Eloisa James really has a handle on the personalities of her characters. They were an adorable couple and the performer had a wonderful way of changing her voice to suit all of the characters in the book.
The dialogue between the two central characters.
No, but I will again.
Their meeting with Dr. Withering.
Nicky isn't the nicest guy in the world. He has lots of baggage and suffers from PTSD from horrific torture he went through at the hands of his king's interrogator. He carries the scars from the torture and death of his brother as well as his own. He meets the tall, lovely red-headed Emma and is immediately smitten. Her unconventional lifestyle and love of animals is attractive to him for some reason. He must have her and pulls out all the stops to do so even against the advice of her father and step-mom. Their marriage is rocky and he even cheats on her because he is afraid of giving his heart to her completely. Just before she has decided to leave him he finds a picture that propels him back 300 years to a love affair between him in a past life and a woman who looked just like Emma. He comes to his senses and realizes they are soul mates and meant to spend their lives together and they get a fresh start to begin their lives together without the baggage they had before.
Kind of a silly premise but I liked it. At least it had a plot, which was better than some of the others I read lately that had little or no plot at all.
And I love Susan Duerden as a narrator.
Not much of a plot, but a sweet story of two idealistic young people from different worlds who find common ground in their love for each other. Although the reality of an interracial romance in the place and time period of the book would be a far more difficult undertaking than it portrays, the fantasy of such a possibility is nice to contemplate.
I normally love this author, but this is probably the least entertaining of those I've read. Although the main characters' relationship is quite cute as are their conversations, it was too much talk and very little action. The plot was kind of stupid and it is hard to believe that a woman could have been that naïvely assertive in the middle/dark ages with such easy acceptance from men (regardless of how beautiful she was).
Two unlikely lovers, both bearing scars from past wounds physical and/or emotional, meet, and quickly marry. She is a sweet plain Jane with emotional baggage. He is a survivor of the war who suffered brain damage. They are instantly attracted to each other, both for different reasons. She falls "in love" with his beauty, he is drawn to her peaceful nature. They come to understand what real love is after their marriage and find they are perfectly matched.
This is the story of two young virgins (he is 22 and she is 19) who marry and start their wedded life. Neither of them know anything about love or sex. They find the love part easy as they were very attracted to each other. He fell in love at first sight and she soon after. He loved the sex part, she hated it (mostly because he was clueless and she became fearful - because he was clueless). At this point, anyone reading this can draw their own conclusions. This is basically the plot of the story. They are also total opposites. He is smart, pragmatic, and all business. She is an ethereal musician who lives in her own world. There is also a secondary story about her father and stepmother who are terrible role models. Although the story was rather weak on plot, the dialogue was very good. Eloisa James has a knack for communicating the emotions of her characters and this book was no different. Was it one of her best? No, but I enjoyed it and the two young newlyweds were very cute together.
I don't know why this got so many stars. It was devoid of emotional involvement by any characters. Limited romance and absolutely no sex (I like a little sex in my "romance" novels), but there was a lot of talking about very little. I stopped listening halfway through and tried to return it, but was not able to. Although the narrator is one of my favorites, I'll give this author a pass on reading any more of her books.
My favorite Kinsale book so far and my favorite couple. And . . surprise, surprise, neither one is impaired in any way. They are amazingly normal - a definite change from the author's usual lovers.
The lovers in this story are very cute. Their marriage is arranged as children and when they finally meet as adults, their attraction to each other is undeniable. She is such a klutz, but so well intentioned that he forgives her every time she brings about one catastrophe after another. They are the embodiment of opposites attracting.
Of all the Kinsale's books that I have read (so far), this is my favorite. The story is exciting, the characters are memorable, and the narrator is terrific. The hero of the story, S. T., is a charming, good natured rogue with a physical affliction (deaf in one ear) that leaves him with balance issues. The heroine, Leigh, is a beautiful strong-willed woman bent on revenge against the evil man who ruined her life and destroyed her family. She is as intense as he is easy-going. Theirs is a case of opposites attracting, but the differences in their natures also threaten to tear them apart. Although I loved S. T. and wanted to slap Leigh up the side of the head and tell her to "wake up" at times, I liked both characters and wanted them to be together.
Of all of Laura Kinsale's books, this is so far my least favorite. Of course, Nicholas Boulton is a wonderful narrator and the author is a great writer, but sometimes her characters leave a lot to be desired. This is especially true in this book. She likes to flush her characters out with a lot of baggage and angst. However, the heroine in this story, Zenia, is so damaged from being raised by her harridan of a mother that she takes out her insecurity on everyone around her, especially those who love her the most - her lover and her daughter. Why Winter still loves her despite her treatment of him, defies logic. I just could not feel empathy for this woman and even at the end of the story, I did not like Zenia and doubted that if this were reality and not a story, there would be no happy ending. She would continue to create her own unhappiness unless she got a lot of therapy.
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