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Uma União Extraordinária, by Alyssa Cole

meritm's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.25

kinda not a fan of insta-love but oh well, props to Alyssa Cole for making these two sooo unproblematic!! And that is very hard for an inter-racial relationship during the Civil War in the sourthern states.

pinkstar's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

heapofhay's review against another edition

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3.5

A sweet and well written story. Really liked both the Mcs. The romance was a bit of instalove tho. 

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prncess_bunnie's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

geo_ix's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 stars.

I enjoyed reading this. I didn’t love it, but I still had a great time reading it.

Maybe I wasn’t in the mood to love this, but I just needed a little more for that to happen. I didn’t always care for the characters or their romance. Perhaps I built this up so much from recommendations that it just didn’t live up to what was in my head. I don’t know.

carireadsbooksandtarot's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

 
Elle Burns is a free woman, but she risks her life to pose as a mute slave to gather information for the Union from the home of a Confederate senator. Despite his Confederate uniform, there is an instant spark when she meets Malcolm McCall, who is actually a Union detective working for the Pinkerton agency. As the two work together and find themselves in ever more danger, they can’t resist the growing feelings that pull them towards each other. 
 
I needed a “book about spies” to complete a challenge prompt and found this one on a list on the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog. While I’m not typically a romance reader, spy stories don’t generally appeal to me either. This book promised to offer something unique in both areas. The reason I’m usually wary of romance is that I feel like the spicy scenes rarely offer anything to the plot or character-building. They don’t hold particular interest for me, so I find myself annoyed by them and eager to move on with the story. The same applied to this book. The story was really interesting. The romance and spice would be an added bonus to a compelling plot for romance lovers and an unnecessary side story, taking up too much page space, for readers like me. 
 
I knew I was reading a romance so I can’t really hold that against it. The plot was enough to keep me listening and I enjoyed spending time with the intelligent and strong character of Elle. The narration by Karen Chilton was fine, except for when she tried to do Malcolm’s Scottish accent. I think her reading of the sexy scenes also took some of the spice out of it. 
 
I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for romance set in an era that is seldom explored in that genre. It would also scratch an itch if one were looking for interracial romance. Cole is definitely talented and can craft a gripping story, enough to make this non-romance reader stay to the end. 

berdreads's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional medium-paced
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

readbookswithbecca's review against another edition

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3.0

I liked it, but I had really high expectations after hearing a podcast talk this up. I won't continue the series, but would recommend it to someone who likes historical fiction open door romance.

fortunesdear's review against another edition

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5.0

*4.5

bluesleepy's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful informative inspiring mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0