A Rose In The Storm ePUB â In The MOBI ò A Rose

A Rose In The Storm ePUB â In The  MOBI ò A Rose WHEN RIVALRY BECOMES PASSION With warfare blazing through Scotland, the fate of the Comyn MacDougall legacy depends on one woman Recently orphaned, young Margaret Comyn must secure her clan s safety through an arranged marriage But when an enemy invasion puts her at the mercy of the notorious Wolf of Lochaber, her every loyalty and secret want will be challenged AND A KINGDOM IS AT STAKE Legendary warrior Alexander the Wolf MacDonald rides with Robert Bruce to seize the throne of Scotland But when he takes the fiery Lady Margaret prisoner, she quickly becomes far than a valuable hostage For, the passion between them threatens to betray their families, their countryand their hearts 2.5 What happened here This book started as a 5 medieval romance, only to plummet down to 2 due to droning on and on like a boring history book What s not to like 17 year old Lady Margaret s awaiting her arranged marriage, only to have her castle sieged and herself imprisoned by, none other than, Alexander The Wolf of Lochaber While her loyalties are to her clan and king, Margaret can t help falling in love with her strong captor Sounds great, right For Medieval Scotland ro 2.5 What happened here This book started as a 5 medieval romance, only to plummet down to 2 due to droning on and on like a boring history book What s not to like 17 year old Lady Margaret s awaiting her arranged marriage, only to have her castle sieged and herself imprisoned by, none other than, Alexander The Wolf of Lochaber While her loyalties are to her clan and king, Margaret can t help falling in love with her strong captor Sounds great, right For Medieval Scotland romance lovers me , I thought I was in heaven when I started reading this book But About 150 pages into this 500 page book, I started getting confused did I open up a history book or a historical romance Towards the end of the book I felt like I was in the middle of a never ending history lesson, that had been taking place over the last 400 pages There was almost NO romance The hero and heroine were apart for most of the book I really wish they hadon page together time, and for a pretty long book, too First of all for such a long book, why are the characters so underdeveloped We know next to nothing about anyone except our leading lady Margaret We know that Margaret is above all loyal However, I am not quite sure why she believes it is better for her a Scotswoman to marry an Englishman, than to marry The Wolf a Scot , even if he is from an opposing clan And her brother is even stricter in where her loyalties should lay he doesn t want her to marry the Englishman, because duh he s Englishbut he doesn t want her to marry The Wolf either, because he doesn t like his clan Oh come on Anyways, despite the 500 pages, we know very little about The Wolf, even less about lady Isabella why does she act the way she does and is there a reason for her betrayal , Margaret s brother William, Margaret s best friend and maid Peg who betrays her, but this is forgotten towards the end of the book , etc Why were none of these characters fleshed out or their actions at least explained Secondly the conflict between the hero and heroine is due to a war There is no real emotional conflict or connection between the two of them in fact, they spent so little time together in this book that readers can t even tell if there is anything between them at all They would be together, if not for the Scottish war and her being pulled tirelessly for her, quite tiresome for us by her family loyalties She kept repeating that her loyalties have to lay with the other side a million times And 400 pages of this Of battles, broken loyalties, war treasons, evil king, annoying king, a completely random countess who leaves her loving husband to be the mistress of the annoying king the point of this was as random, as it was unexplained and uneccessary Since it was written as a history book, maybe this really happenedbut we still got no explanation as to why it happened or how it was important to OUR story Really the relationship between hero and heroine didn t just take the backburner, it was non existent Thirdly the sex scenes What the heck was that Fade to black stuff Brenda Joyce Really The author of Captive Literally, the love scenes were also non existent and read something like this.He placed her on the grass, burning with desire She couldn t wait to feel his strength And after their lovemaking, she lay in his armsWhat Where was the lovemaking Finally, what was with the ending It felt like a door was left wide open for a sequel The king s story just seemed so unfinished and unsatisfactory Another unsatisfactory tidbit, was that Margaret s great friend, Isabella, was imprisoned and being tortured Margaret pretty much shrugs this off at the end It feels so untrue to her character so far Even just a fact that the heroine s friend is left caged and tortured at the end of a romance novel, with no hint at salvation, makes this a VERY strange romance novel So overall, great potentialI m assuming well researched But ZERO romance Come on woman if you want to write Historical Fiction, go for it But don t call it Historical Romance and sell it with a long haired, muscly chested dude, ripping off a girl s gown on the cover Go write history books and sell them to those who care to read about bloody battles and wars lost I.e the cover looked like this , while it should have looked like this 4.5 amazing historical romance stars I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.I admit it has been a good number of years since I have read a Brenda Joyce book and right now I am kicking myself wondering why This author has true talent with words She set the scene for this book, engaged my emotions, retained my interest and truly I was sitting on the edge of my seat right up to the end.A Rose in the Storm is set at a time in Scottish history when everything is in turmoil Men 4.5 amazing historical romance stars I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.I admit it has been a good number of years since I have read a Brenda Joyce book and right now I am kicking myself wondering why This author has true talent with words She set the scene for this book, engaged my emotions, retained my interest and truly I was sitting on the edge of my seat right up to the end.A Rose in the Storm is set at a time in Scottish history when everything is in turmoil Men rule, they are either warriors or politicians or common soldiers but they play the game and women are a disposable commodity In this story we have Margaret who is going to home to her mothers Castle and her dowry home It has been arranged for her to marry Sir Guy, and English Knight When she arrives at her home, it is besieged by Alexander The Wolf MacDonald Alexander has to admire Margaret for her bravery in not backing down and admitting defeat, she stands and tries to fight to keep what is hers Unfortunately they are outnumbered and she is soon his prisoner and from there they have fight on their hands From her, the battle of not falling for her lifelong enemy and trying not to be a pawn in the battles of men.She said, very slowly, and choosing her words with great care, I cannot wish you well, Alexander He did not make a sound, but she thought she saw disappointment flaring in his eyes.She added, But I do not wish you ill You could tell it was a hard thing for her to swallow, as her loyalties were with her family I admired her standing her ground.Alexander s fight was with his emotions and trying to get a girl to understand that what he offered her was real and that he wanted her and not her castle.Alexander Last night changes nothing You go to war as does my family and we fight for different kings Last Night, he said quietly, changes everything I adored Alexander, he was an admirable man with the patience of a saint with Margaret He was the perfect combination of lethal warrior and honourable man.This was a fantastic historical romance Brenda Joyce had done her research, because although I am sure these characters where of her own making Names, places and battles all had a ring of familiarity to them Names that I have heard in textbooks and history classes It made the book and the characters all thereal in my mind, I felt totally swept back in time A Rose in the Storm was a pure pleasure to read, if you are a historical romance fan I guarantee you will love this book On one end you have the wallpaper historical romances The history is just a pretty set for a romance between people with very modern mindsets The history is often non existent, poorly researched, or just plain wrong On the other end there is historical fiction, which ideally seeks to tell things as they were with lots of historical context and detail and make the fictional part seamlessly fit in Personally I prefer my romance to be somewhere between the two extremes, leaning towardhist On one end you have the wallpaper historical romances The history is just a pretty set for a romance between people with very modern mindsets The history is often non existent, poorly researched, or just plain wrong On the other end there is historical fiction, which ideally seeks to tell things as they were with lots of historical context and detail and make the fictional part seamlessly fit in Personally I prefer my romance to be somewhere between the two extremes, leaning towardhistorical accuracy However, I come for the romance I just want to feel like I m immersed in that time place and not be thrown out of the story by a lot of anachronisms or people acting thinking like they live in the 21st century But, I don t want to be given a history lesson either A neat fact here or there, an appearance of a historical person, etc is enough for me I don t want a textbook I want the main source of conflict to be the H h relationship and the history to fit into that.This book was the opposite The main source of conflict was the Scottish War for Independence Lots and lots of name fact dropping I m not saying it was 100% accurate, for one thing I don t think there was ever any proof Countess Isabella was manipulated had an affair with Robert the Bruce My point is that the tension between the H h was nearly non existent.It started out promising with the H putting the h s castle under siege and promising all sorts of dire consequences if she doesn t surrender Then he prevails and the dire consequences never quite materialize Alexander was sadly a cardboard character when he could have been very memorable Joyce had him do things say things at times that hinted at the ruthless nature of a warlord of his time, but she always pulled her punches The worst he did in this book was sleep around with the h s maids and that was only because he couldn t get the h to be his willing mistress I m also still not believing he actually let the h go into the castle that was held by her evil betrothed where she was almost raped Yeah, that s what she wanted to do her brother was in there but since when did medieval men care what women wanted to do I can t believe he allowed her to put herself in such danger She was only 17 Aside from screwing around with maids and making some very sexist comments about them, Alexander was surprisingly pro feminist for the early 1300s Don t get me wrong, I love a man who is obviously smitten from day 1, but that doesn t mean he isn t still a man of his time.Margaret was highly frustrating at times She was 17, so she ran off into danger like the idiot teenager she was But, the whole clan family loyalty thing got old I tried to beopen minded than some of the other reviewers Her mindset would have been totally different from ours, which islimited to loyalty to immediate family and doesn t include always sharing the same beliefs My dad loves to bait me about my opposing political views, it s a game not a matter of treason disloyalty I think it was just the fact that Joyce repeated the theme too often when she could have come up with a million other sources of conflict that would have been muchexciting.Also, I was surprised after reading some of her earlier novels that the sex was almost fade to black No passion and certainly not the bawdiness of The Conqueror Honestly, I think Joyce has lost interest in romance and wants to write historical fiction Just my uninformed opinion I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.It s actually 3 and 1 2 stars, but for the research and historical value I ve gladly upped it to 4 stars.The book is very, very well written and historically accurate, even if I think, but I m not a historian the MCs are BJ s invention.Still, I couldn t connect with them There was too much politics and I don t like nowdays politics, so shrug , too much war strategyI prefer to have a bitromance in my romace books.I underst I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.It s actually 3 and 1 2 stars, but for the research and historical value I ve gladly upped it to 4 stars.The book is very, very well written and historically accurate, even if I think, but I m not a historian the MCs are BJ s invention.Still, I couldn t connect with them There was too much politics and I don t like nowdays politics, so shrug , too much war strategyI prefer to have a bitromance in my romace books.I understand that this is a medieval romance, so Alex is supposed to be a man of his time but I hate when the hero makes love to another woman What kind of hero is that For me he slippedthan sevral steps down in my esteem.But that s not the only thing I didn t like Margaret s stubborn attachment to her brother, even when it became obviously pointless.The book definitely is worth reading

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