The British Knight by Louise Bay
“Whenever I picture what lies in front of me, I’m always standing next to you.”
What’s better than a growly but gentlemanly, staggeringly handsome alpha male? How about a growly, but gentlemanly, staggeringly handsome alpha male with a British accent? If this is your jam (and goodness knows it is surely mine), the Louise Bay’s The British Knight is undoubtedly the book for you.
Alexander Knightley is a barrister. You know, those quintessentially British lawyers who wear the curly wigs and the long robes? And a robe and wig have never sounded better…He’s kind of a grouch. Knightley’s work is his life. He spends hours and hours pouring over cases, researching precedents and generally ignoring the world around him. His father was also a famous barrister, aptly named Alexander the Great. And without knowing it consciously, Knightley is trying to live up to that specter of the past and make the ghost of his long-dead father proud of his accomplishments. One failed marriage, and friends he can count on less than one hand, and it is clear that Knightley is not enjoying life. Until a chance encounter one day on the Tube with a somewhat lost, but incredibly beautiful American girl.
That American girl is Violet King. Her past ghosts have been haunting her, as well. And to escape an upcoming event that will all but shove that hurtful past in her face, she has escaped to London, to the house of her in-laws. She has spent the last several years distinctly trying to not form attachments. Relationships, jobs, even most friendships- they’re all short term. Permanence involves some level of feelings and that, in Violet’s estimation, can only lead to heartbreak and pain. So Violet takes on a job as an assistant at a Barrister’s office. A three month contract, the temporary nature of it all is right up her alley. But when the stranger on the Tube turns out to be her new (and devastatingly attractive) boss, Violet may be in for more than she ever imagined.
What ensues is a slow burn affair that becomes a love for the ages. Miscommunications are interspersed with picnics in the park. Doubts and denial mingle with dancing and dinner. But, oh, the passion and the heartbreak. You will not be able to get through this story without laughing at least once, crying at least twice and swooning more than can be numbered. The British Knight is a wonderfully told tale of the importance of reevaluation, self-examination and the quest to find what matters most.
Jodi is a former elementary school teacher/curriculum writer turned SAHM. She lives in NH and has three girls ages 8, 6 and 3. Every day is a chaotic surprise in her house and reading is her stress reliever/escape hatch. She has enjoyed reading since she was very little, and loves a wide variety of genres, including everything from classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice to sexy, smutty romance. She also enjoys coffee, chocolate, and wine, in that order throughout the day, and is very content any time she can go to the bathroom alone.