Knight's Woman

Then he tilted his head, his lips parting...

Knight's Woman
Mina Carter & Kurt Drake
ebook, 78 pages
Published July 12th 2010 by Liquid Silver Books
ISBN 139781595787194

The United Terran Colonies are under attack. Desperate for pilots to combat the enemy raiders the Fleet puts out an all pilots call, hoping to fill their empty fighter squadrons. A call ignored by ex-con Radha Kaden, who figures she doesn’t owe anyone anything. Since a pilot’s life expectancy is slightly less than that of your average lemming, she steers well clear.

Then a bar brawl violates the terms of her release and she has a choice. Go back to Acheron, the harshest prison facility in the combined systems, or pilot a fighter…

Thanks to high casualty rates Wing Commander Davin McAvoy constantly needs new pilots. Dead men can’t fly Valkyries nor can they protect the base or her crew. When he’s told he’s getting that rarest of creatures—an experienced pilot—he’s ready to throw a party. Until he finds out not only is his new pilot an ex-con but she’s a woman too. Both unforgiveable sins in Davin’s book.

Until he meets her and sparks that have nothing to do with the war fly…

I must have been in a deeply vulnerable place when I decided to sneak this book in before the impending arrival of Michelle Sagara's new Cast book because Knight's Woman had one hell of an impact on me. So much so that I didn't even care that our main man was a cheater-a detail that has never before failed to infuriate me in the past.

Davin, aka White Knight, is a by-the-book, no-questions-asked kind of guy. Radha, on the other hand, is a mouthy, sarcastic, ready-to-brawl wild card who survived the worst of prison after being suspended just shy of graduating with her pilot's license. The two couldn't be more opposite of each other, and yet, couldn't be more perfect.

Despite being in a two year relationship with his girlfriend, Lanna, Davin finds Radha's playful act at pushing his buttons too good to resist. He gives it back, par for par, until to his horror and amazement, finds he's actually flirting with her. Bad girls have never been his thing, but he can't stop himself from seeking her out to continue the game.

Radha lives to ruffle feathers, especially those of the goody-goodies like her new commander. But she isn't prepared for the reaction his touch has upon her body, or the impact it has on her heart.

He moved closer, pulled by an invisible force. Her grip on his flight suit burned through the fabric as the tingling in his chest moved through his body. He closed his eyes, put his forehead on hers and brushed the very tip of his nose across hers so softly it almost tickled. Then he tilted his head, his lips parting...

Davin and Radha experience a number of passionate encounters, each disrupted by outside forces that send one or the other scrambling from the room. So for a while the pages are blazing with kisses that are too hot for commentary and only teases of something more. Hell, they could have never sealed the deal and I still would have been ecstatic over the heat from these two. White Knight knows how to damn well kiss a woman.

4 out of 5 stars. Now if I can only get Bonnie Tyler's version of the song 'Holding Out For A Hero' out of my head. Damn that White Knight reference.

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need.

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