In the beginning, I had a hard time keeping my interest in the book. It started okay but something was missing. I continued to listen and then the story took off and I had a hard time putting down my iPod so I could do things I needed to. Once the story got going, it definitely kept my interest. The plot was interesting, the romance sweet, and there are enough subplots and twists to keep you on your toes. The two characters were actually quite refreshing. I enjoyed their interactions and the thoughtfulness of each. I also enjoyed that the female character had a backbone. In sum, I'd say this book is worth your credit.
The pace of the storyline. I really enjoy stories with a lot of movement/action, and this story delivered. Every event, action, and conversation was linked together in a way that made sense and moved the story forward quickly. The characters were strong and easily distinguishable from each other so it was easy to quickly figure out who you liked and who you didn't. Even though the story is about a man we should despise, it was still easy to relate to him, his thoughts and feelings. In a world where he's typically the hunter, he had to deal with the fact that he was being hunted. The author takes you along for the ride, making you feel as if you're in the midst of chaos with him. You're there with the assassin, as he has to figure out how to get out of a number of bad situations that could result in his demise with one bad decision.
The assassin, Victor. He was cool, calm, collected, and very lethal. Despite his occupation, you still saw a glimpse of his compassion which made you wonder what led him to the life he led. He wasn't perfect, but he was cool.
There were so many, but one that stands out is when he thought he could take a moment to relax only to discover that a pretty good trap had been set to kill him. His ability to discern what isn't obvious, to find the trap and come up with a great way to get himself out of it, was good.
When he had to make a decision -- try to save the life of his unintended "companion" -- which could result in his own death, or leave the "difficult" individual on their own. His choice gave you a glimpse into who the man really is.
Before I finished reading the book, I searched for and found -- to my relief, there are other books in this series. I already bought book 2. This author is good.
While my time wasn't wasted, this is not the best of Julie Garwood's books that I've ever read. The story actually started off pretty good, but began to fizzle in the middle. There was little build up to support the speed with which the characters fell in love, so their "love" seemed a tad rushed. I actually liked the main female character, Judith, but she had a very irritating habit of whispering almost everything she said. That got old very quickly. Her love interest, Iain, was likeable as well, but neither really came to life. However, it was decent enough that I wanted to finish it rather than just put it aside.
The most interesting aspect of this story was the unfolding of the "secret". The least interesting was how it was revealed and dealt with. I expected more drama than what was delivered.
Her performance was fine. I can't think of anything I would want changed.
No way. There's not enough of a good story there to keep a viewer's interest in a movie or TV series.
While I won't say the credit spent on the book was a waste, I will say, if you're looking for a lot of excitement and a compelling love story, start with something else first. Save this book for when you've plowed through the other great books in your stack and need something to pass the time.
Lady Kerr was immature, not happy at being handed over by her father as a hostage-for-peace, and determined to find a way back home. She acted out without thought and wound up making one dangerous mistake after another. Despite finding her beautiful, her guardian Sir Creed did not appreciate being saddled with her, nor her antics. He'd already had his problems with women and didn't need another, especially one that was in danger just by virtue of being a Scottish woman among the English. Sir Creed was often torn between doing what was right and what made sense, and finding ways to keep Lady Kerr safe. Not being perfect, this made for difficult decisions and not always the best outcomes.
None that I've read. Most medieval romances I've read involved near-perfect heroes, who overcame all through sheer force or might. In this book, love and good sense turned out to be the conquering factor.
After having traveled to her new temporary residence, Lady Kerr met two young boys that lacked manners and were free to do as they chose. Being immature herself, her reaction to them was unexpected, but priceless.
Love happens where you least expect it.
Difficult romance story
A long drawn out conversation between the two romantic leads on the planned direction of their relationship. I didn't particularly like the conversation and the way it was going so I was mentally thinking about what I would do in similar circumstances. In short, my actions would have differed greatly...which admittedly means I might have missed out on a great romance.
No, I've not listed to her before but she did a great job with this book.
When "the Beast" had to save "the Beauty". It was a turning point in his life and it was very touching.
I call this a difficult romance story because "the Beast" was a hard man to like, in the beginning. After awhile, as "the Beauty" peeled away the layers of his personality and you got a glimpse of the man he could be, he was more likeable. But that took a good bit of peeling. The book does have very romantic and sexy scenes that more than make up for the darker part so all in all, I would recommend it. In fact, I have never listened to an Eloisa James book that I don't like. She has a way of getting you so wrapped up into the lives and the romance of the characters that you feel a let down when the book is over; and just for that reason, the book is over. So, I'm now looking for another... :)
The time listening was well-spent. Simply because the story was interesting. Although the story was a little on the slow side there was a lot going on and it definitely had a sense of mystery. You didn't know exactly what would happen and when you thought you did, the unexpected happened. The wrap-up at the end of the book took me by surprise because the explanation about the whole mystery wasn't at all expected, but at least the conclusion made sense.
No I would not recommend it. While the story was interesting, it did not have me at the edge of my seat. I continued to listen once I started because I did want to know how it ended. The conclusion might not be agreeable with some; hence the reason I would not recommend it.
Although a little rushed, the ending scene was my favorite because of what it represented. (Being cryptic here so as not to inadvertently give spoilers.)
There is room for a follow-up and the ending would allow that. For those people who really enjoyed the story, I'm sure they'd want a follow-up book. More answers could be provided and as mentioned, the story was interesting so there is the potential for more material that could hold one's attention.
Good historical bromance.
While none come to mind, it's a historical romance that just happens to be between two men.
Believable accents and a good pace. Mr. Belmont's delivery of the story added to my enjoyment -- it just seemed to fit.
Yes, the book was interesting enough to have me wishing I could sit and listen to it in one sitting. On the other hand, I'm glad I was not able to because then it would have been over that much faster and since I enjoyed it, I didn't mind it taking longer.
I'm female and am an avid reader of historical romances. This is my first featuring men. I listened out of curiosity to see if it could even halfway deliver a story as enjoyable as the typical romances I read and I'm pleased to note that it did. The characters actions, for the most part, were believable. Because the novel is relatively short, the romance seemed a bit rushed but that did not detract from the enjoyment of this good book. The characters were likeable and the book delivered exactly what I like in an historical romance novel -- the meeting with sparks, the romantic pursuit, steamy interactions, and a good ending. I read romance novels because I'm interested in the pursuit and ultimate finding of true love. Whether you're straight or gay if you read romance novels for the same reason, I think you'll find this story an enjoyable one and well worth the time to read. And let's not forget the reader, he does a great job as well.
Action, danger and friendship
There were a number of memorable moments in this book but if I have to pick one, I'll say it's when two of the characters stumbled across and rescued a young girl.
Cole was my favorite. Likely because most of the story is told through his eyes and I liked him.
I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting because there was so much going on that I wanted to see what would happen next. There was danger at nearly every turn and sticky situations for the characters to dig themselves out of; all of which led to an interesting read and kept me on the edge of my seat. Likewise, most of the characters liked each other and were likeable. They developed strong, believable friendships that were constantly threatened by zombies, raiders and other dangers.
Overall this is a pretty good book. It is filled with triumphs, happy times, sad times and hope. If you're a crier, expect to shed a tear at least once.
I have the print version but when I found it in audio, I never read it. For that reason, I cannot say.
I liked the interaction between the couple. They were having marital problems at the start of the zombie event and they continued to work through their problems throughout the story. I won't say whether the situation helped or hurt their marriage, but it made for some entertaining reading.
I also appreciated the humor and the way they did things to mentally accept and find solutions for the situation they found themselves thrust into.
My favorite scene(s) involved their air-head neighbor. I don't want to describe them because that's akin to giving spoilers to the story.
I would take the wife. She had so much going on, mentally, that she'd make for an interesting dinner partner.
I would buy another book by the authors based upon the strength of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of novels. They were excellent. This... was okay.
This one lacked the excitement of the novels I had read by Martin. I haven't read books by the other two authors. The story was rather dry but it did have a few exciting moments. The cause is primarily because this was a story focused on character development. In that vein, it succeeded; however, I prefer more action.
My favorite scene was actually the last scene -- because of the potential (promise) it offered.
Not for me, primarily because I prefer books that are action or emotion oriented (romance) and this was more of a character study. I can't see how a follow-up would interest me.
If you like stories that focus on character development, give the book a try. You'll likely enjoy it. If you're looking for a lot of action, look somewhere else.
After having read the first book - which I thoroughly enjoyed - I was looking forward to this book. Overall I enjoyed it but it was not as interesting as the first. I also didn't believe some of the decisions the characters made when faced with challenges. They made me feel that the originally strong character that had survived by her wits had turned into an airhead. But overall, a good read that held my interest until the end.
The ending was realistic but not what I had hoped for, which leaves room for a sequel.
Believable, entertaining, good.
Yes; to change the ending of the story and if it makes sense, to pick out and follow other characters once all loose ends are tied up with the originals.
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