Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ARC REVIEW A Night of Forever by Bronwen Evans

Boy did I jump into this series on the wrong book. Book six of Bronwen Evans' The Disgraced Lords series and the conclusion of the continuing story arc. It is not the last there are still two characters she wants (Needs) to give a HEA. Unfortunately I didn't like it enough to want to go back and read the other books. ( 2.5 stars at best) The main characters I could not connect to, Arend was way to whinny about how he's not good enough and his pride was way too much and Isobel was kind of annoying with how needy she seemed to be. It got annoying that only one person out of the entire twelve(ish) characters believed her. They were way too passive aggressive and there was no chemistry no romance just lust and mistrust. Not having read the previous five books it was a little confusing on what was going on and what happened and with whom. There was no mystery they know who did it they are just trying to get evidence to prove she was behind it all, and even that conclusion was disappointing. What I did like were the secondary characters; I could tell with them there was chemistry and love between them.

I don't even want to summarize the story I'm afraid I'll write in a spoiler, and I won't do that here is the blurb from Goodreads.com

 Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap? 

Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.

Overall, the whole story felt a little contrived. While I did like some aspects of the book it wasn't enough to enjoy the book. I liked Marissa's unwavering loyalty in her friend. I liked how Arend actually admitted he had a moment of doubt at the end but immediately realized he was being foolish. The active setting was good, I could easily picture the events and the characters surroundings.


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