Never Kneel to a Knight by Regina Scott – Book Review, Preview

Posted March 14, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Never Kneel to a Knight by Regina Scott – Book Review, Preview

Never Kneel to a Knight

by Regina Scott

Series: Fortune's Brides #5
Series Rating:
Published by Edwards and Williams
Publication Date March 14, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Written for: Adults
Pages: 368


When the thoroughly poised Charlotte Worthington requests that Miss Thorn and her cat Fortune find her a position, she never dreams the savvy employment agency owner would reunite her with Matthew Bateman, her brother’s former bodyguard. Matthew is about to be knighted for an act of valor, and he and his sisters could use some polishing if they’re to enter Society after his elevation. Yet how can Charlotte maintain her calm, cool demeanor as their sponsor when she harbors a secret love for him?

Matthew Bateman cannot forget the beauty who is miles out of his league. Once a boxer called the Beast of Birmingham, Matthew would like nothing better than to be worthy of Charlotte’s hand. As old enemies and new ones attempt to bring him low, can Matthew prove to Charlotte that their love is meant to be?

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to Never Vie for a Viscount. Fortune’s Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Never Doubt a Duke, Never Borrow a Baronet, Never Envy an Earl, Never Vie for a Viscount, Never Marry a Marquess

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Somehow, in all the movies I’ve seen and the books I’ve read, I’ve always assumed that to be knighted was not only a great honor, it was also a big deal in general. I’ve never before considered the implications of going from a more “common” background to being elevated into a society that snubs those deemed “unworthy”. . .

These are exactly the circumstances Matthew, aka the Beast of Birmingham, finds himself in. You may remember him from Never Vie for a Viscount, which released last December.

Matthew descends from a tradesman who didn’t even have the distinction of owning a factory or a mill – he simply worked there. So when he is on the verge of being knighted for saving the Prince Regent’s life, he needs help. His sisters do as well. There are so many things they need to learn to be accepted into their new world.

I really liked the way the author brought out the challenges this life change would have caused this family and had me considering what it really would be like.

Matthew may have a “common” background, but he has the heart of a prince. The thoughtfulness he shows his sisters is as sweet as is the way they trust him implicitly. And of course, the youngest, Petunia, has him wrapped around her little finger.

While there is not as much intrigue or mystery in this as in previous books of the series, it is still a pleasurable read for those who enjoy historical, Regency romances.

About Regina Scott

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of 30 years reside in Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and has driven four in hand, learned to fence, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course.


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