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BARON OF BLACKWOOD: A Medieval Romance (The Feud Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1665 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Publisher : Tamara Leigh; 2nd edition (July 30, 2016)
- Publication date : July 30, 2016
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01JE4GMV8
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Romance level: CLEAN but engaging story. I could feel the sexual tension but was not overwhelmed with the details.
Plot: More on this later but the plot was well done. This book ties up a rather involved story and the plot is more complicated than your average book.
Style: Tamara Leigh is a great writer! So many of these clean romances seem to have been written by authors without any sense of style. This book is well written with great dialogue, wonderful character development, no distractions from terrible grammar or spelling, and a plot that was hard to follow.
Religious content: Not at all preachy while being respectful of Christian beliefs. This is NOT an evangelical book in that it seeks to bring the reader to salvation. The religious content flows well with the story and fits the time period.
This is the last book and needs to be read after you read The Baron of Godsmere and the Baron of Emberly. This is NOT a stand-alone book.
The biggest challenge with this book is keeping up with all the characters and backstory. As the other 2 books are happening at the same time as this story, there is some jumping around that can be confusing. I had to re-read a few parts just to keep up. However, all the jumping around and depth of plot are WELL worth it. I LOVED the hero and heroine in this book. These 2 are my favorite characters in the series. Their relationship had the most sexual tension and I enjoyed that part. Of course, as this is a romance novel, there is the inevitable misunderstanding then coming back together, but this one was actually very understandable to me. I did not feel like jumping through the pages to smack some sense into either character. I highly recommend this entire series.
I very much enjoyed reading this book. Tamara Leigh always creates honourable heroes and heroines who are subject to temptations and try hard to do the right thing, although sometimes they fail and have to ask for - and accept - forgiveness. Another aspect I appreciate is that although the desire between the protagonists is described, the relationship is not primarily on the physical level: appreciation of the other's character and commitment to the other person is very much in focus. Sex scenes are not described in detail but there is indication to strong attraction and pleasure found in intimacy - as it is customary in the author's books.
Some reviewers point out that during the first half of the book events from the previous books are retold. It's true, since the beginning of the relationship between Quintin and Griffin occurs during the course of the first novel, when Quintin rides to Griffin's castle believing he holds her brother captive and demands his release - and during her subsequent captivity in his fortress. But although some important events are known to the reader before they occur in this novel, we see a lot of crucial events that occurred out of sight in the previous stories, and there is also new inside point of view information on those events we knew about. SoI don't think it was "just a rehash". I felt some impatience sometimes, because I knew more than the characters and wanted them to catch up, but it was more about outside events than their own story (mainly, they were for a long while in uncertainty whether Bayard Boursier's and Elianor's marriage would be accepted by the king - resulting that our protagonists are free to/even obligated to marry each other, while in case of an opposite ruling they could not have a future together. This is not an uncertainty for the reader, so I was wishing they get updated on it as soon as possible so we could move on.) Otherwise, I was not bothered by allusions to the previous books' stories at all, and had no difficulty placing any event in the timeline. Of course, I read fairly recently both prequels.
There is a change around the middle of the book: the first half concentrates on the development of the relationship between Quintin and Griffin, and the second half more on the exposure and defeat of the villains through the joint efforts of all the three families. There is rather a lot of torture, violence and gore during the final showdown, but it is somewhat to be expected in a medieval setting where warriors are trained to bear a lot of pain, and also because the villain was previously hinted to be quite sadistic. A previously described unsympathetic character, Griffin's father, Ulric de Arell is redeemed in this book, especially during he final conflict, an event I very much hoped for. There is another side character, Griffin's brother Serle de Arell, whose adulterous relationship with Constance Verdun Boursier (described in Book 1) caused a lot of trouble, and whose selfish, unrepentant, arrogant behavior is in contrast to Griffin and Quintin's determination that they don't allow their own wishes and desires to hurt their families. I liked Griffin's motto: think much, so that you shall regret little, and pray much.
I very much enjoyed the strong alliance shown towards the ending between all the previously feuding characters: the Barons of Godsmere, Emberly and Blackwood and their respective brides.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes medieval romance with strong and honourable characters.
Although I enjoy all of her books, my favorites are from this "Knights in shining armor" time period. I'm so excited to hear Durant's story to continue the Age of Faith series. 2017....I can hardly wait. Thank you Tamara Leigh!
By the way...I can almost see an entirely new series starting with Rhys and the next generation. What do you think Tamara??? I loved that this epilogue took us far into the future! Thank you for not finishing the story at the wedding! I groan every single time that predictable ending shows up!