Thursday, January 17, 2013

After Dark Review of Dark Rider by Kathrynne Dennis

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)

Synopsis: "Few secrets are harder to keep than witchcraft—but is the ancient knowledge the source of Lady Eldswythe's mysterious gift for healing horses? She is summoned to tend the prize steeds of the dark and solitary Sir Robert Breton, a rival of her family's house. The last thing Eldswythe wants is to be near a man her heart distrusts—and desires. His smoldering eyes could make her forget she is betrothed. And, oh! How he rides a horse.

Gallantly defending her through a violent siege and a harrowing escape, Robert comes to believe in her strange powers, for he knows only too well that he has fallen under her spell. The spirited and sensual Eldswythe has bewitched his stony heart with wondrous ease."

My Review: Dark Rider had a lot of highs and lows for me. I loved the unique horsewitch element and of course the huge role that horses played in the book. I would have loved to hear more about the weeping women but that could be another novel. The low part for me was the Black Bane sequence, I felt like it was not needed other than giving the characters time to grow a relationship and that it is in so many other historical romances. It seemed like there was just so many challenges to over come, that it became too extreme. I did like the characters though especially Robert. At times Eldswythe seemed a little contradictory at times but I still enjoyed her character's connection with the horses and her determination. I think this one would have been better with a little more backstory and without the plague, but I still enjoyed it.
My Rating: It was a good book but not the greatest. It had great ideas and some unique ones too.  I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.

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