Title: Knight & Play
Author: Kitty French
Series: Knight #1
Publication date: November 23rd, 2012
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
There's only one thing in life Lucien Knight really hates, and that's husbands who cheat on their wives.
There's only one problem in Sophie Black's life. Her cheating husband...
From the moment Lucien & Sophie meet, the seal is set.
CEO of Knight Inc. Lucien Knight is catch-your-breath gorgeous and damaged by his troubled past in Norway. All grown up and relocated to London, he's built his empire of adult clubs from the ground up to become the gorgeous patron saint of the sex industry. No one knows the dark childhood secrets that have given Lucien a backbone of steel.
No one until Sophie Black, that is... From the moment girl-next-door Sophie accepts the job as Lucien Knight's PA, she understands how Alice must have felt when she tumbled down the rabbit hole.
Lucien takes her safe, vanilla life and plunges her head first into a huge dish of fantasy flavours. He strips away all of her inhibitions, and when he instructs her to select three new toys, she realizes he has more than a game of Monopoly on his mind...
How far is Sophie willing to go? And what happens when she has to step back into reality again?
I had seen this book floating around Amazon for some time and the cover was really beautiful (c'mon, you and I both know that sometimes the cover is what draws you in first). It was simplistic but still held an allure that kept drawing me back in. It was only once I subscribed to the Kindle Unlimited Program and found it available as one of the books that I could read for free that I couldn't keep my curiosity at bay anymore. I decided to do the dangerous thing of not even reading the synopsis and going in blind. I was not disappointed.
Lucien Knight is your typical billionaire with a heavy chip on his shoulder. He has his life pretty much set and there is no reason to deviate because he doesn't want for anything. At least he doesn't think he is lacking in anything, until his newest PA applicant meekly wanders into his office... From the moment Lucien sets eyes on Sophie Black and her fidgeting innocence he can't help himself but try to tarnish her purity. What he didn't expect was that Sophie would rise to the challenge he presented her.
Sophie was tempted by her newest boss, Lucien, from the moment he hired her. Even if the job she had taken wasn't what she had expected, Sophie was intrigued by the sexual world Lucien lived in. When Sophie suspects that her husband is cheating on her, and has been for quite some time, she reluctantly starts to explore her sexuality with the help of the domineering and delicious CEO. What she finds in that world may not just rock her world but also steal her heart completely.
I really enjoyed Knight & Play. Lucien was very cold and kept Sophie at arm's length in the beginning but watching him thaw and making it so believable was well done by the author. He didn't completely change from the beginning of the story, it took time as it would with normal relationships. People don't change simply by meeting a person that tempts them to do so. That is what is wrong with a LOT of romance books these days. That insta-love that changes an unmovable character from the moment their eyes locked.
Sophie was adorable. I don't find many female characters that portray innocence or naivety likable very often but Sophie was a breath of fresh air. She was comical at times with her new experiences in the sex industry and all the lovely items that go along with that world. She was a quick study though... but who wouldn't with a Norwegian god of a man leading the way?
Knight & Play is often compared to bestseller Fifty Shades but it's a delight in it's own standing. This book doesn't center around BDSM completely, it explores it all. It opens the world of sex to its readers and welcomes them with a sultry smile.
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