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Finally after two weeks I am done reading this. It took that long not because it is an overlong book, but because it was so boring!
I just could not get into this book, the writing was not very good. The actual story might have been alright if you took out a bunch of stuff. I could have just given up on reading this , or maybe come back to it at another time, but honestly I just wanted to get it over with. I just wish it hadn't taken me so long! I did like Madaline and Rhys though, they were great.
I'd greatly enjoyed the Coxwells by the same author, where there was a really distinctive "voice" and a deftly plotted novel. This is flabby by comparison. Characters float from sympathetic to stupid, from loving to malevolent, for no convincing reason. The sense of period is completely missing - at a time when life expectancy was short, an unmarried beautiful well-born woman of 23 simply didn't exist. For a much more satisfactory version of effectively the same story, try Red Adam's Lady. And I'll stick to this author in C21st books.
The love story of Rhys and Lady Madeline. Rhys' father wife has try to kill all sons born to his mistress and she has successfully kill two of his brothers. Now he is grow Rhys retake his family lands. Rhys marry Lady Madeline and she hold the secret to win his land. Can he do it?
This is the second book that I've read by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed her book, "The Beauty", and was expecting the same engaging storytelling in this book. I was disappointed. The author had an annoying character of a fairie or sprite that detracted from the entire story and too much time was devoted to its "antics". And, there was not enough real action to keep the story moving along. Too much of the book was devoted to thoughts. It definitely isn't a keeper. It is the first book in the series, though.
I purchased the Kindle version of the book but have to believe that the hard copy was the same. There were way too many instances of the word "vigor". In most cases, another word would have suited the purpose much better and shows a lack of vocabulary. The word "suzerainty" was also very much over-used and may not have been the appropriate word in any of its instances.
However, the plot was fairly good and unusual but the hero's behaviour was inconsistent and I couldn't get a good feel for the heroine.
This book was off to a great start. However, I was sorely disappointed when I got to the fairies. That was it for me. Unfortunately, nowhere in the description is there anything about fairies and it completely turned me off enough that I didn't go any further. The whole fairy thing is difficult for me to believe and I don't typically read books with them in the story.
I really did not care for this book. I find it to be dense with story telling while not really carrying the main storyline successfully. I got it so I finished it but I am so thankful it was free. Others may like it well enough but personally it is not something I recommend.