Forgotten Sins. Rebecca Zanetti
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
This is a romance full of sensual, carnal eroticism and laced with full on action. Its starts when Josie is called into hospital to find her husband there after an attack – the person that left without a word two years ago and is now back, but has no memory of anything. Not her, not where he’s come from or going, not his past or even their marriage, brief though it was. He’s an enigma and though her friend Tom warns her not to trust him she can’t just leave him like that. Tom of course is biased, they’re friends but he hoped after her divorce that they would be more than that! She’s still sensuously attracted to Shane, and takes him home unable to just leave him when he’s so in need.
She’s built a new life though since he left, put the heartbreak behind her and wants a divorce – then the minute she sets eyes on him all those old feelings come rushing back. She’s torn though, can she trust him, what has he been doing? She needs answers and he can’t give them. He always was very careful with information – their meeting and marriage were very brief, only months in total, so really he’s still a stranger to her in so many ways. Add to that the fact someone is clearly after him, thus his stop via the hospital after a mugging, then it seems Josie is in danger too. The more secrets come out the more she ( and I ) realise there is still so much to know.
Its a riveting suspenseful, read, and I got to the point where I really wasn’t sure what was happening and where the story was going. Totally had me 🙂 But Shane, sex on legs, well who couldn’t trust him, he was annoyingly macho at times but would be proved right each time, so his protectiveness couldn’t really be faulted. Josie, I understood her need to move on, she thought she had a family at last, what she’d always wanted after being alone all her life, but then he left and she wasn’t opening herself up to that again. The brothers…well, they were fabulous too and the whole worked well to provide a romance with some edge of seat suspense. Bargain price at just £1.49 for 384 pages!
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Broken Prince Aubrey Rose.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, I loved Me, Cinderella so was really excited to get to review the follow up. Broken Prince starts off with Brynn still living in the castle with Eliot. She’s still recovering from the attack, has nightmares but Eliot has been a great back up and support to her. They’re working on the Math problem too – all looks roses for the future doesn’t it? Then she gets a letter from Mark about her mothers death. That was one of the reasons she came to Hungary to find out more and to visit her grave. The grave part is done but as for learning more about her murder – well that’s been a dead end til now…
Eliot – oh he’s such a lovely man, thoughtful and caring, loves Brynn dearly but in giving her time to recover he makes her think maybe he’s wishing she wasn’t there. There’s a huge lack of communication between them, he’s wrapped up in the Math problem, she should be also but her recovery has taken precedence, and now learning more about the murder draws her further away.
Mark has always been a close friend, but now he’s dating someone she doesn’t like and who doesn’t like her, that avenue for confiding is gone, and in a strange country she’s becoming more and more isolated. She ought to talk to Eliot about her fears and problems of course, that would be natural, but their relationship has been a strange and rocky journey and she’s not really secure enough to do that. She’s got so much on her mind, there’s the murder of her mum, the illness that’s threatening her grans health, the worries over the attack and of course the work for university she needs to get done. She feels she can’t offload all that on Eliot though, she worries about being too demanding when he’s under pressure from the university about his Paper, and clearly has old issues pressing on him. He worries that maybe she’s decided their relationship is a mistake, regrets it, that the age gap is too much and he’s upset. Instead of talking it over they both keep their fears inside and grow further apart.
Then the press start dredging up old scandals, taking photos of Brynn while she’s at the castle and making suggestions about Eliot’s propriety, there’s other secrets coming out but in dribs and drabs and of course that leads to misunderstanding, Eliot’s brother Otto ( what an awful, supercilious man he is!) is in the Government at a time when its unpopular, and that rubs off on Eliot too. After 13 years there’s another murder linked to her mothers one. Everything comes to a head at once, and Brynn’s action – that made me tearful for her and for Eliot.
Once again its a wonderful read, with disparate threads and actions slowly tying together to form a clearer picture. Brynn’s unhappiness and insecurity shows through and I felt for her and yet, though she fears he’s drawing away, its clear Eliot is still deeply in love and just trying to do what’s best for her. A perfect love story, not a sexy, grand passion but a warm and sensual, enduring, slow burn romance, wrapped up in a series of slowly revealed mysteries from the past. Fabulous read and one for the keepers file!
ARC supplied via author