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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (July 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476703647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476703640
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers will be entranced as Feather infuses her protagonists with intelligence, wit and maturity-along with a dose of sensuality RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars The first in Jane Feather's Bride trilogy is a feather in her cap and one of her best stories ever The Atlanta Journal Constitution Well-written and fast-moving - entertaining Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jane Feather is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty sensual historical romances, including the Blackwater Bride series. She was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in the south of England. She currently lives in Washington, DC, with her family. There are more than 10 million copies of her books in print.

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SPOILER ALERT ***** This book was... awful.
Sparky127
She hates seeing him go to a whorehouse but she has no right to complain, she tells him she is in love with someone else when they are married.
Stormi Johnson
Weak story, boring and superficial characters, and completely annoying heroine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amber Largent on August 4, 2014
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This story irritated me and I Adore several books by this author. Let's see if I can explain...

Ariadne makes a promise to marry someone without intention of following through and then sleeps with someone she thinks she's in love with because he's "softer" than all the men she knows. Meanwhile, the man she's supposed to marry is supposedly a long time friend. And he just goes with the flow because he's always loved her. But he's supposed to be this force of character. Then they play house for a while and all seems well, until the soft man returns like a stalker. But there is NO passion, not really. And the romance is lost in all the love me, love me not waffling rife throughout the whole boom!

I'm not a stickler for a lot of things but I hate broken trust and maybe that's why I struggle with this story. To me, the romance was a dud.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stormi Johnson VINE VOICE on July 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
First Thoughts: This one sounded really interesting but I just couldn’t get into it.

This one sounded interested when I decided to review it and at the beginning I liked it but then it gets bogged down with the traveling to London and I realized I wasn’t that interested in the characters.

The Daunts use to be part of Court but with a protestant king the Catholics were ran off and the Daunts became powerful thugs. They have always wanted their place back at Court so Ari’s grandfather betrothed her to her cousin Ivor who is from a protestant background. The two families hope that the young couple can go to London and rise up into Court.

The only problem with this idea is that Ari is in love with Gabriel a poet. She loves Ivor for a friend as they have grown up together but she never thought of his as a husband. She only agreed to be betrothed because she thought it would give her more time to convince her grandfather that she loved Gabriel. Then her grandfather dies and her uncle who knows about her dalliance decides to go ahead and rush things along and marry her to Ivor before she can even think of a way out.

Ari is sort of a spoiled brat and she is very mean-hearted to Ivor through the beginning of their marriage. I know that she didn’t want to be married to him but it’s not his fault. He didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter either, but the only difference for him is that he really does love Ari. She hates seeing him go to a whorehouse but she has no right to complain, she tells him she is in love with someone else when they are married. I just never really cared a lot for Ari even though she does start to behave a bit better in the middle of the book.

Ivor, is a sweet guy but he just never grabbed my attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Fisk on July 24, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Ariadne and Ivor conduct a drawn-out dance of tangled emotions: love, distrust, and anger in Trapped at the Altar. The premise of her being in love with another man but forced to marry Ivor made the beginning awkward for me. Gabriel did not suit her, but who is to say with true love?

That made me wonder if I would enjoy this book, but she matures a lot throughout the story, and at the same time stays true to her nature though it works against her. Ivor is a little more rigid. He sheds his childhood in an instant, but carries his fears with him like a blessing.

This is an odd book with things hinted at that do not reach their point, which makes sense as the start of an epic historical saga, but the book is styled as a romance, so I was a little thrown. In structure and story, there are also marked weaknesses while there were several times when the details didn’t match my knowledge of the time period, like the use of modernish card game metaphors.

So why am I telling you about it when I only bother to review books that worked for me?

The characters are complex and well written, especially Ari, who comes to understand not just herself but others through the course of the novel. The novel offers a rolling third POV, handing the reins off to minor or short-term characters as well as the main two, but each character is full-blooded with both weaknesses and strengths enough to carry me along.

I will forgive much for characters who make me want to see them work through their tangles, and Jane Feather definitely offered those.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Irene on August 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I managed to get 13% through this book. From the very first page, I started rolling my eyes. It felt as if this book was written by a high school student who was trying to use all their SAT words in novel form. Simple descriptions of surrounding weren't simple. For example, the first page says that the "cavalcade of horsemen rode into the narrow defile," and says that the river "wended its way." The characters felt two-dimensional and too dramatic, again, like the book was written by a high school student. The heroine "knew the ways of the Daunt world . . . knew them but didn't have to accept them." Whenever the author throws in history, they literally throw it in, instead of inserting it naturally into the narrative. For example, a section starts with "It had not always been so," and proceeds to tell us a history lesson that has nothing to do with the scene that is about to occur. It is as if the author couldn't figure out where to put this historical nugget, and awkwardly placed it there.

My particular favorite moment (right before I had to give up reading), was when the heroine (who is, by the way, having sex under a tree with no reservations, despite the time period this book is set in) says that she will "still belong to" her lover, even though she has to marry someone else (the hero), and her lover responds, "I want you for my wife, not my mistress. I could not bear some hole-in-the-corner grubby liaison. I love you." After that, I was done. Unless you like this type of over-the-top jarring language, I do not recommend this book.

This book was provided to be through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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