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Once a Knight

(Knight #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,063 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Repackaged at a new low price is Dodd's beloved novel about strong-willed Lady Alisoun and the man hired to protect her castle. Sir David of Radcliffe discovers mischief-makers afoot, but is most surprised at how quickly his damsel brings him to his knees. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1996)
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♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4.40
Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 5.0 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 3.5 // Historical Flavor: 4.7 // Laughter: 12 / Giggle: 2 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 0

Once A Knight: 4.40:
Medieval Romances are a favorite. This book turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining book that takes readers back in time. It took a bit of time to get deeply immersed into this story because Dodd took readers on a slow, but steady path towards plotting developments and character introductions. W
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-real-book
This is the kind of book that made me into a romance reader all those years ago.
I enjoyed the first two thirds slowly, in bits and pieces, but when I reached the last part, I could not stop myself from reading until I was through.
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Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I'd like this book after reading the reviews and though I understand some of the criticism I have a different take on it.

Sir David is a real hero. A man with flaws but a true heart. He is honest with himself. He is not pretty boy handsome and wears many scars, a ruggedly handsome man. Lady Alisoun has learned to control her behavior, her reflexes and emotions. She's almost robotic. It is not explained, or I missed it, how she became this way although there were some hints about rec
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book upholds the wonderful writing style of the author, Christina Dodd. Touching beautiful well written, humorous, everything all rolled into one.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
As much as I really didn't like the heroine, I enjoyed this book well enough up to the climax scene. For me, the whole book fell apart and I lost interest in reading it at that point.

First, it was hardly a great reveal... the "secret" was beyond obvious from the first chapter.

Second, the plot conveniently forgets that the hero has a daughter, that the villain has threatened her, and makes out that his reason for not facing up against the villain is purely material. Basically, because the hero's
Aug 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Probably my favourite of Dodd's heroes. Although hers were all appealing so far, this one is missing a finger, a toe and an earlobe and has seriously disfigured skin on his thin frame. He's an older knight and in the cups since he just lost his title as champion. She's a wealthy noble castle + land owner. He's so well written that when he does something at the end that goes against what she fought for (rightly so), there are so many intricate, logical motives and excellent reasons that one canno ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Cathy Coyle
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christina Dodd never fails to give hours of reading pleasure. Raves for Once a Knight!
our Hero Knight is hired by the straight Lace no nonsense Lady Alisoun to protect her. The once Kings champion Sir David of Radcliffe see through the hard exterior of the beautiful lady her wants to tame. His quirky nature and her need to control make this novel a delightful read. The rolls are reversed when it comes to who is the harden warrior in this lovely story. The hero and heroin are complete opposites
I loved David. I think this author had him fleshed out down to his missing pinkie. Perfect. He and his horse and squire deserve another book, or a rewrite where the plot makes sense and the rest of the characters feel real like David.
We were told the heroine was wise but good God several times she acted like a barby doll on shrooms because the author needed things to happen in certain ill conceived way. The ending was ridiculous. But I won't go into that or the stupid plotting and the ditzy char
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at a second hand store some years ago but only now read it. It touched my heart and it is the book I needed to read at this time in my life. It is a truly wonderful story about great love.
Carroll McQuerrey
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read

Completely enjoyed this book. I recommend it to and if you are looking for something to binge read. Good read.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
It started so bad that I contemplated not finishing it. But I pushed through and found out that the rest is decent. Not great, amazing or fantastic it is just decent. I expected more.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty Good
Jun 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Christina Dodd's Once A Knight proved to be a somewhat trying book to read. The editing for one, I think could have been better. Character development could have been better. I didn't really understand Lady Alisoun, and found her to be a very hard heroine to *get.* At some points in the book, with what went on, I found far-fetched and hard to get through, even for a romance novel.

From the back cover:
"Only a threat to her life can make strong-willed Lady Alisoun hire Sir David of Radcliffe to pr
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I wanted something light to read when I wasn't able to concentrate enough on my book group selection. I couldn't put it down. It is one of the best historical romances I have read in a long time. Dodd is one of my favorite writers but I haven't read any of her historicals in quite some time. Set in Medieval England the story follows Lady Alisoun as she runs her estate and takes care of her people while a threat looms. She decides to hire a legendary knight, David of ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked ONE THING about this book...
It started out great!!! I was very excited, hands sliding together in the 'oh boy' motion... and then turned the page, and the next, and after a while I realized, with each passing page, I liked the book less and less. By the end of it, I was almost hoping all would just die. Boring, frustrating, and uncommunicative. I loathed how the heroine was made to yield, and the man just got to keep his feelings to himself. Anyway, blah! don't like it, won't recommend i
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jan 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance
Shelves: read-in-2010, romance
The characters in this story are shown in great depth and one can almost see the twists of their personalities. The plot serves more to help us know them better than as an entity unto itself. Here we have an interesting tale that might have done better as a contemporary novel, the anachronisms threw a monkey wrench into my enjoyment.

Christina Dodd used an interesting device: vignettes from the squire's point of view, several paragraphs in length, all in italics. These are presented as reminiscen
This was an enjoyable book, and it definitely had a genuine medieval feel. The author has done her historical research, and certainly includes it as a believable and integral part of the story. There was quite a lot to like in this book. An engaging hero, and interesting secondary characters, as well as delightful children. While there's only one sequel that I know of, Dodd could write more than one, as I'd love to see some of these interesting secondary characters get their own stories.

I found
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of Christina Dodd, I have to say this book didn't meet my expectations. There were many good parts but just as many not so good parts. I felt the book dragged in many places and only really picked up in the last 2-3 chapters. The heroine herself, Alisoun, is hard to get behind because her emotions don't seem real and so hard to connect with. The hero, on the other hand, David, is quite likable in every aspect. All in all, while I love a good romance, this one almost missed the mark ...more
Susan needs more books, not really
Read halfway through the book waiting for the charms and charisma of the heroine to entice me to like her, just like the hero knight who thought she was the best thing around the kingdom since jousting tournaments. Didn't happen. Methinks the hero was hit in the head too many times and his judgement was off.

I'm done with this author. I think I've read, and finished, a grand total of one book and that wasn't stellar, either.
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Read in one setting.

Organized woman that thinks she can keep bad things from happening if she just is preapared enough. Knight that is past his prim and lost his status.
Entertaining relationship and real characters.
She needs someone to protect her from a lord and he needs money for his holdings.
Robin Brennan
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Easy read...loved it. Always enjoy a book that incorporates humore along with the plot. 8/10/12 - re-reading it and enjoying it again. It is a book that I take out every so often and enjoy, but not usually twice in one year, however this has been a difficult few days. This book relaxes me and I enjoy the medieval setting, the subtle humor cements it as one of my all time favorites.
Oct 30, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: Romance
A story about a medieval knight that is getting older and he has gotten rusty in his skills. Lady Alisoun hires Sir David to protect her castle. This had some funny parts and was good see that the heroine was strong in this story.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked the premise of this book about an aging knight who had the chance to redeem himself. But, it is unrealistic that the heroine who is witty and intelligent doesn't know she is pregnant or in love... ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was packing all my books and when I got to the P.O. I realized I had left myself no books to read for the next three days, opened a box and took out three, luckily this was one of them. I have given this author everything from one to four stars and this one was four. Could not put it down.
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It was the first book I ever read by this author. It started off where I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. But after about twenty or so pages i could put it down. I felt bad for sir david, and was happy to see him finally happy. Nice love story. ...more
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christina-dodd
This one did have a sense of history and more 3D charachters. Keep for reread.
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