Book SynopsisA romance. A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.
Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.
Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye. She is certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart. Blackthorne’s Bride – Goodreads
My Opinion on the Romance
Good. This is how I describe this book. It is one of those historical romances about destiny and misunderstandings. I consider it a so called “guilty pleasure books.” Sincerely speaking, I do not actually feel guilty about. The plot line was similar to other books I’ve read in this genre. I liked it but I was expecting for that extra something to make it memorable. But, it never came.
Blackthorne’s Bride is part of a long series. Although, it can be read as a standalone. Overall, the story was cute. The author did an amazing job in creating another subplot romance. I was so invested in the secondary romance, unfortunately, it was cut short.
As you can expect, the sexual content is heavy but not overwhelming. Hint, it is categorized as an adult book. Wink-Wink. Also, there is a torture scene in the beginning and that might be a trigger warning scene for some people.
Small spoilers ahead:
As a side note, I have mixed feelings about Marcus’ first wife. I understand(-ish) why she did what she did but she kind of ruined Josie’s life. And I cannot believe that Marcus’ best friend was forgiven so easily for being an accomplice to that. Also, I was not a fan of the lack of communication and the whole children abduction plan as plot devices.
End of spoilers.
This was my cup of tea.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Royals 3.5Picture Source: Goodreads
Book SynopsisStandard Disclaimer: For those who you have not read the Royals books 1 to 3 be aware of spoilers ahead.This story happens after Twisted Palace following Savannah and Gideon’s relationship. It tries to shine some light over what happened between the two of them in the past and how they are going to proceed foreword. Love. Tension. Drama. And all that shenanigan. Of course, things are not so simple and the past keeps saying “Hello” to the lover birds.
My Opinion2.00/5.00I stay by GoodReads ratings. It was ok. I might be in the minority when I am saying this… I was disappointed. Within the first three books, we get this strong and independent image of Savannah to now be ruined by this installment. I get the feeling that this was done to serve the fandom, which is not automatically a bad thing, but it was not served right. It takes time and patience to rebuild a relationship which had been broken to such a degree. Gideon did not even learn from his past mistakes and he still has the tendency to repeat those mistakes. Savannah should learn to love herself more and keep her standards no matter what. To be sincere, I do not know what made these two fall in love in the first place.
And last, this book? novella? – it has 21 chapters which makes this work to pass as a book – needs more substance. It was a good cup of tea turned bad.
This is my sole opinion. >_^Original review on Goodreads.
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Book SynopsisA DEAL WITH THE DEVIL…
Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.
…NEVER GOES TO PLAN.
The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for… A Lady’s Code of Misconduct – Goodreads
4.5/5 stars.Love. Politics. History. Conspiracies. Conflicting morals. Deceit. Redemption. And hot-bad-boy guy with a secretly good heart… and a hot-good-of-heart girl with lots of brains and a rebellious spirit. There are lots of “and’s” in my last sentence… I know.Something I was not expecting in this story was the politics driven plot intertwined with a love story. Although, the surprising part is. That. I. Freaking. Loved. It. I was expecting to get bored and forced myself to finish the book. That was so not the case. It was exactly what I needed: A good romance story which is not too focused on the romance part. Oxymoron right there.The beginning is what hooked me up in the first place. Not too fast and not too slow. Our beloved characters were in positions where they will do anything to get what they desire. This leads to an unlikely alliance to form between the desire of freedom and power which sparks the chances of a new beginning for our protagonists.Jane and Crispin go through a fantastic character development. They realize that people are not completely good or evil. You just have to choose which side to use more but most importantly how to find a balance between the two. Speaking of character growth. I was not a big fan of acknowledging someone as being two persons in the same time. It was like the author was trying to say Crispin had a split personality… I understood where she was going with it… But it still felt a bit cringe worthy at times.What I admired the most in this story was the sense of a real partnership between the main characters. And believe it or not is quite rare these days. It was not about sexual lust and how it can lead to a good relationship in the end… It was so much more than that. It was… How do you say it? Complicated. Yes. Complicated.Of course, most people might get turned off by the plot focused on politics which is understandable if you are not a big politics fan – like myself, I could say. However, you might also surprisingly find yourself enjoying the book just… like myself. 😀All in all, I could proudly say that this was my cuppa tea. One of my all time favorites – romance section – I dare to say.This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.Genre/Category: Adult, Historical Romance, Fiction, Politics, MysteryLanguage: none to mild, maybe noneSexual Content: well… heavy but within reasonViolence: moderateDrugs and Alcohol: mild to moderate
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Serena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.
Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?
When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away. Vernal – Goodreads
My Opinion2.75/5.00 StarsI should just post my rough draft as it is because I am out of words. Ha-Ha-Ha!Moving on to the actual review…I requested this book from NetGalley a long time ago. The premise sounded promising but I got lost along the way. I had to face the same problem I usually find in books like this one. The romance took over the entire plot. :/While reading Vernal, I learn that it is a spin off series starter. Nothing wrong with that; although, for a new comer like myself, things were not 100% clear. Little details were offered regarding the world and plot. From what is presented, the setting, the magic system and its background seemed interesting. And this is unfortunate because, just like the characters, the story had a lot of potential.Speaking of characters… I thought there is going to be more about exploration and build up when the romance element entered the scene. As in, how the protagonists connect and try to figure out this inexplicable connection/attraction they feel about each other. Instead… Bam! Everything ruined by the sex. They spend more time talking about and being intimate than knowing each other. Then, that whole “I am super possessive and inexplicable jealous alpha male. Everything you do is wrong and I own you” and “I am a strong woman capable of anything but I cannot live without you and I am owned by you and you are the only male who can tame me” was not my style. They looked like decent characters and had good qualities here and there but…. In the end, they got overshadowed by the romance and nonexistent plot. Also, there was not a concrete reason why Serena is special and has to become the next ruler.All in all this book was not for me. Like I use to say, this was not my cuppa tea because of too much sugar was added. It was not what I expected at all.[I gave it such a high rating because it had enough to keep me entertained and not DNF (do not finish) it.]This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, UrbanLanguage: HeavySexual Content: HeavyViolence: HeavyDrugs/Alcohol: Heavy
Book SynopsisJust shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, Lily Scott married her best friend’s brother, Henry Dalton.It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily? Mine, Forever and Always – Goodreads
My Opinion5.00/5.00 starsJust read it if you are into romance. This is a lovely story about the love of two people which has to pass the test of time and society. Life forced them to go on their separate ways regardless of what their hearts wanted. And, now, they meet each other again. There is angst and there is tension. Question is: Does the love between them still exists? Or is it just a beautiful memory of the past?
What can I say? The feelings… are so overwhelming. I do not have enough words to praise this novella. Despite it’s length, we get a lot of content about the main characters and the other players in the story. It is a torturous, genuine love. Your heart will melt, ache, get butterflies, mushy, and – finally – teary. I do not want to say too much about the plot cause… spoilers. Obviously! The author has a beautiful writing because everything floated nicely. No boring part. No excessive descriptions. Right words were used to ensure the reader that there are a solid background to the narrative and well-rounded characters which are not just flat instruments of yielding a romance. I wished this was a full novel because there is so much room for expanding and exploring; although, I am afraid it might cut the beauty of the novella in some parts.
Sometimes the short length might give a writing work a feel of unresolved or anticlimactic endings. Like, there has to be more to it than what’s already published. Thus, I understand why some readers may give this one a lower rating. But for me, a strong impression on my mood while reading it’s enough sometimes. Not every good piece has to be lengthy. The information is there only not in so many words as you may like it to be.
Now, I am waiting patiently for the next story in the series. The author promised a new story in the future regarding other characters who were introduced in the book. She said that time is of the essence for her inspiration to come and the final product be good.
This was definitely my cup of tea. And, it might be yours too. Do not get mislead by the cover.
Ah… Just read it!This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Genre: Adult, Romance, Historical Romance, Regency, Novella
Language: none to mild (most likely none)
Sexual content: moderate to heavy-ish
Violence: none to mild (mentioned)Drugs/Alcohol: none to mild (mentioned)
“You should not have kissed me,” she replied breathlessly.
“I do a lot of things I shouldn’t. It does not mean I won’t do them again.”
Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she’d live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father’s death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London’s most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma’s shameful secret or her reputation-and her life-will be ruined.
But Roderick Bentley, the hell’s sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game…and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace. Luck Is No Lady – Goodreads
4.5/5 stars.I picked up this book last year. I read a good portion of it then I put it down. Why, you ask? Because:
- I’ve lost interest.
During the school time, a slow burning romance is not a good way to entertain yourself. You need adrenaline. Action. Something that keeps you going. (So that is my excuse.) In other words, I was not in the mood anymore.Putting my reasons aside, I was 100% sure I will return to this book. And not surprisingly, I did. Oh, boy! I so enjoyed the story. It was a historical, regency romance just up my alley. The romance does not monopolize the narrative and we have conflict. Yes! Three noble orphaned girls in need of money in times when a good marriage is the only solution for young women. Deceased parent with gambling addiction who caused those three girls to be in danger from a bookie. A noble bastard who owns a “gambling hell” becomes a means to an end for the girls to get out of dept. The oldest of the sisters risks her family name and reputation in an era where status is everything to save her sisters. Falling in love is out of question but it may happen in the darkest of times.A perfect recipe for an intriguing story despite the cheesy cover. (Please, ignore it!)The romance is slow burning. Tension is built up for our characters. We have chemistry at first. Then, we have period of flirting, personal exploring, and creating trust. No dominant and overly exaggerated alpha male. No weak female who appears to be strong only because the author tells us so. The main characters feel like real people, relatable people. Both are strong and weak in their own ways. They complete each other like puzzle pieces.I realized lately that I need meaning and story in my romances not jut plain romance and steam. This was definitely my cup of team. I am going to follow the author and continue the series.Yes, this is still a read for a more mature audience.Genre: Adult, Romance, Historical Romance, Regency
Language: mild to moderate
Sexual content: heavy
Violence: moderateDrugs/Alcohol: moderate
Publication Day: May 2nd, 2017
Book Synopsis“The crystal of the Blue elves” by Istin and Duarte
The Blue Elves of Ennlya, a small port town of Nordrenn, have been murdered!
Lanawyn, a Blue Elf, and Turin, her human ally, set out to discover who is responsible. The trail they uncover leads back to a clan of Yrlans—Northern men who hate Elves.
At the same time, Vaalann, a young Blue Elf, undergoes a dangerous test called the Water of the Senses. Her future, as divined by the Mother Prophetess, is closely linked to the Sacred Crystal . . . a powerful artifact that enables the wielder to control the ocean itself!
Could Vaalann be the messiah that the Blue Elves have been waiting generations for?
“The honor of Sylvan elves” by Jarry and Maconi
The Sylvan Elves have hidden themselves away from the world, jealously preserving their independence and sacred grounds. Anyone who dares enter their territory soon becomes their prey.
Eysine, City-State of the East, has always observed respect for the ancient pact between Elf and Man. But when a powerful army of Ork mercenaries lays siege to the kingdom, Llali, the daughter of the King of the city, must remind the Elves of the treaty that previously linked their two peoples.
This tale is that of two races who have forgotten their shared past. It is also that of an Elf and a Human who carry with them the power to reawaken this bond.
Thus begins Elves, a sprawling saga of mythic proportions!
In the vein the Lord of the Rings and other high fantasy classics, this richly illustrated graphic novel series contains five volumes, each focusing one of five main classes of Elves. Elves – Goodreads
My Opinion3.75/5 starsI picked this graphic novel based on the cover mostly because… Amazing Graphics. Get it? Alright! Moving on… In my opinion, the artwork makes more than 50% of the story when it comes to comic books and graphic novels. So, this is my number one criteria in my choosing. Elves does not disappoint at the art category. It’s realistic, colorful, and fantastic.Story-wise… It gets complicated. I was expecting the story to continue from issue one to issue two but it was not. Based on this volume, I can assume that the whole series is more of a collection of stories revolving around elves in the same universe. While reading this volume, I got major The Shannara Chronicles TV Show vibes because the two stories are somewhat similar. War. Magical stone. Humans. Elves. Orks. And the list can continue.My favorite story of the two was the second one. It had a better development compered two the first which had some plot holes. Both have major plot twists… AND the authors do not have mercy at ALL. Expect the unexpected.This is NOT for younger audiences. Lots of blood, violence, and nudity; although, you will see more of the first two.A quick read. Great for that peculiar period when you crave some high fantasy. It might be your cup of tea if you like any of the elements I listed above.This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Language: heavy (use of f-word a couple of times)
Sexual content: heavy (mostly nudity and innuendoes)
Drugs/Alcohol: none to moderate
Publication Date: April 7, 2017
When I told him to go to hell, I never realized it would be a trip for two.
All I wanted was luck—the good kind. I’d lost my job, a jerk hacked my bank account, and I caught my best friend screwing my fiancé. When stood up by my Internet date in a bar, I met the perfect man—tall, dark, and handsome in the most expensive suit. He was out of my league, but I didn’t want forever.
I barely remember the words he whispered under the veil of sin and seduction. I didn’t believe in Satan, God, Heaven or Hell. I thought he was kidding. A figment. A dream.
I was wrong. With one, breathless yes, my fate was sealed.
Businessman by day, demon by night, Leo Weston now owns my soul in exchange for good luck. Time is ticking as he works to secure my mother’s soul, too. Somehow, I have to take him down despite him being so damned gorgeous, glib, and devious. Will my gift of twisted luck be enough to save her and protect my heart? Twisted Luck – Goodreads
3.65/5 StarsWell! Well! Well, dearies! Twisted Luck was a) a quick read b) funny and c) unique. Although, major WARNING in the sexy-time department!After finishing this book, you are going to say, “I want more.” At least, I did. There is so much more to explore in this book-universe. Being a romance/erotica, the romantic relationship drives the whole story leaving some stuff unexplored to the core.As a side note: If you are a fan of the CW TV show, Supernatural, this book is no stranger to you. After watching an episode from season 12 of Supernatural, I was able to see it clearly. You know… I was finally able to pinpoint the familiarity I felt while reading Twisted Luck.Sweet, funny, and cheesy are the first words which come to my mind about this love story. I got attached to the main characters so much. The author did a good job creating our protagonists with complex personalities with a touch of realism. Olivia and Leo are the ones who make this book addicting as chocolate and worth reading.Speaking of characters, I wanted to see more of Babu and Annie, and Samuel to be more complex like Leo and not purely evil. And… I wonder how many “and’s” I can squeeze in such a close proximity to one another?… That’s just me. What I felt.I know this is a romance novel but I want to know more about the demons’ system and other small details which seemed brushed off to the side, like:
The ending was a little anticlimactic. Or I was too tired to pay attention since it was quite late in the night. The open ending is satisfactory enough; although, it has some unanswered questions and plot holes. We still do not get concrete answers. Some people might be fine with it. I got a feeling that it was done somewhat purposely to leave room for a potential book two. Who knows? The author and the publishing company, obviously. Anyway, I will not complain if we get a second book. With that ending, we… I definitely need one.Yes, I know! The cover is supper cheese but do not judge a book by its cover. And you’re gonna say,”Yeah, right! I hope you are kidding because we all know this is not the case nowadays.” Then my response will be, “What are you? The book inquisition?”Alright! The book presents an interesting aspect. If you like a steamy romance with demons or the TV shows Lucifer and Supernatural (especially Supernatural) then this is your cup of tea.
the significance of the jingling change in pockets;
why demons change their human names;
make the “love” thing to be more believable and a more thorough explanation of why it is unacceptable.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^
I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Sexual content: heavy
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate to heavy (in the beginning – alcohol)
This post may contain SPOILERS!
You have been warned!Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Book SynopsisFormer FBI agent Kendra Donovan’s attempts to return to the twenty-first century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew Alec—Kendra’s confidante and lover—has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way.
Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, and her past wasn’t quite what she’d made it out to be. Nor is it entirely in the past—which becomes frighteningly clear when a crime lord emerges from London’s seamy underbelly to threaten Alec. Joining forces with Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must navigate the treacherous nineteenth century while she picks through the strands of Lady Dover’s life.
As the noose tightens around Alec’s neck, Kendra will do anything to save him, including following every twist and turn through London’s glittering ballrooms, where deception is the norm—and any attempt to uncover the truth will get someone killed. A Twist in Time
My Opinion4/5 stars.The second instalment of Kendra Donovan book is going to hit the stores soon. I will try to keep my review as spoiler free as possible. Although, while reading this review, keep in mind that this is the second book in a series thus spoilers are inevitable.A Twist in Time jumps directly into the action. No more story building and no more major character introduction. Murder. Action. Story begins.
Compared to the first book, this one has a better start. The reader is hooked right away.
The themes past meets future and future woman living in the past continue to be explored by the author.In this book, there are lots of badass scenes with Kendra. Let me tell you, this woman has guts! No joke! Although, it is very interesting how society perceives them. Yeah, in the society’s mind Kendra is only for décor. Sad! I know. Also, throughout the story we read how society’s believes influences the individual’s believes about itself. But, there is more to the eye. People from high class care more about pretense than their wellbeing.
On the other hand, let’s not forget that the nobles are only the minority. So, we get a glimpse to the real ordinary people where the societal standers are not as respected as the minority (the nobles and their close servants) group thinks. “Normal” or “ordinary” humans – whatever you want to call them – care about their everyday life and not some stupid norms.The battle against women stereotype and women who believe that stereotype is so prominent here. If you are too unique you are an oddity or a freak. Men are portrayed like they want to stay out of womanly conflicts. The author touches the subject indirectly about how men have to be manly and women have to be feminine in the 1800’s. Equal but divided. I saw that in the duke when Kendra was having a conflict with the duke’s sister. And if you remember from the first book, the duke is the most open minded character in this series. Alec, on the other hand, is a different story. Kendra has a strong influence on him and he gets a modern perspective of life. At some point, he is quite mesmerized about how his mindset has changed because of Kendra.
Kendra is still having a inner struggle if she should return to the future/present time or not. The past continues to terrify her but this time is more about society norms and its way of thinking than the physical benefits of the 21st c. Although there are lost of differences between the 19th c. and 21st c. -obviously, the author does not fail to briefly touch the subject that the past is not, in some ways, different than the present. And believe it or not, I appreciated that aspect because she is right.The murder in this second book is emotional and intriguing. Our murder victim is a bad person and the controversial question, “Does a bad person deserves justice also?” is toughly explored.
The murderer happens to be in plain sight and it can be anyone even your closest friend. I was not able to figuring out the murder in this one because I was reading during a sleep deprivation period. Hahaha. Probably, I needed a cup of [black] tea. 😉I consider this book to be a light murder mystery book great for newbies of this genre.This is my sole opinion. ^_^Feel free to check out my review on the first book, A Murder in Time, <–here.I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Language: moderate to heavy-ish
Sexual content: moderate to heavy (most of it ties with the murders)
Violence: heavy (it’s a murder mystery)
Book SynopsisBeautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.
While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.
Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman. A Murder in Time
My Opinion3.75/5 stars.I know you usually do not start a conversation with “so” but just stay with me would ya?So… I got my eyes on this book since last year when it was chosen for mystery/murder book on OverDrive. I borrowed. I kept it for 21 days and did not read it. Classic me. (For those of you who are not familiar or do not know about OverDrive, it is a website – and app – where you can also use your library card to borrow books, audiobooks, movies etc., if your library is affiliated with OverDrive.)Recently I got my hands on the eBook and trust me when I tell you that I had this baby for months on my Holds list. Yeah, that high was the waiting list for this book.Anyway, I am glad that my waiting was not in vain and the book did not disappoint. The binning was rather slow in my opinion, except for the prologue – or chapter 1, I do not remember exactly – which was creepy and got me hooked. Yes, the first seven or so chapters where a pain in the bottom to read through. After that, the book got better and better.The writing was easy to follow and understand. It flowed nicely and every detailed clicked in place.I was able to connect with main because I would react the same way if I was trapped in time/past. Finally, I encountered someone with real thoughts about time travel. Despite the romance, she knows she does not belong and the potential thought of being trapped in 1815 forever terrifies her. I mean who wouldn’t be? Especially a woman. I will go nuts without my life conditions and the ability to be who I want to be despite people’s opinions, trends, and fashion. I want my pants, my modern shoes, modern undergarments, present medication… What am I talking about? I want present everything. I mean it is not perfect but it is better than 1815. I know. I know. I know I sound selfish but so would you, trust me. And no amount of love would convince you otherwise because only death is certain in life.Ok… That’s too much of a serious topic for this book review. Ha-ha-ha! Or is it?Moving on…The romantic aspect did not captured the whole attention of the book. It was slow burning and realistic. Alec is a very fine future duke if you ask me. Another small detailed, which was under tuned in the book, was the Greek mythology. – Loved it! – If you read the book you would know what I mean.The author’s does a great job of keeping things real and not having the “character protection instinct”. My brain was in the full Sherlock Holmes mode and I was able to figure out the murderer because I was paying attention to the details. Although, I was still surprised when it was revealed because there is a twist. But I was still right!!!
Don’t judge me! :))
Now let’s move on to the stuff I did not like in the book.
For a main character who is a genetic prodigy from FBI, Kendra is not as calculated and does not show the self-control I was expecting from her. Because she used with the modern times, sometimes she appeared naïve and too confident with a killer on the loose. At some parts, Kendra herself and her actions were accepted rather quickly by the people in the 1800’s. She also expects full trust from the people who see her as a stranger. Oh! For a smart person, she did not recognize that she fits the pattern. Either that or she did not care. But that was the feeling I got from the book. I know that Alec points that to her.
Another down was that the author focused on a handful of suspects making it quite easy to guess the killer. At least from my point of view. She was not vague enough. I don’t know my previous experience with mystery-detective novel is the Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith (books 1-3). So, my comparison range is very limited. SPOILER – I am still amazed that I was able to find the single word which clues who’s the main killer 🙂 – END of SPOILER.
Now, there is another character who acted out of character in my opinion. 🙂 Small Spoiler – April is a prostitute business woman. She owns a brothel and she runs it too. But when it comes up to meet with a killer, she does not cover her a-s-s. Really? Woman, you should know better! – End of Spoiler.I am not an expert in mystery-murder novels. And, in my opinion, this book is a good starter for this genre. Who knows? It might be your cuppa tea! 😉 I definitely enjoyed it.I know this has been a long post. So, look! Jimmy Fallon dancing bellow!This is my sole opinion. ^_^Genre: Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Language: moderate to heavy-ish
Sexual content: heavy (most of it ties with the murders)
Violence: heavy (it’s a murder mystery)