Afternoon Delight: The Bastard of Brittany by Victoria Vane

Posted January 31, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 6 Comments

Afternoon Delight: The Bastard of Brittany by Victoria Vane
The Bastard of Brittany

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Series: Wolves of Brittany #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Kindle Worlds
Released on January 22, 2018
Pages: 111
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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The Delight

The third brother arrives in the spotlight.  Bjorn had me intrigued from book one.  He’s quiet, a widower who still mourns the loss of wife and children, but he’s also a raiding Viking helping put his brother on the throne of Brittany.  Ivar the Red was full of sensational action and intrigue along with sizzling passion so I was well primed to move into The Bastard of Brittany.

Review

The Bastard of Brittany is the third of the Wolves of Brittany series.  I have no idea if its the last book, as I felt there was room for more to come when this one ended, and yet, he is the final of the three half-brothers… so not sure there.  But what I am sure about is that this series of stories must be read in order.

All three books cover roughly the same events, but offer parallel stories with the three brothers and the women in their stories.  The first story, Breton Wolfe has Valdrick and Adele telling of the invasion of Brittany and takes things to the point of the siege on Quimper.  Then Ivar the Red has Ivar and Emma summarizing the invasion from a new angle and taking things just past the siege to thwarting a retaliatory invasion from the Franks near the border.  And now, The Bastard of Brittany summarizes the invasion from yet another angle and covers what was going on back at Vannes and on to Poher with Bjorn and Gwened taking over the narration.

I found this one went by fast for me from start to finish and yet it wasn’t any shorter than the others.  Nothing really leaped out at me though I felt a quick connection to both Bjorn and Gwened.  I loved that though they have private pain, they go on for the betterment of others.  Bjorn is a caregiver whether it was to his lost family or to the people of the lands he now oversees.  I love that.  Gwened has the potential to be such and indeed kept things going in Poher while her boy-husband was growing up.

It was a steady-paced story taking the tone of the main characters in it.  I do love how each pairing in this series are drawn well and very different from the others (no cookie cutter romances here).  Gwened is rightly upset and angered about the invasion, but she is reasonable and practical, too.  Bjorn doesn’t allow Gwened to rile him and is also reasonable and not uncaring of her plight.  Gwened and Bjorn share the sorrow of burying lost loves and then forced to push on.

The element of the arranged marriage with a new romance for this pair while Gwened is still marriaged might have sat uneasy with me except for the character and circumstances of young Mateudoi who was Gwened’s husband.  He was married to her when he was fourteen and he’s barely twenty at the time of this novella.  Like Gwened, he truly is unhappy, not unkind or disrespectful.  Sexual relations are distasteful to him and unwanted (yes, he is asexual and that is perfectly alright, though its not thought well of by others).

Truthfully, other than one real high point of conflict, this one is low-angst and its slow burn rather than sizzling.  I adored Ivar and Emma’s story, but I also enjoyed the break from the drama with Bjorn and Gwened.  They come together, but not in the beginning and not without the hesitancy of a virginal heroine and a hero who is finding his way through the confusion in his mind about his past grief and moving on.

My only real niggle was that I felt things were left at a suspenseful point and somewhat unresolved.  Now, this might be intentional and left for another book- I suspect it is, but I get so caught up in things that I am impatient for all the threads to be tied off.

All in all, I have really enjoyed this trip back to ninth century Brittany with events and circumstances of the characters feeling historically accurate even while the romances pull one in with sensual enemies to lovers pairings.  Those who love good historical romance and don’t mind novella-length reads should definitely give these a try.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout 45 HR
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New Release #11
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About Victoria Vane

Victoria Vane is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
Contact info:
Email: victoria.vane@hotmail.com Website: www.victoriavane.com
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Twitter: @authorvictoriav Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1vONQZh
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Praise for SLOW HAND
“Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…”
—Publishers Weekly

“Slow Hand by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page-turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria’s characters straight off the page and into real life…”
—Unwrapping Romance

“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy…Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.”
—RT Book Reviews

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Debbie Haupt

    I love the cover Sophia Rose and I hope you’re right about being a next book otherwise the unresolved stuff is not good

    • Yes, exactly. I wanted to be fair when it’s possible that its a series continuation thing and I’ve read many of the author’s books and novellas and she always ties things up neatly.

  • When I hear the name “Ivar” I think of the Ivar that is on the TV show Vikings. He is not a good person. In every episode, I hope that someone kills him. Glad you enjoyed this one. Sorry it ended in a less than stellar point. I hope you get another book to wrap things up for you.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • My brother watches Vikings. I haven’t tried it yet. Oh, that is funny that the TV Ivar is a bad guy. This one is not. Out of the three brothers he’s my favorite. 🙂
      Yeah, I’m leaning toward there being another book. She’s never left things hanging before so I trust her.

  • Lovely review, now I need this book in my life!! I love the arranged marriage trope and I really am intrigued by the dynamics here.

    • All three novellas were great for that trope. The backdrop and the characters are engaging. Hope you get the chance, Renee!