Lynne Connolly was a new author for me and I am so very excited to have found her!
I purchased the Kindle download of this book largely based on Tina'sLynne Connolly was a new author for me and I am so very excited to have found her!
I purchased the Kindle download of this book largely based on Tina's fabulous review (Here's the link if you care to check it out http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... )and reinforced by Jill's hearty recommendation.
Tina makes excellent points regarding Ms. Connolly's impeccable period details. As a stickler for such details, I couldn't agree more(especially pertaining to Richard who is now at the top of my historical hotties list!).
I will also add that Ms. Connolly is one of several excellent authors (to include our own Christy English) who has now made me a believer in first person narratives. I would not have imagined it working so well in a romance, as compared to biographical fiction, but it did work in this case - superbly.
While I won't go into details of the plot in my brief review, it is a nice balance of romance and intrigue with wonderfully human characters. I found I could immediately relate to Rose as the story unfolded through her eyes, especially as she discovers a love and passion she never could have foreseen with Richard Kerre, Lord Strang.
The sexual tension between Richard and Rose and the scenes of growing intimacy as they attempt to solve a mystery are very well done - neither gratuitous nor overly graphic. Although I would have liked a bit more direct interaction between Richard and Rose at their first meeting in order to make the "love at first sight" a bit more believable, in the end it truly wasn't all that hard to swallow.
As a self-professed Georgian Junkie I really loved this book and plan to read the rest of the series in the very near future. Highly recommended with 5 stars.
A mesmerizing and highly erotic Victorian set romance that deals with the deeper issues of feminine sexual repression of that time. This book is muchA mesmerizing and highly erotic Victorian set romance that deals with the deeper issues of feminine sexual repression of that time. This book is much more substantial than I anticipated and there is no actual sexual contact until 2/3 of the way through the book but the verbal seduction is mindblowing.
While currently struggling with my current "work in progress" which is as much of a prequel as a sequel to THE HIGHEST STAKES, I asked a friend if sheWhile currently struggling with my current "work in progress" which is as much of a prequel as a sequel to THE HIGHEST STAKES, I asked a friend if she had read any really good novels that employed flashbacks to tell the backstory story.
She recommended Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, which I immediately ordered. It arrived yesterday and I finished it late last night in a solitary sitting. It was incredible! I won't go into any plot details but just offer my overall impression.
I loved her employment of flashbacks and never found it confusing, moreover, the story is superbly crafted in every way. It is beautifully descriptive, with meticulous historical touches which include the art, engineering, and technological advances of the age (late nineteenth century).
The characters are realistically flawed, with the herione at times operating out of selfish, or even ruthless motives. The very honorable hero becomes the unknowning victim of manipulation, which compels him to less-than-honorable actions as well. The result is unhappiness for both with repercussions they are eventually forced to face.
The romance is very sensual without being overly graphic, and deeply moving. The characters unexpectedly fall in love, lose one another, try to move on and fail, and then ultimately rediscover their mutual passion, finally learning to forgive and forget the past.
This the first novel I have read by Ms.Thomas and certainly won't be the last. ...more
8/15/11 - Addendum to original review. I did not rate this book after reading it because I was so upset about the ending, but in retrospect I have to8/15/11 - Addendum to original review. I did not rate this book after reading it because I was so upset about the ending, but in retrospect I have to allow that it was one of the best books (and perhaps THE BEST) I have read this year. While I am VERY stingy about 5 star ratings and this is NOT the HEA I would have chosen, I confess that the author's meticulous research, beautiful prose, and riveting parallel storyline has won me over in the end. I've decided to give it the 5 stars after all.
WHERE OH WHERE DO I POSSIBLY BEGIN????? OK. With the beginning- I was in LOVE with this book. Absolutely enthralled with it - the writing style, the dual plot lines, the historical accuracy - truly enamored. I found it so easy to relate to Carrie in her methodical and thorough research for her historical novel and her deisre to get the tiniest details right. I enjoyed the beginnings of romance with the Keith brothers, and I immediately sympathized with the characters in Carrie's novel.
As it turns out, I am one of probably very few people who already had a very thorough knowledge of the Franco-Scottish plans in 1708 and the subsequent Jacobite risings and can say that the author was spot on with historical accuracy. I admire and respect how she was able to work so many true characters and events into the story in such an engaging fashion...
About 80% into the book, things take a bad turn and there is a particular detail of this that spoiled the entire book for me. Although there is a rather contrived HEA (one that I actually saw coming) the female protagonist does something that caused me to become completely alienated from her emotinally and I found I could never feel sympathy or respect for her from that moment on. Since I do not believe in "plot-spoiling" reviews, but try very hard to just give my thoughts on a book, I won't reveal what that "moment" was. Suffice to say, however, I felt the action was so far out of character that I had a hard time believing in the ultimate HEA. It was also so far removed from my own nature that I could not relate to it. I then found myself reading the rest of the book with an uncharacteristic detachment and just flipping pages to see how it would all be resolved.
This should have been/could have been a 5 star review but I am so conflicted about the resolution that I refuse to rate it....more
Although I am a lifelong equestrienne, I am surprisingly not a huge fan of western romances, but then again, I'd never read Kaki warner. This second rAlthough I am a lifelong equestrienne, I am surprisingly not a huge fan of western romances, but then again, I'd never read Kaki warner. This second release in the Blood Rose Trilogy had me completely riveted from beginning to end.
The herione was a woman worthy of the title, strong, intelligent but also very vulnerable, and one who had completely given up on love, only to find it in a dead man- well, an almost dead man.
The romance between Molly and Hank that was borne out of tragedy and founded upon deception became genuine in every way. It was heart warming to see it unfurl in slow stages. Although as in most romances, there were a series of misunderstandings, the characters talked them out and handled each in a mature and reasonable way.
I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read the rest in the series. It's firmly placed on my "keeper" shelf. Hope you enjoy it too.
This book is comprised of 3 historical erotic romance novellas inspired by 17th century French fairy tales. The author**Book contains Erotic content**
This book is comprised of 3 historical erotic romance novellas inspired by 17th century French fairy tales. The author did a fabulous job of bringing the luxurious and licentious reign of the Sun King,to life through her primary characters who are all bastard children of Louis XIV. I was charmed and titillated by these highly sensual tales....more