A Bride Unveiled by Jillian Hunter

October 31, 2011

What would a Cherry pie be without the cherries? A hot fudge sundae without the hot fudge?

A romance novel without the romance? What happens to anything when an ingredient is missing? When there's something wrong and you can't quite put your finger on it? When something like this happens, usually you can't finish it. There is something bland about it. It's incomplete; you are disappointed that your expectations are not met.

Well, that's what happened with A Bride Unveiled. The story started out great! In the first two chapters we meet the hero, Kit; the heroine, Violet; and their three friends: Winifred, Ambrose, and Eldhert. It is in these chapters that we get a glimpse of their childhood and the unlikely bonds of friendship that form. This part of the book had an almost fairytale quality about it as we watch this group of children from different strata of society grow to depend on each other. I loved this part of the story; it was fascinating, well-written, and I wanted more of the same in the rest of the book.

Sad to say, the rest of the book didn't live up to the promise of the beginning. The rest of the story was a mixed assortment of plot-lines that didn't go anywhere, characters who were bland and uninteresting, a villain who didn't seem to have much of a v-i-l-l about him, a supposedly jerky fiance who wasn't that jerky, and hardly any sexual tension between the main couple. But let me tell you, if you like to read about fencing, you'll get your fair share in this book. Granted, Kit is a fencing instructor so there should be scenes of slashing, jumping, thrusting. But, Gee Willikers there were lots and lots of these scenes. I've never been a big fan of sword fighting in books, so for me, all the parrying and thrusting was w-a-y too much.

Then there is the other kind of thrusting and parrying, and that kind was almost non-existent. Oh sure, our couple desires each other. How do we know this? Because they say they do. But I never felt any of that from either character. There are a few encounters and of course these encounters are not completed. However, in this case the standard Romanceland whankey-woo interruptus does not create any sexual tension.

I struggled to complete this book. Yes, it almost became a DNF. What saved this book from a lower rating was the occasional glimpse into the adult lives of the five friends. I thought Ambrose, especially, had what could have been a fascinating story. I just wish there had been more of the five friends in this book.

See DNF Rant in SidneyKay Get's Distracted.

Time/Place: Regency England
Sensuality Rating: Don't Blink!


Tracy said...

I think I'm in the minority on this one because I really liked it! I think it was a juvenile type of adoration that the pair had for each other when they were young but the instant attraction when they saw each other again just grabbed me. I think them just "knowing" that they were meant to be together made up for the lack of real romance in the book.

Sorry you didn't like it. :)

SidneyKay said...

Tracy...Yeh, I was disappointed. She's been an auto-buy for me since the beginning. This one just didn't grab me.

SidneyKay said...

P.S. Tracy: I am often surprised when I have a different opinion from others who I usually agree. I know I loved the last Elizabeth Hoyt. Then I read a review by someone I'm usually in agreement with and they hated the book. I was surprised. However, I found it interesting that we were seeing the same book differently. I wonder how much the mood of the moment plays in liking a book or not? Someone should do a study...someone else should do a study.

Tracy said...

Oh I tend to be the odd man out with books so I never look twice (ok maybe I do a little) when someone has a different opinion than me on a book. I think the readers mood has a HUGE play in how they view a book and what they're in the mood for. I'm reading one now that I think would be completely different if I was in a different frame of mind.

And you're right...someone ELSE should do the study! lol

Melissa said...

I enjoyed the book. It was a fast fun read, but I did feel something was missing. Maybe it was the sexual chemistry. And I couldn't understand the euphoria over fencing.