Trapped at the Altar
by Jane Feather
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Historical Romance|Adults
Print Length: 400 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Torn between a true love and family duty…
Ariadne Carfax has vowed to be with the man she loves, Gabriel Fawcett.
There’s just one obstacle. On his deathbed, Ari’s grandfather decrees
that she marry her childhood friend Ivor Chalfont, thus forging a
powerful alliance between the two warring families. Giving Ari no time
to protest, the elders plan her wedding the next day, forcing her to
follow through on the nuptials. Though she is fond of Ivor, Ari has no
intention of consummating their marriage—until he kindles an
intoxicating desire that she can’t ignore. Ivor has loved Ari for years,
but he doesn’t want an unwilling wife. He wants Ari to ache with the
same irresistible longing he feels. And if that’s the way to woo her
into his bed and into their new life, he won’t rest until his new bride
surrenders to true love.
Trapped at the Altar By Jane Feather
My Rating: 4 Stars
If you’re looking for a bosom heaving historical romance with complete adherence to era dialogue, you may want to look elsewhere. If you are looking to be treated to a glimpse of the 1600’s, a taste of the reality of life back then without getting lost in the details, while becoming a witness to two people, betrothed as children who discover what a marriage truly is and how deep the trust, respect and forgiveness must run to overcome mistakes of the past when a wondrous future is ahead of them.
Ari is almost too contemporary in her thinking, but I realized it was part of her appeal to me. She has made some huge mistakes, selfish mistakes and has realized she not only wants, but needs to atone for them. Ivor has been her closest friend since they were betrothed as children, strong, yet quick to laugh, until their political marriage became a reality and he knew Ari’s heart belonged to a much gentler man. Give Ivor a medal for his patience and forward thinking!
Trapped at the Altar by Jane Feather is a quick and fairly light romantic read that doesn’t overdo the period tones, and really doesn’t dig much deeper than the two main characters. I would call this the perfect beach read, myself! There is an atmosphere of sensual tension that vibrates between these two, low, but steady until the flames are fanned and each finally sees the other for who they really are.
Quick, well-paced, not too deep, but, hey, I got to meet the King and Queen at court!
I received an ARC edition from Pocket Books in exchange for my honest review.