Blurb: They call her the Langlinais Bride—though she’s seen her husband only one time . . . on their wedding day, twelve years ago.
For years, naive, convent-bred Juliana dreaded being summoned to the side of the man she wed as a child so long ago. Now her husband, Sebastian, Earl of Langlinais, has become ensnared in his villainous brother’s wicked plots—and has no choice but to turn to his virgin bride for help.
Juliana now finds herself face-to-face with a man so virile and so powerful that she’s fascinated by him—just as he asks her to go against everything she holds true. Sebastian never counted on being enchanted by the beauty of this innocent angel he intended to keep as wife in name only—and he dares not reveal to her the secret reason why their love can never be . . .
I have sat on this review for two weeks. Now I have forgotten what I really wanted to say. First off, I gave this book 3-1/2 stars. The book had a unique ping to it which intrigued me. Do I want to spoil it for you ? Yes!!! But let’s just say, there is a pretty darn good reason that Sebastian, (another of my favorite names for men) does not want Juliana to touch him. Unfortunately the story dragged. It went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on…Lots and lots of religious undertones. Living in a convent will do that to a girl. (Her not me). The book deals with religious artifacts and all kinds of things to do with the church. Needless to say, Sebastian is very sick, and really there is not a cure to be found. (I do not know if there is one to this day.) I will have to look into that.
It is hard to write this without actually spilling the beans about his problems, but I had just about given up on these two having any sort of relationship, which is pretty unique for a romance novel, so I knew something had to happen, But what! Then it happened… … ta da!!! He is cured!!! Oh wow!! that was ….. um ..Easy. Okay. But, Yay! The story can continue!!!! They can actually have a real marriage! And like that, (snaps fingers) within a 24 hour period, life changes for these two love birds.
And all this because of his mishandling of secret parchments?? The story seems to weaken here. To me this is a big ‘what’? Everything suddenly speeds up and I find I am missing key points. He is healthy now? As in, all of the sudden? This part was difficult for me to comprehend. I have already put all my eggs in one basket, thinking she is making this awesome sacrifice , giving up her life by kissing him. It is a tragic love story that can never be. Only then to be surprised by a magic potion. Well, not a magic potion, but it sure felt like “And God’s love shined down and blessed this man, giving him his life back.”
So, after he is miraculously cured, they have a passionate night together. But, I am still hung up on all the undertones of nuns and priests and religious stuff. Now I feel guilty. Guilty because I am now reading sex scenes. Sex is a pivotal point to any relationship, and in any good romance novel. (I know that point can be argued, but go along with it for a moment, I am trying to get a point across before I forget what I am saying.) but I am still at “ewe”.
Now, sex between married people should be awesome, but I want to look away. ewe, again. He might still have residual cooties. Maybe he took a bath. I really cannot remember! Let’s just say he took a bath. Yes. Sebastian took a bath and scrubbed all the cooties off before he did the deed with our faithful nun like sister, Juliana. Of course the scenes are completely ruined for me because I feel like my grandmother is watching or worse, my Sunday school teacher.
Now that things are better, Juliana and Sebastian can’t keep their hands off each other. I am still having thoughts of going to confession ( I am not catholic, but I think I want to go anyway, just in case.) maybe start listening to gospel music. Holy water, yes please.
And then, I keep thinking, what if the disease comes back? What if Sebastian is wrong? What if he was just in some sort of remission? What if he just gave her his disease?! If it was me, in her shoes, I would wait a little while before I ran my hands down his body. I mean a week, that is not all that long. Give it some time to resurface! Have some common sense, lady!
Then, uncomfortable feeling of now prudish girl (thanks Karen) turn to , what should they do with the healing powers of these papers? So I read on, trying to skim over the kissing and stuff that good girls like myself would never do! (snark). Back to the papers, and I am at a standstill. They decide to hide them. (?)
Yeah. He is cured, so I guess the other hundred people who also suffer from this incurable disease are not important. Guess ole’ Seby just did not feel goodness in his heart after the gift God obviously gave him. Yes, lets just put this away somewhere. Someone who needs it might find them!
There was a bad guy in the story, and I was kind of hoping he would come and smack some sense into Sebastian. Maybe shoot him. Give Juliana a reason not to touch him so soon after his ‘cure’. I was thinking the bad guy was going to come in and ruin the day, maybe give these characters some life, but instead it was said that he understood what Sebastian was doing. Wait? Did half the book fall out? I went back through it a couple of times, (skipping over you know what. What is wrong with me!!) And nope.. Still says the same thing, still really does not make a lot of sense. I have to be missing something here, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what it is.
There was a happy ending, but it did not include curing ANYONE else. 😦
One thing great about this book, I learned how to make my own ink!!! That was the coolest part!! I am stoked! I love ink. I love writing. I love learning about all that shit. I think I would be happy living as a scribe. How neat is it that you get to ‘brew’ a recipe of natural things to get the colors you want.Ah! Shazam! So awesome!!!