Saturday, June 8, 2013

Liza Reviews Betrothal by Jenna Jaxon

A private message to the book Betrothal  (by Jenna Jaxon)
PRIVATE MEANS PRIVATE.
 IF YOU ARE NOT THE BOOK BETROTHAL CONTINUE DOWN TO LIZA'S REVIEW.

My Dearest Bet. I have read you from your beautiful cover faithfully to the end.
May I say, you did not disappoint me. You were everything I hoped for and more.
I will treasure our time together always.
With love and admiration,
Remembering always the good time we shared,
Yours forever,
Liza O'Connor.







LIZA'S REVIEW OF JENNA JAXON'S BETROTHAL.


The setting is long ago (1348 AD) when men wore skirts to their knees and ladies wore  gowns to their toes. A time when 'jousting about' required armored horses and long poles. A time when the king held total sway over his people and could alter their lives in a second. And it's a time when life was uncertain and you lived in the moment, because tomorrow you could be dead.


This is the first of three books following the lives of Alyce, Geoffrey and Thomas.


Alyce comes to the king's court in search of a husband.  At  the age of ten and seven, she is much older than most of court maidens looking for husbands. She quickly falls for the suave Lord Thomas Braeton. While Thomas is supposed to be looking for a wife, in truth, he spends most of his time pleasing other men's wives.

Disappointedly, Alyce is betrothed to Thomas' best friend, Geoffrey, who has just arrived at court. He is a giant man who sets Alyce's body on fire with just a simple touch. She doesn't like it all. Or maybe she does, but it unsettles her for certain. She asks Geoffrey to give her more time to accustom herself to him. 

She's hoping to draw out their betrothal in hopes it will never occur. Instead, he gets permission to be in her company more often than what is usually allowed.

While not at all what Alyce wanted, she cannot refuse now that King has allowed it. Her time with Geoffrey teaches her many things about her future husband. Some good: He proves to be gentle, kind, and generous. But some bad: Her partiality for Thomas brings out an intense rage in Geoffrey. They are also plagued with a great deal of misunderstandings

Yet after many 'two steps forward and one step back', they fall  in love and move ever closer to forming union of true love rather than the typical arranged marriage of the time.

I give this book 5 stars.
Why?

Jenna doesn't just tell you about the past, she entrenches you into the middle ages. You'll feel you are there with them, in their hearts and minds. Every scene and word rings authentic.

She makes you believe in a young maiden's ability to truly love a man she barely knows and a seasoned warrior's intense desire to protect and love his young maiden. Their feelings ring true from beginning to end and constantly pulls the reader forward.

My only  warning, and it's a big warning, is that when you reach the ending of Betrothal you will want to read, Betrayal, the next book in the series, at once. I know I do, and waiting for its release is tortuous.


I keep worrying about all the things that could go wrong for Alyce and Geoffrey. Good or bad, I need the truth.  

I know the path to true love is never easy nor straight forward, but these two fabulous people deserve a bright future, so I will travel this journey through three books with them, just so I can finally have my extraordinary HEA.

I bought this book with my own money, (twice, but we won't get into that fiasco.) 
This is my honest opinion of the book
I felt no obligation to give Jenna a good rating. Her book gave itself a great rating.
 It's fabulous. Even if you don't normally read this genre (I don't) 
Try it. I predict you'll not only like it, but you'll love it.
A great story is a great story.
Doesn't matter the genre.

24 comments:

  1. Liza, I cannot tell you how happy I am that you so enjoyed (in whatever ways) Betrothal. Thank you so much for posting your review!

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    1. I'm very glad I read this book, and look forward to the next two in the series.

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  2. I feel the same way you do about this book. I loved it. Betrothal was a five star read.
    Congratulations, Jenna, and a hearty bravo.
    Excellent review, Liza.

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    1. See, it's not just me. This is a really really good book.

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    2. Thank you, Brenda! So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  3. I agree this is a wonderful book. Loved the review, Lisa. Tweeted and FBd.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Ella! So happy you liked it! And I really appreciate the Tweet and Share. :)

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  4. Fantastic review for a fantastic book.

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    1. It really is a fantastic book. I can't wait to read the next two.

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    2. So sweet of you, Daryl! Appreciate it! I'm working hard on getting the other two out!

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    3. Work harder Jenna. I want to read them. I'm fretting at the moment.

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  5. I've always loved the cover for this book, and now I'm dying to read it!! YAHOO on the 5 star review!!

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    1. I highly recommend it. (Could you tell by my review? or was I too subtle?)

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    2. I love this cover too, Sheri! So evocative of both the period and the book itself. Hope you enjoy it when you get to read it!

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  6. Awesome cover, Jenna. After reading this review, Betrothal is now on my must read list. I love stories about the middle ages.

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    1. Definitely should be! I'm happy to bring a fab book to your attention.

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    2. Thank you, Sandy! The medieval period is my favorite. I had such fun researching and writing this book! Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it. :)

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  7. I'm a fan of Jenna's, too, and loved Betrothal, as I have all of her books. It's on my "never delete" list. :) Great review, Liza.

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    1. Thank you. I'm new at this reviewing business, but I think it's great fun when I review books I love.

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    2. I'd never thought of a "never delete list." How exclusive! Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Patricia!

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  8. Fantastic review! Bought my copy of Betrothal and it's on my TBR list! Can't wait! Ohhh, and I may have read the private message, Liza :P lol

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    1. Thank you, Karen! But naughty you reading a private message. LOL Serves Liza right for posting it. I wonder what Bet would say about that?

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  9. No, it's private! Do I read your privates messages to books. No I do not. Why? Probably because you wisely don't post them on your blog...

    Thank you for buying Betrothal. He likes to be read from start to finish, no checking out endings first. Say hello for me.

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