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A short novel in NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Colleen Gleason's lush, romantic Medieval Herb Garden Romance Series... A compelling, sweet romance... A story of passion and love in Medieval England. Gruff, brooding Lord Bernard of Derkland needs to find a wife, if for no other reason than to satisfy his father and his incessant badgering. He has no interest in marryin A short novel in NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Colleen Gleason's lush, romantic Medieval Herb Garden Romance Series... A compelling, sweet romance... A story of passion and love in Medieval England. Gruff, brooding Lord Bernard of Derkland needs to find a wife, if for no other reason than to satisfy his father and his incessant badgering. He has no interest in marrying, but when he meets the beautiful and gentle Joanna of Swerthmore, he immediately knows she is the one. The only problem is: she's already wed...to a monster. Readers who like Roberta Gellis, Catherine Coulter, Tina St. John, and Paula Quinn will enjoy this book of romance about ladies, lords, knights and castles.


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A short novel in NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Colleen Gleason's lush, romantic Medieval Herb Garden Romance Series... A compelling, sweet romance... A story of passion and love in Medieval England. Gruff, brooding Lord Bernard of Derkland needs to find a wife, if for no other reason than to satisfy his father and his incessant badgering. He has no interest in marryin A short novel in NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Colleen Gleason's lush, romantic Medieval Herb Garden Romance Series... A compelling, sweet romance... A story of passion and love in Medieval England. Gruff, brooding Lord Bernard of Derkland needs to find a wife, if for no other reason than to satisfy his father and his incessant badgering. He has no interest in marrying, but when he meets the beautiful and gentle Joanna of Swerthmore, he immediately knows she is the one. The only problem is: she's already wed...to a monster. Readers who like Roberta Gellis, Catherine Coulter, Tina St. John, and Paula Quinn will enjoy this book of romance about ladies, lords, knights and castles.

30 review for Lavender Vows

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    This was free on Amazon and introduced me to a new author and a new series so I gave it a try. This was a very short novel and I read it in under an hour. Overall, I really enjoyed this and will be checking out the other novels in this series. Bernard is a young man, heir to a great holding, and under persistent pressure from his father to marry. However, when Bernard finally discovers the woman he wants, he finds that not only is she already married, but she is wed to an abusive monster. Joanna This was free on Amazon and introduced me to a new author and a new series so I gave it a try. This was a very short novel and I read it in under an hour. Overall, I really enjoyed this and will be checking out the other novels in this series. Bernard is a young man, heir to a great holding, and under persistent pressure from his father to marry. However, when Bernard finally discovers the woman he wants, he finds that not only is she already married, but she is wed to an abusive monster. Joanna has been living in hell for the past year since being wed to Ralf. She has spirit, but sadly, most of that has been beaten out of her as she fears for her life. Upon meeting Bernard, she feels a spark of life and a desperate hope for a different future. This was only 70 pages so you can predict where the story was going and what would happen to the villainous Ralf. Despite this predictability, I still enjoyed the story and thought that Gleason did a nice job introducing new characters for her other books in the series, while also crafting a nice romance that felt complete in the short page length. The writing style had a lot of medieval flavor and I enjoyed the chivalry theme that wove throughout. I will definitely be trying out the next story!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*

    Although the hero is supposed to be all chivalrous and good, I really didn't like him. His treatment of Joanna, while not horrible, nevertheless seemed a slightly rough way to handle someone currently suffering physical abuse.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}

    "But mayhap you are too beautiful and aught should be done to remove that temptation from his sight." The abuse. I felt so sorry for Joanna, suffering the barbaric brutality of her husband. Bernard's abject horror and ferocious rage at her wounds and bruises and his gentle giant nature soothed, contrasting with Ralf's despicable cruelty and her father's indifference to his daughter's pain. "One with my strength has no need to prove his power at the expense of a weaker one. Nor should any ma "But mayhap you are too beautiful and aught should be done to remove that temptation from his sight." The abuse. I felt so sorry for Joanna, suffering the barbaric brutality of her husband. Bernard's abject horror and ferocious rage at her wounds and bruises and his gentle giant nature soothed, contrasting with Ralf's despicable cruelty and her father's indifference to his daughter's pain. "One with my strength has no need to prove his power at the expense of a weaker one. Nor should any man need have that urge." Lady Maris is an independent, ballsy woman refusing to marry having no need of a man when she is willing and able to do everything a man can. Seeing how bold she is, offering her fellow woman her skills and help, and then looking at Joanna's spirit -she's Maris beaten down by fear. It will be entertaining to see Maris meet her match. This is a strong short story. I only wish Joanna and Bernard had snatched a few more moments together before the finale.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I really enjoyed reading "Lavender Vows," a story of a man searching for a wife only to find the one his heart's set on is already married, and subject to her husband's brutal abuse. For a historical romance novella, it had all the elements of a good story intertwined within - just the right balance between perspectives (the narrative switches between Bernard, the hero and Lady Joanna, the heroine), a rooted conflict, strongly asserted characters, and an HEA. I felt for both Bernard and Joanna's I really enjoyed reading "Lavender Vows," a story of a man searching for a wife only to find the one his heart's set on is already married, and subject to her husband's brutal abuse. For a historical romance novella, it had all the elements of a good story intertwined within - just the right balance between perspectives (the narrative switches between Bernard, the hero and Lady Joanna, the heroine), a rooted conflict, strongly asserted characters, and an HEA. I felt for both Bernard and Joanna's characters, and found the supporting cast to be particularly convincing and charming (in the case of Lady Maris) as well. I think the only caveat is that I wish there were time to take in more of the interactions between the two main characters, though the scenes that are offered provide wonderful display of attraction and affection for each other. I'm looking forward to reading more from Colleen Gleason in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    17 April 2014: $0.00 FREE on Kindle

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Classic trope, well written The purpose of a hero, is to rescue. It can rescue the world, the country, the state, the town, the family, or, of course, a true love. Or several of the above. This is usually the case in romance, so the question turns to how well the author twists and turns things inside the story. How much of a villain is the bad guy (very bad, in this story),. How far gone in need of rescue is the love interest ( near!y given up). And how much does the good guy have to suffer before w Classic trope, well written The purpose of a hero, is to rescue. It can rescue the world, the country, the state, the town, the family, or, of course, a true love. Or several of the above. This is usually the case in romance, so the question turns to how well the author twists and turns things inside the story. How much of a villain is the bad guy (very bad, in this story),. How far gone in need of rescue is the love interest ( near!y given up). And how much does the good guy have to suffer before winning. The interesting part is, I think a case could be made for the heroine being the strong one here...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    72 pages. 72 PAGES!!! There should be a "novella" disclaimer somewhere on the cover. I started reading, expecting a full-length book because of the pacing of the story. It was as though it reached a sudden drop-off. Maybe the author realized after writing the first few chapters that she was running close to her total word-count and she decided to wrap it up as quickly as possible because the ending felt rushed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This story was definitely sad, short but well done. I just wasn't a huge fan of how dark and twisted the story was. It was kind of hard to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Overall kind of "meh" about it, but I very very much enjoyed the non-Regency setting!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shay

    it was way too quick even though it was a short novel!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Muhanuzi

    i did not like this... the story lacked a strong foundation. it tipped over and collapsed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    C Joy

    I was in the mood for something light, short, and sweet. While I didn't get the first, I got the last two. I liked how the author made it work but it could've been longer. Joanna and Bernard are practically strangers so it would've been better if their life story together was told. I surmise they would be mentioned in the next books in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was short and sweet. Unfortunately the writing left much to be desired. You could tell the author tried to incorporate historical details in her writing and dialogue, but the rest of it had a modern sound, with figures of speech and idioms that were not true to be period. The insta-love was also a little too sappy and the poor h a little too sad and helpless for my tastes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Scribbles

    ** Mild Spoiler Alert ** I downloaded this for free during Smashwords summer sale. I reviewed it for my new book blog, NovellaReviews.blogspot.com. From time to time I come across a story that causes me to reach for my red editing pencil. I'm not an editor. Actually, my writing mechanics are very weak. This story just made me want to write critique notes in the margins. The language seemed forced and choppy. The author's word choices frustrated me. I understand that she most likely wanted to incl ** Mild Spoiler Alert ** I downloaded this for free during Smashwords summer sale. I reviewed it for my new book blog, NovellaReviews.blogspot.com. From time to time I come across a story that causes me to reach for my red editing pencil. I'm not an editor. Actually, my writing mechanics are very weak. This story just made me want to write critique notes in the margins. The language seemed forced and choppy. The author's word choices frustrated me. I understand that she most likely wanted to include vocabulary from this era. Ms. Gleason knocked me out of the story repeatedly by tossing in terms I had no clue the meaning of. At times she offered enough of an explanation for me to grasp her meaning - mostly she did not. Examples include: lief, trestle, brooked, haring, nonce, intoned, rood, termagent, destrier, and demesne. Perhaps I haven't read enough medieval romance. I feel an author can cushion these words with lead in text or imagery to give the reader enough understanding. In the case of this story, that did not happen. It left me thinking, "Oh, she's pulled out the dusty, ancient-times thesaurus again." In my opinion, authors should avoid interrupting the flow. There was also a fair amount of same page, point of view head hopping going on. Bothersome. I also found the connection between Bernard and Joanna flat. Some of the other reviews stated this story needed to be longer. I disagree. These scenes were plenty long. It needed to be better. Those of you who have read my reviews or Rknow my rating scale may be wondering why I gave this three stars. It sounds more like a two. About 50% through the story it really picked up. I enjoyed the jousting scene very much. I thought it was well done. Colleen Gleason can write action. She also made me hate the villain, Rafe. I disliked him so much by the end of the story I wanted to see him die a slow and painful death. I stayed up late finishing the novella just to see him die. Well done. Lavender Vows has its ups and downs. It firmly falls in the middle of my scale - three stars. ~ Jenna

  15. 5 out of 5

    Frenchie

    . Rating: 3.4 I wanted a change from medieval sleuths, so, I downloaded Lavender Vows, which a mini romantic novel set in medieval times (my favourite times). It is well written and agreeable to read. It is quite a short read, you can read it in an hour or so if you are not disturbed. But I found the hero, Bernard, a bit too cliche and I was surprised to see that Joanna, our heroine, downtrodden wife of a bully knight, would allow Bernard to kiss her in the Lavender Garden, on their second encounter . Rating: 3.4 I wanted a change from medieval sleuths, so, I downloaded Lavender Vows, which a mini romantic novel set in medieval times (my favourite times). It is well written and agreeable to read. It is quite a short read, you can read it in an hour or so if you are not disturbed. But I found the hero, Bernard, a bit too cliche and I was surprised to see that Joanna, our heroine, downtrodden wife of a bully knight, would allow Bernard to kiss her in the Lavender Garden, on their second encounter, despite being terrified that they could be seen. And the husband was not too believable as a bully, a bit too cliche too. But I guess it is the stuff that romances are made of and with 69 pages, it is quite difficult to elaborate on the characters. But funnily enough, despite these flaws, it was quite a good and sweet story, difficult to put down. Which makes me think it would have been a terrific longer novel. One character that I really liked, even though she was not the central character, was Maris de Langumont, whose father was trying to match her with Bernard. But Maris is a strong woman in her own right with her own ideas. Feisty but compassionate, intelligent and wise. And because of her, I have bought A Whisper Of Rosemary - it is her story in that book, and it should be good, as she is such a challenging and interesting character. I recommend Lavender Vows) to anyone who wants a sweet read for a nice afternoon (or morning) while lazing in a chaise longue in the garden. I would like to add that it is free at the moment, so take advantage of it while it last. For this, I thank the author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn T

    I don't usually read novellas, the only reason I read this one is because the other books in the series are full length. As to be expected in a novella, everything was rushed, but it really fell short. Something just felt off about it. I think it was the fact that the characters had no depth. We never really learn anything about the heroine's personality except (view spoiler)[that she withstood the constant abuse of her husband without killing him or herself. And has the strength of character to I don't usually read novellas, the only reason I read this one is because the other books in the series are full length. As to be expected in a novella, everything was rushed, but it really fell short. Something just felt off about it. I think it was the fact that the characters had no depth. We never really learn anything about the heroine's personality except (view spoiler)[that she withstood the constant abuse of her husband without killing him or herself. And has the strength of character to try to escape. (hide spoiler)] That is literally the only personal characteristic we learn about her, and it isn't much. As for the hero (view spoiler)[he's looking for a wife... and he likes horses. We learn more about his brother's than him(which is saying something since we only learn there 'profession' i.e. knight, priest...) (hide spoiler)] Not badly written, I understand the restrictions since the novella was only 60 pages, but without the depth of character, the lack of story line (view spoiler)[other than the 'kill her husband' plot (hide spoiler)] It was a waste of time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    J.C. Cauthon

    As most historical romances go, this was a typical story. Guy meets girl and falls in love at first sight, but there are several obstacles that stand in the way of their happiness. In this case, it's an abusive husband, as our hero's beloved is already married. I did love the story, but I had two major issues with it that made me feel the need to dock a start from the rating. First off, the book was much too short to cover the story that Gleason was trying to tell. The basic building blocks of the As most historical romances go, this was a typical story. Guy meets girl and falls in love at first sight, but there are several obstacles that stand in the way of their happiness. In this case, it's an abusive husband, as our hero's beloved is already married. I did love the story, but I had two major issues with it that made me feel the need to dock a start from the rating. First off, the book was much too short to cover the story that Gleason was trying to tell. The basic building blocks of the story are there, but there was not enough space in the book to cover all the details for the main plots or the sub-plots. The other main issue I had was with Ralf. I have never read a story where I absolutely hated a character and spent time after I finished the book plotting out their demise. Ralf had no redeeming qualities, nothing to make me not want to whack him as soon as I saw him. Even Voldemort had redeeming qualities--not many, but they were there. All-in-all, an iffy book. It's a good read, but one that I feel could have been better if it was a bit longer.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tonileg

    In this medieval historical romance, Bernard finds himself pressured by his father to marry and produce heirs to continue the family name. When he finally falls in love with a woman, there is a slight problem because she is already married to a horrible brute (aren't they all?!). This was well written with a care to stay within the medieval period which leaves women in a bad position unless they find a kind husband. I liked how tough Joanna was, but she really should have run away immediately beca In this medieval historical romance, Bernard finds himself pressured by his father to marry and produce heirs to continue the family name. When he finally falls in love with a woman, there is a slight problem because she is already married to a horrible brute (aren't they all?!). This was well written with a care to stay within the medieval period which leaves women in a bad position unless they find a kind husband. I liked how tough Joanna was, but she really should have run away immediately because the marital abuse was extreme. Maris had a great intro at a dinner with Bernard. This was super short but I might check out more books from this author. This only has a kiss and lots of violence (jousting and marital abuse). 72 pages and free for kindle in May 2012 2 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Lord Harold attended the wedding at Wyckford Heath with his son Lord Bernard of Derkland, to also find his son to be wed. Lord Bernard being recalcitrant upon matrimony was avoiding his father's wishes, and envious to his brother Dirick going to travel to places. Subsequently, as an oldest son he doesn't have a choice but to marry to beget an heir, otherwise his father will decide it for him. Considering, Lord Bernard has his own agenda; as soon as he meet the golden beauty, and gentle Joanna he Lord Harold attended the wedding at Wyckford Heath with his son Lord Bernard of Derkland, to also find his son to be wed. Lord Bernard being recalcitrant upon matrimony was avoiding his father's wishes, and envious to his brother Dirick going to travel to places. Subsequently, as an oldest son he doesn't have a choice but to marry to beget an heir, otherwise his father will decide it for him. Considering, Lord Bernard has his own agenda; as soon as he meet the golden beauty, and gentle Joanna he change his mind, and ready to marry. The problem was, Joanna was already married to Lord Ralfs who occasionally beat her into a pulp. Once, Lord Bernard and Joanna found each other they fell inlove and fight for Lord Ralf's wrath...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    A knight in disguise, saving a lady he loves from an abusive situation...what a telling story! Quotes I liked: (view spoiler)[ Loc.278-280 "I vow to you, Joanna, on the life of my father and mother--and my own--that I will find a way to free you from the ties by which you are bound. And then, if you will have me, I will wed you and care for you and love you all of our days." Loc.286-287 "And now that I know you taste like heaven," he murmured, the intensity of his emotions coming out as a crook A knight in disguise, saving a lady he loves from an abusive situation...what a telling story! Quotes I liked: (view spoiler)[ Loc.278-280 "I vow to you, Joanna, on the life of my father and mother--and my own--that I will find a way to free you from the ties by which you are bound. And then, if you will have me, I will wed you and care for you and love you all of our days." Loc.286-287 "And now that I know you taste like heaven," he murmured, the intensity of his emotions coming out as a crooked smile, "I am thrice as indebted to my vow." Loc.880-881 "When he wed Joanna, Bernard refused to allow a bedding ceremony, for he would not subject his wife to the indignity of being stripped." (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)

    This is a medieval coffee break book. The heroine of the book is already married to a man who seems to find pleasure in abusing her. Her father does nothing about this, even when it is happening under his own roof because once a man marries a woman, he "owns" her. She is there for her sister's wedding and takes the opportunity to leave her husband but instead, along come the hero, complete with shining armour. There really isn't much else to say about the story. It was enjoyable but for me, the c This is a medieval coffee break book. The heroine of the book is already married to a man who seems to find pleasure in abusing her. Her father does nothing about this, even when it is happening under his own roof because once a man marries a woman, he "owns" her. She is there for her sister's wedding and takes the opportunity to leave her husband but instead, along come the hero, complete with shining armour. There really isn't much else to say about the story. It was enjoyable but for me, the character who had the most about her was actually Lady Maris whose own story is told in "A Whisper of Rosemary".

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Enjoyable little historical romp. I have a thing for big hulking men who look intimidating but are really just big, old teddy bears on the inside. So, Bernard worked for me. I liked Joanna's fortitude in the face of a really crappy home life. I *loved* Maris's attitude toward what she was capable of accomplishing with or without a man. Overall, it was a nice way to pass the time. PS: I really like this cover. It's remarkably pretty. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal Lavender Vows was a free Kindle bo Enjoyable little historical romp. I have a thing for big hulking men who look intimidating but are really just big, old teddy bears on the inside. So, Bernard worked for me. I liked Joanna's fortitude in the face of a really crappy home life. I *loved* Maris's attitude toward what she was capable of accomplishing with or without a man. Overall, it was a nice way to pass the time. PS: I really like this cover. It's remarkably pretty. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal Lavender Vows was a free Kindle book I downloaded on 02/28/13 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chu-Salyer Sharon

    I love reading booksthat has romance, ladies, lords, knights and castles. A story of passion and love taking place in Medieval England. And the book is a short-novel, the book is 72 pages on my kindle. Lord Bernard of Derkland is a gruff and brooding, man. And he also needs to find a wife to make his father happy and his father’s constant badgering is no help at all… Loard Bernard does not want to marry, until he meets beautiful and gentle Joanna of Swerthmore, he instantly changes his mined. On I love reading booksthat has romance, ladies, lords, knights and castles. A story of passion and love taking place in Medieval England. And the book is a short-novel, the book is 72 pages on my kindle. Lord Bernard of Derkland is a gruff and brooding, man. And he also needs to find a wife to make his father happy and his father’s constant badgering is no help at all… Loard Bernard does not want to marry, until he meets beautiful and gentle Joanna of Swerthmore, he instantly changes his mined. One problem Joanna is already married, to a monster. But there is a happy ending. I found a new series and author that I am going to start reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Hill

    Lavender Vows by Collen Gleason I loved this tender love story about Lord Bernard and Lady Joanna. Lord Bernard falls in love with Lady Joanna the first time he sees her. She is married to an abusive man and Bernard wants to rescue her from this horrid marriage and marry her. There is action, suspense and true love which makes this a lovely love story. The story moves swiftly with a wonderful ending. I can't wait to read A Whisper of Rosemary, the story of Bernard's brother Dirick and Maris, the L Lavender Vows by Collen Gleason I loved this tender love story about Lord Bernard and Lady Joanna. Lord Bernard falls in love with Lady Joanna the first time he sees her. She is married to an abusive man and Bernard wants to rescue her from this horrid marriage and marry her. There is action, suspense and true love which makes this a lovely love story. The story moves swiftly with a wonderful ending. I can't wait to read A Whisper of Rosemary, the story of Bernard's brother Dirick and Maris, the Lady of Firmain and Cleonis, the next in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    This historical romance is a very charming, romantic, short story. Bernard of Derkland is attending a wedding with his father, Harold. Harold has been after Bernard to find a wife and produce an heir. Bernard has been in no hurry but he feels his father is starting to get desperate and is pushing very hard. Harold has threatened to arrange a marriage unless Bernard will chose a wife soon. Bernard see a lady in the stables and knows immediately that she is the one who will be his wife. Unfortuna This historical romance is a very charming, romantic, short story. Bernard of Derkland is attending a wedding with his father, Harold. Harold has been after Bernard to find a wife and produce an heir. Bernard has been in no hurry but he feels his father is starting to get desperate and is pushing very hard. Harold has threatened to arrange a marriage unless Bernard will chose a wife soon. Bernard see a lady in the stables and knows immediately that she is the one who will be his wife. Unfortunately she is already married. Now Bernard has to figure out how to make her his wife.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa of Hopewell

    I've finally done it! I made it thru a free kindle romance without laughing or gagging!! Ha!! This author, unlike many others of the genre, can really write! I was in the mood to just ESCAPE and this book provided me with a mini-vacation. I won't pretend this is high-brow literature, but it was low-brow fun of the best sort. Bernard is every down-trodden woman's dream. Good triumphs over Evil. What more needs to be said? This novella is a pleasant hour or so of escape! Lavender Vows by Colleen G I've finally done it! I made it thru a free kindle romance without laughing or gagging!! Ha!! This author, unlike many others of the genre, can really write! I was in the mood to just ESCAPE and this book provided me with a mini-vacation. I won't pretend this is high-brow literature, but it was low-brow fun of the best sort. Bernard is every down-trodden woman's dream. Good triumphs over Evil. What more needs to be said? This novella is a pleasant hour or so of escape! Lavender Vows by Colleen Gleason (Medieval Herb Garden Series)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    The full effect can be caught by clicking here. Joanna is on the hands of a husband she could care less, she stands up for herself as best as she possibly can, and she sees a way out: running away. But Bernard, a sweet man, in search for a wife might have to fight extra to free her from her evil husband, and get the woman he loves. There’s a happy ending, but until then, you might as well sweat a bit. It will be full of medieval fights, marriages, promises, lavender… Cheesy, I know. The full effect can be caught by clicking here. Joanna is on the hands of a husband she could care less, she stands up for herself as best as she possibly can, and she sees a way out: running away. But Bernard, a sweet man, in search for a wife might have to fight extra to free her from her evil husband, and get the woman he loves. There’s a happy ending, but until then, you might as well sweat a bit. It will be full of medieval fights, marriages, promises, lavender… Cheesy, I know.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    An enjoyable short read. Set in medieval period, and once again reminds us of how lucky all of us females are to be living in the 21st century! Joanna was being beaten horribly by her brute of a husband and her own father did nothing to help her--enter our hero, Bernard. While Bernard is trying to work out how he can rescue Joanna from her nightmare marriage, Joanna's husband attacks Bernard and Bernard kills him in self=-defense. That worked out well!

  29. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    Beautiful cover, ridiculous story. Hero meets heroine twice, for a sum total of maybe five minutes, and he's not only decided she's the wife for him but that he'll kill her abusive husband to have her. I get where the author tried to take this (very short) novella, but it lacked the execution to make it anything other than an eye roller in my opinion. 2 stars for the cover, 0 stars for the storyline.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nubia Sanchez

    Simpy amazing!!! While reading this book I was rooting for Bernard and Johanna to be together!! I was a little upset that it was a short story, but I was so intrigued in reading it that I finish it in just one day. I really like this story! I can't wait to read the sequel to this amazing story yet with different characters.

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