Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Blog Tour: The Lady’s Command by Stephanie Laurens

Author: Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: Mira (Harlequin)
Date of oublication: December 2015

His to cherish

Declan Frobisher chose Lady Edwina Delbraith as his wife. Scion of a bold, seafaring dynasty, he’s accustomed to getting his way—Edwina would be the woman who graced his arm, warmed his bed and remained safely at home when he returned to sea. But once the knot is tied, Declan discovers Edwina is unconventional and strong-willed, and his marriage promises to be as tempestuous as the high seas.

Hers to command

Edwina’s fairy-princess beauty hides a spine of steel. Born into the aristocracy—born to rule—and with Declan’s ring gracing her finger, she expects to forge a marriage by his side. Then bare weeks into their honeymoon, Declan is recruited to sail on a secret mission. Edwina—naturally—declares she must accompany him.

Theirs to conquer

Facing unforeseen perils and unexpected enemies while battling to expose a dastardly scheme, Declan and Edwina discover that their unusual marriage demands something they both possess—bold and adventurous hearts.
JOIN THE ADVENTURERS—four couples whose passionate voyages will transport you. Start the journey here and follow the adventures, the mysteries and the romances to the cataclysmic end!

I have read a few of Ms. Lauren's books and have really enjoyed them, so I was looking forward to reading this The Lady's Command, the first book in a new series.   I have also seen a lot of good reviews.  Unfortunately for me, I just couldn't get into the book and gave up at about 30%. There were a couple of reasons why this book didn't end up working for me. 

You all know me, I am the romance reader of the the blog.  One of the things I love about romance is the build up to the firsts...the first meeting, the first kiss, the first fight, etc.  In this book, the couple is already married, so those firsts are have already happened. Because that build up was missing, I really felt disconnected from Declan and Edwina's relationship.  Both characters describe in great detail why the match was advantageous for them. In reading their inner thoughts, it all felt too logical and dull for me.  Even the first love scene felt remote and too flowery.  As I said, I have read other books by this author, but the writing in this one felt different and off.  

Just because I didn't love this book, doesn't mean it won't be right for you.  Make sure to check out what others are saying on the tour and then try it out for yourself.

About Stephanie Laurens

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature ‘Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style.

Connect with Stephanie

Stephanie Laurens’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 4th: Romancing the Book
Tuesday, January 5th: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, January 6th: The Sassy Bookster
Friday, January 8th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, January 11th: The Romance Dish
Tuesday, January 12th: BookNAround
Wednesday, January 13th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, January 14th: Worth Getting in Bed For
Friday, January 15th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, January 18th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, January 19th: The Maiden’s Court
Wednesday, January 20th: Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot
Thursday, January 21st: FictionZeal
Friday, January 22nd: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, January 25th: Bibliotica
Tuesday, January 26th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Tuesday, January 26th: Books a la Mode – excerpt and giveaway
Wednesday, January 27th: One Curvy Blogger
Thursday, January 28th: It’s a Mad Mad World
Friday, January 29th: Stranded in Chaos

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