Monday, August 25, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell

By: Cathy Maxwell
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon: Impulse 

Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?

Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

So, today we're stepping back in time with Nightingale by 
Cathy Maxwell . Personally, I love historicals. The women are always kick@$$ and tough and don't take any crap from anybody! So going into this one, I was excited. It was going to be a second chance at love with some lingering hurt feelings and all that good stuff! 

I was excited too! I'm still fairly new to the world of Historical Romance, but this one sounded really interesting and I was looking forward to reading it!

Now for the other shoe to drop...The book wasn't awful but it wasn't the best we've read either. Going into it, I wasn't aware that it was a novella. I did see that it had been previously published but with the way some authors are putting full length novels in anthologies now, seeing "previously published in..." didn't mean a whole lot. And I didn't go do research. Because of the shortness of the story, I had a hard time connecting with the "current day" characters. I loved the flash backs and felt the connection they had but the current attraction and feelings weren't there for me. 

I know exactly what you mean. I enjoyed the flashbacks, but the way Jemma and Dane acted in "present" day just didn't vibe. I wasn't too fond of Jemma. 

Me either. I think the author could have done a lot more with her had this been a full length novel. If she were fleshed out more and you saw more of her life beyond what she told Dane then maybe I would have felt some sympathy for her. But as it stands, I didn't. 

I agree. Her actions and the way she treated the whole situation with Dane was just.... not cool. 

I concur. So, what's our final rating?

I say a 3. It was well written, just needed more to flesh out some of it. 

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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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