You deserve better. Especially from Catherine Coulter.
There is no chemistry between ANY of the characters who I found bland and lackluster and boring at best. They were one-dimensional and unlikable, failing to pull me in, keep me interested. I was left not giving a fig about any of them! Please, head my words, they are not lightly given: this book is so bad, it is not even funny! View all 3 comments. Not being a big fan of this genre I wasn't sure what to think, but I have read other books by this author and thought I would give it a try. Sadly it wasn't for me. The way the son basically went along with what she said just to shut her up annoyed me.
This one just wasn't for me. Sep 01, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , goodreads-firstreads-giveaways. Over the years I've read a lot of Catherine Coulter books--she was always one of my go-to authors, one who I'd read pretty much anything she wrote. But, I never any of her historicals--I was quite burned out on them for awhile. I've read almost all of the FBI series as well as a couple of other contemporaries.
Jason Sherbrooke. Then go to step 5. Similar Authors From NoveList. The Sherbrooke brides series was terrific and still ranks right up there for me. The number-one New York Times-bestselling author returns with a brand-new Sherbrooke novel, featuring a cast of witty and outrageous characters and two wonderfully complex mysteries. Library Reads.
So, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with one of Ms. Coulter's historical. But, I really enjoyed this book. It took me awhile to fully get into it, but once I did, I could not put it down. The setting, the characters we all so vibrantly written. I'm putting some of this under spoiler tags, though I'm not sure how spoilery it is.
I don't think it is, but just to be on the safe side There are dual romance storylines in this books, view spoiler [the main one of Sophie and Julian the 'prince' of the book's title , and the secondary one of Roxanne and Devlin, though both did seem to get almost the same amount of page time. I enjoyed both, but I have to say I wish that Roxanne year old spinster and Devlin Heir to a dukedom who likes to play at being a vampire had been the main focus of the book, as I found their relationship and their verbal exchanges absolutely charming.
There's really no angst between either pairing, except for the fact that Julian 12 years older than the 20 year old Sophie , thinks he's too old for Sophie, and Roxanne worries about Devlin's reputation as a man who keeps multiple mistresses. Also, the two main female characters, Sophie and Roxanne, were so awesomely badass that I just adored both of them.
The underlying mystery--what exactly happened to Julian's first wife--was pretty easy to figure out, and I had it nailed pretty early on.
There were also a few instances in the dialogue which were a bit too flowery or cringe-worthy for my personal tastes, but nothing that pulled me out of the story or kept me from wanting to continue. All-in-all, I really enjoyed this book, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. I'm thinking of heading to the library soon to see if I can find some of the older books in this series. Nov 21, Susan rated it it was ok Shelves: adult-fiction , adult-fiction-romance. Since Catherine Coulter is such a popular author at the library, I thought it was time to read one of her books.
At first, I was pleasantly surprised at the witty repartee and fun characters. However, it dragged on and on and on and on and became ridiculously farfetched. It was okay, but I had to force myself to finish it.
Aug 22, Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves: coulter-catherine. It has been years since I read the Sherbrooke brides books. I found this at my library and realized I actually missed one! I'm glad I picked it up. Catherine Coulter's crisp, witty dialogue is always a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed the two offbeat romances here and the mystery involved.
And, racing cats! I totally forgot about the racing cats! Just the mention of them made me laugh. Yes, I liked this book. A great public library find. It was an ok read, just not as good as the other Bride series books, still worth having this book and the rest of the series in my paperback collection.
Aug 25, Morgan rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-stars. Most everyone has accepted that Lily has committed suicide, but her brother, Richard, still blames Julian. In fact, she has it all planned out, even the name of the future bride. But some people will stop at nothing to see Julian unhappy, even if that means kidnapping the suspected love of his life.
At times like this I crave a historical romance. I was completely enthralled throughout this entire novel, and I found myself completely lost and absorbed in this far away world that was once upon a time. Fortunately, I found the romance I was hoping for but not really expecting. Kidnappings, squabbles, girl fights, love and mystery make The Prince of Ravenscar an action-packed romance. Devlin, Julian, Sophie and Roxanne, the four main characters, keep this novel entertaining.
Devlin keeps all the ladies entertained by pretending he is a vampire. Sophie and Roxanne are clever, witty girls who are not afraid to stick up for themselves or throw a punch. The characters keep this novel interesting. As far as the mystery and suspense goes…I was extremely surprised. I am not an easy person to surprise.
I hate it when the person turns out to be someone you have never been introduced to before. Where is the fun in that? Of course you surprised me because you never even told me about that person.
It was whispered. I recommend this novel to adults and young adults looking for a suspenseful historical romance. Sep 11, Dianne rated it liked it. AS part of the Sherbrooke series, you may think that you need to read the other books to understand what is going on in this one. Nicholas needs to remarry, or at least that is what his mother believes.
On the other hand, was a third party involved? What a mystery!
The characters were well drawn, at times funny and always witty with that English dry sense of humor, so I think my dissatisfaction lies in the plot itself. Sep 01, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads. Catherine Coulter has always been a favorite romance writer of mine so I was really excited about getting my hands on this book. It was an uncorrected proof copy, which might explain why I felt like the book was still rather unpolished. The characters in this book are fun and larger than life, although I was confused in the beginning about who liked who, since there are two main couples featured in the book and they got pretty mixed up before everyone finally sorted themselves out.
There is a lo Catherine Coulter has always been a favorite romance writer of mine so I was really excited about getting my hands on this book.
There is a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, which is Ms. Coulter's specialty, especially with one of the characters pretending to be a vampire. Although the characters are a lot of fun, I was not blown away by the plot. It was rather standard, with the hero swearing never to get involved with another woman after a tragic end with his first wife, and all the secrets behind it all. But of course this does not stop his family from pushing him to marry, or from him being smitten with the heroine.
There were also times during the book when I was not sure whose perspective I was reading from but that was probably due to the unpolished nature of the book. Fans of Catherine Coulter will enjoy the book, especially with the history of the Sherbrooke family behind it, and the characters are a lot of fun. Although I was not impressed by the book, I was still entertained. The book is written in a baffling code that neither Grayson nor Nicholas can read. But Rosalind can, easily. Strange things start happening. Both Nicholas and Rosalind know it has to do with the old book and, perhaps, even her past, particularly the song she first sang as a child.
The urgency builds as they realize Rosalind is the key to a centuries-old mystery. Julian last saw Sophie when she was twelve years old, silent, skinny, and always staring at him. However, his mother is nothing if not persuasive, and Julian reluctantly accompanies her to London to meet the young lady. And there is another, even more perfidious, danger that lurks in the shadows, waiting.
It is instant fascination on both their parts, but for different reasons.
With Grayson Sherbrooke, they are led to an ancient copy of a mysterious book written by a sixteenth-century wizard. The book is written in a baffling code that neither Grayson nor Nicholas can read. But Rosalind can, easily.
The number-one New York Times-bestselling author returns with a brand-new Sherbrooke novel, featuring a cast of witty and outrageous characters and two. Editorial Reviews. Review. "The prolific Coulter balances this tale's serious themes and tone with humorous moments and a charming secondary romance.
Strange things start happening. Both Nicholas and Rosalind know it has to do with the old book and, perhaps, even her past, particularly the song she first sang as a child. The urgency builds as they realize Rosalind is the key to a centuries-old mystery. Julian last saw Sophie when she was twelve years old, silent, skinny, and always staring at him.
However, his mother is nothing if not persuasive, and Julian reluctantly accompanies her to London to meet the young lady. And there is another, even more perfidious, danger that lurks in the shadows, waiting.