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Noticing that sparks are flying between his wife Sarah and his stable hand Marcus he decides to start a dangerous game between them in an effort to bring Marcus into his inner circle.
There’s much talk of love in this novel, Sarah talks of loving her husband but also loving Marcus. Gregory talks of loving Sarah, and Marcus talks of loving Sarah. But, everyone is boinking everyone and their Mothers. This book is a lust-filled mess and it’s honestly a bit of a mess to keep up with who has boinked who.
Now we all know I’m no prude with the old boinking and I quite enjoy a good boink-fest but a lot of this felt unnecessary to the story.
We also know I like really strong women, no scrub that strong characters in general. Sarah was what I would refer to as a wet flannel (this is kind of why I avoid historical novels in general) she was completely submissive, and naive and I just found her very frustrating. I would have liked a bit more courage from her, a few more balls!
Overall I did enjoy this novella and it made for interesting afternoon reading.
A huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
Yeah, not so much.
There was plenty of lust--lust galore--I lost track at one point just who had slept with whom. Probably it would have been easier to keep track of who didn't sleep with whom, because seriously, there was a whole lot of sleeping going on in this book.
Or, you know, not actually sleeping. The other bed-based activity. But I digress.
For the most part, the "romance" in here is in the heads of the female characters--Lady Sarah, innkeeper's daughter Violet, Mary the maid--at one time or another, each of them is convinced that they're being romanced.
They're not. They're being used--for sex, for blood, as a pawn.
As for "love", I really didn't see any of it here. Sure, Sarah thinks she loves her husband, but she really doesn't know even the most basic thing about him--ie that he is a vampire. Violet and Mary just want to be married and think Marcus is hot and a good provider. Gregory, Marcus, and Gregory's sire Lady Amelia clearly don't love anyone but themselves.
The cover leads you to expect smexytimes, and at least a touch of menage.
Again, not really. There's carnal relations galore, but for the most part they're quick, and only briefly described in general terms. There is a bit of M/M with a female watching while--ahem--enjoying herself, but it's not even the grouping pictured on the cover.
I struggled with what to rate this. The story would definitely benefit from a longer format, with more explanation of the vampires and their universe and a greatly expanded ending, because seriously, the last few paragraphs are amazingly short for the time period and events they are supposed to encompass. Head shakingly so, in fact. Then there's the writing itself--there's a whole lot of telling instead of showing, and more than a little info-dumpage throughout.
Would I have appreciated the story more if I hadn't gone into it expecting something different? Probably. Should that be reflected in my rating, though, or is it just me? That I'm not sure....
In the end, I decided on a 2.5 star/ C- rating. This one was just okay, and I'm not sure it will inspire me to try another work by this author. Possibly it will work just fine for others, but it really didn't for me.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Gregory knows that his wife Sarah will do anything to give him a child. Sadly, that's the one he knows he cannot give her. He's a vampire, you see, and vampires can't procreate. Never-the-less, that doesn't deter him from concocting the perfect plan to give Sarah exactly what she wants. He knows that making sure everything goes to plan will be a tad difficult, but that's never stopped him before.
Setting things into motion, Gregory soon realizes that not everything is as simple as they seem. Sarah has plans of her own, and she's determined in making sure she gets exactly what she wants. Amelia, his paramour, has come along for the ride, intent on helping him see things through. In his mind, they'll be able to ensure that he finally gets the heir he's so desired. Not to mention his just desserts in the long run.
This was honestly a very riveting story. I liked the way Catherine set the stage for each of her characters. They're all playing a game of cat and mouse, intent on gaining the upper hand in hopes of winning their heart's desires. Yes, this is a vampire story, but I like the fact that it's set in Victorian times. It's refreshing to see just how far Gregory will go to make sure he gets what he wants and more. Looking forward to more of Catherine's books.
Please Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I start this book thought about affairs. I always love to read some dirty minds,lusts etcs.
And this is a great affair read for me.Read more