Contemporary Romance · Erotic Romance

Review: Knight & Play by Kitty French

ReviewTitle: Knight & Play | Series: Knight #1| Author: Kitty French | Publisher: Amazon Digital Services| Publication date: November 23rd 2012 | Num. Pages: 210 | Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica


There’s only one thing in life Lucien Knight really hates, and that’s husbands who cheat on their wives.

There’s only one problem in Sophie Black’s life. Her cheating husband…

From the moment Lucien & Sophie meet, the seal is set.

Romantic, emotional & intensely erotic, Knight and Play is the perfect read for lovers of international bestsellers Fifty Shades &Bared To You. Let yourself be swept away by Part One of the Knight series from Kitty French, a romance so hot it’ll burn your fingers…

CEO of Knight Inc. Lucien Knight is catch-your-breath gorgeous and damaged by his troubled past in Norway. All grown up and relocated to London, he’s built his empire of adult clubs from the ground up to become the gorgeous patron saint of the sex industry. No one knows the dark childhood secrets that have given Lucien a backbone of steel and a heart encased in ice. No one until Sophie Black, that is…

From the moment girl-next-door Sophie accepts the job as Lucien Knight’s PA, she understands how Alice must have felt when she tumbled down the rabbit hole. Lucien takes her safe, vanilla life away and plunges her head first into a huge dish of fantasy flavours. Rich, spicy chocolate covered with dark, oozingly lickable sauce? Check. Tutti-frutti with indecently red, glistening cherries on the top? Yes please.

Lucien strips away all of Sophie’s inhibitions, and when he instructs her to select three new toys, she soon realises he has more than a game of Monopoly on his mind…

He’s opened the door to a whole new pleasure packed world without limits, and Sophie is utterly intoxicated. But how far is she willing to go? And what happens when she has to step back into reality again?

Lucien & Sophie’s is a story of star crossed love and forbidden passion, a sexual odyssey that spans the globe and changes both of their lives forever. Let it change yours, too.


My first status update for Knight and Play at 36% was along the lines of well, well, well Lucien Knight where have you been my erotica reading career? I stumbled on the Knight trilogy by accident a few months back and it was just sitting on my kindle ready to read. I kept putting it off as I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it – I’d checked out some reviews (not all) and you can guarantee that someone somewhere has compared this book to 50 Shades of Grey and I was put off by that.

I’m incredibly glad that I ignored those comments and read Knight and Play.

I’ll start off by saying what this book isn’t . It isn’t 50 Shades of Grey or even remotely like it at all – I didn’t sit there and get the overwhelming desire to scrub my skin raw whilst reading K&P that I did for 50SoG and it didn’t come across as a book filled with a massive dose of rape culture.

The character of Lucien didn’t make me want to gouge his eyes out with a rusty spoon or run screaming for the hills.

The character of Sophie didn’t make me want to slap her upside the head to knock some sense into her and the book didn’t give me a horrible vibe everytime I turned the page.

All good so far.

In the usual course of things, Sophie didn’t lust after other men. But from the moment she stepped inside that room, she couldn’t take her eyes off Lucien Knight. This wasn’t the usual course of things.

Right from the off Lucien as an alpha male character had an effect on Sophie and it was so well done I couldn’t fault their dynamic at all throughout the book.

The storyline was – I admit – quite similar to a lot of other billionaire romances but it was also quite different in that Knight Inc. is predominantly an adult entertainment sector company. It deals in sex clubs and sex toys and other related paraphernalia and what’s beautiful about this book is that it’s mainly set in London!

Lucien Knight comes across as a typical bad-boy alpha type but as we find out later in the book he’s got depth which is something that is sometimes lacking in these types of books.

His goal when Sophie applies for a job to be his PA is just to see who sealed their CV with a kiss. When she arrives for an interview his goal changes – he sees a married woman in pilot light mode and he makes it his mission to make her shine again. He succeeds.

Sophie has been happily married to her childhood sweetheart for many years but things have fizzled out and once she starts working for Lucien she realises that maybe her husband Dan has been cheating on her.

Unfortunately she’s right.

The cheating isn’t written in an overly sleazy way, we don’t see him having sex with his mistress and there’s not really a lot of communication between them just feelings from Dan (the husband) and his realisation that he’s made a terrible mistake.

Too little too late buddy!

The sex scenes were not sleazy and were actually quite romantic, although Lucien is I suppose considered a dominant he didn’t come across that way all the time which was quite nice. Lucien came across as a man who would do anything to make Sophie feel comfortable in the situation he’d basically put her in but also as one who wouldn’t take no for an answer.

The writing style flowed well but there were a few sections where I felt that there was something missing between certain sections and it got a little bit confusing with that but it wasn’t a big deal.

The ending was brilliant and although it was a cliff-hanger to end all cliff-hangers it gave just enough for you to want to read more.

Whether she was ready or not, it seemed that the fighters were coming out of their corners regardless.

Was she supposed to referee between them? How could she? Her loyalties were divided between the man she’d married for better or worse, and the beautiful Viking who’d turned her world upside down.

“He’s Lucien.” She swallowed hard.

Seconds out. Sophie could almost hear the bell ringing.

“He’s Lucien Knight.”


Happy Reading! (1)

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