Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bonus Review: Eleanor and the Iron King

I haven't read any books by Julie Daines before and was pleasantly surprised by Eleanor and the Iron King.  

Eleanor de Lacy's father has given her in marriage to the family's worst enemy so they can keep the peace. Eleanor is heartbroken to leave her homeland and the people she loves behind, but does her duty. She goes to the Welsh King Brach Goch, is formally betrothed to him, and moves into his castle, but almost immediately weird things start happening to her. She sees a ghost woman that no one else can see and she has bloody notes left on her table.  She's trying to get her bearings with her new station and way of life and that certainly doesn't help anything.  Eleanor definitely has a lot on her plate.

Brach is a great hero and was my favorite character in the whole book. He's kind and understanding and does his best to deal with Eleanor's immaturity and general disagreeableness. I felt sorry for him after a while with having to deal with her shenanigans.  But he stayed strong and true and really did try to make her see his honorable nature. He is the consummate hero with the heart of gold. He's also been through a lot of sadness in his life, though, which added some nice dimension to him.

I thought the setting was great and the hero was amazing. The heroine was more difficult to relate to and seemed really young most of the time. But their romance had some good moments, so I'll give a pass on that. For paranormal fans, the spine-tingling ghost aspect will have you turning pages to see how that mess all turns out.

A fun Halloween Historical for the upcoming Halloween season!

You can buy your copy herefor $10.49

Here's the back copy:

Eleanor de Lacy has been bartered: her hand in marriage in exchange for a truce with her father's sworn enemy. Now the headstrong beauty must leave her ancestral home and the man she secretly loves to become the wife of the infamous Welsh King Brach Goch. Tales of this cruel leader paint a chilling picture of a ruthless warrior—all Eleanor knows for certain is that he is the villain responsible for the vicious attacks on her people and the death of her beloved brother. Though she must marry against her will, she vows Brach Goch will never possess her heart.

Her arrival at the inhospitable castle Bryn Du confirms her worst fears—a ghost walks the halls of the castle, and Eleanor receives an ominous warning from the uneasy spirit: Brach is not to be trusted. Though resigned to a life of misery, Eleanor soon realizes all is not as it seems, for Brach is not the monster she dreaded but is a handsome and charming man whose gentle ways soon undermine his bride's resolve to lock her heart. Clinging desperately to her pride, Eleanor finds herself trapped in a web of murder and deceit. And as the lines between good and evil become blurred, Eleanor must decide for herself who is to be trusted—and loved.

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