I really wish this author had not tried to use second person singular (thee and thou and related forms) or had done a little reading on how it was used. This kept distracting me from the story (Thee was actually used to an inferior or and equal, or to an intimate. It was not used to all and sundry, and the related forms were never used when talking about oneself or a third person. Thee is a form of "you". The king James Bible uses thee-forms to God, to represent the intimate forms used in the Hebrew text it was based on.) The story, with its theme of vengeance growing into true love could have been a good one, but aside from the even diction, it wasn't very well handled in my view.
A tale of young unrequited love, revenge, and finally true love, set in the middle ages. I truly enjoyed this book, especially the vivid descriptions of life during this time period. The hero and heroine end up in an unhappy union which includes strict rules, tantrums and punishments. The HEA is hard won and worth it. My only qualm,, was that the hero did not take the heroine's age at the time of the offense, into enough consideration.
Arabelle is one of those characters that you have to love as her spirit and stubbornness earn her one spanking after another. I expected some darkness in this story, but there was none; the bitter Lord John doled out only well deserved discipline to his disobedient, reckless wife. The plot kept moving and kept me well entertained; the emotional conflict within John and the amusing antics of Arabelle made the story enjoyable and easy to read. I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed this book by Maryse Dawson. The dynamic between the H/h was very good and I love a story where I wonder what will happen next and not predict it early on.
I enjoyed this story but wish something would have been done to build a believable emotional connection between John and Arabella. While it does have a HEA, I found the ending to be somewhat abrupt and unsatisfying - maybe because the majority of the book was of them butting heads and I wanted to see them enjoying each other outside of the bedroom. Still, an entertaining read.
Medieval story where the man marries the girl to get revenge on her actions 9 years earlier. The ensuing marriage is filled with her being spanked for disobeying her husband...usually as a result of her temper and childishness.
Well written and entertaining, but I would have liked to have seen more sex involved with the punishments as befits the era when men ruled absolutely.
Very well-written, medieval story that captured my attention at first, but lacked emotional fulfillment. Ulric/John was hard-headed, stubborn, and downright cruel to Arabella throughout most of the story. I just wanted to see him soften to her and stop being such a bastard! And I wanted her to stop acting like a child - stomping her feet and throwing food at him - and instead show him how much his emotional abuse hurt her. So much more could have been done with the story - Arabella winning over John's people, rising above his consistent harsh treatment. I really wanted her to say - "You are so focused on revenge from the actions of a child. You are a man now - maybe it's time to act like one!" Worst of all was the fact that he never even tried to make up for all of his unfair, unkind actions. For $5, I expected so much more!
Maryse Dawson writes extremely well, she can make a book come to life. I found myself truly hating the character Ulrich, after all who could hold a grudge against an infatuated 13 yr old girl so much so that he marries her 9 years later just to make her miserable? This is an extremely good book well worth reading
Talk about holding a grudges, a young girl was in love with a old boy, and said something that got him babies from the castle, instead of her papa making him marry her. Years go bye and the same boy now know has John has requested to marry her. And her father says yes. With betrayal and revenge, will Arabella and John find happiness and most of all love. My heart was going a mile a minute through this whole story, very well written. I do highly recommend reading lost love. I was given this story for a honest review.
Arabella Dufour, 13 years old, has been in love with Ulric Griffin, 19 years old, but he has eyes for her older cousin, Mirabelle. She thinks that if she tells her father he kissed her, that a marriage will be forced, but that doesn’t happen. Forward nine years, Arabella has been betrothed to a stranger, Lord John of Terryn. She meets him at the alter, they are married, and then she is whisked away to his home three days away. He is cruel and his goal is to make her life miserable. These two are like oil and water and in a constant battle of wills. Sometimes love can be realized when you least expect it. The plot is full of anger, secrets, revenge, attempted escapes, bitterness, punishments and eventually acceptance.
This was a wonderful tale of a very young girl having a crush on an older man, lies to her father, and young man banished from the castle. When the girl comes of age she is married to a knight from the north who's wealth and vast lands can keep her in the style she's use too. But she can't forget the young man who she loved since she was a child. Will she find happiness with her husband? Will she continue to want her lost love? No spoilers, fun read, lots of action and adventure and of course, love.
Great book really enjoyed it, there was a hea and it was great to see john find out the truth. Very well written I was there with the characters good description