G.A. Aiken

September Book Review

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I wanted to start this post by stating that for the next couple of post will feature reviews that were done in the month of September, October and November.  Why so many at once you may ask?  Well….the person that usually translates our monthly reviews had written the reviews out, BUT just couldn’t coordinate her life to allow her to post the reviews.  They were sitting on a jump drive waiting to be transferred to the web.  Please forgive us and continue to follow us.  We really would appreciate your comments and questions.  It will give us an idea of what additional content we can provide on our page.  Thanks. 

This month we started a trend of reading 3 books instead of 2. Why do would we subject ourselves to this type of pressure? Honestly, one of the books was a short one….only around 100 pages. If you dedicate a day to it, you can finish it in that day. We also had an extra week to read, because some of our members were going to be away the weekend of our regular meeting so we rescheduled for the following week. But enough about book club business; let’s talk about these books.

The shortest book of the bunch was by Mariah Stone called Fortress of Time.

There was a even shorter book that was a prelude to this book (One Night With A Viking) that the majority of us read. Why do you ask? Because 1) we were afraid we might be lost if we didn’t read it first; and 2) it was short and it would be a way to add another quick book to our Goodreads reading challenge number. In both books the synopsis is that modern, independent women are thrust back in time to the Viking era by one of the Fates. The first woman is out with friends at her bachelorette party that she did not want. Her friends are making comments that she needs to loosen up before she signs her life away to a unromantic, unpassionate marriage she needs to have a good time. Due to the way she grew up, she craves stability and a firm sense of security; this marriage is going to give her that, she doesn’t need to loosen up – she just needs to marry this guy. Something happens that makes her leave the club early and on her own when she “meets” the Fate that sends her back in time. This book was around 60 pages. The “Love” story that ensues is not super believable, but we read it. The second book which was the one that we were truly supposed to read involved an attorney that fought for the rights of women. She is sent back in time to be with a Viking that is distrustful of women. They fall in love, but she goes back home only to feel so sad and despondent because she misses the “love of her life”. She decides to find a way to go back in time. Not without packing a suitcase of must have toiletries. Collectively, our group was not a fan of these books. One member described it perfectly saying, “I felt the book was too short and that made the story not as good as it could be. Too rushed to believe that any modern woman would give up toilets and other modern conveniences for a love that I didn’t believe was realized enough between the hero and heroine.” Both of these books got 1 smooch. clip_image004

The second book we will discuss is Temptation’s Darling by Johanna Lynsay.

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This was a Historical Romance written by one of our favorite authors. This is the story of the eldest daughter of a man who is forced into exile after he kills a man that was caught in a compromising scenario with his wife. The eldest daughter stows away when her father leaves her mother so that she can go with her father. She ends up living the remaining years of her teenage years with her father. She is allowed to be free – allowed to dress like a young man, riding astride, being able to shot a gun with significant skill. When she goes back to her mother to finally have her season with her younger twin sisters; she makes the acquaintance of 3 gentlemen that are trying to hide their identity while she is in “disguise” as a young man so that she can travel without the pomp and circumstance that is required for women. A mutual attraction between one of the gentlemen and the eldest daughter; but they can’t be together because she agrees to marry the son of the man who sent her father into exile with the promise that once it’s done, her father could come back to the ton. One of our members is NOT a fan of historical romance; hence she did not finish the book. The rest of us who read it felt it was okay, but felt that Johanna Lynsay has done better. We gave this one 3 smooches. clip_image007 clip_image008clip_image008[1]

The final book we read was the first in a new series by G.A. Aiken (aka Shelley Laurenston) The Blacksmith Queen of The Scarred Earth Saga.

Just a side note: when the synopsis of this book is given, very light spoilers will be given. If you plan on reading this book and don’t want spoilers, we suggest you skip to the end of this section and backtrack. This book is about a family of blacksmith (and farmers), specifically Keeley the eldest daughter a happy, fulfilled blacksmith who is also amazing at her legacy profession as well as an amazing fighter especially when she is using her hammer. Things go haywire when she is prophesied to be the next queen along with her sibling. Said sibling betrays her and the family. She is eventually heals and gets over her guilt and despair that her sibling would do this to them. The family moves on very quickly – well before Keeley – the heroine) and they all set about ways to defeat the bad seed and place Keeley on the throne. Did we mention there are Centaur’s in this story that is helping Keeley and her family; and Keeley becomes attached to one of them? That’s how the hero of this story is introduced. This was by far the favorite of all of the books we read this month. AND WE LOVED EVERY PART OF IT! Except that the story was over until the next book comes out. It was funny, it was serious, it was exciting, it was all of the things. G.A. Aiken has yet to write a book that we haven’t liked, even when she writes as Shelley Laurenston. It wasn’t full of romance, but it was full of everything else. We all had opinions about this book and they were ALL good. This got 5 smoochies. clip_image012

If you’ve had a chance to sit down and read these books, let us know what you thought of them.  We welcome all opinions and commentary.  Until next time.