Maybe it's just more proof I'm odd, but when characters come onto the scene with really fascinating backgrounds, and current things-I'm-doing, I go gaMaybe it's just more proof I'm odd, but when characters come onto the scene with really fascinating backgrounds, and current things-I'm-doing, I go ga-ga!
Sabrina Jeffries was absolutely fabulous in setting up an amazing character platform with both her hero, Morgan, and heroine, Clara. I was enthralled! The fact that our rockin' author established Clara to be extremely unique in her reformation efforts astounded me. Quite often, authors like to proclaim their characters are of a particular bent, in this case, social reform. My primary problem deals with the fact that such authors typically tell, rather than show. Jeffries allotted for a very unique setting by having Clara run a Home for wayward pickpockets of youth.
Such creativity was truly great to see, for instead of seeing the heroine playing the role of society-butterfly-with-a-heart-of-gold, we see Clara as being a character who acts her feelings by running her Home. Such positive allowed for Dance of Seduction to have a fresh change of scenery. The classic, sometimes overused but still loved "glittering ballroom" setting is entirely void in this novel. Instead, the reader truly gets a chance to experience the gritter side of London, complete with a wonderful cast of characters to go with.
Aside from loving the above mentioned realities of this book, I found myself enthralled with both the romantic and suspenseful story lines herein. Jeffries does a masterful job in keeping your attention to the emotional tension of Morgan and Clara, as well as curious to the driving external plot of the book, too. In conjunction, the secondary characters, though minor, do an excellent job at staying interesting and relevant to the story.
My one and only criticism of the book comes, alas, at the end. I've often noticed that Jeffries has a tendency to write a really tasty novel, but seems to have a difficult time ending her books. Once more, a book of hers felt randomly ended, slightly cut off at the knees as it were. Additionally, the epilogues, in this case, too, feel a bit overly joy-joy. I adore my HEAs, yes, but Dance of Seduction seemed a bit overly euphoric. I enjoyed that hyperbole of happiness, no doubt, but it did, sadly, decrease me total appreciation for this book.
Still! A great story, not at all a waste of time! Rah-rah Jeffries, you entertained me once more!...more
There is something indescribable about this author's ability to create one fascinating backdrop to all ofSabrina Jeffries always manages to kick ass.
There is something indescribable about this author's ability to create one fascinating backdrop to all of her stories. This is most especially true for Sabrina's School for Heiresses series. While having skipped around quite a bit in the series order, I still was able to find Wed Him Before You Bed Him to be, in a word, perfect.
The pacing of this particular book was the stuff of dreams! I'm not typically a fan of romances where the protagonists had a previous disastrous romantic entanglement. However, this is largely because writers of this particular kind of story always tell the romanticism after the fact, denying the reader the chance to delve into the emotionalism that takes place upon the characters initial interactions. Such was so, so not the case for this novel. Not only did Mrs. Jeffries time-jump backwards, allowing the reader to experience the back-story first hand, but telling was placed almost perfectly into the plot time-line.
Additionally, Wed Him Before You Bed Him has a true dramatic element, paired with strong romantic threads that make this book almost impossible to put down! I enjoyed the character-driven story, as well as the interplay among the entire cast of characters! Excellent book!...more
I could not put this book down! Were it not for life interrupting my reading, I no doubt would have finished it in less the twenty four hours!
EssentiaI could not put this book down! Were it not for life interrupting my reading, I no doubt would have finished it in less the twenty four hours!
Essentially this book contained every aspect of historical romance novels that I love- or any good book for that matter. The pacing of a novel are very important in my opinion, because if they are not on point, a story can often have dry or dull spells within the story. Such was not the case for The Forbidden Lord. In its own way, the story read almost like a suspense in that I was constantly wondering "when will Jordan find out the truth?" or "what will Lord Nesfield do next?!" This really went well with keeping the story's momentum on the up swing! Every scene, every character's actions and words helped build upon the next and worked together to advance the story. While this may seem formulaic on the surface, it very much isn't and is necessary in structuring a wonderful story. Because of this, my interest in learning what would finally happen between Jordan and Emily never, ever waned.
I was also very impressed with Jeffries' ability to write fascinating characters. Aside from creating an adorably lovable heroine in Emily and a compelling and interesting hero in Jordan, I was also quite a bit shocked to discover this authors talent in writing all around excellent secondary characters, such as Lady Dundee, Lawrence, Ian, Sophie, Polluck and the rector Edmund. At no point did any of the above, including the main characters, feel flat, or rather one dimensional. It may be a bit of a cliche but I can honestly say that, based on The Forbidden Lord, Sabrina Jeffries has the unique talent of "breathing life" into the stars of her stories!
Jordan is undoubtedly very much an "alpha hero," whose views of the world and people are slightly jaded, but built upon an understandable foundation. I must note, too, that I found the moment when Emily, towards the end of the novel, challenged Jordan's views on love to be very well written, specifically as a result of Jordan's parent's marriage. The realization Emily makes about this was very well structured, and entirely insightful. (In order to really understand that, one must read the book, of course.) And yet, even still, because of our hero's flaws, I still couldn't help but love him!
Emily herself I loved, too! Her innocence and love for people was a powerful element to romantic story between Jordan and herself. Her persona and character were written in such a way as to be refreshing and innocent, without being over the top or nauseatingly sweet. She was also a very, very strong heroine. Her strength of heart and determination in the face of her adversary all throughout the story made her very admirable, and as a result I loved her just as much as I did Jordan.
I also found the plot and themes in the novel undeniably unique and enjoyable! Not only do I love the classic "innocent-heroine-tempts-experienced-and-love-hating-hero" theme, but I found the way in which this author carried that theme inside the book's plot very compelling! The plot in and of itself is unique, too, with Emily having to pull off a rather complicated masquerade in London and pretend to be someone she most undoubtedly is not. Her reasons for doing so, and the underlying storyline behind those reasons, I can't delve into without entering into Spoiler Land. Even still, I loved the push-and-pull feel of the romantic relationship between Jordan and Emily. The two were a match made in literary heaven and they are, until my memory forgets otherwise, my most favorite historical romance couple thus far!
I highly- highly- recommend this book to anyone who loves an all around good historical romance story! Lovable characters, fascinating plot, wonderfully well written, great attention to detail in the setting- topped off with an excellent ending! In short, a damned good book!...more