By Anne O'Brien
After the loss of life of her stepfather, woman Rosamund de Longsprey suggestion to prevent an prepared marriage with a repugnant guy through taking to her newly inherited lands. regardless of the deplorable stipulations and ignored lands, Rose is set to make it paintings as the replacement isn't really anything she is prepared to do. regrettably for Rose, Lord Gervase Fitz Osbern is simply as made up our minds to take again his lands that have been stolen from his relations. Fitz Osbern exhibits up and fast takes keep watch over of the citadel a lot to the chagrin and annoyance of Rose. either are confident of sole possession, and either are obstinately attempting to oust the opposite. Neither one is keen to provide any flooring, nor will both one publish. Will somebody continue to exist? And who will lay declare to the lands?
I totally enjoyed this tale. I occurred upon this prize rather by chance as i used to be searching the cabinets of an area paperback alternate bookstall. The blurb at the again stuck my awareness, however it used to be it slow earlier than I opened it. i used to be quick stuck up within the tale and the characters; I quickly came across myself racing to learn to determine the way it could all finish. either Rose and Gervase are robust and dominate characters. fortunately, they stayed precise to these characteristics in the course of the tale and nonetheless had a truly gratifying end.
The first scene we learn is of Gervase taking on the property. It comes throughout particularly brutally, and that i stumbled on myself asking the query "how am I to love this man?" Then, the tale flashes again 2 weeks and we see issues from the start and WOW. i used to be hooked.
What I enjoyed:
1. girl Rose--she is astounding! She is opinionated, decided, crafty, proud, and shrewdpermanent. She can be compassionate and courageous. I enjoyed that she grew because the tale advanced. sure, she was once blameless of some ways of the area, yet she wasn't overly naïve and silly approximately it. She used to be headstrong, occasionally to her detriment, yet regularly for a cause.
2. Lord Gervase--what a hottie! He used to be robbed of his lands and stole them correct again. even supposing he's an honorable knight, he performs the position of a rowdy brigand in hopes it's going to ship Rose working. His makes an attempt are really humorous given that he betrays himself with acts of generosity and civility now and then. And as soon as he cleans himself up...all his typical attraction rather shines through.
3. Contess Petronilla and Lord Hugh de Mortimer--Rose's mom and Gervase's pal additional a pleasant contact of sanity to stability out the bullheadedness of either Rose and Gervase. additionally, I enjoyed Rose's mother for simply being there and being a mother. She wasn't controlling, yet supportive.
4. The Undermining of Authority--I enjoyed the subtleties (and no longer so sophisticated methods) utilized by either Rose and Gervase to realize the higher hand. I additionally liked that it wasn't consistently one who got here out on best. in reality, it usually appeared considered. It's infuriating to learn tales the place the lady is so naïve that she is needs to be rescued by way of an all realizing guy. the following, we had a well-balanced conflict the place nobody ever appeared to really be in charge of the situation.
5. The Romance--with such headstrong humans, there's certain to be sparks once they meet. They either slowly and punctiliously fall in love with the opposite. And it used to be effortless to determine why they enjoyed every one other.
6. The Ending--with either made up our minds to be the conqueror, it was once nail-biting to attend and notice how obdurate humans may come jointly with no filing. It used to be good performed. I enjoyed how Rose placed to take advantage of the unorthodox recommendation of the Queen.
What I didn't like:
The in basic terms factor that I didn't like was once the various flashbacks: it used to be a piece complicated from time to time. Am I examining whatever happening right away? Or did this ensue previously?
All in all, i actually loved this tale. It used to be a hugely exciting tale with plausible characters and an emotional romance. this can be one I'm going to carry directly to and never ship again to the paperback alternate shop.