Firstly, I already read the 1st book of this series about a year ago. And though I read it, I forgot already some of the scenes on the first book. Now I read this book, I'm again enamored by Julie Garwood writing. She done it again, the quality of the story and the twist kept me hours in full agony. Who is the real Pagan? It kept me awake at night because of my itchiness to finish this book and to finally meet the Pagan. But, with the length of the book, I waited for 3 days more to finally meet ***. I don't want to spoil anyone. It's up to you to find it out. It kept me rattled along the way, hope you feel the same curiousness crept within me while reading the novel. It's good. (less)
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 th...moreRating: 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. (less)
After three and a half hours of reading this sweet, emotional and without a doubt, a heart warming novel by Mary Balogh... I'm mesmerized and enthrall...moreAfter three and a half hours of reading this sweet, emotional and without a doubt, a heart warming novel by Mary Balogh... I'm mesmerized and enthralled once again with her witty stories.
I can't put the book down! I love how she webbed in a 200+ pages the twists and turns, and played it gracefully in a mellow and enchanting pace. I thought, with the length of the book, I will be disappointed but I still give it a try...and oh what luck I have to rummage on some old treasure box. I adored her heroine, Charity Duncan for her guts and witty and for also being a giver. A heroine that will surely can catch any mans heart.
It being not quite the thing to advertise in the London papers for a wife, Anthony Earheart ,Marquess of Staunton, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Withingsby , advertised instead for a governess.
Set around during regency era, positions and wealth was still a firm standards of the ton. Charity Duncan cannot escape the prejudicial mindset and ill tried to find a suitable job for the sake of her in-debt family. Her luck began on her 7th attempt to be a governess to Anthony Earheart's children...And thus, her life change irrevocably from then on.
With only small belongings, her morals, dignity and her pride. She was set to aflame the heart of Anthony in his lair, the Enfield. With a mind set only for revenge and hatred, they'll be take aback with their strong attraction to each other because neither of them were ready for a roller coaster fast ride of their emotions.
The book was definitely 'for keeps.' Recommended for those who admired sweet, innocent Cinderella love story.(less)
Full of sweets and spices packaged inside to delight you as you immersed yourself in this delicious, one of a kind treat. Help yourself, have a bite....moreFull of sweets and spices packaged inside to delight you as you immersed yourself in this delicious, one of a kind treat. Help yourself, have a bite.
Sounds yummy! And literally it was. Well, all sugar daddy's like their women seasoned. hahaha. I really cannot stop myself from devouring this sweet, light, hot and juicy treat that was waiting for me to finally not to ignore it. And I was soooo glad, I finally bought one!!! Yehey for me! Now I'm not an outcast. hahaha
This book gave me one hell-of-a-ride, and it was smokin' hot (sounds like a true blood Texans). All characters were well defined and furnished as it should be. No adjustments or alteration needed, just a wild imagination and you're in for a ride, honey. haha. I was clearly amazed by Lisa Kleypas for she didn't jump from historical to comtemporary, she also nailed it! She definitely owned the romance genre. And I, as one of her undying fans, salute her for her wicked, incomparable stories not just during Elizabeth or Victorian period but also during our present times.
I cannot add nor extract anymore from what my GR friends had already been said and will say in the future. So it's up to you, future readers to criticize (if their is worth criticizing for) and adore the heroes inside this 418 pages novel. If you are up to a fast, wild, funny, chick-lit novel, give this a shot, and trust me, you'll savor every words in it.
First novel of SEP and her first historical too. :) I like the plot with resemblance of the novel Gone with the Wind and especially her hero & her...moreFirst novel of SEP and her first historical too. :) I like the plot with resemblance of the novel Gone with the Wind and especially her hero & heroine. Worth trying, definitely a keeper. But I liked its first title "Risen Glory", it fits more perfectly than "Just Imagine". Well, just imagine. :D(less)
One of my first attempts in historical romance genre. Together with Knight in Shining Armor I am utterly and irrevocably attached to the era of rakes,...moreOne of my first attempts in historical romance genre. Together with Knight in Shining Armor I am utterly and irrevocably attached to the era of rakes, rogues and temptress.
Best hero of all time. A love story that will last for a life time.(less)
This is not the kind of book you had in mind right now (if you are thinking about fairytales) because its even better than that.
Once upon a time, not...moreThis is not the kind of book you had in mind right now (if you are thinking about fairytales) because its even better than that.
Once upon a time, not so very long ago... A truly magnificent tale as old as time of love between the two opposite pole of humanity, The Beauty and the Beast, was written and told many, many times. The unlikely pair of two human being that been drawn by their tremendous love life can only offer.
Linnet Berry Thrynne aka "Beauty" was a demi-goddess in its literal sense, for she did not only possess a face so beautifully shaped that angels would weep with envy and a body of a temptress, she had also an intelligent mind that almost been lacking among the ton. As if Aphrodite had been crossed with Athena. One could say she was almost next to perfection...but she's not. As beauty enthralled mundane being, it's also prone to being hated by many. And Linnet didn't escape the tons wrath.
Piers Ylverton, Earl of Marchant, and heir to the Duke of Windebank aka "Beast" was a huge tall dark doctor, with an intelligent mind and spiteful tongue. Dark past engulfed his life. He became vicious, bitter and lost his faith in "love". He was not a charming man every girls would want to marry. But for Linnet, he had everything she wanted for a man.
They were engaged to be married but their own pride never let their heart fall for each other. "Half of each other's half", that's what they are. They didn't belong to the place they both lived, but they found their place in each others arm. Destined to be together, but bounded with their past...it will all be too late before they'll learned the greatest thing they always had.
A pure magical love woven by endless time. Inspired by La Bella Y La Bestia, and my favorite fairytale of all time. Be inspired, learned and travelled back into those childhood times, were naivety of love can put smile into our tender hearts. Kudos to Eloisa James for a magnificent retold of one of the most enchanting love story ever told. For the beauty, for the goodness of heart and for the faith to love.(less)
Comanche raids into Mexico traditionally took place during the full moon, when the Comanche could see to ride at night. This led to the term "Comanche...moreComanche raids into Mexico traditionally took place during the full moon, when the Comanche could see to ride at night. This led to the term "Comanche Moon," during which the Comanche raided for horses, captives, and weapons.
A very well woven tale of revenge, hatred, hope and love. Set back during 1890's, Comanche people are infamous for their reputation. Savage natives who kidnapped white women for their revenge to those white men, who stolen their lands and ravished their women. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
This is a very powerful novel. It portrays various emotions full of angst, grief and revenge. Catherine Anderson injects the reader with the importance of equality. I'm deeply moved by the words she used in her characters. The honesty and uniqueness of every characters were engraved in my soul.
I thoroughly embraced the passion of the hero, Hunter, a half Comanche and a white man. Being tortured by his past, he set himself to retaliate his family. With the knowledge of the Prophecy, he met his destiny at the world he came to hate...Loretta Simpson, an orphan after her parents were killed by the hands of Comanche. She still lived in her nightmare and never awoken from the tragedy she witnessed. The terror was still deep within herself that she cannot surpassed the idea of the warriors will return again. The fear inside her was so great that she can no longer able to speak a word. Despite the hatred between two worlds, they will find with each other the prophecy that will unite the opposite world together.
A great force will shattered their lives and will leave a mark for the next generation to see.
I love this book without comparison. I read this story last year and I can say that this novel imprinted within me. I realized when I look back every now and then to the days I read it (with great passion), I can still see myself on the scenes and plots like I'm really part of the story ~ that was the magic of Catherine Anderson. She can weave simple stories and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece. And this is truly a work of art.
I shall read it again in the future, and be in love all over again.(less)