Knight of the Dead by Jennifer Rae Gravely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Knight of the Dead shocked me. When I read the title and the summary I was expecting something more on the paranormal scale, or darker. What I got was an honest tale about people that felt just as real as you or I. Ms. Gravely has a knack for fleshing out characters and making you believe they exist. It wasn't hard to picture this quiet town full of gossip and people who never forget the things you've done. Gravely's blend of humor, drama, and aww factor mixed up to make a dynamic story, though I did have a couple of 'Come on' moments with some of the events that unfolded.
The lead female, Persephone, is a girl trying to make it. She’s beautiful, yet flawed and battle weary. The way we all get from time to time when life has us on the ropes. When she hits rock bottom – I call eviction and be fired in the same week just about as low as you can get – her luck changes. Her fairy Godmother comes in the shape of one tiny tot named Rose, and her sexy, single, father, Mark. True to real life her course continues to have its bumps and at times it truly did seem like she was out of the fire and into the frying pan. I found a few of those times in the story to drag. I would've liked to see some of them condensed or done away with. I'm all for running your characters through their paces but this seemed a wee bit much.
I loved the hero Mark! He was the kind of Father I’d like to see more of in life as well as in literature. Supportive, caring, and willing to do what’s best for his little girl he was commendable. It didn’t hurt that he was sexy, powerful and witty. The relationship between him and Persephone was built over time and despite adversity. When I reached the end I really felt the love that had blossomed between them. I also have to say kudos for writing with a
precious little girl as one of the main characters. I often find children are left out of romance which makes me sad. They're a huge part of many people's lives and it was refreshing to see it in this one.
If you’re looking for a drama filled read that deals with real life issues this one will be a perfect fit.