Thursday, February 28, 2013

Her Dark Knight review

I found Her Dark Knight by Sharon Cullen, published in 2011 by Carina Press, to be compulsively readable. I just couldn't put it down - I needed to find out what would happen to Madelaine and Christien. Would they be doomed to the same fate as their first meeting? Or would they be able to overcome their history and their enemies this round?

Madelaine moves to the city for a well paying job in order to pay her student loans and her father's nursing home bills - she can ignore that she works for the bitch from hell. Christien has spent 700 years protecting the treasure of the Knights Templar at the request - or rather order - of an archangel. When Christien sees Madelaine, he remembers their doomed love from his mortal life and desperately wants to do better this time around. But how can he not be suspicious when she works for his immortal enemy?

Christien's internal struggle between his love for Madelaine and his need to protect the treasure and the world is well written and heart rending. It's also fun to read him fight his 700 year old warrior and protector instincts in dealing with a very 21st century Madelaine. For Madelaine's part, she has a very hard time wrapping her head around the idea of reincarnation and accepting that Christien has been her soul mate for 700 years. She's fiercely independent and smart but her unwillingness to accept any help gets a little old toward the end of the book. 

The ending was a little rushed but with a great twist. I really enjoyed Her Dark Knight and would definitely recommend it.


Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won't be deterred, even if that means standing in line for fifty-eight minutes in torturous heels while she'd rather be home in her pj's with a bowl of popcorn.

A Knight of the Templar, Christien Chevalier was given immortality along with the responsibility of protecting the treasure of the Templars. He's been unwavering in his task for centuries until his one true love--who died seven hundred years ago--shows up in his club, demanding his attention.

Christien couldn't protect Madelaine when they first fell in love. She was married to a lord and he was simply a knight. Now, through some unknown miracle, she stands before him again and they have a second chance. But Christien fears that Madelaine is being used as a pawn in a dangerous game, a game of good versus evil that could affect all of mankind...

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