I posted my review for the Erotica Anthology titled “Fierce & Fabulous Volume One” by a new author, Kitty Mulholland…

Fierce & Fabulous Volume One by Kitty Mulholland

Series: Fierce & Fabulous #1
Source: Review By Request
(ARC Provided by Author)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leah is a middle-aged divorcee on a carnal voyage of discovery. Join her in a collection of lustful adventures brought to you in one handy volume.

Leah and Dylan’s relationship has been turbulent of late. The romantic holiday they have planned to a swinging lifestyle resort can’t come soon enough. Can the deliciously erotic encounter in Double Dutch provide the extra spice to give their love another chance?

Following the breakup with Dylan, Leah could use a little Tender Loving Care. Enter Alex, her on-off ‘Friend With Benefits’ of twenty years, who knows exactly how to make her feel special. A dinner date turns into an erotic outdoor tryst in Inbetween.

An unnerving encounter at Leah’s local gym has her hormones racing to uncontrollable levels. Will she succumb to the stranger who follows her into the sauna? Find out in Turning up the Heat.

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It was a fun and incredibly sexy collection of short stories! You can read my full review here.

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An Interview with Kitty Mulholland…

If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?
Beginning.

What would you say inspired you to write it?
Erotica was the first thing I started writing. It’s where my soul wants to be. I write from my own experiences, closing my eyes and remembering people, places and situations and adding a little extra spice to make them into a good horny story which is, I hope, arousing to the reader.

How much of yourself do you see in the character Leah?
Leah is an extension of me really. Some of the things she gets up to I wouldn’t be brave enough to explore, but some things are based on real experiences of mine. There are embellishments though, of course! (Personally, I have never had sex in a sauna. I think I’d pass out!)

What was your first Erotica reading experience?
It was a wonderful book called “The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker” by Suzanne Portnoy. Funnily enough, I read it as my own husband and I were separating, so I could relate to a great deal of her character’s own feelings about fading attraction in a marriage and how she decides to pick herself up and get back into the dating game.

Your all time favorite book?
Oh, such a difficult question. It changes every day, I’m sure! I’m going to go with “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

What made you pick that one above all others?
It’s a story of love despite external forces working against you. It’s about making the greatest sacrifice for someone you truly love. It’s about showing courage during a crisis. It moves me every time.

What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
The first book is a culmination of over a year’s work, fine-tuning my writing style to get to a point where I felt confident enough to have my work exposed to the world at large.

Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Oh, very much so. I didn’t realize how much potential I had inside me, screaming to get out. I just wasn’t listening to what was inside of me.. Now, I feel as though I have given a voice to a wild, untamed part of myself.

Was there ever a time, during your work for the book, when you felt like giving up?
Oh, yes. I expect that’s true for every author. A friend of mine told me that she knows when she’s ready to publish something because that’s when she also feel totally fed up with the damn thing.

What made you change your mind?
All my life, I’ve never been good at finishing things. I’m good at starting projects of all sorts, but not very good at bringing things to a conclusion. I wanted my writing to be different. I wanted to prove to myself I could finish something.

What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
In my day job, I’m a project engineer for an automotive manufacturer. Completely different from writing! It’s often long hours, which is frustrating and doesn’t allow me write as much as I would like, but it does keep my feet on the ground and, obviously, pays the bills.

How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I’ve been very lucky so far, in that I have not received any bad reviews. However, I know that time will come at some point and I shall have to address it. I would hope to be mature about it. After all, we are all different creatures. Some people may be offended by some of the themes which I address in my stories. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. But, you know what, that’s fine. Also, I’d like to say that I’m always open to constructive criticism. I’m a relative newbie to the world of writing and I still have a great deal to learn.

Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next books in the Fierce & Fabulous series?
Volume Two is well under way. There’s more horniness from Leah as she starts taking more risks and becoming more daring. Her journey is certainly taking a more exciting route! I seem to have lots of material in my head still, so there will definitely be a volume three and maybe even a fourth book in the series. Basically, I shall keep writing them as long as people are enjoying them.

What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I’m working on an erotic paranormal romance novel, the first draft of which is almost finished. It’s a story that’s been in my head for some years but never seen the light of day until recently.

What made you decide to become an Indie Author?
I think the explosion of social media and e-reading devices has been a godsend to writers, especially in the erotica genre. My perception of the traditional publishing houses is that they are still somewhat reluctant to take on erotica, so I felt it was the quickest way to get my work out there to the waiting public. I’m not a patient person by nature, I’m afraid!

What would you say was the toughest part?
Once I’d said to my formatting guy, “There you go, it’s ready!” my stomach flipped. I felt so nervous. I was baring myself to the soul. I was terrified no one would like the book. I felt physically sick with nerves for a while until the sales started rolling in, then it was a huge relief. I suspect this will not change for the second book. Nor the third, fourth or fifth either!

Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Yes, I did. Partly because I wanted to get the book out there but didn’t have the skills to do the formatting myself. I also have a friend who writes in the erotica genre and we do an author swap now and then to edit each other’s work. She is a saint!

How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I’m lucky enough to be part of a lovely network of writers here in the UK. We meet up annually at the Swanwick Writers Summer School to swap tips, follow short courses and generally gossip about who’s doing what. It was at one of these events that I met a friend who recommended the company I used. We have built up a sounds relationship and I shall be using them to publish all the books in the Fierce & Fabulous series.

How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
It took much longer than I expected, probably about eight months altogether.

Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
At the moment, it’s only available on Amazon. However, as the series grows, I would envisage the books being available elsewhere. I would recommend you stay tuned to my Twitter and/or Facebook pages for news.

If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I’m a dreadful procrastinator. The number of times I sit down to write, then realize I need to put some laundry in the machine, cook dinner, tidy the house, etc. etc. but never actually get round to putting pen to paper, it’s awful. So, I am slowly learning how to manage my time and keep to my own targets but it’s not easy. I get very easily distracted.

Fun facts:

If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
True love

If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
My journal. It’s fascinating to realise how much you change as a person over a period of time. It also has empty pages which I could fill myself while sitting on that deserted island.

Name your favorite fruit.
Strawberries

Coffee or tea?
Don’t like either. Hot chocolate though, I could drink that all day…

Favorite season?
Summer. People wear less clothes. Mmmm…

How about favorite time of the day?
Early morning. I’m a bit of lark.I get up around 5.30am every day. I love to hear the birds singing before the world rises.

Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
Yes.

Favorite food for breakfast?
Smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. It’s my weekend treat.

Latest book you’ve bought and read?
I’m currently reading “Cat’s Eye” by Margaret Atwood. I’m a big fan of hers. Next on the list is “Jesus Christ and the Broken Microwave” by Tim Dewhurst. I bought it purely because the title sounds hilarious and after the thought-provoking Atwood, I think I shall be glad of some light relief.

Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
Bookmarks. Red leather ones, to be precise. I’ve collected them from tourist attractions since I was a little girl. I have about fifty so far.

Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Purple

Drama or comedy?
Comedy. We don’t laugh nearly enough in Western culture these days.

Cats or dogs?
Cats, always. You have to earn affection from a cat. They don’t give it freely; you must be assessed. Only when you’re deemed worthy, do you have your affection returned. This sets us a great example. I often think if we were a bit more discerning with the way we trust our fellow humans, we’d live happier lives.

Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Depends on the person. Dinner is more intimate, perhaps on a date with someone I love. Clubbing has its place too though, with friends though usually.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate ice cream.

Favorite Swear Word?
“Fuck.” It’s so versatile. It comes up in my day job with an alarming regularity, and also in some of my writing, but with very different applications.

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About the Author

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Kitty Mulholland has been an avid reader of all sorts of fiction from a very young age. She was the only child in her class who could already read before starting school and her love of books has remained with her throughout her life.

She hails from a small coastal town in North West England and visits her family regularly, but moved away to Birmingham for university at the age of 19. The bright lights of the big city proved to be far too alluring, so she decided to create a life for herself in the Midlands.

Kitty started becoming interested in the erotic genre after her marriage broke up. Fast approaching forty, and with only a cat for company, she decided to embark on her own journey of self-discovery, one of word-smithery.

She currently lives in a small village in South Warwickshire near historic Stratford-upon-Avon. Said cat keeps a watchful eye at all times.

Kitty Mulholland – Fierce & Fabulous Volume One

Fierce & Fabulous Volume One by Kitty Mulholland

Series: Fierce & Fabulous #1
Source: Review By Request
(ARC Provided by Author)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leah is a middle-aged divorcee on a carnal voyage of discovery. Join her in a collection of lustful adventures brought to you in one handy volume.

Leah and Dylan’s relationship has been turbulent of late. The romantic holiday they have planned to a swinging lifestyle resort can’t come soon enough. Can the deliciously erotic encounter in Double Dutch provide the extra spice to give their love another chance?

Following the breakup with Dylan, Leah could use a little Tender Loving Care. Enter Alex, her on-off ‘Friend With Benefits’ of twenty years, who knows exactly how to make her feel special. A dinner date turns into an erotic outdoor tryst in Inbetween.

An unnerving encounter at Leah’s local gym has her hormones racing to uncontrollable levels. Will she succumb to the stranger who follows her into the sauna? Find out in Turning up the Heat.

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So much sexy fun in this little collection!

It’s always an exciting experience kissing someone new. You never really know until that moment whether there’s going to be any chemistry between you.

This is an absolutely perfect steamy summer read for your naughty pleasure. Three erotic short stories, all centering around the same female lead.

It was light-hearted and sinfully sexy. There might be one or two themes which might be objectionable to to some readers – one story deals with swingers, another mentions some infidelity…

But overall it was a fun read!

DOUBLE DUTCH

“Would you rather be alone, or would you mind if we joined you?”

Leah and her boyfriend Dylan are looking for more than the average tourist interests and R&R on their vacation… The swingers have their eye on a gorgeous Dutch Couple staying at the same resort. When a little sex on the beach turns into a show for the objects of their lust, the result is a MFFM sexual situation which will leave you panting…

INBETWEEN

That is the ultimate power of the inbetweener. You can have no expectations of them because they will consistently fail to achieve them. Instead, you must be pleasently surprised at the occasional attention and take it for what it is; a single night of passion and romance and nothing more.

The inbetweener is the kind of guy which Leah insists that all women have on speed dial – he’s the guy you call for hot and sweaty rebound sex after a bad break up. No feelings, no relationship, just hours and hours of sex to shock yourself out of break-up mode… Leah tells us all about her inbetweener in this spicy short story…

TURNING UP THE HEAT

“Oh you dirty girl.” He bared his teeth, like a wolf about to devour his prey. “Look at what you’ve done to me!”

Yeah, I think I have to call this one my favorite. Leah is doing laps in the pool at her local gym when she discovers she’s caught the eye of a much younger man. She retreats to the peace and quiet of the sauna to calm her thoughts, but that incredibly hot guy joins her… Now they’re all alone in the sauna, and it just keeps getting hotter…

Each story was different, and they call came together to present a variety of erotic delights.
I’m looking forward to reading Fierce & Fabulous Volume Two when it comes out!

***I was granted an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Kitty French – Knight & Day

Knight & Play (Knight, #1)Knight & Day by Kitty French
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Series: Knight #3
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Author
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kara Brookes hates liars.

Dylan Day hasn’t told the truth from the moment his plane touched down in Ibiza.

It’s a recipe for disaster.

Lucien and Sophie are back, and have set up camp on the sun-drenched isle of Ibiza for the opening of the latest of Lucien’s strictly adult clubs.

They’re joined for the summer by Sophie’s best friend Kara, and Dylan Day, Lucien’s newly appointed club manager. The laid back, smokin’ hot surf guy from California seems almost too good to be true… but there’s no smoke without fire. It’s going to be a long hot summer of love, lust, lies and wedding bells. But who will get their happy ever after?

Romantic, emotional and intensely erotic, Knight & Day is the thrilling final installment of the USA Today bestselling Knight Series from Kitty French.

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I’m going to be brutally honest here… I feel that Book Three is kind of superfluous… This is my personal opinion, you’re welcome to disagree, and I’m not going to try to dissuade you from reading the book…

(BEWARE OF SPOILERS)

“You like things that are bad for you, English.”
“It’s my downfall. I like sugar. I like fast cars. I like sexy men.” She licked sugar residue from her fingers, and Dylan’s body reacted with interest.
“I let myself have the sugar. And the cars.”
“Two out of three ain’t bad.”

So what do we have with Book Three in the Knight Trilogy?

A new club, new setting, new couple, new love, new family…

Ibiza

The Love Tug

Dylan & Kara

Lucien & Sophie

What did I like about this book?

1. Kitty French’s ability to make me care about a character.
I LOVED Dylan Day & his mysterious backstory…

2. The sassy mouth of Kara.
She was silly and spunky, had a lot of quotable moments throughout the book.

3. The setting – The island of Ibiza.
Ibiza was as much a character in this story as Kara, Dylan, Sophie, & Lucien

4. Sweet stolen moments with Lucien & Sophie
I still adore Lucien, and it’s a joy to see his love for Sophie and their growing family blossom. I was particularly tickled about seeing Lucien propose to Sophie. And of course the beach wedding with the beautiful vows!

“Lying with you beneath the northern lights, or here beneath the Spanish sun… you’re my Viking and my sunshine.” The tears ran unchecked down her cheeks now. “You’re my hero’ Lucien Knight.”

5. This book features one of the most moving, heart-wrencing apologies/reconciliations I think I’ve ere read. Dylan Day trying to set Kara free was magnificent!

She made his heart ache.
He made her heart break.
“Go home Kara. Go home and be happy, because you deserve to be more than anyone else I know. Go home knowing that I truly fucking loved you. You didn’t get it wrong. I didn’t fool you, and the next man who loves you won’t automatically be lying to you. He’ll be the luckiest guy in the world. Don’t run away from love because of what I did. I lied about many things, but never once about how I felt about you.

Go home knowing I love your huge fucking heart, and your laugh, and the way you do everything full throttle even though there’s every chance you’ll break your neck. I’m not going to ask you to stay. Not because I don’t want you, or because I don’t love you, or because I don’t need you. I do. I love you, and I want you, and I need you so much it hurts to wake up in the morning without you.” His voice cracked. “Let that be my liar’s penance.”

What kept me from LOVING this book?

It had its moments, really and truly…

1. But it wasn’t as awesome as Knight & Stay, which ended with a perfect happily ever after… especially with that Epilogue!

2. The spacing was just awful to the the point of distraction. Kitty French gives us the benefit of all four main characters POVs with out any marker for change between characters. With the poor spacing and lack of delineation between POVs I found myself in the wrong character’s head on multiple occasions.

3. Maybe the book would have been better if the Epilogue had been left out of the second book… If the pregnancy and parenthood were a completely new element to the relationship between Sophie & Lucien. As much as I enjoyed the marriage proposal & beach wedding… Sophie & Lucien’s story was over before this book ever started.

This book isn’t a complete loss…
It just wasn’t what I wanted / was expecting for the end of a Trilogy.

***I was provided an ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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…

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.