by Katie MacAlister

January 2005
ISBN: 0-451-41112-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Recently unemployed software engineer Pepper Marsh allows her cousin CJ to drag her to the Renaissance Faire in Ontario. CJ is dating a member of the Three Dog Knights jousting team, and promises to find Pepper her own knight in shining armor. Tired of dating the type of men she used to meet at work – wimps and computer nerds - she looks forward to the possibility of meeting a man who can actually wield a lance.

While chasing Behemoth, aka Moth, the cat her aunt asked her to watch, she accidentally runs out in front of an out-of-control horse. Before being trampled to death, she is rescued by sexy Walker MacPhail. Possessing beautiful gray eyes and speaking with a sexy English accent, Pepper is immediately enchanted. However, he doesn’t seem to like her very much.

As Pepper starts learning about the world of jousting, she also finds herself being drawn more and more to Walker, and not just because his accent makes her weak in the knees. Sparks and witty dialogue fly between the two that will have you laughing out loud. As Pepper tries to figure out why he refuses to joust again, Walker makes her confront some of her own fears.

Although it might not sound like a compliment, I thoroughly enjoyed laughing my way through the love scenes. In classic MacAlister fashion, she weaves humor and heat into each and every one. Moth is an equally delightful part of this story and it is fun to watch Pepper try to keep up with him and his voracious appetite. He also seems to have taken a fancy to Walker himself.

Like some of the previous books by this author, Hard Day’s Knight is written in first person. This is a must read for those of you who are fans of this author, as well as any one else who enjoys a fun romance.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Jackie.

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