THE SCARLET KIMONO
March 1, 2011
Rating: 3 Cups
Hannah Marston is the second daughter her parents have no patience for. After she is almost assaulted by the man her parent’s betrothed her to, she stows away on a merchant ship bound for new discoveries in Japan.
Taro Kumashiro is a Samurai warlord aware of his duty to his people and his family; but things are not as they seem when it comes to his wife and her sister. When a seer warns him of a possible threat in the form of a red haired, blue-eyed demon he must set aside his problems and neutralize the threat.
When cultures clash between seventeenth century Japan and England, an innocent girl gets kidnapped because of a vision. Fighting an attraction for the very man who sent his warriors after her, and a jealous Lady Reiko who is equally desperate to kill her, Hannah faces the greatest adventure of her life. And Kumashiro must choose between love and compromising his honor.
Hannah is one of those characters that you cannot tell if you really like or really hate. Seeing the world the way she did was incredibly frustrating for me in the beginning of this book. The way she feels about her family, her position in life, her rash decisions; I did not understand any of them. I felt a bit of this with Taro as well, it is a bit removed from his character. It was not until about 130 pages in, when these two encountered each other that I finally got hooked. Kidnapped by a powerful man, enmeshing yourself in a strange culture, I finally found the meat of the story that was hard to put down.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More