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- ASIN : B07W79BTDS
- Publisher : Redclaw Publishing (September 18, 2019)
- Publication date : September 18, 2019
- Language: : English
- File size : 2126 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #214,837 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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It's clear once Rhett arrives in the Redclaw offices that something is off. Hired despite the fact that she'd shown up for her interview at the wrong place, a place that had no intention of hiring anyone; Rhett wastes no time in learning that Redclaw is not at all what it seems. Hurtling into her first "assignment" with the agency, Rhett soon learns just what it is about Redclaw that's different.
Dean's story is compelling and masterful. With characters that are not only interesting but captivating, she ensures that you're invested in their stories. And are hooked until the very last page. It's a bumpy ride for sure, full of twists; but it's a ride you won't want to miss. Bishop Takes Knight is an unputdownable tale that takes the paranormal and makes it matter of fact. I'm glad I took a chance on this book - it's a bit of a departure for me. But 2020 is all about expanding my horizons in reading. I highly recommend you pick this one up too.
[Many thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book, in conjunction with the Winter Games Reader Challenge. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.]
I also really enjoyed the slow-burn romance with Peter. He was the perfect hero for me, a reader who loves real heroes, gentlemen, and who has a sweet spot for intellectuals. I couldn't keep myself from smiling while I was reading his dialogue or the vivid descriptions of his hilarious and charming behavior.
As far as Redclaw, this was a fabulous introduction to the shifter agency, and Rhett's adventures at her new job kept me eager for more as she sought to go from starving and broke to self-supported and stable. Her fear for losing her job felt very real, even as she fights off advanced technology and shifters.
Highly recommend if you love a build-up, strong woman, a charming gentleman with a heart of gold, action, and shifters.
Wow! This book blew me away.
Bishop stumbles into a desperately needed job and finds out it isn't like any other office. Nope. There's things that rattle and seem alive in boxes, explosions, and men who aren't all as they appear. Armed with a ray gun that jumps into her hand, she's ready to become a field agent - or is she?
Author McKenna Dean really captures the flavor of the mid 1950's in the dialogue and the interactions (non-paranormal) that take place in the book such as diners, jobs, office work, etc... I just loved the touches of the smart-mouthed woman in the screwball comedy from the movies of the time.
Then stirs in a healthy dose of supernatural and alien in with it that fits right into the perceived mid-century science of the times. She ramps this up with the mysterious organization with a cast of interesting characters as well as a potential love interest.
This book was a page-turner for me, well written, witty, and entertaining! Will be putting this author on a must-buy list. Fans of Gini Koch and her Katherine "Kitty" Katt (alien) series will love this!
I loved the characters. She is what I would love to be, someone that finds the courage when needed to do things even things she doesn’t quite understand. He is reluctant, moody, and tortured but has enormous pull.
There is a delightful vintage feel from cover to each word on the page. I can’t wait for the next book for all the right reasons - the plot itself, the characters and eventually a slow heat but with burning potential romance.
Top reviews from other countries
I’m not terribly fond of shifter stories, you see. They’re too often thinly veiled rape – or at best dubious consent – apologia, with the excuse that the ‘alpha’ male of the shifter pair has no control over his animal urge to conquer and possess the female. Well, excuse me if I fail to find the attraction in some entitled male waving his primal urges in my face. I prefer characters to have a little more depth than that.
Which is why, of all the genre, I read McKenna Dean. She writes about real people, who are likeable. The sort you wouldn’t mind inviting round for dinner. Faulty – yes, of course they are. But you can respect them and understand the reasons they make their choices and decisions because she gives them backstory and depth and – ruddy heck – development and growth. This book is no exception.
Dean’s building up a cadre of books based on the premise that shifters live in a world that overlaps with ours, with parallel structures, organisations and government. One such organisation is Redclaw Security. Her previous books have been contemporaries, with Redclaw in the background, its agents seeking out lost shifter princesses or coming to the aid of former team members. It hasn’t been front and centre in the books, but ticking along nicely, and intriguingly, behind all the main action. In Bishop Takes Knight, she pulls Redclaw into centre-stage, taking us back to 1955 to show us Redclaw’s origins and how it grows into the premier shifter agency on the planet.
Cleverly, though, she doesn’t show us that through a shifter’s eyes. Henrietta (Rhett) Bishop is no shifter. She’s a socialite in post-war America, down on her luck. She’s proud, clever, impetuous, terrible at taking orders and something of a loner who finds it hard to trust or work with others. Taking her last desperate chance of a job, she ends up as a typist at Redclaw, and so the agency is, quite brilliantly, revealed. The reader finds out more about Redclaw – what it means, what it does, the odd-bods who staff it, who the mysterious Ryker is – along with Rhett. We know only what she does, when she knows it, and in her narrative, we’re plunged into 50s America, with all its differences from the present day and all its similarities. Add in a love interest for Rhett in the shape of damaged scientist hiding from his grief in the bottle, and a treasure hunt with remorseless antagonists in opposition that reaches a breathless climax, and you have a fascinating story that I really couldn’t put down.
The romance is low-key. Both because of the time period of the book, and the two main characters’ personalities and experiences, don’t expect physical gymnastics. There aren’t any. This is a slowly growing love story, that’s all the more satisfying because of its restraint. It’s sweet, without being saccharine. I can’t wait for another story involving Bishop and Knight. They’re a wonderful pairing.
All in all, highly recommended.
My favourite aspect of this great read by McKenna Dean is the 1950’s setting. A refreshing break from the norm, the backdrop and dialogue is such fun to read. Bishop’s new job proves brain-numbing from the start, but desperate for money now her father has left her penniless, she sucks it up and gets stuck in. The action is quick to arrive in this book, with Dean tugging the reader in early on with the arrival of a mechanical spider. Bishop is a delight to read. She’s feisty, smart and has just the right amount of devil-may-care to get me on her side. As a mere woman in the male-dominated 50’s, watching her push the buttons of her Ryker, her male boss, is very entertaining. Knight first appears as a downtrodden drunk, but with Bishop’s influence, he soon lights up the page as much as she. These two make a great duo and the way they spark off each other adds to whole story. There’s so much potential here for another adventure and as it’s book one in the Redclaw Origins, I’m looking forward to more.
Dean’s writing flows throughout this book. She sets a great pace and I really enjoyed her writing style. Her research into the era brings an extra layer to the story and some of the 50’s saying had me laughing aloud. Tension builds nicely towards the climax and with it, the threat of losing characters during the showdown. This was a hard one to put down and I hope there’s more to come as Bishop and Knight certainly deserve another outing.
Bishop Takes Knight is a rip-roaring good time with plenty of witty dialogue, suspenseful scenes, a spirited heroine and a surprisingly quick-thinking, handsome hero. This is a paranormal romance with a nice array of shifters including a phoenix. Yes, a phoenix! I love that McKenna Dean added one of my favorite mythical creatures in her shifter universe. I connected with Rhett immediately and her plight. Her best friend, Em, is a great contrast to Rhett with some of the best lines in the book. The suspenseful sub-plot kept me glued to my e-reader as I whipped through the pages. The romance between Rhett and Peter is classic screwball comedy with subtle flirting and subtext. The ending took me by surprise but in a good way. Bishop Takes Knight is a blend of Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man series and Alias . I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars