4 star review

Review – This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland

This is All I Ask

Set near the Scottish border at a rugged castle on the edge of the sea, this is the story of a courageous lord who lost everything he held dear. Of a strong young woman willing to sacrifice everything for happiness. Two lost souls who find in each other a reason to live again, to laugh again, and to love for the first time…

I am not quite entirely sure how this book ended up on my TBR, particularly with none of the other books in the series read or an my TBR. But I suspect it somehow came to my attention after reading Candle in the Window and becoming interested in how blind protagonists are treated after reading The Arrangement.

It turns out that this is also somewhat a paranormal, and we have witches, I suspect from they way they are presented here they have been meddling along in the series and will continue to meddle. So yep, a historical paranormal with a blind hero.

Fortunately it is only a touch paranormal, the rest is just historical. We have the rough, tough cream puff hero, who protects himself due to prior emotional wounding. He also happens to be blind, and a little self-pitying. So while he will marry the heroine due to a long-standing promise and his honor, he is determined not to love her or care for her (beyond being a proper husband) or like it in any way. We have the kind, but living in fear heroine who initially fears the hero, but learns to first trust and then love, and then learns courage and her own self-worth. And then we have a cast of humorous and sympathetic characters, and of course the heroine’s father-the villain.

Man, oh, man, this book is almost painfully sweet. I don’t mean that in a bad way, just, it is so sweet, but you know the other shoe is about to drop sometime. It is also on occasion, whether intentionally or not, kind of humorous. Not like it is a comedy, but just enough to leaven the topics and make you feel happy reading it instead of entrenched in the doom and gloom of what are some pretty awful situations. And we also have a hero who is in touch with his own emotions on a level that I find delightful but that may leave readers who prefer a more traditional alpha hero feeling a little uncomfortable, YMMV.

And another thing I really enjoyed, we have no miracles here. Things are what they are, our characters have to live through and with the things that have happened to them, but separately and together they grow as individuals and find their way through and together. Which is a mishmash way of saying we have a delightful happily ever after with two characters who are more than happy to depend on one another but aren’t exactly dependent on one another, if you see what I mean. Looking at this objectively, I would probably have given this 3 stars, but , but for me this is one where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and it is an emotional event that I will likely return to. However, the rest of the two series this book is entwined with seem to have a significant number of time travel books, so I doubt it will be a glommable series for me.

This Is All I Ask (de Piaget, #6; de Piaget/MacLeod, #3)

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5 thoughts on “Review – This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland

  1. When I was a wee babe of a romance reader this one ended up in my TBR because it routinely ended up on “best of” lists (I want to say it was well received by regular AAR folks?). Anyway, I did read this many moons ago. I know I did. But other than the hero’s Big Secret (which I thought was extremely well done) regarding his blindness – it wasn’t a terribly memorable read for me. Also, like you, it wasn’t a series I was compelled to glom my way through – which I mostly chalk up to the paranormal elements (light as they were in this book – paranormal and time travel just aren’t my usual jam).

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    • It left me feeling happy, so I collect those for when I am down in the dumps to reread. My ratings tend to reflect that factor, probably more than they should. I can imagine that I will return to it, but that lack of memorability in such cases is a feature not a bug for me.

      The only best of list i can imagine it on though is disable protagonists or some such. I mean it wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t mind blowingly good except for that one piece.

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  2. I too, remember reading this years ago (maybe ’03??) I can’t visualise much of it – but like yourself, I do remember the happy-feels. I originally grabbed it cos when I first read the title, I thought it said ‘This Is All Lask’ and I wanted to know who/what ‘Lask’ was… Alas – I realised too late it was just an awkward serif font (!)

    But I think I might be due for a re-read – thank you! 🙂

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  3. Funny, it was the same for me. I read this when I was just starting to read romance again as an adult, and thought it very sweet… and as soon as I saw the rest of the series was time-travel, completely lost all interest.

    I doubt it would work as a reread for me, but I do have fond memories.

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