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Too quick of reversals

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-15

The book's premise was interesting but character moments were rushed. There was plenty of opportunity to expand on the internal conflicts but the heroine seemed too wishy washy... going from someone who was to join the convent to handfasting within a few days. it just didn't seem plausible as it was written here. secondary characters had their arcs but again seemed rushed. I'm genuinely concerned for the narrators voice when she tried a raspy Scottish burr. It seemed painful to read things that way.

Good effort for first book.... but.....

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-03

The positives is that the writer didn't litter the story with adverbs or pages of backstory.

I think the story needed a professional structural edit. all of the story dimensions are there but they needed to be fleshed out.... more space for the back and forth of character development. Right now the heroine comes off as two dimensional because the pacing for her story arc is too fast. She needed more time (words) and words to heal, learn, fall in love and grow.

Alex has his moments but again, he isn't full fleshed out. And he needed more to do....more time to come across the anger of his people, conflict with his brothers and so on.

Things are too easily resolved in this book. The heroine overcomes years of abuse and a rape within 3 weeks. That's just not plausible.

It's the writers first book and I applaud her courage to publish. if she reads this, I suggest she add more subplots and depths to the characters and work on her prose to liven up both dialogue and descriptions.

For a reader...... listen snippets to her more recent works to see if you like them.

Plot is thin but it is well written

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-04

It's a Lyndsay Sands book..
that means kilts, sex and humour. it doesn't disappoint in that regard. The heroine speaks her mind. I found the insta attraction too much. there was no build up of the sexual tension... just straight up kissing in the first chapter. I also found the non romance plot weak. there needed to be more involvement of other characters to drive it along. I found Gordie's character development weak and there were inconsistencies with previous books. The man must have a disease or take Viagra for the amount of times he tupps the woman.... I still like Lyndsay Sands and this book has its moments, but this book is not my favourite of hers. Narrator was excellent.

Excellent preamble to the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-25

it's a great story that sets the tone for the series. A one night stand turned into a marriage. Fantastic.

The tone is excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-06

The writer weaves in historical fact and a plausible scenario brilliantly. Any Russia watcher will see the blurred lines between reality and fiction in this gripping novel. Narrator was perfect for the manuscript.

Good but not as strong as first three in series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-20

The heroine was the strongest of all of the heroines in the series. The hero was clever. There was less romantic tension and less tension in the mystery. simply meant there are fewer emotional highs and lows moments of humour. The resolution was appropriate. I think it's a good book, not a great book.

A book with funny moments

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-13

This is a sweet book. The meet-cute of these characters is funny and endearing. There is good but not great chemistry between them. all gets tied up neatly at the end. The heroine is strong and the hero is gallant. Plot moved forward nicely. Solid book overall.

Sweet and funny story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-07

The story has a strong heroine and a less than polished hero with a heart of gold. Plenty of moments of sweet humour and high heat. the ending allowed for both heroes to grow and develop. The heroine remained strong and independent. Loveable supporting characters. The narration was good but sounded like the narrator had a cold or was getting over one..... but still listen-able.

Unique story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-04

A reluctant hero trying to live up to his father. Strong character development throughout. First half was strong on character development and the second half strong in plot. Didn't get bogged down with unnecessary world building. Good pacing with some battle scene and a court martial. not your average scifi book. Narrator was good.

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Jaded detective in a gritty world

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-29

The tone of this book is excellent. A jaded detective who has lost everything and knows it. The world building is strong and there are many moving parts in the plot. Good pacing with key moments of dark humour. Great narrator. Characters have agency and the end is nuanced and wraps everything up nicely.