Review: The Devil’s Bride by Penelope Stratten & Lucy Gordon

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Title: The Devil’s Bride

Author: Penelope Stratton & Lucy Gordon

Published: 11 October 2016

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary

Can the Devil ever be reformed…?

Calvina Bracewell, an orphaned parson’s daughter, lives a wretched life, taken in by a family who abuse her and use her family connections to their own ends.

But Calvina’s world is changed overnight when she marries a man who is wealthy and incredibly attractive. But is he also the devil?

Lord Rupert Glennister is both admired and feared. His uncanny ability with cards and his notorious success with women seem to hint at mysterious forces helping him.

Known as ‘Devil Glennister’, society has threatened to exclude him unless he can redeem himself by marrying a woman of virtue.

In Calvina Bracewell, the face of moral fortitude and all that is godly, the ‘Devil’ sees the perfect bride to save his reputation, and bring him back into the society which is beginning to exclude him due to his over-indulgences.

But Calvina has another love – the innocent Toby, her first love.

Yet this secret attachment is now made impossible by circumstance, but can Calvina forget Toby in favour of Rupert?

Is this sudden marriage simply one of convenience or will it develop into a match of passion?

With Rupert’s former lovers and exploits confronting her at every turn, how can she contemplate life as a respectable wife?

And more importantly, will Rupert draw Calvina deeper into darkness?

In a discovery of love, passion and jealously, Lucy Gordon brings Calvina into the hearts of her readers in a romance filled with suspense and mystery.

As her life takes a sinister turn, Calvina may have the riches and position of a Lady, but who is it that keeps making repeated attempts on her life?

Review

I honestly don’t have strong feelings for this book. I enjoyed it yeah but it definitely did not blow my mind and I think this is due to a few reasons.

Reason 1: I honest to God thought this was going to be my usual type of historical romance where the sexy times is over the roof but alas it wasn’t but the optimistic side of me keeps waiting and hoping for it, that it would happen in the last 10% of the book, and when it never did happen I was left in this limbo of utter disappointment but not really but yes but no. The disappointment left me feeling confused.

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Reason 2: There wasn’t a lot of attention regarding the romance, I mean for a romance book isn’t that whats supposed to occur and be the main focus? The lead characters spend so much time apart than together I was starting to really doubt they were ever going to get a move on it. The author talked about other aspects of their life like the social events that Calvina goes to or other stuff but no Rupert in sight and I’m here on the edge of my seat going all…

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But in the whole grand scheme of things, the book is an overall enjoyable book. Had I knew from the start that no sexy times was involved, I would have calibrated my expectations and thus probably like the book more instead of feeling this disappointment of waiting for said sexy time to happen and waiting and waiting and realizing at 98% of the book it would be too late for it to happen and leaving me confused as f**k. It was very vanilla you know, all the frisson, all the sexual tension and NO ACTION!!!!! But it’s cool, it’s cool still an enjoyable read.

*I received this book by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: Evidence of Love by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson

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Title: Evidence of Love

Author: John Bloom and Jim Atkinson

Published: 20 December 2016

Publisher: Open Road Media

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

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Goodreads summary

Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires.

On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence that occurred in Betty’s utility room that morning was all too real.

Based on exclusive interviews with the Gore and Montgomery families, Evidence of Love is the “superbly written” account of a gruesome tragedy and the trial that made national headlines when the defendant entered the most unexpected of pleas: not guilty by reason of self-defense (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Review

Hello there! I just finished my video review for this book and let me tell you I suck at explaining why I enjoyed this book I tried my best but it wasn’t the best out there so I will salvage my reviewer pride by explaining why here  at my blog!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because:

1) How it was written and the writing style was so easy for me to delve into. It didn’t use any fancy smancy words that would confuse me. You understand right off the bat what the authors were trying to say and you didn’t have to reread it to comprehend what was going on.

2) I loved how the authors wrote about the background of all characters that might have been important in shaping the thought process and perspective of Candy Montgomery and also people that might have had any influence on the trial of Candy Montgomery. Said people were Pat Montgomery, Allan Gore, Betty Gore, Jackie Ponder, Candy’s team of lawyers, the judge and some people from the church. By giving the reader the background of all key people that were in Candy’s life and also connected to the murder through her we can get a comprehensive understanding as to how this murder could occur in the first place. We could also get an understanding as to why Candy wanted to pursue an affair with Alan Gore and how it inevitably affected everyone else. Reading all this made me on the fence with most of the people in this book because on one hand I understood and empathised why they did what they did;  1)Allan and Candy with their affair, (2) Alan’s inability of talking things through with his wife due to her reluctance in admitting their marriage had problems subsequently making him to want an affair, (3) The monotony of marriage life especially with spouses who stopped trying with their significant other, but on the other hand I felt like these people could have handled things better than think to do the worst possible thing to your spouse which is to betray them. Like with Allan’s case I empathised more with him because reading it now in 2017 you can definitely see that Betty Gore was definitely suffering from post-partum depression but back in the 80’s I am not sure if people even knew that this even exists but with Candy it is harder for me to empathise because Pat seemed like a good husband, yeah he didn’t give Candy what she wanted but the fact is she didn’t blatantly tell him what was bothering her! He isn’t Prof X where he can miraculously start reading minds ya know.

3) I liked how neutral the whole book was in regards to this murder with an axe issue. The book didn’t have preference on neither the victim nor the perpetrator, it didn’t put words in your mouth it just stated the facts, circumstances and situation concerning the murder, before the murder, the trial and consequently what happened after the trial. Like when you finished reading this book whatever you feel be it negative or positive it really is your own thoughts and not because the book influenced you in any way. At least that was the vibe I was getting from this book.

Personally, I don’t buy the self-defense BS that Candy used. She should have been put to jail and not be acquitted. She is one shady lady let me tell you. I am so sure so very sure the reason she was acquitted was because she is white had she been a POC it wouldn’t matter what her excuse was she would have definitely rotted in jail. The reason why I find her reasoning BS is because she lied and looked for ways to substantiate her alibi, she threw away her flip flops, washed her bloodied clothes and pretended like the snake that she was that she was surprised by the murder of Betty Gore. In one part of the book, just when I was about to feel sorry for Candy, she told her doctor of whoever it was that she hated Betty Gore because she felt like Betty had ruined her life and I was indignant. Like who does this bitch think she is getting angry at a dead woman whom she killed by chopping and hacking her 41 times?! Like how dare you say that when you took away the mother of two young girls away from them. You literally ruined their lives and scarred them for life and you say Betty Gore ruined your life? Bitch, please you literally took her life away, you don’t get to talk of what Betty did to you. Whatever she did to you she did not deserve to die that way. Nobody deserves to die that way. I am not surprised at all that Pat and Candy got divorced, there is only so many things and countless lies that a man no matter how loving can handle before he cracks and Candy has lied to him many times.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book to everyone because it is a very good read and it opens your eyes to what people can do when cornered.

*The book was kindly provided by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review.