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Posted December 25, 2013
Indeed this is one of those books that is hard to rate. If I had to rate it completely on the story itself, I would probably give it a 5-star rating. The story is fantastic, and I found myself realizing just how tough lives were for women back in the day. Women had no rights, and they were viewed as property. If a woman did not get a truly good man as their husband, there is not telling what atrocities they would have to endure. I loved the characters of Ravyn and Aric. Always nice to see romance between classes. The dialogue between the characters was also quite amazing, and I found the book quite readable.
I only have two issues that somewhat put a damper on the book for me. The mild occurrences of profanity were not truly a problem for me. But I could have done without the chapters filled with extended descriptions in the bedroom. I am glad the couple in question was married, and I found the writing beautiful at times. It was quite arousing, and I suppose that many women could truly get "turned on" by reading about such encounters. I am grateful it was never crude. I am honestly not even complaining about the bedroom descriptions. I could have just used less detail and fewer chapters devoted to this part of their relationship. In fact, this bleeds over into my second issue. The last 10-15 pages flew by so fast, and I felt as though the author was trying to bring a speedy end to everything. If the bedroom descriptions had been shorter, maybe more detail could have been provided as the book wrapped up the story. But I have to say that even with these issues, I could whole-heartedly recommend this book. It is a wonderful love story, and the settings of England and America made for a glorious historical romance.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.