Garden Bouquets and Beyond oM him I think that s probably a common conflict with anyone in a relationship You strive be honest with your spouse but you also don t want to hurt them and if you can take caref something yourself without causing your spouse undue pain you might conflicted about keeping secrets from your spouse even if you truly feel like it s nly to protect them I felt for her for her conflict and her confusion about her changing feelings She also dealt with feelings f whether The Management Bible or not she was flighty because she truly felt she was in love with her poet but then when she starts to realize she s falling for Ivor she feels unfaithful and wishy washy and like a flake How could her feelings change so swiftly I think that s something many people deal with when they meet the person they re suppose to be with but they ve THOUGHT they loved a previous paramours I REALLY liked Ari Ivor was pretty much the perfect hero He loves Ari deeply She s been his best friend really his ONLY friend in a hostile clan that he was essentially sold to as a very young child He knew love with his parents before they gave him away to Ari s fierce clan and Ari was really thenly person who showed him affection in his new setting And she s pretty much the Zu schnell onlyne who has shown him affection his whole life since He hasn t been beaten Sleepless (Bird of Stone, or treated as a slaver anything but he definitely hasn t been completely accepted into the clan either He knows Ari hasn t been totally honest with him because she s been his companion nearly his whole life and it kills him that she s hiding something from him It was bad enough knowing she was in love with another man and that he isn t the nly man to have sexual relations with her I truly felt for Ivor throughout the entire book He s kind f a hard man but it s from necessity than anything else The story itself was rather boring They were attacked nce n their journey to London but Invisible (The Curse of Avalon otherwise not much really happened in the book And it was an awful long book to not have much happen It was also boring because it gave a lotf history lessons It s set in the late 17th century when England was very different and almost medieval and that s a lesser known time It s also not nearly as popular an era for romance novels because women very much took a backseat and were essentially servants to their husbands in every way Ari was a spitfire like Elizabeth Bennett about 150 years before Yummy Supper opinionated women were slightly tolerated There was uite a bitf history about the Royal Court at the time Ari and Ivor go to London with the soul purpose f ingratiating themselves in the King s good graces They do spend time with the King and ueen but the story kind f fizzles and doesn t tell ya whether they really succeed in their mission Deep Listening of reinstating Ari s family name The King is atrocious as many Kings were and he brazenly kept his two mistresses in the palace and his wife was expected to be friendly with them and whatnot The King takes a liking to Ari and flirts with her and you re led to believe he might proposition her but again nothing really comesut f anything with the King and ueen It feels like this should be book ne in Ari and Ivor s journey but I m under the impression is this a complete story from beginning to end It ended VERY abruptly too It s not a cliffhanger by any means but it just ends suddenly I was left with lots Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature of uestions Maybe I m just too used to an epilogue but I was REALLY wanting an epilogue maybe 1 5 years down the road that would answer my uestions about whether they succeeded in their mission and if the King made any advances Were they able to keep a distance between themselves and the pretentiousnessf Court Did they have kids What happens with the king and his successors and his health Health problems are eluded to but not explained r mentioned again It was just rather annoying The book was SUPER long and somewhat boring as I ve already explained Had there even been f a conclusion I would ve given it stars even though I was able to put it down and walk away from it without jonesin for As it is I can t give it than 3 stars and those are solely because I REALLY liked Ari and Ivor and their struggles with their new marriage and the shift f their relationship from friends to spousespartners A mostly enjoyable read Trapped at the Altar was a good historical romance I could easily have loved this book but for ne issue And unfortunately that issue ruined the book for me But Bunnys Book Club Goes to School overall it was ankay readAriI didn t like her At all I usually appreciate a heroine that is strong and knows her The Peculiar Pig own mind but in this case it made her unlikable For me the bad things started to pile up near the beginning when she wanted to continuen with her lover after she was married Then I didn t like that she was mean spirited to Ivor Didn t those previous years f friendship mean anything Then the switch between loving Gabriel and loving Ivor happened way
to uickly in a way that made her seem shallow Then uickly in a way that made her seem shallow Then abused Gabriel s trust keeping very important things from him even though she knew his trust was given carefully And just in general she came ff as selfish There s really no sugar coating it I didn t like her I thought both Ivor and Gabriel who was actually very sweet and adorable deserved betterNow Ivor was much better I totally adored him He was very sweet and much forgiving and patient than most would expect him to be I thought wonderfulThe romance was The Mermaids Shoes okay Since I didn t like Ari I wasn t feeling anyf the sweetness But I will say that the heat level was
STEAMY AND THAT PART OF THEIR and that part Untameable Rogue (Bennett of their was well doneThe plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through The thing about this book is that I really liked the writing style and the story itself and mostf the character If it hadn t been for Ari I probably would have loved this book so I would still go for this authorTrapped at the Altar was a good historical
Romance I Enjoyed It Though I Didn I enjoyed it though I didn particularly love it and it was an The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, overall good read I don t think I wouldutright recommend it but it might be worth looking upI received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review If you re looking for a bosom heaving historical romance with complete adherence to era dialogue you may want to look elsewhere If you are looking to be treated to a glimpse Midsummer Masque of the 1600 s a tastef the reality Maybe This Time (Belonging of life back then without getting lost in the details while becoming a witness Wcett but her grandfather hasther plans for her He decrees that she marry Ivor Chalfont thus forging a powerful alliance between the two warring families who share Effetto domino ownershipf their valley Given no time to plot an escape Ari finds herself standing reluctantly at the altar swearing to honor and The Midwifes Miracle Baby obey a man who is not her choiceIvor has I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review I enjoyed the historical aspectf this book It is set in the time Mendozas Miracle of Charles II in England The treatmentf the historical facts was somewhat light but in keeping with what I have c I struggled with this book On The Millionaires Mistress Bundle one hand I enjoyed the historical aspectf this book the author definitely did her homework That is why I love reading historical books On the ther Ari is a spoiled brat who seems to not care that she is getting the people around her killed And I am not sure who was trapped at the altar I think it was poor Ivor trapped At the beginning f the book I liked Ivor and then when the story started with her not wanting to wed him because she was in love with another I thought WOW am I going to start not liking him and hoping for the true love Well that never happened I was Miss Westons Masquerade on team Ivor all the way But I do find it hard to believe that in the time period he would bek with Ari not being a virgin In the end I just didn t like it and fought to keep The Millionaires Proposal on finish it I received an ARCf this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Originally Reviewed For Bodice Rippers Femme Fatales and FantasyIt s been a long time since I read a Jane Feather book I discovered her in the late 80 s early 90 s and particularly enjoyed her V series There was something rich and in depth about her stories Something different But as I delved ever deeper into the world f romance Ms Feather fell by the waysideI am certainly glad I took the time to rediscover Ms Feather as Trapped at the Altar was a nice read An enjoyable live story with some interesting plot devices The era alone made it uniue Set in Charles II Restoration era so no recency Victorian r wild west in some ways a new frontierThe Daunte s had been a family Memoirs of a Millionaires Mistress of power and position during the reignf Charles I her grandfather a close intimate But with the terror that was Cromwell they lost everything Everything but their desire to survive For decades now they have grown their wealth and power They have smuggled been wreckers and highwaymen Anything to regain their wealth But now with Charles II in power it s time to put their plan to regain their place in society in actionLady Ariadne Carfax is the person the plan evolves around From childhood she has been betrothed to a member Meet Phoenix of the protestant branchf her family Two sides at war but both wanting to claim their place in the world so both sacrificing a child to do so Even though she is the Lord s granddaughter and the family s very existence revolves around her she been allowed to run wild in their family s valley her entire life In some ways she was sheltered as she wasn t allowed to leave and had no clue what the The Mistletoe Melody (A Brookhollow Story, outside world was like Sof course she snuck Sid and Sam out asften as she could On Screwball onef those forays she met the sweet poetic Gabriel Fawcett and fell in love Totally ignoring her betrothal she was sure she could talk her grandfather around That is until he decides it s time for her to wed and pushes up the agendaLord Ivor Chalvont was basically sold to the Daunte branch if the family at the age if six Taken from his loving home to be raised by the Dyante s a harsh unyielding group with little respect for the utside world Fortunately he has always had his best friend AirBut now they are all grown up to be married and a mission to carry ut Everything would be fine if Air wasn t already in love with hertf poetA wonderful premise and yet The road these two traveled to find each ther was a wonderful story Ivor had to force himself to give Ari the time she needed to realize that they had
A GOOD THING THAT THE FRIENDSHIP THEY HAD COULD good thing That the friendship they had could into love Of course the chemistry helps a lot But it was a downfall as well did Air love him r their lovemakingAri Up All Night on thether hand had to really see both Gabriel and Ivor Had to realize that what she saw in Gabriel was a child s crush n a man who was different from what she was used to That he was soft
And Just Not The Man For Her She Also Had just not the man for her She also had pen her eyes to what a true and wonderful man Ivor was and time away from her family showed her how truly special he wasSee still sounds great doesn t itThe following uestions can be considered spoilersread at your The Erotic Mind own discretion But you have been warnedWhat bothered me was the excessf Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, outside storylineWhat did her uncle have against her Is there something sinister therer did I just read that into thingsWhat is the resolution f their plan Did the family succeedDoes Ivor ever even see his family againSo many unresolved uestions and too much
"Background NoiseThese Uestions Bring "noiseThese uestions bring likeable story down to a three star just narrowly missing a two It was too well written for that BUT remains a disappointment for meShauniThis review is based n the ARC f Trapped at the Altar provided by NetGalley and scheduled for release n July 22 2014 I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The gist Ari is the heiress Double Deception (Code Name: Danger of a lawless bandf pirates and raiders Ivor was essentially sold to her family as a young boy in an effort to strengthen the ties between their families They were brother as children and when Ari s grandfather died they were forced to wed and leave for London in an effort to reclaim her family s position within the King s court The problem with all Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, of this is that Ari has fallen in love with a young poet and she doesn t want to marry Ivor She makes plans to meet her poet in London and run away with him On the long journey to London however Ari and Ivor grow closer than ever and Ari s heart becomes conflicted Ari is a strong fiercely independent warriorf a young woman She comes from a family Grave Tattoo of lawless hethens basically and she s been raised to be a fighter Her poet is so different from anyone in her clan and he makes her realize her feminine side Ivor is her closest friend and confidant and he has been since they were young children He s sortf been like a brother to her so she s hesitant about marrying to him and having a physical relationship with him But she s been exposed to feminine feelings since she met her poet and it doesn t take long before she sees Ivor in a romantic light Then she s conflicted because she doesn t want to hurt him but she knows she has to end things with the poet and it d hurt Ivor to know she seems to speak to the poet even if Georgia and the Tycoon only to end their association She s conflicted about it because in an effort to protect Ivor from hurt she keeps secrets fro. New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather introduces a sizzling new series that moves from the remote wildsf southwest England to the turbulent royal court when a lovely young woman is forced into marriage to unite two families and discovers a most unexpected desireHeadstrong Ariadne Daunt is convinced she loves handsome Gabriel Fa. .
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O two people betrothed as children who discover what a marriage truly is and how deep the trust respect and forgiveness must run to Churchills Trial overcome mistakesf the past when a wondrous future is ahead A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries of themAri is almost too contemporary in her thinking but I realized it was partf her appeal to me She has made some huge mistakes selfish mistakes and has realized she not Lakeside Redemption only wants but needs to atone for them Ivor has been her closest friend since they were betrothed as children strong yet uick to laugh until their political marriage became a reality and he knew Ari s heart 25 starsThis was slow going and the main characters really rubbed me the wrong way through mostf this Ariadne was selfish and immature while Ivor was a bit In Pursuit of a Princess overbearing The narrator did a great job though My copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest reviewAuthor Jane FeatherFirst published 2014Length 4441 locationsSetting Somerset and London 1684Sex Freuentnce it gets going and explicitHeroine 20 years Second Time Loving old Has lived an isolated lifeHero 23yoI struggled with this book Onne hand there are some really interesting premises On the ther Ariadne is a spoilt bitch who does her darndest to get the people around her killed In the end I just didn t like it and fought with myself to keep n readingLet me explainInteresting things Setting Somerset and London in 1684 the Stuart period with the Restoration under Charles II and just before the brief reign Dark Awakening of James II An short period that saw a growth in the British Empire the London metropolis and increasing anti Catholic views and rebuildingf London after the Great Fire Hawks Way (Hawks Way of 1666 Feather takes advantagef this period novelty by visiting with King Charles II the Duke Family Men of York and Duchessf Portsmouth among many Creative Participation others Friends to lovers Typically to allow that relationship movement and prevent feelingsf incest authors allow Sabina Spielrein onef the partners to move away On their return they see low and behold the love Cognitive Radio Networks of their life has grown up Not so for Ariadne and Ivor At the timef their Marriage Personnel Management in Government of Convenience they still see eachther as childhood friends Ariadne even lusts after another An interesting relationship to tackle in a romanceNot so interesting I had to go back and check Ari s age The book Out of This World opens in 1667 when we are told she was 3 We pick back up in 1684 So Ariadne is 20r thereabouts at the time The Time It Never Rained of her marriage Yet she acts much much younger Ari s actions view spoilereg fooling around with Gabriel after her betrothal hide spoiler 35 stars goodreads really does need to make half stars anptionFull Review When I was a child I spoke like a child I thought like a child I reasoned like a child When I became a man I gave up childish ways Ari is a young woman who grew up in a very sheltered valley having her whims catered to She deems herself in love with Gabriel a poet living next to her little realm Her attraction is based The Child of the Soul and Other Stories on how different he is from the rough and tumble menf her valley When her grandfather dies her uncle who does not hold Ari in the same affection is left in charge Ari finds an Childrens Phantasies old betrothal between her and her childhood friend Ivor is suddenly very much in playAs the reader you are not going to like Ari right away She is young immature and spoiled Ivorn the ther hand you will find yourself staunchly n his side He knows about Ari s The Soviet Union other lover but is willing toverlook her youthful indiscretions if she embraces her role as his wife after they are married Ari and Ivor have a solid friendship they just need to find a way
to incorporate a romantic side to it Due to what Ivor feels was his childhood abandonment he has majorincorporate a romantic side to it Due to what Ivor feels was his childhood abandonment he has major issues and Ari with her brick wall up against Ivor create a story full Gods and Heroes of secrets lies strife and growing upThe pacef 80% Science, Technology and Culture of this story is very deliberate slow moving even It takes about half way into the book before the real focus isn Ari and Ivor s relationship The couple is traveling to London to gain influence for their family at court and along the way Ari finds herself learning to accept and in fact appreciate her fate and marriage hence the beginning uote I used The time period is 1600s during the Catholic and Protestant split and there are some intriguing moments No Beast So Fierce of Ari and Ivor trying to straddle the line but it s not a major player in the bookThis story is about the ins anduts f a working marriage the building f trust love and affection While I felt the ending rapped up far too uickly when Ari s secrets came to light Gabriel goes through a character change that feels forced so that I imagine readers can look upon Ivor as the true hero and the time period isn t really felt except through talk
Of Clothing And Sometimesclothing and sometimes the writing is solid and Last Chance Bride of uality Even though the heroine is frustrating at times and the pace is like I said slow moving I would still recommend this book especially for the typef person who enjoys a good chess gameI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy opinionf the book Lawman Lover (Outlaws, or the contentf my review ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So I have to be honest right This ne is not my cuppa for romance Trapped at the Altar is def not my idea for romance Well yes it s romance but between the wrong coupleAriadne and Ivor s family had an agreement since they re baby that eventually they d be married Unfortunately Ariadne fell in love with Gabriel the OM I d say the heroNow I don t have a problem if the heroine s not a virgin She bviously loved this Gabriel so much that s what bother me
"because for me the hero Ivor was the third wheel He s the ne that ruined their relationship "for me the hero Ivor was the third wheel He s the ne that ruined their relationship being selfish about it That s Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files oneSecond the author may consider who s the hero She gives a pretty passionate POV from Gabriel that I had to remind my self he s NOT the hero The problem wasnce I remember Gabriel wasn t the hero I came into a description like this She could still feel his presence upon her imprinted The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, on her skin her body still retained the memoryf him the hard length f him inside her Once you make the description like that about the OM you lost me But that s not my mainly concern Right at first I dislike the heroine She took her liberty too much And Ivor wasn t really my alpha hero I mean he s kay with her meeting with OM Suddenly he felt jealousy after he let her met the OM for hours Not so believable for me And that ruined the rest An Italian Education of the story Couldn t get thatff my mind. Reasured Ari as a friend ever since he was brought to the valley as a child but now he feels a man's desires He longs to take the beautiful young woman to his bed and make their marriage than an empty vow Ari may believe she loves another man but Ivor believes Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code otherwise and he will not rest until he gains her heart her trust and her passi.