His Judas Bride – Book Review
Shehanne Moore is the author of three highly successful and slightly risque historical romance novels, all published by Etopia Press (see link at end).
As well as her creative writing she is also a prolific blogger (see blog link at end), which contains many posts that I’ve enjoyed reading and commenting on.
The book I’ve reviewed here is not her latest, but one that was chosen on account of its loose (un-named) connection to a part of Scotland that I’m a frequent visitor to. Despite being way outside my usual reading tastes, it’s a book I thoroughly enjoyed, and I shall certainly be reading and reviewing further books by Shehanne Moore in the future, as well as getting to know the author and her writing a little better in a future author interview I hope to post later in the year.
His Judas Bride, by Shehanne Moore
(Available in eBook format from Amazon Kindle)
This is a book that draws the reader in from the very first page. Set amid the Scottish Glens when rival clans fought among themselves, Lady Kara is betrothed and dispatched by her father to the court of a rival Clan chief. But Lady Kara is not all she seems, and has her own secrets and agenda that she will lie, scheme, and fight for in any way she can to protect and achieve. Far from being the chaste and naive lady of the Edinburgh court the rival chieftain believes her to be, Lady Kara’s past is as dramatic and violent as that of any fighting clansman. Upon her arrival at the court of her intended, what follows is a story filled with intrigue, courage, fighting, sex and seduction, and much more besides, before its final heart-warming conclusion. This is a story and world of savage brutality, and sex that reflects that savagery in a way that perfectly reflects the morals and attitudes of the time, but without ever falling into the trap of being gratuitous or too explicit.
The author adopts a style of dialogue and prose that reflects and compliments the period of its setting, yet not so much as to distract the reader in any way. The action and raunch are never less than brutally authentic, immersing the reader in Lady Kara’s world. In contrast to this, the dialogue is often very witty, and there are some great moments of humour and verbal sparring. Although written in the third person, the reader could almost believe the central characters are each in turn being written in the first person, such is the depth of characterisation the author achieves.
There’s a lot going on in this book, and is definitely one that needs to be read with a keen eye rather than skimmed through, especially if reading this genre or Shehanne Moore for the first time, but the effort is well rewarded with a raw and raunchy cracking good read that will appeal to most if not all fans of this genre.
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