Series: Unexpected Circumstances #5
Genres: Historical Romance
Also in this series: The Handmaid, The Seduction, The Consummation, The Shortcoming
Also by this author: Caged: Takedown Teague, Trapped, Released, The Handmaid, The Seduction, The Consummation, The Shortcoming
Royalty requires sacrifice.
As King Camden’s health declines, the need for an heir becomes crucial, impossible to ignore. With no other viable choice, Alexandra must stand stoically by when Hadley comes to the court of Silverhelm as Branford’s concubine. The queen’s edict of duty echoes through Alexandra’s mind as she accepts the loathsome conditions for the sake of the kingdom. The only person more devastated by the circumstances is Branford himself.
As Branford spurs Alexandra’s affections, and King Edgar continues press his post-war advantage, all seems lost to the young couple. Treachery still lies deep within the castle of Silverhelm, and the revelation of the traitor will come from the least likely of sources.
Well, if you really don’t what to know what happens, STOP READING NOW. Let me take a deep breath before I start my rant…
If you don’t know, I have a bachelor’s degree in History. Eventually I turned that into a teaching degree but that is besides the point. I know history. I enjoy reading nonfiction on historical events. I don’t read romance for its historical accuracy. I’m sorry, if I wanted historical accuracy, I would read about REAL kings and queens. I read romance because I am not okay with history sometimes and I want the dream. Sigh….I get it-you are being historically accurate and this is what happened back then; you’re being true to your characters, blah, blah, blah. Let me reiterate: If I wanted historical accuracy, I would have picked up nonfiction.
Why am I so upset about this you may ask! You might be thinking “Calm the hell down Samantha, its just a book”. And, you’re right, it is just a book. But, I was in LOVE with this series and Savage just crushed me. Cheating, even when it is sanctioned by the government and your wife, is not romance to me. Its just not. And I held out hope that he wouldn’t go through with it. And that hope was SQUASHED like a bug.
As a woman, I will always be that girl who screams at the TV “How can you go back to him” when a woman is crying on Dr. Phil about her husband/boyfriend cheating. Because to me, this is my hard line no. My mom once said to me that every woman decides what she will accept and what she won’t. And, its different for every person. Some people have their hard line at hidden credit card accounts, or lying; but, they might be willing to put up with things that some people wouldn’t. So, my point is this: cheating, no matter the circumstance, no matter this times, no matter the necessity, is always a hard no for me. Now, as a reader, I have no respect for Branford or Alexandra. Can I understand why he did? Of course. That doesn’t mean I have to like it as a reader. I don’t need someone to tell me that this had to happen because of the need for an heir or because its the way things were during this time. Again, I have a bachelors degree in History. I know that. I’m not reading a FICTIONAL ROMANCE for those reasons. And, the people who keep pointing out the historical accuracy just make me crazy. Like, STARK RAVING MAD crazy. You are missing the point-we don’t want it to be historically accurate. We want it to be better than history.
Books like this are why I have trust issues as a reader. Many people complain about the synopsis stating that “This book contains no cheating, OW/OM drama, and has an HEA”. I get that some people don’t want to know. I NEED to know. I won’t take a chance on SO many authors because of this fear of them crushing me. I read to be uplifted and entertained. Things can be sad, characters can go through rough patches or have horrible things happen to them, but in the end, my hard line is fidelity. And in my world, there is no grey area in fidelity.
So, thank you Shay Savage for reminding me why I have trust issues with books. Thanks for taking something I enjoy and turning it into something that I haven’t been able to stop ranting about. Thanks for taking away my entertainment and reminding me that reality is harsh and life sucks for some people. Its not like I don’t get reminded of that enough….
Let me also say that its pretty powerful for an author to make people feel this much. So, there is that…
- POV: 1st
- Tears: I’m actually crying just having to type this…
- Trope: cheating!
- Triggers: cheating (which, as you can see from my rant, is a trigger for me)
- Series/Standalone: series must be read in order
- Cliffhanger: yep…
- HEA: series isn’t finished yet…