His Wicked Promise Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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"Samantha James writes exactly the sort of book I love to read."-- Linda Lael Miller, "New York Times" bestselling author"No one can write a book quite like Samantha James."-- Catherine Anderson"A remarkable writer."-- Lisa Kleypas"Beware! Ms. James' silent warrior just may be the thief that steals your heart."-- "Rendezvous"A marvelous love...simmering sensuality and heated love scenes are beautifully blended...a fresh voice."-- "Romantic Times"A delicious and exciting romance...a beautifully wrought love story, as steamy as it is tender."-- "Publishers Weekly"A winsome witty medieval tale."--"Nashville BookPage
About the Author
It was Samantha James's love of reading as a child that steered her toward a writing career. Among her favorites in those days were the Trixie Belden and Cherry Ames series of books. She still loves a blend of mystery and romance, and, of course, a happily-ever-after ending. The award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many romances and one novella, her books have ranged from medieval to Regency.
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To gain protection, she agrees to marry Egan. Everyone feels the Scotsman is just being noble especially when he hides his feelings of tenderness towards her. Egan needs Glenda to come to him out of love not need, thus he refuses to even complete their wedding vows. To her surprise and guilt, Glenda quickly finds herself falling in love with her champion. However, as their relationship blossoms, an unknown assailant plans to destroy the loving twosome.
Best-selling author Samantha James escorts her readers to medieval Scotland with this cleverly written tale. At first brush, the story line sounds like many similar tales, but Ms. James provides an invigorating plot due to the interactions and dialogue of the two main charcaters. The growing passion and compassion between Glenda and Egan heats up the pages of this beautiful historical romance that will elate sub-genre fans as the author emphasizes the romance before the pageantry and intrigue.
What I liked about His Wicked Promise is
The plot was interesting and it kept you interested in what was going to happen next. It was written with an amazing level of intensity and feeling that my heart was pumping furiously with both the palatable passion and the keen sense of danger infused in the story. There are interesting plot twists and we get to know several secondary characters well. The secondary characters are not boring. The chemistry between Glenda and Egan was very sensual. The action/suspense was fast-paced and thrilling. The setting was beautiful and exotic. The sex was HOT and perfect for the story.
The parts that bother me about His Wicked Promise are
1 Egan was a jerk and forced himself on Glenda in times of anger. He did this more than once. I hate in books when the 'hero' does that.
2 Egan didn't try to be understanding to Glenda about her feelings of her dead husband and lose of her child. Glenda felt dirty and ashamed of having feelings for Egan. Egan could have romanced her and made her feel comfortable but instead he got angry.
3 There were scenes in this book that simply did not flow or make much scents.
4 Glenda wasn't as strong as she should have been to make this book work.
Upon arriving at Glenda' home, Blackstone Tower, the reader painfully witnesses Glenda's transformation. Glenda refuses to let go of her past and harbors guilt about feeling any hope or happiness for her future. Therefore, when she is forced to marry to keep her lands, the reader has to endure her endless rejection and illtreatment of the one man that has loved her selflessly for years. At this point, Glenda becomes unlikeable as she rudely, and heartlessly handles Egan, repeatedly comparing him to her dead husband. Glenda's confusion and self-imposed guilt causes her to waver back and forth between wanting to love Egan and resenting him. This continues throughout at least two-thirds of the book and becomes extremely frustrating to the reader. However, throughout it all, we see Glenda transform. In the end, I'm not sure if it was worth what she put her husband through.
It is truly Egan that makes this read enjoyable. He is the bright light of this book and is the reason I rated it four stars. Regardless of Glenda's treatment of him, he continues to lead and protect the people (trying to capture the enemy that is ravaging their lands) of Blackstone Tower, while hoping his wife will one day love him. It's this balance of Egan's strength and compassion that will endure him to readers. Although, he is patient with Glenda, he has no qualms rebuking her for her treatment of him.
Still, I like the chemistry and history between Glenda and Egan. I do find it hard to believe, however, that a woman could live in close proximity to a man for eight years and not be aware of the fact that he was in love with her. I imagine her husband would have noticed it as well. Still, I enjoyed the story and plan to read more books by Ms. James.
I know that sex sells and that's why the authors use it, and in some books I have found it adds to the telling of the story. What I hate is when they go into the details over and over. When it's done right, one sex scene is more than enough.
Another thing: what does the title "His Wicked Promise" have to do with the story? I found Egan to be a really nice guy, although I didn't care much for Glenda.