This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series t...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series that will feature four (?) bastard sons of the princes of England...And the person that will connect the four books together, spymaster Dominic Hunter.
Dominic is only a fourteen-year-old in this novella and doesn't get much 'screen-time', and though the series will apparently deal with spy-stuff, there was no intrigue, no suspense, no murder, no traitors in this little introduction. Just your 'usual' historical romance.
A historical romance with two wonderful protagonists and a little twist to the template-y historical romance plot of boy-meet-girl-they-fall-in-love.
Cute, sweet and just long enough to satisfy yet make the reader interested for what might happen next. And the blurbs for the next two books are there at the end, oh-so helpful. ;)
P.S. I had a little problem with the title, though. Yes, we are talking about the Renegade Royals series and the future books will feature illegitimate sons of said royals...But the protagonists of this novella weren't of royal blood (pure or diluted). So what's with the title?(less)
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagoni...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagonists. She was annoying as hell, and he came off as an utter idiot. I didn't feel the connection between them, didn't get the animosity she felt toward him...And the plot about the ghost in the woods wasn't appealing, either.
I gave up somewhere in the middle, but read the last few chapters, hoping a good ending might help me change my mind and finish the book properly. Unfortunately I didn't get my wish.
This came completely out of the left field for me. The story simply didn't suck me in as Ms. Quick's novels usually do.
Let's start with the title—The...moreThis came completely out of the left field for me. The story simply didn't suck me in as Ms. Quick's novels usually do.
Let's start with the title—The Mystery Woman. That was supposed to be the heroine. To me, she was no mystery. I would've preferred her secrets to be revealed more slowly, not giving it all up front (to the reader, that is). She was also the usual Quick-heroine that often annoy me with their behavior, notions and convictions.
The hero also wasn't of much help to make me enjoy the story. Though he was (at least in appearance) the usual Quick-hero, the rest simply fizzled. Though the new approach Ms. Quick chose with him not believing in the paranormal was indeed refreshing, it quickly turned annoying.
Also, I didn't feel the connection between them, not the attraction, not the affection, not the love, not the sex. Nothing. It just didn't work.
The suspense part of the story was also incomparable with Ms. Quick's other novels. Maybe it was the fact the main reason the villain wanted to kidnap Beatrice (the heroine) was utterly out there—yes, the guy was completely nuts, but still. Maybe it was the fact I didn't much care what happens to the heroine (or hero), but I had a really hard time getting though the book. Kudos for the other villain, yet it took me way too long to finish this one.
Still, the writing was good, the plot also (despite everything I've listed), so I decided to give it three stars. I'm quite disappointed, though. I expected more. (less)