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The most interesting fact about Jill Hughey is that she can sing really, really high. As in opera-singer high. But she only does that when she is not writing, working part time as a business administrator, running her two teenaged sons around, and enjoying the support of her wonderful husband. Her ideal afternoon is spent sitting on her front porch with an iced coffee as she moves the characters in her head into her laptop. Happy reading!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146798759X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467987592
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,962,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very well written with authentic historical details, a fast paced plot with surprising twists, beautifully developed characters, and a many faceted love story! My thanks to Amazon for making Unbidden available in eBook format! I was able to download it to my Kindle, and by the end of Chapter One I was hooked and couldn't put it down! Book Two in the series promises to be equally fascinating, and I'm looking forward to more books by this author!
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This fast paced read is well written and well thought out. A true historical romance novel filled with intrigue, drama, and love twists, Unbidden was hard to put down. Thanks to the author and publisher for putting in Kindle format so readers can access it immediately! Looking forward to the next saga with Rochelle and David.
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The description provided is right on! Rochelle was very spoiled, and at the age of 19 had been running her family estate for 3 years. She was very successful and hard working. However, when the Emperor becomes aware of a young woman running an estate near an area that he wants protected for his youngest son, he selects a warrior to be her husband. I feel that Rochelle has let her past independence, total freedom from any type of control become ingrained to the point that no one could have control over her life except her.

Well when she was finally brought face to face with the Emperor I held my breath because I thought this was not going to go well at all.

David, the warrior selected by the emperor to be Rochelle's husband, was such a good man. He was so excited that he had been selected by the emperor to wed Rochelle, a beautiful woman, a heiress, and a large estate that would be his upon the marriage.

Rochelle though had other plans, even though after a time David started getting through to her, the fact that he was being forced upon her just went against her very being. That this situation she found herself in was not of her doing, and she was losing control of her life. So then she comes up with ideas to regain control over her life once again, just as it had been before.

There are other bad guys who are wanting David down and out also. Poor David, Poor David, my head was swimming with all the bad things that were happening to him. He should have been nominated for sainthood. He definitely did not deserve what he got.

It was a very exciting story and a great book to get all comfy with and let it take you back to the 9th century. Kudos to Jill Hughey.
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When Emperor Louis of France decrees that Rochelle of Alda will marry the Bavarian warrior David, Rochelle is on the brink of defying him—and in the process losing everything. After meeting David, however, she begins to develop a grudging affection. Just when she realizes that she loves him, though, events conspire to threaten their relationship.
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.
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The setting is in the year 893, however the problems this lovers face happens even now. The author explains everything happening so vivid making that you are there. During the Tournament I could see the knights fighting to win at all cost. I enjoyed reading this particular book even tho love scenes were not too descriptive but genuine.
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When I started the book I liked it a lot, but as it went on, Rochelle got on my nerves so many times trying to keep her independence, I started to really dislike her. David is so blind, he got on my nerves too. It got to where I just wanted it to end. Another thing, the language is like modern day, not 9th century. I don't know exactly how they spoke back then, but I know it wasn't like we do in the 21st century. Try it, you might like it-I really didn't care for it.
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After reading my first book from Jill Hughey, Vain (the third book in the series), and thoroughly enjoying it I didn’t hesitate to pick up the first book of the Evolution Series. Not only is the writing wonderful with characters that are very likeable and charismatic, but the series itself is set in a time period that isn’t highlighted very often in books. As a lover of historical fiction, this just adds to its entertainment factor. As I found in Hughey’s other book, Unbidden provided a great story about love, trust and loyalty between 2 strong willed and independent people.

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.
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