Review: Scent of the Soul by Julie Doherty

In a time when marriages were made to secure alliances and power, a king has little choice in matters of the heart.

In the twelfth century Scotland, King Somerled must marry in order to further his hard won power and secure new alliances. Falling in love in a luxury he cannot afford.

When a rival king, Fergus, arrives on Somerled’s shores with the mysterious Breagha as a hostage, Somerled doesn’t hesitate to allow Fergus rights to her.

But then Somerled lays eyes on the beautiful and enchanting Breagha and realizes why Fergus would deceive him and try to keep Breagha for himself.

Breagha has a unique gift….the gift of scent. Her powers put her in high demand, there are dark forces after her as well and falling in love with King Somerled is not how Breagha planned on escaping them!

Somerled in the mean time is conflicted about his feelings for Breagha. He knows he cannot marry a women with no political position, but he cannot deny his desire for her.

When Breagha vanishes from their island, Somerled realizes just how much he wants and needs her. Somerled soon abandons his pending nuptials in favor or seeking out the woman who has his heart.

There was a lot going on for me in this book. Lots of locations and cultures coming together….some supernatural elements…..some romance….I don’t know, just a lot.

I know next to nothing about early barbarian history so the whole Vikings, Scottish clans, Irish history was a little lost on me. I found it distracting that there were two conflicting cultures and histories competing here. For me, I would have just stuck with one group: Irish, Vikings or Scots.

Because of all this mixing of cultures and genres, I felt a little lost in the story at times. I think the author needs to limit the scope a little and really focus on developing the central story.

The whole relationship between the characters was difficult for me to justify. I thought it was strange how they just saw each other and boom they were in love. I believe in love at first sight but in the case it seemed more like lust at first sight and there is a difference for me.

I would have been fine if he saw her and lusted after her and then fell in love with her or if he loved her from the moment he saw her and then passively mentioned his desire for her. But in this situation it seemed like the author used love and lust interchangeably.

As far as the ‘heat’ of this novel, I would say medium. I wouldn’t call it a bodice ripper or anything like that, but there was definitely some marginally hot scenes which were enjoyable and tastefully done. The only suggestion I had was changing up the vocab a bit….I was really tried of reading the word ‘shaft’…..maybe ‘manhood’ or something other than ‘shaft’ to give the audience a little variety.

Individually the characters were interesting. Somerled was a great brooding hero, I felt that his despair and conflict about his feelings for Breagha were justified. Breagha’s character was mysterious and at times I was a little uneasy about her motives but I liked her all the same.

Though this novel was a little rough around the edges, I did enjoy the story and the characters enough to keep reading. I wanted to know more about Breagha’s powers and I also wanted to know if and when Breagha and Somerled would end up together. Overall, I would classify it as an ok read. With a little refining I think it could be great!

Please check out other stops on the tour for author interviews, giveaways, and guest posts as well as a number of other reviews! The schedule is listed below!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Scent of the Soul by Julie Doherty

  • ebook, 288 pages
    Published February 11th 2015 by Soul Mate Publishing
    ASIN B00SZ0SKUE
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher as part of the HFVBT book tour in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 3 out of 5

Genre: Romance, historic fiction

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

Scent of the Soul Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 23
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse

Tuesday, March 24
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Excerpt & Giveaway at Sexy Siren Book Blog
Spotlight at I Heart Reading

Wednesday, March 25
Spotlight at Genre Queen

Thursday, March 26
Interview at Mythical Books
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, March 27
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Monday, March 39
Spotlight & Giveaway at Cheryl’s Book Book

Thursday, April 2
Spotlight & Giveaway at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Sunday, April 5
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, April 6
Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, April 8
Review at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Sizzling Hot Books
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Thursday, April 9
Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt

Friday, April 10
Spotlight at Romance Book Junkies

Wednesday, April 15
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, April 16
Review at Dreams Come True Through Reading

Friday, April 17
Review at The True Book Addict
Spotlight & Giveaway at Boom Baby Reviews

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