This book on the other hand started out great, I was super excited to find out what happens to Brianna and Roger and how they are living their life, and we do get to see it, at least some of it. Most of the book is focused on John Grey and William. (Doesn't John Grey have his own series. Why is he taking over this one too.) I go to admit, I did skip quite a few chapters because I DID NOT want to read about William, I have no interest in him, so he's a grown boy and in the war, who cares. I don't that's for sure. It was really difficult to enjoy this book, I read a quickly as I could so I could move on to something else. Will not be starting Written In My Own Hearts Blood for a while, I need a break from their boring life. Diana Gabaldon needs to focus more on the actual story and the details that matter, not the sex life of 60 year old, I don't want to know anymore what Claire's breasts look like and how Jamie likes to touch her butt. So that is all, I won't go into detail much more, because if you read this book you must have read the first one, and if you read the first one you know that the story is good, it's just the 1300+ pages that really get in the way. Let me know how you felt about these books. And do you recommend me reading the next one soon. It's already sitting on my shelf, ready to be picked up, but I don't think I'm ready yet.
Theme: Mental and Physical abuse in relationships.
Thesis: Sexual abuse in childhood leads to a controlling personality as well as an ignorant mind.
I really think the author is sexually frustrated, being married and having kids, she's letting her imagination run wild. Too wild if you ask me. Most of this is not something that would really happen, yes it's fantasy.
The general field of this book is erotica/romance, not too sure if it fits into romance though. Its more of a young girls fantasy, than romance. And it's written mostly for moms, ages between 30-45. It's mommy porn. It was boring, poorly written, the story is not that exciting, there is no climax, no anticipation, just a flat boring story. The writing style is very informal, not to mention the many grammatical errors. She really could have used the help of an editor
Christian is tall and handsome, oh and rich, He is very sure of himself, always right. He has a need to control Anastasia, as well as other women, he won't let her drive her car because it's old and "dangerous". Telling her when to eat and how much, and then the whole contract deal, I would be out the door already, but no. Naive little Ana thinks this is fine, he will change.
He was adopted as a child, his real mother was a crack whore, he was sexually abused for years as a teenager by his adoptive mothers best friend. Although he says it wasn't abuse because he consented to it and learned a lot. Learned what, how to tie up people to posts and whip them. I just don't get it. It somehow affected him nonetheless. He won't let Anastasia touch him, at all. He definitely has some sort of issues, and deals with them by having kinky sex. What's so attractive about him, his looks, which aren't described in much detail in the first place, or his money. Or his torture chamber, and maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't want to be told when to have sex and how.
But what about little innocent Anastasia, the smart 21 year old college student, who doesn't seem to be all that smart after all. Maybe she is supposed to be some nerdy girl, who has never beed around boys, because the first time she sees a hot guy she's literally tripping over her own feet. She also keeps talking to her inner goddess. What the F is that, who talks to their inner goddess. She is also insecure about herself, in the first chapter of the book she already says she hates how her friend, even when sick, looks better than she does on her best day.
She's got some self esteem issues, no wonder that as soon as an attractive male shows her some attention she is in love with him.
And of course she is a virgin, which Christian quickly wants to fix for her, because being a virgin is apparently a bad bad thing. What is the matter with her too though. On her first day over at his place, he shows her the red room of pain and instead of running out of there screaming, she thinks it's kind of kinky?
I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone I know, unless they really want to read it. I felt like I was getting dumber as I was reading it, there are no lessons to take away from it at all. I don't think I have any experiences even close to this, I would run and hide if I saw the Room of Torture. But maybe it depends on the readers personal life, if it's not as exciting as this than they might like it.
If you're looking for a good romance book with some hot sex scenes, but don't like the stupidity of this one, I would recommend "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons, and "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon.
So the story goes like this. Claire and Jamie end up in the colonies after their adventurous voyage, here they try to start a new life, while Brianna is left in Boston all alone. And while all alone she keeps searching for her parents wanting to find out if they are still alive, if Claire has made it back to Jamie. She ends up stumbling on some information that sends her back to the stone circle, in the effort to try to change history she meets dangers and heartbreaking events that alter her own life forever. Overall the book wasn't bad, I guess you can't put that many events into a persons life before it really becomes fake. And I guess that's what Diana was trying to achieve, just to show us the normal day to day life of Jamie and Claire. Nothing special. Still good though, and I will recommend it if you read the previous ones.
Despite all the romance that goes on in this book, it's really a historical fiction, the reader gets to explore 18th century Scotland, from the King Louis XV of France to the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 in which Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tries to reclaim the throne of Scotland and England. And not only that, we also get to know the lives of regular people as well, down to the workings of hospitals and medicine at that time. Which in itself is amazing, how without modern medicine Claire is healing people with plants and herbs. I felt like I was learning a lot. There are also a lot of twist and turns as we discover more ancestors and how many of the characters seem to connect with one another. But aside from all the history in this book, it still focuses on Claire and Jamie's love. We see them grow more and more toward each other in a realistic way. And it makes us feel like we're in this relationship too. Not just reading about it, but that is mostly through the massive amounts of research Gabaldon did for these books. And you will definitely not be disappointed with the humor, sometimes I would have to stop reading because I was laughing so much. She has found that special way of making the characters feel normal, and real. Like we're in the same room with everyone, you can clearly imagine what everyone is doing, wearing and the facial expressions they make. It really makes you fall in love with all the characters of this book. Jamie has a strong male role, he's the hunky Scot who protects Claire at every step, who is not afraid to die for what he believes in, and he will take unexpected risks for his own reasons. But don't think that Claire is a girly girl. She is a strong woman too. And stubborn just as much as Jamie. She is healing people left and right, which results in it's own problems. Yet they are so down to earth, you can't help but love them. So I'm recommending this book to everyone. Especially if you read the Outlander, it does not loos any of it's charm.