Portia is an unusual heroine in historical romances. This book - and the series - is set in the English Civil War, an unusual period for an historical romance.
Portia is the bastard daughter of the half-brother of the Marquis of Granville, Cato, the hero of the second book. On the way to Granville's, Portia is taken by Rufus Decatur, mortal enemy of Granville (due to some business between their fathers years and years ago), and our hero. Then Rufus hatches a plan to kidnap Olivia as part of his revenge on Cato, but his men capture Portia instead. Then comes a time Rufus decides to lay seige to Cato's castle, and here's where our trouble starts. The battlefield is terrible chaos, and thankfully Portia has enough sense to stay out of the fray until she comes upon Rufus and Cato fighting to the death. Throughout the book I found myself liking Portia, and in her term of imprisonment after being shunned by Rufus, I really felt for her, and could almost feel my own heart breaking for her.
Terrific 17th century romance with a highly unusual heroine and an easy-to-fall-for hero My Review. The feud which dominates the book and the misunderstanding at the end between the hero and heroine are quite quickly and anti-climatically resolved, but I really can't complain - I hate it when authors feel they have to throw obstacle after obstacle between the main characters and extend misunderstandings for more than half the book, so I'm thankful Feather did neither. Great characters, unusual heroine, easy-to-fall-for hero, well-written chemistry, and an interesting plot with great twists and turns - all in all, a definite keeper and reread! The hero and heroine in this book were terrific; I read that some reviewers were not compelled by their connection or didn't feel the chemistry between them, but I strongly disagree.
i mean portia is 17 and homeboy is like 34. most people would not be cool with that set up, if they were like reading about their favorite celebrities.
When I feel like listening to an intricate story with rich, well developed characters, I know that Feather will not disappoint. After listening to this first book in her Bride trilogy, narrated by Jenny Sterlin, I am fully invested in the series. I loved the wonderful bond between Portia, Phoebe and Olivia. They shared a very cold existence together and I'm interested to see how the serious, yet socially unaware Cato (Olivia's father btw) transforms as he's the hero in the next book. I love stories that have a great plot, interesting characters you grow to care for, and a steamy, passionate romance.
The Granvilles, specifically Cato, are the targets of the vengeful hatred of one Rufus Decatur. Decatur lost the battle and his erstwhile friend Granville was commissioned to arrest him and claim his lands for the crown. This is all set against the English Civil War. Rufus sides with the crown, not so much out of conscience as because he hopes to get his family's land back. For Portia, it's hate turned love as her attraction to Rufus blossoms and it strains her loyalties, since she's a Granville after all, and she sees the folly in Rufus' obsession for vengeance against a man who had nothing to do with any crime his father MIGHT have committed against the Decaturs.
And if that wasn't enough, both Portia and Rufus act rather like high schoolers engaged in their first Serious Relationship, shouting at one another and going hot than cold than hot again.
This is the first in a 3 book series. Portia is kidnapped by Granville's enemy not once but twice. Granville does not trust Portia, he thinks she is there to acquire information for his enemy. Portia and Rufus Decanter (Granville's enemy) fall in love.
I did like the heroine until the end that is. Probably why I was disappointed, rushed ending and for such a strong heroine she took abuse and lack of trust in her from the hero by rushing after him?
But it truly adds insult to injury when the Granvilles' archenemy, the outlaw Rufus Decatur, hatches a scheme to abduct the marquis's daughter--only to kidnap Portia by accident.
She has published historical romance as Jane Feather, her own name, since 1986.