**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**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....more
**spoiler alert** This was a DNF for me for a number of reasons
The heroine was pretty usual run of the mill character,sweet and loving (and a bit dimw**spoiler alert** This was a DNF for me for a number of reasons
The heroine was pretty usual run of the mill character,sweet and loving (and a bit dimwitted) but with a deformed foot that forced her to walk with a crutch.
I think she deserved better than the hero,Lord Joafre wich didnt endear himself to me in the slightest unless you count the time when the heroine was saved by him as a child from some bullies. But after that he was a pretty uninspiring hero.
Oh I get that he was supposed to be a tortured soul and such but to me only seemed to have two modes,anger or lust. That is when he wasnt ogling the heroine and thinking about her childlike innocence/eyes/behavior.
Seeing as this is one of the earlier books of Susan Caroll I think you could say the hero and heroine are a cruder version of the couple from The Bride Finder Wich is a book I really liked.
**spoiler alert** Not sure wether to label this has historical romance or historical fiction as it has more of the latter but some aspects of the firs**spoiler alert** Not sure wether to label this has historical romance or historical fiction as it has more of the latter but some aspects of the first in it.
Gytha is the daughter of Harald of Wessex,the guy who tried to take the crown of England for himself but was unable to keep it as something called the Norman invasion happened and he was killed in battle.
She and her mother escape to Denmark when she learns of plans to force her into a convent. In Denmark they are welcome by her relative the danish King and
Her mother fades away from sorrow and dies after some years.Now Gytha is all alone,she ought to marry but none of the men offering for her hand seems suitable.She wants someone strong and powerful as Gytha considers herself a princess and as do other people.
Being royal or a noble comes with its own problems it seems.
The danish kings foreign wife comes up with a solution,wont Gytha go and marry her nephew Vladimir who is a Prince of Kiev Rus?
Feeling that fortune favors the brave Gytha agree snd set out to travel to this new and foreign land.
This was a decent read but I wont put it down as one of my favorites for seveal reasons.
For one thing you are almost halfway through the book before the couple meet and then they get on a little bit too well to be convincing.On the part of the hero I couldnt help but feel that he fell in love with her beautiful blonde hair before the heroine.
I thought it was very interesting to learn about Kievan Russia in the 9th century and its blend of the east with the west.I am not 100 % familiar with the period but there was no glaring anachronistic faults with the descriptions.
I also googled the historical characters beforehand (couldnt help myself) and it ruined some of the story for me as I learnt that the (view spoiler)[real historicalGytha died aged 50 and one year later her husband remarried (hide spoiler)]
But I also learnt something very poignant...even turns out that Gytha in a way regained her fathers crown through her descendants she is the ancestress of all monarchs following Edward III
...and also ancestress of Vlad Tepes and Elizabeth Bathory wich is a whole other story :P...more
The "hero"(hah!) and heroine first meet when some norman knights under his command are bothering her and about to rNo sorry I simply cant finish this.
The "hero"(hah!) and heroine first meet when some norman knights under his command are bothering her and about to rape her. But he wont stop them,why should he spoil their fun...that is until he notices shes BEAUTIFUL.
Then he intervenes. Because apperantly only attractive women deserves saving?
The feminist part of me raged at this. Yes I know,its the medieval era but still.I want a love interest for the heroine that I dont despise.Is that to much to ask?
He could have still had a chance to redeem himself after this.But no,it all went downward from then on.
Also he goes through the book calling the heroine "saxon" instead of her name. Thats called objectification and is a very bad thing.He even tries to rape her himself.(only stopped by the heroines faithful cat clawing him)
And the heroine is such a Mary Sue.She is insanely innocent and beautiful,shes a healer and she dreams about things that come true.
She also keeps moaning about how badly her fathers wife treated her just because she was the love child of the woman her father really loved (aka mistress) It was like totally unfair!...more
This book had an interesting premise that failed to live up to expectations.
One of the main problems I had with the book was the heroine.
I dont have aThis book had an interesting premise that failed to live up to expectations.
One of the main problems I had with the book was the heroine.
I dont have a trouble with the heroine being innocent. But I do have a problem with them not having any personality.The way the heroine acted and was described by others made me think of a doll or a child. She is sooo pretty and her eyes are guileless.
In short shes perfect,set apart from the rest of humanity. And also one of the dullest heroines in Romancelandia.
To me this was unrealistic and a sign of lazy writing.
The reviewer sat down solemnly contemplating each and every tangent in front of her,wich letter should she start with? It seemed an impossible task faThe reviewer sat down solemnly contemplating each and every tangent in front of her,wich letter should she start with? It seemed an impossible task far beyond her vast knowledge of words,yet she knew it to be her duty.She tossed back her tousled and luxurious mane of hair in a impatient gesture.
She sat still as the burning day plummeted into the nights shadows...wanting to attend to her writing a rewiew. A review she harbored a great need to write..but a need that scared her. Yet she felt pulled towards it with the fervor of the tantalizing unknown.
Her dislike of the book grew and grew,lightening a fire in her mind to right the unjustice she had suffered in wasting her time on a book so greatly insufficient to her reading.She had not been able to believe her widening clear eyes,like a quiet magical pond,as she followed the words down the page.
... and this is how Rosehaven is written.Overly melodramatic with a too perfect heroine and a too imperfect hero. Maybe it was written in the 1970s-80s (the age of the ripped bodice) I thought. But not it states clearly it was published in 1997 Bodice ripper romances can be fun (in a guilty way) to read..this...was just painful....more