Review: Knight by KD Robichaux
I don't know about all y'all, but I have been dying for this book for freaking ever. I got a taste of Brian and Clarice in ARR's Until world, and then again in the Mission Accomplished boxed set. So I'm totally invested in these two characters. And I'm happy to report, they finally get their happily ever after.
Story Line: Brian and Clarice's story goes back eleven long years. They met back when Brian was serving in the military and Clarice was a press photographer there. Their relationship is hard to categorize. They are so much more than banging buddies. Yet, they aren't quite a couple. At one point in the book, Doc tells Brian he thought he was gay. Which, of course, knowing Brian the way I do, made me laugh hysterically. Brian only has eyes for Clarice. He's just been too chicken to make a move on her to lock her down and make things official. Well, the tide is about to change. Because watch out world, Brian invited Clarice to his home for the first time ever and plans to introduce her to his world. In 11 years, he has never done this. But these two have much to overcome before they get their HEA. They have past hurt and the weight of the world on their shoulders it seems. But with time, patience and faith Brian and Clarice FINALLY set their hearts free from the cage they've kept around them. And their HEA is every bit as beautiful as I imagined.
Interaction: What I found absolutely adorable was how nervous Brian got when asking Clarice to come visit him at home. I guess it never really occurred to me how big of a step that would be for them. 11 years is a long time to be exclusively sleeping with someone without the commitment. Both Brian and Clarice were both ready to take things to the next level, but they both had their reservations. I love how open and honest they are with each other. Their communication and interactions are flawless. They are, at times, raw and sensitive, but perfect nonetheless. For me, their chemistry and attraction only grows and intensifies with each passing page. You can't but simply adore them.
Laundry: This has never been an issue for any of KD's books. Brian and Clarice are total FIRE together. What was a little new for me is their dynamic. I've never read a book about a switch. And that's exactly what they are. They both have dom tendencies, however they are both able to let their partner top without the transition being odd or uncomfortable. It works for their relationship and I loved every second of those scenes.
Depth: Like I mentioned earlier, Brian and Clarice have their inner demons still painfully guarding their hearts. They both know they've reached a point in their relationship where they need to essentially make it or break it. And break it isn't an option. So they have to work through their pain so that they can finally be free to be happy. I knew Clarice had a hard past, but I was absolutely devastated for her. Make sure you have the tissues handy, because when she reveals why she is the way she is, your heart will break for her like mine did. Her pain is so vividly described, I had to remind myself this was her story, not mine. I felt her emotions to my core. And once these two made it through and began to heal? It left an opening for that beautiful "l" word and a perfect ending to their story.