43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2012
How much did I hate this book when I first read it?
Holy Moly. The characters were freaky--he is, like, a TOTAL control kind of guy and she seemed to be just a little to tries-too-hard-to-blend-in with her whisper-like "yeah" responses.
I finished it on a Friday night with a Thankful Sigh.
But, truthfully, I can't get this FREAKING storyline out of my head. I have re-read this book three times already in less than a week and have, at long last, discovered/revealed/admitted that I want/desire/need myself a Knight.
Disturbing storyline? Uh-huh.
Intriguing characters? You betcha.
I really hated this book.
Okay, truthfully? My eyes were glued to every page on my Kindle as I read. My eyes were caught, like a deer in the headlights, on every word of every page.
This is so NOT my scene. And,yet, I couldn't get it out of my mind (but it still kind of resides there, days later). Did I already say that?
Viv really grounds the experiences of Anya and helps me to explain my fascination with the story line of 'Knight'. Explaining that it is not about control or pain but about trust and the relationship; which my head and heart are starting to really understand or in the words of the author, "get".
This is an amazing book that hooks you with it's verbiage--not verbiage or even a storyline that is the accepted 'norm'--but a tale with syntax that you can 'hear' in your heart and head. It is a story that never lets you go from start to finish.
You root for the characters, both Knight and Anya (geez, even Anya's friends and Knight's employees!) and boo anything that gets into the path of fulfillment of them.
Too dirty? Yep, at first reading. But, as I think on it, I've read dirtier scenes that were not as thrilling. And I've never been a SDM (what's the other letter?)...can you tell that this genre is new to me? Whatever the abbreviations, I was/am intrigued.
Well done. So freaking well done.
It caught my interest...made me hate it, yet complete it. But I remember it, think on it...recommend it...aw geez, even loaned it.
This IS a book to read, devour and internalize.
Let's face it...Hate is just the on the other side of the Love coin.
Overall Rating: (out of 10) A solid 10
Heat Level: (out of 10) sizzles at a 15
Would I Want to Read this Author Again: Definite YES!
Would I Recommend: (out of 10) A Definite 15
97 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
Let me start off by saying that erotic romance is something I love and I am so thrilled that one of my favorite romance authors has branched off into this genre.
One other thing - KA isn't hiding what this novel is - she says it right in the description that this book is erotic and portraying an anti-hero. It seems like those who reviewed negatively, at least some of them, ignored that or didn't read it in the description since those elements seemed to be what turned them off.
Now for the review. Oh. Em. Gee.
Knight is a man. A. MAN.
Anya? She's his woman. That means he's going to treat her how his woman ought to be treated. So will everyone else. End of story. Period.
Sounds like a typical KA hero, right? Right.
Well, here's the difference. Knight was born the kind of person that he is, grew up that way and mastered that way of life. And that person has darkness in him. He's accepted it and when I say there's darkness in him, I'm not talking just a troubled past (which he has) or taking on the tough stuff in life to protect others (which he has). I'm talking about innate, deep seated needs that he doesn't deny, hide or try to disguise as anything other than what they are. He's up front, honest and blunt about it to Anya from the beginning of their relationship.
If she can handle his needs, she gets everything in return. Anything. Whatever is in his power to make her happy.
And for Anya, someone who has had to earn everything in her life through hard work, who has never had anyone she could really depend on - it's almost too good to be true while at the same time being frightening and intriguing.
I won't go on from there - you have the description to see what the novel is about and you have other reviews you can read to get a broader picture of Knight.
For myself, I have to say that when some of my favorite erotic authors like Cherise Sinclair, Maya Banks, Leah Brooke or Laurann Dohner are between books, I end up branching out trying to find something to fill the time until their next masterpiece.
In Kristen Ashley, I'd found another author to add to my list of favorite romance authors. That I've been able to add her to my list of favorite erotic romance authors and have another series to look forward too is just the cherry on top.
I'm seriously looking forward to more from KA in this genre. :)
37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2012
I have grown to LOVE Kristen Ashley books. I have read the entire Colorado Mountain Man, Mystery Man, and Rock Chick Series. I'm currently working my way through the 'Burg series, but this one by her caught my eye, so I took a break from the 'Burg to read this one.
This book was completely different than Ashley's other novels. It was a refreshing change of pace for her.
Ashley left behind her normal Denverite speak for this one. I can't decide if that's good or bad, I think I've grown to like it.
Knight was MUCH hotter than KA's other novels. Much. Much. Much much.
There were some really sweet quotes from Knight that made me go all "awwwwww!"
Anya calling Knight "Daddy". Um. Ew?
It felt like a Fifty Shades knock off, and not in a good way.
Knight's actual business was SHOCKING. And how could Anya stay with him after that? She barely even thought about it.
The whole novel felt a little rushed. Maybe she should have broken it down into two books and took a little more time on character development.
The Wrap Up:
I think I like Kristen Ashley's typical novels better. This one just seemed a little too forced for me, and the "Daddy" bit creeped me right out.
" 'Wars fought over a face like this,' he murmured like he was talking to himself, my heart stopped beating and his thumbs moved lightly across my cheeks. 'A man would work himself into the ground for it, go down to his knees to beg to keep it, endure torture to protect it, take a bullet for it,' his eyes came to mine, 'poison his brother to possess a face like this.' "
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2012
i have read this book twice now and cannot put into words how compelling this story is. what girl doesnt dream of the bad boy who treats them like gold? knight is a man you dont mess with and he means it when he says he protects what is his. this book is exciting, thought provoking and sexy as all get out. if u havent already read it...do yourself a favor and buy this book now! i promise you wont want to put it down!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2015
At first, I thought I hated this book because of the narrator (was reading and listening to it on Audible too). She is actually a good narrator just not for this book. She sounds like a young teenager and reads like a teenager. I kept expecting a "Golly Gee" out of her any minute. "F**k Me" just sounded wrong coming out of her mouth. Speaking of "F**k Me", I would be a rich woman if I had a dollar for every time that and "Oh God" or "Oh My God" are said in this book. Excuse me it is OH. GOD. or OH. MY. GOD.
As far as story goes, it is only a 100 page book because the other 200 something pages are spent in useless dialogue describing his apartment furniture, her furniture, how poor she is, or how rich he is etc... Someone asks a question then three pages later, after loads of non essential descriptions or explanations, you get an answer. Forget the readers forgetting the question, three, four pages later, the character forgets it too.
Granted I am from the South, so maybe some of the slang is popular in other areas of the world but it didn't flow to me, it was like Ms. Ashley was trying to be cool. Knight's "boy", Kurt (the Hulk) always saying "Yo" in greeting to Anya seems a little disrespectful too. Knight always asking her if she liked the way he "did" her was a great turn off along with her saying she liked the way he "did" her and I am sorry, I just can't see ANY WOMAN asking a man, "Do you sell pussy?" Her calling him "Daddy" also drove me up the wall! But the best line of all, Knight telling Anya, "Prepare yourself for me". He didn't mean it like you are thinking but for Anya to prepare herself for her Lord and Master to rock her world. No rocking for me!
I only finished it because it had some five star reviews and I figured it had to be redeemed at some point in time. Nope it was never redeemed and I am mad at myself for wasting all that time reading it. It is definitely going back for a refund.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2014
So, let me start off by saying I am a huge Kristen Ashley fan, have read all of the Dream Man books, most of the Colorado Mountain series and am about to start the Chaos series and then will move on to the Rock Chick series. I think I read Kristen Ashley's books more than any other author, except for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. I also know that KA has a very explicit warning that this book is darker than her other series and that the protagonist in the book is an anti-hero. I have also read Madeline Sheehan's series, "Undeniable", which definitely has anti-heroes and I loved that series. So, I say all of that to say that I thought Knight was good, well written, interesting characters, but I just don't like the whole dominance theme. To be fair to KA, I probably shouldn't have bought the book bc I already know this about myself. I don't like books with men who tell women when they can climax, what position to be in, how long to remain it that position; who tell you who you can go out with, how long you can stay, that you can't dance at a club, that puts a "man on you" to make sure you don't do the above mentioned things, and that "spank" you when you're "bad" and who, in my opinion, treat you like a child instead of the grown woman you are. I also really hate it when men want you to call them "Daddy", particularly during sex. So, since all of this occurred in Knight, I can only give it 3 stars.
I think that part of my issue with the dominance theme, which I know is very popular, is that I am afraid that it will "normalize" or desensitize readers about abusive relationships. While its true that Knight was never physically abusive toward Anya, many of the behaviors described in the book is the way that abusive relationships start off. When we romanticize dominance, how do vulnerable young women know where to draw the line? I see this problem all the time as a professional mental health provider and it is very easy for vulnerable young women to being seduced into equating these same behaviors with love, when it s not about love but control and power, which Knight readily admits. Similarly, just bc Knight was a "nice" pimp, he was still a pimp, and he still made money off of women selling their bodies, and I had a hard time accepting that Anya accepted this so readily. While one can argue about whether prostitution is the same as human trafficking, they both involve the exploitation of women.
so the bottom line for me is this: like KA says, this book isn't for everyone, and it wasn't for me. If you like themes of dominance and anti-heroes, you will probably love this book. If these things bother you, as they bother me, then maybe, like me, you should stick to the Dream Man and Colorado Mountain series, which is what I plan to do.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
Knight and Anya had tough lives and together they made sense, the plot was a slight variation of the usual an while it was good I had issues with the writing a bit. The heroines thoughts where a bit....uneducated? Maybe naive? Or a bit immature? I can't think of the right word but I had a had time connecting with her. Knight was a bit crass, he for the most part did not speak in full grammatically correct sentences and the words he used took away from the romance for me. I can understand talking dirty in the bedroom but "daddy" did not do it for me and killed the steamy scenes.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
Knight is a sexy bad boy. I could not get enough of the love story between Anya and Knight. I love Knights controlling alpha male attitude I would call him "Daddy" any day of the week.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2013
I have read 13 of KA's books. I have enjoyed them all. I even loved a few. I will continue to read her books but not this series. A male lead who is a pimp is just way too anti to be even an anti-hero to me. Also the female lead referring him as 'Daddy' during the sexual interludes was just too creepy. I will stick with the Chaos series,and the Rock Chicks from now on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2015
knight was a sexy alpha male who kept me smiling throughout the entire book until the end when I found out he was a pimp and had a stable of 53 "bitches."
I got really sick of his filthy mouth.
At first I thought Anya was a girl who knew what she wanted and that was Knight and his lifestyle but then she found out he was a pump and acted like it was no big deal. He also hates holidays and refuses to let her celebrate any of them. He also owns her so will not marry her.
She should have left him but she stayed because he was a nice pimp and she loved him. (Eye roll.)