**spoiler alert** I am not a fan of Johanna Lindsey but from time from time I find myself reading one of her books. (dont know how this comes to be..m...more**spoiler alert** I am not a fan of Johanna Lindsey but from time from time I find myself reading one of her books. (dont know how this comes to be..maybe magic..maybe moment of weakness)
Reina de Champenay has a problem. A big one as she is currently finding herself besieged in her keep.Luckily the attackers are fended off when knight Ranulf arrives in the nick of time and saves the day.
But it turns out his arrival wasnt due to mere luck but rather that he has been hired to abduct Reina and bring her to her betrothed Rothwell.
Reina is incredulous hearing this as she has never heard of this guy before. She does have two suitors but hadnt decided between the two of them yet. They are well enough both of them in their own way but she is in an unique sitation to chose any husband she choses.
Her father died while on crusade and told her guardian before he died that Reina had a suitor that he had approved of(even though he didnt know of any suitor)...as a last gift to his daughter.
Through a series of events Ranulf and Reina come to the conclusion that the most sensible thing would be to marry each other.
So they do and settle into marriage well enough if it werent for Ranulf being a very selfish lover (read: he gets off,she doesnt) and Reina loathes having to submit to his constant demands.
Its resolved though.
And also there is the return to the original plotline with Reinas wannabe husband Rothwell.
So what did I think of this book?
This book was pretty mild to other of Lindseys work but it still has some un-PC elements,so I can see that some would like it. But it was just an ok read to me,nothing upsetting but nothing very original either.
Hero and heroine are quite generic,rough but honorable hero and a feisty but beautiful heroine.
I admired the heroines pluck but her stoic attitude started to wear on me after a while.I had a hard time connecting with her because of this.
And hero while being not as bad as others of Johanna Lindseys heroes is still mostly this tough and gruff guy who has this great resentment towards LADIES,because he had bad experiences with high born women.And now he is married to one himself...soo.. yeah
A plus to the author for including a supporting character who is gay,even if it is a stereotypical one. Reinas manservant Theo who has taken over caring for her wardrobe and personal grooming. Oh and who can be quite catty too.
Having an openly gay character in historical times (and medieval era to boot!) goes against everything I know about the medieval era and the the treatment in historical times of LGBT people.
But hey its Romancelandia so I guess it goes.(less)
Yet another native american YA book I read when I was younger. I dont recall a whole lot about this one. But I remember thinking it was an ok read,not...moreYet another native american YA book I read when I was younger. I dont recall a whole lot about this one. But I remember thinking it was an ok read,nothing special but decent enough.(less)
Our heroine is Martha Russell or Widow Russell as she has become after the death of her older husband. She doesnt mourn him as su...more**spoiler alert** 3.5
Our heroine is Martha Russell or Widow Russell as she has become after the death of her older husband. She doesnt mourn him as such but his passing has created a problem since they didnt have any children and the estate is set to be inherited by her brother in law.
The brother in law is a piece of work and no one looks forward to the prospect of him taking ownership
So the heroine decides that to prevent this she will get pregnant and pass off the child as her dead husbands.
She sets her sights on a new arrival in the neighbourhood Mr Mirkwood (Theo) who has been sent down into to the country by his father to try and curb his wastrel ways. (we learn more about his misconduct later)
She invites him to tea and proposes her scheme to him...and of course he will be repaid for his "services"
Amused at this he accepts and they promptly get in bed. But instead of the pleasurable and salacious affair he expects Martha refuses to take any pleasure in the act.
Oh so now I was thinking "oh come on..we all know she will give in the first time and turn into some kind of sex godess"
But she didnt.
Ive read a few historical romances with this kind of plotline and as I said...usually just an excuse to cram torrid sex scenes into the story at every point.
The authors refusal to do this impressed me.So I kept on reading and this turned out to be a book I really liked. Way to jump to conclusions beforehand :P
It wasnt all what I liked about it of course.There was also the characterization of the hero and heroine and the supporting ones.
The hero and heroine seem to be complete opposites at first but as they spend time together they develop a relationship beyond just having relations.
There was at times a kind of quiet humor especially in regards to the hero. He was perfect for the heroine..serving as a counterpoint to her seriousness.
Her seriousness and aloofness is explained in a satisfying way..wich I cant reveal here because they would be spoilers ;)
Also there are no balls and no preparing for the season that is such a stock setting in other regencies.While I like that...sometimes you can get a bit tired of the same old thing. So its refreshing when a regency romance takes place in the country.
I would definetely recommend this..and will seek out more of the authors books. :)
**spoiler alert** I think I put this away on the basis of 10 pages.
Andrew Halpern (viscount) is summoned before his father on account of a...more**spoiler alert** I think I put this away on the basis of 10 pages.
Andrew Halpern (viscount) is summoned before his father on account of a scandal he created when he had an affair with a married woman. Her husband took offense to this and it was a big to do.
Also the hero is in the foreign services and the thing could seriously injure his career. The hero is 28 years old by the way and acts more like a teenage brat in my opinion.
So his father says he has to marry a young innocent country miss named Jenny Shaw,and spend a year in the country with her until shes pregnant. After some mild protestations he just goes like "meh I will marry her"
The heroines incentive is apperantly that she is poor? I dont know. I know that she has blond flyaway hair though.
Then it skips to their wedding day and after the first encounter between the couple the heroine has her opinion of the hero. He is a toad!
Then we skip ahead 4 months later when they are settled in. And just like this I decided to label it a DNF. Hero is at the breakfast table musing about how the heroine is so charming,able to soothe inner demons etc etc
Huh? Where were we when this happened? I though the first rule of writing was "show dont tell"
I just felt this was lazy writing. The characters feels very flat and since I had a hard time engaging with them from the onset their suddenly perfect relationship stretched my incredulity.
I was also pulled out of the story by the heroine living in a bungalow. I googled this and the phrase was first used in the 17th century. BUT wouldnt it have been better to describe her living in a cottage?
In historical romances I feel that the ability to make the reader believe a story takes place in the era its supposed to is very important. And if they cant do that then they can rely on great character and/or good writing.
**spoiler alert** This reminded me so much of the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,if you take away the singing and the kidnapping.
The heroine Ro...more**spoiler alert** This reminded me so much of the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,if you take away the singing and the kidnapping.
The heroine Rose trying to make a living works in a cantina where she dodges the male customers lecherous attentions and the grumpy lady proprietor of the cantina.
One day the hero,Georige steps into her workplace orders something to eat
When one of the other costumers make a grab at Rose she is defended by George but subsequently finds herself fired from her job for making too much trouble.
Downtrodden she walks out of there but to her luck hears that the man who defended her earlier is seeking a housekeeper to cook and clean for him and his brothers.
George is not at all keen to employ her seeing as she is a young and unmarried woman...but there is no one else who wants the job so its decided she has the job.They leave for his home and well there Rose realizes its not just the housework that needs taking care of.
If you have seen the movie you know where this is going ;)
So slowly she settles in and tries to both deal with housework and the brothers relationship ((they got issues))
This was if not a bad book,it was decent but I dont think I will find myself re-reading this or recommending it to others. It was just a bit too bland.
I would find myself thinking about certain scenes"oh thats sweet" but my interest in the couple never went beyond lukewarm. I just didnt get a sense of chemistry between them. It was more like they were convenient to each other.
The other books will follow the brothers way to find love but I am not sure its anything I will chose to read in a hurry.
When they finally get together romantically it felt very forced.(less)