Interesting historical setting,
This review is from: Scoundrel's Kiss (Mass Market Paperback)
Scoundrel's Kiss had a very interesting setting - that of Spain in 1201 - and this gave the book an extra zing for this reader. It's hard to imagine what life was like in those days, particularly in Spain where the Moorish/Islamic and the Christian/Western cultures clashed, but the author of this book was adept at setting the scene. The dangers and political intrigues of those times, along with the uncomfortable relations between Christians, Muslims and Jews, make for a story with lots of plot threads.
Less successful for this reader was the central romance between Englishwoman Ada of Keyworth and trainee monk Gavriel de Marqueda. Their relationship develops slowly but it does seem to be based very much on the need that each has for the other and they don't seem to share that many good moments together. However, the author is able to show how their individual strengths work well together. Some of the side characters are also interesting and I presume may be featured in future books.
The plot includes some unusual ideas such as the heroine having an opium addiction and the hero working to become a monk. Overall it was an interesting read and a reminder of the importance of Spain through history as two civilisations fought for supremacy.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010