Friday, August 23, 2013

Guest Review - - The Knight's Temptress

Today, Andrea and I are doubly delighted to welcome Santa as our newest guest reviewer.  Please give her a warm Romance Dish welcome!  

The Knight's Temptress
By Amanda Scott
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: August 27, 2013


Greetings everyone! This is my debut review here at The Romance Dish. I'd like to thank PJ and
Andrea for inviting me to post reviews here from time to time.

My first review is of Amanda Scott's THE KNIGHT'S TEMPTRESS, the second book of her
Lairds of Loch series. The novel takes place in medieval times. The prologue gives a quick
introduction to the background of the series and the rather large array of lairds, ladies, heroes
and villains introduced, I am sure, in great detail in the first book of the series.

In this book Lady Lachina (Lina) is kidnapped along with her impulsive companion Lizzie by the
primary villain Dougal MacFralan who seeks to gain more lands and influence for his father and
for the rebel King.

Enter newly knighted Sir Ian Colquhoun who, true to his vocation, seeks to rescue Lady Lina who
he knew as a young girl. Dougal continues to be true to his villainous nature as he seeks to ruin
Lady Lina's reputation by threatening to spread rumors of what happened while she was in

Here the story takes on one of my favorite types of romance: the marriage of convience. Sir Ian
marries Lady Lina in order to protect her reputation before Dougal can cause any real damage.  At this point you would think the story ends but we are treated to the growing passion and love between Ian and Lina, their stubborn wills and Dougal's treachery in trying to obtain his ends with whatever means necessary. In a word, delicious.

I have to say that I did enjoy the book. I would have preferred the prologue to have summarized the background and characters as vast as the craigs and valleys of Scotland where the story takes place rather than a quick set up of the chapter that followed. I am looking forward to the third book in the series as I find myself vested in everyone already.


Santa Byrnes has been in love with the written word for as long as she can remember. Romances provide reaffirmation that love is for anyone who opens themselves up to their own happily ever after. Santa lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York along with her marvelous husband and three amazing teens. An aspiring romance writer, she is ever grateful to have found her own happily ever after.


  1. Hi Santa, Congratulations on your first guest review, and may I say very nicely done!

  2. Great job, San. Having been in Scotland this summer, I find I'm craving some fictional Scotland, and this book sounds like the perfect cup o'...


  3. Welcome to the world of reviewers, San. Great debut!

    I haven't read Amanda Scott in a long time. This sounds as if I should check out what she's writing these days.

  4. Hi San! *waving* Thanks for the great review. We're so excited to have you share your reviewing talents with all of us here at TRD!

    Like Janga, I haven't read Scott in quite some time but I love medievals, adore sexy Scots and marriage of convenience is one of my favorite romance tropes. Sounds like The Knight's Temptress was written just for me! :)

  5. Good morning, Santa. Nicely done first review. Sounds like a story I would like too.

  6. Hi Santa and welcome! Awesome first review!

  7. Welcome! Nice review and I am already sold on Amanda Scott but I've not started this series. Glad you liked it!

  8. Hi, Santa!!! Welcome aboard, my dear! What a great review! You have me wanting this book RIGHT NOW. :)

  9. Thanks for the warm welcome! This is my first Amanda Scott book. And I haven't read a medieval in an age, so I was doubly pleased with this book.

  10. Welcome to The Romance Dish and thanks for the review. The first romances I read were Medieval Highland stories and they are still a favorite. Amanda Scott was one of the first authors I read.
    THE KNIGHT'S TEMPTRESS sounds like a book I'll enjoy. However, I would read the first book in the series first since there seems to be some important background setup in it. If I read #2 first, I would go back and read #1 before reading #3.

  11. I've never read any of Amanda's books. I will have to check her out.

  12. I've never read any of Amanda's books. I will have to check her out.