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Posted July 2, 2012
It's like those romantic novels, only the lead lady is a cute guy who can't decided if he should love the dashing rescuer, or just marry the girl he likes like a sister. The slight change of homosexuals allowed to marry was nice, because I believe everyone should be allowed to so as long as you love that person.
I keep reading this book and no matter how well I know what will happen within each chapter, I kinda still hold my breath to see what happens next. I only wished there were more stories about these two. X3
Posted June 17, 2011
Great book! A little fantasy, reality, and a lot of hot loving!
I felt the real pain of Evan and Christopher as they came together and found the beginnings of love, but were then torn apart by what Christopher deemed as betrayal. I can see it happening in real life. Its easy to meet someone and have that instant connection that leads to falling into bed together. Its happened to me before. The hard part is when we find out something about the other person that doesn't meet with our preconceived expectations and hopes about his or her. It happens all the time in reality.
The thing is, can they find their way through the problems and wade through those challenges to figure out they belong together? And that their love is real enough and strong enough to carry them? I think that was the overall lesson that impassioned my heart while reading this book. That true love can overcome all challenges, and that it draws true, loving hearts back together. We all crave a HEA ending in real life, not just in the books and fantasies we indulge in. This book really delivered that.
On top of which, I enjoyed the depth of emotion created in both main characters. They were both very good men deep down at heart. Also, there was great imagery created, some snarky humor, some very hot and tender love scenes, and the cover art really created a strong image in my head of what the main characters looked like. Mmm, yum! Such hot, sexy boys. I loved the twist on this, with just enough fact woven into the fantasy to make it all believable. And yes, the author does explain in the Foreward that she has created a fantasy universe making the story possible. It was fun and different.
I wasn't ready for the story to be over when the book ended. That's the sign of a good writer for me, when the story leaves me wanting more. This book was very well written and edited. The writer is talented and I'd give anything this she writes a try to see if I like it. A fun, snarky, and romantic read. Definitely recommend!
Posted June 17, 2011
(Contains mild spoilers in the paragraph regarding Evan.)
Let me start off by saying that I liked the book overall and it provided a nice reading break. While I would have liked to see more character development and a meatier storyline, I really enjoyed the author's descriptiveness and vivid writing.
Having said that, I do have a couple quibbles with the reading.
The first one is that, even though the author has stated in the foreward that the storyline is set in an alternate England and France where same sex marriage is allowed during the late 18th Century, I found myself going, "But, but, but...." during a good portion of the first time I read the story. Part of that reaction may come from my habit of reading the last chapter first. I like having that kind of a reaction during reading because it makes me evaluate whether it's just me or whether it is something that the author intended. Another part of the reaction, however, may be that I would have liked to see some of the history of why and how it came to be accepted within the storyline itself. Was Christopher, as a lawyer, part of the movement that made it so? Or did it come to pass before he was even born? If so, how long before and what event acted as the impetus for the movement?
A second quibble I have with the story is Christopher himself. For someone who is, essentially, billed as the head of the family, he comes across as a bowl of quivering aspic and one that isn't entirely well set either. While Christopher is a member of the ton, and a certain different set of rules may apply (never mind the different era), I have had teachers who are/were practicing lawyers in different disciplines and having different personalities and, to me, they were of a stronger character than Christopher.
Another thing that stood out for me is Evan. Or, rather, his name. First, well, his first name. From what the reader finds out during the course of the story is that his mother (who is assumed to be French as her heritage is not mentioned) is married to a Frenchman and has an affair with an Englishman. It is worked out by all parties that the French couple will raise the son and that his English parentage will not be revealed. Now, it may just be me, but wouldn't a name like Evan raise some sort of flag? Then the last name. To my the best of my knowledge, the "Lombard" portion of the name has Italian connotations. I would have liked to see some sort of backstory to explain the history of the name within the story.
Aside from these and a couple other things that are due more to my own personal quirks, I really did enjoy the story provided in A Wicked Ecnounter though not everyone might.
If a reader is looking for a nice, quick read, then A Wicked Encounter is great.