There was a lot of potential with this story but in the end it wasn't realized for a variety of reasons. First of all for the topic, the book was far...moreThere was a lot of potential with this story but in the end it wasn't realized for a variety of reasons. First of all for the topic, the book was far too short. There just isn't time to fully develop the personality of either main character, much less turn their newly wedded state into a true marriage. And where in the world did the author come up with some of the things Millie thought was waiting for her at her new home? She was supposed to be educated, yet her reaction to what she expected to find waiting her for was totally unrealistic. I like how she was able to step into her new role and work to make a new life for herself...was even anxious to make friends. Falling in love with her new husband in a week...not liking that so much.
And George...a good man, still grieving for his dead wife. He's in a bad place. Maybe a little harsh but he didn't really want a new wife but he wasn't mean. I appreciated that the author made him an honest, responsible man, determined to do what was right. I also liked that he refused to take Millie immediately into his bed.
So, this one had a few good points and some bad for me. The historical period wasn't the problem, nor was the Christian theme. It was definitely content, plotting and development.(less)
Historical's aren't a genre I read many of but I'm glad I gave this fun and engaging regency romance a chance. The first line is a gre...morereview to follow
Historical's aren't a genre I read many of but I'm glad I gave this fun and engaging regency romance a chance. The first line is a great hook. “Bloody blooming roses sprouting out of a fairy’s arse!”. It certainly caught my attention. And that's what it's all about...grab the reader's attention and pull them into the story, and Ms. Wylde did just that. She came up with a situation that under normal genre circumstances would have been stiff, formal and stuffy. Instead she's turned it into a light comedy/mystery with two protagonists with a bent toward atypical behavior for the time period. How original and charming.
The author's done a nice job's with character development,used vivid descriptions and came up with a believable rationale for the murder..and a great revelation of what was behind the killing. Yes, I must admit that I expected the murder to occur much earlier in the story but when it did occur, it makes complete sense. There are times the silly wager with the heroine got a little nuts and I got tired of it, but it's still amusing and works within the plot line.
So if you enjoy endearing characters mixed in with a little fun, melodrama and murder then I suggest you give this regency romance a try. The pace is smooth, and the antics of Emma and Lord Richard will likely put a smile on your face. (less)
It's a short and straightforward gay historical romance with all it needs to be an interesting afternoon read…murder, betrayal, and love. While the st...moreIt's a short and straightforward gay historical romance with all it needs to be an interesting afternoon read…murder, betrayal, and love. While the story was filled with well dispersed pieces of information regarding the time period in which the story was set, and the relationship between the two men is intense and passionate, there was one thing with the story which I had difficulty with. Even if he didn’t want to marry Bailey’s mistress, Lord Charles acted as if nothing unusual had happened with the murder of three innocent travelers. He just picked up Bailey and left, leaving this portion of the plot open and unanswered. If this omission had been answered I could have believed this story more. I did appreciate how the relationship of Bailey and Lord Charles grew slowly instead of jumping into bed with each other immediately, which felt much more realistic. When they do finally consummate their mutual desires, the scenes are thorough, hot and very well written. This story would have benefited from a greater length .(less)
Mirage by Monica Burns is a wonderfully rich historical romance filled with intrigue, suspense and betrayal, all capped off by a well executed and fas...moreMirage by Monica Burns is a wonderfully rich historical romance filled with intrigue, suspense and betrayal, all capped off by a well executed and fast-paced plotline that kept my interest as I raced from beginning to end. This one is definitely a page-turner. While I love the subject of history, I rarely read historical novels, so I was ecstatic when I discovered this jewel of a book. For a lover of history in general and Egypt in particular, this book is a treasure and it shows that Ms. Burns did her research and did it thoroughly.
Her use of vivid period details, already discovered archeological truth and her fictional slant of the ‘mythological’ city of Per-Ramesses makes for a winning combination. Then add the well-rounded, interesting characters of Alex and Altair (Lord Blakeney), mix in their own personal mistrusts and emotional demons, sift in blistering hot attraction, and finish with intriguing secondary characters who round out the plot. What you get is a story worthy of being read again and again…a new classic for the genre. I can’t say enough good things about this story. Buy it…read it…but most importantly, enjoy it!(less)
A Hidden Beauty is a classic style tale that appears to be set sometime during the nineteenth century, but specific details of the towns of Boston and...moreA Hidden Beauty is a classic style tale that appears to be set sometime during the nineteenth century, but specific details of the towns of Boston and Wroxham are lacking. The overall flow of the story is rather slow, reminding me of the pacing of such classics as Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, both which are stories I love. Jamie Craig’s story is well written and the characters likable, but I can honestly say I enjoyed Jefferson much more than Micah. I don’t know if it's because he's older, and as such more experienced in life, including heartache and pain than Micah, or not. I felt more for him and wanted more for him after what had happened in the past. Micah while gentle, kind and friendly seemed a little bland and flat, no matter how nice a character he was. Still his family, especially his father didn’t understand him, and for that I felt his pain.
I thoroughly enjoyed the portion of the story where they got better acquainted through frequent correspondence. Being privy to their letters allowed the reader to understand what it must have been like to live a distance away from someone important, and how letter writing, during this period in history, was so necessary to carry on everyday life. The intimacy between Jefferson and Micah was tender and caring, showing the depth of emotions between these two men that carried the story forward from beginning to end.(less)
I admit it. I've always loved horses. From the time I was a small child I was enthralled with the extraordinary beauty of the magnificent animals. I r...moreI admit it. I've always loved horses. From the time I was a small child I was enthralled with the extraordinary beauty of the magnificent animals. I read every book I could get my hand on, collected horse figurines and even owned a small horse until I fell off and broke my arm. That ended my childhood riding, but it didn't stop my infatuation.
When I saw this stunning cover and read the blurb of the life of this down-on-his-luck horse, barely saved from the slaughterhouse, I had to read it. And am I glad I did. The story of Snowman is a wonderful tale--it's the stuff of legend--showing you can't tell from the outside the potential on the inside. Who would have thought the underweight gelding would turn into a champion jumper? And win Madison Square Garden's top prize?
The story captures the essence of the time with vivid details that bring the period to life. There's also a good sense of who the characters are--both human and horse. The details of the jumping world is well expressed and interesting, and I enjoyed seeing how Snowman became a household pet when not competing. My big complaint is the heavy handed details of the differences between horses and the changes in the world at large. It was like listening to someone read a large and boring chart at times. I have to admit that I skimmed this section.
But remember that this is a true story--a story between a wonderful animal and the man who loved him until his dying day. Yes, the author may have seemed a little sentimental at times, but the story tugs at the heartstrings. It a basic kind of love every animal lover understands. If you're interested. There are Youtube video's of Snowman available if you want to see him jump.(less)
Despite looking forward to the book and loving dogs, I just couldn't hold my attention and I decided to go on to to other things. I may try it again l...moreDespite looking forward to the book and loving dogs, I just couldn't hold my attention and I decided to go on to to other things. I may try it again later.(less)
The Mercenary’s Tale is a wonderful story that pulled me in from the very beginning and didn’t let go until I’d finished the last word. I’ll be perfec...moreThe Mercenary’s Tale is a wonderful story that pulled me in from the very beginning and didn’t let go until I’d finished the last word. I’ll be perfectly honest; I rarely read historical novels, no matter who the author, but I’m happy I took the chance on this one. Not only did it introduce me to a new wonderful author, but it’s given me the opportunity to read this great series.
The storyline is written in two sections…almost like two stories, and Drake is the man who ties them together. I have to say I loved Ansel, and had a real feeling of sadness when he was killed outside Foray. I wasn’t certain what would become of Drake as he sank deeper into depression, or how Ms. Lorenz would go about saving him from grief. The introduction of Jackson’s character and his offer of a job was just what Drake needed…he needed someone else to help, someone other than himself to focus his attention on. And when I discovered Jackson was playing matchmaker between Drake and Logan, I liked him all the more.
There are few secondary characters in this story, but when they appear, they play a vital role, leading the story into an important new direction, and adding more depth. The most important of these are Tomas, Logan’s son and Joss, the young orphan who becomes Drakes page. The relationship between these boys and the men of our story is tender, caring and heartwarming, showing both Drake and Logan as loving fathers.
I can’t recommend this well-written and plotted historical gay romance enough. It has everything needed to make a great read…love, honor, death, angst, blistering hot passion, and the chance at future happiness between two intriguing and likable men. (less)
I don't read a lot of historical novels, especially those set in the regency period, but this mystery sounded interesting and I'm glad I gave it a try...moreI don't read a lot of historical novels, especially those set in the regency period, but this mystery sounded interesting and I'm glad I gave it a try. It has a well thought out plot and a complex mystery involving enough twists and turns to make you dizzy. Then there's the long term scandalous romance between our titled hero Sebastian St. Cyr and his lover actress Kate, and his emotional attachment to his young servant, 'tiger' Tom, both totally inappropriate for the time in which the book is set...1811.
There are numerous secondary characters wandering in and out of the plot...some vital and other not, but all interesting and playing their own roles in moving the story forward. It's paced nicely...not at breakneck speed but at a steady pace, never getting bogged down in the time period details. That's not to say the book lacked details of the era, because that wouldn't be true. They were present in a manner that flowed and I was relieved to avoid most references to the part of Regency books that make me nuts...society parties of the ton.
I like Sebastian and his attitude that refused to be intimidated by those of a slightly higher station, that he questions the morals of his peers without thought and his determination to discover the murderer of Lady Guinevere. All these things together make for a character I enjoyed reading, and add in the mystery of his mother who disappeared when Sebastian was a child and you have more than enough to keep your interest.