Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“‘You belong with me, and you’re staying with me. We’re a team, and we handle everything together. Got it?’ I never thought I’d say those words. Never thought I’d ever find someone who would understand my life, who could survive it along with me. With her beside me, I feel stronger than ever.”
Meghan March was a writer whom I read early on in my romance exploration. A small group for me, I read most of her booklist in a very short period of time. The Dirty Billionaire Trilogy was the first of it, and I was hooked. Like Creighton Karas, I too felt betrayed by Cannon, Creighton’s right-hand man. I hated that he had worked with Creighton’s biological father to gain access to Creighton’s life. I didn’t think twice about a series for Cannon. Until I read Black Sheep and White Knight, Meghan March’s Dirty Mafia duet. These two books gave me insight into Cannon’s life, and boy, did I feel guilty for ever thinking poorly of the character.
March’s second book in the duet, White Knight, is her current release. It takes up with a flashback of Cannon’s life as March is reminding us of the loss in his life. That loss is necessary to understanding current day Cannon, a man who uses his intelligence and wits in encountering danger. Through the trial by fire of his life, he’s been forged to withstand the onslaught of bad luck. And he illustrates this beautifully in this book. He is the “white knight.” He saves his family from danger even when he carries the scars of the wounds wrought on him by his father. This is what I loved most about him. Even when he’s snubbed by his father (and Creighton), even when Memphis is put into danger, Cannon’s strength shines through, making him the worthy hero of this story.
Similar to Cannon is Memphis, the heroine of this duet. She is strength personified, and her strength stokes the fires of Cannon’s heroism. Her story diverges from the one in Black Sheep. More is revealed of her past, and it’s shocking. Yet, in the midst of it all, she remains stoic, steadfast, and perceptive. She and Cannon are two halves of a whole, and I think there is more angst from outside influences in this story than there is angst between the two of them. I think it’s why I loved this book even more than Black Sheep. I didn’t feel the worry over Memphis and Cannon. I knew they would make it out to their happy ending. Therefore, I could enjoy the building and resolution of the story.
What I think is most profound about White Knight beyond Cannon’s journey is its feel. When I finished White Knight, my first thoughts were “this is Meghan March’s love letter to her readers.” It’s an ode to the characters she’s crafted over the years. Characters from stories past are here, and a few of them find resolution in the midst of Cannon’s story. And I loved it. As characters from the Dirty Billionaire trilogy, Dirty Girl Duet, Real Duet, and Beneath the Truth series danced across the page, my heart leaped. It felt like a “coming home” week in the March universe, and it was dazzling. If you’ve been a long-time reader of hers, then you must…MUST read this duet.
As we move into a new trilogy from Meghan March, you can’t help but stand in awe of her as a writer. She weaves her stories together into a world that is all her own. I am thankful for Cannon and Memphis’s part in March’s world because it’s a reminder that all is never what it seems. Cannon’s past necessitated the choices of his future, and he does it sacrificially with so much love in his heart. It’s an indication to us all that love really can transcend the unthinkable.
In love and romance,