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Rochelle is a feisty heroine ordered to marry a warrior by the Emperor, Louis the Pious, against her will. Even though she is determined never to marry, she is attracted to David and kindly tends him when he suffers a debilitating headache from a blow to his head, creating an unwelcome bond between them.
Rochelle independently manages her estate and does not want "changes" being married would bring. The H & H relationship is rocky. They have unwanted feelings for each other which confused both David and Rachelle. External parties try to keep them apart, although the King had decreed they marry.
I recommend "Unbidden" as a touching romance, with betrayals, kidnapping and mystery.
The author keeps you wanting more.
Unbidden by Jill Hughey is the first book in the Evolution Series. It introduces a rich cast of characters from the period of the early French empire, complete with complex histories and psychologies, contributing to a fascinating tale. We meet Rochelle, in charge of her estate after the death of her father, and unaccustomed to being under the control of any man; David, a warrior who must come to terms with the tender feelings Rochelle evokes; David’s brother Doeg, who has his own demons to contend with; and Theophilus, on the surface a dandy who also once loved Rochelle, but has conceded the field to his best friend.
You’ll read with rapt interest as Rochelle and David grow to love and respect each other, bite your nails as their love is threatened by Rochelle’s impetuous act, and cheer as they grope for each other in the dark—quite literally. This story had a bit of everything. Nicely inserted historical and cultural details for the lovers of history, a bit of mystery and suspense, and a couple of hot, but tastefully done, flesh on flesh scenes.
A great summer read.
I appreciated the time the story took to develop the relationship and love between Rochelle and David. There have been books that I’ve read where it seems the main couple just fell in love overnight without truly establishing the steps it took for them to get where they were. It made their relationship less credible which took away from the story. In this book however, you read the changes that David and especially Rochelle undergo the more they spent time with each other. It’s a gradual shift from where they started and considering Louis basically commanded Rochelle to marry David or lose her home it really was a big hill to climb. But that was what made the book so enjoyable. I loved reading the growing bond between them and how miscommunication, distrust and fear almost brought them to the brink of disaster only to have these conflicts strengthen their love.
David and Rochelle were just great characters whom you can both cheer for and also be exasperated with. They each had their own traits that made them strong on their own but also made them compatible with each other. Plus, they each had their own faults that contributed to their relationship almost falling apart. They both carry some burden of culpability in what happened.
In David you find a strong, honorable, and caring man who wants a place to call home and a family to go along with it. You can admire his patience and persistence in his wooing of Rochelle even amongst her multiple denials about marriage to him. He can be so loyal, in fact even loyal to a fault which can turn against his favor especially regarding his older brother Doeg. David was a great leading man with an attractive combination of charisma and alpha male soldier.
Rochelle is a female lead that you come to respect in how she takes responsibility for running her estate and being the leader amongst her tenants. She has a strong sense of independence bordering on being stubborn. The change in heart that occurs with her really pushes the story. It was interesting to read how she matures from the female fiercely refusing to marry against her wishes to a woman who learns the benefits of having a loving partner in her life without having to compromise her stature as leader in her estate. She can make like her one minute and become frustrated with her the next.
I have to give a special shout out to Theophilus or Theo. I was first introduced to him in Vain which I read before this book even though it was the third installment in the series. It was great seeing him in a different context than what I remembered from in his book. I really liked him in his role as best friend to David. I enjoyed their camaraderie and the times when Theo had to get in his face to see how foolish David is behaving. I liked seeing Theo in a more relaxed and supportive state. It gave me another picture of who he is on top of the man I read in Vain.
Unbidden was a very enjoyable read for me. The story was well crafted, taking the time to develop the relationship between David and Rochelle. It was flirty, passionate, conflicting and frustrating. I liked how Doeg’s story was introduced into this first book with his scheming against his brother. It served to both add another layer to David’s story and to set the tone for the second book focusing on Doeg’s redemption. Since I’ve enjoyed the other 2 books of the series, it would stand to reason that I will look to read the second book of the series. I have no doubt that it will provide me with an enthralling story just as the previous books have done.
I enjoyed the body language of this couple. The tiny details of how their fingertips would touch, the tracing of lines along the inside of the wrist, the holding of fists in an open hand. These moments were well written so that even now, I can vividly see them as they were played out.
The only part I chose not to read was the scene in the church after the tournament. It was a personal decision and especially given the time period, something that probably wouldn't have happened.
Other than those occurrences, a wonderful read I would recommend to all who enjoy historical romances.
I would also like to applaud the author for her detail to spelling and punctuation. This is one of the very few e-books I've read where I haven't had to reread a line or been brought out of a story for something as basic as spelling. Thank you for honouring your craft.