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Come the Morning (Graham Clan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“A swashbuckling tale of warring factions in 12th-century Scotland . . . Characters are richly detailed; their romantic interplay is set among the vividly rendered skirmishes and treachery of medieval Scotland.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Johanna Lindsey’s medieval and Viking novels will relish this tale.” —Booklist
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- ASIN : B00N4ERNYU
- Publisher : Open Road Media Romance (October 21, 2014)
- Publication date : October 21, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4411 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 378 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #245,437 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I also agree with the comment that there is some history in this book. However this one does not compare to the rest of the Graham Family series, where at times I either put those books down, and quit reading the book, or just skipped all of those history parts because they became too boring in describing everything. The history in those was so bad I would not read them again. Where as this book i re-read.
Mellyora may be a little spoiled at the beginning, but this is another one of those where the woman does not want to except the fact that the king is forcing her to marry someone she does not like, so she fights in the only way you can. So not sure spoiled is exactly the right word. Some of it is, some of it isn't. That she thinks she can get away with not doing what the king wants, with no real consequences is the stupid spoiled part. I am one of those people that likes the forceful man though, as long as it comes down to seduction in the end and is not rape. Once they are married they fall in love pretty quickly. I love the part where Mellyora is telling a story and is dancing, and Waryk's friend who doesn't know who she is, says he is in love with her. As well as what comes right after that.
Even though some what a repeat of Knight of Fire, I still loved this book. One I re-read when I get into the mood for a conqueror/forceful type of book. Also one I read straight thru, because it is hard to put down. Love the strong knight and a strong woman that can defend herself, most of the time. This is the typical, 2 people forced to marry each other who do not like each other. Bad guys causes problems. They fall in love, the woman is stolen, and brave knights gets her back and kills the bad guy. Happy Ever After! Love it!
Set in 12th century Scotland when King David I reigned, it begins as our hero, Waryk de Graham is 14 and on the battlefield with his father and uncle, both of whom are slain. In a heroic feat, he manages to rise from the assumed dead and save the remaining Scottish warriors and kill the leader of the Norse opposing forces, Renfrew. For this he is knighted by the king, and named "Lord Lion," and promised future prizes. Ten years later after he has faithfully served the king and won many battles and his reputation has spread far and wide, the King is of a mind to finally give him the promised reward. Prompted to move by the death of Adin, once a Viking conqueror who then became truly Scottish and loyal to King David, the king gives Waryk the Blue Isle--a wondrous holding--and his daughter Mellyora MacAdin, who is known as beautiful and a brilliant swordswoman. Unaware of this, when her father dies, Mellyora asks the king to allow her to rule in her father's sted and to marry the McKinney who is a laird in his own right and lives on Blue Isle. But the king wants a powerful warrior defending Blue Isle and he wants to reward Waryk. Waryk has had a mistress he has loved for years and wants to marry her. But he will bend to the King's will if only to gain the lands. So Mellyora, headstrong and courageous, after many attempts to escape, is finally resigned to marry Waryk or suffer the loss of her lands altogether. Neither likes the other and so begins the story of their tumultuous love.
It's not a unique formula and Graham (aka Drake) has done it many times over. Still, her writing is wonderful, the action does not stop, and the romance is compelling. This historical is also based on her own family history of the Graham's. However, this one did have some negatives for me. At times, Mellyora, who was supposed to be a brilliant strategist, could be quite stupid in falling into Waryk's traps and he was at times less than honorable, even mean. When he finally consummates the marriage, it seemed more like a rape than a seduction, and then he blames her for her pain. It comes together in the end but those parts did bother me.
The historical elements are well done and Graham even includes a timeline in the back for those of us truly interested in the history.
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I also liked the hero very much, because he was not only a dominant alpha male but his behavior was also very plausible (at least most of the times) for a man of this time. Although he has a mistress, he bends to the will of the king to marry the heroine because he completely depends on him and knows he has to do as the king wishes. Marriages at that time were always contracted to secure power and land, especially within the ruling class. And of course the hero wants the castle and the island that come with the bride and he doesn’t make a secret of it.
But for my taste the heroine was really annoying with her constantly running away. Her behavior was not really mature and not plausible at all. I think a woman of her time should definitely know that she has not much saying in whom or when she is to marry. And what was so bad about marrying the hero? I think she should think herself lucky to marry a young good looking knight and not to be forced to marry an old man! But of course I understand that there has to be conflict. What I also didn’t like at all about the heroine were her fighting skills with knife and sword…..also absolutely unrealistic for a female noble woman of that time. I think the heroine did behave more like a woman of modern times, which was a little annoying.
What I did like, was that the hero and heroine didn’t fall in love on first sight. And I also liked the conflict and the slowly rising sexual tension between them. I would recommend that novel to everyone that likes rather realistic and not too cheesy romance novels.