Author: Susanna Fraser
Genre: Historical Romance
Did I finish?: Yes - there was a brief point when I quit because I was sort of huffy about a plot point but I couldn't stop thinking about the story so I had to finish.
One-sentence summary: Super rich soldier's wife falls for super poor soldier and face some major dangers and trials.
Why did I get this book?: Pretty cover plus sex.
Reading Challenges: E-book, Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Oh yes. Bohunky and dramatic without being too lurid. Although I hate the use of Scriptina font for 'Lady'.
First line: "Aiee! Madre de Dios, it hurts!"
Review: I haven't grown up reading romance novels so the genre is pretty new to me, but I've discovered I do enjoy historical romances. This one came on holiday with me and was kind of the perfect thing to read while on deck of the cruise -- super fun but enough meaty history and plot to keep me engaged.
The sexy bits were fun and I especially loved the ending. In fact, I wish more of the novel focused on the people and plot of the end of the novel rather than the off-putting (to me) plot twist in the middle. (I don't mean to be so vague but I don't want to spoil the story for anyone!) I'm told the plot twist is a common romance novel convention and as a result I can't be too unhappy about it, but I found it went on longer than I would have liked.
Fraser's next novel is about the heroine's brother, flashing back to his courtship with his wife. I'm especially looking forward to that as these characters -- like all of Fraser's side characters -- were interesting and fleshed out. I cared about them and I'm thrilled to see at least two are getting their own story.