Griffin, GA, United States | Member Since 2010
Another beautifully written, emotionally charged novel by Jennifer Blake. This is a complex story with an exquisitely written plot, well developed characters, and heart wrenching truth.
I know that I keep repeating this in my reviews of Jennifer Blake's novels, but I was taken aback after purchasing one based on the description and finding the story I received instead.
She is a realist, and writes stories about flawed characters who manage to squeeze some kind of happiness in the end. The hero are normally a-holes, who you want to punch in the face. There is always a redeeming and wonderful male in the story who I desperately want the heroine to choose, but alas she does not.
Basically, the heroine follows her brother to a war campaign that ends up putting her in an impossible situation. The hero, well he just wants her, so he takes her. The rest of the publishers summary happens after the first 3/4 of the book.
I enjoyed the story for what it was, a compelling and truthful insight into two very complex fictional characters. Life isn't always a fairy tale, and Blake certainly gets that across.
Worth a credit for me, but if you like a lighter read...skip it.
I have said it in other reviews of Jennifer Blake's novels, but I will say it again... This isn't a novel where you are going to be rooting for the hero. There is always the nice guy who comes in short for the heroine. The hero is always a step below the reformed rake who is really a nice guy. Blake's heros are the ones who eat those other guys for breakfast (and not in sweet...oh I want one just like him way).
There were a few moments where I thought the heroine was going to pick a guy that actually deserved her, but she just couldn't help who she loved.
With that said, this story is real, the plot is complicated and the heroine is put thought a series of trials (more like trials on steroids) that causes her to become a stronger woman.
This is not a fantasy escape, but to me, more like what probably happened during the time period. There are depictions of slavery and what a vile practice that truly was. I appreciate that Blake didn't sugar coat the servants or slaves as happy people who just accepted that they were born into the servant class or were purchased as slaves.
Mostly I read historical fiction to escape and enjoy mindless prattle with hot steamy heroes and lovely stories. This is not that story, nor are any of Blake's novels that I have read.
When I want a tortured romance that is in depth, has substance, paints a real picture of the world, I read Blake. Don't get me wrong, this is a romance novel and has some really beautifully written scenes, but this is just so much more than what the publishers descriptions leads you to believe.
Worth a credit for me, but if you want something different from what I described above, you might want to skip.
I listened to this title in one day...yep all the way through.
The story is just so well told, engaging, complicated, heartbreaking, captivating, beautiful. There really aren't enough adjectives to describe this. Truly, romance at it's very best.
Lorraine Heath is a talanted story teller and the narrator again gives life to these haunting characters. I only hate that there weren't four, five, six..or ten Lost Lord's of Pembroke to come home. You want to hate these callused Lords, but can't help but feel for the pain they endured growing up. I have read some novels where the author way over does it on the tortured hero mark, but Lorraine Heath found the perfect balance in these tales.
This story gives meaning to the reasons why I read historical romance. If she writes more like this one...I will download without hesitation.
I love Lorraine Heath. I love this book. I need more Lorraine Heath and her complicated, sexy, scarred, tortured heros that melt at the love of a good woman.
This novel is brilliant, enchanting, heart wrenching and just beautiful. I am not going to repeat the plot for you, but just know that this love story is so much deeper than the description leads you to believe.
The whole novel centers around the hero and heroine and the internal obstacles they face trying to love each other. It is just pure romance for the sake of romance. I really didn't think they would figure it out until right up until the end.
I wish that the first title was available as it is sure to be just as beautiful as this. Don't let that put you off though, I kept up with the novel fine without it.
The narrator was a brilliant choice for this book. Her voice is somber and sets the right mood to this haunting tale.
Buy it, throw a credit at it...just get it!
The descriptions of Jennifer Blake's novels never do justice to the complicated plot and characters she creates. She is not a feel good, sappy romance author and from time to time I enjoy that.
The heroine went through literal HELL in this novel, which is classic to titles written in the 80's. There is forced seduction between the Hero and Heroine and most of the time I feel Blake paints her hero's as villans for a reason. It is almost like she wants to to like the other guy more than the hero...but why? In all her novels, the heroine grows more and becomes a stronger person because of the jerk of a hero.
In this novel, I was rooting for Nathan, the other guy. This is not the first time I wanted one of Blake's heroines to choose the other guy. I think she means to tell us...we can't help who we love...even if he is pond scum, but used to be a nice guy. Nathan literally worshiped the ground Serena walked on and would have done anything for her. He was a heck of a lot better choice than the hero.
The plot was well done and it kept me locked in the whole time, but I always end up with a feeling of melancholy after one of her novels. She is a gifted writer and her love scenes are some of the most beautifully written in the industry.
If you like a novel that is not a cookie cutter romance, and has no fantasy of prince charning then spend the credit. If you like a more lighthearted read..skip.
I enjoyed the previous title from Alyssa Everett and downloaded this one with the same expectation of a lovely romance. Yeah,...not so much. I liked the premise of the story and enjoyed the narrator, but the plot....seemed.....to.....drag...on....and....on. There was no real resolution until the bitter end and I just felt like I was left wanting...all that build up then, plop. Not worth a credit, maybe a revision of the story is a good idea.
This title has been in my wishlist for a while and I ended up obtaining it through one of those "Surprise..$4.95" sales that show up every now and then.
I am glad that I took a chance on this. The hero was just yummy...he saw her...and then he had to have her! I loved that. The heroine was a bit annyoingly simple minded when it came to her milk sop/wastrel of a brother. I kinda wanted to smack her in the face a few times, but I appreciated her loyalty to her family. I thought that the author did a great job of keeping me enganged and drawn into the plot. I am hoping that we get the rest of the trilogy as I am interested in the other two male members of the stud club.
I agree with the other reviewers about the narrator. She wan't awful, but there was very little change between her male and female voices. I didn't have an issue listening to her because I too was enjoying the plot.
Worth the 4.95 I paid for the book, and I would spend a credit for the story alone.
Loved, loved, loved it! While the romance portion of the story is slow to start, the background information and plot development is well worth the wait.
I will say that I agree the phrase "you know what" spoken by the small child becomes grating, however, if you have children...this is true to life and I believe intentional on the authors part. The secondary romance between Ramsey and Brigid could have gone into a bit more detail for me. I feel that they had great potential as a side story. I loved Brodick in the first novel, and Ms. Garwood stays true to his character in Ransom.
Again in this novel, Susan Duerden's voice is an adjustment for some of the characters. It is not bad, just different. If you were able to enjoy the first novel, I feel her performance is better in this one. Again, if you can't get through the sample...don't BUY the book and then complain about the narration!
Worth a credit if you are a Garwood fan!
Julie Garwood is an automatic download for me and this novel did not disappoint. The couple is sweet and funny. There is plenty of sexual tension, and the love scenes are beautifully written and moving. I love the fact that the hero did not struggle for long with his feelings and that he was not ashamed to admit them to the heroine. The villian of the piece is ROTTEN and pure evil. You sympathize with these characters and want the best for them. Worth a credit! Susan Duerden is much more suited to this title than to the Highland titles. I would suggest you always listen to the sample for the narrator, but I found that I liked her style in this novel. Happy Listening!
I hesitated before purchasing this title, which is not something I do when Julie Garwood is the Author. I read the reviews on the story and the narrator and was put off for months. Finally, after cleaning out my wishlist, I took the leap. I am so glad that I gave this novel a chance. The story is beautiful, funny, full of chemistry and so classic Garwood. This novel captivated me. I haven't fallen in love with one of her novels this much since Honor's Splendor.
The narration is difficult to adjust to at first and I feel that Rosalyn Landor would have been a better choice. However, I adjusted to Susan Duerden's stlye fairly quiclky and her voices became the characters for me. My rule of thumb is this: If you can't get through the sample then don't buy the book.
I would reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a good romp through the highlands. Also, please remember this is Historical FICTION. I don't read this genre to learn about historical events. If you are looking for 100% historical accuracy, check out the non-fiction History section Audible offers.
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