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Commanded by the French Duke One knight to capture her heart Alinor of Claverstock takes her life in her hands when she rescues Bianca d Attalens from her stepmother s evil clutches But when Alinor encounters Bianca s handsome brother, Guilhem, Duc d Attalens, it s not just her life that s in danger Alinor finds herself powerless to resist Guilhem and is soon caught up in a perilous web of intrigue and forbidden attraction An attraction that heightens when they are sent together into enemy territory NOPE DNF, pg 91.Please understand I m reluctant to complain about dialogue sounding too modern I hate reading historicals where the characters converse with stilted, wooden dialect that sounds like old timey robots indeed, I often prefer medievals where the conversations feel natural informal, not forced into the author s idea of what their readers think Historical People Sounded Like capitalized because you know exactly the sort of dialogue I m referring to That being said, I can t a NOPE DNF, pg 91.Please understand I m reluctant to complain about dialogue sounding too modern I hate reading historicals where the characters converse with stilted, wooden dialect that sounds like old timey robots indeed, I often prefer medievals where the conversations feel natural informal, not forced into the author s idea of what their readers think Historical People Sounded Like capitalized because you know exactly the sort of dialogue I m referring to That being said, I can t abide the way these supposedly medieval people talked I tried to get used to it Then I tried to ignore it But neither approach helped, because it was RIDICULOUS Check my updates for other wonky snippets, but I lifted this passage pg 91 as a prime example It s one of many every convo sounds like this, so there s plenty to choose fromWhat did you want me to do, marry you It was only a kiss, Alinor, it didn t mean anything But I m a Spare me the nun story, Alinor I don t know who you are, but you are most definitely not a nun You could apologize, at least Sorry Now, can we get a move oncrickets chirping At which point I took a sip of tea, closed the book, carried it downstairs, dropped it in the donate bag Because NOPE As with my previous attempt at Ms Fuller, it just doesn t gel with my taste The premise was fine, the descriptions of scenery were nicebut I wanted to scream every time the characters opened their mouths Her dialogue style simply grinds my gears beyond tolerance This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The plot seemed interesting enough at first glance and being the sucker I am for historicals of all varieties I dove in I kind of wish I hadn t.The book wasn t bad, at least not outright It was pretty ok in the beginning, a bit confusing if I m honest with how it opened and honestly the way the heroine reacted to the knights went from understandable to ridiculous in no time And to have the Prince Edward hit her, even though she had turned hysterical by then really bugged me, butso that The plot seemed interesting enough at first glance and being the sucker I am for historicals of all varieties I dove in I kind of wish I hadn t.The book wasn t bad, at least not outright It was pretty ok in the beginning, a bit confusing if I m honest with how it opened and honestly the way the heroine reacted to the knights went from understandable to ridiculous in no time And to have the Prince Edward hit her, even though she had turned hysterical by then really bugged me, butso that the hero just it brushed away like it was nothing even though he regretted not being able to move her away from Edward in time to soften the blow Him staying with her till she regained consciousness I guess was supposed to make up for that flaw, and although given the time era and the fact Edward was basically a temperamental little boy the whole book explained why he hit her it was still something that bugged me.Guilhem s sister felt like a flat character to me And the heroine Oh boy Half way through the book I was so frustrated with her childish antics or tantrums, or whatever she said to Guilhem By half way through the book she was feeling like one of those TSTL heroines and I just kept rolling my eyes The scene where they make love at the atrocious inn right after the smarmy inn keeper tried to make unwanted advances on her, which was the second time this happened after her step brother Eurostace tried to rape her earlier in the book Only to be saved by Guielhem, again I felt it was poorly written and naturally he feels like he isn t worthy of her because of his dark tortured past and she s sigh naive enough not to believe in herself or her own beauty evil stepmommy s fault naturally and so after the act she is all glowing and happy and then he apologies and she immediately thinks he doesn t want her and no one does and he was apologizing because the man took her virginity on the floor of the dirty ass inn after tossing the inn keeper who snuck back in her room when he left to get her some clean bed sheets to have his nasty way with her in typical villain fashion It was a poorly timed burst of passion in the story in my opinion The hero was probably the only person I truly liked in the book The heroine just came off to naive and ridiculously overdramatic at times especially with the hero And did I mention the book ended abruptly No Well it did Not that I m sore over it Just put off that the whole reason they were at de Montfort s camp was left hanging wide open while they confess to one another how much they love each other much to each others surpriseblech At least I managed to finish it so cookie for me Just overwhelmingly meh The synopsis made this sound like an exciting story, but even though stuff happened, it was boring instead of entertaining Part of the issue was that the heroine spent most of the time throwing tantrums instead of actually doing anything It also seemed to suffer from plotting issues At around chapter 12 I was wondering how there were going to be another eight chapters The answer was the author introduced what felt like an entirely new plot line that was then quickly Just overwhelmingly meh The synopsis made this sound like an exciting story, but even though stuff happened, it was boring instead of entertaining Part of the issue was that the heroine spent most of the time throwing tantrums instead of actually doing anything It also seemed to suffer from plotting issues At around chapter 12 I was wondering how there were going to be another eight chapters The answer was the author introduced what felt like an entirely new plot line that was then quickly and poorly resolved view spoiler The ending felt very rushed to me, and this could have used an epilogue to actually show them in a happy relationship hide spoiler I didn t particularly care for the relationship between the H and h either Most of the conflict could have been solved by them actually talking At least I understood why the H was reluctant to pursue a relationship, but the h was just kind of stupid and lackluster view spoiler But after the H revealed his secrets, and she was okay with it, he still didn t feel like he was worthy to be with her which felt like a poor attempt to draw out the conflict and increase the page count hide spoiler One of my biggest issues with this story though was the treatment of the heroine view spoiler I feel like she was supposed to be a Strong Independent Woman type character with her comments on the limited number of roles and options women had, which I appreciated even if they really only seemed to be there to make the hero reflect on the fact that he would be a good husband without ever saying anything to her But even as she was saying this, she was constantly in danger She got punched in the face by the hero s best friend She was almost raped twice Both times are followed by action with the hero, including her losing her virginity to him after the second time She said that she was usually good at protecting herself, and I wish we had seen that hide spoiler The other characters in this book were also underdeveloped The hero s sister seemed like she would be a fairly major character, but all I can tell you about her is that she is whiny I don t even really understand why she was set to be married to the heroine s stepbrother I get that the queen wanted it, but didn t really see why she was set on these two people marrying Likewise, I didn t understand the heroine s father s motives, and I wish Prince Edward had been given any redeeming qualities in the story He s supposed to be the hero s friend, but aside from saving him once, he just kind of seemed like a spoiled toddler, and often times it seemed like the H was just tolerating him.I was looking forward to this book because I like medieval romances, but in a variety of ways, big and small, it failed to entertain me

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