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Captive of the Border Lord

Ust confront their mortal enemy Lord Thomas Carwell dressed in nothing but borrowed finery and prideUnderneath the relentless gaze of her captor she's enticed not only by him but also by the o. As a Scot I really object to the great big Tudor label on the cover as anyone who knows the slightest thing about Scottish history will know that there was never a Tudor dynasty in Scotland It s just as wrong as if a book about Henry VIII was labelled Valois You might think it s not important but it s just one example of the don t know and don t care attitude of many towards Scotland s distinct history and culture and the Anglification inflicted on us since union with EnglandAnyway the book was ok The second time reading this it was like new because I had absolutely no memory of the first time Probably because while the historical aspect of this is good the romance is distinctly lacking

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Bessie the selfless sister of the powerful but stubborn Brunson clan has sacrificed herself for her family's honor and is at the mercy of the court of King James Ill suited to court life she m. The serious flaw in this book is that it does not stand alone in the series well enough to be enjoyed on its own I didn t realize when I picked this book up at the library that it was the middle book in a trilogy and the author does not do NEARLY enough to bring the uninitiated reader up to speed on what s going on with all the politics and back story She jumps right in with references to people and events from the previous book that are apparently significant enough to have set all the major plot points in this book in motion but she never explains to the reader just what the heck happened Who is this Storich guy exactly How did he escape Who actually killed him And why did he deserve it What exactly was Carwell s part in it all And what did English warden do Why are the Brunsons constantly raiding other settlements Why do they think defying the king is justifiable And why the h do they continue to do it even after their sister is being held hostage by the king as a way of ensuring their good behavior Do they care nothing for her safety and sacrifice Basically just what the h is going onI spent the whole book waiting for the answers to these uestions to eventually get revealed so that everything would make sensebut it never did I still don t know who did what to whom in the last book and how that resulted in this book s events And this book leaves us with a massive amount of unanswered uestions too The whole story Bessie Carwell and the Brunsons continue to get into deeper and deeper trouble with the king of Scotland and with the English as well and there s absolutely no resolution to that at the end of this book In fact they re in the worst trouble yet at the end of this book So it s really not a satisfying read from that perspectiveI liked Bessie as a character and Carwell too for the most part I was rooting for their romance to work out and obviously it does in the end because this is a romance novel I liked the description of Bessie becoming accustomed to life at court and not having to work in the kitchens like she did at home The three Marys were good characters too And I liked the ways Carwell tried to protect Bessie from the dangers of a young and angry king as well as the duplicitous nobles The snippets from his inner monologue where he continually fought with his desire for her and tried to remember to do the careful smart thing were well doneHowever I didn t like the way they finally slept together There were so many romantic opportunities for Carwell to finally give in to his desire for Bessie and take her Instead the author chose to pass up all those romantic scenarios and instead have Carwell turning to Bessie because he d had a hard day at the office and needed a little comfort It made their first time together about something other than their raging desire and developing feelings for each other and that s lame His iron control didn t slip because Bessie s so beautiful or because her indomitable spirit is so attractive or because she s special it slipped because he was pissed and disappointed about something else That makes it seem like virtually any woman could have served his purpose for the night rather than that he and Bessie were destined to be together Particularly because he um failed to take care of her needs this first time because he was too focused on himself That s especially un heroic of him when he knew full well that she was a virgin before they began So yeah their first time together left a lot to be desired Although I will say that I liked the level of description the author gave It was far from explicit and yet was than the fade to black some authors do It focused on the feelings Bessie was experiencing rather than what was physically going on and it worked wellCarwell s hangups about his dead wife I could kind of take or leave Here too I felt like there was a part of the story we were missing We get tiny scraps of information about her all through the story but no one ever just says here s what happened even at the end Why was she so unhappy in her marriage Did she never want to marry Carwell in the first place Or did she want to but then realized after the fact that married life wasn t what she d expected And why did her subseuent death make Carwell swear off marriage altogether It didn t sound like he d actually ever loved her and their relationship was virtually nonexistent So why did her death break his heart so badly that he d vow to be alone forever and let the title pass to some spoiled teenage cousin The fact that Carwell s unborn baby died along with the wife might have made sense as the reason for his heartache except he almost never thinks about the baby all through the book It s always all about the wife This was another thing that I kept expecting to get explained before the end but it never did And it REALLY never got explained to Bessie There were a couple of things about the wife that the readers got to hear from Carwell s inner monologue that he never actually shared with her And when Bessie turns up pregnant at the end Carwell again lets his dead wife s memory chase away any possible joy about the situation and instead he reacts with dread which hurts Bessie I just didn t see the little bit we got about the wife as being a good enough justification for his behaviorAll in all I think if you ve read the first book than you ll enjoy this one a lot because you ll actually know what the h is going on but if you haven t then I d say don t start the series here For anyone who does choose to read this book I strongly recommend the audiobook version The narrator s Scottish accent really made the story come alive in a way just reading the words on paper wouldn t have

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Pulence of a world far removed from her own When the furious king demands her brother's head Carwell is the only one to whom she can turn But she must pay the ultimate price for his protection. Miniseries The Brunson ClanCategory Historical RomanceThe next installment in the Brunson Clan chronicles is bold exciting sensual and filled with colorful historical intrigue Gifford s lively portrayal of a daring clan at odds with their king is just the type of romance Scottish medieval fans crave RT Book Reviews rated 4 stars


About the Author: Blythe Gifford

After many years in public relations advertising and marketing Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff Ten years and one layoff later she became an overnight success when she sold her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist manuscript to Harleuin She has since written medieval romances featuring characters born on the wrong side of the royal blanket Now



10 thoughts on “Captive of the Border Lord

  1. says:

    The serious flaw in this book is that it does not stand alone in the series well enough to be enjoyed on its own I didn't realize when I picked this book up at the library that it was the middle book in a trilogy and the author does not do NEARLY enough to bring the uninitiated reader up to speed on what's going

  2. says:

    Good book with plenty of intrigue Thomas has been sent by the king to bring Bessie's brother John to court as hostage for the clan's behavior John had made the king angry see Return of the Border Warrior but refuse

  3. says:

    My favorite sorts of historical romance novels have always been those with generous portions of both history and romance so when I wanted to get back into reading historical romance I knew that Blythe Gifford would deliver the goods In this second installment in the Brunson Clan trilogy Bessie Brunson steps up when the Sco

  4. says:

    this book was ok to read The characters had trust issues and a lot of self doubt But when they learned to take a chance on love both blossomed in to new people

  5. says:

    As a Scot I really object to the great big 'Tudor' label on the cover as anyone who knows the slightest thing about Scottish history will know that there was never a Tudor dynasty in Scotland It's just as wrong as if a book about Henry VIII was labelled Valois You might think it's not important but it's just one example of the don't know and don't care attitude of many towards Scotland's distinct history and

  6. says:

    I uite liked this Tudor era romance I didn't necessary feel like the story was very compelling or believable but it was entertaining enough The characters were described one way and they acted completely different in the way they were described I had issues with that but not enough for me to lower in my rating It was a uick read for me the genre was a different one for me which is probably why I gave it a 3 star it wa

  7. says:

    Miniseries The Brunson ClanCategory Historical RomanceThe next installment in the Brunson Clan chronicles is bold exciting sensual and filled with colorful historical intrigue Gifford's lively portrayal of a daring clan at odds with their king is just the type of romance Scottish medieval fans crave RT Book Reviews rated 4 stars

  8. says:

    Miniseries The Brunson ClanCategory Historical Romance

  9. says:

    Excellent continuation in the Brunson trilogy

  10. says:

    first historical romance i have read and i first it took me awhile to get into it but then I was hooked it was a fun read enjoyed it

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