This is one of those books that I wanted to like more than I actually did. I put this book down and really finished it with sheer will and determination. This was not an easy task because the book was rather lengthy. There were some parts of the story that were very interesting (like the historical context) and some parts that I could have done without (like the hero and heroine).
The story started off pretty well. Lady Lenora Trevelyan is engaged to
be married to a tyrant and abuser. The story starts off with her
getting a public flogging by her soon to be husband, Prince Kurt von
Rotenburg-Gruselstadt. The Prince is horrible. He controls every aspect
of Lenora’s life. She lives in constant fear and he is, obviously,
physically abusive to her. The first scene was difficult to read but it
definitely started off very dramatic and I was interested to see in
what direction the story would progress. She is assisted by our “hero”
Wolfram von Wolfsbach und Ravensworth, the English Earl of Ravensworth
after this very humiliating and painful moment. So far the story is
still good and interesting. Then somewhere the story went off course…
Wolfram decides, after rescuing Lenora that he will marry her. I had a
difficult time digesting his instant infatuation with her. Since he
decided that they are getting married there apparently isn’t anything to
discuss. It was hard to combine the idea of a “knight in shining armor”
acting like a Neanderthal. They shared many scenes together where I
had to shake my head.
Lenora was definitely more likeable but she seemed to just get caught up
with one rotten fiancée to a very confusing and very frustrating
husband… This is probably the first romance novel where I wanted the
heroine to end up alone… There were many moments where I had to stop
reading and read something else. I kept screaming “Lenora, you deserve
better!” I really liked the writing style and the historical context
were interesting- there is a revolutionary uprising in Germany and in
part because of the horrendous Prince. It was fitting that Wolfram was
the leader of the rebels. I definitely want to read other books by this
other I just have a certain expectation when it comes to “modern”
novels. I definitely don’t expect to feel nauseated with the
relationship between the hero and heroine. So, why three stars? Aside
from the very dysfunctional relationship between the hero and heroine
the rest of the book was interesting.
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