- File Size: 2941 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: ePublishing Works!; The Author's Cut Edition edition (April 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004W4M5FS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emlyn is trying to hold her family and their holding together following the death of her father and the unjust arrest of her brother when she suddenly discovers that King John has arranged for her to marry an unappealing and cruel man. To add insult to injury, her siblings are going to be fostered by the man's son (a baron) in another location, so she won't be able to stay with them -- and her family's land is forfeit.
As she gets to know the man's son, they establish a lust/hate relationship, but her heart really belongs -- as it has since girlhood -- to the outlaw who opposes the king with great panache and style. When she runs away from the soldiers escorting her to her new home, she reconnects with this outlaw and he has a chance to see how the young girl who once saved his life has grown up. Only he looks a lot like the baron and that catches her attention, so he explains that he's really the man's half-brother . . . see where this is going? It wouldn't be a problem -- I love a good masked hero story.
Except there is no mask involved. After being so involved with the baron that she helped him take a bath and had lengthy conversations, she's unable to recognize him, in unmasked form, over multiple conversations.
And the favor is returned when later, after they know each other MUCH better, she impersonates her sister and goes to see her siblings at the his castle. He sees her and . . . fails to recognize her, meaning that these two have entire conversations where they fail to realize who the other one is. Maybe one person in a romance would have severe facial aphasia, but TWO? And they also can't recognize speech patterns? It was just too much.
Other than this amazingly weird deficiency on the part of both main characters, the book was okay. I felt like the plot was very predictable and I had to force myself to finish it. There was a lot of detail and you can tell that the author is very comfortable with the time period. I would consider reading another one of her books if I felt there was a better plot.
How can you see someone in person and mistake their eye color or mistake them for someone else? It did not make sense and was not very well thought out.
A good read, not a great one, will not go on my re read list. Nor does it inspire me to buy anymore books by this author.
This historical romance has a very good plot, but there are many problems with the manuscript. The vocabulary is archaic and makes it hard to understand some aspects of the settings and descriptions. Even though a story takes place a long time ago, using outdated language will only confuse the reader. The other major issue I had was the lack of an editor. I saw an abundance of spelling, punctuation and word usage mistakes. Case in point, I found the main character’s name misspelled. It's sad that a great story gets burdened by a bad or nonexistent editor.
Her father has died and her brother imprisoned by the king. She is at the mercy of the king's whim regarding her future, and he has decided to award her hand in marriage to a despicable man -- a man who is rumored to have murdered his first wife. He is an old guy too by the way. But he has a son, Nicholas, though the two of them don't get along.
The area has the protection of a mysterious Green Man, rumored to be a demon. And there is Black Thorne who gives authorities trouble.
The heroine has younger siblings and she wants to protect them. The children are placed into the charge of the evil guy's son. While being escorted to her groom she is rescued by something in the forest. She awakens to find herself in the care of a village family and of Thorne.
Of course she falls in love with Thorne -- who looks remarkably like Nicholas. Thorne says they are half brothers. I really couldn't buy that she didn't realize the truth. But he tells her the only way she can avoid being forced to marry the evil guy is to marry someone else. She marries Thorne. Apparently Nicholas was in the process of arranging a marriage to her years ago but due to the ensuing problems it was never completed. However there were papers drawn up to show the intent and he was her legitimate fiance.
So she is upset when she discovers who her husband is, and there is treachery to deal with.
I couldn't get interested in this one.
I really, really loved the way the entire story was constructed and that you were kept guessing for a good part of the time who the actually Black Thorne was. You, kind of thought you knew, but you really, really weren't sure until they spelled it out.
Would highly recommend this story for words pictures alone. I love an author who can make you see the scenes and the happenings in your minds eye just by use of her words. This one can.
Keep up the good work.