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The author of the book: Jude Deveraux
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As this is the end of the Velvet saga I will be doing a series review first and then a short review for book 4 so if you’re interested in this historical romance series ignore my other individual reviews and read this consolidated one.
“You’ll love only once in your life. You’ll take your time in giving your love but once it is given, no power on earth – or hell – will break that love.”
I wish there was a Velvet saga boxed set on GR because overall I give this series 5 stars. I know it’s astonishing since none of the four books got 5 stars from me so the best point of reference I can think of is comparing it to the body – each of the 4 books is like a body part. They’re not perfect without the other parts but put them together and it’s one working machine, each part complementing the other. I always refer to this series as a saga since it tells one gigantic story and each book is just a chopped fourth of the tale (which explains the horrendous endings for the first three books).
I won’t deny that each individual book has its faults (actually, a LOT of faults) but from a general/overall POV, this saga embodies a lot of aspects of what makes historical romance so appealing to me.
Just what is it about these Montgomery brothers? Despite their cocky attitudes, over-jealous natures, and arrogant & asshole behavior, each brother has somehow wormed his way into my heart. While reading each of their books I wanted to bash them with a brick, sure, but taking a step back and really considering their place in this whole saga made me appreciate who they were. They’re fiercely protective of their women and family, they’re responsible for their actions, and they love with an intensity and ferocity that’s practically unheard of in most medieval romances. I may not 100% agree with everything they do in the name of honor and pride, but each of these brothers is one in a million.
“We Montgomerys are heart-breakers. We’ll end this feud with love words instead of swords.”
I think the highlight of the series lies with the heroines – they go beyond the feistiness and gorgeous looks. It’s not every day medieval romances boasts of strong, resilient heroines who can match their wit and passion with the heroes and aren’t doormats. These women truly challenge the social decorum and hierarchy of their time, making them all the more refreshing and fun to read about.
The lush scenery and the setting of the stories were a bonus – can’t be historical without a descriptive background! I think overall, I actually would recommend this series but be warned that there are many scenes that are filled with déjà angst and bang-your-head-on-the-wall moments but for the most part, the positive does outweigh the negative.
Okay I’m still mad at Gavin but overall I really did like this series.
BOOK 4 REVIEW
Book 4 is the conclusion to the Velvet saga and the story of the youngest Montgomery Miles and his romance with the daughter of his family’s enemy, Elizabeth Chatworth. From the previous book we already know that Elizabeth is being delivered to Miles and because of their family’s feud, it’s to be expected that Miles will be devastatingly cruel to her. However, not only does the opposite happen, but these two who are the most unlikely people to fall in love do and it’s both aggravating and heartwarming to see it happen.
Elizabeth is a silent victim: she fears men due to the constant lecherous faces in her household and with an evil older brother, a busy and absent second brother, and a physically weak third brother, she has no one to protect her.
Miles is a unique and driven individual: his one weakness is his love for women and as someone who’s fathered several bastards already, it just doesn’t seem possible that he could love only one woman.
Elizabeth fears men. Miles loves women. Wills clash but ultimately love wins – Elizabeth learns that not all men mean harm and Miles finds out that it is possible for him to love just one woman.
Compared to the other books in this series, I really liked this one. Yeah it was really annoying when Elizabeth got all accusatory and stubborn and I hated it when Miles gave her the silent treatment but overall this story was good. I could’ve done without the last 20% of the book – REALLY didn’t see the point of (view spoiler)[Roger and Chris’s side romance. Chris is the weirdest female I’ve ever read about. I mean, this is what she says to Roger when she first meets him (she’s wounded and he just saved her):
“I have a beautiful body and lovely soft hair. I will show you sometime.”
I guess it makes her sound like a prostitute but not even prostitutes say stuff like that O_O (hide spoiler)]
Overall I’m giving book 4 three stars. The series rating is 5 stars, however, so I’m rounding off the rating to four stars as shown above.
Finally, a BIG thanks to my friend Camaro for re-reading this saga with me! xx
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Read information about the authorJude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.
She began writing in 1976, and published her first book, The Enchanted Land (1977) under the name Jude Deveraux. Following the publication of her first novel, she resigned her teaching position. Now, she is the author of 31 New York Times bestsellers.
Jude won readers' hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family's irresistible men. Jude's early books are set largely in 15th- and 16th-century England; in them her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars. Her heroines are equally scrappy -- medieval Scarlett O'Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over. They're fighters, certainly, but they're also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation.
Jude has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results. Her James River trilogy (River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady) is set mostly in post-Revolution America; the popular, softer-edged Twin of Fire/Twin of Ice moves to 19th-century Colorado and introduces another hunky-man clan, the Taggerts.
Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern-day soap opera's. "Historicals seem to be all I'm capable of," Jude once said in an interview, referring to a now out-of-print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982's Casa Grande. "I don't want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market." Still, Jude did later attempt modern-day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide (her first murder caper), the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time-traveling Knight in Shining Armor. In fact, with 2002's The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting more comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future.
Jude married Claude Montassir, with whom she had a son, Sam Alexander Montassir, in 1997. They eventually divorced. On Oct. 6th, 2005, Sam died at the age of eight in a motorcycle accident.
Jude has lived in several countries and all over the United States. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and has an additional home in the medieval city of Badolato, Italy.
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