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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The plot seemed interesting enough at first glance and being the sucker I am for historicals of all varieties I dove in I kind of wish I hadn t.The book wasn t bad, at least not outright It was pretty ok in the beginning, a bit confusing if I m honest with how it opened and honestly the way the heroine reacted to the knights went from understandable to ridiculous in no time And to have the Prince Edward hit her, even though she had turned hysterical by then really bugged me, butso that The plot seemed interesting enough at first glance and being the sucker I am for historicals of all varieties I dove in I kind of wish I hadn t.The book wasn t bad, at least not outright It was pretty ok in the beginning, a bit confusing if I m honest with how it opened and honestly the way the heroine reacted to the knights went from understandable to ridiculous in no time And to have the Prince Edward hit her, even though she had turned hysterical by then really bugged me, butso that the hero just it brushed away like it was nothing even though he regretted not being able to move her away from Edward in time to soften the blow Him staying with her till she regained consciousness I guess was supposed to make up for that flaw, and although given the time era and the fact Edward was basically a temperamental little boy the whole book explained why he hit her it was still something that bugged me.Guilhem s sister felt like a flat character to me And the heroine Oh boy Half way through the book I was so frustrated with her childish antics or tantrums, or whatever she said to Guilhem By half way through the book she was feeling like one of those TSTL heroines and I just kept rolling my eyes The scene where they make love at the atrocious inn right after the smarmy inn keeper tried to make unwanted advances on her, which was the second time this happened after her step brother Eurostace tried to rape her earlier in the book Only to be saved by Guielhem, again I felt it was poorly written and naturally he feels like he isn t worthy of her because of his dark tortured past and she s sigh naive enough not to believe in herself or her own beauty evil stepmommy s fault naturally and so after the act she is all glowing and happy and then he apologies and she immediately thinks he doesn t want her and no one does and he was apologizing because the man took her virginity on the floor of the dirty ass inn after tossing the inn keeper who snuck back in her room when he left to get her some clean bed sheets to have his nasty way with her in typical villain fashion It was a poorly timed burst of passion in the story in my opinion The hero was probably the only person I truly liked in the book The heroine just came off to naive and ridiculously overdramatic at times especially with the hero And did I mention the book ended abruptly No Well it did Not that I m sore over it Just put off that the whole reason they were at de Montfort s camp was left hanging wide open while they confess to one another how much they love each other much to each others surpriseblech At least I managed to finish it so cookie for me One knight to capture her heart Alinor of Claverstock takes her life in her hands when she rescues Bianca d Attalens from her stepmother s evil clutches But when Alinor encounters Bianca s handsome brother, Guilhem, Duc d Attalens, it s not just her life that s in danger Alinor finds herself powerless to resist Guilhem and is soon caught up in a perilous web of intrigue and forbidden attraction An attraction that heightens when they are sent together into enemy territory Just overwhelmingly meh The synopsis made this sound like an exciting story, but even though stuff happened, it was boring instead of entertaining Part of the issue was that the heroine spent most of the time throwing tantrums instead of actually doing anything It also seemed to suffer from plotting issues At around chapter 12 I was wondering how there were going to be another eight chapters The answer was the author introduced what felt like an entirely new plot line that was then quickly Just overwhelmingly meh The synopsis made this sound like an exciting story, but even though stuff happened, it was boring instead of entertaining Part of the issue was that the heroine spent most of the time throwing tantrums instead of actually doing anything It also seemed to suffer from plotting issues At around chapter 12 I was wondering how there were going to be another eight chapters The answer was the author introduced what felt like an entirely new plot line that was then quickly and poorly resolved view spoiler The ending felt very rushed to me, and this could have used an epilogue to actually show them in a happy relationship hide spoiler I didn t particularly care for the relationship between the H and h either Most of the conflict could have been solved by them actually talking At least I understood why the H was reluctant to pursue a relationship, but the h was just kind of stupid and lackluster view spoiler But after the H revealed his secrets, and she was okay with it, he still didn t feel like he was worthy to be with her which felt like a poor attempt to draw out the conflict and increase the page count hide spoiler One of my biggest issues with this story though was the treatment of the heroine view spoiler I feel like she was supposed to be a Strong Independent Woman type character with her comments on the limited number of roles and options women had, which I appreciated even if they really only seemed to be there to make the hero reflect on the fact that he would be a good husband without ever saying anything to her But even as she was saying this, she was constantly in danger She got punched in the face by the hero s best friend She was almost raped twice Both times are followed by action with the hero, including her losing her virginity to him after the second time She said that she was usually good at protecting herself, and I wish we had seen that hide spoiler The other characters in this book were also underdeveloped The hero s sister seemed like she would be a fairly major character, but all I can tell you about her is that she is whiny I don t even really understand why she was set to be married to the heroine s stepbrother I get that the queen wanted it, but didn t really see why she was set on these two people marrying Likewise, I didn t understand the heroine s father s motives, and I wish Prince Edward had been given any redeeming qualities in the story He s supposed to be the hero s friend, but aside from saving him once, he just kind of seemed like a spoiled toddler, and often times it seemed like the H was just tolerating him.I was looking forward to this book because I like medieval romances, but in a variety of ways, big and small, it failed to entertain me A broken axel on a narrow bridge put Lady Alinor of Claverstock and her cartload of abbey grain right in the path of the formidable Guilhem, Duc d Attalins Lady Alinor is not one to back down from a challenge, whether working at the nunnery, nursing the sick, or defending the abbey s grain against Prince Edward s soldiers Mastering her feelings around the strong and stoic Guilhem might be too difficult a task for even her strong will Guilhem is immediately drawn to Alinor s fiery spirit all t A broken axel on a narrow bridge put Lady Alinor of Claverstock and her cartload of abbey grain right in the path of the formidable Guilhem, Duc d Attalins Lady Alinor is not one to back down from a challenge, whether working at the nunnery, nursing the sick, or defending the abbey s grain against Prince Edward s soldiers Mastering her feelings around the strong and stoic Guilhem might be too difficult a task for even her strong will Guilhem is immediately drawn to Alinor s fiery spirit all theso after he happily learns she isn t a real nun but he daren t make her his own because of a secret shame staining his past The two are drawn together as Queen Eleanor and Prince Edward s political web closes in around them Finally, their mutual passion is too potent to ignore Medieval historical romance can be a tricky genre for the modern author to negotiate These days, the hero must bethan simply handsome, strong, and rich He must also be intelligent, compassionate and, if not actually a feminist, at least willing to concede that women should be treated with unflagging respect This is a tall order for a thirteenth century knight, even a fictional one Similarly, the heroine is no longer allowed to be a doe eyed object of desire, but must be an adventuress in her own right Meriel Fuller makes an admirable effect to tell a thirteenth century story for a twenty first century audience Alinor is independent and feisty, and is also a target for the casual violence against women that was very much a part of her world Guilhem admires Alinor for unconventional behavior, but even he uses his size and sex to intimidate her To his credit, he is afterwards ashamed of his dishonorable behavior What Fuller creates in Commanded by the French Duke is a fantasy of medieval romance where the hero follows a code of chivalry updated for the twenty first century A good story with a likeable hero and heroine Guilhem was strong and honourable and Alinor was courageous and loyal, even prepared to protect her friends in the face of impossible odds Prince Edward s display of violence towards the heroine was a little disturbing but I suppose it was in keeping with what is known of the Prince s sometimes short temper, and Guilhem came through for her The historical characterisation of the Prince Edward and the setting had historical accuracy, which was good A good story with a likeable hero and heroine Guilhem was strong and honourable and Alinor was courageous and loyal, even prepared to protect her friends in the face of impossible odds Prince Edward s display of violence towards the heroine was a little disturbing but I suppose it was in keeping with what is known of the Prince s sometimes short temper, and Guilhem came through for her The historical characterisation of the Prince Edward and the setting had historical accuracy, which was good The first 3 4 of the book consisted of a strong plot but a sub plot was introduced two thirds of the way through and was not explored fully to a satisfactory conclusion The book ended suddenly I do feel that other areas could have been exploredfully For example, the come uppance for the wicked step mother and step brother Although we know they were called to account by Queen Eleanor, it was skimmed over There were little niggles Guilhem camped with his soldiers in enemy territory without setting a lookout, surely an elementary mistake And my little pet hate, relationships complicated because of a lack of a little communication.Despite these niggles, I did enjoy the story, overall A reasonably good read Non del tutto risolto La cosa pi divertente stata capire come mai i sovrani Enrico ed Eleonora avevano un figlio ed erede di nome Edoardo E questo perch , senza guardare le date, pensavo ad Enrico II ed Eleonora d Aquitania, ma naturalmente bastata una ricerca su Google per risolvere il problema.L inizio del romanzo molto efficace perch Alinor si presenta come una donna tostissima Poi il ritmo e l efficacia diminuiscono e il finale davvero troppo sbrigativo e deludente Dal mome Non del tutto risolto La cosa pi divertente stata capire come mai i sovrani Enrico ed Eleonora avevano un figlio ed erede di nome Edoardo E questo perch , senza guardare le date, pensavo ad Enrico II ed Eleonora d Aquitania, ma naturalmente bastata una ricerca su Google per risolvere il problema.L inizio del romanzo molto efficace perch Alinor si presenta come una donna tostissima Poi il ritmo e l efficacia diminuiscono e il finale davvero troppo sbrigativo e deludente Dal momento che il filone pi propriamente storico non trova soluzione, possibile che ci sia un seguito Teresa Siciliano Horrible Just horrible Incredible lack of characterization Current day language in the mouths of medieval people I finished it by skimming because I just couldn t stand it The ending was abrupt and I didn t realize for a moment that it had in fact ended Just ugh It was okay Some parts moved along pretty well Some parts were lacking Not too crazy about the dialogue. Passionate, poignant and pleasing best describe Fuller s newest medieval romance RT Book Reviews.