- File Size: 1299 KB
- Print Length: 283 pages
- Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (March 13, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07N974NW5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Sins of the Sire: Dark Highland Passions, #1 Kindle Edition
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Wow where do I start. This wasn’t an easy read for me. I finished this book two days ago. And I’m still not sure exactly what my opinion is other than it made me think and feel on levels not many books have. Tavish and Elyssia earned their happy ending. But at what cost? Even given the hostility of the times I wondered at just how far Tavish was willing to go to avenge the death of his sister. I didn’t have read long to get my answer. Even when he seemed to realized that what he was doing was wrong he was still swayed by his misguided sense of clan loyalty. And poor Elyssia how much she endured for the sake of others. She deserved a happy ever after and so much more. I’m not sure I could have held my faith and cared the way she did. All the degrading humiliation she endured at the hands of one, who with his word and deed could have stopped it. Barbaric. I would have liked to see Tavish suffer a little more than he did. Maybe a lot more. Not so much physically, but in his heart for how Elyssia suffered from his actions and also those of Margaret. I wanted him to realize and acknowledge how wrong he was. How can one be so blind. But that’s just me, I love a good hero grovel. For them to earn their love. Possible spoiler, I took away one star due to rape. For rape is never easy to read and I can skim over it. But there was one scene where Elyssia thought she was going to escape when she learned what the “price” of her escape was my heart broke for her and I just wanted to hold her with one arm and hold a whip to Tavishs’ back with the other. This was my first book by Emily Royal and I look forward to more. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys their romance a little dark with a healthy dose of history.
This is the debut novel by Emily Royal. I received an invitation from the author to read and review Sins of the Sire, and since the book description intrigued me, I accepted. My opinions are my own are not influenced in any way.
Whew, what an emotional rollercoaster. Sins of the Sire is a dark, twisted story, reminiscent of the bodice rippers from the seventies and eighties. It stays true to the brutality of this period of history, making it difficult to read at times. There is rape, and a great deal of violence throughout the entire book, making it a page turner.
I have mixed feelings regarding Elyssia De Montford’s character. While I liked her, she went from being a strong woman, to being too accepting of her fate. She’s fiercely determined to save her slow-witted sister from her own ordeal, and an ordeal it is! I could understand why she wanted to protect Grace, but the manner she used did not sit well with me. While I admired her for her loyalty, I wanted her to fight her situation with greater determination.
Tavish MacLean is not a hero to admire. He’s brutal and treats Elyssia with great cruelty throughout most of the book. Even when he learns she’s the woman who saved his life, he’s hell-bent on exacting revenge for what Elyssia’s father did to his sister. He is determined to plant his seed, then return her to her father carrying his bastard. I tried to take into account, the historical times this novel is set in, but I believe the author could have given the hero more integrity.
For me, this is not a romance. It’s historical fiction, masterfully written. If I had understood that, I could have been more accepting of the content. Unfortunately, it is categorized as a romance. There is nothing remotely romantic about the relationship between the hero and heroine. The sexual scenes show no tenderness or care. Even at the end, when he is supposed to love her, he takes her too forcefully. If the author had given him even a little remorse for what he’d put her through, I would have felt differently.
As a romance, it deserves 1 star, but as historical fiction, I would give it five. The author is true to the historical times, which were indeed brutal and dark. The suspenseful scenes are brilliantly written, and while difficult to read, are spellbinding, so much so, that I gave it an overall 3.5 stars. The publisher should consider revising the category for this novel.
If you enjoy dark, gritty novels of great historical accuracy, then you will love Sins of the Sire. If you’re looking for a romance, I would not suggest reading this book. Now that I understand Ms. Royal’s writing style, I will read the next book, knowing in advance, it will be a tale of the brutality of medieval times. Her writing is exciting and compelling. I will not expect romance. Happy reading!
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