The third medieval era romance story that I’ve read/listened/reviewed from Michelle Pillow. Her ability to set a story with details to invoke imagery and establish a premise for the story to come is accomplished and smooth. And the premise for this story: a betrothal of two titled children is a strategic device for power and protection common in the time. With Wolf (Lord Wolfram) being eight years older than Gineva, there is a great age gap, and plenty of time for Gin to learn of and accustom herself to her destiny.
Wolf isn’t appreciative of a child bride, and refuses to use and abuse her in the way many a husband would. He’s developed a reputation as a womanizer, and his efforts to stay away from Gin as he does battle with men and woos women is renown, and word is coming back to Gin.
Gin, despite her chafing at the ‘set nature’ of her life, has a crush on Wolf, but he is rarely around, and when he is, she refuses to fawn at his feet.
Pacing and development of characters were issues for me in this book, from a promising start to moments that dragged without appearing to effect development of characters or further the story. Of the two, main characters, Wolf’s development was a bit more complete: his reasons for avoiding Gin and his attempts to do he ‘right’ thing by this young girl, even when he takes refuge in another woman’s bed are well detailed, if not always the behavior one would expect from a ‘hero’. Gineva grows up, but never really matures, even when the two finally see their way clear to become a married couple. There were several steamy moments, but these missed the pull for me that would have come with the sense of connection to a character that was more developed.
Narration was provided by Leslie Parkin who has done a wonderful job. The voicing of Gineva was a difficult task: from childhood through the years to woman, and there were subtle changes in her character voice over the span of the story, while maintaining the more general delivery and speech patterns. Other characters were distinguished by pitch and tone changes, and were easy to recognize without being told who was speaking. A lovely performance.
Overall, this just wasn’t the best of the 3 medieval historical romances I have read from Ms. Pillow, missing some of the oomph from characters that just breathe and materialize before you as the story progresses.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 2
Title: Emerald Knight
Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Genre: Historical Romance
Narrator: Lesley Parkin
Published by: The Raven Books
Published on: 18 February, 2014
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 45 minutes
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Intertwined by life, destined by love, torn by their very natures...
Whetshire Fortress, Wessex, 1171 A.D.
Since birth Lady Ginevra has been betrothed to Lord Wolfram, second son to the Count of Whetshire. There was never any question as to whom she would marry or who she would be. Life has been mapped out for her and she's going to live happily ever after as a Countess. However, there is one complication to her plans. Her rogue of a future husband isn't taking to their life together with open arms. In fact, he seems to enjoy finding reasons to put the nuptials off.
This novel contains adult content. Must be 18 years or older to read.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.