on June 2, 2013 :
I supposed the fact that our hero, Simon, "rescued" our heroine, Angelica, from a sort of prison could be compared to the tale of Rapunzel. But overall, I don't really see this as a fairy tale retelling. But that doesn't mean Undone is not a great read on its own. This book is very well written with passionate main characters surrounded by love, drama, and action. It's a great, fun read that is easy to get swept up in.
Our main couple, Simon and Angelica, were fabulous. There was great chemistry between them. You can really feel that attraction between them. They each had their own attractive qualities that made it easy for you to like and root for them. I thought Angelica's quiet strength made her a likeable heroine. Simon's sense of honor and responsibility made him a wonderful hero. He was really my favorite part of the book. He really provided the book's energy and passion. For a historical hero, he had quite a mouth on him which made him even more alluring. He encompassed all that you want in a hero, he's handsome, compassionate, brave, and honorable. He made the book for me.
There were some quirks that I didn't like. For instance, there was a little bit repetitiveness regarding the use of certain words, mostly the curse words. It wouldn't have come to my notice if they didn't occur often within a paragraph or two. When they show up in consecutive paragraphs, it tended to grate on me. Also, there times (few and far between) where a term would pop up that you wouldn't expect from a historical fiction, not sure if "balls-deep" was a common term used around Louis XIV's court. Furthermore, I really didn't like Gabrielle, mostly for her crying session towards the first half of the book. It just seemed like every scene she's in, she had to cry. It just annoyed me. Luckily she wasn't in many scenes in the second half of the book, so there wasn't much opportunity for crying.
However, these details I pointed out are just me nit-picking at things. Even though it caught my attention, in no certain terms did they diminish the quality of the book.
This was a very entertaining, enjoyable hot romantic historical fiction. It had so many things in it such as romance, steamy love scenes, dramatic twists, and even some sword-fighting action. I was left feeling very satisfied and looking forward to reading more work from DiPasqua. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Sep. 20, 2012 :
Originally posted at Breath of Life Reviews
Who said fairy tales can't be for adults? Certainly not Lila DiPasqua! She's taken yet another well known children's story and made it into an erotic tale of love, betrayal and adventure. I was so excited to read Undone in part because I love the idea of adult fairy tales and of course, because I just love having the chance to discover a new favorite.
I originally thought Undone was going to be just a sexed up, cheesy story inspired by Rapunzel but no, there really isn't that much of the children's tale in this book, just vague similarities that if you don't already know the story of Rapunzel, you won't notice. Undone didn't disappoint at all. In fact, it exceeded my expectations and made me a fan of author Lila DiPasqua in the process.
Let's talk about the hero and the heroine, I loved both Simon and Angelica immediately after meeting them. Two more wounded warriors I can't recall, they're both passionate and stubborn so it was interesting to see how these two would work around their personal issues.
Angelica isn't a very wordy heroine, I noticed that right away, BUT that doesn't mean she's a push over either. She's just an expert in what I call "Intellectual Warfare." She thinks things through and prefers to prove her point through actions. She's a firecracker that one and I loved this new (to me) type of heroine. One that saves her arguements until she can back them up with actions. She knows that if she goads someone physically stronger than her into a physical confrontation, she won't win, but if she thinks the situation through, she stands a chance of getting her way. Smart, strong woman = interesting book.
Simon. Ah Simon. He exudes such raw sexuality that it's hard not to shiver whenever he graces the pages, let alone when he speaks. He's immediately attracted to Angelica and is torn between his desire for her and doing right by her. He's definitely one of the sexiest fictional characters I've ever come across. Let's just say if Simon were a real man and not a character, I'd be looking at him like he was the last piece of chocolate and I was dying for a fix.
Undone is a sexy adventure that will leave you breathless and wanting more. The characters are memorable, the story is engaging and most of all, the chemistry between Simon and Angelica is off the charts!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)