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İhtiras Çiçeği (Birmingham #1)

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"Bir sansasyon!"
Washington Post Kitap Dünyası

"Kathleen E. Woodiwss'in yarattığı yarattığı dünya yaşıyor ve soluk alıyor."
Houston Chronicle

Sonu gelmeyen zorluklarla dolu bir hayata mahkûm olan Heather Simmons masumiyetini korumak için şoke edici umutsuzca bir eyleme kalkışır. Kaçıp, çok kuvvetli ve tehlikeli yabancı bir erkeğin kollarında sığınak aramak zorunda kalır.
Paperback, 509 pages
Published 2010 by Epsilon Yayınları (first published 1972)
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Kat Kennedy
I read this book years ago when I was a teenager. I had borrowed all the Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novels from my mother's shelf and she had stolen them from her mother. Kind of creepy, yes, but I read my grandmother's literary porn.

As a teenager I may have actually given this book three stars. I actually enjoyed reading Brandon's dominating ways and Heather's bodice-ripping adventures. Though, despite my youngish years, I still found their first encounter "disturbing" and Brandon's subsequent trea
Teresa Medeiros
In 1972, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss did what every writer dreams of doing—she wrote a classic novel with her very first book. The Flame and the Flower had it all—passion, conflict, adventure, drama, a setting that sweeps us from Georgian England to a plantation in the Carolinas, and unforgettable characters. She broke all the conventional rules of historical fiction by making the sexual relationship between her hero and heroine a vital component of their emotional relationship and in doing so, gave b ...more

4.5 stars.

"Kathleen Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: In 1972 she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller that created a literary precedent."

Well done to her for "creating" this genre .... many have learned from her, I'm sure.

I can see how some might have issues with what happened in the beginning of the book ... it's fiction ... it is what used to be termed "a bodice ripper" ... it happened.

Her struggle pulled his s
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
It was nice to finally read this signature romance by a historical romance great. I quite enjoyed it. Initially, I was a bit worried, because Brandon came off as an arrogant, self-absorbed jerk. However, he really redeemed himself, showing a profound selflessness and dedication for his young wife. Yes, he did rape her. If you don't like rape in a romance, then you won't like this book, and I would not judge you. We all have our personal tastes and comfort zones. Rape is a plot device I can toler ...more
What I learned from this book: 1. rape is ok if you're a hot, sensuous man. 2. beauty= good, ugly= bad

I am reading my way through Romance Readers Top 100 and I finished Shanna first and then The Flame and the Flower. I really enjoyed Shanna's story, protagonists and flowery language. I read The Flame and the Flower next and am frankly mystified as to why it holds such a special place in so many readers hearts. Is is because it was one of the first romance novels you read?

My principal misgiving
I really don't get why people considered Kathleen E Woodiwiss to be the queen of historical romance?! I mean I have only read two of her novels and I can honestly say that she was nowhere near as good as other talented authors such as Judith Mcnaught and Laurie Mcbain. This book for instance is utter shite, full of stupid one dimensional characters with a pointless storyline that just drags on and on!!

Don't waste your precious time reading this crap, you will only be sorry!
Beth F.
My modern sensibilities were deeply offended by this classic 1970’s romance. It is reading books like this when I regret my quirk of always needing to finish books, even when I don’t like them. At the beginning of the story, the 18-year-old heroine is living with her verbally abusive aunt and hen-pecked uncle. They decide to foist her off on an extended member of the family who claims he can have her admitted to a prestigious finishing school for young ladies. But as soon as she’s left for Londo ...more
dnf @ 12%

Well, turns out I'm not really into bodice rippers, and more into good guys (read non-assholes) and consensual sex. Thank you very much.
I'm afraid I didn't like either of the characters in this book. He was a jerk who RAPED her at their first encounter -- repeatedly -- and she was a mouse with no backbone. Mostly, I didn't like him. He never redeemed himself for what he did to her in any way and I have no idea why they fell in love. She'd been running from another rape attempt when she fell into his clutches, but apparently that rape attempt was not ok...because he wasn't good looking? I'm not sure what differentiated the two. O ...more
This book starts with the abuse then rape of an innocent girl, a subsequent pregnancy then forced marriage to the man who raped her. Needless to say, I HATED it! Woodiwiss' writing skills undoubtably draw you into the story, however, therefore the two stars.
I forced my way through this novel from start to end. If it hadn't been so horrifically genuine it would have been funny. Every single stupid thought you've ever heard an abused woman utter with that tragic loss of logic is in the plot of this book. From 'he rapes me but he really loves me deep down' to 'a baby will fix our marriage'. True it's written slightly better then your average two-bit rape porno but that hardly makes up for a plot that encourages the idea that raping women is a good way ...more
Inés Izal
¡Me encanta esta mujer!
Hace poco que descubrí a Kathleen, pero bendita sea la hora. Se ha ganado el puesto de mis favoritas en género histórico.
Me encanta como de las situaciones más tensas y difíciles, crea historias de amor únicas.
Dec 14, 2008 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
I love this book. There sweet love story will make you believe there is love to be found. Brandon is a hero's hero. He makes you want to move to the south and find someone like him. Heather is one of those strong women packaged in a tiny body. This is truely a romantic classic.
Bir daha okudum. Pişman değilim.

Yes, Brandon can be a class A jerk and extremely arrogant. Heather is very sweet, innocent, and meek. Actually, I found Heather refreshing since so many of the heroines are feisty beyond reason and not at all an accurate protrayal of women of their time. This book hits many of my "kinks" - captor/captive, mistaken identity (he thinks she's a prostitue), noncon, a much older hero (she's 17/18 and he's 35) . THis is a fantasy. Period. Realistic has nothing to do with it. If that's what you want, t ...more
Jenny Q
Rating: 0 Stars out of 5

This was my first experience with a true "bodice ripper" and it will be my last. In the first chapter the heroine kills a man defending herself from attempted rape, runs for her life and ends up with the "hero" who then rapes her himself, repeatedly. And I don't mean a case of "your lips say no but your eyes say yes", I mean lips, eyes, fists and feet all say no. I didn't make it to chapter two. I skimmed a few pages here and there through the rest of the book. I actually
The book that started it all. Anyone interested in writing romance novels (or fans of same) should read this book. It's not Woodiwiss' best, and contains a number of elements that would be considered serious taboos in today's romance novel world. However, the Flame and the Flower was the first romance novel of the kind we know today -- rather than fading to black or moving behind a closed door, Woodiwiss included sex scenes, with minimal euphemism and a connection to the emotional development of ...more
Maureen Feeney
Loved it,loved it ,loved it.
After reading all the reviews here i have to say i agree with the majority.
The plot of the story has been done so wont bore you by repeating it.
The characters Heather and Brandon are really interesting.Maybe Brandon should have been redeemed earlier in the book and Hannahs character stronger but i think she is only 18 to his thirty something years so in my opinion she was immature rather than weak at the start of the book.
The rape scene bothers some people, I can unde
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Süper kitaptı :D Başta kızın saflığına ve Brandon'ın gıcık tavırlarına uyuz olsamda sonradan çok sevdim karakterleri :)) Ben kızın gemiye getirilme olayına çok güldüm ya aptalın önde gideni resmen hahaha :DD Yalnız ben bu tarz kitaplarda karakterleri yok öyle güzel yok böyle güzel diyince hayal edemiom ya öyle insanlar var sanki pehh :PP Neyse kitap anlatım olarakta konu olarakta çok akıcıydı işin içine finaller girmese çoktan bitirirdim..Valla aklım kitapda kalmıştı yarında final var ama dayana ...more
The first full length romance novel I read. The one that got me hooked! Heather, the heroine, is taken to London by her aunt's brother who has evil plans for the young beauty. Captain Brandon Birmingham, the hero, is an American on his last journey before settling down at his plantation home and getting married. The captain's men pick up what they believe is a prostitute but it's Heather who has run away after she believes she has killed a man. She thinks the men are the law and have come after ...more
No just No! There is nothing much to say than the first time the main characters meet the male rapes the female and in the end of the book they jock about it. Sorry not for me!
This was my very first Romance novel and I fell in love with Kathleen Woodiwiss. I think I own and have read all her books.
Ashley S.
This is another book I could not put down...

Before I get into the "actual" review I must say that this was the first book that ever introduced me to the historical romance world. I can never forget it and as we speak I smile, remembering the way I came upon it. My mother and I were in discussion and she had had this tattered paperback Avon novel in her hands. The cover kept bounding in and out of sight, captivating me. Every so often she would chuckle and finally becoming overbearing...I inquire
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3.5/5 stars. I really have a mixed-bag of thoughts about this book, my first read by Kathleen Woodiwiss, so I decided just to do a simple the good vs. the bad review.

The Good :
-- Overall, the text was well written. I was concerned that this book would be crazy flowery, with purple-prose sex scenes (it was written in 1972). Luckily, the intimate scenes were not graphic like today's scenes, but they didn't use silly words, either.
-- There was a really endearing and humerous scene when the heroin
Bu arada belirtmek istiyorum kezara Fena Değil dedim Bu ŞAHANE roman için :D Ahh Brandon Vahh Brandon bahriyeli yarim :D Kaptanım benim :D Neyse hikaye kızımız Heather ın babasının ölüşü kendisininde salak bir amca cani bir yengenim ellerine bırakılışı ve kızımızın yıllarca zulmünden sonra yengesinin kardeşinin gelip bu kızı okula diye şehre götürmesiyle başlıyor :D Evet bu pis mahluk kıza tecavüz edicekken kız bunu bıçaklayıp kaçıyor üstündede öyle bir elbise varki limanda bunu fahişe zannedip ...more
Yelda Güzel
Sıkıntıdan 'Allah'ım sana geliyorum!!!' diyerek attım. Daha başka nasıl anlatabilirim duygularımı bilemiyorum. Okuduğum en öküz erkek karakter ile en salak kadın karakterin tecavüz ile başlayan aşk (!) hikayesi. Bu kasvetli Kasım havasında biraz kafamı dağıtır diye historical romance okuyayım dedim. Başlamaz olaydım. Okumayın...
Cyn Mistress Kitty
This was one of the first historical romance books I ever read and was enthralled back in 1972. I loved it then and still do even though it is very tame in regard to what I'm reading now.
This book was one that started my road to reading debachery. Lol
Since 1972, I've read this book many times but the last time was several years ago.
Yes, I have issues with the rape of the heroine and the fact that the hero never does seek forgiveness for his sin, but I have to remember when this book was written
I read this years ago when I was probably a young teenager. I loved this book then. As I read it now I am (a bit) aghast at the fact that Brandon basically raped Heather and took her virginity and he did it again. I don't think that will fly in modern times like these.

Of course I read somewhere that this is one of (if not the first) original 'bodice rippers'. I guess it would be since it was first published in 1972.
This is one of katherine woodwiss best, full of humour , details and a great story of that time.
Its a great love story but with a twist, its detail is good and reading it i couldnt put it down, a must for woodiwiss fans
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Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana, she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys (Coker) and Charles Wingrove Hogg, a disabled World War I veteran. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwiss at a dance, ...more
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