Come along to the time of King Tutanchamon,to Pharaonic Egypt and the flourishing cultures of the Mediterranean in the 1300s BC. Here in Crete is born...moreCome along to the time of King Tutanchamon,to Pharaonic Egypt and the flourishing cultures of the Mediterranean in the 1300s BC. Here in Crete is born an unusual girl. Although the Cretan woman in a strong position at this time, but if you are so wild and headstrong as Nofret it becomes a problem - especially for the men who come in her way.(less)
Yann Tiersen -Amelie Soundtrack La Noyee Bat For Lashes - What's a Girl To Do Lana Del Rey - Paris Enrique Iglesias feat Ciara - Taki...more**spoiler alert**
Yann Tiersen -Amelie Soundtrack La Noyee Bat For Lashes - What's a Girl To Do Lana Del Rey - Paris Enrique Iglesias feat Ciara - Taking back my love Bastille-Bad blood
I had seen mention of this book around the web.Some raved about it while some seemed to hate it. So I decided to see for myself what it was all about...and wow it was a ride.
Sir Anthony Camwell sees Fleur Brooks one evening in 1880s Paris.He cant help but envy her charming artist husband Fredrick Brooks.
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Two years later Fleur has lost her child at birth and her husband is dead,leaving her almost penniless.Not an ideal situation.
Through a former patron of her husband she is introduced to Anthony and they soon strike up a friendship (from her side at least) and going on outings whenever he finds himself in Paris. She even considers that given time she might become in love with him.
So things are quite idyllic until one day however Fleur is approached by a shady art dealer who has in his posession some paintings made by her husband depicting her in various risqué poses. The art dealer threatens to expose them to the public wich could mean Fleurs reputation would be destroyed.
Unless... she can pay her for them. Feeling trapped in an impossible situation Fleur finding herself unable to pay considers becoming a prostitute.
But soon thereafter Anthony offers her marriage and desperately she suggests and feigns that she is in love with him too. This white lie soon unravels when Fleur fails to rouse any feeling during their marital relations.
Angered at her deceit Anthony starts acting cold and withdrawn and Fleur is forced to examine that she did something wrong in marrying without love and at the same time trying to scrape together money for the paintings. But in this lie is also discovered.
And thats all I can say. A LOT of thing happens in this book.Its a rollecoaster but somehow its all kept together.
Neither the heroine or hero are perfect,wich is quite an understatement to say the least they both have their flaws and insecurities.Some could even say crippling psychological tendencies.
The heroine played a big part in the discord in their marriage being emotionally shut off and idolizing her dead husband.The hero was raised by a cold mother and liking to be in control of things.
And these examples are just the tip of iceberg.
Yes the hero cheats in this book,I usually hate when they do that but in this case there were some factors that mitigated this. Strange as it sounds.
It has some hint of a bodice ripper romance in some racy sex scenes but in the end what truly takes the centerstage is the hero and heroines emotional interaction. The first chapter is in the heros viewpoint and the rest is written from the heroines in first person.So we are as clueless as Fleur about Anthonys actions.
I am not sure I can explain clearly what captivated me about this book,but in the end I think it was how it dares to be unusual.Sadly this was the only book the author ever wrote.
The reason why its not a 5 star review is because at times I just wanted to bang some sense into the couple.And also a sex scene that was very emotional but a bit too exotic for my tastes.
This is not a book for someone who want a light uncomplicated read but if you want something a bit darker and moving (and very racy)this is the book for you.
Its about the daughter of immigrant Pakistani parents who live in the UK. The father is an iman who is a zealot when it comes to islam but who isnt ve...moreIts about the daughter of immigrant Pakistani parents who live in the UK. The father is an iman who is a zealot when it comes to islam but who isnt very passionate about anything else.
Well almost, he also devotes a great amount of time to beating his wife,ignoring his children and hating everyone who isnt a muslim. One day Hannan fights back and yells at her father to stop hitting her mother.This makes him start to target her also and eventually sexually abuse her.
She is 6 years old.
Her mother knows but does nothing.She is too cowed and afraid to do anything.Her husbands word is law and hes a holy man so it only increases the importance of him in the community.
The we follow her as she endures her fathers curel treatment until one day she breaks down and reveals to her kindly teacher that she is being beaten at home (she is too ashamed to admit the other thing her father forces her to do though.
She decides to leave home forever. No matter how people try to convince and coerce her to come home.
In the end Hannan finds religion and love in christianity.She even changes her name to "hannah" Making her even more hated by her father who feels that the only way to end the disgrace is to either force her to come back and accept islam and have an arranged marriage or die.
Sometimes I feel very bad for reading these kinds of books,they do call them "feel bad books" but they seem to find their way into my reading.It also allows you to see things from another perspective. We cant very well pretend these issues dont exist.
But it warmed my heart to learn that Hannan got help at last and out from under her fathers rule.
I gave it a three star rating because I felt it was a bit preachy about the joys of being a christian.(less)
I picked up this for a quick read while visiting the library and read through it in an hour or so.
There is a lot of swearing in this book,the F word i...moreI picked up this for a quick read while visiting the library and read through it in an hour or so.
There is a lot of swearing in this book,the F word is used numeruous times and knowing these are actual quotes I cant help but think that it must have been something of an ordeal living with someone who exploded in cursing all the time.
Some of the stories made me smile slightly,but I found myself able to hold my laughter throughout the most of the book.
It wasnt truly horrible just nothing special and also a little bit uncomfortable. Maybe if the author had chosen a different way to tell it,as it is now its comparable to having someone tell you stories about their family and relatives,insisting "omg it was so funny,but I guess you had to be there"
I think it would have been better as a full book with a clear narrative.And less cursing.(less)
I liked this book even though at times Kiharu comes across as a bit too selfcongratulating and at times even cold.She also namedrops like there is no...moreI liked this book even though at times Kiharu comes across as a bit too selfcongratulating and at times even cold.She also namedrops like there is no tomorrow.
But hers is an interesting story. So its a recommend(less)
**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. :)