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LONDON 1838, Present day...Title-hungry matrons of the upper class throw their daughters in Alexander's path. But the Duke of Ravenswood has no desire to give up his rakish, gaming lifestyle to get hitched. When the Kingston family from New Orleans enters London, however, Alex quickly finds himself unwittingly entangled. With her spirited personality and innocent aversion to all things proper. Greyland Kingston completely knocks him off his game.
The gossip fans flutter when Queen Victoria asks Greyland and her eldest brother, Perkin, to dance the scandalous Viennese Waltz at the Royal ball. Who is this family? How do they know the Queen? Why do they bear such a strong resemblence to the late King of York? Trouble ensues in the form of jealous women, ambitious men, and a vengeful Irish clan. Alexander quickly finds that having Greyland for his own will come at a steep price. He must risk everything to keep her protected.
Posted November 22, 2013
This is a well-written historical romance novel.
I have read a lot of historical romances for some time, and I'm glad to say that Stacy Von Haegert's first book meets my expectations. Technically, the plot is good; it has enough mystery and intrigue to draw me in. I read it in one sitting, even though the hours of reading gave me a headache afterwards. Characterization and dialogue are also good. The characters are sympathetic and well-rounded, and their dialogues are natural and smooth. There are some typos, but it's nothing that a good editor can't fix.
All in all, a highly recommended book if you're into the romance genre.
Posted November 17, 2013
If you ignore the grammatical errors throughout, this book is pretty much Julia-Quinn-esque historical romance novel, except that it is written with an over-arching story line to be continued with the female protagonist's brothers. While I do enjoy historical romance novels, this one seemed to confuse me at various points. I'm not sure when the male protagonist fell in love with the female protagonist, because he seemed to only want to have sex with her at first (well constantly, really). The female protagonist is at one point crying from being scolded by her brother at the beginning of the novel then gives a mean lady a smart ass remark as a comeback not 1 chapter later. She also let's the guy lead her out of rooms and tell her what to do, but she displays unusual characteristics of ladies of the time, like enjoying being outdoors, riding horses, etc. Either she is a strong female role, or she's a cry baby and the typical Victorian England lady, but she can't be both at the same time. If you can look passed those parts though, it's a pretty good book with romance, dashing heroes, and courtly scandal.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2013
I'm not really a fan of romance novels. Mostly because they're cheesy and unrealistic. Like this AWESOME, handsome, rich guy falls head over heel with some gorgeous girl for no real reason. Alex actually grows to like Greylands' REAL personality in this story. And best of all Greyland actually has a personality, unlike many other "romance" novels I shall not name. The dialogue is contiguous. I found myself using a term or two in regular conversations. I was impressed with the book. Its nice to see something different done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2013
Under His Protection is historic fiction with hints of modern day romance. The story follows the struggles of the Kingston and Kennington families through the personal and political turmoil of the 18th century British monarchy.
Dukes, Earls, Lords, and ladies plot to outwit and out maneuver one another in pursuit of love and lineage.
Posted November 15, 2013
Reading Under His Protection is my first experience with a romance novel, so I must confess I have no other medium to compare it to aside from the classic fiction I love. Therefore, this review will be based on what I imagine a romance novel is supposed to be.
Sex: Yes, there is sex and plenty of it. The sexual tension leading up to Greyland and Alex’s first encounter is consuming, and after that, Alex turns into a bit of a sadist and Greyland is his masochist, but not so much that it’s chains and whips.
Unrealistic story line: Covered. Supposedly taking place in London before America’s Civil War, the events, actions, and dialogue of the characters are all grossly inaccurate. But this is a fantasy novel, not a semi-nonfictional account of life during the 1800s, so romance audiences will probably overlook these details.
Attractive, well-endowed characters: Check and check. No romance novel enthusiast wants to read about an average man drooling over an average woman. This is fantasy, after all!
The happy ending: Woman is in trouble, man saves woman, man and woman get married and they live happily ever after. Under His Protection has all of these moments.
Based on these elements of the romance genre, I would give this novel five stars. However, there are mistakes that even an inexperienced reader could pick up on, like unnecessary misspelled words (intension was one that drove me crazy, along with what I’m assuming was meant to be town but was constantly referred to as ton.) and rough mishaps in punctuation that this novel was riddled with. If the author had used a proofreader before publishing—even a friend to read over it to pick up on these things—then the oversights would have been rectified. As an avid reader, writer, and English major, I could not let these errors go unpunished.
Posted November 15, 2013
Stacy wrote something that will mesmerize you, at first I didn’t wanted to read this one but once started it I just couldn’t stop. Set in London back in 30’s the characters show very natural and real, loved it how little conversations explain so much and at the same time leave a mystery behind. Very beautifully written and interesting side is shown of woman in that era. I don’t have to say more about the book don’t want to spoil the story.
Alex character takes you on a ride as a brave man yet has a sensitive side to his character, standing against a person powerful and willing to take trouble when you are in love. It has everything a romance story has with fascinating tale and solid characters. It’s a must read if you like love stories with mystery and twists.
I would absolutely recommend this one; Stacy Von Haegert did a great job with her debut novel this I am positively waiting for next book.
Posted November 15, 2013
Under His Protection is an engaging romance novel that explores the deceitful human nature in acts of love and passion. When you combine politics, men in suit (Secret Services) how can you go wrong? Masons attempt at being professional while Blake tries to draw him in adds intensity to the novel leaving the readers wondering is he going to give in or what? It is a well written, highly sensual novel that will leave you desperate for the next book in the trilogy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2013
A fun little novel that blends the history of Victorian era England and the pulse quickening romance of a steamy Harlequin romance.
Under his protection tells the story of Alex Ravenswood, an aristocrat and nobleman in the very beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign, who falls head-over-heel in love with the bewitching and out spoken American Lady Greyland Kingston. Their swift and heated romance is punctuated by the fact both the Ravenswood’s and the Kingston’s are decided from royalty. But this romance is not all Balls and heaving bosoms. The lovely Greyland finds herself in the middle of a struggle for power and control over the English throne.
The novel is a great and extremely quick read. Von Haegert’s writing is visually expressive and dynamic without bogging the reader down with an overabundance of one theme or the other. For example, the sexual tension between Alex and Greyland is felt throughout the book without having to overtly say that the two are begin engulfed by their passion for each other or going in to graphic scenes(like some other writers of this genre). The story is entertaining in a way that intrigues the read and engages in higher understanding of the ins and outs of the British class system. The only issue with the novel is that, at times, it seems too modern and tends to slip haphazardly into modern language. Some of the characters make references or comments that would not have been said or even understood in Victorian England.
All together this book is worth the read for the sheer enjoyment and relaxation.
review Under His Protection (The White Rose Trilogy) by Stacy Von Haegert
Every fans of romance novel will surely fall in love with Under His Protection (The White Rose Trilogy) by Stacy Von Haegert.
What started as a fistfight and possible duel, has turned out to be the beginning of a beautiful love story. Could it be love at first sight for Alex and Greyland? For love comes from the most unexpected places.
Reading this novel is like drinking a love potion---anyone who has felt the magic of love will surely fall in love all over again. Yes, indeed, you got really to believe in magic and tell me how do these two people find each other in a world full of strangers. Love is one of the most powerful human emotion and love really conquers all as portrayed in the pages of this book.
Congratulation Stacey Von Haegert and keep the flame of love and romance burning in the hearts of millions of your readers out there!
Posted November 14, 2013
This romance novel of Von Haegert Stacy has a very exciting plot and it deals with different themes such as: violence, love, scandal, suspense and humor. It has also a historical dimension that depicts the harsh and severe side of English society in the 19th century. I have been completely hooked to the entire book from the beginning to the last chapter. "Under His Protection" is the debut of a trilogy. I love to read romance novels, but this one has the particularity of being very factual having many aspects at the same time, making a more exciting reading. I really enjoyed reading this well written and intriguing novel. A must Read !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2013
Under his protection that is very engaging, seductive and irresistible title makes you directly in reading the story, and not merely browsing, the novel is historical romance mixed history in the most beautiful forms the accuracy in the description and figures varied detail of people, places.
Greyland Kingston is the kind of woman spirited and lovable personality and she attracts the Duke of Ravenswood .Alexander was an interesting character he had fallen in love with Lady Kingston and he will have to be willing to risk everything to protect here.
The Novel Under His Protection by Stacy Von Haegert is wonderful story and a beautiful historical romance
Posted November 11, 2013
“Under His Protection (The White Rose Trilogy)” marks Stacy Von Haegert’s debut as an author. In her book, Ms Von Haegert attempts to explain a centuries-old mystery regarding two youthful princes of York: their uncle imprisoned them after their father died and nobody knew, with certainty, how they had fared after imprisonment.
Ms Haegert’s treatment of the mystery produces an intriguing plot that includes distant history, lust, love, gossip, humour, suspense and constant action. The story is set in London, England, in 1938 and it begins with a brutal fight between Alexander, the Duke of Ravenswood, and an American. Amidst the violence, and the prospect of more, Greyland Kingston emerges in the story. She is originally from New Orleans but is staying in London.
Despite Alexander’s single-minded pursuit of his gaming habit, Greyland attracts him and they enter into a risky relationship that fuels gossip, jealousy and severe threats. He becomes consumed with protecting her and the mystery of the descendants of King Henry VII. The action affects and involves all strata of English society: even Queen Victoria and members of her court. In all of this, Greyland effectively is under his protection”.
Posted November 11, 2013
Under His protection is a well written novel, tracing the path of one of England’s most famous bloodlines. Stacy Von Haegert beautifully combines the two opposing themes of romance and suspense that keeps readers hooked and leaves them wanting to keep reading.
The character of Greyland Kingston is very intriguing. Beautiful portrayal of Greyland’s unpredictable and capricious nature lends the story the sizzle and passion that gives it depth. The novel has the power to hold the reader’s attention till the very end and offers a very satisfying feeling at the end.
The novel beautifully and quite accurately portrays the era in which it is set. As a debut author, Stacy has shown great calibre and I look forward to the other two books in the trilogy!
Posted November 11, 2013
I love this book! The story took me back spontaneously to the olden Victorian way of courtship where chivalry is alive. How Alex displayed chivalry is something a girl would swoon over. I liked how the author used romantic conversations in sort of an old English way but definitely not over the top it feels forced and unnatural. Thumbs up!
I'm looking forward to more of Stacy's books for sure :D
Posted November 9, 2013
First, in the interests of full disclosure, Under His Protection isn’t what you’d call my typical read, but I kind of got roped in by my wife, who couldn’t put it down.
What appealed to me about it was the historical tie-in as I do like historical fiction, like WEB Griffin, though Von Haegert’s book is not truly in this vein either. What she does do surprisingly well, especially as I think this is her first published book, is mix up various genres and make this appeal to many touch points.
It isn’t dusty old history, and it does have some rather dry humor to it. The pendulum even swings the other way as well as there are some rather torridly passionate scenes in here as well. The later at first made me flinch a bit, as that isn’t really my cup of tea. I was pleased however with how they contributed to the story and were not simply gratuitously inserted just for their salacious content.
Suffice to say, Stacy’s got me hooked and I think you will be too. I am already quietly nudging my wife to be on the lookout for the next installment.
Posted November 9, 2013
Normally I do not read (and I have never reviewed a romance novel) but I must say I was quite surprised with Stacy Von Haegert’s take on historical fiction, and/or romance (the historical fiction was the part that intrigued me I'm a big history geek and often read historical fiction) I must admit the story does grab the reader from the first page I mean let's be honest what could be better than opening a story with a brawl between two noblemen in an English gentleman's club that result in the inevitable challenge of pistols at dawn to restore lost honor (as a male reader I was slightly disappointed that the deal was called off at the last second by a third party for a very intriguing reason...). However this did not slow the pace of the story.
As Alexander the Duke of Ravenswood arrives in London in 1838 he quickly finds himself lost in the vortex that is Greyland Kingston "Grey" is so bewitching. The first time Alexander catches a glimpse of her. He practically forgets his own name, he is so taken aback by her, in fact, that he begins to consider giving up his globetrotting rakish ways. Particularly after the seeing her dance at a ball held by Queen Victoria, Alexander has never seen anyone dance like that. It has almost a Grey is floating two inches above the ground. After this moment, Alexander is keenly aware of a feeling that his destiny is going to be forever intertwined with that of Greyland Kingston and that sentiment will definitely be put to the test. The Duke of Ravenswood will have to be willing to risk everything to protect not only Grey but, one of London's all-time great mysteries surrounding King Henry VII and the possibility that his bloodline may have continued further than initially anticipated... the members of the royal court are abuzz with the fact that the younger members of the Grayland family bear a striking resemblance to the late Duke of York... duel with pistols
While it is indeed true that this is a distorted romance (and yes these scenes are quite steamy). They are not merely gratuitous layout to the emotional level of the story and serve a very definite purpose in the plot development and psychological depth of the characters. There is also plenty of action and humor to offset the more grown-up aspects of this story. And I must admit, it is extremely well written, and Stacy Von Haegert will definitely have an illustrious writing career, regardless of the genre she pursues.
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Posted September 20, 2014
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