Monday, January 9, 2012

The Bastard by Brenda Novak

To some men honor is just a word....

Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent-and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way.

Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty's frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

To Lieutenant Treynor, honor means everything....

Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal Navy. Treynor is determined to prove he's as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her-or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.

Reviewer: Fashionta
When I saw this title, I was intrigued to see it was by Brenda Novak, a well known author of contemporary and romantic suspense. So, I requested it straight away and read this book as soon as I had enough free time. I was disappointed in some aspects. We get the tortured hero and the runaway bride which I love but there was too much depth to the characters that it went overboard. As I've said before, I'm a fan of having information given to us at the start about the character's backgrounds. But having the first two chapters dedicated to the background stories of the main characters was a little too much for me and I was lost in the information.

I have to give this book three stars. It had the makings of an excellent book but I was let down by way the author wrote the characters.

Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley


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