An infamous beauty, and close confidant to the Queen, Lady Linnet has been sought after by many men at court. No one can make claim on her heart, Linnet keeps it guarded for giving it away as she mistakenly did in her youth could sabotage the revenge she has carefully plotted out. It’s time for the ones responsible for her merchant grandfather’s financial ruin to pay for all they did. However vengeance comes at a high price, one Linnet knows only too well, five years ago it cost the love of her childhood sweetheart, Sir James Rayburn.
Ever since he was used and tossed aside by Linnet, Jamie Rayburn has made sure no woman will ever have his love or trust again. Jamie’s family is pressuring him to return to England and take a wife. Sir James finds it hard to put aside his memories of the bewitching Linnet. An opportunity to take Linnet back to his bed on his terms presents itself while Jamie is at court. Carefully setting ground rules for their reignited affair, an older and supposedly more sophisticated Jamie swears he will not lose his heart to the vixen again. Linnet tries to make amends for the havoc she had wrought on Jamie in their youth. Success, Jamie admits his true feelings and wishes to make Linnet his wife. Linnet must make a choice, keep her Knight of Passion, or risk all for the revenge she craves, and lose Jamie this time forever!
The third book in Margaret Mallory’s All the King’s Men series is Knight of Passion. Now a grown man, Jamie was first seen in Knight of Desire as a child. In the second book, Knight of Pleasure Linnet and her twin brother were rescued as children by Jamie’s stepfather and uncle, and a youthful Jamie immediately becomes smitten with the feisty lass. I was eager to see how these two fared, but Linnet has grown bitter and makes disastrous choices in her pursuit of revenge. Twists and turns, a very nasty heroine and a subplot involving devil worship pulls Knight of Passion way off course. The book could have been so much better if hero Jamie wasn't so high and mighty and Linnet wasn't so obsessed with revenge.