Tuesday, March 19, 2013

2 Reviews: Torch in the Forest by Marcie Kremer & From Here to Eternity by Paige Cuccaro + Featured Freebie

Torch in the ForestEighteen-year-old widow Eleanor of Strathcombe is stunned to realize she has a powerful attraction to Hugh of Wykeham, the arrogant, neighboring lord returned from the Crusade. But he wants to marry her sister, and when he learns that poachers are running rampant he blames her and feuds with her over the control of their forest boundaries.As she struggles to keep control of her forests and find the poachers, unsettling feelings confront her when she deals with Hugh, feelings she never felt in her brief, loveless marriage — feelings she tries to fight, because she knows Hugh to be a cold, harsh man who may have murdered his faithless wife in revenge — and who trusts no woman.
When she finds herself in the midst of a net of intrigue and lies, how will she find the courage to capture the conspirators, save herself and her sister, and overcome her feelings for Hugh?

My Rating: 1/5

Unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of this book. I really hoped to like it, but I didn't at all.

The idea for Torch in the Forest sounded so good. I had high expectation for it. But, it didn't meet them.

Eleanor was okay. I liked that she was a strong character. But, I couldn't for the life of me figure out why she liked Hugh, who was the biggest weak point in the story. And that inability to understand her feelings for Hugh ruined her character for me.

The plot was unexciting. Not much happened. And when something did, I didn't feel the excitement of the event. 

Hugh was really was pulled down the book. This man was not nice. He was constantly rude to Eleanor and insulted-in full view of her household and his men-constantly. He questioned her intelligence, expressed skepticism of her ability to run her household, and basically called her a whore by continually insinuating that she sleeps around. And it was supposed to be okay because a woman he knew in his past hurt him. I didn't feel like that was reason enough. He never even apologized after he realized he was wrong about her! He just went to her when everything was over and said "we are getting married" and Eleanor just said "okay." Seriously, after how mean he was, it's all good? He never even showed a kinder side that could make up for how he acted. I usually don't go on this much about a character I don't like so that find that I just borderline ranted is a testament to how much I didn't like Hugh.
I can take a lot from heroes in romances, but Hugh went way past my limits.

Torch in the Forest didn't work for me, unfortunately. I really hate to say this-I hate having to write bad reviews-but I didn't like Torch in the Forest.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for a copy!

From Here to EternityLove never dies…but apparently Rachel has. 

Waking up one day to her obituary in the news and no recollection of the past few weeks, Rachel calls her husband, Nate, in a panic, at the research facility where he works. Nate is the inventor of CYANAs, Cybernetic Anthropoid Automatons, vessels that look exactly like humans and can store a person’s memories…and maybe even his or her soul.

When Nate arrives home, Rachel doesn’t recognize the man who claims to be her husband. Can Nate convince Rachel to fall in love with him all over again? Especially once she realizes what he’s done…and what it means for their future?

My Rating: 4/5

Very interesting...
From Here to Eternity explored the concept of love living on after death in a rather unconventional way.

I really like the premise. The idea of humans living on after death through upload of memories into an automaton was interesting and the ramifications of such a concept were explored throughout the novella. It's a new one for me and, I have to say, I found the idea fascinating.

Rachel and Nate were an interesting pair. They've been happily married for years and now their love is tested with Rachel's death and subsequent rebirth through her memory uploaded robot. Since was a novella, we didn't get much into their character development. But, both were lovely characters. Rachel was complicated-her being a kind of undead robot....thing. She showed a lot of strength in dealing with her situation. 
Nate was an absolute sweetie. I really adored him. I though it was so romantic that he went to such great length to have his love back. He was wonderful.

The one weak spot is that I wish the workings of their relationship had been explored more. I wanted to see more of the dynamics of their relationship, but their romance was somewhat secondary in the plot. But, it was just a small annoyance, nothing to hamper my enjoyment of the book. I still though they were a sweet couple.

I really liked the novella ended. It was an open ending and it left me thinking about the possibilities of such an invention because it will probably come up soon. If you're looking for a romance that has some deeper elements and explored the morality of new sciences, you should definitely read this.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a cute novella that I read before and really liked: Lord Fool to the Rescue by L.L. Muir. Go forth and get it for free!

Lord Fool to the RescueShe has an excellent escape planned...
Lady Tempest MacIntyre has been offered, by her stepfather, as an item up for auction! But she has an excellent escape planned...if she can keep from tripping over the good intentions of the Duke of Stromburg, sometimes referred to as Lord Fool.

Leland Wescott, Duke of Stromburg, is no hero. But he can’t help but warn an innocent young woman that she is about to fall victim to her step-father’s greed. Luckily, she claims to have a plan to rescue herself. He only prays it is a damned good plan...

Lord Fool to the Rescue has at least one hero, a heroine, and an assortment of characters who may or may not be villains. The fun is in the discovery.

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