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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Thumbs up Thursday: Capturing Bliss by Nicole Hurley Moore

Of course, as a medieval romance writer, I love to read the stuff too. And one of my current faves is Nicole Hurley Moore. Capturing Bliss was the first book I read by Nicole and for a short story it was 100% satisfying. 

I love novella length stories for when I want a quick, satisfying read and Capturing Bliss delivers. It is beautifully written with lovely descriptive language and realistic dialogue that feels 'medieval' in tone. Naturally, the story develops quickly due to it's length but it doesn't feel forced or rushed. The chemistry between Bliss and William was wonderful and sensual in places. Their first night together is romantic but sexy.

I expected a little more anguish when Bliss finally reveals that she is not Ivetta but William's reaction was not what I anticipated and, actually, it was really heart-warming. Ms Hurley-Moore introduces the story in the present day and ends it beautifully in the present day  once more where we get to see the ongoing prosperity of the Reynard family both in love and life. It genuinely brought a tear to my eye!

This is no dramatic tale but lovers of a happy ending, well rounded characters and lovely writing will enjoy this. You will finish it with a smile on your face.

I've also heard a little whisper that Nicole is working on another Reynard family story and I can't wait to see more from them!

In 12th-century England, love isn't part of the marriage equation. But Lady Blissot de Woodville adores her younger sister too much to see her suffer such a fate. Instead, Bliss recklessly switches places with her sister—and marries a total stranger under false pretenses! Fortunately, she soon discovers she shares a rare passion and genuine love with her new husband, the ardent Lord William Reynard. Yet the happier Bliss becomes, the more her secret weighs heavily on her heart...because one desperate lie could destroy everything she's come to cherish.

Purchase Capturing Bliss from ARe and Amazon and find Nicole on her blog.

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