This is similar to her other work, After the Night. Both have childhood love, exile from a tremendous scandal of the family, with family issues, hungrThis is similar to her other work, After the Night. Both have childhood love, exile from a tremendous scandal of the family, with family issues, hungry for love, silent and cold after all the drama, and most of all POMPOUS, JERK, A**HOLE ALPHA MALES.
Yes, THE BASTARD IS BACK! And when I say bastard, it means literally up to the very core of the word. This book can't be 5 stars for me if not for the heroine, and I'm IN LOVE with her (sad to say). Joanna had no backbone from the start and finished with cold, ruthless strength that can't be swayed by any storm or any scandal of her family. I really like that part of her. She kept herself as hard as steel and barely lived every day just to get on with her life. She was a living corpse, cold and dead inside and out with only a single flame of fire burning inside her, and that was her love for Webb, the absolute crown prince bastard of Davenport. I'm enraged by the thought of her love to be wasted on such a cruel guy, but honestly speaking, they were fitted perfectly well for each other. With both flaws and strength, they managed to be strong against all odds. That's why I tolerated the bitchiness of the hero. He was not the ideal type of man, but you can't help liking him in his simple ways, on how he handled Roanna from brotherly love to an adult male possession. I can't blame him though if he lusted after her 17 years old body because I read all the clues that he was already in love with her since childhood, his damn hardheaded head just can't translate it to a definite words (what a dumbass). Only his "woof" was controlling then and till now (typical male). But he redeemed his self to be worthy of our heroine, and I love him because of that.
"She loved him, but she deserved to be loved for herself."...more
Rating: 3.5 stars Hero: Dark, hunted by the past, deadly, sensual Heroine: Damsel in distress, weak, danger magnet, dating a simple gent
The story and thRating: 3.5 stars Hero: Dark, hunted by the past, deadly, sensual Heroine: Damsel in distress, weak, danger magnet, dating a simple gent
The story and the characters are captivating but the pace was a bit lacking. I had several issues that stop it from being terrific.
Isabella Fairmont and Jude Sheldon, Earl of Black have a sizzling chemistry that nobody can deny it. They are well written, both tormented by their dark past that they are trying to put all behind them. Their relationship paced is engrossing. I'll admit I'm taken with Black's personality, his dark emanating aura and intensely drawn to heroine. Black definitely pursue Bella with an amorous obsession on her. I absolutely drawn to his deep devotion on her, as one as the mystery started between them.
And here is what I find not good/lacking on the novel: First, Isabella is a damsel who is so indecisive about her true feelings for Black. Obviously, she is enamored with him as much as him with her. But, through some inexplicable circumstances, she can't truly accept her emotions toward Black, and this issue keeps nagging on me while i read this series. I grew tired of her attempt "out of my mind, out of my sight" drama and felt that Black deserves more constancy from her.
Second, Black's obsession towards Bella is also magical to me, to the sense of negative obsession takes place. Why did he pursue her? So just to bed her for all their life? Is that really true love exists within him, or just a hormone on the loose? Well, I for one cannot answer those unexplained questions for its Black's own perceptive shall remained. Though it could be a lot better if its expressed or fully acknowledged by the author.
Then comes this writing Ms. Fairmont overly obsessed with. She writes about her and him and somewhat, the story come into life. Is this a mere representation of her deep longing for him or truly based on reality that she kept avoiding? It's just so distracting thinking of it. And there's this Templar old artifacts and relics that some dark spirits engulfed within this objects.
The mystery subplot became one of the highlight of the book, though it's a bit unnerving because of the powers and strength surround on it. A great deal of the subplot is action is crammed, I think, and end without fully detailing the parts. And also, the quick HEA conclusion of Isabella and Black's romance, is one of the downfall of this series making the ending feeling very abrupt or should I say, unfinished.
All in all, it was a nice novel, worth to read, but I can't say if I'll read it again just for killing time. ...more