Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?
I am highly fascinated with the Tudor family.
They are a bat shit insane family, and why wouldn’t they be with that War of the Roses business.
Then there’s Henry the VIII.
Oh, Henry the VIII how you are this enigmatic person who I can’t exactly pinpoint why women found you attractive back in your day. And why Ann Boleyn liked you because you were just plain…
Don’t get me started with Henry the VIII.
I actually was interested in this book for a different reason, Henry’s illegitimate son. You really don’t hear much about Henry Fitzroy and was looking forward to learning about him.
But if you think Henry Fitzroy is going to be a main character.
You’d be wrong.
The book focuses on Mary Howard who is Fitzroy’s wife. Again, this could be interesting, but instead it is just boring. So, so, boring.
Because Mary is boring.
And a lot of this is probably because she’s boring in real life and Longshore was trying to right an accurate portrayal of the period unlike those Philippa Gregory where Anne Bolyen cheats on Henry with her brother in order to give him an heir.
Can you say ew!
But yeah, the Longshore account of what occurred is probably fairly accurate, but she probably focused on one of the more boring figures to focus her attentions to.
Seriously, why not focus on Fitzroy himself, or better yet focus on Anne Bolyen herself. And yes, I know Longshore has a book about Boleyn in her younger years, but I wanted more about this Anne. She was by far the best character in this book.
Because Mary was just dumb and stupid and had a Bella Swan crush on Fitzroy who she barely interacted with.
If their relationship would’ve been something, I might’ve cared. But with 300 pages of very little to no interaction, I just didn’t care.
And again, I think that wasn’t so much of Longshore’s fault since she was going for a more historically rooted story, but at the same time it is her fault because there were more interesting characters to follow.
Hell, I would’ve liked a book about a teenage Bloody Mary. I am sure that she would have a lot to bemoan about other than not being able to tap her teenage husband like Mary Howard Fitzroy did.
Honestly, bordom was what made me give up this book.
And I like history.
If you want to read about an obscure person in history who was really a minor figure (at best) in the whole Tudor cycle you might want to read Brazen, otherwise skip.
Overall Rating: DNF. Though this is more or less me than the book, other than being so boring it was decently written.