Broad shoulders silhouetted in the night. Strong arms anchoring her against a powerful chest. A modern-day knight in shining armor on a stormy mountainside… Who has time for that kind of fantasy? Not Clare Gray, that’s for sure. The plucky single mom is a little too busy to dream about turbulent dark eyes brimming with intensity, and sensual kisses that ignite her soul. But when Boston business mogul Griffin Friese steps out of his black truck on the abandoned mountain road and helps Clare rescue her daughter from a deadly Maine storm, her well-ordered world implodes.
Suddenly, Clare finds herself having fantasies about tender loving and hot passion with the mysterious stranger with the rain-slicked jacket and the angel painted on the roof of his truck. The midnight encounter awakens yearnings in Clare that are far too dangerous to explore, but when she learns that her heroic knight is staying in town for a few days, he becomes a reality she can’t deny. She’s already barely surviving, so how can she risk her heart with a man who threatens everything she believes in?
NOTE: No Knight Needed was originally published under the title Dawn at Birch Crossing. Book Two of the Ever After series, Fairytale Not Required, is an entirely new release and will available December 2012.
Reading Between the Wines blog hosted Ms. Stephanie Rowe to feature the second book in this series, No Fairytale Required. They also did a giveaway. I hadn’t read the first book, so when I won, I requested the first book No Knight Needed. I am so glad I did. This book was amazing, and very emotional. Clare has been a single mother for fifteen years. She’s also been keeping a secret from everyone she loves that whole time. She has emotionally shut herself off from men after her first husband died in an automobile accident leaving her to raise their daughter alone at eighteen.
Griffin shows up at just the right time for Clare. He helps her rescue her daughter and her daughter’s friends from being stranded in a storm when Clare’s car won’t make it around a downed tree.
I really didn’t know if these two would ever get their shit together. Norm did the right thing in pushing Griffin. I think that helped him realize what he was leaving behind and what was really important. Every small town needs a Norm. I’m really going to miss him in the second book.
Ms. Rowe wrote this story beautifully. She shared the hero and heroines emotions so that you knew exactly how they felt and what they were going to feel next. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series and more books from this author in the future. Thanks for the awesome read Ms. Rowe.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Slinky