Morsels [10]: Book Nos. 5 and 6 of the Bragg Saga by Brenda Joyce

Publication Date: April 1st, 1992
Avon Books
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 stars
The Scorching Saga of the Braggs Continues . . .

Heiress to the magnificent Bragg empire, lovely, headstrong socialite Lucy Bragg lives a life that flies in the face of convention. Dark and rugged half-breed Shozkay Savage lives an outlaw’s life on the edge. These two people inhabit different worlds–hers, opulent and privileged; his, dangerous and wild. But on the vast and sweeping plains of Texas, their worlds collide . . .

Abducted and held for ransom, Lucy despises Shoz for his arrogance . . . yet is drawn to the strapping fugitive by a bold, unquenchable desire. Sworn to escape him but betrayed by her own reckless passion, she will follow Shoz from the unforgiving wastland of Death Valley to the tropical heat of revolution-swept Cuba–braving scandal and heartbreak, risking life itself for an untamed and blistering love as perilous as it is forbidden.

This story has all the makings of a frustrating romance. Lucy Bragg was a character that one can be considered as progressive thinker. She didn’t have any qualms being involved with a half-breed outside of the marital bed. She was strong but not as opinionated as her activist mother, Grace Bragg but she’s no wilting violet either.

Shozkay Cooper is considered as a half-breed (like most of the men in this series) who found himself in lust enamoured with the socialite. Their lives couldn’t be any more different: he, a gun runner for the revolution in Cuba, and she, contented to live the life her upbringing afforded. She’s engaged to be married to the son of a Senator – a perfect candidate to extend the Bragg’s clout in the society.

Their relationship was, yet again, exhausting to read. I think I’ve reached my limit of bickering, snapping couples.

What I love about this book is the social and political relevance of Cuba’s revolution and how it directly impacted the country’s relationship with the US. Although this novel is predominantly romance, I think Joyce did an amazing job writing a book with historical importance.


Publication date: November 1st, 1992
Avon Books
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


Rebelliously independent Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton refuses to be constrained by the stifling rules of Victorian England. And now desire has impelled the beautiful heiress toward a shocking liason with Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, Duke of Clayborough.

Bound by the dictates of honor and duty to another woman, Hadrian is hocked by Nicole’s daring conduct, yet entranced by her fiery free spirit and breathtaking sensuality. Though resolved to making the raven-haired beauty his mistress, he will never agree to wed her. But Nicole is no man’s plaything. And she is prepared to risk heartache in order to satisfy her wild, uncompromising passion . . . and win the dashing Duke’s unwavering loyalty and undying love.

Oh dear. Book number six of this series was an explosive, tiresome bundle of fireworks. These two butted heads like a couple of rams in the wilderness. At one point, I came to the conclusion that being apart would’ve been the best for everyone’s sake.
Nobody likes two strong opposing characters finding kindred love with one another more than I but it was not the case with these characters. Frankly, their constant bickering annoyed me endlessly. The relentless push and pull of their attraction tired me out. This seems to be the general theme with the relationships in this series. 
Lady Nichol Bragg Shelton was supposed to be a head-strong, well educated, well opinionated woman of the time and yet, I couldn’t, for the life of me understand some of her spontaneous, impulsive decisions. She kept in pursuit of a man who had no intention of being caught at first. It got to a point where I was truly embarrassed on her behalf. She had no scruples at all. Her much too forward thinking was far from admirable, to be honest. It was too bad, because I was looking forward to reading about Nicole. I thought she was an independent woman who would pare down a man down to his size but because she gave too much chase, I didn’t like her at all.
The thing is I wouldn’t mind a woman chasing after a man if the man is worth the effort. But Hadrian is definitely not worth that. He’s conceited, boorish and chauvinistic, who sees himself as the master of all he surveys. And while I sometimes like that in a character, this man didn’t have a speck of any redeeming qualities in him. I didn’t get her fascination and ardor for chasing him.
Since I’ve been reading these books in the last few days, I’m just noticing the changes in the first characters from the previous books: their parents – which are the characters from the initial books – seemed to have changed for the worst. While most of them opposed to forced marriages, this time, they’re actually forcing their kids because they know what’s best for them. Give me a break. I don’t know about you, but I found them hypocritical.
Overall, this book ranks probably dead last in this series. It was not an enjoyable read and the characters were far from likable. 

This concludes my interest in this series. Really, I should’ve stopped at book #5 as book #7 is sitting in queue in le Kindle. Oh well. 

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