Thursday, December 27, 2012

Princess Avenger by Bernadette Rowley


Passionate and headstrong, Alecia is no ordinary princess. Angered by the cold-blooded murder of her first love, she sets out to avenge his death.

Army Captain Vard Anton, the epitome of masculine strength and grace, is dealing with some dark secrets of his own. When he is appointed Alecia's body-guard, both find it hard to ignore the chemistry between them. 

With assassination attempts and the threat of an arranged marriage looming over her, Alecia realises her time is running out. But Alecia's biggest battle is the one within as she tries to suppress the raging desire she feels for the powerfully attractive Vard. Can Alecia resist Vard while trying to exact revenge and avoiding the lecherous attentions of her husband-to-be? Will the power of love and desire be enough to unite Alecia and Vard forever? 

Though separated by class and palace intrigues, Alecia and Vard are entwined by desire in this wonderful fantasy romance.

My Review:
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel is a great!  It has adventure, it has romance, and there is intrigue.  It was such a  good story, with enough left open, you could so see another book or two coming out.

Alecia is a relatively strong character, though she seemed to have a lot of crazy moments.  She is a bit flip-floppy as well.  The way she can’t seem to decide whether she liked Vard or not is almost as flip-floppy as some political candidates. 

I did like how she wanted to revenger her first love, and also how she tried to help her people.  But the fact that she was so blind to the true source of all the issues in her home and the village was a bit irrigating. 

Vard was not what I was expecting.  Actually, he was not what he was.  And even with that, even with hints, it took several chapters to actually get an explanation what he was.  Actually, it was almost to the end of the book before you get the true explanation. 

He is still a cool character.  As a defender, a warrior, a lover, and a devoted protector… He is like a knight in furry armor for any woman who wanted a good guy with a bad streak in him. 

Hetty didn’t show up often, but she knows things, and makes things happen.  Actually, I think she knows more than she is letting on. 

I did find the flow of the novel a bit off.  Sometimes it was really good, and other times, it was easier to skip paragraphs and pages.  Also, there was definitely a formatting issue for e-readers.  It was hard to decipher when there was a change in the chapter or POV… The only real labeled division in the book was the chapter (so other than the chapter labels, you were guessing at divisions.).  Actually, I think that is one of the reasons for the poor flow. 

Overall, this is a good book.  I recommend it for an easy quick read.  

Happy Reading!


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