Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review: Engraved

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Jayne Fresina
Release Date:
March 23, 2011
Evernight Publishing
Word Count:
approx. 35,000
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When Adam Blackwood first lays eyes on the woman of his lusty fantasies, he’s a young man with too much arrogance and not enough self-control.  She rejects his clumsy advances and deeply wounds his pride.  Six years later the wound remains, but other things have changed.  He’s grown up.  She’s widowed and alone.  And this time, she wants something from him.

Evangeline always knew Adam was dangerous.  He aroused emotions and desires she’d learned to suppress.  But now he’s back with a proposition and a secret from her past.  A little blackmail is hardly a gentlemanly method of getting her into bed, but what else can she expect from a Blackwood?

Perhaps, for just one night, she’ll give him what he wants and indulge her own secret passion. Providing they never see one another again, what harm can it do?

Brandi's Review:
This book was very interesting.  I loved the prologue, when time is marked as Adam first sees Lina all those years before.  And I love how the story is intertwined with clocks.  But I felt this book was a little all over the place.   Or I should say Lina was. She seemed extremely worried about appearances and her position in society, then spends hours upon hours in bed with a man while living in a small village.  

Then she's back to normal and wants things to be as they were, but she then does something that I have to say is one of the tackiest things I have ever read in a historical novel.  I understand completely the point of it happening, that lust and blooming love is can't be controlled at times but this was really bad.  She decides against going to the ball at Adam's home while making a decision to keep her in societies good graces but then pulls a Scarlett O'Hara and shows up in red, going on the FAR opposite direction.  I thought Adam's character was great as he just fell into whatever it was Lina wanted to do.  Always hoping and waiting to be with her.  Of course he was also the instigator in the tactless event, but well he's a man!  

Overall I thought it was a sweet story, and loved the ending.  I'm assuming that with the three paintings found there will be two additional books. 

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