Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Here Be Dragons

Here Be DragonsJune Harris
Historical Romance

"No woman would be flattered by a proposition like that, and sooner or later I'd be the victim of my own cleverness."

Jessalyn has never had an easy life.  After her brother is hanged, and her step-father kicks her out, Jessalyn boards the first ship she can find and leaves England.  However, her troubles are far from over.  In fact, they seem to have just begun.  Arriving in the West Indies, perhaps she will find happiness in a marriage to Dominick Reynolds - a local landowner in need of a wife in name only.  But when the problems keep coming, will she come out with her heart and her life?

My Opinion: I was really excited to read this book, but was somewhat disappointed.  I felt like there could have been a few more revisions done to improve the flow and development of the story.  The plot was wonderful - I really enjoyed all the characters and the twists and turns and very exciting.  However, I felt like the story was a bit choppy without a smooth transition between its many elements.  Additionally, I felt like the romance was a little stifled - there being more detailed scenes between Jessalyn and Simon than there were with Jessalyn and Dominick.  They are a good couple though. There were several grammatical and spelling errors that I felt should have been caught by the editor, though while distracting they were never confusing.  Overall, I think it was a good book though personally I would have liked to see it go through another revision to smooth out the rough edges.  I am excited to see what this author might come up with next.

I received a free copy of Here Be Dragons to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and opinion are my own.

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