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Honor Bound (The Witchblade Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
On top of this tale being my kind of romance, I got mystery, baddies, intrigue, secrets, lies, dry humour and wit, innuendo, some get-you-own-back situations, some cloak-and-dagger stuff, red herrings, white withcraft/good magick and frequent, hot, steamy, descriptive sex, all within an excellent tale.
The tale is about Sir Nick, a Knight who's part of some secret service organisation, who's been tasked with finding out how poison found its way into the food at the court of Queen Victoria, and he starts visiting apothecaries in the city of London. He walks into Shawe's and discovers the wife that he's been searching for for six years working behind the counter, and she's as shocked to see him - and to realise that the attraction between them is as strong as ever; cue many hot, steamy, erotic sex scenes (many of Isabelle's customers are whores, who've shared their experience with her, which makes Nick question what she's been doing in the last six years!).
Nick though that Isabelle left him for another man, but she'd in fact left him because of his frequent and unexplained absences. He couldn't tell her that he'd spent so much time during their marriage away because he was a spy, and as he was the one who'd exposed her crooked father, resulting in his imprisonment and death. Her father had been suspected of poisoning the Court, and now his daughter was possibly to face the same fate...Read more ›
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It includes a bit of 'paranormal', which makes the story more original and thrilling but this is not the main story line in the book.
All other secondary characters are also well built and developed, they never fall into stereotypes so the author keeps you guessing who is friend and who is a traitor, because they offer different angles and motivations and you get to peek into their pasts.
I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a not-so-long story with action, passion (explicit sex scenes, but they are important to understand the characters and their love story) and mystery. AND a bit of magic :)
This novel is quite the opposite. The main characters are sometimes a bit idiotic in their inability to come to terms, but the underlying mystery is solid; the characters are otherwise interesting; the novel was fairly difficult to put down, once I got into it. I questioned the reactions to the revelation that the main character was a witch, and I would have liked to see a bit more information about apothecaries and that time period, because both are quite interesting. I don't think it would take much revision to take this from a pretty good novel to a very good one.
I'd rate it as follows: mystery-4, romance-3, fantasy (magic)-2.5, historical-3. In the end, I liked it, and I'll look for more from this author. I'd love to see her revise a bit more and write a great novel. She's off to a solid start.
That being said, I liked this one. It took a while to figure that out, but I got there. I spent a lot of time wondering when Isabel's secret was going to be incorporated into the plot and that sort of put a damper on my enthusiasm for the rest of the story. Up to the halfway point Isabel is working as an apothecary's assistant, trying to convince herself she can live a normal life, refusing to use or even acknowledge her abilities. I was about to give up hope and then, there it was. Not only that, it wasn't presented half-heartedly in some cheese filled plot twist. No, it was beautifully incorporated as an essential aspect of book. I was pretty impressed, and no, I'm not just saying this to make up for my earlier comments. I stand by both one hundred percent.
Archer's love birds possess some very modern sensibilities, I personally like period personalities to fit the era of their story, but beyond that I can't fault the book. Not about shout Archer's praises from the rooftop or anything but I'm certainly up for the second installment of the series.