Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Prick of the Thistle (Heartwood Series Book 1) by Qeturah Edeli

prickofthethistleTitle ~ Prick of the Thistle

Author ~ Qeturah Edeli

Publisher ~ Loose Id

Published ~ 7th November 2016

Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance





Despite Lord Duncan Friseal's surly disposition, William finds the heir to the wealthy highland thanedom of Faoltaigh irresistible. After Lord Friseal saves William from a fate worse than death, William grows obsessed with his penetrating fuck-or-kill gaze and aches to discover what lies beneath his great kilt. Lord Friseal appears ignorant of William’s affections, but no matter; William has dealt with his fair share of capricious men and it will be only a matter of time before Lord Friseal succumbs and gives him what he craves.
Lord Friseal realizes too late how dangerously attracted to William he is. He cannot resist the temptation of a man who knows exactly what he wants and where he wants it. Constrained by his station, clan, and religion, Lord Friseal must decide if his passion for a sensuous but traumatized Englishman is worth risking his family’s future and the fate of his immortal soul. Circumstances continue to thwart his swelling sentimentality as William proves to be emotionally distant for all his sexual appetite, and Lord Friseal’s intrusive houseguest, Moira MacKenzie, draws ever closer to the truth.


Freya’s Review

Och, who can resist a wee 16th-century Highland fling? Apparently not me.

Laird in waiting, Lord Duncan Friseal saves an incredibly lost Englishman from the ravages of the Scottish Highlands. That one act changes the man’s life.

In the early 1500’s (and for many years after), all Scots were suspicious of anything English. Distrust and the loss of his beloved wife, several years earlier, made Duncan an emotionally barren, dutiful son and Laird in waiting. A thespian by trade, William’s life experience made him familiar with body language and knew what he saw in Duncan’s eyes.

It turns out there were secrets afoot – ones on all sides. The question was, what or whose secrets would be revealed first.

This is a story that at first (please forgive me for saying this) doesn’t seem all that remarkable, particularly since a fair bit of time is spent analyzing and speculating on actions. But it crept up on me, and before I knew it, I was caught up in the lives of the characters and their secrets.

I liked the delicate introduction and mixture of Gaelic and English tongues. And Duncan’s character was divine. I loved the inner fire that Duncan showed, yet he remained resigned to the fate of his duty as the young Laird. To this end, early in the story, actions and thoughts rarely coincided. It was a scenario that unraveled at a similar pace as the secrets.

This is an historical story, whose language doesn’t strictly conform to the era. There are a few words like, “dunno,” “prick,” and “git,” whose meaning and use don’t belong to the timeline. However, I am one of those readers who honestly doesn’t mind an historical told in more modern English; I feel I connect better with the stories this way as I can understand them better. Also, even though told in the third person, the odd sentence within a paragraph, from an alternative POV, nobbled the flow. A chewed bottom lip was a touch annoying, too. But that’s my bad to contend with. I read the nervous action all too frequently, and it’s become an ‘oh no not again’ reaction, on my part.

Overall, though, Prick Of The Thistle, seduced me as much as William seduced Duncan. I found it to be a subtle story of delicate investigations and simmering emotions that encounter by encounter, chapter by chapter, grew in intensity. Heart-pounding drama filled scenes made the slower times worth the wait.

As this is part of a series, the ending left me on the fence. I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wanted … more, because I’m an impatient bastard who doesn’t want to wait for the next book.   

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Meet Qeturah Edeli

Qeturah (said Keh-to-rruh) is an incorrigible recluse. She lived in Europe before she came to North America, but has never lived somewhere people can pronounce her name properly. She enjoys fencing, beekeeping, caffeine, and minimalism. Her family is pleased she is putting her classical Swiss education to good use with her naughty novels.


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