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review 2018-09-29 01:47
Disappointed in lack of Gothic feel
Bride of a Stranger - Jennifer Blake


“It’s a death gris-gris, and as its counterpart in the hands of the Voodooienne is unwrapped slowly, day by day, it is supposed to cause the cursed one to sicken and die by degrees."


This started off with so much promise but ultimately didn't deliver on delicious Gothic feel. We started off with a sheltered, innocent heroine who is swept away by a dark scarred hero to his on the edge of the bayou plantation. There we meet his at odds with mother, still wearing black for the death of his years long dead uncle, his maybe jealous vengeful cousin, a possible voodoo using maybe ex-mistress, a creepy overseer, a parental but maybe shady housekeeper, and a paralyzed unable to speak father. The red-herrings are all over the place.


The atmosphere was set nicely with descriptions of the bayou, heat, bugs, and general out in the middle of nowhere. There was a voodoo scene with the slaves performing a ritual that was kind of creepy but other than that, there wasn't enough played around with to make you wonder if the heroine was losing her mind or if the voodoo was real. 


The heroine and hero basically spend no time together, which I thought was kind of odd, so you're not reading this for the romance aspect. There wasn't enough creepy, spooky feel for a Gothic either; the mystery has the heroine in bed for most of the book.


Helene, that arrogant, time-ravaged beauty, had been in love with her husband’s brother, so in love that ten years later she could still weep her heart out over a mask of his dead face. Her husband’s brother, a married man with a son, a man who was shot to death in a duel with his nephew, Helene’s one son!


I kind of got the feeling the author was going for a nothing proves more terrifying than family dynamics. I can't really dispute that. 


The mystery could have been better if the heroine would have been able to move around more and the characters given more depth, basically this needed a higher page count as the basic storyline and atmospheric writing was there. The ending gave us a villain info-dump as to why and how that gave it super flop feel and red-herring characters simply deflated like balloons. I can't really recommend this one because the Gothic mystery and the romance was severely lacking, maybe if you like your heroines reclining in bed because of bruised ribs and possible poisonings and/or voodoo curses. 

*I almost forgot to mention the jaguar! Yes, there is a jaguar that lurks around, two or three mentions but it is there, lol.

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text 2018-09-10 02:07
Reading Update: 20%
Bride of a Stranger - Jennifer Blake


It was a doll, a rag of stuffed cloth dressed in a caricature of a wedding gown and veil, and impaled through the body by a long, sharp splinter of wood.
We have voodoo, a scarred hero, a heroine with a broken rib, and have arrived at the plantation at the edge of the woods and bayou. 
These people who have been given into our care, the slaves, have ancient ways we cannot understand.
Also have an auntie who must be vying for an I.C.E. PR position and,
“Yes, I understand, mam’zelle. You must bow to the wishes of the man you marry, it is expected.
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text 2018-09-09 15:13
Bride of a Stranger - Jennifer Blake


'Against the backdrop of old New Orleans and the antebellum South, Bride of a Stranger spins out a spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and murder.' 

Claire is too innocent to suspect that her marriage is a cruel farce, believing instead that the dangerous accidents that keep appearing in her path are just that accidents. She wedded Justin Leroux suddenly and silently. He was the tall dark stranger of her girlhood dreams, and had finally come to take her away.


She returns with him to Sans Songe, the Leroux family plantation in Louisiana. A near-fatal accident on the road to the plantation does not bode well for her future there. And indeed, many nasty surprises await her at the plantation itself. Voodoo magic, poisoned food, and a murder mystery force Claire into a stalemate.


She is helpless within the bosom of her frigid and isolating new family, while her husband has yet to come to her bed. He may even be hoping for her destruction, as she is drawn into an ever more tangled web of passion and intrigue.


In a harsh world where love means danger, Claire struggles just to survive.


I am so ridiculously excited to start this, Gothics can so wonderfully go off the rails sometimes.

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review 2016-12-16 05:48
Awesome Holiday Read
Christmas Knight: A Holiday Novella (Lou... Christmas Knight: A Holiday Novella (Louisiana Knights) - Jennifer Blake

Christmas Knight: A Holiday Novella by Jennifer Blake is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Blake has gifted us with a well written book.  The characters are fantastic.  Donna and Jake's story is filled with drama, humor and sexy bits.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Jennifer Blake in the future.  Christmas Knight is book 4 of the Louisiana Knights Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2016-11-09 15:58
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Tuscan's Revenge Wedding (Italian Billionaires #1) by Jennifer Blake
The Tuscan's Revenge Wedding - Jennifer Blake
The Tuscan's Revenge Wedding is the story of Amanda, a young woman determined never to put herself on the line for a man after watching the train wreck that was her mother after her father died. Her vows take a bashing though when Nico turns up to inform her that her brother had driven his car off a cliff, which Nico's sister beside him. The attraction is instantaneous, and so is the drama.
This is an ok contemporary story, but I'm afraid to say it is because of stories like this that Contemporary stopped being my favourite genre. Amanda's hard won values disappear like smoke in the mist once Nico turns up. He is very rigid in his views, but of course (!), Amanda will set him straight and bring him into the current century. However, when he is ignoring her option to not drink (due to her own family history and reasons), and basically is riding roughshod over her justification, AND SHE GOES ALONG WITH IT!!, this is when it got a bit much for me. 
If you like a 'strong' male lead, with a 'dependent' female, then this is probably the book for you.
* Verified Purchase - March 2013 *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/11/review-by-merissa-tuscans-revenge.html
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