Smart. Sexy. Raw. Real. A staggeringly good read. Not the usual pretty frills, flounce and pouts one expects from a historical romance, more a deep slice with a blunt blade and peeling back of the skin on the very worst...and very best, of human behaviours.
Yes, the battle of wills is compelling but it is the war of minds that truly thrills and satiates. Conniving is out-connived. The pride of both Fury and Flint takes a kicking with neither conceding defeat, not even when their chins are ploughing furrows in the dirt. Ignoring the setbacks (original, and there are plenty), thwarted, wounded, scarred, this pair stand right back up again ready to tear more chunks out of each other and out of life itself when it gets in the way.
A powerful love story that exhales turmoil, emotional and physical. Written with grit and blood, the imagery is poignantly beautiful and the humour rich--much like life itself. Strap yourself in before immersing yourself in Ms Moore's world; this warning is merited but then so too is the promise of an extraordinary return on your investment.
Cue spotlight on a new writing talent - save the applause, have your knees hit the deck to give thanks instead! Ms Moore just broke the horizon on the historical romance genre.
The Unraveling of Lady Fury is edgy historical romance distinctive and original.
Lady Fury is a delight. Outwardly strong and driven; safe behind her impenetrable shell which cloaks past hardship and abuse and a broken heart that bleeds whenever she thinks about her first lover. She is intelligent used to living on her wits to survive fate's constant curve balls.
Captain Flint is an enigma whose piratical ways leave devastation in his wake from plundered treasure and ladies' hearts. Image is everything especially where Lady Fury is concerned.
Closer acquaintance with this vibrant realistic pair and you see they are Yin and Yang different but vital for the other to flourish.
Lady Fury must produce the Beaumont heir and secure her future. Thrown into the middle of an unusual talent contest where Fury vets the potential donors the reader empathizes with her predicament. Like so many of her sisters she must barter her body and freedom to avoid destitution.
Flint reappearance throws Fury's life into disarray. He took her innocence and her heart and left her empty and desolate.
Flint offers his services for a price. Can Fury risk her heart again? Only if Flint obeys her rules designed to strip the procreative act of romance, sensuality and ecstasy. Does she succeed? Read the book you won't be disappointed.
Laced with sharp humour the dialogue entertains. Plot changes make it an absorbing read and a refreshing insight on Regency romance.
The Unravelling of Lady Fury Fury and Flint are not your usual Regency hero and heroine in this debut novel by Shehanne Moore. Both characters leap out from the page fully formed. Fury is no virginal debutante. This gal has lived and suffered. From her abysmal childhood in Jamaica, her deflowering by the hero, to her abusive marriage. Shehanne creates a three dimensional character here. Sometimes it's difficult to sympathise with Fury's choices in life but we can understand her determination to survive in a world where men, money and position are paramount. Flint is a more difficult character to get to grips with. Yes, life has treated him harshly. He is no aristocrat gone to the bad and ready to be redeemed by the 'right' woman. He is a pirate and proud of it. It was difficult to analyse what I liked about his character. For most of the book his treatment of Fury made him less than sympathetic, but when he fell, he fell hard. Perhaps we all have a soft spot for the Byronesque type. This is an impressive debut. The author's writing is stylish and witty. All in all a page turner and highly recommended. Can't wait to read her next novel ' His Judas Bride'
Here is a book that hooks the reader from the start! I was immediately caught up in the smouldering passion of Lady Fury and her Flint and the mysteries surrounding their previous relationship. The battle of wills that keeps their passion unfulfilled also keeps the reader enthralled from chapter to chapter. The book is full of wit and highly entertaining for the reader, whether a fan of the genre or not. I would highly recommend it - get swept away in the romance of it all and fall in love a little with the handsome "bad boy" privateer (I know I did!) or perhaps you'll prefer the feisty Fury? They are both well-crafted characters who will live with you for a long time after the last chapter has closed.
Normally Historical Romance erotic or otherwise is not something I'd touch with a bargepole. I shouldn't have succumbed to stereotype because this is no bog standard Historical Romance. The writing is intelligent funny and sexy in both senses of the word. The story explodes on to the first page and crackles along at breakneck pace. The two protagonists Fury and Flint are strong engaging characters with admirable chutzpah albeit constrained by the rules of the games of two hundred years ago. They have to live on their wits much of the time - and they both have considerable wits. But of course life is never as simple as that and there is a fascinating gender battle going on here too! Will they or won't they get it together? Will love triumph over the baser instincts? I urge you dear reader to be just that and find out! For my part I've just found out that Ms Moore has another book on the way. It's called 'His Judas Bride' an intriguing title. I think I'll make it my second Historical Romance.
Have literally just finished The Unravelling of Lady Fury! Great story, lots of twists and humour and frustrations! I so wanted to knock their heads together right up to the last page! A really good read!! Keep going Shehanne Moore!
Do you ever read a book that you love so much that you talk about it to people and they just don’t understand why you’re getting so hyped up?
Well, this was one of those books for me.
It was a fantastic read. Right from page one I knew it was going to be a book I’d enjoy.
Fury (a great name for a character) was a great female leading character, she was strong but not annoyingly so. After finding herself in a difficult position, she makes a difficult decision, and I can believe her motivations and really got behind her character throughout the book.
As for Captain Flint, well, I can’t actually talk about this character without swooning into a girly heap on the floor. What a character! I have such intense views on this character I can barely even type. At the start he was the kind of guy that I’d hate, but I found myself falling for him through every word! I couldn’t stop myself. The author did an absolutely brilliant job at making me love this character.
The story was excellent, with a plot I found really unique and some twists and turns that I did not expect, which was really nice. Even after the author had left hints, it was still a surprise. Shehanne drew me into the writing and plot so deeply I found I couldn’t pull back to look at it from the big picture because I was too connected to the characters and what would come next!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves steamy romance with great characters and writing that drags you into the story.
This first novel reveals the author's love of swashbuckling adventures, confirmed by her admission that Robert Louis Stevenson is her favourite author.
The Unraveling of Lady Fury has all the classic components of an historical bodice-ripper: a dashing pirate, a woman of uncertain background struggling to improve her lot in life, a dead aristocrat and a secret child.
This is a light read, perfect for a summer afternoon in a hammock. The characters are familiar and although the ending is predictable Moore provides some interesting twists and turns along the way such as a kidnapping and a birth on the beach. As a midwife I might wish that Moore had portrayed the birth as a more empowering experience in keeping with her heroine's feisty character but I concede that the happy ending may be dependent on Lady Fury's weakened state following childbirth.
This is a pleasing first novel. I look forward to the author incorporating more historical background if she continues to produce books in this genre and wish her all the best in her literary career.