Broken Wing and Love Under Siege

1/10/2009 07:13:00 AM / Posted by Kris /

Broken Wing by Judith James
Set during the chaotic beginnings of Napoleon's rule, this saga tells the story of Gabriel St. Croix, a street survivor searching for a place to belong. Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, he has never known friendship or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home. Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and unharmed despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own. Becoming a mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, he travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey and the greatest gamble of all is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.

**Caution, lots of spoilers**
If you know my tastes you know that I am not a big reader of historicals, but i had heard so much about this book that I was intrigued. I was not disappointed. This was a wonderful book!!!
The description of it, I think is a little misleading. The first half is accurate. And as I was reading and a third of the way through the book and they were already together and in love I was trying to figure out how they were going to stretch out the rest of the book. Then I got my answer. He had to go make his fortune to be worthy of her. Then bad stuff happens to him and he no longer feels worthy of her so he travels around avoiding her. So the whole "in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again" thing I think is a little misleading.
In deference to my "Wonderful" adjective, I will say that I did skim over the section where he was traveling around as a mercenary. But I can understand why it was in there. After his run in with the bad guy, he felt dirty again and as I see him as an abuse victim and has just faced one of his fears, I can see why he feels "dirty". So he no longer feels worthy of Sarah. He should have had more faith in her, yes, but I have known a few men who did not have enough faith in their women. So he is not perfect. I am glad that he was faithful though, if he had not been, I would have thrown the book.
This was such a great book, I would recommend it to any reader, especially those who like troubled, angsty (is that a word?) heroes.

Breezing through Books has a great group review of this book with lots of different views.
I am sorry I have not posted. I have been so engrossed in some books i have not taken time to blog, bad me. I will post about those later but here are two that I read recently.

Love Under Siege (Brothers in Arms Book 2) by Samantha Kane
Phillip Neville and Jonathan Overton have been best friends since childhood. When they return to England as veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, they enter the marriage market. It doesn't take long for them both to fall deeply in love with shy, awkward, beautiful Maggie Trueheart. Phillip and Maggie marry, but Phillip and Jonathan do not tell her about the menage a trois marriage the two men hope to have. When Maggie finds out, it takes the persuasive power of both men to convince her that this threesome was meant to be. In the process of helping Maggie discover the sexually aggressive woman inside herself, Phillip and Jonathan realize their love for one another is more than friendship. Before the two men can consummate their relationship, however, a brutal attack on Maggie and Jonathan's self-recriminations drive the lovers apart. It will take all the love and determination the three possess to achieve their happily ever after.

I was very anxious to read this book after reading The Courage to Love. But was not able to read it just then. :( I finally got it, thanks to Christmas :) I enjoyed it. Maggie was a lot more reluctant to try a threesome than most heroines that I have read. I mean just trying it once, not the relationship end of it. That I can totally see being wary to try. So that was different. I still liked the first one more but I enjoyed this one and was glad to get their story.



Comment by ~ames~ on 1/10/2009 5:33 PM

Yay Kris! I'm so glad you liked Broken Wing. I was also wondering after Sarah and Gabriel fell in love how the rest of the book was going to play out.

I really want to try out Samantha's books, maybe sooner rather than later. LOl

Comment by Zeek on 1/11/2009 10:57 AM

SHOOT! I was gonna pick up Broken Wing at the book store and forgot to look for it when I was in!

I'm very curious about it, because my reactions are not always like other peoples' so I will def. read it at some point!

Comment by Kris on 1/11/2009 2:47 PM

hey ames :) Yes, i was surprised about how much I liked it. If you like historical menage this series is good so far. Though there is mm just to warn you.

Zeek - lol, that happens to me all the time. I hope when you read it that you like it. Definitely post about it.

Comment by Seneca on 1/13/2009 10:02 AM

Even though I didn't like Broken Wing, I am glad that you did. No one should ever read a book that they don't like like.
Thanks for linking to our review at BT :-)

I started to the read the Brothers in Arms series but I didn't like them. The first one was chalk full of historical errors, unanswered questions, etc.

Ames never reads menage, especially the m/m stuff. She is very conservative.

Comment by Stacy~ on 1/14/2009 10:37 AM

Yay so glad you liked "Broken Wing". One of my faves from last year.

I need to try Samantha's books. I hear so many good things about them.

Comment by Christine on 1/14/2009 8:15 PM

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Broken Wing so much. I've wanted to pick it up ever since Kristie raved about it, but still haven't gotten it. I still intend to, though. It sounds like a lovely story that a lot of readers really enjoyed.

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