Review: One Knight Only by Michelle Miles

One Knight Only by Michelle Miles
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
Page Count:  304 pages  
File Size: 453 KB
Source: publisher

Do-gooder Maggie Chase throws her thesis out the window when she wakes up in the arms of a hot Scottish knight. When she realizes she’s somehow ended up back in time, she embraces the persona of Lady Margaret. But she may be in over her head when she discovers she has to keep the sexy knight alive during a jousting tournament in order to get back to her own time.

Sir Finian “Finn” McCullough is a gambling man and owes a very large debt to an evil earl who’s after his family estate. When the beautiful Maggie arrives in his bed, he can’t remember tupping her the night before and thinks she’s a spy for one of his neighboring clans. He intends to find her kinsman and return her safely but he can’t resist her charms, her smart mouth or her sex appeal. Instead he keeps her close, taking her with him to a jousting tournament—one he has to win lest he lose his castle forever.

Review:  When the request for this book came in my inbox and I read medieval knight and time travel, I decided this book is right up my alley.  The book was a relatively fast read, yet I’ve been sitting on the review for several weeks just unsure of how to put my thought down on “paper”.

Let me give you a little more background on the book… sticking with the first chapter, so I’m not really giving much away as you’d get all this backstory in the first 20 pages.  Maggie is off to Scotland, against her family’s wishes, to research a 14th century knight and his unusual death.  She out in the middle of nowhere when a storm hits, her rental car dies and she’s stranded.  She takes her chances of finding shelter and sets out on foot and stumbles across a castle and decides to bed down for the knight.  But unknown to her the castle is cursed and her adventure is just beginning.  The castle belongs to Finn, a medieval knight who was cursed by a fae princess to “live in solitude until someone with a noble heart comes to right his wrongs”.  It seems Maggie is her person with the noble heart, but she can’t help the ghost Finn, so the fae sends her back in time before Finn is cursed.  But of course, Maggie nor Finn have a clue what is going on.  So, the story is about Maggie trying to stop Finn from doing the deed that causes the curse. 

I actually liked Maggie and Finn… and even the basic plot behind Maggie’s time traveling.  Maggie was spunky and Finn is your typical highlander who falls hard when he meets the right woman.  It was fun to watch them interact… Maggie torn between love and wanting to return home.  And Finn trying to remain honorable while facing adversity.

But I didn’t particularly enjoy the fae presence or those fae secondary characters.  You know, I’ll be honest.  It was very reminiscent of Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander books.  A fae tampering with humans, manipulating them through time and just plain interfering in their lives.  But unfortunately this tale wasn’t as strong or complicated as a Moning novel. 

One Knight Only isn’t a bad book, it just lacked the depth I was hoping for.

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