To love him is to face her deepest fear...
In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert.
Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert. But in one night of terror, condemned to death, their lives are irrevocably bound. Zenia escapes to an English world of elegance and comfort, leaving behind the lonely, fearless man who has changed her life and conquered her heart... until he returns to invade her sanctuary.
Now she must choose between safety and love, but can she find the courage to be the person she was truly born to be?
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Attorney - love to listen to audio books
This is the second Laura Kinsale book that has disappointed me. I listened to the first few chapters and then skipped to the last chapter to find out who all lived. That was enough for me. They book start off with promise and could have been very good, but it just went on too long and was filled with angst. The H/H start off very attracted to one another but quickly end up at odds and stayed that way mostly all the way though the book until the very end. The heroine in this book has snakes in her head and I did not like her at all. The hero was extremely attractive and sexy but he is kind of nuts too. The H/H won't be honest and say what is on their minds. If they did, it would certainly avoid a great deal of sorrow. I , on the other hand, am going to avoid any more sorrow by giving up on Laura Kinsale's books. They are just not my cup of tea.
What a wonderful book and reader! Adventure, love, sorrow, humor, frailty, complex and very human characters. Highly recommended.
I have yet to listen to one of kinsale's books that has bored me or that I have found tedious and uninteresting. Her heroines are great and the hero is always a man I can admire and respect. I would definitely recommend this book as well as any other by this author.
Overall excellent but the author sometimes makes it difficult to understand what's going on by leaving out big chunks of information, Suspense is great, but complete incomprehension not so much!
I read part of this in paper part in audio. The audio was superb. This narrator, Nicholas Boulton, whom
Laura Kinsale uses for her work is incredible. His voice as the lead dark and powerful hero is superb yet he does the softer female voices just as well. He can switch up between characters without fault. The narration is wonderful because there are quite a few Arab phrases and words used as part of this story takes place in the Far East. There are 2 factual characters used and the story springs off them as a start. I rarely will read (or listen to) the same author same narrator back to back but the two novels are very different there was no formula cookie cutter writing here.
Fantastic fanciful adventure. Not a really complex story like some of her others are. This one was more simple and fewer passionate scenes. I was s little disappointed in the middle when there was a custody battle over their child because it was a little over done and pathetic. If I had been lord winter I would have left her. Other than that great read
This is the second Laura Kinsale book I've listened to, and both have been rich in character development and painful in the proximity to emotional disaster the characters allow themselves. Not perfect people, which is always refreshing in what can be a predictable genre. I am an historical romance fan partly because they are easy and entertaining reads/listens. I don't expect to find myself getting teary! But with Laura Kinsale I do. Her books are long enough and rich enough in detail, plot, and emotion that I stay engaged and become involved. The narration is excellent.
This story, like all the other Laura Kinsale books, is at the top of my list. Mainly because both the story and the narration are so so well done. Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton are definitely on the top of my favorites list.
There aren't many narrators that I actually consider my favorites as I'm rather picky. But there are a rare few I actually consider top notch. Nicolas Boulton is one of them. The man is an artist. Truly! I don't think I've heard a book yet where he could not get a voice or an accent just right. His performances are always mesmerizing. Ms. Kinsale and her publishers made an incredibly wise choice in selecting him as the narrator for her books.
I loved the first part of this book. A glimpse into a different time and culture + strong, brave, but flawed main characters make for a great story. It slowed a little in the 2nd half & I kept hoping for a return to the previous settings, but it was overall an intriguing and enjoyable book. Narration was excellent.
I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.
This is my second Laura Kinsale book. I really like her writing. The narrator, Nicholas Boulton is exceptional. He isn't able to change his voice as Rosalyn Landor does but he is quite wonderful. He narrated this book and Flowers From the Storm.
Her books are very detailed. At times it may seem a little too detailed. I think though with the subjects Laura tackles in her writing the need to be detailed is necessary.
In Flowers From the Storm with Christian and Mattie it was definitely necessary. Christian a mathematical genius Lord suffers a brain hemorrhage. Since there was little to nothing known about this at that time it was thought he was MAD. He was institutionalized. She weaves her story well and wonderfully. Mattie gets a bit on the maddening side with her wishy washy self. She has a great internal tug of war with what she feels she should be and what she actually is. I was literally in tears with this book. I loved it.
Now on to my review of this book.. The Dream Hunter.. the first part of the book is an exciting tale of a jaunt in the desert for Lord Winter to find a spectacular horse called the string of pearls. Of course it takes some twists and turns and Zenia comes into our story. Although at first I thought this story was about Arden/Lord Winter to me it was more about Zenia and her inner struggles of who she is and the treatment of her by her mother. A young girl raised as a boy in the desert. A girl who never owned a pair of shoes.
A compelling story of what these two people came to mean to each other through the hardships of the desert. How they came to admire the strengths of the other.
I think Zenia is mad.. even though she tells Lord Winter many times he's a "madman".
Two very flawed people that make it work. They love each other in-spite of the flaws.
I will listen to another Laura Kinsale book... I just love her. Nicholas Boulton is worth listening to as well. He has his finger on the pulse. =]
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