- File Size: 2158 KB
- Print Length: 223 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bennett Street Books (May 20, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 20, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B088ZSQRH9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Taming the Wolf was Dunstan and Marion's story and is firmly planted on my "keeper shelf". The de Burgh Bride is Geoffery and Elene's story, and after reading hundreds of romance novels, I can say that I've never read one like this before!
Geoffrey draws the "short straw"...literally and is ordered by the king to wed "the Fitzhugh". Elene Fitzhugh is known for her violence, temper, and unkept appearance. She murdered her last husband on their wedding night, and men "fear for their lives" around her. I have to be honest, Simmons almost waits to long to bring this "lady" around. She is very unlikeable. Her temper is horrible, and she pouts, screams, tantrums, and acts like an unruly child for a great portion of the book. However, while you are "disliking" Elene, you are "falling" for Geoffrey. He is almost the "perfect man". I had many "ahahh" moments and wanted to shake Elene for not waking up to what was right before her own eyes....a husband like no other!
Their relationship...evolves. That is the only way I can describe it. It is gradual enough that it is made believable, and Geoffrey was Elene's ideal match. Had any of the other brothers wed her, this book may have been found in the "war" section...not the "romance" section.
This is a special and original treat!
Geoff De Burgh, literally draws the short straw when he must marry Elene Fitzhugh by order of the King. While Geoff is a fearsome knight like his other brothers, he's the most kind and intellectual of the bunch and all of them are dismayed that he's being given to 'the Fitzhugh', a woman rumored to have killed her first husband on their wedding night. When Geoff first meets Elene, she lives up to her reputation and is a cantankerous hellion. But he's quickly able to see beneath her aggressive facade to a fiercely loyal and vulnerable woman.
But as Elene and Geoff get closer, there's an assassin in the wings trying to kill Geoff and frame Elene. Can Geoff win Elene and save his own hide as well?
Of course you can probably figure out the answer to that question! I adored everything about this book. Geoff is just a wonderful hero, patient and understanding and those qualities finally pay off as Elene falls in love with him. It's so fun to watch this unfold and I appreciate that this wasn't by any means an 'insta-romance'. The main couple move from wariness, to mutual respect and finally to love.
One thing though, Geoff may be incredibly patient, but you may not be. After about the fifth of Elene's trantrums, I almost started flipping pages in exasperation (though it was pretty amusing as well), but the pay-off was so lovely I'm glad I kept on reading. This appears to be second (or even third) in a series, but it didn't affect my understanding of the story at all. Great read!