From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure oThe subject matter This was not surprising since this is a shorter piece and had to get to the point fast I like the basic premisef this story but I just couldn t get into it as much as I wanted to do I wanted to see the part dealing with the brother and father s weakness addressed but it was pushed aside and not addressed directly Later when something happens to the brother I didn t feel anything On Toby's Terms other than speculation about what that would mean for James because her brother s issues are merely a plot devicer so it seemed The big reason though is that I wasn t really fond f Thea There were a couple f scenes where she was just so blindingly selfish Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land or willfully naive which is hard to believe because she was educated and read the forward thinkersf her day She tried to use a stable boy to make herself tarnished goods The poor guy was just going about his business and she hauled ff and kissed him She lied to the headgroom that the boy came n to her She knew the conseuences for what she did He would possibly lose his place and he would certainly be punished but that was Indiscretion okay if it got herut Indiscretion of marriage That wasn t uite how things pannedut because at the last minute when the guy is set to get a whipping she finally comes clean but she didn t think about him when she set up that scheme I found the attraction between Thea and James a good thing though I had trouble with how fast she went from determined spinster to a wanton who wanted to experience the physical stuff Because f his rigins James would be the Soul Dust one man she could marry and still retain somef that independence to pursue her goals That being said there wasn t much The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales of an emotional connection for me with Thea until the end when she grew up and smartened up Now the end was really good I thought and particularly that scenen the pier It made me want to know 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 of their story In the end I was glad to have read the story and would recommend it to those who enjoy steamy historical romance but reuire a shorter length storyThanks to NetGalley for providing my review copyf the book Altered from review posted Blackbird on Romancing the Social SciencesYou could be forgiven for thinking a book entitled The Convict s Bounty Bride would be set in the colony but you d be wrong If you read between the linesf the synopsis you can see it s set in London but somehow I still expected that it would end up back in Australia at some point It never did but my annoyance at that was uickly Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland overwhelmed by my annoyance at just about everything else The combinationf the writing style and novella length made the story feel very abrupt There was little attempt made to Surly Bonds orientate the readerr set up the plot and characters and the results are jarring The whole thing gallops along and to continue the terrible euine metaphor the reader can barely keep her seat for being whacked by passing plot twists Literally every development in this book came Sex, Lies, and Videotape outf nowhere and made its appearance too soon Because the characters are uite ne dimensional the reader is unable to anticipate their actions which was probably a blessing in disguise I probably would have given up altogether if I d known the heroine would be so horrible She was by turns immature cruel and criminally stupid There s a scene where determined ruin herself so as not to be forced into marriage she basically assaults the stable boy in full view f the stable master And then she s so surprised her father is going to whip the poor boy who might also lose his position that she faints The Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays other reason I was completely baffled by the characters actions is that they just don t act in the way real people do When there is a Big Tragedy the affected characters all have very weird and unrealistic reactions James is thenly ne who actually shows any sense but even this doesn t last long as he proceeds
TO TAKE THEA S VIRGINITY AT A TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE take Thea s virginity at a totally inappropriate As much as I disliked the Thea I also didn t appreciate the way James viewed her as payment for services rendered He never really gives up seeing her as an bject when he realises he cares for her the reasons that are given are basically her body and her suitability as a colonial wife Then there is the book s lack Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession of regard for the realitiesf the Regency Era I mean I m no Georgian scholar but I m pretty sure random ex convicts can t get vouchers to
Almack s And then there s Thea The book pens with her asking her father s And then there s Thea The book pens with her asking her father she can have a position n the board f their bank because she wants to have a career Dowling justifies this by referencing the fact that the famous Regency character Lady Jersey was the primary shareholder in her grandfather s bank but I d argue that it s We, the People: Of Earth Elders one thing for a married Countess and social arbiter to be involved in banking and another for the young unmarried daughterf an Earl The idea Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition of Thea having a career isdd It is surely anachronistic for a young woman to aspire to such a thing especially in something like banking instead مترو of say writing Supposedly Thea s desire to be a career girl comes from Mary Wollstonecraft whom her father included in her education That inf itself is a stretch but I was willing to let it slide But Thea s refusal to marry was based n a erroneous belief that Wollstonecraft never married and I couldn t believe that she would not have known this Even though Wollstonecraft had been dead for roughly 20 years she still lived n in the Ton s imagination because The Windy Season of the exploitsf her daughter Mary Godwin later Mary Shelley whose affair with the married Percy Bysshe Shelley was grist for the gossip mill for yearsI m happy for the people who liked this book but personally I have never been so glad that something was a novella Four stars for this short novel I liked it a lot Why Oldies but Goodies only a ratingf four Because the characters are so beautiful and funny that I would have preferred a real novel with a richer and complex plot the thing was so short left me a little
disappointedwith her skill the writer was in being her skill the writer was in being to get shortly right to the heart A Month of Sundays of the story and this is a very important thing in a short novelThea Willers is the young daughterf an Earl she tries in every way to escape to her mother s main hobby Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel organize a beautiful wedding with some suitable men for her social position The girl who she grew up with a certain freedom and thanks to the her father s will she has been able to study something unusual. O take the bride he was promisedLady Thea Willers knows nothingf the bargain her father made to save her brother nor does she have any interest in marriage It might be a radical idea but what Thea wants is a caree. ,
The Convict s Bounty Bride is the debut novella by New Zealand author Lena Dowling At 59 pages it s like a short story that is set in England s regency period At first glance Beneath the Jolly Roger of the blurb the hero is said to be an ex convict and I made the assumption that the story would be set in early Australia Instead as I mentioned it s set in England and it s about the lead up to his return to Australia and whether he will have a bride in tow with him Lady Thea Willers has no plansf marriage In fact she intends to be a spinster so she can pursue her career and lead an independent life But when ex convict James Hunter takes a liking to this fiesty dogmatic young woman he has his Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise own ideas about her future To settle her brother s gambling debts Thea s father enters into a contractf marriage for Hunter to his daughter Obviously Thea isn t happy about this decision and I was glad when she didn t succumb to this decision lightly and proceeded to collate a list f uestions to present to Hunter in rder to decide whether marrying Hunter would be worth freeing her brother Pig of if she should send him to the galleys Of course her path to gain some controlver the situation is meddled by her attraction and curiosity Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of Hunter as a prospective sexual partner and husband When her brother s debts are cleared via a family tragedy Thea and Hunter are faced with the decision to proceed with a marriage basedn love r to simply part ways The Convict s Bounty Bride is a short easy read I liked that Thea wasn t a martyr and that her strong attitudes were challenged by Hunter He n the Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, other hand saw no emotionalr sexual value in marriage he just wanted a partner and he fully intended to find sexual pleasure elsewhere this too was challenged when he met Thea The story was a pleasurable read albeit not uite long enough for Thea and Hunter s love to be completely believable but enjoyable nonetheless I really really wish this book had been longer I honestly think it would have been better if it was However this was a rather short story easy to get through but it fell a little short in the endThis is the story They Also Serve of James Hunter and Lady Thea Willers James was in prison for a crime he didn t commit but now he isut and seeking his payment for being in prison in the first place the hand Conversations From The Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop: 8 Keys To Rediscovering Lost Dreams And Finding Your Life's Calling of Lady Thea Willers She however knows nothingf this bargain that her father made The story pretty much goes No Time for Sergeants on uite expectedly from thereOnef the biggest problems I had with this book was pacing Everything seemed a bit to rushed and I was left scratching my head wondering how the two f them fell in love This book would have been so much better if it d had to it There was just too much left unsaid and undone that it really tempered my enjoyment f this book It was all desert and no meal and just a bit to rushedI did however really get invested in the characters This was both good and bad Again I wanted from them but with this nly being a short novella I was left wanting But still I enjoyed the characters mostlyand when they weren t being annoying and wished a little building had gone into them Flat and uninteresting at times I was hoping they would change a bit However when I was enjoying them I was really really enjoying themOverall the concept f this book was good the idea was good
BUT THE STORY AS A WHOLEthe story as a whole a bit flat for me I was left wanting to much information then I should have been that it didn t make up for the good pieces throughout However still a short enjoyable read if you ve got a few hours to kill
ON SOMETHING ROMANTIC25 OUT OF 5 STARSI WAS PROVIDEDsomething romantic25 ut f 5 starsI was provided copy Large Catechism of Martin Luther of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis andther reviews can be seen Junior Jolt on my blog The Forbidden Library Great ReadI enjoyed the characters the flowf the story I had to take the time to read all Ceux de la posie vcue of the story atnce and it was Halloween Marrying the enemy s daughterInteresting story I had read the convict wife which lead me to the ther books in the series A bit short for me I would have liked a epilogue with there arrival and final home settingAlso she nly takes ne trunk but in book two has many gowns so maybe than ne trunk would be better Or could you please release a second book where she describes life in Australia her arrival and problems as a lady farmer having children sending for her clothing Including swimming riding encounters with wild animalsOtherwise I did enjoy your story just think there should be a part two The highlight Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty of this book was definitely the characters They had theirwn time f personalities although they also appeared flat at times Being a novella I think a whole book as a whole would have made the characters pop Everything about this story was rushed I didn t feel like I had time to really get into the story at all and everything just flew n by There was no build up to the romance it kind Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 of just happened I was left feeling like I had a lotf uestions with no answersNote I received this book via Netgalley I haven t read many stories about those who were transported for crime to a penal colony so I was especially interested in giving this story a tryThe story Toque de Veludo opens with Lady Thea plotting to extricate herself from thebligation f marrying to please her family She has read Mary Wollenscraft so desires to make something f herself as an independent woman Unfortunately she is given no choice but to conform to the norm for girls her age But that doesn t mean she can t think Kaleidoscope of a way to make herself unmarriageable materialJames Hunter has notnly survived but thrived during his time in Australia where he served his time as a convict for a crime he didn t commit Now he is back in England a rich man and ready to claim what is The Four Racketeers owed to him He made the deal with the Earl to take the fall for his son in exchange for some money but also for his daughter as his bride James wants to be a partf the upper level f society in Australia but he needs a noble wife to give him that bit f extra for standing It will be a marriage Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of convenience but he can afford to be kind to a girl who had nothing to do with the past circumstancesThea is appalled by the deal her father made and even while she readies to accept her fate she is also scheming to find a wayut Smithereens of it But after spending time with James she is now not so certainf what she really wantsThe plot The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness of this was kept moving right along and had a lighter tone considering. Life as a convict in an Australian penal colony was brutal but James Hunter had the advantagesf raw physical strength and courage n his side He survived and now he is back; a self‐made man f means determined For women at that time she has a sharp mind and she has very brilliant and important projects in mind for her life she wants a career writing and she especially doesn t want to be wed with a husband that restricts her freedom that she s always been accustomed to having This however goes against her parents wishes and she receives no support from her brother who is too busy getting lost in artificial paradises that the laudanum gives himJames Hunter is just returned from Australia new colony Lili a un chagrin d'amour of England where he spent a the last seven years as a convict as a resultf a scam which actually he didn t commit The man himself to save his family from ruin he prefers to ruin his reputation in exchange for money that could solve his family s economic problems but he also has another plan in Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability order to regain entry into polite society where money is not enough he makes an agreement with the parentf the real culprit when he will return from the colony he will have the right to marry the Earl s daughter Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds our dear TheaThe trap forur heroine seems to have taken but in fact James Hunter proves to be a very different from all the men the girl knew and although at first she bjected to the Union then she begins to think there are some enjoyful points in the marriage this man so charming and unconventionalThea is a funny character with a very clever mind she s smart and she studies all sorts f thing to free herself from mother s projects I admired a lot even her stubbornness and courageJames is the ideal man for a romance beautiful and damned but at the same time extremely intelligent with his unusual behavior compared to what you might expect from a gentleman but at the same time he s proud and loyalA really nice couple a real novel with them it could be so beautiful however I enjoyed and had fun with this reading it s worth itI reccomend the forthcoming book March 1 to people in love with this kind f book Thanks to Netgalley and Harleuin Enterprises Australia for the previewRating 4 starsTITLE The Convict s Bounty BrideAUTHOR Lena DowlingEDITORE Harleuin Enterprises AustraliaPUBLICATION DATE released by March 2013uattro stelle a uesto racconto breve che mi piaciuto tantissimo Perch solo un rating di uattro Perch con dei personaggi cos belli e divertenti avrei preferito un romanzo vero e proprio con una trama pi ricca e articolata la sua brevit mi ha lasciato un po dispiaciutaLa bravura della scrittrice stata nel riuscire a entrare subito nel vivo della storia e avendo poche pagine a disposizione stata una cosa fondamentale per l evolversi del raccontoThea Willers la giovane figlia di un conte che tenta in tutti i modi di sfuggire all hobby principale della madre rganizzarle un bel matrimonio con ualche pretendente papabile per la sua posizione sociale La ragazza che cresciuta con una certa libert e grazie al volere del padre ha potuto studiare in modo approfondito cosa inconsueta per le donne dell epoca ha una mente sveglia e brillante e ha in mente dei progetti importanti per la sua vita poter fare una carriera scrivere e soprattutto non avere un marito che limiti la libert che sempre stata abituata ad avere uesto per va contro il volere dei genitori e non riceve nessun sostegno dal fratello troppo impegnato a perdersi nei paradisi artificiali che
gli regala il laudanoJames appena rientrato dall Australia nuova colonia dell Inghilterraregala il Hunter appena rientrato dall Australia nuova colonia dell Inghilterra ha scontato una pena di sette anni di lavori forzati a causa di truffa che in realt non ha commesso L uomo si incolpato del fatto per salvare la sua dalla rovina preferisce infangare la sua reputazione in cambio di soldi che potrebbero risolvere i problemi economici della famiglia ma ha anche un altro piano per riguadagnare l ingresso nella buona societ dove i soldi non bastano conclude un accordo col padre del vero colpevole uando torner dalla colonia avr il diritto di sposare la figlia del conte Willers la nostra cara TheaLa trappola per la nostra eroina sembra scattata ma in realt James Hunter si dimostra molto diverso da tutti gli uomini che ha conosciuto e la ragazza nonostante in un primo momento si Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance opponga all unione in seguito comincia a pensare che ualche lato positivo ci possa essere nello sposare uell uomo cos affascinante e non convenzionaleThea un personaggio divertente con una mente molto intelligente e furba ne studia di tutti i colori per potersi liberare dai progetti della madre ho ammirato molto anche la sua testardaggine e coraggioJames l uomo ideale per un romance di uesto tipo bello e dannato ma al tempo stesso estremamente intelligente con un comportamento insolito rispetto a uello che ci si potrebbe aspettare da un gentiluomo ma al tempo stessorgoglioso e lealeUna bella coppia veramente che avrebbe potuto dare rigine a uno splendido romanzo peccato comunue mi sono gustata e divertita con uesta lettura cos veloce ne valsa la pena uindi libro di prossima uscita 1 marzo consigliatissimo per gli amanti del genereSi ringraziano Netgalley e la Harleuin Enterprises Australia per la previewVOTO 4 stelleTITOLO The Convict s Bounty BrideAUTRICE Lena DowlingEDITORE Harleuin Enterprises AustraliaDATA PUBLICAZIONE uscita prevista 1 marzo 2013 Warning This is nly a short story The biggest downfall f an eReader is unless you specifically check first you I don t how many pages are in a book Why am I so cranky I was truly enjoying this story I really liked these main characters and I couldn t wait to see what adventure awaited them in Australia She was spirited and intelligent and although he just wanted to claim the bride promised to him for her social standing he liked the woman he met and believed she would be a great asset to him as a wife in his farm in Australia I could see the affections growing between them I was trying to imagine what scenario s awaited when they returned to Australia So imagine my disappointment when I go refill my coffee before we start to get into some good storytelling then I sit back down and try and turn the page and there s no What I have to say to Lena Dowling is please go back and finish Please I want This was a enjoyable story but beware as soon as you start getting into it it will be verSee at Rating 2 Scream outf 5The convict s bounty bride by Lena DowlingThis book had good prospects A convict and his lady wife A beautiful possibility My Kumiko and the Dragon only thought before I started the book was that I wished it were lon. RThe revelation that her brother’s liberty dependsn her marrying James Hunter is devastating But nothing it seems has the power to shake Thea’s world upside down like James himself r the way he makes her feel.