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BLUE HEAVEN, BLACK NIGHT Paperback – September 1, 1995
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- Publisher : Zebra; First Edition (September 1, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 542 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0821750348
- ISBN-13 : 978-0821750346
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.32 x 1.31 x 6.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,601,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I never like it when the hero sleeps with a former lover after making love with the heroine, but this so called hero certainly did, at least once. But it goes down hill from there: Toward the end of the book, after been married to the heroine, and at last finally admitting to himself that he indeed loves her after all, he still is unfaithful to her. His excuse? they are apart, and he is not cut out for celibacy, REALLY? And because the book is mostly written from the She point of view, and the heroine is often separated from the hero, the reader is subjected again and again to her anguish thoughts. But what bother me the most is that she fell in love with him in the first place. Just as in real life, I don't understand (and never will) how a woman can fall in love with a man who treats her shabbily, just because she likes what he does to her in bed. Yes, I understand lust, but love? And even when there is only lust involved, I expect the heroine to have some self control and personal pride (not to become a puppet without will the minute the hero gets amorous). But Elise eventually falls madly in love with a man who has treated her contemptuously and with callous disregard. If I wanted to indulge in this despicable scenario I would stick with real life. I read romance novels to enjoy myself, not to be irritated and offended by a man whose behavior toward women is demeaning to say the least. Yes, this is a historical romance, and men behave differently back then (so do many men now-day), but and this a big BUT, romance novels, though based in history are just a fantasy to escape from our reality, such as the "Dark One" written by Kathryn Le Veque. I mean this is not a history book, nor a literary classic.
I recommend my favorite Author's to both women & men. There's enough action/adventure to attract guys too!
This one was a disappointment. If it was 250 pages shorter it would have been better. The "hero" was a complete jerk to the heroine. Nothing that would endear you to his poiny of view
First, there is the legend of the Plantagenets: the story of a beautiful woman with blue green eyes and red gold hair, Melusine, whose fire could not burn, and of the knight who takes her as the spoils of war to find he is mesmerized by her beauty and craves her love. He becomes obsessed with her. But when he tries to test her, she disappears into thin air, leaving him with their two children whose heirs are Henry II and Richard the Lion Heart.
So begins the complex story of Sir Bryan Stede, a knight who rose from humble beginnings to become the favored knight of Henry II and then his son, Richard the Lion Heart. Set in the late 12th century, Stede rises in reputation to earn the respect of his king's enemies, like Saladin, who Richard fights for Jerusalem in the the 3rd crusade in the Holy Land. In a case of mistake, Bryan captures Henry's illegitimate daughter, Elise, Duches of Montoui in France believing her to be a thief. She fights him and lies to him. In his anger, he takes her believing she is no innocent and then he becomes obsessed with her. But each is promised to another. At the point when they both hated each other, I couldn't see how Drake could bring them together, but she did and it was masterful.
The story leads to the Holy Land and to an Arabian prince, Jalahar, who fights Bryan. Once he sees Elise, like the legend, he also becomes obsessed with her and will not give her up after he captures her. What a story!! I do recommend you read "the legend" intro twice so as not to forget it as it gives clues to the rest of the book. If you're a Shannon Drake fan, as I am, this is one you'll want to read again.
I almost stopped reading it. Very glad I kept going. It began a little slow for me. The transition and wording just wasn't there for me in the beginning.
I would gladly read this over and over.