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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Allura by Christine Young

Allura by Christine Young
Publisher: Awe-Struck E-Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

With her golden hair and cobalt eyes, Allura McClellan was a trophy beyond compare. Her hand in marriage given to any man who could discover her secret, she set out to bedevil every man who answered the ad her father placed in the London Times until Hunter Gray and Englishman, discovered her island and banished all other men from her life. Burning with indignation and passion, she was determined to keep her secret from the arrogant Englishman and to keep her independence at any cost.

The bastard son of an English earl, he made a name for himself in the service of his country. Hunter Gray vowed no one would keep him from winning the hand of the fair Allura and in doing so realizing his dreams. He was stronger and more cunning than the men who had come before. The man who had fought many a war against the French swore he would capture the heart of the passionate young woman he came to Scotland to claim.

In early 1800s Scotland, women are often considered chattel with no control over events that affect their lives. Allura, her sisters, and cousins are misfits for this age. They want to develop their talents and control their own lives.

Their magical island represents the unquenchable desire they have for freedom and it plays a major role in the story as Hunter Gray accepts the challenge Allura’s father issues in regard to winning her hand in marriage and all The McClellhan’s wealth.

Hunter, a macho English soldier who believes no woman can be trusted, wants the material gain enough to wed Allura regardless of her good or bad attributes. Can you believe he says “all women are alike in the dark”? Mercy, is he in for a surprise.

The secondary characters, especially Blade and Aiden, slip in and out of the conflicts between Hunter and Allura. They inevitably make matters worse even though their intentions are good. Guy, the antagonist, certainly plays havoc with their lives. He seems to have no redeeming qualities.

The situation and characters are somewhat stereotypical, but Allura and Hunter are so well depicted, the reader can relate to them as if they are real people. People the reader hopes fervently will find some way to bridge the wide gap between their beliefs and values, thereby creating a way for the love they each feel to find a path that will lead Allura and Hunter to a happy-ever-after.