SOMETHING OLDReclusive Viscount Stan Was Still Reeling From The Shock Of Discovering That TE Stone, The Historian He D Hired Sight Unseen Was Actually A Womanand A Rather Attractive One At That Theadora Evalina Von Hochstein Also Had An Irritating Habit Of Poking Her Nose Into Other People S Affairsspecifically The One Between Arabella Stuart And William Seymour, Whose Secret Love Child Might Very Well Be Stan S AncestorY LEAD TO SOMETHING NEWThea Expected To Find The Answer In Dusty Family Documents She Never Dreamed She D Feel Herself Journeying Back Through Time Itself Soon She Was Having Visions Of An Era Long Past And Dreaming Of A Future With The Handsome Stan Was She Going Mador Falling In Love A Long Buried Secret Waited For Thea In Another Century, But The Surprise Awaiting Her THIS June Could Bring Her The Love Of A Lifetime I m saddened and disappointed to have to award this book only one star The author, Karla Hocker, wrote one of the first romance novels I ever read and what remains one of my favorite traditional Regencies , The Devilish Marquis Unfortunately, June Love just is not romantic, and I just didn t like it It reads too much like a history lesson, even if it is mostly fictional.The hero, Viscount Stan, is a beta hero, which in and of itself isn t a turn off for me I quite like them, in fact the lack of romance between the hero and heroine is.As stated in the blurb copied below , in this story, Stan has engaged the services of the heroine, Miss Thea Stone, to investigate his family history and the claims that his family is descended from the royal Stuart line back in the 1600s What the blurb does not state, unfortunately, is that the 1600s and the family intrigue take precedence over the supposed development of Stan and Thea s love Indeed, in the untangling of the hero s family history, not to mention the political intrigue that requires Miss Stone to be placed in quotes as she is hiding her identity for reasons that come to light later in the story , so much gets lost in the hero and heroine s relationship that we are left wondering how they went from a working relationship to declaring their love for each other Possible spoilers in this paragraph In fact, they declare their love for each other LITERALLY halfway through the book around page 150 out of 300 pages , which leaves not much to the tension and drama because you KNOW they ll be together at the end of the book Instead, I felt like I was wading through pages and pages of prose about historical events and these eerie parallels between history and the present just so that I could see what their happily ever after would come about END SPOILERS The way the story is written leaves not much time for the relationship to unfold, and, in fact, there is little to no tension in the relationship itself There is no will they or won t they back and forth After one too many prose passages about historical events which read too much like a history text , I ended up skimming through the second half of the book in hopes of coming to a soaring conclusion it wasn t.I commend the author for her research and attention to detail This book is clearly well written That said, it should have been a historical fiction book, not a romance.
Karla Hocker, a native of Germany, was the author of fourteen Regency novels and various novellas She attributed her love of the English language and her fascination with the Regency period to a three year stay in England Karla lived with her family and far too many cats in San Antonio, Texas She passed away after a battle with cancer on May 28, 2004.
- 320 pages
- June Love (June Bride Holiday Regency Romance)
- Karla Hocker
- 02 June 2019 Karla Hocker