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The Tempest by Charlotte Hawkins
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Jul 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2010, 4-stars, historical-fiction, tortured-heroes
Read from August 14 to 16, 2010 , read count: 1

I'm obsessed with Sir Guy of Gisborne from the BBC's Robin Hood, played to perfection by sex-on-legs Richard Armitage. From his smouldering smirks and snarls, to his heartbreaking inner torment and turmoil, to his desperate loneliness and longing to be loved, to his stubble, long hair, guyliner and black clothes - he's a brooding badboy with a haunted soul, a broken man who needs saving.

The book is in part dedicated to 'RA for the inspiration,' and from the first description of him there's no doubting the authors word. Every smirk, every scowl, every eyebrow raise, every tortured look, every tender look - it's RA's Guy, the Guy I adore.

The first two thirds of the book were everything I wanted them to be - despair, anger, resentment, bitterness, discovery, new beginnings, affection, lust, hot Gizzy sex, realisation, love, redemption *drools*

And there it should have ended, but instead the last third pointlessly goes all action and adventure, becomes far too melodramatic, and ends with our Guy being metaphorically castrated. Wearing good guy brown and having a respectable hair cut is NOT Guy, redeemed and loved up or not. Just. No. He wears black, he has long hair. End of.

So although that part spoilt it, the first two thirds were exactly the Guy story I wanted, the Guy story I've played out in my mind on many an occasion (only with me as his leading lady rather than Cassia!).

It won't win any literary prizes, but fantasies rarely do ;-p
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Stacey Squeeeeeee!!! Sounds fantastic. OMG I can't wait!! :D

Charlotte Hawkins Thanks for reading, Anna. It seems that my readers are split down the middle on the second half of the book. Some like it, some don't. Maybe I should write an alternate ending. Maybe it could be a choose your own adventure kind of thing. You never know what I might do...

Hannah Anna,
How have I missed your review - and this book?


Sounds awesome, and I know I'll be imagining RA the entire time :D

message 4: by Anna (last edited Mar 17, 2012 08:00AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Haha, picturing RA as you read this will leave you in a swooning puddle ;-)

message 5: by Hannah (last edited Mar 17, 2012 09:53AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Hannah Anna wrote: "Haha, picturing RA as you read this will leave you in a swooning puddle ;-)"

No doubts about that!

I'm glad there is a print version, as I don't have a kindle or nook reader.

message 6: by Anna (last edited Mar 17, 2012 10:05AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Nor do I, I've only used the Kindle edition here as it has GoG in the title; the paperback version doesn't.

Just a shame none of the covers have a pic of RA as Guy on the front ;-)

Hannah Anna wrote: "Just a shame none of the covers have a pic of RA as Guy on the front ;-)"

Sales would triple...

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