Sir Griffin Barry got a tattoo of a blue poppy on his face. He named his ship The Flying Poppy. All this for his wife named Poppy. The notion is actua...moreSir Griffin Barry got a tattoo of a blue poppy on his face. He named his ship The Flying Poppy. All this for his wife named Poppy. The notion is actually romantic. If someone named a ship after me and got a jasmine tattoo on his face too, I would be swept off my feet. However, Griffin Barry's effort is a big major fail! His wife's name is not Poppy! It's Phoebe. The mistake is probably lucky, because as Phoebe said, The Flying Phoebe wouldn't sound so good on Griffin's ship.
Sir Griffin Barry was married to Phoebe when he was seventeen. Phoebe has been twenty at that time. Phoebe was every young man's dream, meanwhile Griffin had been lanky and short. On his wedding night, Griffin caved and was abducted. Phoebe only thought that Griffin had runaway.
Griffin had been a successful privateer, though he did start as a pirate. And after getting in a bad fight, losing a cousin and almost his leg, he decides to go home after more than ten years and continue his marriage. He comes home to a wife who doesn't want him and three children that couldn't possibly be his.
Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James is a very quick but fun read. I do think that the romance between the H/h was rushed. Despite them being married for years, I find it hard to believe that they could just carry on, as if the years between did not exist. After years of separation, a day of reuniting was all it took for the H/h to proclaim their love for each other.
But despite my complaints, I still found this book enjoyable, which is what matters.(less)
I got this free from the Kindle store, and the least I could do is like it, right?
But I am sorry, I did not.
I failed to relate to the characters and t...moreI got this free from the Kindle store, and the least I could do is like it, right?
But I am sorry, I did not.
I failed to relate to the characters and they remained unlikeable all through out the story. The protagonist Hartley St Clair Hughes, the duke of Derringer, is called heartless but he didn't strike me as heartless in any part of the book. Probably insensitive but not heartless. I really do not get the title. In the beginning of the book, he was already introduced as a kind spirit as he was willing to help Leandra Merrily Harcourt. Being a duke, Derringer could have had any girl he wanted but he picked Leandra because she had no means to support herself. Despite the time limit in which he had to find a wife to get his inheritance, I bet a duke could pick any girl he wanted.
Leandra, on the other hand, struck me as a woman with bipolar disorder. Here she is, agreeable this time, then suddenly mad the next. This happens all throughout the book and it was frustrating.
The love story between Derringer and Leandra was also not well developed. They were just suddenly in love but dodging the fact that they were.
There were also a lot of mysteries shuffling in the story, but not all of them were answered.
This book just frustrated me. Though I was able to finish it, my eyes were rolling most of the time. (less)
Do not proceed if you are a Mary Balogh fan, or if you like this book. This is a rant more than a review.
I'm not a professional writer, but I do know...moreDo not proceed if you are a Mary Balogh fan, or if you like this book. This is a rant more than a review.
I'm not a professional writer, but I do know that a romance book should have two main characters. For the secondary characters, one to five is ok. Six to seven is already too much. But this book surpasses my seven limit since it had like a gazillion characters in it, all which were either called by name or by their respective titles like Duchess of Danbury or whatever. In my head, it was ok to forget them, but little did I know, that these gazillion characters will pop up again after a few pages of the book. I have to admit, that these numerous characters had hindered me from enjoying this read.
The main protagonists are Claudia Martin, owner of a girl's school and confirmed spinster, and Joseph I-forgot-his-lastname but thanks to research it's Joseph Fawcitt, Marquess of Attingsborough. The premise seems promising, but for me, this story is not remarkable in anyway. There was no chemistry between Claudia and Joseph. Joseph did not have any balls. He could not fight for Claudia even though he knew he loved her. It seemed like an honorable thing since Portia Hunt, his fiancee will be ruined for having two broken engagements, but still, he had no guts, because he made love to Claudia. He only pursued Claudia when Portia Hunt had run away. The ending also seemed force. This book was also more than 400 pages, and the story could have been cut short and it would have been more enjoyable. This book, aside from the gazillion characters also had a gazillion fillers. I did not enjoy this book, thus two stars.(less)
Be My Prince is the first book in the Royal Trilogy. I have never heard of this author before, until my co-worker lend me her book.
The few pages are p...moreBe My Prince is the first book in the Royal Trilogy. I have never heard of this author before, until my co-worker lend me her book.
The few pages are promising. The premise is a pageturner, despite it having lots of eye-rolling moments.
Spoilers ahead! Lady Alexandra Monroe has been secluded almost all her life. She was called the Hidden Gem of England. The only reason she has been brought out of society was because of the arrival of Prince Randolf of Petersbourg. Rumors have been spreading, that the future heir to the throne has visited to look for a wife. Lady Alexandra has somehow been trained to catch the eye of the prince, and catch his eye she did. However, for her it is all a rouse. She is true blood heir to the throne, before her father has been ousted from royalty by the militia. She hates Randolf, but she needs him to restore her to royalty. She needs a breather, so she goes out and meets a rogue. She feels attraction, but she has a goal so she disregards the stranger, who ends up being the prince's younger brother, Nicholas.
Why are my eyes rolling? (1)The author says that Alexandra has been sheltered and impoverished all her life, so I am wondering how does she know about arousal? I do not think that sex education books will be out there on the market readily available to young ladies. (2)She hates Randall because she feels that Randall has stolen her throne, but does not feel the same hatred or resentment towards Nicholas. How could she overlook that early on the story? The two are brothers, so that part did not make sense to me.
However, despite my eye-rolling moments, I was able to finish the book in one night. I was hooked. There were so many lies and deceit in the story, that I was always in the lookout for some more. The ending felt like it was cut short. But despite my claims, I still give this book solid four stars, for its entertainment value. Also, look at that cover. Isn't it lovely? (less)