Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Lord and the Scorpion

By Shiree McCarver
New Concepts Publishing
ISBN: 1586088580
Erotica, Historical, Romance
$6.49 (eBook)

2 1/2 stars

Though I am not a big fan of historical novels, this one captured my interest not only because it was an I/R story, but because the heroine is a total bad ass. She lives in a time where woman are seen but not heard and they definetly are not expected or even wanted to be seen as a warrior. Sauda is nothing like the women of her time. She had a hellish life, trained and raised as a warrior, a killing machine that feels nothing. Her life as she knows is it completely turned amuck when the debonair Lord Ethan Clare stumbles into her world.

Their story is filled with intense romance and pagentry as he courts a woman that is seen as nothing more than a slave/heathen/wench by those he calls family and friends. Their differences are staggering but what binds them to one another is a much deeper need for true love. Sauda is a fighter and she fights his advances tooth and nail, but the charasmatic and devastatingly handsome Ethan Clare would not abide by her requests for doing what is expected of him.

Ethan is a man weighted by his duties as first son in an aristocratic family doomed by secrets. These secrets are enough to alter their lives and when they are revealed, the reader is left speechless. I enjoyed the story, although sometimes it did tend to rattle on a bit. However, what forced me to give the book the rating it received was the lack of editing. I couldn't believe this story was sold as it was with numerous misspellings and what seemed like neverending grammatical errors, along with puncuation. There was even a point where it seems the author left a note for the editor about her possibly ruining the story thus far. I was floored by the lack of editing in the story and that certainly played a major roll in my not being able to enjoy the story as much as I would have liked.

I recommend the story as a good read, but be warned that if you can't stomach the bad editing (which seems to get worse half way through the read), then let me suggest you bypass it all together. If you can survive through it, then the story of Sauda and Ethan will be enjoyable.


Blogger REE said...

Thank you for the review. I completely agree about the editing and that is why it's not in paperback form as planned.

I told them until it was properly edited I didn't want my name forever in print on that book. I saw the notes in that after the fact and that wasn't from me, it was from one proofer to another proofer because of the way it was formatted when they went to do ebook form it messed it up and they were trying to straighten it out.

I hate that this happen to such a beautiful story. I admit I am more of a story teller and being my first book I am learning that inspite of others getting paid to do their job, the editor let me know it is my responsibility to make sure it is a perfect copy. Now they didn't tell me how I was suppose to do that if the editor didn't give me back my mistakes after the first corrections.
I didn't know about the formatting issues until after it went on sale and they sent me my copy.
I have been fighting every since until I'm not fighting anymore. I already decided they aren't getting anymore of my work. They knew my limited experience when they bought it and I rather had received it back for the next year making corrections then for it to be published this way.

Since then I've found my own proof reader to help me. So hopefully anything else in the future with my name on it, the story will be allowed to run on it's own. If someone dislikes my book I want it to be because I wrote a bad story not because of technical difficulties. In the end I realize more then ever by reading this, it falls back on the author.

Thank you again for taking time to read Sauda and Ethan's love story.

12:59 PM  

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