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- Print Length: 339 pages
- Publisher: Malachite Publishing LLC (May 8, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BS2BF4V
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Read Copy of this book, LOVED it so much, I bought a copy for myself.
Picks up where book 2 left us, with Flicka turning to her bodyguard, Dieter, after being brutally sexually violated and her life threatened...and him helping her to run for her life. Disappearing. But as they’re on the run, the story switches to reminiscing about how they first met. Dual POV’s remembering...two backstories. It was good and the author is skilled in conveying the history of Flicka and Dieter as well as the history of several royal dynasties AND their armies. But the story doesn’t show much progression of Dieter and Flicka moving forward. A mixture of too much going on and nothing happening all at the same time. By 64% into the story it switches back to current day and it wasn’t until this point that I began to relate to Flicka. She became more human, down to earth and likable. I began to care about her and her dilemma. Unfortunately it took getting to 64% of the book before I began to feel a connection. The story stops at 94%, right when it was finally getting somewhere. Love Dieter...still cannot understand what he sees in Flicka.
Flicka was someone I wanted to get to know since 1st read about her in another book, especially since she was the elusive Wulfram's little sister. She had to be interesting, right? Deiter, stalwart bodyguard, was another character that seemed to have more to his story than met the eye. Them together, then not together...both seemingly brokenhearted from love lost, well, just give me more please!!! Deiter, the protector is just SO DARN HOT. He would do anything to save her from her abusive, betrayer of a husband, who's true colors came out in the last book. So when she makes her escape, she runs to him.
This book shows them on the run from Pierre, the loser husband who only wants to keep Flicka around to give him a legitimate heir (he has plenty of illegitimate ones)& so he doesn't lose the coveted title he gained from marrying her. There are so many people trying to capture her, kidnap her, whatever it takes to return her to her husband.
We also see hints of Deiter's mysterious past being revealed, juicy bit by bit. Flicka is smart & knows him well so she is also piecing together his past. He takes such risks to keep her safe & one of his choices toward the end of this installment is about to bite them both in their butts!
I CANNOT wait to see how this all works out in the next & I think last of the Flicka books in the Billionaires in Disguise series.
As I've said in a previous review, do yourself a HUGE literary favor, find out the reading order of BB's books. Read EVERY ONE even if it takes a long time & your house is covered in layers of dust afterwards! It will be so worth it.
In Shining Armor- RECOMMEND!👸💕
While the first book had an almost rom-com feel to it at times, this one has a slightly darker quality. But then, hey. We went from Princess marrying the most eligible bachelor Prince in the most spectacular wedding during book one to Princess running not only for her life, but cut off from the only family she has or her "storybook handsome Prince" husband will murder them as well. That's fairly dark...
But while this portion of the tale might not include as much humor, there is still plenty of sizzle as well as moments of joy. We learn about Dieter and Flicka's affair and their year together in London. Holy hot wings, my kindle nearly spontaneously combusted! Those two deserved an Emmy for acting normally in public when they were that smokin' behind closed doors! Dieter must have the absolute best poker face ever.
As with the previous book in this series, the reader will find sexy steam heat, adult language and adult situations. Sensitive readers may find possible triggers regarding rape and kidnapping. Mostly though, the reader will find an undeniably outstanding story of love, romance, trust, family, loyalty, protection, honor, and hope.
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As in the past and as this book began, I initially found it difficult to connect with Flicka as a character. By the time I had reached the 15-20% mark, Blair was turning my emotions on their head and I began to connect with Flicka. Was this due to her experiences with Pierre, of course but more importantly it was due to Flickas vulnerability as a fellow woman and the emotional content within the storyline.
Blair seamlessly blends In Shining Armour into the BID timeline as well as covering the history between Dieter and Flicka. This was a massive turning point for me, allowing me to truly fall under their spell as a couple. By Regrets and Recriminations my heart was breaking for Dieter. I often wondered why Dieter had stayed with Wulf for so long, knowing the Von Hanover's moved within the same social circles. As certain past characters began making appearances I was screaming "yes!" at my Kindle. (not mentioning names, you'll have to read it to get them)
Dieter or Raphael, a story within a story. Where will Blair take us next? Will Flicka ever be free of Pierre? Will they survive to have a future together? BUT AS ALWAYS...expect the unexpected in any book by Blair, In Shinning Armour is by no means an exception!
Blair Babylon is the only author who has been able to keep me emotionally and mentally engaged in every character and storyline from the very first book in the Billionaires In Disguise Series, back in 2013. At times having to put my kindle down and breathe through the emotions and most importantly, stock up on chocolate! I have never pre-ordered a series so fast in my life. Book 3, In A Faraway Land cannot come fast enough.
"Advance Review Copy received for my consideration and honest review"
Having said that, this piece of the story is important to understand the relationships between Flicka and Pierre and Dieter. We see that Pierre is an even bigger jerk than what we first thought in previous stories. He is a selfish arse who really only cares about the crown and not the lives of all the others he affects with his decisions/actions. After being abused by Pierre, Flicka flees to the one person she can always trust and thankfully Dieter is always ready to protect her. I really hope at some point Pierre gets what he truly deserves (not the crown and not death; he needs to suffer.. a lot).
A little bit of Dieter's past has now been revealed and we can only guess that his background will cause a lot more problems for the couple. I hope that Flicka forgives him soon and that they can work on forging a real relationship and work together to fight all their external enemies verses each other. As well, it will be interesting to see how the relationship between Wulf and Dieter will change as the various secrets are revealed. Hopefully these two remain tight.
Blair has such dedication to the soul, the idiosyncracies and nuances of Flicka and Dieter. The gritty facts aren't lingered over like dessert at a feast (very thankfully), like some authors have revelled in. Neither are the readers left to wonder how such events could be shucked aside, for life to continue as if normal again.
I knew this book was not the end of the story, with improbably tied up plot lines(which Blair NEVER does). Yet, when I saw 80% read come and go on my Fire, my heart started pounding. So, then I'm at the end of this story and I groaned! Another Month ++ until book 3!! Then I cried.
The note at the end, about the statistics representing too many women and children! I really cried, of course I know how likely those statistics occur in every woman's life or in her circle of friends. My Lan Ta!! Blair, you really knocked this book out of the park!! Flicka's evolution. Then finally, we get peeks into where Dieter has evolved from.
Too much time until book #3.