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- Print Length: 314 pages
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- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FUM2Y3I
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Krishnan Nayar is lost in the Welsh countryside, separated from his friends by a mysterious fog, when he is rescued by Bleddyn ap Rhys, a Welsh knight on an honest-to-gawd horse. He brings him to Castle Gwdyir and very quickly Krish realizes he has time-traveled to the year 1626, and just as quickly he and Bleddyn fall into insta-lust / love ,,, as in a matter of hours.
As the blurb says "their love means a death sentence." For REAL, as in castration, stoning, burning at the stake, flogging, mutilation .... you get the horrid, totally sickening idea. Which is why the idea of Krish and Bleddyn pretty much openly living together, the occasional kiss in the stables, a snog in the countryside, and an explicit scene OUTSIDE the door of their bedroom in the castle is way too historically inaccurate to bear. Despite the plentitude of very steamy sex scenes, at the mid-point of the book it felt like the story was in a rut, a long drawn-out rut. In fact, there were almost too many similar sex scenes ..... wait, what? Yeah, I can't believe I actually wrote that either.
But the introduction of a paranormal element that explained Krish's excruciating nightmares and why Krish and Bleddyn were so drawn to one another salvaged the story toward the end of the book. E.L. Phillips did a very good job of showing just how much in love Krish and Bleddyn were, as well as their sizzling sexual chemistry, and I liked how the author threaded the story of Bleddyn's first love through the plot, and how that brought about a very satisfactory ending to the story.
I received an ARC of this book from Bold Strokes Books, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Krish is surprised when a knight in shining armor--literally--rides up on a horse to come to his aid. Although he's in pain, Krish finds the man's commitment to being in character amusing. He assumes this knight, Bleddyn, is an actor in a local renaissance faire. But when Bleddyn brings Krish back to the castle where he lives for medical attention, Krish begins to wonder just how much of this is an act. He might have actually somehow stumbled into the seventeenth century.
Despite his surroundings, Krish can't deny his attraction to his savior. And he's more than a little surprised when he gets a hint that Bleddyn might feel the same way. But if Krish acts on it, it could spell trouble. His kind of love wasn't exactly accepted in the 1600s. And he'll only be there until he finds his way back home, right?
Faced with circumstances beyond his imagination, Krish must decide to follow his head or his heart.
This book has a few things going for it that always tend to interest me. I'm a sucker for some good historical romance. And when you throw in a time travel twist, you've certainly got me interested. When an author can put them together into a compelling story--then we're talking a must read. And this fits that bill.
There's a powerful magic influencing the events in this story. And it's a magic that comes off the page and into the reader's imagination. I recommend this for anyone who is a fan of any of this story's subgenres.
I like to think that while I'm a pretty critical reviewer who stands true to the actual Goodreads rating scale, I'm not a mean or unfair reviewer. I really stick to my true feelings and try to explain them well, and I never make personal attacks on authors. That being said, sometimes the truth... hurts.
This book was painful for me to get through. I'm a HUGE fan of time-travel books, and I'd even go so far as saying that it's in my top list of favorite romance tropes. I just love it when worlds collide and people find love across different periods of time. However, time-travel books also have to make sense for them to work for me.
In Shining Armor started off okay, but after the first few pages I had a sinking feelings in my gut. This book makes some VERY big missteps that I just couldn't tolerate. For one, the insta-love was too ridiculous for me to handle. After just a day or so together, Bleddyn and Krish are talking about love and how they've never ever felt this way before. I was really put off and baffled by their level of devotion to one another. It made no sense.
Speaking of making no sense, the way that they handled Krish and him being Indian was really... bizarre. When Krish told a bunch of 17th century men that he was from American and then clarified that his family was from India, some place EXTREMELY far away from Wales, that would have brought up MANY questions. In fact, just his appearance as a dark-skinned man alone would have put him under intense scrutiny. The fact that most seemed just to accept what he said and put him up in their castle or whatever was outrageous.
And the cavalier way that Bleddyn and Krish hooked up or touched where they could get caught was... no. When having just the suspicion that you were being intimate with a man was enough that you could be put to death, kissing near where other people were walking or having sex in the trees when you wandered off from your party was just dangerous. The open way that they were with each other was alarming and totally unrealistic. You have to at least be somewhat historically accurate!
The world building was also practically non-existent. When I read a historical romance, I really like to get a sense of the world in which the characters are living. Here, the author barely skimmed over those details and focused more on the dialogue between Bleddyn and Krish, which left me feeling like I had no idea about the historical setting. I don't like that.
Finally, I have to talk about the sex. I'm a person who really likes sex, especially kinky sex, in my romance books. However, the sheer number of times that Bleddyn and Krish had sex was too much, even for me. I'm talking four or five times in just the first few chapters. There was so much sex, and so little substance that I just checked out. I ended up skimming the story and then DNFing.
There are a lot of excellent time-travel romances out there, but I'm sorry to say that this isn't one of them.