[Always a Stranger] Free ê Amara Royce
His cousin develop How did Hanako survive her travels from Japan How did her father come to give her up Exploring any of these uestions and a few would certainly add to the depth and scope of the story beautifullyThe story overall is fast paced and an easy weekend read If you re Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice looking for a book to enjoy while enjoying the outdoor sun this is a good choice Amara RoyceEast meets West in this romance of forbidden passionsove between an enslaved heroine a Lord of honor Edicts of Asoka loveHanako Sumaki is a rare gift of womanhood that should be treasured but in London at the Great Exhibition she is treated as a freak of nature an oddity She is a Asian woman who is held in the struggling hold of the evil money grubby hands of Mr Broek the owner of the Jade Gardens Hanako her young sister Takara had beeneft at the mercy of Mr Broek after their Father s death Hanako knows over 20 Upgrade Soul languages is the mother hen of all the Jade Gardens women who are basically slaves a performer of Asian entertainment a translator protector of her sister but she has outlasted her usefulness is going to be sold as a man s toy She will do it all so that she can take her sister with her protect her from Mr Broek s perverse handsSkyler Roderick was a happy 2nd son engineering student abroad when heearned that he was the new Earl of Richmond after the tragic death of both his father older brother Syke was never to be the heir but he accepts all the responsibilities Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath like being the new Royal Commissioner of the Great Exhibition His boss is the Duke of Carleton the Duke wants all corruptions rooted out of the Exhibition so Syke is inspecting all exhibits performers checking all contractsooking anything out of placeAs Syke is investigating he sees this red shimmer of silk reveal this exotic Far East flower is mesmerized by her Hanako Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 looks into the chaos of the Exhibition sees this proud golden Lord is entranced by all the emotions flowing thru her but knows he is trouble Syke waits outside of the curtain to wait to talk with thisotus flower but when he goes behind the curtain all he sees a dirty small child That child is actually Hanako in one of her many disguises pretends to not understand English They play this cat mouse game until Sykes goes to his Aunt s Lady Devlin dinner party Hanako is there as a translator for a handsy client They share 1 dazzlingly kiss but Hanako feels his warmth kindness security maybe trust things she has always wanted but has always been deniedIt s East meets West in this journey of unchecked desire utter decadent passions between Hanako Syke as her auction becomes closer but she will protect her sister maybe Syke too When he closes his eyes he sees her in the red silk but she will never be accepted as his Countess Things become very complex with Mr Broek greed the protection of the Jade women a helpful Lord Devlin the do gooder Mrs Duchamp an outraged Dowager Countess Tanaka s future protection the bruised battered heart soul of Hanako the endless Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist loving just for her from Syke Will Syke free Hanako from her bondage Can Hanako realized that she is worthy of hisove How will Syke heal her tormented soul If they break the hold of Mr Broek can they save her sister all the in prisoned Jade women When will Mr Broek get his justice rewardThis is my 1st Amara Royce romance she blends all the exotic Far east with the english world of rules up with the English world of rules up society to make an unforgettable tale Hanako was a performer 247 I believe she hide inside her many disguises to hide her own pain She is so strong always took responsibility for everyone in her world but she ost herself along the way Syke is a different kind of hero who used his head in the begin but that man s heart was so full of ove that it was ike a damn breaking open He didn t get it from his mom I was bad made a ittle pillow doll of the Dowager Countess stabbed her multiple times with pins because I didn t want to put holes in my Kindle Ms Royce filled this book with a cast of Imaginary Runner lively Jadeadies who were Hanako her sister s chosen family This book made smile crave a From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 little Far East just for me cry my eyes out it s not a pretty sight anger for the injustices of females everywhere beat up pin to death certain characters which earned me just aittle chocolate happiness I wanted to steal Syke his overflowing heart from Hanako Ms Royce created a different heart wrenching romance with a Far East flair that totally deserves my top score of 5 fingers up 10 toesNetGalley ARC given for my honest review A very nicely written follow up to her first book Never Too Late Solid writing and interesting characters complement this unusual storyline It focuses on an intercultural relationship surely unusual in Victorian times and human tra Just couldn t connect to it hard as I triedCouldn t connect to itI had the toughest time finishing this book I ve put it down so many times in the hope that I would see it in a different Fresh Water light But each and every time was no different from theast because I ve committed myself and the determination to see it through propelled me to the finish French Daguerreotypes line atast I find the heroine funny that I just finished it but couldn t remember her name so inconsistent somewhat too forward when it comes to her many encounters with the hero During that era the women are so docile timid and ever so conscious of the do s and don t s adhering to society s propriety Considering those times especially her heritage being Japanese descent I thought Her Constant Touching And Kissing The Hero constant touching and kissing the hero brass inappropriate and unacceptable The hero is the one who is always considering and careful of her reputation how she would be perceived by the ton s watchful eye by some of her actions Ever so careful he doesn t do anything to tarnish the heroine s reputation that he comes out From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read like cold almost unfeeling kind of a man I think you can get reaction from a toad their sexual encounter is as erotic and hot as wet paper towelsI really did not find anything I can recommend about this book except that the writing is good An ARC was provided by NetGalley. True heart which holds a desperate secret When Skylerearns the real reason Hanako has been brought to London he will risk his entire world to win her trust and save her from From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society losing both body and soul It's a feat that will reuire the type of courage onlyove can give. ,
I thought the idea of a book set against the backdrop of the Victorian Great Exhibition involving an English Earl and a Japanese Entertainer at the Exhibit was uniue and I wanted to read it The story grabbed me from the beginning with the exotic fan dance scene and the mystery of Hana s circumstancesThis one is not isted as a seuel to my knowledge but in truth it is a follow upparallel story to Never Too Late about Skyler s cousin The two books have connections but this one can definitely be read as a standalone storyThe story opens with Skyler the new Earl of Ridgemont being named a Royal Commissioner for the Great Exhibition with his duties being to make sure the exhibitors are all on the up and up He receives word that one of the Asian acts does not appear to have been contracted so he goes to investigate He arrives in time to observe a beautiful mysterious woman perform a breath taking fan dance Across the space between them he feels a strong connection when their gazes meet When he goes to the backstage area to uestion her about her act and her manager she has disappeared and in her place is a boy with a smudged face and tattered clothes without the ability to speak EnglishHanako Sumaki is concerned about the arrival of this observant yet kind Englishman who seems very interested in her act Because of the nature of her master s shady business she cannot afford for him to Twelve Days of Pleasure learn anything He is persistent but not in the way of most men who want her He seems genuinely concerned each time they meet and it drives her to confide than she wishes to him and desire to be near him though that can go nowhereSkyler can t figure out the woman who has bewitched him He knows she is hiding so much and she is a great deal than she seems She is bright well informed cultured and patient in the face of ignorance Not that he misses that spark in her eyes and stiffening of her spine when she does hear crushing words and remarks from his fellow Englishman As gentle and caring as he is with Hana she still insists in keeping him outside her trust and won tet him help until Sky figures out what is going on and then he takes matters into his own handsSky and Hana are drawing closely together but Hana can t trust that his feelings are constant or that he will hold up under peer pressure She has taken care of herself and others for so Gods Choice long Sky has to decide if he is strong enough to go up against Society against family expectation and against Hana s own stubbornnessThe plot on this one was a complicated forbidden romance that managed to convey what it wasike for an interracial romance that also had the difficulty of class issues too The balance of historical backdrop and the plot was good The story was at the forefront but details were there to fill in the gaps and paint a richer picture The plot is very much romance driven though there are spikes of action The first two thirds are better paced than the Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye latter third it never gets boring There is a sort of waiting time for the dust to settle and people to establish a new normal after all that came before that which slowed stuff down I was mostly impatient just because I reallyiked *THE COUPLE AND WANTED THEM TO *couple and wanted them to their chance but it totally made sense that things couldn t be rushed because of the nature of the barriers As to the main players Hana was written in such away that she was all mystery at first and slowly her secrets are revealed a bit at a time Even with getting her as one of the narrators she keeps so much back until Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France later Her story kept me so fascinated throughout the book Her background make her see things from a totally different perspective from Sky and she is so suspicious of him at first That being said she knew he was a good man She only really disappointed me once when she came at Sky hard for him to take her he hesitated to take up what she was offering but eventually he gave in when she begged and then she threw it up in his face when she had regrets and guilt Her reasons made sense and she was experiencing a near crisis at the time so Iet it go But yeah regret or not when you did the seducing you own it in my bookAs to Sky he is Hana s opposite completely in that he is open hopeful and trusting He didn t see ove coming but he didn t deny it I was so impressed that his ove was so strong and confident that not once did he take the easy way out and offer her anything Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild less than marriage He totally valued her as his eualAll in all I really enjoyed my first time reading this authors books the uniue storyline of this historical and its inter racial romance I definitely plan to go back to the first one for Devin and Honoria s story that I have sitting on my Kindle waiting for an opportune momentI would recommend this one for those whoike slightly spicy Historical Romance particularly set in the Victorian periodMy thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity TO READ THIS ONE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST read this one in exchange for an honest 35 starsI was intrigued by the premise a Victorian era setting against the Great Exhibition of 1851 in which a titled Lord involves himself with a Japanese Fan Dancer and the intrigue that comes with both the uniueness of the relationship and the secrets held by Hanako Royce presents a world that feels very real and is easy to imagine the wonders as if seeing them for the first time as Londoner s did The Victorian era was beginning to exert influence on social and societal customs and with Albert s insatiable fascination with new technologies and scientific advancement a new era of industrial scientific and exploratory discoveries are being integrated into the public eye A scant ten years before Albert s death and Victoria s subseuent retirement from public Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets life the mood and curiosity of the public was insatiableLord Skyler Ridgemont is in service to the crown seeing to the contractual needs and intricacies of performances and tying up theoose ends While he is intrigued by the uniue presence and approach of the Japanese woman Hanako he feels a connection that surprises him Hanako finds him uniuely different her When two worlds collide anything is possibleAn international affair London's Great Exhibition has taken the city by storm As its newest Royal Commissioner Lord Skyler Ridgemont must ensure the performers are properly contracted Among them is the delicate and graceful Ha. Acillation between reticence and proper behavior mixing with a very forward display not acceptable in polite society at that time The story has several different sub plot points that need to be worked through the interracial relationship Hanako s inability to find a solid behavioral pattern that would not bring shame on Skyler even as she won t be accepted and Hanako s big secret Each unfolds slowly with plenty of back and forth and diversions of setting and place that help the reader to enjoy the scenery While there is a romance it s very slow to develop and most of the story is consumed with the reveals from Hanako while Skyler is far open and easy to know I will say that the pacing is stronger in the earlier chapters of the book while it never gains the evel of fast moving must turn the page the steady unsteadiness of the pacing did allow time to revel in the descriptions and feel although ess emotionally visceral than I would have hoped Romance in this story did take a backseat for me to the Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 luxe descriptions and scene setting I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility Disclaimer I received an e copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewLord Skyler Skyler Really Ridgemont has accepted a position as a commissioner of the London Great Exhibition in 1851 and encounters aovely Japanese fan dancer there He is smitten and in the process of trying to earn about her essentially ends up stumbling upon a 19th century human trafficking organizationI wanted to ove this book but I just couldn t connect with any of the characters I really dislike the hero s name Skyler as it sounds far too modern to fit in with the era The heroine Hana comes off as a very weak character despite the author s efforts to portray her as conflicted and torn between two worldsOn a positive note this is the second book I ve read by Amara Royce and both have been a bit different from other historical romance reads this one with the human trafficking aspect and her ast one with a child pornography ring The romance between hero and heroine is nice although a bit cliche hero saves disreputable woman and marries her despite what anyone else thinks I iked seeing Lord Devin and Honoria again from her Wicked Loving Lies last book and I still adored them All in all I would give this book a solid 35 stars for effort Iove books set in Victorian times rather than just a slew of Regency romances all the time and I hope Ms Royce keeps writing Note I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFramed by the Great Exhibition Skyler Roderick Earl of Ridgemont and Hanako Sumaki confront the prejudices of the time as well as those within themselves Comfortable as the second son eager to embrace his gifts of architectural vision his La heredera del mar lordship struggles to fulfill his new obligations and still remain true to his own nature What Meghna Sarkar ThoughtARC provided by Netgalley She twirled and flipped the fans with a mastery that transformed them wielding them with audacity than he had ever seen in a ballroom Lord Skyler has a new position as the Royal Commissioner and his first assignment is to enuire whether the oriental performers at London s Great Exhibitions are all properly contracted There he discovers a jade maiden and he is captivated by theady s grace and elegance while performing a fan dance But attempting to find out about her threatens to and him into trouble than he can handle He is ably supported by his cousin Lord "Devin And His Partner "and his partner aka Hanako aka Miss Sumaki aka Miss Johannsen is a beautiful half Japanese half Dutch performer struggling to find a way out of servitude and to free her younger sister She is also proficient in twenty odd anguages and a master of disguises When she meets this handsome Englishman with kind eyes she dares to dream of a different future but is aware that such a union is forbidden and will be considered dishonorable by Sky s family and the rigid English society The story narrates how she finally decides to believe that their ove will overcome all obstacles and prevailThe background is different but the story remains the same clich A wealthy aristocrat rescues a fallen woman and despite societal censure chooses to marry her Ms Royce has tried very hard to make us sympathize with her heroine but she fails She wants us to see Hanako as an unwilling servant of her circumstances Though Hana wants to be strong she comes across as confused She changes her decisions at such a rapid pace that it becomes uite exasperating Moreover the dialogues and some of the scenes are too much in your face racist Everything could have been subdued and yet would have achieved the desired effect But miss they all ook the same It is impossible to distinguish one Oriental from another Sky has a defined role he wants to save his beautiful jade maiden and will not et anything or anybody harm her The secondary characters seem to be stereotypical and hastily sketched all except perhaps MrsDuchamp The story is ike a Hollywood starrer with a big name star cast but it just does not reach its potential I would recommend this only to people ooking for old wine in a different bottle in Historical RomanceCharacters 3Writing 2Plot 3Cover 5 Overall 3 A historical with a Japanese heroine in a foreign Country This Sounds Like this sounds ike of the things I ove Perhaps one of the most enjoyable things about this book is the atmosphere Ms Royce has the skill to pull the reader into the world book is the atmosphere Ms Royce has the skill to pull the reader into the world the Great Exhibition and the subtle nature of social standing in Victorian London By using her characters both major and minor Ms Royce easily shows just how stratified the society was and how many people were trying desperately to transform it while still operating in the dictated confines of societyPersonally I would have iked to see a Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe little background material much of which was hinted at throughout the book How did Skylar and his relationship with. Nako Sumaki Draped in vivid silk robes Hanako's exotic Japanese fan dance captivates Skyler and heongs to earn about herBut Hanako's enigmatic employer keeps his exuisite charge very close The consummate artist she shows the handsome nobleman many faces but never her.