Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Book: His Forbidden Lady by Nicola Davidson

Title: His Forbidden Lady
Author: Nicola Davidson
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 11th August 2014
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes has been summoned to court by Henry VIII, and encouraged to go by her kinsman, Lord Hertford due to her resemblence to the dead Queen Jane. Having left Annabelle with promises to return, Rafe must now perform one last duty as a soilder...to escort her to court. But the attraction and the connection between them is no weaker through time, can they over come their anger and upset at each feeling abandoned?

We'll start with the end...which I wasn't too sure about. The ending was largely based on Henry VIII's reaction to the romance between Rafe and Annabelle. I was basically undecided as to whether it fits with the 'normal' temprement of a post-Katherine Howard, pre-Catherine Parr Henry. Though what happened could fit, I think it would have been the exception not the rule.

On the other hand, Henry's (very brief) courtship of Annabelle I thought fit brilliantly with what is known of Henry VIII in his later years. Both because of her resemblence to Jane Seymour and as a woman. Hand in hand with this went the way that Edward Seymour (Hertford) was portrayed. Both of these characters fir well.

For a Tudor-era story I thought that His Forbidden Lady was light on the politics and heavy on the romance, though I did go into this book expecting that so it wasn't a problem. In fact I found that I enjoyed the romance elements and appreciated the era themes. This is only a novella though so the plot wasn't over complex and it was good having a quick Tudor read rather than a more complexx one for a change.

The chemistry between Annabelle and Rafe was most definitely there, both physically and the way in which they were interacting with each other. I found that it was easily believable that they had known each other as children and that they would then look at their relationship in a more mature way, though it had already been romantic in nature.

His Forbidden Lady was an enjoyable Tudor read, and quite a light read at the same time.