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The Saxon Bride (Norman Conquest Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1536 KB
- Publication date : July 20, 2014
- Print length : 223 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00M08LCJI
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #321,348 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While this book had a decent plot buried in there, somewhere, it never actually showed up. There was nothing wrong with either main character, but the fact that the book hardly EVER had them interact made their love story pretty much impossible to believe. They spend the majority of the time apart. And in the few rare times they are actually in the same place at the same time, their is nothing done to actually develop their relationship. The book pretty much just TELLS you "and now they are in love" rather then show you them falling in love. It just seems to happen so that the plot can attempt to move forward. Attempt being the key word.
The way the book handles the passing of time also gave me a headache. It just seemed to jump without warning. Oh they tell you time passes, but never really go over just how much time it was. There is one actual marked jump in time and that's the years between the prologue and chapter one. After that, you are pretty much on your own. Was it a week? Was it a month? Don't ask me! All we seem to know is that it's been a long time of him trying to track down some folks and her sitting around waiting for him to come home. How thrilling?
It took that long for the main characters to get together, and although that in itself might not necessarily be unusual, getting there was absolutely ridiculous. Time and again, he would approach her (and they were married in Chapter 1) and she would say something that made him leave without consummating the marriage.
Time and again we heard that he would “die” if he didn’t have her soon, but he’d leave her yet again. It was ridiculous. I’m not saying he should have forced himself on her of course, but it was clear they lusted after each other (I’m reluctant to call it love as they really didn’t spend enough time together to even know anything about each other).
Then they’re finally together and it was so cheesy and poorly written I was rolling my eyes. It wasn’t romantic or sexy in the least. Talk about euphemisms - they were aplenty.
Another thing that bothered me was a vacillation between medieval language and more modern terms and expressions. It just wasn’t consistent.
I’m sure there’s a plot in there somewhere, I just couldn’t find it other than “come here, come here, get away, get away . . . And now oh, yes I want you, more, more.” Seriously - there are much better ways to do a slow burn and build a relationship. What am I saying! There was no relationship. Just lust.
Now, in fairness, perhaps it gets better and perhaps the two main characters really do start understanding each other and developing a real love but I just couldn’t bear to stick around for it. For being only 200 pages long and plodding through 100 of them I finally gave up and turned to something else. There are plenty of good books out there waiting to be read - this just isn’t one of them (IMHO). I’m deleting from my Kindle and putting this author on my “do not read” list. Read at your own risk. Two stars in fairness because I didn’t finish. It isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read but it’s a far, far cry from a good book.