The Running Vixen
by Elizabeth Chadwick
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Ages: 16 and up
There were two children who grew up together, a boy and a girl. They loved eachother as brother and sister...or at least she did. Adam came to love her differently, but Heulwen didn't see him that way and married another man at fifteen. Ten years later, her husband is dead and she is soon to be betrothed to a man she likes but does not love. It seems impossible that Adam can change her mind in time, but when he learns that her suitor has a dark secret, it seems like he might have one last chance to win her.
This is not my favorite of Elizabeth Chadwick's novels, there is too much sex and not enough history. The characters are as interesting and likeable as ever, but there story is somewhat painful to read. (Especially a certain scene when a certain fiance comes barging in to discover a certain man and woman with a certain lack of clothing, it was quite messy.) Ms. Chadwick's later novels seem to be an improvement on her earlier ones, the writing doesn't change but the stories improve.
I give it a 6.10 in profanity for two uses of the f-word and several milder swearwords and insult.
There are a couple pretty graphic scenes of sexuality and several that are more vague or fade away as well as references and innuendo, so I rate it a 8.10.
There are several scenes of pretty bloody violence as well as a vague scene of rape, so I rate it a 7.10.