Friday, 21 June 2013

#367 - Taffeta and Hotspur

Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Historical > Romance
Indie Writer (Self-published)


Lord Thurston Tarrant, known as Hotspur on the London social scene, thinks Lady Taffeta Grantham is too young and idealistic. Experience has taught him that love is found only in fairy tales and that very few women can be trusted—especially young and attractive ones.

As for Taffy, she finds the rakehell cynical and arrogant—definitely not the hero, the man of principles and romance, her heart longs for. Besides, as one of the Rogues Three, she is more concerned with social injustice than a man who could use his influence to right wrongs but shows no interest in doing so.

So why does Tarrant find himself enchanted by the beautiful and high-spirited Taffy? Why does Taffy’s sporadic gift of sight insist on showing her visions of Tarrant as a bold and passionate lover—her lover?

When the prince of flirts catches the princess of thieves in a ‘Robin Hood’ encounter gone wrong, a secret is discovered, a promise is given, and two lives will be changed in ways neither could have dreamed.

Product Details:

Adult 18+ age range

I snagged it as a freebie Kindle download in March this year, but currently it's listed at £1.93.  You can download it HERE.

Novella - 169 pages (344KB).

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I don't know what it is about Claudy Conn's work, I always feel that I don't (or shouldn't) like it, but then go on to have a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I think it may be that sometimes they feel a little research light, and it's sometimes possible to find etiquette errors, or little details that just a little uncomfortable, but can be overlooked in the context of the whole work.

It was the same with the offering - which I confess I'd read before on my Mother's Kindle.

Taffeta came across as a perky, full of the right stuff and game for a laugh heroine.  Although her brother and uncle felt a little wet for my taste.

The Hotspur created the impression of being just that hot and dark .... just the way I like them.


Giving it a bit of consideration I think this particular guilty pleasure should be rated 4 stars.

Errors/Bug Bears:

19% - "Tarrant didn't allowed the boy to finish...".  Allow.

38% - getting into a carriage with the Hotspur would have ruined Taffeta.  This is a perfect example of my comment above about etiquette errors, as a Lady would have required a chaperone to be with anyone other than a close relative without suffering ruination.

A little comment on the cover, at the beginning of the book Tafetta has a dream about a the Hero with long hair.  The cover appears to have shorn locks, it would be nice to see consistency with the character description, but that's just a personal view.



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