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A Knight in Shining Armor (Montgomery/Taggart #15)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  21,277 ratings  ·  1,331 reviews
Dougless Montgomery couldn't believe it. She had tried to be the very essence of the modern American woman -- competent yet sexy, financially independent yet ready to love and be loved. She had planned this holiday tour with special care, wanting everything to be perfect for Robert, the man she hoped one day to marry. Yet here she was, after a stupid quarrel, abandoned in...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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MelissaB
Jun 21, 2010 MelissaB rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind non-HEA endings
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siti rahmah
This is the very first romance book, which made me smile, laugh and cry. Read it three times and decided that I had to have it for myself. So now, it is sitting very nicely in my book cabinet, beckoning me to read it again for I-don't-know-how-many times.

I must say, this is best book of all by Jude Deveraux. About time-travel romance, finding and recognizing true love even if its separated by decades of time. So, you will get to read about Nicholas realising his true love in Douglass's modern t...more
Tina Hayes
May 31, 2008 Tina Hayes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: my-favorites
This is my all time favorite romance novel, which I've read more than once.

Nicholas is a real live Knight in Shining Armor sent to comfort a heartbroken Douglass in 1988. Destined to be soul mates through all eternity, the two set out to clear Lord Nicholas' name and right the wrongs done during his Elizabethan life. Just as he gets used to the weird inventions and strangness of the twentieth century, they are whisked back through time to 1560 where Douglass gets to experience medieval life.

Thi...more
Didi
4.5 STARS

What a remarkably beautiful story! I loved this, even despite the somewhat controversial ending, I really loved this. When poor, down on her luck, Dougless Montgomery gets jilted by her boyfriend and left to fend for herself in rural England, at a church no less, she accidentally summons Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck. The fact that he happens to be a knight sent from sixteenth century England baffles the both of them. She cried for a knight in shining armor, she prayed to be give...more
Eastofoz
Jun 19, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like time travel with a heart-wrenching twist
I’ve been told by just about every reader who’s read this «romance classic» that it’s a sad story and a very upsetting one at that because of the ending, well I have to strongly disagree. It’s exceptionally moving and my hat’s off to the author for thinking out of the romance box for once. That said, I love a good heart-wrenching cry and a tragic story –and I’m not saying this one is or isn’t because I really think it depends on what you expect out of a romance novel. If you’re on the side that...more
Crystal
I LOVED this book. I would have given it 5 stars, but the ending made me want to pull my hair out. I can't really say more without giving anything away. Years ago when I first read it, I remember discussing it with a friend of mine and crying over how much I hated the ending. She said that when she read it, she wanted to slather the book in gravy and feed it to her dog. I thought that was the PERFECT way to describe how I felt after finishing this book.

HOWEVER, with that being said, I still hig...more
Zeek
I read it first when it came out back in the late 80's and have re read it so many times with each read just as fantastic.

Its one of those books that impact you and stays with you forever. Love or hate the ending- it is a romance must read.
Leslie
I know what you're thinking...the book's title ALONE should have been my first "red-flag", but you would be wrong. I actually read this because a neighbor had it and physically ran it over to me one day last summer. I thought, "Sure, I'll give it a go." Luckily, she didn't take anything I thought about the book personally! Phew!!

Jude Deveraux is a famously popular writer, and since I am NOT about bashing the writer, I will only give my opinion based on her work. Unfortunately, I have nothing pos...more
Kathrynn
There was quite a lot to sludge through in order to get to the romance in this 464 page novel that seemed more like fiction than romance--until the very end. There was a heavy reincarnation theme that began showing itself in the characters that appeared in the beginning (Robert, Gloria) and carried into the second half of the story.

A Knight in Shining Armor takes place in England (1560-1988) and stars Nicholas Stafford as the hero and Dougless Montgomery as the heroine. It begins in 1564 to fin...more
Gigi
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Kathy
Best historical romance book ever written! A Knight in Shining Armor is a must read. Imagine traveling back in time to the medieval ages to meet your soulmate!
Heidi Cullinan
May 18, 2013 Heidi Cullinan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone. Absolutely everyone.
Recommended to Heidi by: my high school music teacher

In 1990 I was a senior in high school, and I was friends with my music teacher. It was one of those odd things I never understood how it happened, though I think it started when the drama teacher cast me for the lead in Fiddler on the Roof but I couldn’t sing. (That’s a long, weird story. Don’t ask.) She was charged with fixing that minor detail, which led to a lot of before and after school private lessons. At this point of my life things were starting to come seriously apart. I’d weathered som...more
Rio (Lynne)
3.25 stars. This is a romance, but with characters I was not in love with. Douglas, our heroine, was insecure and simply wanted to get married. Not a woman I related to. She was in an emotionally abusive relationship with a man who had a bratty teenager who I wouldn't have spent 5 minutes with, much less a trip to England. They were traveling through England on vacation, when the man she loves leaves her in a church after a fight. Crying on the tomb of Nicolas Stafford (an Earl from the 16th cen...more
Duchess Nicole
Buddy read with Camaro, 6-16-2014 :D:D:D

Going to make this short, because it's not so sweet :(

This was my second by Jude Deveraux, and I suppose my expectations were to the moon and back, seeing as how this is on nearly every top Historical Romance and time travel list that I've come across. My other by JD was The Black Lyon and it got two stars from me. So I think this will probably be my last by her.

A few reasons stand out for my dislike. First of all, I feel like her writing is very dated......more
Ash
This book was poorly written. I don't expect much as a reader. I like simple writing, big words and profound subjects are unnecessary in my opinion to make a book worth while, but this was too painful to even finish. At the beginning of the book I noticed the author uses the characters' names over and over when describing a scene much like the writing you would see in a children's book; "Douglass crossed the street. Douglass saw a chicken and kicked it. Douglass smiled at the chicken and pat it'...more
Margaret G.
Having recently finished Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series, and Sara Donati's "Wilderness" books, I was in the mood for more good historical fiction. "Fiction" this is. "Historical"... sort of. "Good"... not by a long shot.

As my degree is in English literature, I appreciate good fiction. This is poorly written, populated by caricatures rather than characters, in a style that can only be described as unsophisticated. The "heroine" is shallow, the "hero" self-absorbed, and the male antagonist l...more
Brittany B.
Updated review:
Upon rereading this over 10 years later, I can say that it is not exactly what I remembered. I cringed at how weak and pathetic the heroine was. The "falling in love" part didn't have the spark I remember; what does Nicholas see in Douglas in the first place??? She's a basket case who allows men to walk all over her.
So "the thrill is gone"... Below is my review of what I remembered of the story. This book just doesn't stand the test of time for me.


Also for audio fans: read it i...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
I shouldn't have read this. But oh well you live and learn :(
The writing was at times weird but overall good, but the story, the ending... Horrible.
That is NOT a happy end! It's actually really sad and depressing!
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Jill
This was listed as #5 on theromancereader.com list of top 100 romances. I'd read it before, but wanted to do so again after reading one reader's description. Heartbroken and abandoned, Dougless Montgomery cries her heart out over Nicholas Stafford's tomb and the next thing she knows, he is standing there wanting to know what she wants. Of course, she doesn't believe he's from the 16th century, but agrees to help him none the less. Nicholas was brought forward three days before he was to be execu...more
Te
This book will haunt you. Read it for 12 friggin hours. And there's just this lonely and hollow feeling after you read it. The part I really hate most was that the heroine gets to grow old with a living person with the hero's "soul" while the hero, Nicholas, lives out his life alone. And if that isn't enough, they're the only people who know of each other. It really makes you feel reaally bad. Nonetheless, I'm giving it 5 stars for making me feel this whole lot. Kudos still to Jude.

UPDATE 10/08/...more
Maureen Feeney
I didn't much like the first half of the book and it took me ages to get into it. I honestly dont know who I wanted to slap more, the mean boyfriend and his spoiled daughter, or our heroine Dougless (hate her name) for putting up with all of their S**t. At the start Dougless was so pathetic and spineless when she let the boyfriend walk all over her in the hope of an engagement ring! Thankfully the hero Nicholas was brilliant and saved me from throwing the book out the window with frustration, an...more
Jane Stewart
Ending was too sad. Writing style and conversations lacking. I didn't care for the author's writing style.

Parts of it seemed like a reporter was writing events that were happening each day. The author was trying too hard to make us not like Robert and his daughter. They were too bad to be believable. Dougless's reasoning didn't feel real to me. I wouldn't think or act like her. Conversations were not interesting. During parts of the middle the reading was tedious and I wanted the book to be over...more
Melanie
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Ririn
I loved this novel, fell in love with the hero but i don't like the ending. even if his his soul find the heroine, but still it's someone else. i can't even reread the book again because i feel very sad about the ending.
Dee
Sep 25, 2012 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance & time travel with a hilarious and endearing main character

Oh my gosh.. I love this book to bits! It is definitely, easily one of my favorite reads in 2012. It was raw, real, funny and most definetely heartbreaking. This book was so richly and perfectly detailed. I got to see the Medieval Times in the eyes of Lessa; the architecture, the culture, the injustice of some of the laws, the food..and basically everything that makes Historal books very interesting. The pacing was just lovely and every page of the book justified its greatness. Despite how commo...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
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Autumn
Jan 18, 2011 Autumn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the dreamers out there!!
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Lorihudeck
I loved this book! Yes it's a romance, so you know things are going to work out in the end. But this involves time travel and a real night, and jerk of a boyfriend and a brat of a daughter.

What I like best about this book aside from the fact that it was just plain old fun to read is the Douglass Montgomery learns her worth as a person and a woman. She learns that she deserves better than what she was settling for. She learns that she doesn't have to apologize for not measuring up to what she thi...more
Regan Walker
The first thing you need to know about this time travel romance is that the majority of it takes place in 1988. I didn't know that when I bought it. But the 5 star ratings convinced me. After reading the first 25 pages, I was back on Amazon looking at the reviews to see if I'd missed something. I did. The low ratings tell a different story: an annoying heroine, contrived plot developments, no happy ending, etc. How, I asked myself, could all those 5 star raters be so wrong? So, I decided to be f...more
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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