Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising

Monday, March 7, 2016

Book Review: Promised to the Crusader by Anne Herries

So, you know at one point in any woman's life where you feel like you need a Knight in shining armor to come rescue you and you ride off to a beautiful sunset with your Knight, so yeah, I was going through that period and needed something to satisfy my screaming heart for a knight in shining armor, and this book was that... believe me, this book was that. It involved a damsel in distress, an evil Earl and a Knight in Shining armor! (I think I need to stop saying knight in shining armor!) 

The Synopsis:-

The scarred knight's return

Haunted by war, Sir Zander de Bricasse is no longer the idealistic youth who left his sweetheart to join the Crusades. Years have passed and he now fully expects to find Elaine married to another. Instead, he discovers she is in grave danger....

Fleeing from a murderous earl, Lady Elaine is rescued by a mysterious knight--her beloved Zander! She's never forgotten his promise to wed her, but to restore their lost love she must help this brooding, tormented stranger heal the wounds of his troubled past.

My Review:-

Well, this is going to be a relatively short review cause this is a relatively short book and I really dont want to spoil the story for you'll!

Elaine was fourteen when she realized her one true love was Zander. Zander on the other hand, was more interested in being a crusader, well this is a Regency Novel, it was set during King Richard the Lionheart's era, so he went to war with the King's Army to conquer Jerusalem. With a heavy heart, Zander, a mere boy, left Elaine behind to serve his King, and believe it or not Elaine's father and then uncle allowed this medieval miss to hang on the shelf waiting for said landless knight. 

Years later, he returns from Jerusalem, scarred by the war and the horror of the killings (in our day and age, we just call it post traumatic stress disorder) and meets Elaine, who he recognizes instantly but stays away, Knights honor and all that. Elaine was clearly distressed and was running from the EVIL EARL who wanted her for the riches.

There's deadly plots and danger everywhere for our intrepid pair of lovers to solve, whether they solve and find each other again (there will be a lot of instances where you will throw the book on the floor and yell "God!! just kiss already!!") is the rest of the story. 

In my opinion, this was more like a Disney Medieval Princess saved by her prince charming kind of story. I liked it, even though it was a little predictable, I needed a regency setting story, this didn't fail to deliver. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Book Review : The Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James

Hello everyone!! It's been quite a while since I reviewed a book, well that's because I was a little busy and didn't have the time to read. However, I did manage to find time and slot in some reading time. So, I just finished this regency/historical romance by Eloisa James. For all of you who love Eloisa James, you must know just how good of a romance writer she actually is, there's no doubt in that and for those who haven't read her writing, its time to begin and discover those beautiful and adventurous Victorian era romance that we could only imagine!  

The Book Cover -

The Synopsis:-

He is a duke in search of a perfect bride. She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.

Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can’t he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper, albeit intoxicating, flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear. 

Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion…Until, in his darkest hour, Tarquin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love. 

To win Olivia's hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul…

Unless it’s already too late

This sexy, witty version of The Princess and the Pea turns the classic fairy tale into an enticing, funny, and moving romance 

The Characters:-

Tarquin - The Duke of Sconce

After his disastrous and heartbreaking first marriage, Quin knows it is his duty to remarry and he is more than willing to turn the process of choosing a wife over to his mother. His mother proceeds to invite Olivia and her sister Georgiana and puts them through a series of tests to determine who would be the best bride for her son, the Duke of Sconce. 

Olivia Lytton 

Olivia has been betrothed since before she was born to the also yet unborn son of a duke, Rupert, thanks to her father's friendship and promise he made to the Duke. Olivia knows all the proper rules and etiquette since she was raised by her mother to be a duchess but that is just not her personality. Olivia is bawdy, sarcastic, and far too witty to truly be contained in a perfect duchess box.

My Review:-

From the summary of the characters, im sure you already know where the story is headed. But it's not as simple as that, Quin is attracted to Olivia but the obvious choice for him was Georgiana and Olivia is already been spoken for and despises Quin. This is where all the fun begins. I have to say in my opinion, Eloisa James handled the delicate situation well and the resulting actions are something that one could believe happening. I don't want to give away too much of the story line, but I believe fans will be happy with this book. 

This book was a fun read, laugh out loud hilarious and at times very poignant. It's a must read for every Eloisa James fan!!