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Review: Bourne (#3.1) (No Spoilers)

my thoughts in a few sentences: With all of our favorite elements from the first three books, Bourne is a well-welcomed addition to a series I am deeply in love with, so deeply in fact that the fall never ends. Reading about Lia, Luca, Marcello, Gabi, and crew again brought the warmest, widest smile I could physically muster on my face. While Torrent ends beautifully, it was brutally clear that not everything was resolved, and while I loved that Lisa refrained from tying everything up in a neat and pretty bow, in Bourne we witness the aftermath of that last battle and I was ridiculously pleased. It would seem peace will never settle over our favorite band of Italian knights and She-Wolves, for trouble and danger find them always, and I relish every sticky situation that catches up to them. Plus, the romance we fans have all been waiting for erupts in perfect sweetness and incites dreamy sighs of happiness. Oh, WHY couldn't Lisa just have written a fourth book? I'm certain I would've exploded in complete and profound elation!

hooking first line: ""M'lady! They approach!" the guard yelled down to us from the walls."

Rating: Perfect Bed Partner | Bergren Creative Group • Requested • Historical Fantasy • 2/27/12 • $2.99

The River of Time Series--a Top 10 Pick for over 20 YA book bloggers in 2011! If you like romance, adventure and a dose of medieval Italian culture, you'll love WATERFALL (book 1), CASCADE (book 2) and TORRENT (book 3). Hint: They’re not just for teenagers.

BOURNE, a novella (1/3 the length of a normal novel), picks up right where TORRENT left off...Find out what has happened to men returning from the battle, gravely wounded, to the Betarrinis, fighting for the men they love, and just who is hunting them next...

You'll LOVE the River of Times series IF you like...

+intense battles that aren't overly gory but VERY satisfying for us adrenaline junkies and obsessers of sword-fighting (HUZZAH, baby!)

+a beautiful historical setting that feels authentic and believable

+sexy Italian knights who act like MEN (the kind who make you groan and swoon) and have more personality than most male characters have in their pinky finger

+empowered and kick-butt female main characters who don't sit back and let the action happen around them but instead do something CRAZY and EXCITING about it, like jumping into the thick of it

+foreign languages

+NOT ONE, but TWO rich, slow burn romances (YES! Each sister gets an amazing Italian hottie for themselves!)

+a deep family bond and well-involved, VERY LOVABLE, equally kick-butt parents

You DON'T have to worry about...

+love triangles

+heroines TRYING to be cool and kick-butt

+intimidating and overzealous implementing of Christian overtones

Fans'll LOVE Bourne because...

Our favorite characters return

Marcello, Lia, Luca, Gabi, everyone we've ever loved in this series is BACK! Is Lord Greco included in the mix, you ask? He most certainly is, and he's just as delicious and captivating as we remember, despairing and strong. Gosh, it was such a rush returning to these people who become so essential to us over the course of the series, like meeting up with family we haven't visited in a long time but gather such pleasure from seeing despite the time between us. Their voices and personalities never waver, and we are once again reminded why we clutch these books to our hearts as if they were precious gems.

We finally get a DUAL narrative

Didn't you always wonder what was fluttering around in Lia's mind? I know I did, and there is no need to wonder any longer since Lisa has finally included her perspective in the telling of this story. She is so much like her older sister, Gabi—strong and valiant and compassionate—yet very much her own person—serene, cautious, and rather confident in herself—and that quickly shines through as we read Bourne. Never once did I get the two confused or feel as if Bergren were writing the same character over and over, and slapping on different names. She didn't lose the essence of Lia as she told of events in her perspective, and that was just plain wonderful.

The romance we've been waiting for...

...is FINALLY happening. And it's so sweet and lovely and OH, the affection is divine. I lapped up those scenes like a begger would the crumbs on his plate.

It's not over yet, guys, and it may never be

And that's okay! I'll give you three reasons why: 1) It's an open path for Lisa to take should she want to continue the story, which I am COMPLETELY FOR 2) it makes perfect sense given the time period and the state of the third book and 3) I LOVE CONFLICT. And the problems that span the first three books were somewhat tied up in Torrent, however, Lisa has pulled a thread left hanging and has woven a wrenching, action-packed plot from it, leaving us gaping like fish out of water who are yearning to return and gulp more. No one should miss out on this!

We laughed together, and his hand moved to my cheek. "M'lady," he said intently, water dripping down over his face too. He leaned down, and for a second, I thought he was going to kiss me. But instead, he touched his forehead to mine. "Dare I believe that you have feelings for me?" he whispered, his lips tantalizingly close.
Which kinda freaked me out.
"You are free to believe what you wish," I whispered back with a teasing smile, edging away. "There is no law against such things." I turned back toward the door, intending to go in, but he held it shut, hovering close. Deliciously close again. Teasing me.
"Evangelia," he said, his lips practically on my ear, his breath tickling my neck. "How long shall you torment me?" (33)


Captivated Reading said...

Ahhh! Yes! This book and whole series is delicious! Great review!!

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I seriously can't wait to read this novella! I LOVE this series and have high hopes for this book. :D

Asher_Knight said...

*fist-bump* I love this series so much. It dazzles me every time, never failing to leave me in completely wonder.

Asher_Knight said...

 Oh! Oh! Read it soon, Sam. It's the perfect treat for fans like you and me :)

Lisa Bergren said...

Wow, Ash, thanks for the killer review. So thorough! So fun! Your recaps made me smile. And I love it when reviewers pull an excerpt from a scene that moved them. Lets me know what works for readers (I assume, but you know, I pretty much love it all...) Grazie mille, She-Wolf reviewer.

Mimi Valentine said...

I don't know how you do it, but you managed to write a review for a novella series I was not planning to read for a while and -- oh, look! It just shot up my TBR pile! x) LOL I keep reading about this series but I have so many other books to read first that I've been putting this one off for the longest time, so awesome characters + dual narrative (love these!) + action-packed goodness = Mimi must have!

Amazing review, Asher! I love how you put subheadings in it -- it made it so much easier to gush over your review in parts! ;) <3

Asher_Knight said...

 It's, like, my life mission to get people to read more of this series. I can't stand that there are so many more people who would actually enjoy this series. And plus, I can never have enough fellow fangirls to go all squealish :)

Asher_Knight said...

This series... Mimi, THIS SERIES IS AMAZEBALLS. Lisa bats a thousand with every book, making me love it more and more, and this novella is both like a treat and as essential as breathing, at least for me. Read it, read it, read it :DD

Brodie said...

AGGGGGGHHHHHHH ASHER! WHY HAVEN'T I READ TORRENT YET? *bangs head against wall repeatedly* I've had an ebook version for ages, but even though I recently got an ereader, reading pdf format from Adobe Digital Editions is so annoying. I need to grab myself a print copy asap, because I LOVE this series. Waterfall and Cascade were amazing <3 AND I want to learn more about Lord Greco! AND I WANT TO READ THIS NOVELLA!

Ah! Okay. Damn you and your incredible reviews, making me all excited and antsy and eeee, I want to return back to our smexy boys and She-Wolves. OH! And you saw that a fourth book IS in fact confirmed, right? Yay! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12866814-tributary

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

This is definitely not my normal cup of tea, but heck everyone makes it sound so so so good! I love that you make it sound so fluid and action-packed. It makes me want to step out of my comfort zone :)

Great thoughts!

Liz. R said...

I have GOT to start this series. Everyone is saying it's amazing - I've has the first one for ages, I'm looking forward to starting it! :)

Sarah (saz101) said...

"sexy Italian knights who act like MEN (the kind who make you groan and swoon) and have more personality than most male characters have in their pinky finger."

Mahaha! I DO LOVE!

And wait... no love triangle? Sarah is SOLD.

Err... so... maybe I've never heard about this series? And... er... I should? Yess... uh...

And I LOVE your bullet points.

Asher_Knight said...

*CHOKES ON A GASP* You didn't do what now?!? And YOU'VE HAD A COPY THIS WHOLE TIME?!? *shakes head* I'm so disappointed, Brodie. *frowns deeply*  Torrent. I'm surprised I didn't review it, but I ADORED IT. Everything we want to happen does. Because of Bourne I was forced to reread the series yesterday and OH MY WORD, I fell i nlove all over again.

Go back to them! Go! Hurry! You don't want to miss anymore.




THERE IS. A FOURTH. BOOK. COMING. OUT?!????? Holy cow babies, I can't even believe it! *goes to shoot email to Lisa* Must. Know. More. 

Asher_Knight said...

 Oh, trust me, the men, the heroines, the EVERYTHING. All the things, just all the things will blow your mind. I'm sure of it. I don't know a single soul who hasn't enjoyed this one.

I'm very serious. I hope you decide to pick up the first one!

Asher_Knight said...

CHRIST'S SANDALS, LIZ, HOW HAVE YOU NOT STARTED THIS SERIES ALREADY?!??!!!!!!! Do I have to provide copies for everyone now? I mean, this is terrible. An injustice. A freaking horror. Please, please, PLEASE read Waterfall. You won't regret it, I can promise that. 

Asher_Knight said...

Sarah MUST READ. Now. It's my turn to book bully you. I want you to read this, I want you to read this, I WANT YOU TO READ THIS. You just have to. 

And thanks <333 But don't try to change the subject. This is a true horror. I'm saddened and shocked and disgruntled. Sarah *stares down* *puts hands on hips* READ IT.

Sarah (saz101) said...

 Mwahaha! Yesss, but I only bullied you into reading ONE book... there's, what... THREE before this? :P

I actually SERIOUSLY have just gone and added the first book to my TBR. For reals. You can even check: www.goodreads.com/user/show/3825460-sarah-saz101

And you didn't believe me.

Asher_Knight said...

As long as you've the series a fair chance and read Waterfall, then I'll be happy.

I believed you. I just checked anyway. :D

Lalain3 said...

 Oh wow, I havent heard of this book /series before. Well that only means one thing, *runs to the book depo* :)))))) Thanks for sharing, this sounds sogood Asher. x