A Serrulata Saga Novella
Book Blog Tour – Book Review
Genre: Regency Romance / Fantasy Romance
Warnings: Sex Scenes / Language / Anxiety and Panic attacks
She told a lie. He confirmed it. Now they’re secretly betrothed against their families’ wishes…
Lady Octavia Dorchester is the most desired young lady in the Realm. Now that she has twenty years behind her, society has deemed her ready to marry. Although she’s not enthusiastic, she promises to act like a proper lady and look for a good husband—just like her powerful father Lord Roman Dorchester wants.
Lord Gerald Verte has been painfully shy his entire life. He’s never been comfortable in society and lives in the shadow of his older brother, the imposing Lord Tristian Verte. Despite his desire to remain indoors and away from people, he promises his older brother that he won’t shame the family name, no matter how much his anxiety threatens to overwhelm him.
After sharing a dance at a ball held in Octavia’s honor, both she and Gerald know what no one else believes—it’s love at first sight.
When their respective family members object to the match, Octavia lies about their betrothal and Gerald corroborates her story. Raising the ire of both Lords Dorchester and Verte, Octavia and Gerald are torn apart and kept from one another until tragedy strikes.
This high-heat romance with a guaranteed HEA is a prequel to Gathering of the Four: Book One of the Serrulata Saga but can be read as a standalone.
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AE. Bennet’s writing style is good. And after reading Gathering of the Four, it’s nice to know Octavia and Gerald’s story. It also explains her betrayal of Gerald’s family from book 1. I was committed to the story quickly because I knew the characters and wanted to know their back story. The storyline was good. It had elements of frustration, sadness, anger, heartbreak, defiance and men acting like tools.
The world that the author created is not explored much in this novella but can be found in Gathering of the Four. I have questions about it because it seems that after governments fell, feminism also fell and slavery came back. Not a world that I would do well in. Most of the men in the story, except Gerald, would have disappeared quietly not long after.
The characters were well written and each one’s personality shines through nicely. I have to admit that being a feminist, these books made my hackles rise quite a bit. I do understand what the author is going for though. The dialogue was easy to follow and I had no problems with it. I enjoyed the love story between Octavia and Gerald but I have to admit that she fell for him very quickly.
I would recommend this novella to anyone that has read Gathering of the Four. Or anyone that loves romances that are a quick read.
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