2/5 – DNF at 24%
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.
Chicago Review Press approached me last month about reading this book for review. While romance isn’t usually my genre, I thought the reviews I read for it were good and it was historical fiction set in a period that I’m very familiar with.
What it came down to, for me, was that it was very slow. I could read a paragraph and nothing could happen. Then, my eyes would glaze over and suddenly I’d miss everything. Which is what I don’t like. I hate it when I can’t read a book because I’m getting too bored with it.
However, the writing was well-done — it definitely felt like a medieval story with how people were being addressed — and I thought it was rather period accurate. It’s definitely a different sort of romance, starting it off with an attempted rape of the heroine, Lady Julitta, by the “hero”, Red Adam. They marry to protect her honor, even if she beat him up. Lady Julitta is a heroine that someone can get behind and understand. She was interesting and, if the pacing had been different, I likely would have finished it and liked it.
Simply put, a book that just wasn’t for me.