"In Valiente’s world, love is never consummated, but remains a figment of the hero’s own imagination. In preferring dreams to reality, the hero dooms himself. He would rather risk a physical death than the death of his beloved illusion." - Book Bohemian
"Perhaps I'm too old-fashioned. When I think of romantic, I think of Jane Austen. I think of deep conversations, the exchange of heartfelt letters, a meeting of souls. What was lacking in this romance novel, for me, was quite simply - the romance." - Book Bohemian
Got Intrigue at Istanbul by Jonathan Frasier in the mail. Yay!
@bookbohemian Intrigue at Istanbul is a decent book. Frasier reminds me of Le Carre, increasingly.
@adamagelast Decent only? Not so thrilled now. I was lured by the Guler photo on the cover & the setting, perfect for espionage.
@bookbohemian Gripping in parts. Slow in parts. It depends what you compare it to in the same genre. It stands on its own, more or less.
@adamagelast A Storm in Madrid looks most appealing. My favorite Spanish city.
@bookbohemian It said on the cover: "If you like...Valiente, you'll like this." They were right.
@adamagelast Comparison with Valiente sets high expectations.
@bookbohemian Lower them. Nothing compares.
"Ambitious. Raw. Painfully beautiful. Stunning. I had very few preconceived notions before my first foray into erotic fiction other than expecting lots of sex scenes. There are multitudes of electrifying sex scenes. But The Awakening was a revelation. A masterpiece of literary writing that happens to be erotic as well. Devuille’s exploration of one woman’s sexual journey, from languishing in an unfulfilled marriage to a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair was riveting, to say the least. I did not, could not, put this book down."
- Book Bohemian