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Vow of Seduction (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2009
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About the Author
Angela Johnson fell in love with romance novels in high school. In college, she earned a degree in history. Today, she combines her two favorite passions--history and romance--into a writing career. Loving to research and spin sensual tales, Angela lives in Kansas, with Joe, her very own hero of twenty-three years.
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Top Customer Reviews
That being said, this is definitely a first book. And has some of the requisite new-author mistakes that other commentators have pointed out. Some of the sex scenes are beautiful and very well done, but some of them were eye-rolling annoyances. The characters are interesting, and I found the premise of the plot to be intriguing (a thought-dead man returns from a Crusade to a wife he abandoned, whom he has idolized during years in a Saracen prison), but the plot has holes and is not well-developed. The threads do not come together in a beautiful tapestry, although the writing is often quite good, and the characters are engaging. I found the heroine to be worth reading, and the hero a tragic, compelling man. I stuck through some of the other issues because I really wanted them to get their Happily Ever After.
The secondary plots were not as well-done as the primary. And the sudden appearance of Alex's first love about halfway through the book was frustrating, but provided the necessary modus apperandi for the plot to tie up in the end. That being said, though, if you're looking for a good erotic romance, there is a lot of sex, and most of it is quite well-written. All of it makes sense in the plot of the book, because the whole premise of their relationship is seduction.
Given the fact that there were glimmers of real excellence in the book, I really hope that Angela Johnson continues to write. I appreciated the uniqueness of the plot, and thought there were some love scenes that rivaled some of the best I've read in this genre. I will look forward to getting a chance to read another of Ms. Johnson's books at some point in the future. Thanks for an interesting first read.
The only reason I felt this story should not be rated a 5 is because the final ending chapters seemed to have been very rushed by the author. The heroine although very much in love with her perceivingly betraying husband, holds on to her conviction of not wanting to forgive her husband for setting off to the Crusades battle the day after their arranged marital ceremony (she was in love with him since she was old enough to wield a bow and arrow, and he was an honorable lad training to be a knight) throughout the entire book.
Although the hero woos his wife in order to gain her trust once more, falls in love with her beyond measure and risks his life for her, the heroine maintains her hardened position throughout the entire book. Unconvincingly to us readers, the heroine changes her mind in the final two pages of the book by accepting his declaration of love after he has seduced her with very passionate lovemaking. Also, there were various sub-plots within this story that left little to the imagination as one could easily guess one of the culprits to the hero's imprisonment and hence the reason for his delay to returning to his wife any time sooner. The other culprit's reason for being involved in such treason is a bit questionable. Moreover, the end destination to the master schemer of this whole evil plot against the hero was totally bogus and did not seem in coherence to what the notorious King Edward Longshanks would have executed to someone for having performed such a criminal act against one of his knights and cousin. The King was very supportive of his knights within this book and even assisted in capturing the bounty-hunter-like criminal ("Scarface")so that the hero can personally interrogate and submit for further torturing as he pleased. Furthermore, the heorine was the king's cousin and when in captivity, she kept informing her captors that King Edward Longshanks would not react kindly to such treasonous behavior against his valuable knight and herself, his cousin. Yet, at the end of the book, there was no mention of the King having been involved in any retaliation efforts towards said master schemer. It was wrapped up too quickly and any potential loose ends were too easily dismissed.
However, on an overall basis, this was a very good book!
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