- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: NLA Digital, LLC (October 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620510596
- ISBN-13: 978-1620510599
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,939,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bride Of Larkspear: A Fitzhugh Trilogy Erotic Novella Paperback – October 3, 2012
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I loved the character David in "Tempting the Bride". He was this charming mix of utter idiocy, genuine unrequited yearning for the love of his life, and cheerful lecherousness. He was an adorable hero. He truly loved and respected his heroine for who she was- flaws and all. He genuinely treated her as his equal, if not his superior. And, he was surprisingly aware of his numerous flaws- his idiocy toward the love of his life, especially.
That said, this tale-within-a-tale is David's attempt to talk to the love of his life. His attempt to smash the wall down on his pride and show her his actions, in real life, are the total opposite of his thoughts and feelings. I mentioned that a facet of his character is cheerful lecherousness and that comes out clearly in this tale. But, that is not the whole story. Helena, the love of his life, is equally ribald. She is independent minded and not averse to discussing sex. And, she is a great reader. So, David's tale is a meeting of the minds. The way I see it is is he is pinning her into place, figuratively in a story, to make her listen to him bare his soul in the hopes she'll see past her misconceptions and his own idiotic behavior. It is actually sweet- in a totally lecherous, but totally non-harmful, way. And, as a reader, I take a little delight in how David approaches the subject. Partly smutty little boy whispering his naughty fantasies in her ear and partly wide-open adoration that leaves him shockingly vulnerable. There is a definite thread of humor underlying the tale-within-a-tale.
If you read the whole trilogy, you'll remember that David actually gave the whole story to Helena during Millie & Fitz's book. That just adds to the emotional impact of the story. David has been trying for a while- in a seriously strange way- to communicate to Helena his love. It is very sweet, in its way.
All in all, it was absolutely worth the read. If you are adamantly opposed to erotica, then approach this with caution or don't read it. The sex is slightly beyond what you normally encounter in a romance novel but I have encountered everything in it before. But, if you read the romance genre widely, then it probably won't cause you any grief at all. I only think the warnings are appropriate because the e-book is titled as erotic and, from my seriously limited point of view, I think that is a bit misleading when you take in the context of the emotions and characterizations. If the novella had been placed inside of "Tempting the Bride", I doubt I would offer any warnings at all.
Hastings writes The Bride of Larkspear to Helena - an erotic story about a woman who is in love with a married man and who has to marry another man to save her honor when her affair with the married man is discovered. This is the tale of what Hastings hopes/thinks will happen to him and Helena - that her affair with the other man will be discovered and that he will step in and marry her.
All these things happen in Tempting the Bride and The Bride of Larkspear is sort of a meta-story - a story within the story but also a description of how Hastings plan to deal with Helena`s animosity when they are married at one time in the future. He gives this story to Helena in in Tempting the Bride, she reads it and finds some truths about Hastings.
The Bride of Larkspear is - read alone - an erotic tale with a start I usually don`t care much for: The hero tries to make the heroine submit to him by giving her pleasure in bed. I don`t think you can make anyone fall in love with you by giving them sexual pleasure, especially not if they strongly dislike you. But since this is not a book to be read alone but Hasting`s fantasy, it`s a great tale. It`s heartbreaking to think that Hastings, who is really his own worst enemy when it comes to making Helena love him, has this fantasy because Helena is much more negative towards him in his fantasy than she turned out to be when what he described in The Bride of Larkspear came to happen in Tempting the Bride.
The Bride of Larkspear is a great insight to a very thought-through hero and gave depth to Tempting the Bride. If you`ve read Tempting the Bride, I will truly recommend that you read The Bride of Larkspear too. Hastings is a very good author of erotic tales :-D
Read in the context of Tempting the Bride, The Bride of Larkspear was both a very hot and a very sweet story. Five stars!