Incredible mother/daughter conversation in the first chapter. I really felt for both of them and could see both sides of the argument. There were a l Incredible mother/daughter conversation in the first chapter. I really felt for both of them and could see both sides of the argument. There were a lot of insightful and very thought provoking comments in that conversation. The author's writing was very intense and spectacular.
This story definitely had a darker tone and may not be for everyone. I personally enjoyed the underbelly of human psyche aspect of the book.
This book was infused with intelligent humor and it was a treat to read a fresh, new view on regency romance stories. The romance field is starting to be over saturated with regency romance stories if you ask me; writers or publishing companies seem to have forgotten there are other historical time periods out there people wouldn't mind reading about. There were times when I was reading this story that the author's writing style made me think of Connie Brockway and faintly of Marsha Canham (but without the historical detail). This constitutes as very high praise from me.
This book took a long time for me to finish and I don't really know why. When I was reading it I felt very involved and the story had an emotional tenseness not found in a lot of books. However, when I stepped away from it, I found it very hard to get myself to pick it up again. I didn't feel the gripping desire to start reading the story I usually do with great books. It's so strange how I would find other things to do instead of getting back to the story. I think the bigger picture part of the story was not captivating enough.
On the other hand I enjoyed this author's intelligent, dark, intense writing style.At the end of the day (forgive me I have been watching way too much Sportscenter) this book just didn't do it for me. I never felt a burning desire to finish the story. The beginning intrigued me but the middle and end dragged for me. Like I said before it is a different take on regency romance so if you want something new it might worth a shot. Phin and Mina have such dark, deep layers to their personalities that I kept thinking the best way to describe this book would be to call it a cold blooded romance story....more
Storyline: Gareth's stepmother seduced him when he was a teenager, his father died, he caught stepmother in arms with another knight, got jeal1.5 stars
Storyline: Gareth's stepmother seduced him when he was a teenager, his father died, he caught stepmother in arms with another knight, got jealous, stepmother found on bedroom floor run through with a sword. Her newborn and knight go missing, everyone blames Gareth for their deaths.
14yrs later Gareth wins Rowena from her father in a dice game. Neither Rowena's father, her brothers (except for the youngest), or her betrothed cousin fight for her. Gareth takes her to his castle where Gareth's sister Marlys hates on her, his knightly friend sort of makes plays for her, and Gareth himself sort of falls in love with her.
This is where I'm going to step in and save you all from the endless filler and get to the gist, Rowena was the stepmother's baby but no born of Gareth's father but the knight that escaped that night. Gareth knew this and was going to punish Rowena's father by raping her and sending her back pregnant. She was too good, he fell in love, blah, blah. Turns out Gareth's sister Marlys killed the stepmother letting Gareth take the blame. Gareth and sister have confrontation, Marlys disappears into the night. Gareth and Rowena live happily ever after.
Seriously, that is all of the storyline.
This book was broken up into three parts and for you visual learners out there, here you go,
Again, let me save you all endless filler, nothing happens in this part besides Gareth and Rowena meeting and him taking her to his castle.
No really, NOTHING happens.
I start to get moody
Rowena runs away...
for a bit before Gareth catches her and he decides,
and Rowena decides,
Translation: They be hitting the sheets hard but Gareth still maintains he doesn't want to marry her.
A whole lot of this,
Rowena's brothers, her betrothed cousin, and her father sort of come to rescue her. First off, Rowena is like dude, we're cousins, no.
One down. Then Gareth agrees to squire her youngest brother and they all become friends. How/Why? No idea. 4 down. Rowena steals Gareth's horse to sprint her father away.
Gareth not happy. However, with her savvy 19yr old deduction and intuition she explains to Gareth that it was not her father who killed the stepmother but Marlys!
Marlys tries to kill Rowena...sort of.....Gareth rescues her.....sort of......Marlys rides away.......sort of.....and then our happily ever after......sort of.
I read this for the Urban Fantasy square for Romance Bingo and it was also my Kindle Freebie selection.
Staring at her, he said, "I'm here f2.5 stars
I read this for the Urban Fantasy square for Romance Bingo and it was also my Kindle Freebie selection.
Staring at her, he said, "I'm here for you, Darcy."
Urban fantasy isn't usually a sub-genre I read in and I'm not sure if that was why I had a problem getting into this one or not. It seemed like the world rules were dealt out a bit randomly, making it feel incoherent at times. There were a lot of supernatural beings with earth and demon witches, witch hunters and rogue, and ancestors and gods. While I appreciated the lack of info dumps, I never felt like I could grasp the world fully because of all the moving parts.
The heroine is an earth witch but doesn't know it so when she is kidnapped by the hero who is a witch hunter to remove a death curse from his little sister, she has no idea how to. At first the hero has to control is "bloodlust" to want to kill the heroine:
"But you're one of them. How will you keep from killing me?" He hit the very edge of his control. The hot lust seized his balls, while the compulsion screamed for her blood. Sweat beaded and ran down his back. "Sex," he said. "I want to screw you more than I want to kill you."
That's right, this kidnapped woman who has been thrown into a supernatural world is told my her captor that if she doesn't want him to kill her, she must have sex with him. Needless to say, this beginning to their relationship left a bad taste in my mouth. I know more leeway is given in fantasy/supernatural stories because of destined soulmates, magic, or whatever other supernatural elements but this thinking and element kept me from connecting with the hero and heroine's romantic relationship.
If you like urban fantasy stories, you might want to give this one a go, the world and supernatural elements seem interesting enough and with the introduction to everything already done, the next books in the series might make more sense. There's a slew of side male friends of the hero who were introduced who have hero potential written all over them. ...more
This book intrigued me in the beginning because of the interesting way it starts off in the prologue. So kudos Ms. Bradley for having an interesting This book intrigued me in the beginning because of the interesting way it starts off in the prologue. So kudos Ms. Bradley for having an interesting beginning and making me very curious as to where the story was going to go. Unfortunately, my curiosity and interest was lost along the way as I read on.
So right away I'm just going to say if you liked the movie "Three Men and a Baby" you'll probably like this book. I did not enjoy Three Men and a Baby, not even the 'stache could save it for me, therefore the 'funny' situations and hijinks that arose when inexperienced bachelors try to take care of a little girl were completely lost on me. I did find it somewhat endearing at times when Aidan (hero) was at a complete loss as to what to do and say to Melody (little girl). He was a complete tool at times I couldn't help but like the big fella.
Madeleine (heroine) on the other hand never endeared herself to me. I didn't like her and I didn't hate her, sadly just indifferent. Her whole murky past and reasons for doing things was violently sensational but never drew me in.
The storyline was decently strong so I think the problem I had with not connecting to the characters was the style this story was written. It was bouncy, bouncy, bouncy. By this I mean there was a lot of head hopping from character to character, especially in the beginning. The author probably wanted the reader to feel connected to all the characters but instead it backfired, at least for me, and I never became attached to anyone because I wasn't with anyone long enough. This writing style ended up making the story feel very disjointed and choppy. There wasn't much ever happening and not much story progression. Aidan wants to ask Madeleine to marry him finally does at end of book, Madeleine wants to leave but stays and tells Aidan about her past finally at end of book, and then Colin (friend of Aidan and future hero in next book in series) and Aidan want to find out who Melody's father is. The question of who Melody's father is, is not answered here and I'm assuming this will be a continuing thread through the next book. (Aidan was eliminated so it's between Colin and a yet to be met character Jack).Anyway this could be called a decent book with small amounts of brief shinning moments. Skip it, there is better out there to entertain you all.
This was what I would call a quintessential "eh" book. It was just average I could have lived not reading it, but I didn't feel as if it stole precio This was what I would call a quintessential "eh" book. It was just average I could have lived not reading it, but I didn't feel as if it stole precious time from my life.
I never felt myself connect with the main character Eleanor and most of the story is from her point of view. Shermont, Eleanor's love interest, was completely cookie cutter 18th century rake. He was vanilla, didn't love/didn't hate him.
I never really bought into the storyline of Eleanor being sent back in time to stop a duel, it wasn't flushed out, and poorly executed. Plus Eleanor accepted and was accepted way to easily when she woke up in the past.The supporting characters barely made a dent with me.
The added in suspense/murder mystery was lame-o and the ending was too contrived. I won't give away the ending but let's just say I rolled my eyes at how perfectly everything worked out. I know it's a romance book but the ending could have been worked out better; the reader deserves better in regards to their creativity and intelligence.
Final take is if you're hankering for a time travel book, I can never seem to find good ones, it would be ok to give it a go, just be ready for mediocrity and some bland characters.