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    Book Review: Her One Desire by Kimberly Killion
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  • Published: Jul 22nd, 2008


killion_desire.jpgReviewed by Buffie Johnson

5 stars
Medieval romances are my first love. They are the reason I am a romance reader. Lately there has been a decrease in the supply of skilled medieval writers. But now there is a new power house on the horizon. And her name is Kimberly Killion. Her One Desire is Ms. Killion’s debut novel. What a debut it is!

Lizbeth Ives is a woman like no other in all of England. She is the only daughter of the Lord High Executioner, or as he is known by the prisoners of the Tower, the Reaper of the Realm. In direct contrast to her father, Lizzy has been called the Angel of Fire. With her golden eyes and compassionate heart, she helps the prisoners as much as she can. Lizzy has witnessed horrific executions, including the beheading of her own beloved brother. When Lizzy finds documentation to prove a conspiracy to poison the King of England and declare the Princes illegitimate, she runs to her father’s office for help and sanctuary. Upon opening the door, Lizzy faces her father in the middle of an interrogation. One man lies dead on the floor, and the other man is being whipped by her father. Frantically she tries to explain to her father about the conspiracy but only achieves distracting her father, thus giving the prisoner a chance to knock out her father. With Lord Hollister’s men running to the office to capture her, Lizzy makes the only decision she can – she escapes the tower with the prisoner through secret tunnels.

Broderick Maxwell is a Highlander sent to spy on the English by the King of Scotland. While in England, Broderick and his older brother Aiden are captured and thrown into the Tower. Broderick has always been jealous of his older brother Aiden. Aiden will one day be Laird of Clan Maxwell. Aiden is the child who receives all of his mother’s affection. And Aiden will be the one to marry the beautiful Lady Juliana. Broderick longs for the day when he can have all that Aiden’s life offers. But as his back is being torn to shreds by England’s own Reaper of the Realm, Broderick’s thoughts are not of what he would like to gain but of a man who has witness the death of his own brother and does not want to die himself. The entrance of a beautiful, young woman distracts his jailer and Broderick delivers a blow that knocks out the Executioner. With English guards rushing to the room, Broderick makes the only decision he can – he follows this angel into the dark tunnels of the Tower.

Kimberly Killion has done a masterful job of cultivating the relationship between Lizzy and Broderick while providing the suspense and intrigue typical of medieval romances. I loved watching Broderick break down the barriers Lizzy has constructed in her life to ease the pain of the memories of the suffering and violent executions she has witnessed. As the daughter of the Lord High Executioner, Lizzy firmly believes she will never marry and have children let alone find a man who would desire her. Lizzy is afraid of many things – the dark, the water, and being alone the rest of her life. But in the arms of Broderick, her fears vanish and her dreams begin to come alive.

This book provided so much enjoyment for me. I smiled while reading lines like, “He peeked at her through inky lashes with the shy look of a boy, but his wandering eyes belonged to a man, for his gaze sent jolts of heat up her spine.” I laughed while reading lines like, “What woman in possession of all her wits wouldnae want me?” I sighed when I read lines like, “I am the light to your darkness.” And I cried at a particular moving part of this love story when Broderick washed the feet of Lizzy. This novel had me experience the entire spectrum of emotion but always brought me back to the sweetness of love and romance.

Kimberly Killion is a master storyteller. Her creative wonders are not limited to the main characters in this story. Ms. Killion provides a dynamic cast of secondary characters, including a chicken named Beatrice, a wonderfully spunky old Grandmum, and a cousin named Smitt who had me giggling through the book. I whole heartedly recommend this book and suggest you run out and get it now. It is definitely a keeper!


14 Responses to “Book Review: Her One Desire by Kimberly Killion”

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  1. Marisa
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 4:20 am

    Great review Buffie – I’m reading the book now and I couldn’t agree with you more. I loved her secondary characters and the dialog between Lizzy and Broderick was quick and sharp. The situations they find themselves in and how they help each other has me turning the pages. It’s hard to find medieval romances and I’m so glad I found this one!

  2. Kimberly Killion
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 4:44 am

    Wow! I think Buffie liked the book. LOL What a great review. I can’t wait to share it. Thanks so much for ‘pimping’ me and introducing me to all your readers.

  3. Buffie
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 5:30 am

    Gee, Kimberly, can you tell I like it 🙂

  4. Buffie
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 5:41 am

    Kimberly, here’s a question for you . . . do you have a chicken named Beatrice?

  5. Buffie
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 5:52 am

    Marisa — you will have to let me know when you have finished the book so that we can talk about one particular scene towards the back of the book.

  6. Gannon
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 5:52 am

    Excellent review, Buffie! Sounds like my kind of book! I miss medieval romances, too. It’s great to know we have a new one to read. 🙂

  7. Maria Lokken
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 6:36 am

    Whoa Buffie – you have me soooo interested.

    Kimberly – What a story – executioners, Scottish heroes, and a heroine that’s got to overcome all that she has seen… wow.

  8. kimberly killion
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 7:54 am

    buffie: we have 2 dozen chickens, but they are all named ‘susie’. 🙂
    i’m on my cell phone and don’t know how to do caps , so forgve me. 🙁

  9. MaryKate
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 8:00 am

    Wow, Buffie, wonderful review. I love the way you outlined what worked so well for you. Really nicely done!

  10. AndreaW
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 8:26 am

    Great review, Buffie! I’ll be checking this one out the next time I’m in the bookstore! 😉

  11. Buffie
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 8:57 am

    Thanks Gannon, MK, and Andrea. This reviews was so easy to write 🙂

  12. Buffie
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 8:58 am

    Oops, meant review not reviewS. That’s what happens when I try to type too fast when the boss is walking around 🙂

  13. Kimberly Killion
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 2:17 pm

    Buffie: I’m wondering which scene it is you are going to discuss with Marisa. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but does this particular scene involve an ax, a horse, or mayhap a bath house????
    Anyone, intrigued??? 🙂

  14. Buffie
    on Jul 23rd, 2008
    @ 2:51 pm

    Oohhhh, Kimberly, all three of those scenes are fabulous. Just fabulous!! But the particular scene I am thinking of involves a horse and is after the ax.

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