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The Blacksmith's Son (Entangled Flirts)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book and honestly, I am not a huge histori

    I really enjoyed this book and honestly, I am not a huge historical fan. It was a very quick read and I found myself pulled into the story immediately. The writing was crisp, concise and intriguing. As for the plot, I was genuinely surprised with the twists and turns of the plot. The mystery was well preserved and the romance was steamy. 

    I loved the heroine, Alexandra Lockwood, and her motivation. After being falsely accused of stealing from her employer and witnessing a stabbing, she goes into hiding as a stable boy. The hero, Captain Quentin Drake has a fiery personality and in my opinion, teeters on obsessive, which is why I gave the book a four stars. I understand the alpha male, but he's just a "little" too alpha to be a hero that I would drool over. Ally, is a great heroine that I could identify and really root for.

    I love gender-bender plots, but they are often hard to pull off as believable and must be unfolded properly, and it was done very well in this novella. I would recommend this novella if you like mystery, historical, romance and a fun gender-bender plot. 

    *** Received this novella free from publisher for unbiased review ***

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    By now you know I can┬┐t resist a historical romance and when I r

    By now you know I can’t resist a historical romance and when I read the synopsis to Rebecca Thomas’ novella and saw that it involved a female character disguising herself as a boy, my interest was piqued.

    As for characterization, we have good character development within the confines of a novella. Ally Lockwood is feisty and isn’t afraid of hard work. She disguises herself as the son of a blacksmith and is biding her time before she can leave the country. The reason? She’s been accused of stealing from the Earl of Linford and when she comes face to him in her disguise she knows her time is up. Then we have Quentin who has just left the Navy and is going home to visit his family before leaving to the US. He’s honorable and very much a proper gentleman. I really liked him! All he wants to do is help Ally, but she doesn’t want it. Of course we have to have a villain and that’s Linford. He’s really difficult to like even if Thomas attempts to rectify the situation involving him.

    While I liked Thomas’ THE BLACKSMITH'S SON, I still have a few unanswered questions. But first, I was disappointed in how quickly the false accusations against Ally were resolved and Linford leaves much to be desired. Sure we’re given a glimpse into how he treats his horse and how he reacts to Quentin, but I wanted more. Quentin has this guilt regarding his sister and her past relationship with Linford and yet there’s nothing to feel guilty about. Now for the unanswered questions, I feel a little more background regarding Ally and what she was doing in Linford’s employ was needed. Thomas gives a little information and I’ve gone back to that section several times, but I still am not exactly sure what Ally’s position was. Was she a companion to his sister? If so, wouldn’t her sudden disappearance raise concerns? The whole accusation against Ally was a bit far fetched, but necessary if we want her hiding her identity. Also, I just don’t understand why Ally didn’t Quentin’s offer of help and instead just decides to run away from him.

    I loved that Thomas gave us a headstrong female character. While Ally drove me nuts with her refusal to accept to Quentin’s help, I admire her strength. This is no shrinking violet and I liked how she wasn’t helpless. The initial scene when Quentin realizes the boy is a girl had me laughing and I really enjoyed how he handled the situation.

    Overall, THE BLACKSMITH'S SON is a satisfactory read. If you enjoy historical romance and are looking for quick read, then I recommend Rebecca Thomas’ THE BLACKSMITH'S SON.

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