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review 2017-02-17 05:15
Excommunicated Warrior Monk
My Forever Love - Marsha Canham

I read this for my Series Headway pick.

This review is for the original My Forever Love and not the revised Dragon Tree.

"A man can lose his way in this world so easily," he said softly. "He can see horrors that make him question his sense of worth, his sense of well-being, his sense of what is right and wrong. He can be overcome by greed, by lust, by the lure of another man's possessions. He can have everything he owns, even his name and his reputation taken away from him in the blink of an eye. But the one thing, the only thing a man cannot have taken away from him is his honor. That, he has to give away."

Oh how I miss historicals that actually feel like historicals and have research and setting to them. Canham did an excellent job placing me in the times, this is a little brutal and gory with the what the heroine faced in her marriages and the fighting scenes, but medieval times were a bit like that. The first half was a little slow and I started shipping Marak and the heroine for awhile because of much more flushed out their relationship was. While the setting, scene, and secondary characters were vividly painted, the romance fell short. The hero and heroine's relationship felt more like insta-lust and then their bonding felt pretty rushed at the end. Separately, the heroine with her black widow ways and fighting spirit and the hero with his excommunicated warrior monk status, were fascinating but together their romance lacked spark.

The author addressed the romance issues in this and has heavily revised the story, I'd recommend reading the newer version if you have choice.

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text 2017-02-17 02:59
Reading Update: 40%
My Forever Love - Marsha Canham

His eyes were rife with emotion, and in that single glance, she saw the full, haunting depths of a self-imposed loneliness that allowed him to hold nothing close to him. This she saw and recognized because the same fears were present in her own breast. A dog, a horse . . . these were safe because they loved unconditionally and asked nothing in return. They did not know how to deceive, how to hurt, how to lie or cause pain. They did not know how to take something that had been full of hope and beauty, and twist it into ugliness, fear, and pain.

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text 2015-08-23 01:59
The Pride of Lions By Marsha Canham 99 cents
The Pride of Lions - Marsha Canham

Forced into an unwanted marriage by a reckless game of chance, how was the spoiled and pampered Catherine Augustine Ashbrooke to know the handsome stranger with the brooding midnight eyes would make her the pawn in a dangerous game of his own? 

Alexander Cameron may have won the highborn English beauty in a duel, but not even the lure of long-forgotten desires could keep him from his meeting with destiny. He had no choice but to carry his reluctant bride off to the Highlands, to a world of ancient blood feuds and a brewing rebellion--a world where fiery passion and breathtaking courage would prove that even legendary warriors could lose their hearts.

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text 2015-08-20 18:12
.99!!
The Pride of Lions - Marsha Canham

Usually I only post about freebies but this is in my top ten romance reads of all time. For only .99! Get this book. Read this book. 

 

Get Yourself Some!

 

P.S. - This ends on a cliffhanger, nothing outrageous but our main couple's journey is far from over. Be prepared to want to buy the second in the series.

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review 2015-05-20 07:00
Review: Across A Moonlit Sea
Across a Moonlit Sea - Marsha Canham

Title: Across A Moonlit Sea [Pirate Wolf 1]

Author: Marsha Canham

Genre: Historical Romance / Adventure

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis: He was French by birth, half English by blood, and reported to be all larceny by nature. One of Queen Elizabeth's legendary sea hawks, the rogue nobleman Simon Dante nearly lost his life when his partner turned coward and betrayed him for a king's ransom in stolen gold. Simon vowed nothing would stop him from seeking revenge ... until he found himself at the sensual mercy of a lady privateer.

 

Beau Spence had learned the hard way how quickly men tired of their spoils. For eight years she had sailed the Caribbean with her father and not once had she met a man who caused one moment of regret for the life she had chosen ... until a reckless challenge from the infamous Pirate Wolf forced her to fight back with her own powers of seduction. And when these two renegades reluctantly join forces, it is their firestorm of raging passion that sweeps them into a sea of danger and desire .…

 

WARNING - SPOILERS WILL ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - DETAILED REVIEW BELOW

 

Wow, what can I say? After the last flop of a book I read I decided to grab what I consider "easy reading" which in this case, turned out to be a simple historical fiction. Authors don't usually try to be too adventurous in their writing when it comes to historical fiction and I find it usually tends to be a little closer to a Harlequin than a best seller.

 

I was so glad I picked this book. At first I had a bit of trouble getting into the first two pages of the story - this wasn't anything the book had done wrong, it's just that I've been reading so many Urban Paranormal Romances that getting my head into the old language of a historical romance (not to mention wrapped around all the seafarer talk) took me a bit of time. I can't blame the book for it though if I'm not up to date on old privateering jargon. By the time I met the two main characters however, especially Beau, I was hooked.

 

The story was full of grand ship battles and plots for treasure that I ate up with a spoon. The characters were rich in personality and motivation, and the friendships fierce and loyal (just how I like them). Oddly, the only problem I came across that I figured others might not appreciate is the first "alone" *wiggle eyebrows here* moment between Beau and her future squeeze, Simon. It had extreme undertones of rapeyness (He doesn't rape her though, don't worry). I know a lot of readers will have a problem with their forceful first encounter, but let me assure you that not only did he not hurt her physically, he didn't hurt her emotionally.

 

Beau is not some simpering flower stuck on board a vessel. She's a merchant's daughter, and probably the scariest thing you'd find on that ship other than Simon himself. That includes his cannibal first-mate. Simon doesn't scare her - he riles her up and puts himself in a good position for her to castrate him (she even tries once!). I wouldn't want to be on Beau's bad side.  Despite the rapey undertones with the way they first encounter each other, however, not once did it bother me. Maybe I'm just one of those people who can say "eh, it's a book" and move on, but I think the reason it didn't bother me was that it didn't seem to bother Beau. It just made her angry - and Beau angry is highly entertaining.  So if you have a problem with borderline rapey scenes in books, rest assured that this scene probably won't bother you as much as you think. Try to give it a chance anyway.

 

If you love Historical Romance Fiction, Pirates, and Adventure, give this book a try. You won't be disappointed.  Shortest review ever! I have no real complaints.

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