Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review: Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas

Title: Not Quite a Husband
Author: Sherry Thomas
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication Date: May 19, 2009
Series Info: Standalone
Cover Artist: Alan Ayers
Who/What/Why/Where/How: Dirty Sexy Book Club pick for July
Where to Buy:  Amazon

Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith's. A man as handsome and sought after as Leo Marsden couldn't possibly want to spend his life with a woman who rebelled against society by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years later and half a world away, does he track her down at her clinic in the remotest corner of India?

Leo has no reason to think Bryony could ever forgive him, but he won't rest until he’s delivered an urgent message from her sister—and escorted her safely back to England. But as they risk their lives on the journey home, will the biggest danger be the treacherous war around them—or their rekindling passion?

I’m just going to start by saying that I was not a historical romance lover (and that’s putting it lightly).  I went as far as ribbing my aunt about reading the stuff.  I didn’t see how 25 layers of clothing, depressing Victorian settings and frilly language would appeal to me.  In my mind, if it didn’t have some sort of mystery, adventure, supernatural creature(s), intense fight scene and/or some sort of hot horizontal mambo action there was no way I’d stay awake long enough to finish the book.  Oh, how wrong I was!  Thanks to the lovely Rebecca a.k.a. the Captain of the Dirty Sexy Books ship, who selected historical romances as the theme for her book club for July, I was faced with the challenge of reading a book from my least favorite genre.  I guess I could’ve hid under a rock and waited for the storm to pass but, I decided to face the challenge head on.  And what do you know?  I ended up really liking this book.  Liking it to the point that I finished it in one day and stayed up until 2 in the morning (on a work night mind you) to finish it.

I’m not sure if this is typical in historical romances but, the story starts out with two characters who outwardly hate each other’s guts.  We’ve got Ms. Bryony Asquith, a 28-year-old doctor who is intelligent, independent, head strong and a bit of an ice queen and a Mr. Leo Marsden who is, I think, 25-years-old, a mathematician extraordinaire, adventurer and possessor of a killer smile.  We get to watch them embark on a journey that forces them to come to terms with their past, which contains a rather messy annulment amongst other things, and embrace a possible future together.  Aside from wading through the murky waters of their relationship, they also have to try to get through a war that they end up getting stuck in the middle of.  I don’t know where I came up with the theory that there wouldn’t be any fan worthy, sweat inducing sex scenes in historical romances because this book turned that theory on its head.  Granted, some people may feel the timing of said scenes might be inappropriate but, this girl right here had no issues with them whatsoever.  Another thing I really liked about this book was the setting. I’d never heard of a historical romance being set in India so when it was brought to my attention in the book I became more invested in it.  If that makes any sense.

So for all you historical romance fans needing a change of scenery or you first time historical romance readers or rookies to the genre I suggest you check this book out.  You can’t go wrong with a story that has adventure, romance and some hot lovin’.  Even if it does involve a little frilly language.

On a side note, I'd like to send my Aunt the following message: 

'When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong.'
-Jake Houseman (a.k.a. Baby's Dad), Dirty Dancing

Favorite Scenes/Lines:
The periphery of the sky lit every few seconds, truant angels playing with Lucifer matches. (Pg. 3)

Then he did smile, one of his dazzling smiles that restored sight to the blind and instilled music in the deaf. (Pg. 42)

‘I rather hope you will be very forceful about it. It’s not a Ming vase.’ (Leo, Pg. 247)

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  1. Ah, another convert! Welcome to another addictive genre. This one sounds pretty good and I've never read Sherry Thomas before. I did get a good snort out of that last quote though :)

  2. Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by. LOL...I wouldn't say convert exactly but, I'm definitely not opposed to picking up another HR and giving it a read. Glad you got chuckle out of it...I'm partial to quoting my favorite 80's movies whenever I can. ;)

  3. I don't read all that much historical romance anymore but when I do I always love it. Brenda Joyce and Teresa Medeiros writes some great stuff too. I don't believe I've ever heard of a historical romance set in India before either. Most are England, Scotland, Ireland, Egypt, and the US.

  4. Hi Ladytink! I've never heard of Brenda Joyce or Teresa Medeiros...then again I don't read many historical romances. I'll look them up and give them a try. Thanks for the suggestions and for stopping by.

  5. Good to see you have come over to the dark side. Glad you have ventured into a new genre and now that you have - have many books to share. Even one with vampires.... ;)

  6. Thanks for stoppin' by Toots (a.k.a. my Aunt). I have indeed succumbed to the dark side and now Jess makes fun of me like I made fun of you. Thanks karma. There are historicals with vampires?!? Well hell, if someone had told me this sooner I may have coming running to the dark side as opposed to getting dragged there.

  7. Ladytink is right. Teresa Medeiros is a good author to read. There is also a series by Diana Cabaldon called Outlander that is very good. I have only read the first book but I will be getting the rest.

  8. I've heard a lot about Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. The thought of an almost 900 page book is kind of daunting though. I'll add it to the wish list but I'm not making any promises.

  9. Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!