*This is a copy of the review I wrote of my upcoming book. I know, ‘he wrote a review of his own book?’ Yes, he wrote a review of his own book And why, you ask? Well, it’s a good exercise in how to explain the plot and introduce a whole new storyline to readers (i.e., you guys!). So check it out, and if you like what you read feel free to add to your TBR https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40094582-knight
If you’re a fan of Christopher Harlan’s romance work in general (The Impressions series and his New York City’s Finest series), then you’ll especially love the direction of his new one. Titled “Knight”, it’s the first in a planned 3 book series that’s set inside of the indie book romance community. It’s one of the longest books he’s written, and that’s a good thing. In the extra space the author is able to flesh out some amazing characters for this and future books, tell a hot and sexy love story, and give some insight into the the indie book world from an author’s perspective. It’s got something for everyone.
“Knight” could have easily devolved into a cliche—hot alpha writer hooking up with generic female groupie. But the author deftly escapes all of those cliches by developing a real story with complex characters. Knight is a complex man who’s struggling with past demons, but also doing his best to be successful. Everleigh, the main female characters, is a woman who’s finding the inner strength to live the best possible life that she can.
Michael Knight has written a series of contemporary romance novels, but he hasn’t come close to the kind of success that he and his best friends (Colton and Grayson) dreamed of when they decided to try their hands at self-publishing romance after graduating NYU together. The bills are mounting, the words aren’t coming like they used to, and Michael’s books aren’t having the kind of sales that he imagined they would. His last book, Into Your Eyes, was his most successful, and just as he’s about to start his new one—the one he hopes will finally land him on a bestseller list—a personal tragedy sends his world into a complete tailspin.
He ends up struggling with a crippling case of writer’s block due to the stress of what happened, and all of a sudden he finds his sales slipping even more because he hasn’t published anything new or left his house much. On top of that, he’s slipped into a pattern of drinking way too much. When his best friends and fellow romance authors, Colton Chase and Grayson Blackman, decide to pick him up out of his funk, everything changes. They decide to form a writing fraternity, something that will help their careers and pool all of their readers and fans together.
They decide to host a signing a few months later, and it’s there that Michael’s life and career may change forever. He meets the stunningly beautiful Everleigh, who’s not just a rabid romance reader, but also a huge fan of Michael’s work in particular. She found inspiration in his last book, and she drags her friends Harley and Rowan along with her so that she can tell him how much he’s helped her. Along the way they’ll bump into each other at a bar, and everything will take an unexpected turn.
Opposing our hero is another romance writer—KL Steiner—who’s jealous of the newly formed group and would do absolutely anything to see it fail. When something bad happens at the signing, Michael has to figure out what he’s going to do next.
This book is filled with intrigue, insight into the sub culture of indie writing, and a sexy love story that will have you feeling all kinds of emotions by the time you hit the last page. If you love Christopher Harlan’s other work, you’ll need to get your hands on this page turner!