Friday, 29 May 2015

Book: His Captive Princee by Sandra Jones

Title: His Captive Princess
Author: Sandra Jones
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 28th April 2015
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Warren de Tracy knows that for the good of his family he has to follow the orders of the usurper Stephen. Travelling to Wales, he has orders to marry a widowed Princess. Little did Warren expect to be captured by Eleri, a widow and Princess in her own right. Though Warren is her captive, Eleri can't help but admire him and feel drawn to him, both physically and emotionally.

Kick ass heroine: check. Attractive male lead: check. Politics: check. Chemistry: check. Honestly His Captive Princess had it going on! The one thing I'd say about it though is that the title doesn't really make sense until quite a bit later in the book. I also don't think that the cover does the book quite enough justice, but when it came to it I didn't choose this one based on the cover.

Eleri was a fantastic character. She had a connection to her people and would do anything for them. Whether that was political manouvering, actually fighting or giving up the one thing that she really wants. Eleri was a strong female character without losing her femininity.

At the same time Warren was a good counterpart. He was a strong male character with a strong moral code but would fight for the people he loved.  It was actually refreshing to have a male lead that would sacrifice doing what was morally right and throwing in with a King he disagreed with for the best of his loved ones. There wasn't any need for Eleri to break him down on that front.

The political setting was certainly interesting, and not one that I actually know much about (despite the history of England and Wales being my own...oops!) but I certainly felt the tensions in Wales. One thing that did frustrate me about His Captive Princess though was the sheer number of Welsh terms. Yes it added to the setting, but actually I found it kind of hard to keep track sometimes.

I enjoyed His Captive Princess, it was a captivating, interesting and enjoyable read, which flowed and read easily.