Bedazzled Paperback – 29 Feb 2008
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"BEDAZZLED is a gem and India is a heroine worthy of carrying Skye O'Malley's heritage". --Romantic Times
From the Back Cover
Bestselling author Bertrice Small has enchanted readers with her lushly detailed historical romances. Now she brings us BEDAZZLED, the second book in her enthralling SKYE'S LEGACY, and the sweeping story of Jasmine's eldest daughter, a 17th century heiress destined to find love in an unlikely place...
Determined to elope with a peer whose name has been blackened by his murderous brother, Lady India Lindley boards a ship bound for Italy with her intended. But when the vessel is taken captive by Ottoman pirates, the independent beauty becomes a slave to Caynan Reis, ruler of the Barbary state of El Sinut -- a mysterious man with a secret past.
India doesn't expect to fall in love with this infuriating man whose will is as strong as hers -- but she does. Nor does she expect that a revolt by Istanbul's powerful Janissaries will tear her from his arms. But fate has a different plan for the proud beauty...See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
New York Times best selling author Bertrice Small continues the romantic adventures of the Skye O'Malley descendants with the well-written tale of India, the first of a new trilogy. The story line is trademark Ms. Small with an enjoyable historical erotica romance that includes female sex slavery in an exotic locale. Fans of the author and anyone who has never tasted one of her novels, will gain immense pleasure from BEDAZZLED. However, there is nothing new to the story line that Ms. Small has not previously said in her previous O'Malley novels, a fact that will leave some readers bored with the tale.
Skye's Legacy seemed like a great idea for a new series (no one knows how to beat a dead horse better than Small) but if it means more books like this one...I'll pass! Guess I'll just re-read the old Skye novels onstead!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I will agree that the plot did not have as many twists and turns, nor was the story as in depth as some of her other Skye O'Malley books-but it was nice. Surprisingly enough, it only involved one husband. I was a bit surprised she stopped it before the execution of Charles I, but she does a good job setting up for it (again hopefully in the next novel). Sometimes I thought Jemmie Leslie a bit too much like his father, Jasmine a bit weaker than she had been, and India an overall brat-but with the number of years that had transpired? Again-it is a nice story.
If you want to read and understand this book, I fully recommend the following books in THIS order-The Kadin, Love Wild and Fair, then- Skye O'Malley, All the Sweet Tomorrows, A Love For All Time, This Heart of Mine, Lost Love Found, Wild Jasmine, Darling Jasmine and then Bedazzled. This should bring you up to date on both the O'Malley clan and the Leslies interspersed throughout both sets of books, give you a wonderful sense of this historic period as well as make you a fan of this epic!
Beyond that, James Leslie's behavior was absolutely appalling. And this jerk was supposed to have been a hero of another of Small's books? What kind of "hero" steals his daughter's child hours after the baby's birth and tells his daughter he did it for her own good??? And Jasmine? What kind of mother allows her husband to hurt her child this way? As I assume she had her own money, she could have given India enough to travel to England and establish her household rather than allow her husband to spirit away their grandchild, an action which she of all people should have known would drive India to the brink of insanity.
Then there's Deverall Leigh. For the most part I liked him, but wouldn't a true hero have tried harder to insure his brother's safety on the galley ship and not forgotten to release him after a couple of months of punishment? Wouldn't a true hero have at least tried to talk to India *before* automatically assuming she had betrayed his love? He certainly had opportunity to do so. So why didn't he? And why would he take the advice of a stepmother who had betrayed him and use that advice as the basis of his actions toward other women? After all, the woman had already proven herself untrustworthy! Why should he now put his trust in anything else she said???
Finally, why does Ms. Small emphasize her words so much? It seems that there is hardly a page that goes by without the unnecessary overuse of italics to emphasize words. Italics should be used sparingly... the overuse of them is annoying.
Forget this book. It's not worth it. If you want a Small book where the heroine ends up with the original hero and does not marry multiple husbands, try LOVE, REMEMBER ME.