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Knight of Pleasure

(All the King's Men #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  947 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.

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Paperback, 363 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Forever (first published November 10th 2009)
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Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance fans, TV drama/action fans
Knight of Pleasure was an unexpectedly pleasurable read. (Ha! Get it? *cue cymbals*) I have a certain track record with medieval romances- that is to say, I avoid them, but Knight demonstrated none of the problems I associate with that genre.

Margaret Mallory's characters are refreshingly human, rather than primitives with poor technology. I begin to see the appeal of the period, even though Mallory makes no bones about the drawbacks of the times too. People are stinky, events take place over mon
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
My review:

Wow! Another fun read from Margaret Mallory, who has such a knack for storytelling!

Stephen Carlton and Lady Isobel Hume made for some interesting – and hot – reading. Both were people who put aside their own wants and feelings to do whatever was necessary for the “greater good” and that just happens to be one of my favorite historical romance themes: the hero and heroine are kept apart by forces outside of their control, and have to battle not only the treachery around them, but their
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Mandi Schreiner
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Isobel has not had luck in love. Her father forced her to marry a very old man to gain enough money to buy back his lands from King Henry after losing them from siding against the King. Luckily for Isobel, her first husband dies after a short time and she is free of that misery - but more awaits her. Her late husband leaves all of his property to a very conniving man - one that Isobel wants nothing to do with. In desperation, she is given an option - marry a man that will help the King of Englan ...more
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
For a medieval historical romance I thought this was actually pretty good. In theory I like medieval romances, but most of them in my opinion are pretty bad. There's usually some SUPER ALPHA male hero who comes off to me as a big bully and I don't like how a lot of the one's I've read contain rape scenes. I know rape, especially for the medieval period, was quite a common threat for a woman. But I don't want to read about it.
However this was actually really good and seemed to take the historica
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Knight of Pleasure is another brilliant installment in Margaret Mallory's All the King's Men series. The trademarks of her storytelling style that I've come to love are present. A rich historical backdrop, compelling characters, an exciting plot, and a sexy romance. In other words, it had me turning pages through the night like: But ya know. With me actually reading it and not turning them so fast it was all a blur ;)

A little disclaimer. The blurb on the book says, Lady Isobel Hume is an expert
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trilogy
This is the second in the All the King's Men series and, as noted in my review of Knight of Desire, is being read because the third book in the series is being read by my book club and I as I've stated before, I'm a firm believer that series should be read in order.

In this book, Prince Harry is now King Henry and his armies have recently taken Burgundy in France. Our two star-struck lovers are Sir Stephen Carleton and Lady Isobel Hume. Sir Carleton is the half-brother of Lord William FitzAlan, w
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this one. The characters were strong, the plot well thought out and it had the perfect amount of action to keep you flipping pages. I found myself tossing the book down in frustration several times and walking away only to come back within the hour unable to keep away. I loved Stephen. I knew I would from the first book, but he exceeded my expectations. Isobel was a good character even though she wavered just a bit to me, one instant she was strong and defiant, then she was gull ...more
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm fairly neutral on this one. Wasn't good, wasn't bad, hence the two star rating. Neither the hero nor heroine really stood out for me as anything special. I didn't like the whole "sacrificing for the king" aspect of the novel, where Isobel feels she must marry de Roche, as if political negotiations are hinging on this one marriage. Also, hearing about Henry being the "divine" ruler didn't sit well with me either. And the sex scenes felt cold to me, as if something was missing.

My one big cavea
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Medieval romances are my favorite books and Margaret Mallory didn't disappoint. The damsel in distress wasn't completely helpless and was more of a helpmate to her Knight rather then a goddess on a pedestal. Another feature of romances that bores me after a while is virginity and the inevitable loss of it by the heroine. However, in this novel Isobel has already been married (to a jerk!) so "loss of viginity scene" is skipped. Also Stephen's love of Isobel makes him want to be a better man which ...more
Jacqueline Seewald
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Mallory's Knight of Pleasure is a first-rate medieval romance.
These are often not done well. However, Mallory combines romance and history effectively to create a sensual yet fast-paced, exciting novel. I look forward to her next book in this series.

Jacqueline Seewald
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This book was a goodreads giveaway. My first and only win so far.
I do enjoy this time period, but for some reason, I just did not feel a connection to the story or the characters. I have not read this author before, but would consider giving her another try.
Sha Mslvoe
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another great story from Margaret
E luvs Dan, Qhuinn, Tate, Po, Rule & Lucas
the heroine was an ass but the hero and the supporting characters made up for it and made me enjoy this book
Knight of Pleasure (All the King's Men #2)
by Margaret Mallory
Genre: Historical Romance
Maine characters: Stephen Carlton and Lady Isobel Hume
Prince Harry is now King Henry and his armies have recently taken Burgundy in France. Our two star-struck lovers are Sir Stephen Carleton and Lady Isobel Hume.

Sir Carleton is the half-brother of Lord William FitzAlan, who was raised from about age 12 by FitzAlan and his wife, and is now serving the King at Caen Castle in Burgundy. Stephen is quite the l
Lynne Shear
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We meet Stephen Carleton in the first book of this wonderful series 'All the Kings Men'. In the first book he was a lovely young man with a beautiful smile, sense of humour and charm that undid the ladies, now as a Knight, he is no different....and still charming the ladies. Stephen is a delightful character and has set his sights on the beautiful Lady Isobel Hume. But Isobel has had a dreadful marriage for the past five years and feels betrayed by her late husband and her parents, she just cann ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
As before, I really do appreciate MM's effort for historical accuracy and the author's note at the end to explain any deviations. I was so taken with the both the plot and character development in 'Knight of Desire' that I couldn't start this next book in the series soon enough. Especially given how endearing Stephen had become.

WOW! So the detail is historically accurate, the hero is a rake but one with honor, yet we are given a headstrong heroine who is willing to marry horrific men out of dut
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mallory
audible romance. Isabelle's husband dies, but leaves his estate to the neighbor. She dislikes this man. The King has her betrothed to a french man. He is pretending to be loyal to the king, but is planning to have the king killed. Steven is a spy for the king. Falls in love with Isabelle. In the end they marry.
Donna Brown
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Kings, plots, power plays, and spies. How does a woman survive it all? This historically accurate romance has what it takes to keep the reader engaged.
L.T. Pickering
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love her books. I have really enjoyed the twists and turns but in this book I was disappointed at the end when there was no happy ending for the twins.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this audiobook! This author is amazing!!!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plenty hot and steamy. Decent read. =)
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This installment makes me eager to delve into the next book in Margaret Mallory’s ‘All the King’s Men’ series.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Very entertaining and well written. The narrator did a great job. All of the characters were interesting. Definitely a good one to try.
Sarah Johnson
Decided to turn my attention to Margaret Mallory’s first romance series, All the King’s Men, while we wait for the third book in the Douglas Legacy. I confess, Medieval England doesn’t thrill me the same way Scotland does, but as always I love Mallory’s writing and the chemistry of her characters. The heroine of Knight of Pleasure, Isobel, stands out for her feistiness and her devotion to self defense by learning swordplay (not a euphemism!). I will definitely be finishing this series!
Dec 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Lady Isobel Hume has been betrayed by the men in her life. Firstly, her father weds her to the highest bidder - a very old man whom luckily for her dies shortly after they are wed. Then before she can rejoice at the fact that she is finally out of her terrible marriage, she finds that her late husband has left all his fortune to someone else, leaving her with no choice other than to marry the man who now claims "her" lands or be at the mercy of their King. The King feels that Isobel can best be ...more
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, fans of romance
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I really love historical romances. I perfer them over contemporary romances in fact, and probably love them as much as paranormal romance.

But so far, the series All the King's Men hasn't devastated me. In the first book, I really understood and felt for the hero, William FitzAlan. I was annoyed with the heroine, Catherine, but I could at least understand where she was coming from. In this second book, Knight of Pleasure, I just felt sorr
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Isobel is the apple of her fathers eye. She is everything he's ever wanted in a child. Headstrong, courageous, beautiful and smart. So when he gives her in marriage to a man who is practically ancient, she feels as if she was betrayed in the worst way possible. When her husband dies he leaves her with no other option but to agree to wed a French noble man to help form a political alliance.

Stephen is a womanizer, and an amazing solider. However, he is looking for something more even though he doe
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: 4.85 // Action: 4.5 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 2 / Suspense 4 // Medieval Flavor: 4.5 / Laughter: 0 / Teary: 3

Knight of Pleasure , the second book in Margaret Mallory's All The King's Men Trilogy is a must read those who enjoy a good medieval romance. It contains: {1} a hunky, exceptionally skilled honorable knight who is fun, charming, charismatic and a ladies man who finally falls for his soul mate; {2} a beautiful, intelligent, emotionally damaged but warm-hearted
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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© nomin ...more

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All the King's Men (3 books)
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