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Royal’s Bride (Kat Martin, Bride’s Trilogy #1)

3.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
It’s a bit uneven, with some really smashingly written parts sandwiched between some really forgettable, cliched scenes; it also suffers from having a genuinely mediocre climactic sequence. Still, it’s a solid Martin read, with a lot of her trademark action/plot, strong/driven protagonists, and sensuality. I think Martin fans, who like her particular brand of fast-moving drama, will have few complaints. I thought that the side characters were, in some ways, more interesting than the hero and heroine at times… but still, this is an above-average, enjoyable escapist book.

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Heartless (Kat Martin)

3.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
A slight twist on the Faustian bargain, Heartless is a rather serious, borderline melancholy romance about a fourteen-year-old tenant’s daughter who agrees to become a lecherous earl’s mistress in exchange for a lady’s upbringing/education.  The earl dies in the first couple chapters, leaving Ariel to fulfill the pact with his bastard son. They’re both, in some ways, social outsiders trying to carve out a place for themselves within a more rigid British hierarchy – but unfortunately, this particular aspect remains a little underdeveloped.  Nonetheless, there are interesting villains and murderous side plots to go along with the more expected lovers’ misunderstandings.  Martin’s a talented writer, and you’ll care for both characters by the end… it’s just a little darker and perhaps thus a little less repeatable than other offerings.

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