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C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written historical romances set in Elizabethan England.
C.J. has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, 2 children and Coco the black and white cat.
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on July 27, 2011 :
Great storyline and hard to put down once started. For those of us who wouldn't normally consider a novel based in Elizabethan historical times, don't be discouraged because it is fantastically well written.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on May 21, 2011 :
I could not put down Honor Bound. Isabel is a strong woman in a time where men ran the world and all those in it. She doesn't get on your nerves though. She is a smart woman who has supported herself for the past six years. Isabel's decisions are made based on those around her and never for herself. She's a kind and thoughtful soul. She helps the working girls that no one else would bother with.
Nicholas has looked for Isabel for the past six years. He never gave up hope and he didn't seek the annulment that his mother kept trying to pressure him into. Nicholas hoped and prayed that one day he'd find Isabel. He just never imagined that it would play out with his investigation into treason and attempted murder.
The secondary characters were also awesome, for lack of a better word. They were there to support the main couple but never overshadowed them at any point. Ash, Meg and Old Man Shawe wormed their way into my heart with very limited page space. Particularly Shawe.
The mystery was good. I didn't figure out who the baddie was but I have to think that it's because the chemistry between the hero and heroine took up most of my attention. Isabel and Nick don't have to be introduced to each other. They have a history. It's fascinating to watch them work through it and realize how much they mean to each other. It's also nice to watch them work together to try and find the bad guy. Nick also treats Isabel with respect even after all they've been through.
The only issue that I encountered is at the end of the book I kept thinking that I was hitting the happily ever after and this was going to be IT. Each time though, there was another issue that popped up only to be taken care of within the next page or two. This is very minor compared to the story that awaits the reader. For $2.99 you shouldn't hesitate to read this book. I'm very much looking to the second in the series. Ash grabbed my attention in the first book and I am very eager to meet the woman who will be his match!
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)
on March 20, 2011 :
At heart, this is a romance but with action and paranormal elements in a historical setting. Moves well, good characters. It says that it is the first in a series; the end does not hint at the next book. Fun read.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)