Yves Sucat was a Crusader trapped in a canine body…until a beautiful twenty-first century dog groomer offered the missing link to break his spell. But Regina Patterson was no fluffy-headed female who would instantly melt at Yves' silvery seduction. The more time he spent with the tender-hearted blonde, the less he was able to keep his paws—hands!—off of her.
Regina was much more comfortable with dogs than men, and the stunningly handsome – stunningly male – knight who now shared her apartment was no exception. She’d hoped to find a man as loyal as the pooches she pampered day after day, but would Yves’s broken curse end with her own broken heart?
I received a copy of "One Hot Knight" by Christy Gissender. In honor of the virtual book tour I was given an ARC to review.
By the star rating system I give this book 4 stars. By Mousehead & Tales rating the book got a 4,$,$,$,$, rating!
As a fan of paranormal romance and historical romance this book satisfied both hopes. I will say that it was light in the supernatural . I would have enjoyed more about Maeve and Lillith's past. I also thought that there was so much emphasis on the collar and then it didn't ever really come into play to break the curse?
That is very little "meh" when the rest of the book was SO much fun! Clever little things like the name of Regina's shop ( Puppy Love)! The way her staff provided an amusing peanut gallery effect to the romance. I'm personally a die hard cat lover, so for any type of dog, man, Crusader to trot his way into my heart... I'll never look at Saint Bernard's the same again.
Totally aside from all things important to reviewing the book , I loved that Yves had brown eyes! The way they were described would make anyone who ever doubted the beauty of their own eyes sigh with contentment and pride.
Now, I'm sure you want to know what this book is about, no? Here goes ...
1. Yves - Crusader, Saint Bernard , gorgeous male
2. Regina - dog lover, owner or Puppy Love doggie salon, passionate lover, secret *spoiler*
3. Maeve - immortal witch
4. Lillith - Maeve's deceased apprentice
5. Puppy love staff & customers
6. Delilah - Regina's "best friend" & man hater
BRIEF SYNOPSIS :
Yves was a Knight destined to do great things. He fought valiantly in the Crusades, helped maidens in distress , until he was cursed by the world renowned witch Maeve. Yves was cursed to live as a Saint Bernard unable to speak with little hope of ever finding another witch who could break Maeve's curse. Only a collar that Lillith had given him before her untimely death could transform Yves back into a man... even then, possibly for only 14 days.
Fast forward 9 centuries to current day Chicago. Regina , a member of the lonely hearts club has found she is more comfortable with dogs than men. On her way to work she stumbles across an obviously stray Saint Bernard and decide's to bring him to her shop and clean him up & try to find his owners.
Yves knows he has found an honest soul in Regina. He gets the full spa treatment at her salon, then when she chooses to take him back to her apartment for the night he knows she's the one. If anyone can break the curse it's her!
Regina takes the dog for a walk through the park before going home for the evening. Out of no where the dog, now on a leash pulls/ drags her to a wooded area of the park & begins to dig furiously in the ground. The dog pulls out a collar that is studded with gem stones! The jewels on the collar must be worth a fortune! Regina removes the collar she had thought suited the large dog and placed the buried treasure around his neck.
To her complete shock there stands Yves! Naked, glorious , sexy as all hell... And human?
The story takes emotional flight as both Regina and Yves relationship goes from "mans best friend" to something else entirely!
"One Hot Knight" was a clever, romantic, enjoyable read. Steamy sex, tender hearts, and good battling evil.
Dog lovers, historical romance buffs, and those who enjoy a walk on the magical side, read this book. It left a smile on my face and I think everyone needs to do that more often. Don't miss your chance. "One Hot Knight" is heading your way.