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2010 RITA® Finalist
Winner of The Maggie & The Beacon
Booksellers' Best Award Finalist

2nd Book in All the King’s Men Series
by Margaret Mallory

ISBN-10: 0446553387
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-55338-4
Publisher: Grand Central
Release date: December 2009
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Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.


Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. When a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen must prove that he is more than a knight of pleasure ... and that love can conquer all.



"Do you want to learn how to protect yourself?" Stephen asked.

Green eyes sparking with fire, Isobel raised her sword and said, "Teach me."

"You should carry a short blade as well," he instructed as he fended off her attack.

"Why? You think you can knock my sword from my hand?"

"I can. But I will not have to. You will drop it."

He forced her to step back, and back, and back again. She threw her hands up, sending the sword clattering against the wall as she tumbled backward.

"I'm afraid you have the advantage of me," she said, reaching her hand up for him. He took it and sank to his knees beside her.

"Not true, Isobel," he said in a harsh whisper. "'Tis I who am at your mercy."

His eyes fixed on her lips, full and parted. The moment their lips touched, fire seared through him. She was kissing him back, mouth open. Slowly, he lowered his body ...

He froze the instant he felt the prick of cold steel against his neck.

"You are right," Isobel said so close to Stephen's ear that he could feel her breath, "'tis wise to carry a short blade."


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2010 RITA® Finalist

2010 Bookseller's Best Finalist!

"4 stars RT Book Reviews Mallory has an amazing ability for creating a riveting story, intertwining adventure and history overlaid with great depth of emotion and laced with a constantly increasing level of sensuality. Such depth and sensuality are a rare treat."
- RT Book Reviews

"Margaret Mallory's passionate novel, KNIGHT OF PLEASURE, is an absolute delight for fans of historical romance." Fresh Fiction

"You're not just reading a novel, you are stepping into the story...KNIGHT OF PLEASURE is amazing." Gloria Gehres, The Romance Readers Connection

"Book two of Ms. Mallory's All the King's Men series is thrilling, romantic, and just plain good reading." RomRevToday

4 1/2 stars. "This is one of those mouth-watering stories where the reader needs to turn off the ringer, brew up some of their favorite tea, and curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy this passionate, fastpaced romance." Affaire de Coeur Magazine

"....Margaret Mallory's ability to create such a profound love story among all the chaos of that time in history is captivating... Events of history and passion, both like high octane fuel, heat up the many happenings until there is a combustion....The risks Stephen and Isobel take and their stolen moments of love are breathtaking...." Long and Short Romance Reviews


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