Finally a historical romance that has romance in it. I should have known that Julia London wouldn't disappoint.
Cailean and Daisy are a fabulous duo. Finally a historical romance that has romance in it. I should have known that Julia London wouldn't disappoint.
Cailean and Daisy are a fabulous duo. He had a bad relationship with an English woman and Daisy is a widow, whose husband left a will that states that she had to marry within three years of his death or forfeit her son's inheritance.
That was the main reason I wanted to read this book. What husband is going to tell his wife to remarry STAT after his death or else their would be nothing for their child? I wish there would have been some explanation as to why Chadwick would have cut off his heir, if his wife didn't remarry. That was the only thing that struck me as odd.
Before I go into the review, I have to say that early on in the book there were two things that appealed to my tv geek. When Daisy was asking Belinda about Cailean's allure..I went all "Miranda" geeky, as Stevie, who was Miranda's bff was always going on about allure.
Then there was a mention of "Your Auntie Grizelda." That's one of the silliest songs by The Monkees.
I can't believe how much I liked this book. It is everything I like in a historical romance. Granted, it suffers from the one issue I have with most books in this genre these days. Its a little too long. I'm a lover of the regency romance that was only about 200 pages long. (I grew up on these). Even the standard historical novels weren't as long. They got their point across, they had hot sex and the HEA.
I was oddly surprised that Cailean and Daisy didn't really have sex until the book was nearly half through. The chemistry between these two was amazing, even as Cailean fought against it. I also loved how he really took to Daisy's son Ellis. It was so easy to see that these two belonged together no matter what.
From the get go, I knew that there was something not right with Robert, Daisy's love from before her marriage. I wish he wouldn't have turned out to be such a fink, from the time he appeared in Scotland, I knew he wasn't all she was hoping he would be.
But I'm not complaining, because this book was such fun. If you like historical romance, don't miss this book!...more
When I started reading this book I wasn't sure that I was going to like it, but I got into the story of Mary Shelley quickly and I couldn't put it dowWhen I started reading this book I wasn't sure that I was going to like it, but I got into the story of Mary Shelley quickly and I couldn't put it down.
Mary had quite a unique life, complete with unconventional parents, then a wicked stepmother and jealous step sister that manages to integrate herself into Mary's relationship with Bysshe.
One thing I never quite understood was why they said that Mary and Bysshe eloped, but that was when she leaves to go on the continent. Bysshe was still married to Harriet.
The beliefs that Bysshe and the Godwins held are totally freaky. It is hard figure out how people that are really supposed to be terribly smart can do such stupid things. Like Clara/Claire and Lord Byron. That relationship, along with the friendship between Byron and the Shelley's made me interested in his story, because he really was a strange figure in history. If Byron were around now he'd be a slightly smarter Kardashian.
I really felt for Mary when Fanny took her life. It seemed like her eyes finally opened, and how she seemed to let her half sister, the one she actually liked, fade into the background.
All the relationships were so unusual, which is what made this story so engaging. As the book progresses, you find out that only Bysshe is the only one that really held onto those beliefs. Mary wants to, but it seems she wants a real relationship more.
It really made you feel sorry for Mary most of the time. She followed her heart, but at a great cost, but then again, if she hadn't, she probably wouldn't have become the woman that she was, and that would be a shame....more