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Guest Review: Bride for a Night by Rosemary Rogers

Posted October 10, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Judith’s review of Bride for a Night by Rosemary Rogers

After Talia Dobson is jilted at the altar, she endures another humiliation: a substitute groom! The elder brother of her runaway betrothed has taken matters into his own hands. Shy Talia has long held a secret attraction for Andrew Richardson, the handsome Earl of Ashcombe. But when she’s wedded, bedded and dispatched alone to his country estate, the timid beauty discovers one night of passion has ignited a bold inner fire.

While his lovely green-eyed bride is out of sight, she is not far from Andrew’s mind—and when Talia is abducted by French spies, the earl fears he may lose what he’s only just found. Yet the wife he races to rescue is a far cry from the gentle bride he abandoned. She’s a woman who dares to demand forever after from her husband….

Historical romances have long embraced the unlovely, the uncharming, the unwealthy, and the shy heroine–women who are not the darlings of society and whose future appears to be bleak and solitary. It is not too often that a heroine is relatively attractive, relatively appealing and rich as King Midas but who can never attract a gentleman of the ton. In this new novel it is just such a woman who makes this story a little bit different. Talia has a dowry of 100,000 pounds. I can’t even imagine what that amount of money would translate into in today’s economy. Suffice it to say she was a “plum” which any destitute gentleman would be wise to pluck. Yet her family of origin made her unwanted and undesirable. Her dad was a butcher’s son who had a talent for making money, to be sure. He also had the personality of a dock worker with a chip on his shoulder. He was also desperate for social recognition. Not being able to gain that on his own–who would want him around anyway?–he used his daughter to plow his way into social circles who punished Talia by their snide remarks, their unique way of ignoring her, by pasting unkind nicknames on her like “Dowdy Dobson.”

Now she has been left waiting at the church for two hours, and to add insult to injury, 200 or so people have gathered at her home–even without the wedding, to consume her father’s food and drink and to further insult her looks, her manners, her unsuitability for even thinking she could marry into an esteemed family of the aristocracy. Never let it be said, however, that a determined, nasty, not-to-be-thwarted dad like Silas Dobson could be undone by the bridegroom’s absence. Instead, the bridegroom’s brother, threatened with a breech of promise lawsuit, has “come up to scratch” and agreed to marry the unwanted bride. And marry her, he did, and bedded her, and deposited her in the country out of sight of himself and his snooty mother, and anyone else of importance in society. And what did Talia do? She promptly proceeded to take her new duties seriously as the Countess, taking care of her tenants, showing kindness to her servants, and managing to get nearly everyone to “fall in love with her.” And in doing so, she discovered that her inner strengths, so systematically oppressed by her overbearing and abusive father, were truly amazing.

I liked the way the author developed the character of Talia–her kindness, her innate intelligence, her deep concern for others because of her own experiences of being “put down.” Her ability to empathize with others was never realized until she was free to express herself, and in putting her far away from the craziness of London, her husband did her a great service. What he didn’t count on was finding out, after the fact, that his quiet and submissive wife had grown a set of formidable claws.

I felt that the character of the Earl is interesting as well–a man who had really had to find his own way with a father who was focused on training him to inherit, and with a mother who took far greater notice of her own needs and desires and very little concern for that of her son. Having come into the title at an early age, he was overburdened with responsibilities for those who should have been responsible for themselves–his brother and mother–and thus, taking on a wife who appeared to be needy what absolutely NOT what he needed. In truth, this story is about his coming into a balanced understanding of himself, recognizing that loving someone didn’t make him weak or needy. He also had to learn that his acceptance and love of Talia made him stronger than he had ever been.

There is lots going on in this story that is connected to the politics of the time–the war with Napoleon, the treason of those whose greed overcame their patriotism–and the fact that the war certainly intruded in the life and marriage of Talia and the Earl. In the final analysis, I think this novel is about redemption: Talia’s redemption from the misery of emotional oppression and abuse, and Andrew’s redemption from a life of joyless servitude to aristocratic responsibility. Together they discovered the glory of loving someone unconditionally and the redemptive effects of giving and receiving without limits. Would that we could all experience that in our lives.

I give this novel a rating of 4 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This book is available from HQN Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted September 19, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 4 Comments

Hi everyone!
I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was completely unexciting as I stayed home the whole weekend. My kids weren’t thrilled with that but whatcha gonna do when you have so much to do? IDK!
Since not much was going on in my life I’ll get right to the books. :0)

My first read of the week was a short by Missy Welsh called WHAT. This is a free read and pretty darned cute. It was about a guy who works in a tattoo studio and has a crush on his straight boss but there are some paranormal things going on. It’s a VERY short story and I would have loved to have known more but for the quickie it was it was pretty good. 3.5 out of 5

Next was another free story by Missy Welsh called You and a Billion Blue Tiles. I loved this one. It was about 2 kids – 1 who has lusted after the other for a darned long time. They have one night of lovin but it doesn’t end there. This was another short (not as short as the previous one) and it just had that something that clicked with me. I ended the book with a huge smile on my face and that’s always a good thing. 4.5 out of 5

The Taming of the Rake by Kasey Michaels was my next read. This was a really good story about a woman who goes to her brother’s archnemesis when said brother is going to marry her off to a religious fanatic. She knows that the man, who is a bastard son hates her brother because of a past incident with her sister and she hopes that he can be talked into marrying her to save her. The story is about their trip to Gretna Green, his family and their romance. I loved the personalities of the characters and their humor. This is the first in the series about the bastard brothers, The Blackthorn’s, and I will definitely be reading the next 2 books. 4.25 

out of 5
As much as I loved the book I wonder at who chose the title. The man, Beau Blackthorn, was in no way tamed during this book and he certainly wasn’t a rake. In fact it said at one point it stated how much he liked his quiet life since he’d returned from the war. Who comes up with these titles???

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Physical Therapy by Z.A. Maxfield. It’s a shame that I even let this one sit for longer than 3 months but I did. I really liked this story a lot. You can read my review of it here. 4.25 out of 5

Red by Kait Nolan was my next read and it was a good one too! This was a YA paranormal that had to do with werewolves/wolf shapeshifters. If you like YA and paranormal I definitely recommend this book. You can read my review here. 4.25 out of 5

Next up was Bride for a Night by Rosemary Rogers. This was the story of a woman who is the daughter of a wealthy man but he earned his money through trade and he is the son of a butcher – not a great lineage as far as the ton’s concerned. But Talia Dobson gets engaged anyway (her father bought her a fiancé) but he jilts her at the altar. The father then blackmail’s the man’s brother into marrying her instead – and he’s an Earl! The Earl, Andrew, sends Talia off to his country estate where she is then kidnapped by the French for overhearing traitorous information. Andrew heads to the rescue and during the course of the book the pair fall in love. It was a good story but it dragged a little in the middle – which is when they were trying to escape from the French so it really shouldn’t have. Overall pretty good. 3.5 out of 5

Sand and Water by Shae Connor was after that. One man, John was a widower but had been with men before. He had a daughter but it had been 5 years since his wife died. He meets Bryan who is in town helping his sister and her husband renovate their B & B. They have a connection and talk about a relationship but Bryan has residual issues with moving forward because of his previous relationship and what happened with that (and I’m not going to give you that spoiler!). I liked the concept in this book and though I liked the story I did have some issues with it. One was that I loved the characters but felt that the author didn’t get into both characters as much as she should have. It was told in 3rd person but we only got to see things from John’s point of view – rather than both men – and Bryan was the one who, in my opinion, had more serious issues. 3 out of 5

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe is book 2 in the Royal House of Shadows series. This was Breena’s book. When her parents are attacked she’s sent off and ends up in Ursa which is the land of the Beserkers. She meets Osborn who is actually a man that she’s been dreaming about. He wants nothing to do with her – well not exactly true but he fights his feelings – and she wants his help. I’ll be posting my review on Friday so I’ll tell you more then.

Last for the week was Must Love Lycans by Michele Bardsley. This is book 8 in the Broken Heart Vampire series and takes place 8 years after the last book. Damien is in a clinic run by Kelsey and she thinks that he believes himself to be a werewolf – but he really is and he wants her as his mate. He bites her to claim her but instead of just claiming her it starts to turn her into a Lycan, which has never happened before. They must try to find a way to stop Kelsey from dying as she may not survive the change. It was a darker book than the previous ones I’ve read from this series. It still had humor but not quite as much as I think Damien was just a darker character. Read for The Book Binge. 3.75 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
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Happy Reading!

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Review: The Wildest Heart by Rosemary Rogers.

Posted November 24, 2009 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Rowena’s review of The Wildest Heart by Rosemary Rogers.

Hero: Lucas Cord
Heroine: Rowena Dangerfield

Passionate, Headstrong Lady Rowena Dangerfield and dark, dangerous outlaw, Lucas Cord….two destinies intertwined under the blazing New Mexico sun. Lady Rowena Dangerfield travels from the exotic palaces of India to the splendor of the Royal Court of London to the savage New Mexico frontier to lay claim to her inheritance and live freely as only she would dare. In the violent, untamed American Southwest, she finally meets a man as strong as she is: Lucas Cord, a dark, dangerously handsome, half-Apache outlaw. Fighting scandal, treachery and murder, Luke is determined to have Rowena for his own, and as their all-consuming passion mounts, no one is going to stop him…

When I first started this book, I didn’t quite know what to expect. The ARC that we received from Sourcebooks was pretty thick and I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy read but that was mainly because of the thickness of the book. I wasn’t fully prepared for what I found instead. Instead of the book being a trial to read because it was so lengthy, it wasn’t the length of the book that was the trial. It was the story itself.

There was so much going on throughout the story and it was sometimes very hard to get through. Ugly things happened in this story and though it’s not my usual cup of tea, I couldn’t stop reading this book. It reminded me of one of those train crashes that you see off the side of the freeway, it’s a very ugly sight and yet you can’t stop looking. It was exactly like that.

This story follows Lady Rowena Dangerfield as she goes from her life in India after her grandfather dies to live with her mother in England and then off to America where she claims her inheritance from her father which was half of the SD Ranch. In order to claim her inheritance, she had to meet all of these demands set forth by her father. While I understood a lot of Rowena’s frustration at having half answers from just about everyone, I still couldn’t bring myself to really care for her because she was so judgmental. Of everyone. Lucas Cord (the hero) summarized my feelings for Rowena splendidly when he said,

“…Ever since the first time we met, you’ve been judging me, judging everyone else. It’s time you did some figuring out for yourself, Ro. An’ while you’re doing that, better take a good look at yourself too. There aint a human being in this world who’s perfect, an’ at least I never asked that or expected it from you. But you set yourself above everybody else, make your own conclusions…what gives you that right?”

Far too many times in this book, I kept saying this about Rowena. What gives her the right to jump to the conclusions she did? Because she was always pissed off at Lucas for something or other and she was always pissed off at him for something that someone else told her. Mark and Todd tells her that he’s bad news so it must be true, Todd hates his guts so he must be this terrible person and yet, her FATHER believed in him. Her father didn’t think he was a bad person and yet she breezed over that bit of news and hated Lucas all the same. I guess in some ways, it was understandable considering what she went through but out of all the guys who did her dirty, Lucas was the only person that didn’t and she hated him. It bugged me.

This book was quite exhausting emotionally because there was so much ugly in it. So many things happen to Rowena and seriously, all of this forced seduction just wasn’t my cup of tea. Did Rowena really need to go through all of that to get to her happy ending? I don’t think so, she was put through the wringer and this book could have been chopped in half (Outlander, anyone?) and I still think the story could have been told to completion.

As far as Lucas goes, when we first meet him, we’re told that he’s a rapist and a really terrible person. It was all heresay so I didn’t put too much stock in it but then I read that he was sleeping with his mother and I’m appalled. But like a train wreck on the side of the road, I couldn’t stop from looking again. I had to keep reading to find out what that whole deal was about and even though it ended up not being as gross as I thought it was (even though it was still pretty gross), I didn’t hate Lucas. He was such an ass and he did things that should have made me hate him but I didn’t. I can’t really explain why I didn’t hate him, I just …didn’t.

The back and forth between Lucas and Rowena at times was frustrating because I wanted them to quit it already. They took biting each others heads off every single time they saw each other to a whole new level of SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY and there were times in the book that it drove me up the effing wall. And then to top things off, at the end of the book, Rowena and Lucas are finally together and they have a baby together and they named the baby boy, Guy Ramon. Guy for Rowena’s father and Lucas’ mentor and Ramon…for Lucas’ brother? I was really pissed off that they named the baby after Ramon after what he did to Rowena. I just couldn’t fathom it and it bugged me.

This book isn’t a book that I would recommend to all romance readers because of all of the stuff that’s in it. There’s rape, there’s men hitting women, there’s just a whole lot of ugly (I know this is like the third time I said that but it’s true) and though I couldn’t stop reading it, I still wouldn’t think it’s an enjoyable read. After finishing it, my thoughts were along the lines of, “I’m so glad that’s over” and that pretty much sums up my thoughts on the entire book.

Grade: 2.5 out of 5

This book is available from Sourcebooks. You can buy it here or here.

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