Her Dark Knight by Sharon Cullen
Source: Review copy from publisher
Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won’t be deterred, even if that means standing in line for fifty-eight minutes in torturous heels while she’d rather be home in her pj’s with a bowl of popcorn.
A Knight of the Templar, Christien Chevalier was given immortality along with the responsibility of protecting the treasure of the Templars. He’s been unwavering in his task for centuries until his one true love—who died seven hundred years ago—shows up in his club, demanding his attention.
Christien couldn’t protect Madelaine when they first fell in love. She was married to a lord and he was simply a knight. Now, through some unknown miracle, she stands before him again and they have a second chance. But Christien fears that Madelaine is being used as a pawn in a dangerous game, a game of good versus evil that could affect all of mankind…
I’m not really sure what to say about this one. I’m not often ambivalent about books but this time I was. HER DARK KNIGHT is a perfectly serviceable novel but there was nothing about it at really dazzled me or turned me off. The characters are okay, the villains are okay, the plot is okay, and the writing is okay. I just wasn’t particularly engaged by any of it, which makes it difficult to write a post about it.
I liked the idea of a man given immortality to guard a sacred treasure. Christien Chevalier is your typical weary do-gooder, shocked back into really living by the appearance of Madelaine, who looks exactly like his forbidden love from when he was mortal. It’s a trope I enjoy on romance novels and Sharon Cullen has nice execution but there was nothing overwhelmingly original about it. The characters are nicely developed and I enjoyed watching the past be revealed as Christien and Madelaine’s relationship develops but I wasn’t overly invested in their Happily Ever After.
Probably my favorite part of the story is the last few chapters. Of course, I can’t exactly tell you why because that’s a one-way ticket to spoiling the novel but I will say that I was most engaged at the end of HER DARK KNIGHT. If the entire book had that much intensity, I would have been a very happy camper.
Overall, I’d say HER DARK KNIGHT is a nice romance novel with some nice ties to history and religion. If you’re a fan of this type of novel, you might enjoy HER DARK KNIGHT but I can’t recommend it to just anyone. That being said, I would definitely give this author another try! But I’d probably get it from the library first.
This book was one of the many titles on my NetGalley Knockout list!
Thanks, as always, to Christen of Goldilox and the Three Weres for putting this together.