Nights Arose: Andrea Roche
For those that write, you well know that every genre has rules. Even cross over and mixed genres have rules. The blueprint for every book in the game, so to speak. Now, what sets apart the good/great from the ones that make you go....meh...is the ability to be different while staying within these boundaries. Not an easy task.
I said that to say, Nights Arose managed to surprise me. Right in the middle of the book....the twist. The twist that had me say (out loud, mind you) Oh My God,Yes! I flipped the page back to read it again, making sure I read it right. This twist had me rushing to read through the rest of the book, eager to get to the end.
This book is about a strong woman. She refuses to be pushed down by the rules of her time, those rules saying that women can't do this, or that, and are here to find a man and make his babies. Arose is also very aware and accepting of her sexuality, while still a lady. she maintains her lady like qualities but you won't see her blushing at the thought of a handsome man. She knows what's what, and has no issues with going for it, be damned what anyone else says.
I liked Arose. I liked the story, its chocked full of action, magic, and just a beautifully original tale. The descriptions of Jamaica were great, reminding me a bit of the Louisiana swamps in parts. I really enjoyed it. I love a good swash-buckling tale (in sweeps Pirates of the Caribbean, lol) and if you do too, then you will love this book.
My only issue wasn't a bad one. I really wished for more of Captain St James. I loved his character (in that lovely book-boyfriend sort of way) and was dying to read more of his flirtatious ways, but alas, he fell second to the action. I'm eager to see what this author does in her next book.
Five Stars for this one. Check it out on Amazon here.