Valentine: The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels #1 by Heather Grothaus

Valentine: The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels #1 by Heather Grothaus

Another in the Oh I’m Behind list – apologies to @KensingtonBooks and the author.  This first in a new series from Heather Grothaus, this historic, medieval, paranormal mash up from The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels, please read on for my review of

Valentine

What I expected was a slightly darker medieval era story with a touch of romance and drama. Valentine is soldier of the Crusades, and is desperately seeking to avenge his reputation.  Mary is a young woman betrothed to him, but running without chaperone or sense to find her man.

Mary was, in short, a brat. Spoiled, clueless and not particularly likable. Valentine had a bit more polish – but I didn’t buy him as a crusader, or one particularly interested in more than an ‘on the road’ romance.

More than once did I find language, dialogue and description lacking – there wasn’t a clear sense of adventure or danger for Valentine and the relationship – as it was defined didn’t make sense as a romance. Certainly not a clear direction from start to finish for me, so I’m leaving rather disappointed.

Valentine: The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels #1 by Heather Grothaus

Title: Valentine
Author: Heather Grothaus
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval, Paranormal
Published by: Lyrical Press
ISBN: 1601833970
Published on: 23 June, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Rated: two-half-stars
Heat: Half a Flame

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Introducing the Brotherhood of Fallen Angels—an epic new series set in the medieval Holy Land, where four heroic Crusaders find themselves caught in the crosshairs of revenge, devotion—and love…

He’s a man of passion and principle. But would he kill for his convictions? That’s the question that has Valentine Alesander fighting for his innocence. He’s been accused, along with three other Brothers, of orchestrating the horrific siege at the Christian fortification of Chastellet. Could this fatefully-named Crusader be a lover, a fighter, and a traitor? One woman from his past is about to find out.

Gorgeous, free-spirited Lady Mary Beckham has escaped her guardians in England to travel across the world—and find the notorious Valentine. Years ago, she was promised to him…and now she wants out of their marriage contract. Mary wants to wed another and requires Valentine’s blessing—until she discovers they share a tempestuous attraction. But with a vengeful band of sworn enemies at Valentine’s heels, is desire worth the risk of losing…everything?

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.

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