My Re-Release Review of
Princess of Fire
by Heather Graham (Shannon Drake)
New Publication Date: January 31, 2017
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In the 11th century, the battle of Hastings casts dark shadows on the lives of Fallon and Alaric–she a Saxon, he a Norman, raised from birth to be mortal enemies. But neither can deny the attraction between them, and they succumb to the passion that makes all other allegiances pale in comparison!
The mighty Norman warrior destined for greatness—forced to take sides in a bloody battle for power and glory…
The willful Saxon princess born into a land divided by blackest treachery—fighting for her life against the despised Norman invaders…
He would rescue her from certain death. And she would flee, determined to resist this seductive enemy who vowed to conquer her with a passion that would turn her heart to fire…
When Heather Graham’s books focused on the historical genre, I couldn’t get enough. Now she writes mostly Suspense, a genre that I just don’t read.
When I saw this historical romance by her on NetGalley I couldn’t resist making the request although it is a re-release of a title written under the pseudonym Shannon Drake and published in 1989.
I realize the times of William the Conqueror were bloody ones, but for a romance this just had too much violence and too little romance for me.
The imagery was very good but I prefer a more romantic read. The author at a point delves deeply into the history of the times and the history between the hero and the heroine before getting down to their current story and developing relationship. Our heroine frankly hates the Normans and finds them all despicable.
Although this book is well written like all of Heather Graham books that I have read, I just found it hard to get past the violence and bloodletting around the Battle of Hastings.
I gave this book 3.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and 3 of 5 flames for heat.
We leave the book knowing maybe more factual history than necessary for a romance novel.
The new cover art is much more attractive than past ones.
The romantic aspects of the story do heat up at times and lead to a very hot physical relationship although near the start of the book it almost leads to rape.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.
This in no way affected my opinion of this title.
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