Friday, September 6, 2013

Tasty Review & Giveaway: The Unraveling of Lady Fury by Shehanne Moore

 Genoa 1820
Rule One: There will be no kissing. Rule two: You will be fully clothed at all times…

Widowed Lady Fury Shelton hasn’t lost everything—yet. As long as she produces the heir to the Beaumont dukedom, she just might be able to keep her position. And her secrets. But when the callously irresistible Captain James “Flint” Blackmoore sails back into her life, Lady Fury panics. She must find a way to protect herself—and her future—from the man she’d rather see rotting in hell than sleeping in her bed. If she must bed him to keep her secrets, so be it. But she doesn’t have to like it. A set of firm rules for the bedroom will ensure that nothing goes awry. Because above all else, she must stop herself from wanting the one thing that Flint can never give her. His heart.

Ex-privateer Flint Blackmoore has never been good at following the rules. Now, once again embroiled in a situation with the aptly named Lady Fury, he has no idea why he doesn’t simply do the wise thing and walk away. He knows he’s playing with fire, and that getting involved with her again is more dangerous than anything on the high seas. But he can’t understand why she’s so determined to hate him. He isn’t sure if the secret she keeps will make things harder—or easier—for him, but as the battle in the bedroom heats up, he knows at least one thing. Those silly rules of hers will have to go…


I liked some, I didn't like some. I absolutely loved the subtle and surprising LOL moments. The banter between the hero and heroine was downright hilarious at times.
The Unraveling of Lady Fury
"Forced intimacy is very difficult. Your face is getting in the way of the ceiling--"

"My face?"

"--which is what I wish to look at..."

You know from the blurb that this woman needs an heir and stat. Seems her husband is dead in the cellar and she's going to be flat-broke and on the streets if it's known she doesn't have a bun in the oven. MIL's terms.

That's the second thing I loved: this entire premise. Woman with dead husband, needs to conceive an heir, a little black book to blackmail folks, and a man at her beck and call. 

"Afterward--rule six--you will remove yourself in all respects and wait until, rule seven, you are summoned again."

And the rules: no touching, no kissing...because she feels that if she prevents herself from enjoying sex, she won't fall for him...again, cause it seems there's a history here.

And here is my quibble: The story kept referring to things in the past, a prior story. It was confusing at first, like a sequel attempting to tell us about book one, but not done well. I even went so far as to go look for book one, feeling as though I'd missed something. Perhaps a prequel should have been released. It would have knocked about 40k of this and would have set the scene. Cause too often I felt like I was reading a sequel--and it couldn't stand alone. The whole past story: her taking another woman's identity, getting ravished on a ship, falling in love, meeting and marrying someone--that's an entire novel.

Lastly, I couldn't make sense of some of the sentences. Sometimes--both dialogue and narrative, didn't matter which--I had to read passages over and over again and still couldn't figure out what they were talking about (if it was dialogue) or what the sentence was saying (narrative). Not sure what happened here. I THINK some of it could be cleaned up with different punctuation.

...just like the day he had flung that trunk on her on the quay, nipping his--if he'd had a heart, that trunk would be on the Calypso.

There were many more passages. I had to reread them and the paragraphs around them to figure out what the narrative was trying to tell me. 

But the premise is terrific.

Author Info
Shehanne Moore is a Scottish author, who writes gritty, witty, as much risky as risqué, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy. Stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces. For years she worked at various things, while pursuing her dream of becoming a published writer, so she was gobsmacked to sell her book, The Unraveling of Lady Fury, written in three months,  to U.S. publishers, Etopia Press,  six days after subbing it.

Shehanne still lives in Scotland,  with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds do collide, she fantasizes about cleaning the house, plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking. Her second book featuring a hottie scottie, His Judas Bride was recently released.

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