Welcome to my review of Josette by Kathleen Bittner Roth, the third in her When Hearts Dare historical romance series, set in the United States. Please read on for my review and an excerpt from the title, don’t forget to check the tour stops to see what other reviewer’s thought about the story, and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of three print copies of Josette.
I’ve read this series from the beginning, always on the hunt for books that use a setting other than England or Scotland, just to mix things up. While I’ve enjoyed the journey, these aren’t perfect must reads for me. I was hoping with the New Orleans setting and a pre-civil war timeframe that this story would avoid pitfalls common in the earlier titles in the series, and do justice to the gorgeous cover.
Josette is portrayed as a strong and independent young woman, and while she had some backbone, I found the constant reminders of her independence to be far more frequent than her actual BEING that way. With a young niece who was ‘troubled’, if trouble means spoiled and willful, heedless of others than she was right on target. OK – so Alexia had her points – but the secrets and the connections that actually felt forced (voodoo priestesses, reunited crushes) had me rolling my eyes more than once. Then, you add in Josette’s brothers, and…. Nothing. They were little more than filler, and annoying filler at that.
Cameron was ok, nothing special. He’s archetypal: widowed, grieving, come to find the clue to a mystery and determined to not risk his heart. Until laying eyes on Josette. The purple-tinged descriptive phrases were rampant and over-used. Hearts leaping into throats, needing to possess, fiery independence. Fine once, but after that it becomes too much. Show me the attraction or trait, make me feel it.
The New Orleans of the mid-19th century was clearly the standout in this story. Beautifully portrayed and developed, you can feel the humidity in the air. Other moments of description are wonderfully developed and present a clear visual image, and added to the moments of enjoyment for this story. With elements and action that felt forced (a commonality in all 3 books) the story read longer than it was, and the moments of sparkle were too infrequent for me to give this an unconditional recommendation. If you enjoyed the earlier titles in this series, this will be one you will like as well.
Author: Kathleen Bittner Roth
Series: When Hearts Dare #3
Also in this series: Celine, Alanna
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 29 September 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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"Monsieur Andrews, welcome to my home."
At the smoky, velvet sound, Cameron swung around. Every function in his body—heart, breath, blood ceased to function.
She was lovely. More than lovely.
Tendrils of raven hair framed a face so exquisite, it disarmed him. Her mouth, a soft, dewy pink, parted. And those eyes, as dark as Creole coffee, intelligent and assessing, roamed over him and then back to take hold of his. He needed to step closer, to stroke her skin. To possess her. But would his wealth and worldly experience be a match for the free-spirited Cajun-born widow?
Across the oceans, between worlds old and new—two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.