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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Jun. 2011
- Language: English
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The novel is fast paced and it draws on history without becoming too restricted or limited by fact. I liked that their story wasn't too conventional and that it didn't follow any real formula (other than boy gets girl), I liked that Olivia could think for herself and I liked that Anthony was not overpowering. The characters make this story and they transcend the plot.
But of course it also has what ever true romance should have. Great love, great sex and great writing...what more could a girl ask for?
So then once he has her taken home, she sneaks out of her father's house to meet him again. And even when she realises that he has to be part of a plot to work against her father's political agenda, she stays quiet and doesn't tell Cato what's going on. Even though she knows that Anthony is a pirate.
I'm sorry; I just didn't see any romance in here, and I didn't even like the 'hero'. And as for the ending, what kind of thing is that? I kept waiting for him to renounce his lawless life, but no; he continues to be a pirate, and Cato lets Phoebe go to him instead of having him handed over to the police and hanged. And they don't even get married!
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His bookworm and scholarly daughter Olivia Granville slips while reading and walking near the edge of a cliff. She suddenly steps into nothingness. When she awakens Olivia is onboard a pirate's ship Wind Dancer. The captain Anthony is actually a royal supporter. As Olivia and Anthony begin to fall in love, his loyalty is tested by his need for her, especially since her father leads the opposition.
THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE, The third tale in Jane Feather's "Bride" trilogy (see THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE and THE HOSTAGE BRIDE) is a wonderful conclusion to a warm series. The story line is filled with action as "noble," Drake-like pirates and "odious" land-based wreckers cause havoc on the nearby seas. However, as with the first two novels, the intriguing lead characters drive the strong story line even with the King and Parliament serving as a fabulous and authentic backdrop. Ms. Feather's seventeenth century historical romance is another winner that will send the audience seeking the first two books.
While I liked the story between the hero and the heroine, I often found Olivia acting completely out of what has been her established character. I won't spoil the book by giving it away-but she goes WAAAYY far afield. Anthony was a totally wonderful hero, with dashing good looks and a pirate's sense of danger. But more often than not a felt I was reading a Regency novel that had simply been picked up and moved back a couple of centuries. Nothing about the still somewhat elaborate clothing of the Reformation era, or the highly Puritan overtones of the time. No Great Halls or large fireplaces; but a lot of "Exactly so"'s.
Personally, I like my Romance novels to end with a Happily Ever After scenario. This one definitely doesn't. Not even shakily so. And since as I mentioned above, it is the last book of the trilogy-the story is fini.
I'm sure it will be well read as the other two books were enjoyable and people will want to know how it ends. But be prepared for it not to end pleasantly.
Olivia's character had such great possibility! Too bad it was wasted on quick fixes in the name of "enthrallment" (Olivia's excuse for all of her actions in this book). After swearing off men, Olivia's circumstances wind her up in the care of a pirate, Anthony. There is the immediate connection that generally takes place with all romance stories, but this one doesn't quite work for me.
Anthony, because of some psychic ability that they don't elaborate on or use to its fullest potential to develop the story, realizes (while Olivia is unconscious) that he is meant for this woman. No development of love or attraction, just that he "knows" she is the one. I guess I could live with that if that was the only problem with this book.
Olivia on the other hand, without this knowledge, gives up her entire way of life for a moment of satisfaction in the name of "enthrallment." For example, after only knowing Anthony for about 20 minutes, she decides she is also a pirate, jumps on board a ship he is robbing and helps him steal. Then she becomes obsessed with the guy, without any real reason. She lies to her family, betrays her father (Cato from the previous story) and abandons any dignity she might still have.
I was really disappointed in Olivia. The way she treated her father and abused his trust is sad. She never once gave information to her father about Anthony, but every chance she got she betrayed her father and his plans to Anthony. A father who believed he was speaking his opinion and thoughts to a daughter he could trust. She basically became a spy in her own household. Something the book never actually addresses.
The sad thing is, when she finally confronts her father on this, he is the one who has to give in. She accepts no responsibility for her betrayal, because she is "in love." And Cato just accepts this a little too easily for me. Especially since he was in the right and she in the wrong.
Jane Feather does an excellent job with writing descriptions and placing you in the time period. I just wish she gave more thought to developing her characters and their motivations.
The answer to that question is surprising, and one of the reasons I was less than thrilled with this book. The ending was not typical of a romance novel, and while original, it lacked the, "they're so much in love, and will live happily ever after feel" I like to end up with when I finish a book. This novel also seemed to be more about sex than romance and love. In the beginning of the story, she regained consciousness and realized she was naked in his bed, and he had no problem convincing her to have casual sex with him?! With a man she didn't even know? The writing is good, but I have definite issues with the content of the story. The author does incorporate some heavier issues with Olivia's suppressed memories of child sexual abuse. But I think that only added to the dysfunctional feel of their casual sex relationship, which was supposed to pass for love. And then of course, the dysfunction continues with the ending.
This is apparently the third book in a trilogy, but this was the first novel for me to read by this author. And since this, I haven't read anything else by her, for fear this book is typical of her work. I wouldn't recommend reading this, but if you're a Feather fan, you may feel differently.