Book Review: Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard

I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of historical romances. However, the paranormal aspect was enough to pique my interest. The summary from Susan Krinard’s website:

Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong… never dreaming that the two of them are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.

The novella started wonderfully—a Duchess (Lady Tameri) who believes she’s a reincarnated princess and a skeptic (Leo Eskine) willing to find out the truth. The waters became muddied soon after. I found Leo mettlesome to the point he seemed to take on a busybody caricature. Other times he seemed flaky, running from place to place not knowing what the heck was going on.

Tameri–I loved her; I hated her. I just couldn’t make up my mind. She had great convictions in her beliefs, a quality I admired. However, her personality seemed inconsistent. Sometimes she was quite bold, other times she acted like a willow in the wind. I could never be sure if her moments of boldness were attributed to the goddess or not. Was she really weak? I don’t know.

As I mentioned, historical are not my forte. However, I would have liked to see a bit more background here. I was unclear of who exactly any of the main characters were. Sure, we have a Duchess dowager, but that’s the extent of her background. Then we have Leo, who’s the son of an earl…but what else? With so little, I had a hard time connecting with them. I suppose that’s the way of shorter stories sometimes. So little space, so many words…what to cut?

I laughed through the last ten pages or so, though I’m sure it was not meant to be comical. I’m not sure if this is a spoiler or not but just in case. <SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER> <SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER><SPOILER>So we have this fight scene, which isn’t so much as a fight scene since the villain is placed in time out while the main characters discuss strategy. This isn’t like the fighting and talking at the same time you see in movies. No, this is actually setting the villain aside (screaming and yelling at the MCs) while the main characters plot his demise. Then there’s this thing with sex and taking a break to read before getting to the orgasm. I’m still scratching my head on that one. OMG, I just read it again. Now I’m cracking up laughing. I’ve got to share it. So they’re in the middle of sex and then…

Maahes reached beneath the couch and shook the scroll from his kilt. He got to his feet and unrolled it, beginning to speak the words of the final segment even before he could read them [a bit of action here and then….]

Maahes set down the scroll and returned to the couch. Tameri opened herself again, and Maahes thrust with greater and greater urgency…

Come on people, you know that’s funny. I laugh every time I read it. I have to admit, the absurdity of it all makes that part my favorite piece in the whole novella.

Anyway, the ending was okay. It reminded me a bit of a love story and less of a romance.  <Shrug> Oh well.

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