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- File Size: 2006.0 KB
- Print Length: 178 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419966383
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076K9RVYG
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Everyone's talking about predictability - I suppose. Does it matter? I'm not sure intrigue and plot twists are the point of this book.
It has a lot to say about the reality of the role of the Disney Princess so feted in modern society, and how women, their virginity and fertility were little more than bargaining chips. What to do when that's not something you can really fight against?
I loved the characters and their impossible situation that made their yearning for each other all the more intense and sweet. There are some soaringly emotional moments between them, as well as Janine Ashbless's usual burningly hot sex scenes and effortless eloquence.
I'm not sure what Romance fiction *isn't* predictable - couple meet, obstacles are put in couple's way, obstacles are resolved, couple are happy... what matters is how that's done, and in this instance it's done with great affection for the protagonists, moments of tension and danger, and remarkably appealing character building. Eloise is the ingenue who is flung into the role of guileless pupil of the older, more worldly, stronger, somewhat sinister Severin, to whose care she is entrusted. It's a relationship dynamic that made me wriggle with delight and personally, I think gives a deliciously satisfying and genuinely emotional ending - which I agree will stay in your head long after reading. The river! Agh!
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The King's Viper is an erotic read, and we're treated with some tantalizing scenes between virginal Eloise and dark yet loyal Severin. I enjoy road tales, and we get some fun interaction between these two while they're learning to play nicely. Though predictable, I enjoyed this book. It was escapism at its best. I'll likely be picking up mroe by Ms. Ashbless in the future.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I chose this book because of the title along with the blurb. I guess I was expecting more. I found myself a little disappointed over the predictability of what was going to happen.
This is a somewhat typical story of the virginal maiden slated to marry the King. Although he is handsome in his own right he doesn’t have the time to travel to get his betrothed. So in his stead he sends his right hand man. Kind of sounds like ‘Shrek’. So dark and sort of roguish Severin is sent to bring Eloise to his king.
First the ship goes down and only the two survive. Washed ashore they end up walking all the way to the king. Along the way they find themselves drawn to each other.
Eloise does pitch in and help as they pretend to be commoners as they work for a place to sleep along with food to eat.
Warning: This story contains masturbation by both Eloise and Severin. The sex eventually finds them having anal sex in order to keep her virginity in tack.
I found the characters to be somewhat lacking in that Eloise was just went along with things being very complacent. She seemed to need some backbone or spirit. She was just a little too flat for me. I couldn’t grasp her as believable. Severin had a little more depth as he was somewhat of an assassin but still a little boring. He was made out to be this strong dark character but when it came to the sex scenes he seemed a little too gentle as I thought he would be stronger and take what he wanted.
Overall Ms. Ashbless wrote a somewhat pleasant story but I personally would have enjoyed it more with some depth. It seemed as if we were going on a daily walk and this was an everyday occurrence in our life. Nothing new just kind of …blah.