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Oath: A Lords of Action Novel Kindle Edition
"KJ Jackson's newest book, Oath, is a spellbinding story of lost love and revenge." -- Kathleen T., Amazon review
About the Author
- ASIN : B01MR7RNJ2
- Publisher : AWD Publishing (January 23, 2017)
- Publication date : January 23, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1070 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,028 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story begins with the young sixteen-year-old heroine Livia meeting hero Tieran, Earl of Reggard. The next chapter goes forward several years with both the leads having lost their mates. The reader has to piece together their history. The easy part is figuring out their pasts with their deceased spouses, the harder and more important aspect is cobbling together their own doomed love which was not well explained. I had difficulty understanding their love story because of this. Supposedly they had a love for the ages but not nearly enough time is spent on this phase of their story and because it is glossed over, the instant connection they have does not feel real or genuine.
Livia is consumed by vengeance and this makes only a little sense unless the reader makes many assumptions about her mental state; she has an unhealthy and destructive sense of guilt. She seems to have adopted the woes of others. I had a hard time empathizing with a woman who will ruin others with absolutely zero qualms about the innocents that get hurt in the process. Livia is a one note character. Kindness is not a big part of her nature and she will not listen to anyone but her best friend. Livia is motivated in her decisions by guilt and rage. Her thirst to ruin others is not an attractive quality and quite frankly I could not imagine the hero Tieran being so forgiving of her embarrassing and indecent actions especially against his friend. He also has to save her several times because she cannot grasp intentions nor cues to people’s personalities and actions.
This novel has some dark themes. This does not have to hamper a book but usually there is a light in this gloom, the leads who are madly in love. This couple goes over the same argument again and again. Tieran, “Livia, give up your vengeance.” Livia, “no”. I might have felt more of a connection with these leads if I could have seen them fall in love when they were younger but the reader is just expected to accept this with little information on their courtship. I just did not care what happened to this couple, although I believe that Tieran might have been happier with someone else and Livia would have been just as content to heap retribution on all her enemies sans her hero.
As with Ms. K.J. Jackson's other books, Oath is a well written romance with all the expected challenges and with a bit of suspense. I loved young Livia and Tieran. However it was their grown-up damaged selves that moved this gritty story into emotional areas that are still relevant today.
In many ways this engrossing read was difficult to read. Still I liked it and would recommend it, but only with the following alerts.
Alert: This book deals with PTSD, graphic sex and vulgarities.
Sexual situations may offend some readers
KJ Jackson's newest book, Oath, is a spellbinding story of lost love and revenge. The hero, Lord Reggard, returns home from the war a broken and shattered man. Living only for the day he can return to the one person who can restore his soul, he finds her married to a much older titled gentleman. Thinking her a title grabbing harlot, he puts his life somewhat back together and marries a woman he falls in love with. But his life is upended once again when she and his child die in childbirth. The two meet once again a few years after the deaths of their respective spouses and each realizes their spark for each other still remains. However many secrets and truths must be faced before this couple reconnect and find happiness together. I thoroughly enjoy this author's writing, and this book was especially good.
Top reviews from other countries
Tieran knows Livia has a list, but not what the list is of, he just knows that whomever Livia targets find themselves ruined in time, and he cannot let that happen to his once best friend and brother in law.
They are both living with ghosts of lost loves and war, and they both try to avoid the return of the heartache caused long ago to circumstances beyond their control.
Tieran wants to give Livia peace, so he tries to stop her at every turn on her destructive vengeance, because he doesn't understand the reason for it, and Livia's heart and head are at war by wanting what Tieran is offering, but she will not compromise on the vengeance.
I couldn't wait to see what happened at the end but it was very unexpected, I was literally shouting at my kindle at 2 in the morning. This series is just getting better and better, and I can't wait for another installment.
I received an advanced copy for an honest review, but I've bought it too to show my support of the brilliant work of K J Jackson.
Jackson never fails to grab my interest at the first word and keeps me emotionally entangled until the end and 'Oath' is no exception. It has engaging characters with dark and tormented pasts, a spark infused passion and a soul deep - heart wrenching - love that pulls and tears at your heart strings making you smile, tingle and cry throughout. Utterly fabulous. A romance immersed in darkness and grit and drenched in torment, doubt and the seeking of redemption not through the characters set path of vengeance but in a greater level of connection, understanding and acceptance between the leads, Liv and Tieran. I highly recommend this HEA read (even if you have yet to read the other books in the series).
The hero of this story was introduced in K J’s previous novel Promise and had sparked my interest from there. Tieron is Fletcher’s grieving brother-in-law who is still recovering from the death of his beloved wife in childbirth and he did intrigue me. The heroine was actually a real surprise to me. She also appears in the previous novel but in a much more negative role. I did not expect her to be linked to Tieran at all and I had my misgivings about how K J could give her character the empathy required to have her be a believable and worthy heroine as in all her previous novels. I needn’t have worried. K J’s writing is such that by the time I finished the novel Liv has without a doubt earned her place with every one of K.J’s characteristically strong heroines.
I don’t wish to be too spoilerish so won’t go into detail regarding the plot but I thought it a really good way to end the series [and of course there is plenty of action and excitement along the way]. But that is not to say that this overshadowed the main romance. Tieran and Liv’s second chance at happiness was hard fought and all the more satisfying when they received their happy ever after. [Although I did feel a little frustrated with Liv at times and wished that she would just trust Tieran a bit more and confide in him]
I would highly recommend this and all K J’s previous books. I was given an arc by the author for my honest review but I have also purchased my own copy to show my support.
This is the third I have read in this series and have enjoyed nobe of off them. 'Lesson learned'.
The 'hero'??? in this book was not to me taste, he appeared to be more concerned to be upset over what he had suffered in his life than our abused herione.
I have said enough as I won't spoil it for those who wish to purchase.
NOTE TO SELF
Don't buy anymore of this series you hated the first tgree