Not my favorite Kleypas and not my favorite in her contemporary books either. The thing is I really liked both Lucy and Sam. I thought they both were...moreNot my favorite Kleypas and not my favorite in her contemporary books either. The thing is I really liked both Lucy and Sam. I thought they both were good characters. The progression of their relationship was slow and steady. Given Lucy's recent break-up and Sam's feelings toward marriage that was good. I'm glad Kleypas didn't make this some instant I'm attracted to this woman and suddenly I'm ready to change years of past behavior. That type of thing really bothers me in romance books. I would liked to have gotten a little bit more in depth with the characters. While good characters they were missing a little bit more of their feelings and romance.
There were a couple of things in this book that really didn't work for me. I really did not like Kevin or Alice(that was expected). They were terrible. I'll give Alice she had some redeeming qualities, but I still couldn't like her even a little. Considering that I did not for a second want to go over and see what her and Kevin where up to. It did nothing for me. In the end everything that came of those scenes came out in Sam and Lucy's scenes so it didn't progress the story. It just filled space and gave me an unwanted glimpse into them betraying Lucy. My other not sure why this took up space in this book moment was the magic. Why? It did nothing for the story and it was the most anti-climactic useless bit of plot device I've read in a while. It was barely a blip in the story and did nothing to move things along. I wish Kleypas wouldn't have added it. I don't mind that kind of thing, but I need it to do something in the story.
I will probably read the next book, but as with this one it isn't something I'm rushing off to read. (less)
I was filled with mixed feelings for this book. I really like Nikki and Emma. I love a tortured hero and Nikki fit the bill. Emma was a strong leading...moreI was filled with mixed feelings for this book. I really like Nikki and Emma. I love a tortured hero and Nikki fit the bill. Emma was a strong leading woman and the two had lots to overcome before things were quite the HEA and somehow this one didn't completely work for me.
Nikki has had a rough life and I would love to have actually gotten to learn more about his history and watch him overcome his past to be happy in his life and future. He made lots of mistakes with Emma and while they seemed in themselves unforgivable I still could see things working out and looked forward to these two working past those mistakes and finding love that isn't quite what happened.
I was so emotionally involved in this book and just waiting for it all to work out until Nikki's possible trip into a past life. My first thought was that the man he was, was his some-odd great grandfather, which also left me thinking the woman he fell in love with which was a past life Emma apparently was his some-odd great grandmother. I kept thinking this the whole time this little short love story in his jump in time was going on. When I let that go it was a sweet little bit of a love story. But I was still annoyed with it in the context of this story. Why wasn't he an ass to this version of Emma like he was the one in the future life. Why in such a short period of time was he willing to give in to loving her. And then there is the past life or not, some things would be the same in both, but not everything, so loving past Emma does not equate to loving future Emma and yet it did for him. It was just some magical oh I'm an ass and still can't get over the past to suddenly I'm willing to love past Emma so why not go ahead and give in to future Emma, what for the sake of the Emma I loved?
Once the past life issue was over, I was happy Emma didn't just jump into his arms and say everything was okay, but it still seemed like they had a lot to work out. Not to mention why this past life thing and him willing to love the other version of her never really became an issue is beyond me. I can only imagine how offended I would be if that is what my husband considered a reason to suddenly love me and treat me better. I still think they could have gotten past it, but it just seemed like it should have been one more thing for them to get over. In the end while they did get their HEA after everything I didn't feel like we got to see the couple truly work out their problems. I think there is a lot of give and take and hurt feelings and emotional connections that should have followed as they found their way to each other. It would have felt like a stronger long lasting connection. While we know they have a strong long lasting connection that is mostly because this is a romance and it is the end goal not because we got to see them really develop one.
There was so much I liked about this and I enjoy Kleypas' books very much and feel bad to only feel this one was okay. But in the end I felt a little robbed of the true grit of overcoming everything to be together for these two characters I liked so much that I just couldn't love the book.(less)
As far as short stories go this was really good. For the length the character development was great. I'm a big fan of second chance love stories and o...moreAs far as short stories go this was really good. For the length the character development was great. I'm a big fan of second chance love stories and of historical romance this had both and a little supernatural to top it off. Although I may not completely agree with our heroine's view point from the hero and heroine's history I love that it seemed pretty accurate for the time. She was young, foolish, and a woman in a time where women's opinions did not count for much. I love that they both made mistakes and were able to overcome them to have a HEA. (less)
I love McCarty's set up with a Warrior who falls in love with the daughter of his enemy. Obviously Anna and Arthur have a long road to get their HEA....moreI love McCarty's set up with a Warrior who falls in love with the daughter of his enemy. Obviously Anna and Arthur have a long road to get their HEA. Arthur is a great hero in every way. Although you may not realize how well McCarthy bases this in history she did a fantastic job of sticking to real events and filling in the gray questionable area with her characters. This is a very fiction book, but I love when an author puts in the time to keep with the historical facts where possible and still write a great story.(less)