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Knight of Passion (All the King's Men #3)

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Renowned beauty Lady Linnet is torn between two desires: revenge on those who destroyed her family or marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sir James Rayburn. One fateful night, she makes a misguided choice: she sacrifices Jamie's love for a chance at vengeance.

Jamie Rayburn returns to England in search of a virtuo
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Forever (first published 2010)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I recently won this ARC in a contest and was thrilled! I love Ms. Mallory’s first two books in her All The King’s Men series and didn’t want to have to wait until the June release of Knight of Passion to read Jamie’s story. Fortunately I didn’t have to!

This third installment is a slightly more intense read, delving into the darker side of England’s underground. Witchcraft and rituals, blood sacrifices and necromancy are just a few of the things Linnet and Jamie have to face in her search for jus
Jun 11, 2010 Angelc rated it really liked it
Lady Linnet and Jamie Rayburn hadn't seen each other for the five years since their relationship ended badly. They were each other's first love, and even over so many years, they still haven't gotten over each other. Headstrong Linnet has since become friend and confidante to Queen Katherine, and young and innocent Jamie is now a knight, Sir James Rayburn. When Jamie is sent to watch over and protect the Queen, he and Linnet realize that no matter their differences or how hard they try, they can ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Verity rated it liked it
I'm baffled by all the good-to-great reviews on previous books. Thought I'd try this 1 but it made me not too keen on reading her others. Over the top villain, heroine is not credible w/ her dubious achievements (really, flushing out her grandpa's robbers / traitors @ such a young age & roaming around unescorted as if she's Bruce Lee) & flaky hero is not interesting enuff. I think it totally ruined the book for me when H/H already banged when she's only a teenager & she came across a ...more
Apr 12, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up

As with the first two in this trilogy, Ms. Mallory's writing is wonderful, and her story enthralling. Jaimie, the hero, is a character readers have watched grow from a child in the first book, to a teenager in the second and now as a dashing adult we all love and adore. Because of this, the reader is so invested in his happiness that when he chooses a woman who is so bent of revenge for her family that she uses and abuses everyone in her way, including him, we are personally offend
Mary (BookHounds)
What can I say? This book is a gem! The characters jump off the page, there is intrigue, paranormal elements, witty dialogue, do I need to continue? Of course! I am really getting back into romance novels and I wish there was a better term to describe them since I don't think the term really suffices. Knight of Passion is my first book by Margaret Mallory and I am incredibly impressed. I am going to go have to get the other two books in this series. I can only imagine that the debut of this seri ...more
I'll be honest. I couldn't finish this book, though I did get it for free from FirstReads. The problem wasn't the writing or even the story. I think it was the setting. I'm not fond of historicals that don't take place during the Regency or in the American West. Clearly, it was wrong of me to pick up a book that wasn't even in my chosen genre.

What I can say, is that the writing was superb and the plot is much different than the typical strong, arrogant hero and spunky heroine. The couple has a h
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Jul 09, 2010 Patti TheLoveJunkee rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Knight of Passion is not your typical boy meets girl, boy wants girl, heaving bosoms and flirtations ensue story.

As the story opens, Jamie and Linett are young an in love/lust with each other and have been able to arrange a tryst in an empty room in the castle. Jamie doesn't know Lynette has arranged for them to be caught so that she might escape her father's promise of her virginity to Sir Guy, a snake among men. Naturally Jamie is devastated by her deception and leaves.

Five years later, we mee
Jul 04, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Theresa by: Book Club
Shelves: trilogy, book-club
The third and final book in the All the King's Men trilogy. This is the book that my book club is reading and what lead me to read the first two. My read the books in order rule has not disappointed me.

King Henry has died young and left a young widow, Queen Katherine, and the toddler king. There are two factions, the Gloucesters and Winchesters, fighting to "guide" the young king, who has been taken from the foreign queen (Queen Katherine is French.) Lady Linnet, our heroine, is one of the queen
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
This book really took me by surprise by being such a fun read. I tend not read as many medieval as I do other historical romances set in other eras because I keep picturing mud whenever I read medievals. You know, like muddy houses, pigs and chickens walking in mud, serfs with muddy and dirty clothes, drafty castles with a nasty moat and a muddy yard... this is probably thanks to all the medieval movies I've seen but needless to say, mud is not romantic and I prefer the glittering balls of Regen ...more
Jun 17, 2010 Terra rated it it was amazing
The author has given us a wonderfully delicious third installment of All The King's Men and one you won't soon forget. Lots of love, passion, deceit and watch out for the tip of the sword action to have everyone enjoy.

Lady Linnet is a prize alright. She is quite beautiful but doesn't have an ounce of common sense but does carry a conviction for payback for past hurts that gets her in more trouble than even someone with back luck would admire.

Jamie Rayburn has been trying so hard for years to get
Jun 14, 2010 Gaby rated it it was amazing
Though Margaret Mallory is a relatively new writer of historical romance, she crafts her stories with a deft hand. Her "All the King's Men" series is consistently entertaining -- with the just right amount of romance, banter, and subplots so that each book offers the escape and lighthearted romance that mark a "keeper."

But in Knight of Passion, Mallory adds certain historical details and suspense that give the novel a little something extra and turn it into one of my favorites. Mallory includes
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Apr 22, 2013 Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...] rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only if you want to torture yourself with a b*tchy heroine and a moronic hero
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So, this book followed the cardinal rule I have found to be true in my year plus of reading romance novels. In a historical romance trilogy, the third book is never as good as it's predecessors. Take the series Blackshear Family trilogy. Loved the first two, but couldn't even get through the whole finale, A Woman Entangled, and I skimmed to the end. Julianne MacLean's Highlander trilogy fared little better. Again, the first two installments blew me away, and then the third book, Seduced by the H ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Cinnamon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Regret. Pain. Hope. Passion. Love.

Those are the themes of KNIGHT OF PASSION by Margaret Mallory, although not necessarily in that order. Fans of Mallory will recognize our hero, Jamie Rayburn as the little boy from Knight of Desire. In the first book of the series, Jamie was a cute and precocious boy. Now, in KNIGHT OF PASSION, Jamie has grown up and become quite the looker. He's returned to England, searching for a wife to build a home. Although his heart is drawn to Lady Linnet, his mind steer
Jun 05, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing
Knight of Passion by Margaret Mallory is a story full of revenge, love, hope and pain. Our main characters, Jamie and Linnet, have to face England's crude underground- witchcraft, necromancy and blood rituals, to name a few. And Linnet will not let any obstacle destroy her opportunity to seek vengeance on those who desecrated her family.

Jamie Rayburn, our knight in shining armor. He's charming, beautiful and has a colossal desire to get married and build a family with a virtuous, stable wife. Ja
Jun 14, 2010 DKAY rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed this book. I had a difficult time getting into it but after a couple chapters I was not disappointed at all. I found the book was well written and after getting into the story found it very interesting and really liked the historical and paranormal mix. I liked the romance between Linnet and Jamie and how they began and how they met again later. I thought that the detail of the characters and the way their feelings were brought to life with the great descriptions was very good a ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Stacy rated it it was ok
I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I had been looking forward to reading Linnet's story after reading Knight of Pleasure. She was spunky, she was a mischievous, and she was someone you wanted to learn more about.

In this book she became just another stupid heroine hell bent on doing whatever she wanted, damn the consequences or common sense. She went from being a likable character to be a cold and empty woman.

The hero was not any more likable. In one chapter, he's yelling at her o
Jun 09, 2010 Bird rated it it was ok
Margaret Mallory's first book? One of my favorite historical romances. Her second one? Not quite as good, but still decent. This one? Disappointing.

Linnet is one of my least favorite heroines of all time. She is a self-involved manipulative brat. I disliked her from the very first few pages, and it got worse as the story continued. Jamie hit the nail on the head when he told her that she was putting everything in her life before him. Even worse, she doesn't agree that it's a problem. Ugh, what a
♥ Miss Jennifer ♥
Aug 28, 2010 ♥ Miss Jennifer ♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OhMyGosh this was my FAVORITE of the (All the King's Men) books. When i read Knight of Desire i fell in love with William. But once i met Stephen in Knight of Pleasure he was my new love. AND NOW Jaime from Knight of Passion has stolen my heart. This book is definately a new favorite. It has everything from to love, deciet,hurt, vengence to witchcraft and sorcery. Jaime is handsome, kind and sexy. His love Linnet is beautiful, wild and headstrong. They have loved each other since she was 15 and ...more
Jenny Q
Feb 06, 2011 Jenny Q rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I really liked the setting of this one: England, 1425, shortly after the death of Henry V with Linnet as lady-in-waiting to Katherine Valois; the Duke of Gloucester and the Bishop of Winchester grappling for control of the infant King Henry VI, and featuring quite a few historical players, like Owen Tudor and Eleanor Cobham. Not your typical romantic setting and the political strife plays a large part in the story. I liked the characters and I thought the plot was well-developed, with ...more
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
The 3rd books in the medieval series; All The Kings Men. I really adore the cover. The sensual lips make me wanna to kiss the cover, LOL so pathetic.

I didn't enjoy this book, I didn't like the story, although the characters were well developed. Jamie and Linnet are always meant to be together. I also wanted to shake Linnet and tell her to get over the revenge.

But I loved the secondary characters. They were awesome. The relationship between Queen Kate and Owen Tudor was incredibly fun, so cute.
Feb 13, 2012 Draven rated it liked it
I'd actually like to rate this book as 3 and a half stars, but I don't have that option so, I'll just extrapolate further. The last book of Mallory's Knight series is better than 3 stars but not quite deserving of 4. It's the passion of the couple and steamy page-turning love scenes that warrant the extra half star but it's the sense of waffling given to the characters and plot that cost it the other half.

Still, a great romantic read and I'm definitely a confirmed fan of Mallory's work now!
Jun 25, 2010 Lindy rated it it was ok
I like Margaret Mallory's writing style and there was a lot to like about this book, but I don't like willful, defiant, reckless heroines. Linnet cared more about revenge than she did about Jamie. That was really disappointing and it made me dislike her. Jamie gave Linnet more chances than I would have, and she didn't deserve him. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Jan 02, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
It was okay. Not as good as the first two in this series. I found myself repeatedly annoyed with the female and the male lead. It took me several weeks to read which wouldn't be bad except I had picked this for a quick mindless read. Overall it was just ehh.
Laurie Ryan
Jun 13, 2010 Laurie Ryan rated it it was amazing
Ah, I so love Linnet and Jamie. This was a wonderful thid book for this series and I'm so happy I got to read their story. Ms. Mallory brings history to life with intense emotion.
Nov 30, 2013 Bunga rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval
Awalnya agak bosan di beberapa bab awal, mungkin karena cerita di buku ini kental sekali dengan sejarah dan tokoh fiktif (hero-heroine) dikelilingi dengan tokoh-tokoh sejarah yang benar-benar eksis di abad ke-14. Setelah nyambung dan bisa masuk ke dalam ceritanya, barulah mulai menarik. Selain menikmati cerita utama tentang drama romance hero-heroinenya, saya juga secara ga langsung bisa belajar tentang sejarah Inggris pra dinasti Tudor. Dulu saya juga pernah nonton west series berjudul The Whit ...more
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Feb 20, 2012 ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥ rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4.25 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Medieval Flavor: 4.5 / Laughter: 3 / Teary: 1

Would recommend any book written by Margaret Mallory. Knight of Passion has all the requisite features that make for a great read: {1} a hunky, strong-willed, skillful warrior for a hero; {2} a beautiful, intelligent, determined, self-sufficient heroine; {3} a bit of action that adds flavor and interest to the story; {4} a strong thread of suspense run
Aug 04, 2010 Silvia rated it it was amazing
I got my free copy of Knight of Passion last night, which I won on Goodreads. Looks like it really is a good read. I'll you know what I think when I'm done.

Well I'm done with Knight of Passion and let me tell you this book takes you on a roller coster of a ride. As soon as I opened the book to the very first page I was hooked. Linnet was at times was difficult to put up with but she always managed to pull me in and take her side of thing. Jamie- what could I say about such a passionate Knight. T
Jennifer Defoy
Well first off, this was an entertaining book. I didn't get sick of reading it, yet it wasn't one of those books that I couldn't put down. I liked the story enough, and the characters were well developed but there was a bit of a disconnect for me.

I think my biggest hurdle in this one was Linnet. I know she was looking for revenge, but she came off as being deceptive, and a bit of a brat. I just wasn't that thrilled with her as a main character. I liked Jamie quite a bit more. He was a scorned l
Mar 14, 2016 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Knight of Passion is the third book in the All the King’s Men Trilogy. I had no problem reading it as a standalone. If you read Knight of Passion, I can promise you’ll want to read the first two. Margaret Mallory has such a beautiful, and descriptive writing style. I was swept away by the story of Jamie and Linnet’s rocky love affair.

This is the story of a couple sharing an intense love, but separate long term goals. The beautiful Linnet seeks revenge, while the noble Jamie wants a wife and chil
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 14, 2015 12:24PM  
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Margaret Mallory, a recovering lawyer, is thrilled to be writing exciting tales with sword-wielding heroes rather than briefs and memos. Since abandoning the law for romance, she's become a USA Today bestselling author, and her Scottish and medieval romances have won numerous honors, including National Readers' Choice Awards, RT Book Reviews' Best Scotland-Set Historical Romance, and a RITA nomina ...more
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All the King's Men (3 books)
  • Knight of Desire (All the King's Men #1)
  • Knight of Pleasure (All the King's Men #2)

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