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4.0 out of 5 starsThe Nun and the Devil
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2015
Twenty three years had passed since a baby was left on the steps of a church. A priest took him in and was raising him to be a monk. The daughter of an Earl decides to become a nun. She thinks she must try to atone for what she considers sins committed by her mother and two older sisters. Then Fate steps in and changes things. Lucifer or Lucas as he rather be called, had already left the church and had started doing evil things for the Priest who raised him. He came back wounded asking the Priest for help. Amber, a novice nun, was assigned to help him recover from his wounds. Now Fate steps in and starts playing her "games". They are both given a pilgrimage to go to Canterbury Cathedral. Lucifer is given two tasks, one is to steal a ruby and two, he is to make sure Amber doesn't become a nun. If you want to find out how and when Fate starts playing her games, well you'll just have to read the book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2017
You will find this series of books about the sisters named for jewels and how daggers play important roles in tying the adventures of all these sisters and their brother together extremely fascinating and riveting at the same time! I loved the way the author surprised the reader so many times with the various twists nd turns in her themes and plots within plots that kept the reader always in suspense of what was to emerge or vanish with the turn of a page. How she developed the character and personality by using the meaning of each jewel. For example, Amber, the jewel, was believed by many people in ancient times to have powers of healing and hope for the future. The author develops her characters along these similar lines with the character named Amber having knowledge and interests in the herbs used for healing and the arts of healing that were known during that time period. By the completion of each book the reader is so riveted into the storyline you can't wait to continue the adventure with the next book!
Lucifer returns to the monastery where he was abandoned as a baby. Father Armand had sent him on a pilgrimage to punish him. Since he has been out in the world Lucifer has discovered that the priest is not the godly man he pretends to be. Amber de Burgh of Blackpool is one of four sisters. She decided to become a nun to pay penance for the grave sins committed by her sisters and mother. Our hero has suffered and is still struggling to find out who he can be. Our heroine is sweet , loving and honest with herself and others. This is the third of the Daughters of the Dagger series, but easily read as a stand alone. A very different style of historical romance, giving us an insight into the power of the church in that era. All the characters are strong and well written. Their personalities really shine through. The story line is fun and sexy. I have read others in the series and loved all of them as much as this one.
3.0 out of 5 starsI wanted to really like this book, but ....
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2017
I love historical and romantic fiction - and when combined it's usually an enjoyable read. What I hate is when the dialogue of characters in a historical romance doesn't match the time period of the novel. Unfortunately, such is the case with Amber by Elizabeth Rose. That said, I did persevere to the expected fairy tale ending.
The plot was not bad, although some of it would never have been allowed in that century. The writing was okay, but because of the late 20th century dialogue spoken by 14th century characters, I immediately assumed a lack of knowledge of the time period (a few ayes and nays doesn't cut it). The heroine, Lady Amber/Sister Amber, was likable and even humorous, but Lucifer/Lucas was truly a work in progress that was redeemed a bit by the end. I did like that the language was clean and the sexual content was kept to a minimum, not counting the sexual innuendos.
All in all, if use of contemporary language in a 14th century setting is not a big deal for you, then you might just like this book.
Gave 5 stars because it was so different and I enjoyed. The characters were all so different than most books, or possibly all books. H/h were very lovable and interesting. It is important to read series from beginning to understand better, but can be stand alone. This author is one of my favorite and never disappoints. There is romance, mystery, and a little steam in good taste. I highly recommend, as I do all her books.
The story didn't seem realistic or plausible, and sometimes it was absurd. I liked the main character, Lucas. He could be obnoxious but he struggled with his conscience and tried to do the right thing. Also, I'm ready to scream if I see the word 'conscience' written as 'conscious' again. Just one of many editing mistakes.
Here is another wonderful story. I just can't say enough about Elizabeth Rose 's book. She always keeps me at the edge of my seat w wondering what is going to happen next. I am going to start the last story in this series "Amethyst" but to me it is not really the last story because Onyx is their brother but he actually starts a new series which I will read. I hope you will enjoy Amber' story as much as I do.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2017
This was just okay for me. I've read many books that were better. I did read all the way through but honestly, I wasn't surprised by anything I read. The characters were okay, but not always true to character. I didn't find the H to be very lovable and the h wasn't much better. The premise was good but needed better execution. Not bad, just not really good either.
This is the love story of Amber, formerly Lady Amber, the daughter of an Earl and now a novice nun and Lucifer/Lucas who was abandoned by his noble mother when he was a baby and brought up in the monastic life. Lucas is a tortured soul; he was temperamentally unsuited to be a monk and ran away before taking his final vows. Out in the world, he became a mercenary and indulged in all the vices but that wasn't the life he wanted for himself either and so he returned to the man whom had raised him. A new life was dangled before him however, the tasks he had to undertake in order to reach that life made him feel tainted and now he was being tempted by the chaste and pure Sister Amber!!!!! Throughout history not all religious men have been pious. During the 18th Century, it was just a role that the fourth son undertook, whether he had a "calling" or not (first inherited the estate, second went into the army and third into law) and many of the 16th Century Popes had mistresses and illegitimate children. This book is set in the middle of 14th Century England, during a time when the Church was very wealthy and influential and those who reached the top echelons certainly did not live a life of poverty (though not all were promiscuous). I can imagine that this could have led to some ill-feeling within the Church itself. The villain of this novel, Father Armand, has become twisted, deceitful, greedy and grasping and this was the man who raised Lucifer! Will he make the right choices? Read this book to find out.
2.0 out of 5 starsNot worth the time taken to read it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2017
Poorly written with underdeveloped characters, with weak dialogue. Issues that arise in the book are just resolved without any real thought. I actually read another in the series to see if it was any better and it really wasn't. It felt like the story was written without any regard to plot or character development.