Book review of historical romance novel In Debt to the Enemy Lord by Nicole Locke.
Bosworth 1485: After victory against King Richard III, Henry Tudor becomes King of England. Rebels and pretenders plot to seize his throne. The barons resent his plans to curb their power and he wonders who he can trust. He hopes to unite Lancaster and York through marriage to the beautiful Elizabeth of York.
With help from his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, he learns to keep a fragile peace. He chooses a Spanish Princess, Catherine of Aragon, as a wife for his son Prince Arthur. His daughters will marry the King of Scotland and the son of the Emperor of Rome. It seems his prayers are answered, then disaster strikes and Henry must ensure the future of the Tudors.
♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪
Leader of the Broken Hearts by Papa Roach --Catherine is tasked with some difficult decisions that leave her not so lucky in love. Ultimately, she did it all for Russia…
♫And now I finally know what it feels like
To risk everything and still survive
When you’re standing on the battlefield
And all the pain is real
That’s when you realize
That you must’ve done something right
'Cause you’ve never felt so alive♫
*note: all the lyric video's for this song were not quite the right one, but this one's at least visually engaging…but some of the lyrics are wrong.
Book Title: Queen of Always
Author: Sherry D Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #3
Genre: Older YA, Historical
Source: Kindle eBook (Library)
Overall Rating: 4.3/5 STARS (GRADE=A-)
She's ruthless, because she has to be…she's loved because she's fair. She's the queen because she took it.
A stunning conclusion to the Stolen Empire Series…a sometimes poignant, sometimes encouraging, with some serious OMG moments leading up to her stealing the crown from her asinine (and that word doesn't even cover it) husband, Peter. For such a short book it really packs a punch.
⇝Sex Factor⇜ This is older ya for sure because of the graphic content and the sex. Especially, one scene in particular…wow (maybe a little TMI).
Main Characters: 4.3/5
Secondary Characters: 4.5/5
The Feels: 4.3/5
Theme or Tone: 4/5
Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 4/5 Cliffhanger: No
Will I read more from this Author? Yes, I would
♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪
♫Just A Girl by No Doubt mixed with Firework by Katy Perry --Inspired by real life reporter Nellie Bly, Jo Montfort is just a girl trying to shine her brightest in a male dominated world of reporting.
You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July♫
Book Title: These Shallow Graves
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Narration: Kim Bubbs
Genre: Mystery, Historical, YA
Source: Audiobook (Library)
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
The Luxe Series meets Nancy Drew…well sort of anyway. The time period is very similar to the Luxe Series, but with less talk of fashion and high society manners. Although, it does drone on at times about the latter. It could have done without some of that and maybe been a little less lengthy. Overall, a engaging murder/mystery, despite my being correct all along about whodunit. I suggest Audio format, it really makes the slow parts easier to get through.
The Feels: 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4.5/5
Book Cover: 4.5/5
Ending: 4.5/5 Cliffhanger: Nope, not at all
Will I read more from this Author? I would.
Book trailer for Faithful Traitor
I just love the writing community, and this is one more example why. One of my beta readers, who is working on a novel of his own, put together this book trailer for me. As you can see, he does great work if you or anyone you know needs multimedia marketing work done. His name is Blair Hodgkinson & you can find him at http://blairhodgkinsonauthor.com.