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The main female character really appealed to me as a good mixture of feminine, strong and smart but not perfect. Her true love was amazingly stubon about stupid things and i fear for the kingdom when their children rule, but a wonderful story.
a disappointment...too expensive for what we get...a brief outline of what could, possibly, become a real story...reads like a first draft, submitted to the agent, to be worked on later...time is telescoped, from years into a few pages, we get a few events, and then we fly off again, to land a year later in another scene...badly paced, in other words..the characters are also badly written, barely outlined, with no depth ...there is much hither-and-yonning, back-and-forthing, cold and warm...too many times the lovers felt not worthy, not loved...it became a bit silly, like playground whispering of "does he love me?", "does she love me?"...and everyone scurrying around, gossiping...the setting is fun, the plot is ok, as far as there is a plot...could do with some tightening, and getting rid of some of the teenaged angst...mildly amusing...but too expensive for what we get...too bad...
Beautifully done, every time km shea writes it's a surprise to see what your going to get. Excellent characters again. It's on my top four to read ( please write longer books) I wasn't ready to finish it but just had to. I'm hoping Angelique gets her own story told I love her character every time I read about her she just awesome.
I love the way K.M.Shea writes, and I always look forward to reading new books of hers. Her protagonist's are always funny, clever and strong, and her stories engaging. Whilst this series does not need to be read in order, it will enhance your enjoyment to read the earlier stories first.
I loved this book and couldn't put it down - several very late nights. Loved all the characters ... which made me want to re-read all her previous books in the series. I like the way she interweaves bits from all the other stories but at the same time moves things along - each book you learn a little more and hints are dropped.. Can't wait for the next book. Highly recommend the whole series.
So, first off, I really enjoyed this book, as I do all of K. M. Shea's fairy tales. Briar Rose is pretty awesome - she has no interest in convention, and is pretty proud of her bringing up as a little country wench who does as she pleases, climbing trees and getting into trouble rather than learning embroidery and curtseying as a proper princess. (I thought her instant acceptance of her birth family was maybe a smidge far-fetched considering she'd never really met them, as well as the instantaneous forgetting of the foster family who raised her.) My reason for not giving this book 5 stars was simply the relationship with Isaia - his constant self-doubt about being worthy of her despite her essentially hitting him over the head with the shovel of her feelings toward him was annoying. I sometimes find K.M. Shea's heroines to be a leeeeetle bit too self-sacrificing, but in this case it was totally this blood knight who just needed to man up and either go for what he wanted or leave her in peace. This knob-head actually contributed to a lot of Briar Rose's difficulties, and really seems a bit of a sap compared to her feistiness.
All in all an enjoyable read, but come for the princess, not the romance in this particular case.
On the whole the series is light fluff, that is just the thing I need at the time. Nevermind that the author seems to love romance tropes like the oblivious lovers.
But in this book the plot is stretched beyond bearing. At 60% I already wanted to shake the male love interest because of his utter idiocy. When several people including the princess tell you, to break the curse with loves true kiss, then don't spend much of the book telling yourself "nope, she does not love me, her true love will come".
In all honesty I am now at 70% of the book and I am determined to finish it. But I definitely need a break from the series. The occasional stupidity is acceptable, this is a romance book after all and we need some conflict. But this is too much.
I like the princess though. A Sleeping Beauty, that actually thinks and acts with determination? Great. I just wish, there were less of the agonizing lover and of the more spunky princess and her crossbow loving lady in waiting.