Jackie is a native of Utah and attended the University of Utah on a full scholarship in Fine Art. She relocated to Wyoming for several years before moving to the amazing state of Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and three very spoiled pets. Jackie has published ten Highland historical romances through Kensington, receiving numerous writing awards. Retired from the USPS now, Jackie can usually be found either researching or at a keyboard, writing another historical romance or creating mayhem and murder and other aspects of her Vampire Assassin League series.
Jackie Ivie's latest novel A Perfect Knight for Love was a little confusing, especially the beginning which lacked enough dialogue and narrative to set the scene for the reader. Also confusing, many times the characters, and not just the leads talk past each other or misunderstand what others are stating.
Amalie is a noblewoman pretending to be a governess on the run from her father who has betrothed her to an unsuitable husband. This information is scattered throughout the first few chapters. Amalie is in Scotland at an inn when she is carried, kissed, forced at a dying woman's bedside and abducted by a handsome highlander who is a complete stranger to Amalie. These early chapters are perplexing because the action is hard to follow because the characters have little dialogue and what there is makes little sense. It is not until later that the reader ascertains that hero Thayne MacGowan, has impressed Amalie into his plans to save a deceased woman's infant and avoid being skewered by the dead woman's husband.
To save herself and the newborn she has promised to watch over, Amalie claims to be wedded to Thane, not knowing she has essentially made their marriage real by stating this in front of witnesses. Thane goes along with her plan because this marriage is real to him, Thane considers himself chivalrous and honest.
Thane and Amalie must travel to Thane's lands with a rather villainous clan laird and Amalie realizes Thane is her only hope of surviving. Amalie has always considered herself rather resourceful but Scotland is not England and she discovers that the Scots are almost barbaric in comparison.Read more ›
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Amalie has set the wheels in motion be a governess, not a wife and substitute mother. However, that is exactly what she is assigned by being at the right place but the wrong time. Now she is taking care of a beautiful baby girl she has no experience with and a husband she just met five minutes ago. In order to stay safe and protected the ruse just created is one she must live out the rest of her days.
The travel is long and the enemy lurking behind them very cunning yet Amalie has discovered that her husband Thayne MacGowan has a very clever mind indeed. He may come off too strong and aggressive and excessively eager to consummate the relationship, but he shows her a tender side she never expected to see.
When they arrive home, staying even more on her toes proves to be job number one for Amalie. She must keep an even closer eye on this new family than she does those out to do her harm. The enemy is identified by the family is proving to be more devious and ruthless.
Jackie Ivie creates magic with her stories and passion with the romance. Readers rely consistently on Ms. Ivie to write great books and she does!
In 1689 Thayne MacGowan saves Amalie from a nasty fall as Lord Dunn-Fyne traps them. Dunn-Fyne wants to know if the new bairn is a boy. Thayne says she is a daughter of him and his wife Amalie. In truth the baby is the offspring of brutal Dunn-Fyne and his late wife Mary (of Thayne's clan). Thayne and Amalie head to Castle Gowan while Dunn-Fynn escorts them.
Dunn-Fynn offers Amalie a real man, but she declines claiming the bairn was theirs and she was married to Thayne. Her declaration makes them married under Scottish law. Thayne knows her declaration will restart the feud with Mackennah as he is engaged to the laird's daughter. Thayne tells her Dunn-Fynn will rape her so she must stay at his side. Near Castle Gowan, his men replace Thayne and Amalie. They flee with the baby. Thayne kills Dunn-Fynn but takes a knife to the butt. Jamie plans to tup Amalie but she knees him and flees as Thayne arrives. He vows to kill his brother if he hurts his wife. Amalie asks Thayne to let her go as she conceals that she is the daughter of an earl who fled London and a marriage her father pushed. He says she claimed him so they are married. He will consummate the act when they reach the castle, but he knows his troubles have just begun.
This historical romance focuses on a complex relationship between the lead couple as external interests are impacted by their relationship. Although the duke and duchess are pathetic and Amalie a spoiled whiner, fans will enjoy this seventeenth century Scottish romance that makes a strong case that a leader is not necessarily the chief.
I've just finished reading the most funny, thrilling and sexy book by Jackie Ivie. When Amalie is exiting her coach at an inn, she runs literally into the arms of one handsome highlander. All she can do is stare into the eyes of the man and wonder, "what have I gotten myself into". When Thayne MacGowan bumps into the beautiful and very English woman, he decides to kidnap her. But Amalie is outraged and is very vocal with her kidnappers. She is tied and gagged onto a horse with said handsome highlander. You will have to read and find out how two different personalities deal with conflict and come together with the foundation of love.
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