Always a Stranger (EBOOK)



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  1. says: Amara Royce Ç 5 review Always a Stranger (EBOOK)

    Always a Stranger (EBOOK) Note I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFramed by the Great Exhibition Skyler Roderick Earl of Ridgemon

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    Always a Stranger (EBOOK) review Always a Stranger 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 listed as a seu

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    review Always a Stranger Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ç Amara Royce Amara Royce Ç 5 review Amara RoyceEast meets West in this romance of forbidden passions love between an enslaved heroine a Lord of honor loveHanak

  4. says: Always a Stranger (EBOOK) Amara Royce Ç 5 review review Always a Stranger

    Always a Stranger (EBOOK) 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 G

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    Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ç Amara Royce Always a Stranger (EBOOK) 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 begin

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    Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ç Amara Royce Always a Stranger (EBOOK) 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 trafficking Both are challenging subjects but were handled very well A very nice book

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    Always a Stranger (EBOOK) Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ç Amara Royce A historical with a Japanese heroine in a foreign country? this sounds like all of the things I love

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    Always a Stranger (EBOOK) Amara Royce Ç 5 review review Always a Stranger 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 a lovely Japanese fan dancer there He is smitten and in the process of trying to learn about her essentially ends up stumbling upon a 19th century human trafficking organizationI wanted to

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    Always a Stranger (EBOOK) 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 light But each and every time was no different from th

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    review Always a Stranger Always a Stranger (EBOOK) Amara Royce Ç 5 review 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 of 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

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Ort 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 "people to establish a new normal after all that came before that which slowed stuff down I was impatient just because I really liked the couple and wanted them to have 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 etting her as one of the narrators she keeps so much back until 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 "different perspective from Sky and she is so suspicious of him at first That being she knew he was "a ood man she only really disappointed me "good man She only really disappointed me when she came at Sky hard for him to take her he hesitated to take up what she was offering but eventually he ave in when she begged and then she threw it up in his face when she had regrets and Elena's Conquest guilt Her reasons made sense and she was experiencing a near crisis at the time so I let ito 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 love coming but he didn t deny it I was so impressed that his love was so strong and confident that not once did he take the easy way out and offer her anything 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 Sister of My Heart 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 who like 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 review 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 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 the loose 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 vacillation 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 neverains the level of fast moving must turn the page the steady unsteadiness of the pacing did allow time to revel in the descriptions and feel although less emotionally visceral than I would have hoped Romance in this story did take a backseat for me to the 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 a lovely Japanese fan dancer there He is smitten and in the process of trying to learn about her essentially ends up stumbling upon a 19th century human trafficking organizationI wanted to love 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 Nako Sumaki Draped in vivid silk robes Hanako's exotic Japanese fan dance captivates Skyler and he longs to learn 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. .
Amara RoyceEast meets West in this romance of forbidden passions love an "Enslaved Heroine A Lord "heroine a Lord honor loveHanako Sumaki is a rare ift of womanhood that should be 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 h 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 trafficking Both are challenging subjects but were handled very well A very nice book Just couldn t connect to it "Hard As I TriedCouldn T "as I triedCouldn t 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 light But each and every time was no different from the last because I ve committed myself and the determination to see it through propelled me to the finish line at last 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 is 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 like cold almost unfeeling kind of a man I think you can et 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 Rescuing Gus good An ARC was provided by NetGalley 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 storyrabbed me from the beginning with the exotic fan dance scene and the mystery of Hana s circumstancesThis one is not listed 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 Class of 92: Out of Our League 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 theirazes meet When he Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story 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 learn anything He is persistent but not in the way of most men who want her He seemsenuinely 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 How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead go nowhereSkyler can t figure out the woman who has bewitched him He knows she is hiding so much and she is areat 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 entle and caring as he is with Hana she still insists in keeping him outside her trust and won t let him help until Sky figures out what is oing 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 long Sky has to decide if he is strong enough to o 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 was like for an interracial romance that also had the difficulty of class issues too The balance of historical backdrop and the plot was ood The story was at the forefront but details were there to fill in the Moonrise 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 latter third it neverets boring There is a 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 raceful Ha. .
Espite the author s efforts to portray her as "CONFLICTED AND TORN BETWEEN TWO WORLDSON A POSITIVE NOTE "and torn between two worldsOn a positive note 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 last 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 liked seeing Lord Devin and Honoria again from her last book and I still adored them All in all I would ive this book a solid 35 All in all I would ive this book a solid 35 for effort I love 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 ifts of architectural vision his lordship struggles to fulfill his new obligations and still remain true to his own nature Hana juggles the knives of a horrifying situation while admitting one can only climb so high before running out of mountain Like embroidered silk these characters and their story dazzle even as it snags at your sensitivitiesI devoured Always a Stranger in under five hours The story drew me in Alien Alpha gently enticing me to turn the page then compelling me to continue Evoca 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 the lady srace and elegance while performing a fan dance But attempting to find out about her threatens to land him into trouble than he can handle He is ably supported by his cousin Lord Devin and his partner MrsDuchampHana 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 languages 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 love 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 look 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 let anything or anybody harm her The secondary characters seem to be stereotypical and hastily sketched all except perhaps MrsDuchamp The story is like a Hollywood starrer with a big name star cast but it just does not reach its potential I would recommend this only to people looking 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 all of the things I love 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 of 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 liked to see a little background material much of which was hinted at throughout the book How did Skylar and his relationship with his cousin develop How did Hanako survive her travels from Japan How did her father come to ive 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 looking for a book to enjoy while enjoying the outdoor sun this is a ood choice. True heart which holds a desperate secret When Skyler learns the real reason Hanako has been brought to London he will risk his entire world to win her trust and save her from losing both body and soul It's a feat that will reuire the type of courage only love can ive. ,


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