Nov 142012
 
Review: The PromiseThe Promise by Lauren Hunter
Published by Musa Publishing on Sept 14, 2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook from Author
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Rating: two-stars

Unable to prevent his first love, the Lady Marianne, from being struck down by a carriage in a London street, Anthony Thornhill, heir to the Duke of Albourne, watches her die in his arms.

Believing her lost to him forever, he tries to forget her through an endless line of ladies, his rakish ways leaving him empty and wanting. That is until he literally bumps into the Lady Elizabeth, his curiosity aroused. Drawn to her, because she reminds him of a loss he will never regain, he comes to realize she just may be the Lady Marianne, fulfilling a promise of a dance that never was. His only problem…she does not remember him.

Can he bring her memories forth, allowing her to see him as she did then? To know him once more and reclaim the love for him she once had? Or will she be lost to him forever?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One of the highlights of being a book blogger is getting to meet and become acquaintances with authors. One of the downsides of doing this is that you agree to read books you might not otherwise have chosen. This is my biggest problem with this book. I am not a huge fan of Regency stories. I find them very formal and subtle and the way women act and are treated annoy me. But I do love paranormal stories, and I adored Lauren’s last book. So I gave it a try.

I found that it wasn’t really for me. The paranormal aspect wasn’t a focus, appearing more in the background of the story, making this more of a straightforward Regency romance. As is typical of this type of story, the characters were very formal and restrained. Due to this, I didn’t really like Elizabeth. I found her uptight and annoying. The obsession with proper appearances is not something I can relate to or appreciate.

The highlight of this story was the witty banter between the characters. Anthony and Marilyn had some great exchanges, and so did Elizabeth and Marilyn. The humour was subtle and snarky and very underhanded; making for delightfully vicious discussions. Marilyn as a whole was a great character. She didn’t quite fit the mold of everyone else, yet seemed entirely comfortable with who she was. I’m glad she played such a strong supporting role in the story as she helped make Elizabeth seem more likable.

The story was very well researched and felt very authentic. I’m sure it will appeal to readers who enjoy clean Regency romance stories. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those readers, however I do appreciate the realistic and fun dialogue that appeared through the book.

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