Sunday 11 July 2010

Review: Renegade - Sarah Parr

* Previously posted over at Royal Reviews*

Genre: Historical romance
Copyright: June 2009
Pages: 320

Synopsis: Far from England, alone for too long, Captain Jonathon Barry is captivated the instant he sees Jaline - she is too magnificent not to notice. There is a grace to her movements, an elegance to her bearing, that sets her apart even before she lifts her exotic black eyes or speaks. Her voice is intoxicating, soft as velvet with a sweet, lilting quality, as she recounts an evil bargain made against her will. She is to be his mistress, and he may do with her as he pleases. Jonathon is deeply torn, for Jaline is indeed his by right. She is only a slave, the prize he has won in a Constantinople gambling den. Trembling, bared to him, body and soul - oh no - he can see how cruelly she has been treated. It is clear that Jaline is in danger still and he may well be her only hope. Yet even a renegade like Jonathon would risk anything to save so beautiful a woman...and to love her, if she will let him.

My Review: This book, well there is nothing wrong with the author's writing, her imagination and her willingness to explore other lands. But I had a problem with this book, and that was the story itself.

Jonathon, the hero, buys Jaline, sure he does it to save her, but he sure wants her too. Am I supposed to root of for a man who buys himself a mistress? But he grew on me, because he loved her and it showed through out the book. This was a love story, at least from his point of view. From his part I truly saw it.

But then there was Jaline. The way she came in to the relationship telling him that ok if I must I will be your mistress, and her being a virgin and all. And she kept on saying that even though he made it clear he would not force her, and he was willing to let her go. Still she wanted to stay, and that is the point I do not get. Stay as a slave when she didn't even love him then? All the decisions she made in this book were strange, and one part was her unwillingness to tell him about his accident that we learnt about early on. That she had raced horses, I never understood why she couldn't just tell him.

So there you go, that is why I had problems with this book. When it came down to it all I guess it was Jaline.

I am not telling you it was a bad book. No, I am sure many will be swept away with this book and the lovestory that slowly grows between these people. One who wants to love the other person, the other that is scared to be loved. It can be rather bittersweet.

Then there is the danger in the book, Jonathon buys exotic objects and now there seems to be someone after him, or is it after Jaline? The reader does not know for sure. There is some action, and a mystery concerning what really is going on.

I also liked that she started the book in Constantinople in the beginning, I like a romance novel that at lest to some parts takes place in another country, even if they later go to England. It gave more flavour to the book.

Some romance fans will love this concept, even if I didn't.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: Meh
Reason for reading: Own copy
Final thoughts: Can't really remember anymore I guess I was annoyed by some of Jaline's choices


  1. Hey Blodeuedd! Well honey, you gave a very honest review and that is all we can ask of you. I think you did a great job at telling us how this book made you feel. And I think for that alone, I will be going look into this book.
    That is the great thing about this blogging world, we push each other... By our reviews, by our comments, by our posts... we make each other think and stew over what we read. It is great!
    Thanks for the review hon!!! It was great!
    I hope you and bf had a great weekend! Hugs to you!

  2. Now I'm trying to figure out if that's Wind in Hair Guy or not...

  3. I really enjoyed your review, not sure if this book is for me though. i have read other books with the slave theme and there's just too much weirdness there for me.

  4. Cecile,
    Thanks hon! Sometimes I just have to tell it like I feel it, and while reading this book there was just things that I personally didn't care for always.

    And I know others will love it, but that is also what I look for in a review. Those who loved it, those who found some faults and so on

    Perfect weekend, yeah, I had the flu and now he got sick too, oops

    Hm, I can't help you there, perhaps it is ;)

    It just wasn't a theme I felt good about, or they way she was

  5. I like that you tell us exactly what you think about a book..thanks!

  6. Staci
    You're welcome :) I mean the book was good, but some things just annoyed me

  7. Quote: Final thoughts: Can't really remember anymore I guess I was annoyed by some of Jaline's choices

    Funny, but very true! Not that I've read this one - but it can get you like that.

    I don't think this is really my cup of tea anyway.

    Great review!

  8. Sassy
    Well it was ages since I wrote that review ;) I can't belive I have waited this long to post it here on my blog, it's not like I do not have days when I do not post anything.

  9. See, this is why the whole virgin and being a mistress doesn't want to sit well with me. And I hate it when the heroine start to make me think she's too stupid. Goes in the not able to finish stack, lol.

    Great honest review sweetie!

    Dottie :)

  10. Dottie,
    I did work through it :) Cos at least it wasn't boring ;)

  11. I can remember the buzz about this story, but it sounds like a strange read, I hate it when characters don't make sense...

  12. Marissa
    I can sure nit pick sometimes :) I am sure others would have loved it ;)