After the first 3 Byrons of Braebourne installments, I was looking forward to the rake Adam and dear Mallory who had been such a friend to get new sisAfter the first 3 Byrons of Braebourne installments, I was looking forward to the rake Adam and dear Mallory who had been such a friend to get new sisters-in-law. For all the support and egalitarian manner in which Mallory is treated and raised, she somehow manages to be the least firm and strong character of the lot, which is disappointing. That should be the worst part, but the hits keep coming. Rake Adam is not the charming, sensual flirt I was expecting after his cameos in previous novels - instead he is lovestruck and in a great deal of emotional pain. Both of these things could have birthed a good character - simply consult any of the three previous novels. But instead Adam is weak, a bully, and throws around the word "love" as a way to control Mallory, instead of the partnership dynamics we've seen in previous novels of the series. This one went totally off the rails, and if it wasn't for the fact that I'd already read the first of the new Rakes of Cavendish Square series starring all-grown-up twin Leo Byron, I'd give up on Warren altogether. But as this uneven, unromantic, frankly terrifying emotional abuse seems a one-off smashed between perfectly respectable historical romances where the ladies don't take any nonsense from their lovers, I'm willing to just skip this and try Drake's novel, hoping to forget this ever happened. I wanted so much better for Mallory....more
Domning is one if my favorites in medieval romance - I feel like I can't put it down, even though the plots tend to be thin. While this harbors just tDomning is one if my favorites in medieval romance - I feel like I can't put it down, even though the plots tend to be thin. While this harbors just the right amount of historical cliché and steamy bits, it's her characters that sell me on Domning, and this one was no different. Rafe was charming, Kate the late-bloomer in terms of truly comprehending her place in the world, and while there were plenty of misunderstandings, I think in the end, the heart was served. So I'm satisfied....more
This probably should have been a 2.5, but as the rating system only permits whole stars, I could not make myself give it 3. The characters ares likeabThis probably should have been a 2.5, but as the rating system only permits whole stars, I could not make myself give it 3. The characters ares likeable enough, but it feels like we barely scratch their surfaces, compared to the Delacroix book I just finished. The resolution occurs far too quickly and nearly after so much of the story spent concerned with the difficulty of the quest. There are truly needless inclusions, like the fiesty, vengeful spriggan that only one character can see. (I don't dislike hints of the supernatural in my medieval Celtic romances - but a bit of the Sight and some extra background or dialogue could have made the seemingly superfluous spriggan unnecessary.) There is part of a story that I imagine was hinted at in the previous volume, but as these are marketed as being a series but independent stories, having an entire storyline alluded to only to be completely dropped after a climactic scene didn't sit well with me. (Especially when there is the implication that one or both of the characters in said scene died!) Also, the scene towards the end of Vivienne being nearly raped was needless. It felt that it was there to make someone feel infused with justice instead of to make any story-sense; it contributed nothing, and as the characters involved were introduced only pages before, it felt rushed and unnecessary. Alexander was a complete ninny who has apparently learned nothing from the story that preceded this one, and learns nothing here as well, making him an empty-headed vehicle instead of a real character who develops over time.
Still. I liked Vivienne, Angus, and Ruari.
I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I didn't hate it, and kept reading, hoping it would untangle itself, so it's clear it gives hints of potential scattered throughout so as to keep a reader going. My extreme distaste for Alexander makes it unlikely I'll read another in this series, but I'm not ready to give up on Delacroix yet....more
This was 70% hard slog through Revolutionary War history (public school mental block!), 29% good stuff, and 1% completely unbelievable. That 1% is exaThis was 70% hard slog through Revolutionary War history (public school mental block!), 29% good stuff, and 1% completely unbelievable. That 1% is exactly what you think it was if you think it has to do with Claire and John Grey. I can't process that without wild hand gestures. The other 29% abruptly truncated and confusingly still rattling around in my brain makes me glad that the next one was out by the time I finished this, because I need to know what is going on with Roger and Jem....more