Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review: The Devil's Lady by Deborah Simmons (5 stars, medieval)

Full Description: Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5

Thoughts After Reading:
It hasn't been intentional, but lately I seem to stumbling upon a number of good historical romances that are set in the medieval time period. My latest find is The Devil's Lady, a novel based on "Beauty and the Beast" but with some twists of its own. The hero is a knight who has a fearsome reputation for being a sorcerer/in league with the devil/etc. It is later hinted at that he hides a secret, which is the reason that he remains in the shadows within his home. The heroine, meanwhile, is beautiful and outspoken woman who has been managing her family's lands. She has a tendency to strategize, at least in the beginning of the book, but with good intentions. As such, when she is forced by the king to choose a husband she chooses the hero. The heroine's hope is that either the king will not allow the union to take place or that the hero will not allow the marriage to be forced upon him. As one can guess, neither of these gambles pan out and the couple find themselves in a marriage of convenience. Over time, a companionship and then intimate relationship is established between the hero and heroine. It felt fairly realistic, although the relationship leans towards the physical aspects quickly. In addition to the conflict of the hero's secret, there is later a villain that gets in the way and needs to be conquered. The book also sets up for sequels, which I'll have to check out.

The novel is free of any comedy or overly dramatic elements. Instead, it stands as a solid and sensual medieval adaptation of one of the great love stories, complete with some good plot twists.

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