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Knight Errant

(Knight Errant #1)

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  285 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Taro's got a secret...

Taro Hibiki owes his new sister, former Marine Eve Marcori, more than just his life. She's given him everything—a home, a family, a future—and she's working on sending him to college. Taro would rather be shot, but he'll honor his debt or die trying.

When Taro's honor—and the rest of him—meet Rafe Ballard, death just might be the outcome. Rafe
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ebook, 312 pages
Published November 7th 2010 by Turtleduck Press
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Emma Sea
YA book, no sex

No rating from me for this book, because I'm clearly not the target market, and I probably shouldn't have read it. I didn't like it because there was no sex. At least, the guys definitely had sex, but it was all off the page. It didn't even fade to black, it just cuts away well in advance. There is touching, and platonic sleeping under the same survival blanket, but dammit, basically I'm reading m/m for the sex. If there's no sex then I need more plot/emotional connection/angst.
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Kaje Harper
This is a wonderful science-fiction romance, with humor, tenderness, exciting plot and wonderful characters. The SF element is fairly light, no serious tech interest needed. It took me a little while to get into this book, because there is very little background exposition. Everything filters through the MC's POV, so at first there were quite a few characters introduced, and their relationships to the MC were not always clear. But after the first couple of chapters I was seriously hooked, and ...more
SueM
I found this sci-fi romance to be everything I could want in such a novel. There is comedy (of errors), bar room brawls, kidnapping, crash landings on remote unpopulated planets, angst, complex characters with complex pasts, and of course, romance. This is a character driven novel which succeeds so well as all the characters, even the background players, have depth, flaws and individual quirks that bring each and every one to life, keeping you enthralled as the drama unfolds. You won't find an ...more
Justacat
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars rounding up - I really, really enjoyed, and highly recommend, this exceptionally well written and engaging book. It's sci-fi, but the world building is less important than the characters and relationship dynamics. What makes it shine is the fabulous first-person narrative voice of hot-headed, impulsive, but still surprisingly self-aware and infinitely likable young Taro. It's a delight to watch the uber-competent (and usually uber-confident) Taro juggle his allegiance toward and desire ...more
Chris
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent m/m scifi romance about a 16-year old being raised on a spaceship by his sister and her crew. He's been trying to be who she wants him to be, but is quietly miserable. And then he meets a guy who completely aggravates him...
Julesmarie
FIRST RE-READ 14 January 2017
Another series I'm re-reading so I can finally finish it. I love that I still loved this story. I've returned to some others after a few years and been disappointed, so maybe that's why I waited so long to re-read this one.

I still agree with my original reason that I love this story so much because Taro and Rafe and their relationship are a perfectly beautiful embodiment of seeing the best in someone and being willing to do whatever it takes to help them see it too.
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Dee Wy
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Adventure and Sweet Romance

Taro has been adopted - sort of. The woman he considers his big sister, ex-marine Eve Marcori, took him in when his mother died, promising his mother she would look after him. He now has a home on her freight-hauling star ship, brothers and sisters also rescued by Eve, daily training, and soon college. Taro is trying hard to stay out of trouble to please Eve, after all he owes her so much and can't bear to disappoint her. He decides not to tell her college is the
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AliciaJ
Despite the PG rating, this story is unputdownable. Taro and Rafe captured my attention from the very beginning and wouldn't let go no matter what. Excellent stuff.
Yvonne
This was a fun story high on romance (very non-explicit), action and adventure, a kind of romantic comedy sci fi. Tough marine Eve Marcori has semi adopted Kintaro (he has no family & Eve was friends with his mother) & rescued him. She considers him her little brother & Taro doesn't want to disappoint her, but at heart he doesn't want the life she's planned for him including college. He's too restless, gets into bar fights, gambles & is a pickpocket. He's also hiding the fact ...more
Leslie Nicoll
My latest, greatest self-published find! It's not exactly self-published--Turtleduck Press is a collective of indie authors--but it's still pretty close. Like The Cranberry Hush this is another terrific story from an indie author--a story that needs to be discovered so here I am, doing my part to get the word out!

I don't usually go for sci-fi type stories, but this was much more about the characters and not about Stormtroopers blasting around and saving the universe and thus I enjoyed it even
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Alison
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Gina Marie ~books are my drug of choice~
This book had so much going for it. I love sci-fi/fantasy books and small crew space pirate type characters. Since one of the MCs is only 16 don't expect hot sex scenes but this allowed K. D. to focus on the interpersonal and emotional relationships between characters. The MCs help each other to survive though the older is fairly inept at just about everything. He helps the younger to step up and take control of his life instead of just continuing to be a passive character in his own life. This ...more
Gwynn
I don't read science fiction. Not if it has space travel. I just don't. The last science fiction I read was something by Asimov when I was twelve. So I'm not sure why I even tried this. But I sure am glad I did.
It has everything I love, great MC's and side characters, great dialogue humor, a whole lot of havoc, romance. All the actual sex is off page (had to be because the MC is under 18 even though he feels much, much older) and that was the only thing that I wish was different n the story).
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Wendy Ann
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but it delivered more than I expected! A mish mash of characters make up a tenuous family with a female figurehead that can totally kick a**. Taro has a healthy respect for his “sister” and more than a little fear. He hates the guy (Rafe) who shows up on their ship and seems to have had a bit of a cozy relationship with her, until Rafe’s charm begins to turn Taro’s opinion around. After that happens, all he has to worry about is ...more
Reggie
Great light fun read!!! Well edited!! The attraction between the MCs is HOT yet the hawtness fades to black. It works well.
Erica
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. Adventure and teenage angst, so over-the-top it almost read like yaoi, except there was way too much introspection for that. It was a little weird to have no on-page sex when one of the MCs is a hyper-sexualized former prostitute, but I suppose it makes it appropriate for all YA audiences.
Sarah
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-male-male
Have you ever read a book that, regardless of any minor annoyances, enthralls you so completely you can’t seem to let it go? That was the Knight Errant for me. The story was captivating, exciting, and well thought out and executed.

At first I didn’t think I would like the book. You jump into a world without any build-up. For a science fiction story, it would have been nice to have more upfront information about the world. Also I wasn’t a huge fan of both MCs in the beginning. The book is
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Kira
After falling in love with Louder Than Sirens, Louder Than Bells by K.D. Sarge, I didn't think twice before diving into her sci-fi story with a family feel - it sounded like something right up my alley. But the actual book was far from this Firefly/Vorkosigan crossover I'd pictured in my head.

For a while I couldn't understand what exactly was bothering me so much about it, and then it's dawned on me: it didn't feel like I was reading a novel, it felt a whole lot like watching anime! The
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Tanja
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knight Errant is a love story that follows the adventures of Kintaro Hibiki. Kintaro (Taro) wants to meet the expectations of his adopted sister and go to college. Taro doesn't want the life his sister has mapped out for him. He prefers living life on the edge. While trying to figure out how to stomach the boredom of college Taro meets Rafe, a male pleasure giver. Taro tries to ignore his attraction to Rafe. After being kidnapped by the husband of one Rafe's clients, they find themselves stuck ...more
Holly
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, scifi
I had so much fun reading this book. (I don't do summaries well, so read the blurb). I really loved the two main characters in this book. The setting was good, as was the world-building. The secondary characters were colorful and the plot wasn't too heavy or too thin.

As other reviews have said, there is no on-page sex in this book but it didn't really need it, imho. It would probably be a great "first book" for someone you'd like to expose to the m/m genre.

I suppose I should say that one of
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Margaret
This book presented a challenge to me. I felt as if it were the second book in a series and that it had begun in the middle of the story. All of the characters had back stories, and while I did enjoy the development of the relationship between Rafe and Taro, there were so many other relationships that were also important to the story and I would have liked to understand more about them - Ben and Eve, Eve and Taro's Mother, Eve and her other "rescues" to name a few. I think I would like to read a ...more
Dusty
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of anyone who is as good at writing characters as K.D. Sarge. Every single one of her characters has their own lives, fleshed out and defined. Many authors write other characters as cardboard extras in their novels - but you won't find it in Knight Errant, from the jumpy Donte, a vicious (and yet caring) Eve and the gentle Ben. They interact as real people do, and you can see, clear as day, what drives them all no matter how little you may see them for, which truly immerses you in ...more
Carycleo
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya-glbtq, ya
YA space opera gay coming of age tale. Taro is a young tough teen, who narrates with snark and smarts. Rafe is a bi courtesan who gets into trouble by being all about the good times and knowing little but charm and seduction. Lots of warrior amazon strong female characters. Adorable, charming, fun.

The world building and secondary character building is pretty minimal and sometimes confusing, but the heart of the story is solid.
Laura M
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, to-recommend, fantasy
This story was fun and fast paced - lots of action and great dialogue. Taro is a young man who has not admitted he's gay to those around him, but falls for one person who no one else thinks he should be with. These guys have a lot of obstacles to overcome, but they work hard to find a way. Very sweet and not explicit, but the chemistry is there all the same. I'm definitely reading the next book in the series.
K.A. Levingston
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book full of madcap adventure that will keep you hooked. What makes K.D.'s stories are her characters- passionate people who resonate within the mind and leap right off the page. I loved Knight Errant...and lucky duck me, I've got the sequel in my hot little hands. :D
Pjm12
Totally engaging with a great cast of characters. Reminded me of the TV show, Firefly. Looking forward to getting hold of the next one to see Rafe's viewpoint.
Fehu
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
An intersting and well writen coming-out story in an sci-fi setting. I'll buy the sequel so yes it was good and YA romance is not that I usually enjoy but Taro and Rafe grow on one.
Meggie
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This story was interesting and pulling. The plot was comical and funny on many encounters. Writing style was easy and packed with action. I liked that. Overall, I enjoyed this story.
Jill
I loved this sweet, funny, action-packed and heart-tugging story!
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