A mesmerizing and highly erotic Victorian set romance that deals with the deeper issues of feminine sexual repression of that time. This book is much...moreA 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.
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 r...moreAlthough 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...more**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.(less)
Since THE HIGHEST STAKES' release, I have done a number of guest blogs to answer questions about my cr...moreTHE HIGHEST STAKES - commentary author Emery Lee
Since THE HIGHEST STAKES' release, I have done a number of guest blogs to answer questions about my creative process, why I chose Georgian England and Colonial Virginia as my settings, and how I researched the novel. I also wrote about the history of horseracing and my own passion for equines. I would now like share some of these thoughts and add some background information on the novel itself.
It is always said that one should write one's passions. In my case, this would mean converging horses, history and romance, elements that at first glance appear very much at odds, but the combination, to me, was irresistible. I wanted to create a hero, (Robert Devington) who would overcome many obstacles to find love and happiness, with his ultimate fate hanging on a horse race.
A story of star-crossed lovers and horseracing, THE HIGHEST STAKES transports the reader to the hard-drinking, vice-ridden, horseracing world of Georgian England. Fascinating and titillating, this was an era of corruption, arranged marriages, and high stakes gambling; when racing and breeding became the obsession of the uppermost elite, and a match race might replace a duel in settling a point of honor. It was also an age in which a powerful and privileged aristocracy used an outer façade of honor and politesse to cover its multifarious sins.
My research in this endeavor was both extensive and diverse, going back to the early 18th century and the creation of the Thoroughbred itself. The horses (all progeny of the Byerley Turk, and the Darley and Godolphin Arabians) are seamlessly woven into the plot in which the success of Sir Garfield's racing stud is elemental to his schemes of social advancement, and a racing wager becomes the only pathway Devington sees to win his true love, Charlotte.
Charlotte Wallace is a young girl who is orphaned and forced to live with uncaring and socially ambitious relatives. Lonely and neglected, she seeks solace within her uncle's racing stables where she meets the young man with whom she share's what will become her lifelong passion- racehorses.
The young and ambitious Robert Devington is a lowly, but talented stable groom, who leaves his employ for the military in order to better himself in the eyes of Charlotte's uncle. After some time passes, Robert returns to claim Charlotte's hand in any way possible, ultimately leading to a racing wager that sets the plot in motion.
Through the fictional love story of Robert Devington and Charlottte Wallace, a tale of drama, danger, thwarted love, and retribution unfurls...
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 to...more8/15/11 - 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.(less)
Completely contrary to what the terrible book cover conveys, this is a romance of the classical variety-a combination of swashbuckling action, adventu...moreCompletely contrary to what the terrible book cover conveys, this is a romance of the classical variety-a combination of swashbuckling action, adventure, love and honor.(Think Don Quixote, King Arthur, and The Three Musketeers all rolled into one.)
Although named for the female protagonist, Maria Clemenina Sobieska, who would become the consort of James Francis Edward Stuart (The Old Pretender), the story is told through the eyes of Chevalier Charles Wogan, an Irishman, poet, and devoted servant to the exiled king.
Although I thought I knew the truth of James and Clementina, history has made of her a disillusioned, dour, and pious figure. I don't think history has truly been fair to Clementina given the facts of her early life. Although a work of biographical fiction, the author has stayed very true to historical record, particulalry in regard to Wogan's famed rescue of the imprisoned Clementina as recorded by Wogan himself (by request of the Queen of France!)
The excitement of this tale truly left me breathless and in love with the knight-errant, Charles Wogan and rather sorry for the brave and faithful young woman who never quite became his queen. (less)
Once again, Christy English dons the mantle of one of history's most fascinating women for this enthralling biographical novel. That Ms. English knows...more Once again, Christy English dons the mantle of one of history's most fascinating women for this enthralling biographical novel. That Ms. English knows her subject on a very intimate level is evident from the very start, and this same feeling of intimacy captivates the reader from the first page.
As the title clearly states, TO BE QUEEN chronicles the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, beginning at age ten while still under her father's tutelage, until her divorce from Louis VII, and her subsequent union with Henry II.
Told in a silky-smooth first person narrative, the author spins her tale of Eleanor's rise in a world of conquest, crusades, and ever shifting political sands; where land barons often rivaled kings, and the church looked to control it all.
A captivating tale of this strong and savvy woman's ambition, passion, and rise to power, will keep readers entralled and eagerly hungering for more.
Ms. Brant was a previously unknown author to me but after reading the first book in the Roxton Series, she has won my heart. I love that t...moreLOVED IT!!!!
Ms. Brant was a previously unknown author to me but after reading the first book in the Roxton Series, she has won my heart. I love that the author is not afraid to bend the genre rules that have become so stifling to authors and writes what inspires rather than conforming to formulas (Yes, I am bitter about that but I digress.)
What first attracted me to the book is (You guessed it) the Georgian era setting and the plot similarity to the Georgette "the Great" Heyers' These Old Shades, one of may favorite GH titles. I was a bit skeptical at first whether another author could live up to my idols fantabulous dialogue and OTT characters but Ms. Brant did not disappoint. I actually liked her herione, Antoinia better than the somewhat irritating Leonie. Although this is by no means graphically sexual, I liked the higher level of sensuality compared to the much tamer GH titles.
I won't go into plot as anyone can read the book blurbs. Suffice to say if the rest of the series is as good, I've found another favorite author. I hope you'll check her out.
P.S. this e-book title is currently available for the bargain price of $.99!!(less)
AUTHOR'S COMMENTARY: Passion, drama and excitement fill the pages of my follow-up to THE HIGHEST STAKES. Set deep in the world of 18th century gaming, FORTUNE'S SON immerses the reader in a time and place where nothing is sacred and virtually anything might be wagered on the turn of a card, or a roll of the dice.
Beginning with their first chance meeting over a Hazard table, and with motives known only to themselves, FORTUNE'S SON chronicles the tumultuous romantic journey between a young but seasoned gamester and a widowed courtier, who refuses to be the next Royal Mistress regardless of the cost.
Experiencing the agonies and ecstasies of the gaming tables, Philip Drake and Lady Susannah Messingham precariously navigate their way in the high-stakes world of card sharps, courtesans, and the intriguers of Georgian England. As their tale of passion and drama plays out, they are led through hardship, heartbreak and loss before final culmination in redemption and enduring love.
With romance, a bit of adventure, and the excitement of gaming coupled with a supporting cast of the wits, gamesters, sporting men, and roués of Georgian England, I promise great fun and a riveting read!
"FORTUNE'S SON by Emery Lee is a brilliantly written story about a tumultuous love worth fighting for..This engrossing and thoroughly developed tale tosses you into a classic era ...the dialogue was rich, eloquent and added so many dimensions to the characters...another factor which Emery Lee excels at is historical detail. The novel is just overflowing with different aspects of 18th century England and you become immersed in all of it. Whether it be gambling, duels or every day life in historical England...Ms Lee will bring it all to you. Such carefully crafted characters and setting engage readers in a novel of breathtaking beauty. This novel will have everything you want and then some." - THE ROMANCE REVIEWS
"Fortune's Son is an excellent historical romance you won't want to put down! Ms. Lee will pique your interest immediately and keep it right to the very end. The story is realistic and the characters are totally entertaining. A high-stakes game in life and most importantly, love. I absolutely loved the interaction between Susannah and Philip when she takes his boots off Ooh la la! I'll be anxiously awaiting more from Ms. Lee. She's my new favorite author and I highly recommend Fortune's Son!" - NIGHT OWL REVIEWS
4 STARS From RT BOOK REVIEWS: "Lee brings the atmosphere of the Georgian era to life with lush descriptions that beg the reader to see, hear, feel and touch it all. She sweeps through a decade, bringing together an older heroine and younger hero in an atypical story...with a lively cast of characters and surprising twists and turns that are reminiscent of Fielding’s Tom Jones or Defoe’s Moll Flanders..."
From Historical Novels Review: "Set in mid-18th century London, Fortune’s Son is a page-turning account of the lives of two people brought together by fate who attempt, sometimes feebly, to cling to each other through love. The use of minor characters to assist the plot and the details of setting are used very effectively. This is a very enjoyable read with a multi-dimensional (and, surprisingly, male) protagonist." - Michael DiSchiavi
As many of you already know, two and a half years ago I founded a Goodreads group called ROMANTIC HISTORICAL FICTION LOVERS(http://www.goodreads.com/g...moreAs many of you already know, two and a half years ago I founded a Goodreads group called ROMANTIC HISTORICAL FICTION LOVERS(http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3... ) bring to the forefront books that exemplify the very best combination of history and romance.
The purpose of each of these endeavors has been to feature the best representations of romantic historical fiction in all of it's various sub-genres. DEFIANT by Pamela Clare is a shining example of this kind of book.
Powerful and gripping in its unfurling, DEFIANT is a beautifully written and emotionally compelling love story set within an impeccably drawn historical setting. It truly epitomizes the best of romantic historical fiction. Brava, Ms. Clare!
Another Georgian era winner from Lucinda Brant! I greatly enjoyed this sometimes heart-wrenching story of thwarted lovers. I admire Ms. Brant's ability...moreAnother Georgian era winner from Lucinda Brant! I greatly enjoyed this sometimes heart-wrenching story of thwarted lovers. I admire Ms. Brant's ability to vividly paint the world of the Georgian era nobility and to give her readers a very true yet human sense of aristocratic characters and her clear delineation of their public from their private personas. I found the story and characters deeply engaging and look forward to reading more from this author.(less)
I was completely fascinated with the hero's journey in this novel. He overcame his adversity and found his way to genuine love in such a moving and po...moreI was completely fascinated with the hero's journey in this novel. He overcame his adversity and found his way to genuine love in such a moving and powerful way. It is very rare for an author to take one so deep into a character's psyche.
The heroine's struggle was also very real- her lover for him and her desire to do what is morally right, and the conficts this often presented.
I also found the romance, a case of opposites attracting, developed in a very real and believable way.
An imaginative, stirring, and richly painted story that clearly stands apart and won't be forgotten. I have to give this one 5 stars.