Title: Winter’s Knight
Author: Kelly Wyre, H.J. Raine
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Lucian Gray, Sheldon (Shea) Ollivander
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
As the son of the infamous New Amsterdam city mayor, Lucian learned at an early age that power is king, love is for the weak, and a real man never has a use for tears or mercy. The only source of light in Lucian’s formative years is Shea Ollivander, who gives Lucian the impetus to break free from his father’s rule and leave the city. Shea is never far from Lucian’s side, a friend and companion.
But after a lover dies despite Lucian’s best efforts, Lucian returns home with a new purpose: build an empire of resources and men to destroy the sources of darkness that steal lives and souls. Shea’s back in the city, too, and when three long years pass without contact, Lucian realizes he can’t live without telling the man he loves that Shea is Lucian’s only solace and reason for living.
When the inclusion of Shea in Lucian’s life leads to a horrifying discovery of pain and suffering at the hands of the very evil Lucian wishes to annihilate, the prince of the underground realm must set his sights on a path of bloody vengeance to save his newfound lover from certain destruction.
Wow! This is the second book I’ve read by this writing team and I have to confess, I’ve become addicted to this series and their storytelling abilities. Not only did Winter’s Knight grab my undivided attention from the first page, I was enthralled by Lucian and Shea’s story throughout the novel. I loved the sizzling chemistry between them and thoroughly enjoyed their story. Since I believe the blurb does an excellent job at describing the story itself, I’ve decided not to rehash it. Plus, there are some interesting twists in the story itself that I don’t want to spoil, so I’ll tread lightly with my review.
One of the reasons why I read romance is: I love to watch the relationship between the two main characters grow and thrive into something special. I admit, if there isn’t that special spark between the two heroes; I feel more than a little let down. This is not an issue with this book. Not only does Winter’s Knight have a well-written plot, it is a character driven novel that was extremely easy for me to get lost within these peoples’ lives. After a three year hiatus, Lucian and Shea reunite, and the deep attraction and intensity of emotions that radiated between the couple are clearly the driving force of this book. There was not one single moment that I didn’t believe in Lucian and Shea’s feelings or attraction for each other. Also, both men are very flawed and realistically written characters that I couldn’t help but love. In my opinion, they were two halves that made a perfect whole and I loved every moment they were in the book together.
Also, the sex scenes in this book were intense and beautifully written. Whew! The sex between them was so hot; I had to keep a big glass of ice water beside me to keep myself cooled down! Once again the intensity of emotion and attraction between the heroes was apparent with every touch with said and unsaid words between them. I loved watching Lucien and Shea’s relationship evolve both in and out of bedroom.
Between the amazing characters and the nail-biting storyline, Winter’s Knight is one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. It’s earned a firm spot on my keeper shelf and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. Although Winter’s Knight is the second book in the New Amsterdam series, it is written well enough to be read as a stand-alone book. But because this is a wonderful series with strong characters whose lives are intertwined together throughout both books, I do recommend that the books are read in series order. Since I believe both books in the series so far are fantastic reads, I know you won’t be sorry if you give them a try. I’m looking forward to reading more from these authors and will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Highly Recommended!
Here are the New Amsterdam books in series order:
Hearts Under Fire
Reviewed By: Gabbi