Thursday, June 18, 2015

An Oath Broken by Diana Cosby

Title:  An Oath Broken
Series:  The Oath Trilogy #2
Author:  Diana Cosby
Publication Date:  June 23/15 by Lyrical Press
Length:  242pgs
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

An arranged marriage to a Scot? Unacceptable!

Lady Sarra Bellacote would sooner marry a dog than a countryman of the bloodthirsty brutes who killed her parents. And yet, despite—or perhaps because of—her valuable holdings, she is being dragged to Scotland to be wed against her will. Making matters worse, the knight hired to do the dragging is dark, wild, irresistible. And he, too, is disgustingly Scottish.

Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, takes no pleasure in escorting a feisty English lass to her nuptial night. But the payment is good, and his tenants need to eat. Yet the trip will not be the simple matter he imagined. For Lady Sarra isn’t the only one determined to see her engagement fail. Men with darker motives want the wedding called off—even if they must kill the bride in the process.

Now, in close quarters with this beautiful Englishwoman, Terrick must fight his mounting desire, and somehow keep Sarra alive long enough to lose her forever to another man…

My Review:

Adventure and suspense combine with romance in this fantastic novel that truly took me back in time. Cosby goes the extra mile, creating a historically accurate novel without dwelling on it, allowing readers to simply enjoy the ride. I love how she used the traditional spelling for the character names, rather than modern ones. She uses intricate yet buoyant narrative to create a fantastic world for her readers to journey to, making her realistic and captivating story come to life. And talk about an ending! For the last quarter of the book I couldn’t look away. I devoured it! The suspense and action were unforgettable.

The main characters were fantastic. She wouldn’t accept him because of her pride and pain; he wouldn’t tell her who he really was because of his own pride & pain. Yet they couldn’t ignore the growing bond between them. The way that Cosby presented them, showing both of their points of view, gives readers an inside track to their individual emotional turmoil. Even their accents and dialects carry over into the narrative, making it easy to determine who’s perspective we’re reading and to get a feel for the characters. These are some of the most complex romance characters I’ve come across in a long while. It really added to the story for me.

This novel has all the marks of a good romance. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made my heart swell with the characters’ romance. Cosby truly has created a masterpiece here.

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