I have not read anything from this author before, so I did not have any expectations for this romanticI received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.
I have not read anything from this author before, so I did not have any expectations for this romantic story.
It was very easy to read and it was not really necessary to read previous books to become acquainted with the characters.
I enjoyed the details of the town and the interesting people that inhabit it. The minutiae of event planning was a bit overdone, I would have rather have known more about how residents really felt about Lucy & her role in bringing more events to the town.
The love story between Lucy and Clay is sweet, and although Clay seems like a swell man, you have to wonder about someone that would pine away and bend over for someone that doesn't seem to appreciate you.
The traumatic event that caused Lucy to alienate herself from the town and her best friend is predictable and a little disappointing. It is a lucky woman that has not been subjected to some form of that despicable behavior at least once in her lifetime.
I doubt that I will go out of my way to procure another book from this author, but if one comes my way I will read it with pleasure. ...more
I have not read the first book in the series, so this was read as a stand alone. Reading the first bookI received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.
I have not read the first book in the series, so this was read as a stand alone. Reading the first book probably would have offered some backstory, but I was able to pick up the gist fairly quickly.
There are a lot of plots and twists that lead to some unexpected decisions and discoveries. I feel like if I state one, then I need to explain the next and it will ruin it for people.
If you like religious conspiracy thrillers, artifacts and ancient stories, then this will delight you. If you wonder why so many people succumb to religious fervor and are led down an evil road in religious justice, you will be writhing with joy.
The book opens with Liv, a journalist, being treated in a hospital with other survivors who include monks from the highly reclusive Citadel. What unfolds next is a tapestry of mysticism, horror, a race to right ancient wrongs, and of course, the fate of the world rests in one person's hands.
Throw in a desperate Vatican official trying to cover up crushing debt using a sordid scheme with even more sordid partners, and you have one heart stopping story!
I'm going to get the first book so I can fully appreciate this series!...more
I have not read the first book in this series, but it was easy to pick up the threads and start the advI received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.
I have not read the first book in this series, but it was easy to pick up the threads and start the adventure.
I haven't read a book this good in quite some time! It has all the elements that make a great story: love, betrayal, a quest, magic, spies & past lives!
Ilse and Raul have staged a public break up to throw off their enemies. While Raul tries to prevent war via his spy network and political influence, Ilse will try to find a magical stone to keep the immortal king from using it. They are helped and thwarted by a myriad of interesting characters.
Through a series of events, Ilse is forced to flee in the company of an escaped female prisoner and a female soldier that is desperate to redeem herself. Although Ilse can sense the magic from the prisoner, she is unaware that she is in the presence of one of the items she has been searching for until dire straits forces the prisoner to unveil it.
Meanwhile, Raul is racing to meet Ilse and keep her and the prisoner from the clutches of the man who would start a war.
The author has woven a fantastic tale of magic and intrigue. I appreciate the attention to the detail of the characters' surroundings and the food eaten, the miles journeyed. To me, these tidbits bring the story to life and draw me into the story even more.
Also, the battle scenes are not overly drawn out. There is just enough detail given so that you know how chaotic and violent the battles are, but we are not given blow by blow accounts of a zillion clashes.
The characters are filled out nicely and even the villains are interesting and I was eager to learn more about them. I was totally entranced with Ilse and I knew that this book was a winner when I imagined that she looked like me! :)
One of the best things about this book is that there is plenty of passion, but the author is so skilled with words that she does not need to resort to cheap explicit detailed scenes to try to convey the love, desire and urgency the characters feel. With a few fraught words, we are able to feel those same emotions and are further bound to these people. I would have no problem letting my teenaged grandson read this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am going to get the first one so I can have the entire set on my shelves. The cover is absolutely beautiful!...more
**spoiler alert** I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.
Wow, I feel bad that I did not love this book as so many other reviewers did.
Bea is**spoiler alert** I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.
Wow, I feel bad that I did not love this book as so many other reviewers did.
Bea is an orphan who is working for her keep until she is eighteen. Somehow she was best friends with the princess until the princess left a year ago. Bea just trudges along waiting until the princess returns; in the meantime she goes ahead and makes friends with some of the other housemaids and you just get the sense they really aren't good enough for her.
On an outing to a club, the trio of girls meet a trio of guys who obviously work for the royals. Bea makes a connection and the assumption that she has a right to know everything because well, she's the princess' best friend! She is nonplussed and a little fascinated by Caid, the guy that doesn't give in to her demands.
When Bea finds out that the princess is returning without letting her know, Bea is troubled...she honestly believes that things will just return to normal with no changes.
Bea goes out with the princess and her security of which Caid is a member and learns her "fate" from a psychic. Also, she hears whispers of unhappiness with the royal regime.
When Caid has to go to the front lines, all Bea can think is "who will protect ME?" However, another suitor soon shows up to tempt her away from the thoughts of Caid. Drake, the brother of the man the princess desires, takes Bea out and shows her a lovely time. Some men continuously stare at her and Drake becomes nervous. There is whispers about the Bishop Baby and how the leader of the rebels would love to have her. They make it back to the castle and Drake and Bea spend the night in the same bed. The next morning, they are a couple.
Caid returns, finds Bea spoken for but she is not ready to turn loose of either guy yet so he makes the decision for her. Caid also must tell Drake that his brother has died so Bea twists her hands and tries to figure out her best move.
Drake returns to his hometown to bury his brother and sends a letter to Bea to join him. The princess gives Bea her freedom and she is off to Drake.
I wanted to like this book so much; I thought it would detail the soul-crushing, mind-enthralling passion of someone so consumed by another. Instead, I felt I got a petulant, bratty girl that thinks she deserves the life of a princess because she played one as a child.
I felt the most interesting girl, Kerry, was shuttled off conveniently. I can only imagine that she will be making a reappearance in future books.
We didn't even get a single clue as to why the Bishop Baby is so important. Is Bea actually a royal? Is that where her sense of entitlement comes from?
I enjoyed the premise of the story and I look forward to future books to see what happens to the revolution, where is Kerry and the Queen, who are Bea's parents?