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I really tried to like this book. Unfortunately IMO is a repeat of the first book with a bit more tossed in by the two views of the main characters. After the ending of the first book again IMO was a cliffhanger you need to read this one. The whole book is the same story Sept for the last chapters. The other could of done less repeat and not hurried the ending with new stuff. I'm going to read the 3rd installment but if its like this one I won't finish it or recommend reading this series.
I will be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this book for several reasons. The first being I thought it was going to be a recycled version of The Crusader's Bride. I am also not fond of heroines who are courtesans and of heroes who don't remain true to vows.
So just based on the blurb and the first book - I assumed that I wasn't going to like this book. Happily, I was wrong. Very wrong.
We met Wulfe and Christina in the first book. And a good portion of this book does reiterate a lot of what happened in that book. In fact I would say 3/4 of this story is the same timeline of the first book from Venice to Paris. However, while the timeline and events are the same, they are now seen from Wulfe and Christina's POV and many assumptions I made about them based on the first book were proven wrong/different.
The most important being my opinion of Wulfe. I thought he was cocky and arrogant in the first book - in fact I would go as far as to say he was a jerk. I would liken my changed opinion to looking at a painting from a different angle and seeing more than you did looking at it straight on. Reading the story from another prospective totally changed my assessment of both Christina and Wulfe.
I think I liked this book more than the first book and I can't wait to see what happens with Bartholomew next and then Fergus!
I would highly recommend this series and especially this book.
Really loved it. It does go over a lot of the story already told in the first book, but it is from the Christina & Wulfe's perspectives. I thought I would be skipping pages, but I didn't and couldn't put the book down. Recommend this book.
A whore and a Templar knight. Oil and vinegar. They shouldn't want anying to do with each other, right. Oh, so very wrong. This story is a different perspective of the first book, The Crusader's Bride. A very interesting and unique way to tell a story. Events that happen are simultaneous, but in the first story we didn't get all the facts. Some we didn't like in the first book are now the heroes!
Great book! Even though this rehashed some events described in book 1, the author did a good job of not making it repetitive, because it was from others' perspectives and they observed different things. The romance was great! I want me a Wulfe! Looking forward to the rest of the series!
Wolfe and "Christina's" story was so good. This is Book 2 of The Champions of Saint Euphemia. I find this is my favorite so far. There was passion, loyalty and intrigue to be sure. Loved it!!! I look forward to the next story.