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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  109 ratings  ·  20 reviews
SHE'LL GIVE HER HEART TO NO ONE ...

Banished to her family's castle tower for refusing to marry, Lady Brenna spends her days indulging her secret passion for painting provocative works of art. If they are discovered, Brenna knows she will hang. But her life changes the day England's most notorious privateer James Vaughn, the Earl of Montgomery, arrives to claim Brenna's you...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Zebra (first published 2009)
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Eastofoz
Jul 25, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who don't mind a lot of silly misunderstandings & a sometimes unforgivable hero
Shelves: medieval
This book has all the makings of a good book: medieval, forced marriage, h/h detest each other, some interesting steam for a historical, but the writer just can’t bring it altogether for a decent read. It wavers between 2.5 to 3 stars for me.

Brenna and James have to marry because the king said so. James is known as The Enforcer because he gets the king’s dirty work done. Brenna is a free spirit, hopes to run off and paint at a nunnery in Italy. Her dad is an ass and some kind of traitor so the k...more
Noelle
4 1/2 **
This is the second book by Jessica Trapp that I have read and I've really enjoyed them both. I will definitely check out what else she has written.

Brenna (h) has been locked in her tower room for a year by her father because she refused to marry. All she wants to do is go to Italy, live in a convent and be an artist.......she loves to paint. When her sister was ordered by the King to marry she goes to her father and tells him that she can't marry a man who is scarred (as she has heard) a...more
Judith

While this was a face-paced book that kept me both interested and entertained, I am not able to give more than 3 stars. This has nothing to with the chains/humiliation aspect of the book and instead has to do with the following two things.

1. I was extremely disappointed in Lady Brenna's choice of loyalty in a key part of the book. She knew she was making the wrong choice -- and I can't say much more without giving part of the book away. This would have made it a 4 star book for me.

2. While we le...more
Moriah
This is 14th Century The Wolf and the Dove (Kathleen Woodiwiss) fanfic—without the rape. It's also trying to be feminist and enlightened.

But that's not my main problem. My main problem is how badly it's edited. I wouldn't have cared about the fanfic or enlightenment aspect because, hey, I think the idea of a feisty redheaded heroine painting naughty pictures in the 14th Century is kinda fun. And I have no doubt there was probably a woman or two who did just that way back in the day. It's the ed...more
Shannon
I felt super embarrassed reading this book. The cover is corny to the max, as is the title. I'll admit though that I kinda really liked this book. It wasn't earth-shattering material or all that well-written to be honest. The whole plot was a bunch of ridiculousness. That aside, it sure as hell was entertaining. It's a good book to read if you want a historical romance that is full of misunderstandings and randomness. The opening scene is actually the main character Brenna making a painting of h...more
Jenn
Jul 04, 2014 Jenn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Eh. I tried. Got about 20% in, but I just couldn't do it. I didn't care about either of them and the entire premise was too hastily presented to be believable in the lease. So I'm lemming it.
Lindsay
How can I put this. ANY non-consensual sex is still RAPE. A woman doesn't/shouldn't have to say the word "No" to show her disagreement. Chaining someone, holding them prisoner, humiliating them, and blackmailing them are all uses of force. It is books like this that give romance novels a bad name. The term "romance" says that we are supposed to get a love story, not a Stockholm syndrome story. There is nothing in this book that shows the redemption or regret of the hero so that we could accept h...more
Stephanie
Interesting. Romance blooming out of a forced marriage where both parties more or less hate each other, but experience a great attraction to one another. Even with their dislike for each other, the attraction allows them to lower their guards and begin to see each other for what they are, not what they were told about them. Although, trust and mistrust continue to be both built up and torn down, the attraction-turned-love overcomes in the end.
Mei
The premise is good and the story should be interesting, but for me just fell flat. The heroine was too naive in trusting her family (I still don't understand why her sisters were so adamant to keep her from the hero...). The idea about erotic painings is interesting, but I didn't get why a monk will help her selling them...
Also, the pardon by the king is a little bit unbelievable.
It could have been done better...
Kelly
I downloaded this book for fre from amazon, as i do with all my books, and i would have given it 5 stars but it left me wanting more. more love scenes or more ....something! i liked the book but it felt like the middle part of the book was ripped out and i only read the beginning and the end. but hey i got it for free and finished it in a couple hours-in between doing laundary and corralling my three yr old :-)
Tonileg
This had too many misunderstandings for me not to become intensely frustrated. I wanted to shake everyone and scream!
Brenna had to have to worse family and everyone was incredibly selfish that it became annoying. I almost didn't finish. When I did there was a sigh of relief and I'm now going to take a break from historical romance for a while.
Maya
Read this book just for the crazy ideas that the protagonist has about male anatomy - which she is obsessively painting and which gets her in trouble. It comes handy in the end as part of a unique "get out of jail free" scheme. Funny book! Set in 13th or 14th century Britannia - you can figure out the exact time by looking up the royals.
Cassie
It was like every other trashy dime store novel that I've read and, because of that, I loved it. :)

I gave it a three because it was like every other trashy dime store novel, but I would gladly read it again when and if the mood struck me.
Fay Ann Hollcroft
Very interesting story. I really liked it, but it brought back too many bad memories to me. So in light of that, I'll try the only other book she has that is available at my local library. Again the book was well written, just not my favorite.
Baseball4mandi
Silly. Trashy. Fun.

Okay, honestly, it's as cheesy as the title/cover makes it seem.

I too thought that family was super annoying. I feel like the hop back and forth between the point of views was confusing.
Helen
I really enjoyed this book James and Brenna both tortured and so many twists and turns on their adventure (and what an adventure it was) to their HEA. Great story
Jeanette Hornby
I enjoyed the tension between the main characters in the novel, and thought the story was unique and interesting. A page turner.
Kim Withey
I really didn't like the hero in this book. He was whiny, paranoid, and over the top with punishments.
Kelly
Good book & it was a quick read.
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