today I’m briefly reviewing three historical romance novels. Enjoy!
Rosehaven by Catherine Coulter
Catherine Coulter is one of my favourite historical romance writers, but this book really isn’t one of her best. Just before his death, the Earl of Oxborough forces his only daughter and heir, Hastings, to marry Severin of Langthorne to protect her and her lands from evil pretenders who want her only to squander her fortune. But the couple has problems from the very start. Hastings is a naive and caring girl. She would like to get along with Severin, but he just doesn’t get her. Several is a typical macho man, a strong warrior who just doesn’t know how to deal with women. He never had to and he can’t really see that there’s more to a being a husband than protecting her and sleeping with her. In return, he expects her to obey his every order and when she doesn’t, he screams at her and punishes her. No wonder Hastings is miserable for most of the book! I really disliked Severin for his insensitivity, although I suppose his behaviour was considered absolutely normal in the Middle Ages, when this novel is set in. But what really put me off the book is that the couple seems to think that sex (and there’s a lot of it in this book) is a panacea for all their problems. Maybe in historical romances it is, but in real life you need a lot more to make a marriage work. However, Coulter’s writing style is fairly good and the story flows easily.
Available at: amazon.com
Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas
Anastasia, a Russian princess, is framed for the murder of her fiance. She was found near his body, but can’t remember anything about that night. She’s thrown in jail to await her execution, but manages to flee to England to start a new life. Here Lord Luke Stockenhurst hires her as a governess for her daughter. But just when it seemed she’s finding happiness again, the past comes back to haunt her. I really love the idea of this book, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. After an intriguing beginning that will have you quickly turning the page to know what’s gonna happen to Anastasia, the book begins to lose pace. It does pick it up again in the later part of the book, but some of the things that happen are either predictable or a bit far-fetched. Overall, the book is really not engaging enough. I would recommend it only to fans of Lisa Kleypas, but if you’ve never read a book by this author, then you shouldn’t start with this as it will only disappoint you.
Available at: amazon.com
A Pirate Of Her Own by Kinley MacGregor
Another average historical romance novel. The book is set in America in 1793. Serenity James, who works for her father’s printing press, has written an article about a ship’s captain who frees America impressed sailors from the British navy. She doesn’t name him, only using the nickname Sea Wolf, but reveals enough information to make him suspect she knows his real identity. So, through a series of mistakes, she’s kidnapped and brought on his ship and the two fall in love. Obviously they will have to face several problems before they can be together, but none of them will engage your attention. Like Midnight Angel, A Pirate Of Her Own quickly loses pace, becoming predictable and boring. The characters aren’t well-developed either. Serenity has some feminists ideas and wants to write for a living against her family’s wishes but when she meets Morgan, the hero, she turns into a doormat and learns coquetry and other typical feminine arts to entice him. It was such a disappointment! I would recommend it only to those who are into historical romances with pirates.
Available at: Amazon.com
Have you read these books? What do you think of them?