Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: The Crimson Lady by Mary Reed McCall (4.5 stars, medieval)

Full Description: Amazon

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Thoughts After Reading:
This medieval romance was a much darker read than I usually select. Growing up, the heroine was bought at the age of fifteen and sexually/emotionally abused for a number of years at the hand of a viscount. During this time, she became one of the most popular courtesans in London. Three years before the book begins, she escapes and runs with a group of outlaws before becoming a seamstress. As the novel opens, the hero has tracked the heroine in order to have her help him. He blackmails her into helping him search for his sister, who has also been enslaved by the viscount. With this, their adventure of joining outlaws and searching the stews begins, eventually accumulating into an final battle against the villain and his men. During this adventurous backdrop, the hero and heroine develop deeper feelings than they realized was possible. The heroine forces the hero's perceptions of prostitutes to change, while the hero helps the heroine overcome her deep emotional scars. It's an intense read, rather than comedic or entertaining, yet I can't be sorry I read it. The overcoming of such emotional obstacles allows for a sort of cathartic enjoyment.

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