Thursday, July 15, 2010

Giveaway and Review: "Tempted by a Warrior"

As part of the "Tempted by a Warrior" blog tour, I have my review and a giveaway of 5 copies of the book, sponsored by Hachette!

"Tempted by a Warrior"
by Amanda Scott

Source: provided for review by Hachette Books

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Lady Fiona Jardine was married to the heir to the Jardine lands, Will, and also carried his child. The only trouble was that her husband was missing and many suspected her of killing him. The Old Jardine laird was ill, so he called upon the Laird of Kirkhill to be trustee of both Fiona and the baby if Will does turn out to be dead. Kirkhill quickly learned that Fiona wouldn't be easy to tame.

This book just wasn't for me, but maybe Amanda Scott fans and fans of a more old fashioned kind of romance will like it. I like my historical romances to have more of a modern mentality with the interactions between the hero and heroine. I feel like this one was too old-fashioned in it's traditional gender roles.

Fiona was only 17 and she really came across as both pitiful and also irritating. She was so very broken at the beginning, pregnant by an abusive husband with bruises and injuries to show it. Also, it seemed like she did a lot of jumping around for attention, but no one really paid her any.

Kirkhill was dull and didn't have much personality to speak of. I would rather see well developed characters than a murder mystery plot. I'm sure Scott fans will like this story, especially fans of a lot of great description of the Scottish landscape and well-researched Scottish dialect.

I would have just passed this one off as an okay read but something really bothered me. First of all, poor Fiona was abused by her first husband. Then, Kirkhill was shocked when she was terrified of him when he spanked her like a naughty child and then when he shook her another time he got angry. Then, in classic abuser fashion, Kirkhill tells her not to worry that he'd never hurt her. This turned me off in a big way.

I really liked Flory, Fiona's maid. There were definitely parts of the story when I was cheering for her "You go girl!" She had the type of forward-thinking modern mentality that I personally prefer for historical heroines to have.

Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5 (yay Flory!)

Setting: 3/5

Romance: 2/5

Cover: 3/5
Writing: 3/5

Bottom Line:The romance moved slow for me and seemed to take a backseat to the rest of the action. This book would be best for fans of Scott and Scottish highland romances.


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