Afternoon Delight Review: Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance

Posted July 27, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 17 Comments

Afternoon Delight Review: Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance
Lover's Knot

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Series: Dorina Basarab #3.5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 27 June 2017
Pages: 134
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

Ah, the joy and excitement of a new Dory story!  The petite dhampir packs a punch and takes a beating, but gets right back up to fight her way out of some really tight spots in a world full of supernatural creatures that are powerful and lethal.


Lover’s Knot is a long-novella that falls after the third book in the series and picks up where that one left off.  It’s an urban fantasy series that shares the Cassie Palmer world.  I began with the prequel story in the On the Prowl anthology and then began the Dory series only to go back for the Cassie Palmers while waiting for the release of book two.   The two series interlock and share a parallel time line and crossover characters with a few minor mentions of each other.

The author gifted Lover’s Knot to her fans in serial form and then put it up free.  Muah right back, Karen Chance!  An opportunity to get tough and gritty Dory in action along with the addition of Radu and Marlowe out on an adventure to find a European vampire senator and Louis-Cesare.  They are all the strange-bedfellow type allies and its all thrill a minute stuff.

But, there’s more…
This story is split-time line.  There is a past time line when Dory is a little girl and its her devilishly handsome father, Mircea’s story as a young vampire trying to protect Dory as a little girl because she is considered an abomination and not allowed to exist while vampire civil wars are raging in a more dangerous wilder time.

Loved getting Dory’s modern story in her wry endearing perspective and a narrative from Mircea’s perspective before he becomes the powerful senator and master vampire, polished and cunning as he is in the present day.  His love and protectiveness for Dory comes out and she gets to see this side of a father who has been ruthless and seemingly cold for centuries.

All in all, this was a treat for me as I crave more Dory stories with her exciting deadly adventures.  Urban Fantasy lovers who like their heroines sensible, cunning, gritty, and tough should definitely reach for the series.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I need to do a reread of pretty much all her books. It’s been so long >.<

    • Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I feel like I’ve been away from the series for awhile.

  • I’ve seen a few reviews for this one and it looks quite good.

    • Dory is fantastic, Mary. I have a feeling you’d love this series. 🙂

  • I have had the Cassie Palmer series on my tbr list for several years (probably on my kindle as well). I had no idea that there was a parallel series. I need to start reading this author soon. Great review!

    • Yes, the Cassie Palmer series is the older one, Carole. I just happened to trip over the Dory ones first. I had no trouble reading Dory’s first book and then going back to start the Cassie’s. It was interesting to see how they fit together. Dory knows all about Cassie, but Cassie has the wrong impression about Dory which was a clever and fun way to do the series crossovers. 🙂

  • oh I remember reading the 1st book in this series and loving it…I think I have book 2…gotta check it out..

    • Oh yes, you have to keep going, Sharonda, when you get the chance. Fun action-heroine stuff. 🙂 You should probably check out Karen Chance’s website under the freebies because there are lots of the shorter stories there like this one that are fantastic.

  • oh I do love those gritty and thrilling reads!!

    • Me, too, Renee. These are great fun and Dory is one of my favorite heroines so I hope you get the chance. 🙂

  • Good to hear. She’s one I’ve though about trying but haven’t yet. Up the list it goes 🙂

    • Yep, happy to share about a fun one. I actually enjoy the Dory books much better than the Cassie ones though I like them, too. I think you’ll get some laughs from Dory’s situations.

  • This series is totally new to me Sophia, and of course you have me wanting it!

    • Oh yes, lots of fun and excitement. So glad I could point you to a new one that is fab, Kimberly.

    • Oh yes, lots of fun and excitement. So glad I could point you to a new one that is fab, Kimberly.

  • Greg Hill

    What an awesome cover! Love the dark, rainy street and the neon. Looks spooky and fun! I love novellas too lately especially if they add on to a favorite series.