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I'm J.R. Barrett aka Julia Barrett aka Julia Rachel Barrett. I write
because I love to write - nonfiction, fiction, romantic fiction, poetry.
If you're reading this, thank you so much. Hope you'll try my books.
Julia Barrett was born into an landed family in Northumbria in 1689. She was raised by a governess in the typical fashion of the time until, when Miss Barrett was aged 13, her mother died in a unfortunate sausage-cart accident, after which her father, driven mad by grief, began to raise her as a son, cutting her long tresses, dressing her in trousers, and enrolling her in school.
She quickly showed an affinity for writing which was encouraged by the headmaster who saw in her a return to the classical English style that was, at the time, being overwhelmed by the popular realism style growing in the Continent. With the headmaster's help, Barrett was able to publish some short essays and dramas, but to little acclaim.
It was while attending university that Barrett, bound for a career as a male English instructor, discovered a new pride in womanhood brought about by a chance meeting with Henry Carey, a talented satirist five years her junior.
Though their relationship was brief, it provided Barrett with a great sense of confidence, both in her gender and her talent. She never returned to her earlier masquerade of masculinity.
Barrett's writing took on a new focus, writing romance from the point-of-view of her heroines. This new style was both highly controversial and highly popular, and would go on to make her a household name even to this day.
Julia Barrett died in 1766. Originally it was believed she died of syphilis, but further research has debunked this theory. This was likely a rumor spread by her detractors. Recent studies point to a congenital heart defect.
She was survived by fourteen children, all adopted from Africa.
When Julia told me she wrote her first menage I was immediately sure I had to read it. Julia's novels are always hot so I imagined a menage with THREE men would be scorching hot. And I was right.
One Four All feels like a contemporary fantasy novel. It's set in a kind of parallel universe. They seem to have the same technology we have but their religious and moral views are different from ours. Why fantasy? Because we have a princess and a king and those always stand for fantasy in my eyes. Yes I'm full of prejudices. I loved how this world was build up. Not through one big info dump but more through the story-telling We learn everything on the way- with a little tidbit here and there.
The story starts with 3 soldiers on the edge of diving into a war with the neighboring country, Zhinshu. But out of nowhere they get send away on a different mission. They should guard the wife of an "important" politician and they aren't really happy about this development at all. When they arrive at the mansion this changes nearly immediately. They can feel that something is not the way it should be. And when they lay their eyes on Lira for the first time they know that she's not there out of her free will. I loved that Kepp, Red and Wat were all so different in character. They all have their own appeal but I have to admit I had an extra soft spot for Red. He was funny and he won my heart ASAP.
Lira is the heir of the crown of Zhinshu. She got kidnapped by this crazy politician and he wants her to bear his children. He's not really happy about her being so complicated and denying him but luckily that's the way it works. She can't get pregnant if she's forced to have sex so he has to bring her to do it willingly.Read more ›
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The author has created a good alternative universe here but has only given us tantalising glimpses of it. The character details are all relatively sketchy, I don't think we even find out how old any of them are. The plot device to get them all in to bed together quickly is acceptable and the scene in the dark is intense and enjoyable.
Spoiler alert: I felt it was a little unrealistic for menage action to take place on the beach especially after a near death experience, especially as none of the fellas seemed to stay on watch- trained soldiers and now bodyguards - sloppy! The ending was very abrupt and allowed for no bedroom reunion scene, which I must admit, I was looking forward to, and the conclusion with all the characters essentially passive robbed this book of a lot of promise. This could have been a real opportunity to explore the characters and their goals/motivation/conflict as well as to allow the heroine to shine in her role as royalty.
A nice way to spend 90 minutes but could have been so much better.
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I really enjoyed how Julia brought all the characters to life. Sometimes in menage stories the men all sort of blur together but here Kepp, Red and Wat are all very distinct individuals who had never even considered sharing a woman together. And what a woman they meet. Lira is a strong character who embodies what a princess should be and while you know she will win over her men, because it is a romance story after all, you don't know how she will do it.
Oh, did I mention that this story is HOT?!? Very sensual erotica. Wait until you read the 'bath' scene. Oh my.
I know it is rather cliche to say I wish the story was longer, but I really, really wish this story was longer.
I would definitely be willing to read a continuation of this story with these characters going forth from the end of this book and dealing with all the trials of a royal marriage where the woman is the royal heir. I'm sure it would be a very good read based on this part of the story. *hint to Julia*
I want to know more about these men and their new wife. I found them so intriguing and I can't believe their story is over. I just want to wallow in this world of Julia's. I want to know so much more about this alternate reality that Julia has created. She managed to make these 3 men very alpha and yet caring and supportive of their 'woman' and each other. Everything happened very quickly because of the intensity of the situation, but the little bit of angsting the main guy dealt with I thought was well done. I liked how the men interacted with each other which is also a bit rare in menage stories. I have seldom read menage that has the men really talking about their situation with each other.
I also want to read about the General's story.Read more ›
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