Review for Seduced by a Pirate (Fairy Tales #4.5) by Eloisa James

Seduced By A Pirate by Eloisa James

TITLE: Seduced By A Pirate
SERIES: Fairy Tales #4.5
AUTHOR: Eloisa James
PUBLICATION DATE: October 30, 2012
PUBLISHER: Avon Impulse, an imprint of HaperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 128 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Edelweiss
RATING: 4 stars

Sir Griffin Barry has returned home after 14 years of piracy to find that his wife has moved on without him. While at sea, he made sure to send her money to support her and when he returns home, he finds that she has had not one but three illegitimate children. Caught between anger that his wife cheated and understanding because he was far from faithful himself, he is determined to win his wife over. But things aren’t always what they seem.

As with everything Eloisa James writes, it has all the necessary components to make it an excellent story. It’s well written, good characters, a intriguing plot, at least one very smutty scene, and all the other things required for a great historical romance. My issue, I believe, falls into the shortness of the story. The more historical romance novellas I read, the more I think that maybe they shouldn’t be written in that form. Everything feels so rushed to me and I do not like it. All the great romances I’ve read have been almost 400 pages (actually, for some odd reason, most of them are exactly 374 pages…I have no idea why), and that’s plenty of time for a fully developed plot, great character development, and more than one truly steamy sex scene. Now imagine trying to fit all of that into a measly 136 pages. It never works out well, in my humble opinion.

Bottom line? Well, if you like Eloisa’s work or just historical romance in general, you will enjoy this. Don’t go into it looking for an overly complicated plot or a lot of exposition because you won’t get that. You will get a short, good story that leaves you wanting more.

****Thank you to Avon for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

Review for The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

The Dust Of 100 Dogs by A S King

TITLE: The Dust Of 100 Dogs
AUTHOR: A S King
PUBLICATION DATE: February 8, 2009
PUBLISHER: Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Publications
PAGES: 336 pages
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 5 stars

I loved this book! The first 75-100 pages are a bit slow to start, telling the story of Saffron’s birth and laying out the characters of her family, but once it switches to telling about Emer’s life, it becomes pretty fast action. It’s told in first person, from Saffron/Emer’s perspective. It jumps between Saffron’s modern day tale to Emer’s story in the 1600’s. I will warn that there is a bit of language content and it does deal a bit with homosexuality which doesn’t really bother me, but might bother some.

I especially loved all of the story once Emer starts pirating. And there was a twist that I didn’t see coming, so props to the author for pulling a fast one on me. I also loved the ending, which I won’t comment on except to say that it was good without being too perfect.