The Notorious Lord Knightly

Avon. (The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction, Bk. 2). Jun. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063114678. pap. $9.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The Earl of Knightly has weathered scandal before, but the notoriety he is receiving from a scandalous novel buzzing through London’s highest social circles has him more than annoyed, as the ton speculates that he is the “Lord K” in the book. The earl is even driven to track down the woman he thinks may have written the novel, after he flips through the book and finds some scenes too familiar to be invented. Despite being the out-of-wedlock daughter of an earl, Regina Leyland was looking for her own knight in shining armor when she was first introduced to the ton. Now she is a woman who needs no protector, certainly not the man who broke her heart the day he left her at the altar. But she is also caught in the scandal around the book, so she and the earl must fake a reconciliation for the ton that once discarded her and celebrated him. As they navigate their past, they cannot deny what still simmers between them.
VERDICT Give Heath’s second “Chessmen” book, after The Counterfeit Scoundrel, to readers who love banter-filled second-chance love stories with a fake-dating trope.
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