The General's Daughter by Heather Knight
Published by Flowers and Fullerton LLC on June 14, 2016
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Eighteen year-old Ilsa’s father, General Balenchuk, is one of the few men with balls enough to build a tiny island of civilization after a global catastrophe sends humanity to near extinction. He runs Bluefield Mountain with an iron fist, and he’s even more controlling when it comes to his daughter. Ilsa’s been dead inside for years—that is, until the person who hates her most takes her hostage.
When twenty-two year-old Talon Heinesman kidnaps Ilsa Balenchuk, it’s not just because the leader of a rival territory ordered him to capture the general’s daughter. Four years ago, her selfishness set into motion a series of events that resulted in his mother’s and sister’s murders. He’s buried his rage for four years, and now it’s time to mete out the punishment she deserves.
Their story sets Ilsa and Talon on a steamy, turbulent path full of danger, incendiary passion, and a bond so deep it could kill.
This romantic suspense novel contains dark, mature situations and sensitive subject matter, and contains triggers some readers may find discomforting. It is a work of fiction and is intended for adult readers.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The General’s Daughter is a quick paced story set within a section of a dystopian society ruled by an arrogant leader, General Balenchuk. He has a daughter, Isla and has turned her life into a privileged empty existence. She has become a virtual prisoner, paraded in society as his untouchable possession rather than his daughter. This restrictive life has left her without friends and she is under no illusion of her tokenism.
A vision of nature lures Isla into danger and at the mercy of an opposing army. Ironically she discovers more freedom in captivity than she has experienced in years. Talon, her captor is no stranger and the last person she wishes to see. Their shared history is horrid and the revelations are cringe worthy. It soon became obvious that remorse couldn’t change what had happened which made their forced moments together complicated.
Isla impressed me in the beginning but then as the book progressed this started to diminish. Talon was introduced as a larger than life alpha aggressor but he came across as being more empathic than aggressive. There was no instant romance but there was lust…a lot of lust, to the extent I questioned whether it was necessary. Their behaviour was not always in keeping with what had just transpired in the story. They came across as confused which in turn had me wondering if I had misread what was driving the plot.
I read this book quickly and I wanted to know how the story would pan out but at times I wondered if it was more out of curiosity rather than enjoyment. There was a lot of ‘dirty talk’ and when done well I don’t notice it, but I did in this story. It’s the same with erotic scenes, they need to be there to support the plot, not just to titillate. If they don’t support the story, then that’s when they become unbelievable IMO. My rule is if I hadn’t read a scene, would it have changed my understanding of the character or impacted on where the plot was heading then it needs to be there, no matter whether it is entertaining or disturbing. As this story has remained vivid in my mind well after I’ve read it, I decided to round up my rating to 3 Stars.
What I struggled with:
- Her father’s lack of paternal feelings
What I enjoyed:
- Isla’s compassion and generousity
- The pace of the story
Lily’s Rating: 3 Stars
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