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Her Dark Baron by [Notariani, Nadja]
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Length: 98 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Product Details

  • File Size: 301 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Nadja Notariani; 1 edition (December 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HURKKK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I was in my early twenties, I used to devour a Barbara Cartland historical romance every night. They were short and so romantic! It's been a long time since I've read any historical romances and I didn't realize how badly I'd missed them until I read Her Dark Baron. This book was so well written, and it kept me interested through the whole story. It was sweet, sexy, and intriguing. The love scenes were much more graphic than the old books I used to read, but I CERTAINLY didn't mind. This was a great read and I definitely look forward to more from this author.
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I am an avid reader of historicals, whether they are straight fiction or romance, and after I purchased a top historical novel online Amazon recommended Her Dark Baron by author Nadja Notariani. I thought for 99 cents I'd give it a try. From the Amazon description I thought I was getting romance, history, and a little mystery, but what I got was an atrocity trying to pass itself off as a romance novel. How I got through this very short novella is beyond me. I kept going just because I couldn't believe that someone who considers themselves an author could be so ignorant of the English language, the necessity of plot and tension, point of view within a story, and the history of the time period she is writing about.

First, the author uses words for which she does not know the meaning, such as alight and vulgar. I realize these aren't even SAT caliber words so you'd expect a person who considers themselves an author to know the meanings, but this one doesn't. Then there are some very basic grammar problems. Has no one ever taught this woman how to use a comma? Does she have an editor? The writing ends up stilted because Ms. Notariani strings together words that don't belong together or make sense.

Also, while in the point of view of one of our main characters, Mariel, the author has the character describe the color of her own cheeks. Problem is that she isn't looking in the mirror. She and her hero must also be mind-readers because they always seem to know what the other is thinking and feeling without any dialogue between the characters. This is a serious point of view problem, which any avid reader should have caught, let alone an editor. Then there are the laughable errors, such as the unfortunate innuendo when the hero draws his short blade to cut his own leg.
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I mostly enjoyed reading this book. At $0.99, it's worth a shot. My only real complaint is that in several places in the story, the author suddenly skips ahead in the timeline, mentioning in a single sentence several important things that have happened. It felt rushed, and I think if these moments had been expanded on, it would have made for a much better read.
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Her Dark Baron is written beautifully. The words flow well and the descriptions are vivid and transport you immediately to a different time period with ease. The novella has just the right touch of intrigue, mystery and sensuality to it to make it a great romantic read.

I was drawn in from the very first chapter. Mariel, our leading lady, is such a great character and what I loved about her was that she was strong-willed. Yes, she did need saving. Yes, she did what she was ordered too, but there is some part of her that doesn't conform to the ideas around her. She thinks for herself and it was great to see her interaction with her husband.

So, we come to Gervase. He's mysterious and dangerous, and I was curious about his character from the beginning. Was he a murderer? What did he want with Mariel? Was he going to hurt her? Nadja Notariani answers all our questions in due time and I was satisfied with what I learned. The steamy scenes are written well but, keep in mind, this is a book for adults not teens. When Mariel and Gervase consummate their marriage, it is well worth the wait.

A mystery kicks in midway and I'd already made my deductions about who was behind it. I ended up being half wrong so that left me feeling surprised. It was a well-incorporated plot twist so I have to give Ms Notariani points for that. The side characters weren't just there for the sake of being there. They each had a purpose and a strong personality, and were memorable in their own way, especially Baron Flanders. I appreciate how difficult this must be considering it is a novella and there is a limit on words.

The only thing I wished was different was that it had been a full length novel instead of a novella. I was so absorbed by this world that I didn't want to leave so soon.
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Slow start for plot and characters but finally started to grow so that I finished this book. Will try another by this author to see if it was just this book or what. Suggested reading, price was right.
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"Her Dark Baron" was just the type of book I like - but this one did not develope the Hero enough for me. I love strong Alpha's in Romance novels. The rakish good looks, the powerful horses, the skilled lover - I like it all; but I did not get to know the hero enough, what was he doing with his life, I suspect it was a "good thing", but what???.

It was an okay read; I know the setting is in the 1600's, however, the boating plot would not take CSI to figure out - what was the villian thinking??? But you'll see - it was certainly some tom foolery on the villian's part. I hope there is more of the Baron in future books. I rather liked him.
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