Title : The Knight
Series : Against The Odds, Book #2
Author : Kate Sherwood
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Science Fiction
Length : 216 pages (e-book)
Published : April 1, 2013
Things were confusing enough before the revolution, when Adam Challoner was a rich idealist and Remy Stone a jaded prostitute. After months of fighting, Adam has risen to become the leader of the continent. Now he’s responsible for feeding his people and holding the country together.
But without a fight, without a purpose, Remy scrambles to find his place in the freedom of the postrevolution world. When his quest takes him away from the capitol, Adam can’t object. Remy was a slave before the revolution—Adam won’t deny him his freedom now.
Then an attempt on Adam’s life brings Remy back to his side. In his new role as bodyguard, Remy keeps his distance, but neither he nor Adam can ignore the connection between them. For them to be together, Remy needs to free himself from the damage inflicted by his past, and Adam has to fight through the restrictions of his present. But as the political situation deteriorates, Adam and Remy once again find themselves fighting for their lives—and for each other.
About a week after the revolution we again are in the lives of Adam Challoner and Remy Stone in Kate Sherwood’s “The Knight”. This time we have Adam’s POV. He is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work that needs to be accomplished to make the provisional government function and feels as though he has to fight for every small thing the ruling counsel decides upon. Then Adam’s wife and daughter show up. Oh yeah, good times! Understandably, Remy pulls away from Adam. He leaves the Capitol building and goes to work with Dar in the city dispensing aid. It’s an important and dangerous job. Adam is crushed. He is unable to keep the people to whom he is most strongly attached safe from harm. The irony that Adam could order his loved ones to safety in Europe against their will and prove himself to be a raging hypocrite is not lost on him. Really, he just wants to do the right thing. He doesn’t want to make the same mistakes as the previous government despite the ease and effectiveness of their tactics. Adam, always, doesn’t want to be an ass hole. For that, someone tries to kill him.
Remy and Dar return to the Capitol and provide security. Adam is happy to have Remy back. Adam’s daughter takes a moment to adjust to her dad having a former whore in his bed. Remy and Dar are serious in their job. Adam still doesn’t initiate sex with Remy. They’re physically intimate in non-sexual ways, but he sees in Remy a man who was forced to have sex for years. A man who still doesn’t know his own emotions. Then things go from complex to worse. Yeah, Kate Sherwood made me cry. Shocker! Anyway, Remy and Adam’s sexual stalemate comes to a head when Remy demands the right to make his own sexual choices even if they’re bad ones. He’s more aware of his own emotions and needs than Adam has been giving him credit for. Then the colonies declare independence and threaten to starve all the citizens of earth. The ruling Council is evenly split on whether or not to negotiate or used armed force against the rebellion. Several situations come to a breaking point at the same time leaving Remy in the hospital and the citizens of North America fed. Adam wants out. He realizes what is truly important and plans his life accordingly with Remy, and pets he doesn’t remember owning. Yeah, horses are involved.
Wow, poor Adam. Responsibility is a heavy burden. That doesn’t mean his character didn’t completely annoy me at times. Remy was messed up by his childhood and years of sex work. That doesn’t mean he’s retarded, and it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want someone to make some effort to get him. Adam’s continually doing the right thing would have put me right off. Show that man you want him! Fight for your relationship. No wonder Remy had no problem leaving. Sheesh. Despite my being annoyed this book did give Adam and Remy the HEA they were working toward in The Pawn.
There is a lot of espionage and mystery in this book. For whatever reason, I figured out the baddie early on. Of course, I wasn’t under the pressures Adam was. He finds himself in multiple situations not knowing his real friends or enemies. He also finds himself being subtly betrayed by someone he never expected. He also had his greatest professional triumphs occur at the same time as his greatest personal lows, so I guess I can forgive him for not spotting what I thought was obvious. All in all “The Knight” was a great continuation of “The Pawn“. I stayed up ’til two a.m. finishing it!
Check out my review of book 1 HERE
Rated 4 stars by Faye