Shining Knight by Elizabeth Johns
Publisher & Release: Dragonblade Publishing, April 1, 2021
Setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 215 Pages
Heat Level: 1.5 Sweetheart
Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns
A hoyden plus Society’s darling equals… a recipe for disaster?
Lady Eugenia Knight was the youngest of five, and the only daughter of a duke, so was it any wonder she was a hoyden? When she made her London debut, naturally Society—and the gossip columns—were fascinated with her. When her best friend and her brothers married, she was left to her own devices with an inattentive aunt and a childhood family friend as chaperones to navigate the perils of the ton.
Graham Tinsley, said childhood friend and neighbor, had returned from his diplomatic post to learn the duties of the family viscountcy. Yet, he spent most of his time in London enjoying Society during the Season. As the Knight brothers began to marry one by one at an alarming rate, he found himself squiring Eugenia about and rescuing her from one mishap after another.
When her ruination threatens, he finds he is perfectly willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Yet what if Eugenia refuses to accept his gift?
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Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the electronic copy of Shining Knight by Elizabeth Johns. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this delightful Regency romance prior to publication. My opinions are my own and nothing has influenced my rating.
Shining Knight is an enchanting traditional Regency romance with endearing characters and an emotionally charged plot. The pacing pulled me in from the first page and kept me engaged until the last.
Lady Eugenia Knight is the heroine, and an intriguing one to say the least. She’s not the typical Regency lady since she grew up spending most of her time with her brothers. At times, she’s a bit awkward and doesn’t enjoy London society, getting into mischief on more than one occasion. She prefers spending her time in the country much more than town. What I enjoyed most about her character is her unique and quirky personality.
Graham Tinsley is the handsome hero, and he has all the characteristics I enjoy most in a Regency gentleman. He’s known Eugenia most of his life, since he’s best friends with her brothers. In the beginning, he’s a bit clueless and doesn’t see her in any way other than affection, but as they spend time together, he quickly realizes how truly lovely and vivacious she is. He sees her kind nature.
I enjoyed Eugenia and Graham’s romance. It’s sweet, yet there is definitely a spark of electricity between them. Right from the beginning, I could see they were made for each other. I really wanted them to find their happy ending.
If you enjoy traditional Regency romances with characters you’ll fall in love with, and a plot that will have you sighing, then you will love Shining Knight as much as I did. I just realized I have the first book in this series on my Kindle and look forward to reading it. Happy reading!
National bestselling author Elizabeth Johns was first an avid reader, though she was a reluctant convert. It was Jane Austen's clever wit and unique turn of phrase that hooked Johns when she was "forced" to read Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author's books and decided to try her hand at crafting a Regency romance novel. Her journey into publishing began with the release of Surrender the Past, book one of the Loring-Abbott Series. Johns makes no pretensions to Austen's wit but hopes readers will perhaps laugh and find some enjoyment in her writing.
Johns attributes much of her inspiration to her mother, a retired English teacher. During their last summer together, Johns would sit on the porch swing and read her stories to her mother, who encouraged her to continue writing. Busy with multiple careers, including a professional job in the medical field, author and mother, Johns squeezes in time for reading whenever possible.