Aiding the Enemy by Julie Rowe

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Aiding the Enemy

By Julie Rowe

War Girls book 3

German-occupied Brussels, Belgium
December 1915

Rose Culver is in grave danger. For months the Red Cross head nurse has been aiding Allied soldiers caught behind enemy lines, helping them flee into neutral Netherlands. It’s only a matter of time until she’s caught. Which makes it the wrong time to fall in love with a handsome German military doctor as devoted to the sanctity of human life as she is.

The Great War has caused Dr. Herman Geoff to question everything he once believed. He knows Rose has been hiding British soldiers in her hospital—he’s even treated some of them, refusing to go against his own Hippocratic oath. As a doctor, he admires Rose’s skill and conviction. As a man, he can no longer deny his attraction to her. But when Rose is arrested for treason, Herman must choose between love for her and duty to his country…

Published October 7th 2013 by Carina Press

I like war romances. The thought of two people finding love in a time of fear and danger really appeals to me so I was quite looking forward to reading this novella. Aiding the Enemy had an interesting premise and it was interesting enough but I couldn’t help feeling that there was wasted potential here.

This book is a short, fluffy romance that lacked some depth but for the most part it was fine and as a novella it ticked all the boxes. My problem with this book was that it could have been so much more. I would have really loved this as a full length historical romance novel, I think it is really what the story deserved. The fact that it is a story about a German Doctor and an English nurse who fall in love is enough to justify a longer length. On top of that there were so many other elements that really needed a little more space. It all felt a little condensed and rushed. A lot is pushed aside to get the romance in and a lot of the romance is underdeveloped to get the plot in. The romance also felt a little forced (again due to the length) and I failed to feel the chemistry between the characters.

The writing was of a good standard. Rowe has done a nice job with the descriptions and atmosphere of the story. She made the war time hospital sound horrific and some bits are definitely not for the faint hearted. The characters were alright. I liked both Rose and Herman but I didn’t love them. I found their voices to similar and I struggled to notice any cultural differences between them.

Aiding the Enemy is an entertaining enough novella that kept me interested but it had the potential to be a lot more.

3 stars

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Improper Relations by Juliana Ross

Improper Relations

by Juliana Ross

Genre: Romance, erotica, historical, short story, arc

Published April 2012 by Carina Press

*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley*

Dorset, 1858
When Hannah’s caught watching her late husband’s cousin debauch the maid in the library, she’s mortified — but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she’s used to being ignored.  The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she’s witnessed, but there’s something about Leo that draws her to him.  When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can’t bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she’s losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?

Generally speaking I enjoy historical books like this one, there is nothing quite like a bodice ripper. In the end this book half did it for me and half didn’t.
I liked the storyline the scandalous gentleman teaching the uptight and unsatisfied young widow about intimacy and pleasure.  Yes, it has been done a million times before.  No, I will never get bored with it.  I also liked the characters.  Hannah is strong-willed she knows exactly what she is getting into and the consequences of her action.  She does them anyway because she is curious.  Leo is charming and gentlemanly.  I never once questioned his honour.  I did wish I knew more about him through and at times did feel that his character was a little blank.

The main problem I had was this book was the love scenes.  I never felt the intimacy or passion.  During these moments there was never an emotionally connection between Hannah and Leo, it all felt rather bland.  Because of this I also doubted the love between them which was a real shame.  Also the beginning and the end of the book felt rushed (especially the epilogue) but other than that it was well paced.

This is only a short review, but it was a short book so I hope you forgive me.  Improper Relations is a quick and enjoyable read.  There were parts of it I liked and parts that I didn’t but all in all it was entertaining.

My rating 2.5 out of 5

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