Title: Her Knight in Black Leather
Author: JM Stewart
Author's Website: JM Stewart Website
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance with Thriller/Suspense
Length: approx 156 pgs
Buy Link: Her Knight in Black Leather
Cat Edwards has spent her life playing the wallflower in an effort to escape the repressive weight of her mother’s tarnished name. Dragged to a bar by her best friend in an effort to forget a broken heart, the shy bookworm is determined to be someone else for the night, but quickly gets in over her head. She discovers chivalry isn't dead after all when a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue. He’s wearing black leather and a mischievous smile that promises to be exactly what she needs.
When his terminally ill father suffers a setback, Michael Brant returns to the town he swore ten years ago he'd never return to. He’s come home this time determined to make peace with the past that haunts him, but being home brings up memories he doesn't want to remember anymore. His first night in town, he’s captured by a damsel in distress. Cat’s beauty is made all the more alluring when he realizes she has no idea who he is. He can't resist spending a single night in her arms. With her, he’s only a man, disconnected from his family’s name and the past that haunts him here.
As the town erupts with the news of his return, Michael’s dark past comes back to haunt him, putting Cat danger. Someone is threatening her life and the life of her family. Desperate to keep history from repeating itself, Michael offers her his family’s name in order to keep her safe. When the lie spirals beyond their control, can they stop their hearts from becoming entangled as well?
This may be one of the more enjoyable reading I have done for a book of this middle length in a good while, the story while not outlandish was laced with just enough mystery and passion to keep you from getting bored even in the few slower moments.
Cat and Michael both have secrets to hide in their past but while that is a part of the mystery/thriller part of this plot it has very little effect on the romance which was done really well and while this is still an adult book it is not an erotic mess but has an actual story that is the prime attraction of this short novel.
I could tell you more about the mystery and the secrets of the past but it would ruin the story since discovery is a lot of the value of this novel, but let me say the romance is believable, the thriller parts are a bit bizarre but not outside the realm of possibility (as many are).
Bottom Line: I liked it, took me about 2-3 hours to read it, no scanning, good mix of action and romance, you get inside the two main characters very well and it was entertaining above all. The only downside might be that the secondary characters were very 2 dimensional with the possible exception of his father but that was not as fleshed out as it could have been but then you would have had a much longer novel and the length of this is perfect for those times when you just want to read something longer than a short story but don't want a doorstop. Get the book, keep it for when you don't know what else to read, this will do the trick very nicely.
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