This story is one of the absolute best that I've read in the historical romance genre. Lazar and Allegra were so real to me. I loved how Lazar was strong yet sometimes so vulnerable I ached for him. Allegra had integrity, and loved Lazar wholeheartedly; no time was wasted wavering or wondering if she actually loved him. The plot was fast paced and exciting. A wonderful, wonderful read!
Loved this story, just ordered The Princess and Prince Charming (Book 2 & 3 in the series), can hardly wait. Ms. Foley's stories keep you turning the pages as fast as you can and as usual, the characters and plot lines are well developed. I often read the hot love scenes out loud to share w/my husband... (grin) let's just say he's a huge Gaelen Foley fan :D
As much as I love Foley's books, this one was surprisingly good. I did not go in expecting much and came out loving this book. The characters were fascinating and so were the back stories Foley created for them. Her writing was above par once again. The only downside to this book was that things felt rushed.
This is a good book. I was able to put it down though, just FYI. This is the first book of a 3 book series. I loved the characters and the drama. A little bit of it is harsh and bloody. There are some unpleasant issues discussed in this book. But don't let this keep you from reading it. I did give it 4 out of 5 stars so it is worth reading for sure!
from the back cover: On a calm moonlit night, as the scent of jasmine and pine embraces the island of Ascension, the pirate prince Lazar di fiore returns with lethal grace to avenge what was stolen from him: his kingdom, his birthright, his soul... When Allegra Monteverdi, the daughter of Lazar's sworn enemy, throws herself on his mercy, Lazar agrees to spare the lives of her family--but only if Allegra sails away with him as his captive.
The first and best book in her Ascension trilogy. Loved the hero.
Meh. I don't think there was anything too amazing about this one. I did love that the love story started off very soon in the story. But as it usually goes in these books, he had to go and screw it up. This wasn't a gripping edge of your seat taale for me, like I thought it would have been from the blurb. It was just ok.
First book in the Triology, The Ascension. I read the second and third books of the triology some time ago. However, this book, the beginning of the story of the de Fiore family, can stand alone. Having read this one though makes me want to go back and re-read the second and third, "Princess" and "Prince Charming."
On a calm moonlit night, as the scent of jasmine and pine embraced the island of Ascension, the pirate prince Lazar di Fiori returns with lethal grace to avenge what was stolen from him: his kingdom, his birthright, his soul. . . .
Allegra Monteverdi, the daughter of Lazar's sworn enemy, proves an uncommonly powerful adversary. She throws herself on his mercy, her courage and beauty touching his cold, unforgiving heart. He agrees to spare the lives of her family--but only if Allegra sails away with him as his captive. For his quest for vengeance still burns fiercely, and he will settle for nothing less than Allegra's body and soul.
Alone at sea with this dark, intriguing man, moving between seduction and fear, Allegra gazes into eyes as deep and mysterious as the night and sees who this pirate really is. Lazar--the prince of her childhood dreams. Though he was rumored to be murdered years ago, she always believed someday he would return. But it will take more than her love for this pirate prince to bring peace to her beloved home. For Lazar must face the demons of his shattered past--if he is to forge the destiny that is theirs to claim. . .