A Voracious Reader
on Nov. 5, 2013 :
*Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Miles and Darius (Dare) Prestwich are twins, sons of gentry if not title. Lady Guinevere (Gwen) and Lady Genevieve (Jenny) are twins, daughters of a Duke. Miles loves Gwen and the feeling is mutual even if they have not declared it to each other yet. Dare and Jenny fall into lust. Suddenly Jenny is no longer a virgin and Dare runs away. When Jenny discovers she’s pregnant, Miles steps in yet again to clean up his brother’s mess. But will that really solve anything?
Ok, I have no idea how to start with this historical romance. The good part is it is very well-written with great characters. Except for Dare. I cannot express how much I dislike this guy. A selfish immature asshole, he does whatever he wants whenever he wants with no thought for anyone but himself. Everything is a joke to him and he takes nothing seriously. He thoughtlessly creates chaos wherever he goes and it matters not to him who he disrupts or hurts in the process. He had no redeemable qualities in my eyes and the fact he uses charm to manipulate his way out of everything is beyond annoying. I would have loved this story if he wasn’t in it. But without him there is no story. If he had gained some humility he would have been much more likeable. Unfortunately, though his thoughts from his POV reveal he believes he is sorry for the messes he creates, his actions prove loud and clear he isn’t. Actions speak louder than words. I think Jenny is an idiot to love him, but you can’t help who you love.
So…if you are more flexible and forgiving than I am then Dare and this story will be fantastic for you.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
on April 29, 2012 :
As mentioned in the previous review, the male leads are in a different situation than found in most Regency romances. The female leads are not so well developed with the most interesting woman being the sister of the brothers.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Dec. 1, 2011 :
"Redemption" is one of Jaimey Grant's earlier works. In this tale, twins Miles and Darius fall in love with twins Jenny and Gwen. While this may seem a trifle cliched, Grant handles the matter deftly and has some unusual twists thrown into the mix. Miles and Dare are the sons of a gentleman while Jenny and Gwen are the daughters of a duke; therein lies the first problem. The second problem is Dare's reputation as a rakehell.
As always, Grant's book is rich with Regency period detail about manners and mores, attire, furniture -- you name it. The story is well-written.
Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting with either of the purported heroines, whom I found myself describing as conniving. Others may not see them that way. By the same token, I found Dare a rather refreshing change from the standard issue Regency romance heroes.
I think that Regency readers, and those who like a clean romance novel, will find a great deal to enjoy here.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on April 18, 2011 :
Jaimey Grant’s "Redemption" thrills the emotions. Her main character grabbed my interest from the first page. Dare, Darius Prestwich, is a rogue with an almost invisible honorable streak. The heroine, Lady Genevieve Northwicke, or Jenny, was not as colorful, but she caught my interest and held it. Above all she appears to be a good fit for Dare. Both characters made some choices that surprised and shocked me. It took me a while to process some of the off-page behavior. I was forewarned, though, that Ms. Grant’s fiction tends toward the rougher side of Regency fare.
The plot moved like a runaway phaeton, sweeping the reader along behind barely controlled horseflesh. Don’t expect much opportunity to observe the scenery. I never lost interest as I eagerly plunged onward. I particularly enjoyed the supporting cast and the biting and quick dialogue that filled the novel’s pages. All the characters and their interactions made me eager to meet them again. Also, Grant’s descriptions delighted me. I found myself highlighting sentences just so I could revisit my favorites again.
Overall, "Redemption" is an exciting and engaging read. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading my next acquisition by her, "Deception."
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)