Posted by : Mystee Saturday, May 2, 2020

Title: The Bastard
Author: Brenda Novak
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Details: 204 Pages
Format Reviewed: EBOOK
Blurb:  To some men honor is just a word....

Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent-and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way.

Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty's frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

To Lieutenant Treynor, honor means everything....

Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal NAVY. Treynor is determined to prove he's as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her-or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.

Available On Amazon

My Review: For those writers and publishers that don't think a cover matters, let me tell you this: I was drawn into an awful clichd book by a wonderful cover. I mean, that cover is just wow. The book however, was not.

On the other side of it, I also have to admit the blurb is very well written. It sounds like something that's going to be a great read and even a re-read.

The title was very fitting.

With honor meaning everything to Lieutenant Treynor, you'd think he wouldn't be quite the asshole all the time. Don't misunderstand. I do love a male character that can be an ass, that stands his ground, that is the man and not bending over to have a woman control him. However, there is a line and Crawford crosses it. He's not the hot dreamy hero.

The book wasn't written badly. I mean, the pacing and such were right on. I just feel the direction of the storyline failed for me. The ending was decent though.

Rating: 2 of 5

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