Doc ½ The Shadow and the Star ✓ 449 pages

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Doc ½ The Shadow and the Star ✓ 449 pages Ê From nationally acclaimed bestselling author Laura Kinsale comes a boldly original breathlessly unforgettable tale of honour adventure and undying loveHe is a man of dark secrets wealthy strong majestically handsome the master of the ancient arts of a distant land Scarred by a cruHe is innocent and nearly destitute yet she possesses a beauty as incandescent as a heavenly orb And she is drawn to this powerful stranger by a need she cannot denyNever has such passion so consumed a man and a woman But by giving his heart freely the Shadow risks everything he believes in And to follow her enigmatic warrior means the Star must enter his world of intrigue ve I love reading reviews and there are some incredible reviews of this book however I always seem to feel the need to voice my own opinionso here's my two cents Just a uick synopsis Samuel was horribly abused as a child He is taken in by Lady Tess and Lord Gryphon from the book Hidden Heart and made a part of their family He has major scars literal and figurative from his abuse and is horribly wounded as a man Leda was also adopted and is very much alone in the world She comes to live with Samuel's family after some crazy events and thus begins a relationship with Samuel as his secretary Here's what I loved 1 The relationship between Samuel and Lady Tess is simply heart wrenching The flashbacks of him as a child coming home to live her and Gryph are literary perfection Her love devotion acceptance loyalty and protection of this wounded child are heart rendering The scene where Lady Tess talks with Samuel about his duty to marry Leda had me weeping 2 Leda is a woman I loved She was a woman of fierce devotion strong moral code and properness She is constantly reminding Samuel of proper language he tends to swear a little and proper behavior 3 Samuel is incredible Stronghe's accomplished in the martial arts a ninja is very attractive wealthy and socially accepted WeakMaybe not the right word but wounded emotionally from past abuse extremely influenced by his sensai very unsure of himself with Leda All of these characteristics make him very appealing 4 The writing is superb There are no loose ends no wasted plot lines everything in this book is there for a reason and is tied up in the end I loved how Samuel had to remind Leda to breathe when she gets into stressful circumstances and this fact is true throughout the bookby the end this uirk of Leda's and Samuel's gentle care for her is so touching Also Leda's name for him Dear Sir is used throughout and also is extremely touching Here's what I didn't 1 There's not much I will say that Laura Kinsale is not for everyone Some other authorsKleypas McNaught Putney Balogh have universal appeal but Kinsale's writing sets her apart She is smartyou as the reader need to figure out things for yourselfshe not just going to give it to you Characters feelings and motives are not always explained like you wish they would be but this is her style This is not a uick and easy read as many romance novels are She is extremely in depth with culture and practice and interweaves several different culturessocieties into one book This may confuse and aggravate some readers 2 The relationship between Dojun and Samuel was a difficult one for me I went back in forthis is good or bad healthy or unhealthy did Dojun hurt or help Samuel uestions like this I wish were understandable and clear but here again lies the reality of Kinsale's writingsometimes it's okay to live in the gray instead of the black and white

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Ngeance and desire and surrender to the most dangerous love there ever could be Pure magic from beginning to end Nora Roberts A heart stopper mystical tender and sensual with a hero who will live in your heart forever Mary Jo Putney Laura Kinsale delivers powerful uniue romance laced with passion danger and compelling characters the hallmark of a first rate romance Amanda uic Update 3112016 Leda our heroine is possibly my favorite Kinsale heroine to date She by far is the one that I can relate to the most and I really loved being exclusively in her head for the first half of the novel She's a woman living on her own in Victorian London trying to make ends meet but because of social s there are tough and dangerous situations that she cannot control due to economic status and being female Here she preferred not to dally at an idle pace but picked her way among the crowds and delivery vans with vigor It was awkward to be walking unaccompanied; she wouldn't like to be taken for a lady of uestionable character But Miss Myrtle said that uality would always speak for itself so Leda kept her chin up and her pace elegant ignoring for the most part the scarecrow figures who lounged in shadowed doorways and lingered at the coffee stallsLuckily since this is a Historical Romance there was a neat way out of her current lifestyle but since this is a Kinsale it always felt earned and genuineEnter Samuel We don't get his point of view until mid way through the book and I absolutely adore how Kinsale structured this The payoff is worth it and while you don't need to have read The Hidden Heart to read this it's slightly better if you are aware of Samuel's background and his relationship to Tess and Gryff who are both total gems in this book Samuel remains a mystery to Leda and one she is keen to solve He met her nonplussed look and smiled suddenly a uiet smile absurdly charming And no he said I'm not mad you knowIn truth I spent most of the book feeling so heartbroken for Samuel and then in turn Leda because their story is uite sad at times but always rather touching They both have a lot to learn but are naive without it coming off as overly precious or saccharine A potent silence stretched between them a bright mystery full of uneasy fanciesThese are well put together responsible people who are trying to do their best but in some ways just haven't dealt with certain deficiencies They both are figuring out what it means to be a whole person both for themselves and if they wish to be with someone else There is one line of Leda's that really exemplifies this when she is asked how she'd like to be courted and she responds I would wish to be stood up for Because of this I found myself rooting for them to grow with each other instead of necessarily being overly invested in them as a romantic couple though that was a bonus That said there are many MANY moments of delightful and clever exchanges between the two which elevate the book and make it one of my favorite Kinsales He scowled deeply and rubbed one eyebrow Miss Etoile he said abruptly You are a woman Leda bridled up a little She put her hands together in her lap trying to think of how Miss Myrtle would have responded to such a barefaced statement unsure of whether to preen or to be alarmed You have experience of the world he went on before she could say anything You will know things understand things—that aren't self evident to a man To someone like me With a peculiar mixture of relief disappointment and pleasure in the idea that she appeared to him to be sophisticated and self possessed she said Well yes perhaps that is true Miss Myrtle had always said so She hadn't ascribed to this modem notion of euality between the sexes Women were patently superior382016 None of my many MANY highlights were saved in my Kindle app apparently so I'm a bit put out at the moment This book had so many lovely moments that had me clutching my chest or smiling ear to ear I just wish I could share them with youBetter review to come

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The Shadow and the StarFrom nationally acclaimed bestselling author Laura Kinsale comes a boldly original breathlessly unforgettable tale of honour adventure and undying loveHe is a man of dark secrets wealthy strong majestically handsome the master of the ancient arts of a distant land Scarred by a cruel childhood he has sworn only to love chastely yet he burns with the heat of unfulfilled desireS The Victorian romance where Samuel is a child prostitution survivor and a Hawaiian ninja I can add nothing to thisNo actually I can because I'm afraid I didn't really care for either of the major charactersLeda comes across throughout as a little old woman A conventional little old Victorian woman with a commonplace mind I sympathized with her plight yes but I didn't see anything special about her whatsoever Samuel apparently knows only two women his age and the other one might as well be his sister; it's hard not to feel that once he gets out into the world a bit he'll notice that women are different from one another and wonder why he picked this oneSamuel is about as damaged as you would expect him to be and it's sad because of course he's some years too early to be able to talk to Doctor Freud about his problems and Victorian culture forbids him to talk to anyone else but rather like Dain in Lord of Scoundrels he's so very self involved that my reaction to him tips rather suddenly from woobification to annoyance By the end of the book Leda knows all about his past difficulties but he knows nothing about hers nor does he ever think to fill her in on what's happening in the present In fact now that I come to think of it I don't remember Samuel ever taking any interest in anything about anyone except what he needed from them I'm sure the author didn't intend to create a monster and since Samuel's needs are emotional rather than mercenary it doesn't hit you right away but I'm not actually sure he's aware that others have needs at allThe other cultures are sensitively handled one thing I particularly appreciated was having pidgins clearly labeled as pidgins rather than presented without explanation so that the speakers of them look like ignoramuses