Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Review – Forever Yours – Charlotte Featherstone

 

 

 

The Blurb

Despite their love for each other, lovemaking has become routine and predictable for the Duke and Duchess of Sutcliffe. Desperate to save their marriage, they begin exchanging passionate, erotic missives detailing needs and fantasies they never before dared to express. Soon, they're acting out those fantasies and discovering a consuming desire like none they've ever known...

 

          Taken from the Naughty Bits Anthology

             

 

 

 

I was going through my follower list the other day and for some reason, i just found out that Charlotte Featherstone has a book released on the Spice (HQN) label. After reading Stranger – Megan Hart, i was quickly converted to the series, as they are a bit more real as well as a bit edgy and without sounding gushing – i love books that steps outside of the ordinary – so last night i gave Ms. Featherstone's  - Forever Yours – a read, and here is what i thought of it.

 

 

 

The Review

Characters

Elizabeth – Is not only a lady of the  ton, but a Duchess to boot. Married to a man she loves, friends with a most dashing artist – who is her true friend. Mother of four children, that are apparently part and parcel of the problems that she is having with the Duke.

Christian – Husband to Elizabeth and also the man who is not getting what he wants out of his marriage – his wife. He knows he loves her, he loves his kids and he knows no other man will have her – but how can he prove this to her.

 

The Plot

Elizabeth and Christian are in a rut, as much as their feelings for each other have not changed over the years, the passion has somehow died from their relationship.

Both people seems to just be going through the motions and all other areas of their life takes precedence over the time they take for themselves.

Christian has just about had enough and he wont compete any more for what is his conjugal right, Elizabeth – wants but isn’t sure how to go about getting her man – the man she loves - back.

 

“Elizabeth.” He pulled away from her.

“I can hardly believe I am going to say something so contrived, so trite,” he rasped, pressing his lips to her brow and kissing her gently. “But a marriage is like a garden. It needs to be tended year after year. To be cultivated and fed. And when the weeds begin to sprout, as they always do, they need to be plucked—immediately. Sometimes love just isn’t enough to keep two people together. Do you understand, Eliza, what I mean?”

Forever Yours (c) Charlotte Featherstone

 

Surprise Element

I have not had much experience with either the author or the Spice label so i was more or less winging it. Everything about this book was a surprise – The realness of the characters, the everyday emotions that is felt by he, she and the support cast, as well as the fact that the protagonists displayed all the things i love in a Hero/Heroine – Christian was all alpha male and Elizabeth was very feminine but knew when her man calls, she goes running.

 

Predictability.

Not going there with this book – it did what it was meant to do -  i bought it – I loved it and not touching that topic.

 

Smut/Ick Factor

The smut was definately what was missing from their life. Once they came to an understanding of what they wanted, their wish and their fantasy – it was quite exciting to read how slutty this “Lady” wanted to be and how this man wanted to “take”  her.   

There  was a level of circumspect – that i realized that i have been missing and i realize that i still had the capacity to blush. Loved it. 

 

Positive

I have not read a historical novel/novella in a few years, i was finding they were more or less the same, so this was my first outing with a historical in a long time – Ms. Featherstone you have rekindled my love for a genre that  i had more or less given up on.

We are introduced to Elizabeth and Christian after ten years of marriage and four children, and with all the drama and trauma that makes up  a relationship. While that sounds so ordinary, i was really impressed with the authors way of bringing to the table the things that are never said in a relationship, the hopes, the dreams, the fantasy and even the hateful things that as soon as they are said, you immediately wish them back.

Anyone who has been in a relationship any length of time will relate to this book. The story flowed well and the support cast were just that – support.

Elizabeth and Christian are friends and lover – but what stood out for me was the fact that one knew when to say sorry and the other knew when the olive branch was being extended. Ladies be warned Christian is a dream – simple a dream.

 

“Do you want to know what the allure of a thirty-five-year-old woman is for a man?” Adrian asked. “It’s confidence. Maturity. Acceptance. The confidence to pursue what she desires and know what she wants. There are no coy games, no crying and stomping and pouting like there is with young, silly girls. Older women have the maturity to ask for it—demand it, whatever they want, be it in life or the bedroom. They accept the fact that they can be both mother and wife as well as a sexual creature with the same needs as their husbands. Those young women you worry about,” he whispered in her ear, “are no threat to you. Learn to ask for what you want. Demand you be allowed to do whatever you want to him, and I guarantee you, he will be yours. Never doubt, Elizabeth, that Sutcliffe is still yours. How could he leave someone as lovely, as desirable, as sexual as you?”

Forever Yours (c) Charlotte Featherstone

 

Another positive for me was that i was re-introduced to a lot of words that  i had forgotten in my time reading erotic romance – so “quim” was one that really made me smile and of course “sennight”. For people who read contemporary or even just plain erotic material you know there is no grey area in those books – so it was a pleasure seeing those words and a few other little phrases again.

See what others are saying about this book – Diesel ebooks

 

Negative

From the outset i knew this was a short story – so if i was honest i can’t say the story was too short, the book did just what it was meant to do – entertain and it did. However, i really like the main protagonists and i would have liked to stay with them a little longer.

(This book trashing is not working out too well is it – LOL)

 

Cover

After reading for a long time,  i think we all have come to expect a certain image for a certain era or genre – the fact that the cover was more erotic than historical does not take away from how wonderful this story is.

The anthology cover was also something else that stepped outside of the mold.

 

 

6 Speak To Me:

VampFanGirl on 1 April 2009 at 16:45 said...

Great Review! I really need to pick this one up. I'm one of the newly fallen for Charlotte Featherstone. Her novel by HQN Spice, 'Addicted', was simply stunning. It's another erotic historical but the emotions it ignites are as amazing as they are destroying. The novel certainly is not for the faint of heart but if you enjoyed this short by Featherstone, I'm positive you would enjoy 'Addicted'.

:) VampFanGirl

P.S. Lovin' the new look BTW

Cecile on 1 April 2009 at 18:03 said...

Wow... that was some review and comment by Vamp!! I guess I will be adding another author to my list...

PS Thanks for stopping by my place!! I wanted to surprise everyone! Hope you like it!

Still waiting on Stranger to come in my mailbox *frowning*

VampFanGirl on 1 April 2009 at 22:04 said...

Thanks for the compliment Cecile! We're all so happy that you've claimed your own space. I can't wait to read about all your likes and dislikes. :)

Welcome!

:) VFG

Erotic Horizon on 1 April 2009 at 22:45 said...

Hey Ladies....

Thanks for the support - VFG - Thanks for recommending - Addicted - the blurb sound daunting, but also like something i need to know the outcome of..


Cecile...

I 'll be a regularly visitor - your address has already joined the queue.

E.H>

Barbara on 4 April 2009 at 01:11 said...

I'm so happy you liked this story. Featherstone has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I love her wording with regard to character emotions, and her dialogue is phenominal.

I'm so happy she's moving into more mainstream by signing with both NAL and Harlequin Spice. She's really very talented.

Erotic Horizon on 4 April 2009 at 23:59 said...

Hey Barbara...

Missed this comment totally... I agree with you, the short story I read, I was very impressed with her characters, her writing style (very easy on the eyes ) and the dialogue especially their fantasy moments were indeed phenomenal...

I will most certainly be looking out for her, wherever she hangs her hat....

E.H>