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Monday, March 5, 2012

Review: My Cherished Enemy by Samantha James

4 Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 395
Purchase: Amazon
My Cherished Enemy by Samantha James introduces us to Kathryn of Ashbury and Guy de Marche, Earl of Sedgewick.

Guy has returned after three years from the Holy Lands after having been on the Crusade and captured. In the dungeon that is were he learned of the birth of his son, and the death of his wife. He vows to have revenge of the man who raided his lands while he was away; Richard of Ashbury. Without wasting time, Guy quickly sets about retaking his lands and then going after him and his lands and he has the new king’s permission that he can do it as well.

Kathryn of Ashbury is Richard’s niece and she hate’s him with a passion. Her father bastard brother he went to the old king and begged to inherit all that, in her mind, was rightfully hers and her sister Elizabeth’s. He is cruel and wants nothing but more land, treating his two nieces no more well than servants, Kathryn makes the decision to marry, in the hopes that the man that will become her husband, Roderick, will be able to wrest control of Ashbury from her uncle and take it for himself.

Fate intervenes though and while talking with Roderick of their marriage, one they would announce to her uncle soon, Guy comes upon them and finds out that she is Richard’s niece.

Guy quickly makes the choice that she will be the perfect way into Ashbury and though Kathryn despises the man she has no choice but to take him inside, but not without first claiming his vow that he would not harm anyone inside.

The book pretty much takes off from her and Kathryn and Guy clash like roaring waves in a storm ridden sea. But the passion between them, the attraction can not be ignored for long; by either of them

I liked this novel, Samantha James is a favorite of mine but I have to say that I was a little annoyed with Kathryn. Though the book she is constantly dwelling and complaining that she will never inherit Ashbury even though it is ‘her right’ to do so. She blames her uncle, she blames Guy, and she hates the fact that she is a woman, saying were she a man and so on ad so forth.

You get the picture, this bothered me, a lot, I can understand some upset of course and with her uncle as well, but as a woman of her time, you would think that Kathryn would have known all along that she would not inherit, even upon the death of her father—so why has she not accepted it? Not that she should like it, but at least realize that there is no way she ever could.

And to be honest I do not think she ever does, it is a big thing of strife between her and Guy pretty much until the end of the book.

Other than that though, I enjoyed both characters, they fought a lot but in the end both come to realize the love they have for each other.

Guy himself was just as prideful, stubborn and had just as big of a temper, not to mention they both had the tendency to jump to conclusions of their own making and assuming things that were not remotely true. Is it really any wonder that they clashed so?

We also get some secondary plot with her sister Elizabeth, which I liked, it was nice for her not to get left out while Kathryn was finding her "HEA".

I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a good historical novel.


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