Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“‘You’re a long way from home,’ I said. He shrugged, ‘Maybe not. You’re here.’”
And this my friends is the reason that you should read Louise Bay’s Mr. Knightsbridge. Dexter aka Sexy Dexter is the reason I’ve been waiting with bated breath for Bay’s newest book. His persona in her last book, Mr. Mayfair, piqued my interest immediately. Imagine a hero who is dirty in the bedroom, gorgeous in appearance, holds a business acumen that has placed him at the top of his industry, AND has the ability to show compassion and care to those who feel like family to him. This man IS your prototypical romance hero. Oh, and by the standards of romance, he has a large “member.” (That’s for you, Amazon). So, given all of those attributes, I knew I wanted this book. I needed it. And in true Louise Bay fashion, she did not disappoint me. Not. In. The. Least.
For one, I ate this book in one serving. I didn’t take any breaks, and it satiated my romance appetite completely. It also made me want a bit more…but then I’m a glutton. Thankfully, there is a book coming (no spoilers here) and I believe we’ll see more of these two, just as we saw more of Beck and Stella in Mr. Knightsbridge.
Two…while Dexter is everything you love in a Bay hero, Hollie is divine. She’s my favorite type of heroine paired with a suave, erudite hero such as Dexter. Hollie is irreverent and compelling. She’s complicated, but she’s real, and she humanizes Dexter in a way that even his best friends aren’t able to do. She carefully and compassionately offers him other viewpoints to struggles in his life which challenge him. In doing so, she is responsible for his evolution in this story. While Dexter is dreamy, he is also stubborn and believes too heavily in the personal mythology he’s created about himself. It is Hollie who asks him to recast that personal mythology. In doing so, it changes his path…in a good way. Hollie is the type of heroine who makes me want to read romance. And as she changes Dexter’s life, he also helps her re-see her own life, changing it for the better.
Three. Bay’s messages in this story are keen. While Dexter and Hollie are seemingly different, in a way, they struggle with the same problems: perceptions of family. However, each has a different flavor of that perception. I won’t reveal the issues as they play heavily into the story, but Bay is very clear in her storytelling that we MUST (1) trust the people we denote as family based on their past actions and (2) make sure to protect our own happiness when it is threatened by the self-serving actions of our family. This is decisive in her story. Both Dexter and Hollie struggle because they do not follow these tenets. When they finally align themselves with them, their happiness is assured. I love when writers such as Bay weave these nuggets of life truths into their story as a reminder for the readers to do the same.
Four. The “band of brothers” (my name for them) are back. Like I mentioned previously, Beck and Stella are here, but we also gain a little bit more information about the other characters in the friend group. While there are still a few who remained in the shadows this time, Bay once again shows us the depth of their friendship. That is key because it is often one of the saving graces for her characters, in this case, Dexter.
If you can’t tell, I adored Mr. Knightsbridge for many reasons. Louise Bay continues on as she always does, writing gripping romances that keep this reader reading. Her storytelling flows across the page once again in this story, and she absolutely writes characters that you can’t help but love. I love that I can trust her to engage me, entertain me, and challenge me to see life as she sees it. Grab this one fast!
In love and romance,