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Preview — Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee
San Francisco, 1870
Huiann arrives in America expecting to be wed to a wealthy businessman. She no sooner disembarks from the ship than she realizes Xie is not looking for a bride: Huiann is worth more to him as a high-end prostitute. Though her fate is better than that of other Chinese women forced into the sex trade, she has no intention of waiting for Xie to sell her vi...more
3.5 unique, romantic, sexy stars!
Bonnie Dee writes some impressive historical romances, if for no other reason than they are unique. She takes the same old storylines and gives them a twist which makes them distinctive and definitely interesting!
San Francisco, 1870...more
Huiann arrives in America expecting to be wed to a wealthy businessman. She no sooner disembarks from the ship than she realizes Xie is not looking for a bride: Huiann is worth more to him as a high-end prostitute. Thou
This was my second read by Ms. Dee and it was another winner. I'm not familiar with her backlist - but I definitely plan to be - so I don't know if this is her niche in writing, but I loved how she wasn't afraid of tackling "controversial" subjects in the two books I've read. So refreshing!
Captive Bride takes place in San ...more
Huiann comes to America believing she is to marry Xie, a rich Chinese businessman. However, she soon finds out that Xie plans to use her as a high-class prostitute rather than his wife. Huiann manages to escape and hides inside a shop which is run by Alan Sommers, a war veteran and aspiring politician. Alan takes the young woman under his care and asks her to become his housekeeper. Not left with any options Huiann accepts. Huiann and Alan have to use sign language to communicate, since ...more
Bonnie Dee is a rising author, whose work is always new and fresh, from a different and new perspective and for me Captive Bride "captures" this perfectly. With a setting unknown and sometimes forgotten in America history and not one of the brightest spots in US history. Dee brings it to vivid color with her writing voice, with the ability not to point fingers but give it to the reader in brass facts.
The journey of Huiann who arrives in america thinking she was to be a bride, but really going ...more
She escapes straight into the arms of Alan, a white man with a small store and big political aspirations. I liked this part. I liked how Alan and Huiann find ways to communicate with each other and tell each other stories even though they speak different languages. There ...more
The story develops over several months and you see the two of them learn about each other and fall in love. The plot was fairly tigh ...more
Date published:26th Jan 2011
Review link: http://cleffairy.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/captive-bride/
Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee is a very sexy and romantic read. I like this very much, but I have trouble grasping the plot at the beginning of this story. I was not quite sure what the author is trying to write, but it began to be clear to me after reading it for a while.
There’s room for improvement though the romantic scenes are spectacular. I was hoping for more… perhap ...more
Alan came to San Francisco to escape his past, and the dark memories which haunted him. It hasn't worked too well, but he keeps hoping that will change. He has, however, done well enough for hims ...more
It seems that whenever I run across a Bonnie Dee book, the synopsis and excerpt never fail to draw me in, so I was very excited to finally have a chance to try one of her novels. Captive Bride didn't quite reach the heights of perfection for me, but it was a solid piece of storytelling that I really enjoyed reading. I always like a good interracial story, and this one was quite interesting especially in the historical context where prejudice and racism seemed to run rampa ...more
This post was an absolute bear to write. I'm not sure why, since I even had decent notes that covered pretty much everything I wanted to write. I just had a hard time putting those notes into reasonably coherent and mostly organized paragraphs. I'd have abandoned the whole thing, except I liked the book enough that I wanted to make sure there was a mention of it on my blog. Plus, the cover image is pretty.
The story was more explicitl/hotter than a typical historical, but that was a good thing for me.
Writing childish stories for my own pleasure led to majoring in English at college. Like most English majors, I dreamed of writing a novel, but at that time in my life didn't have the ...more
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He finally heard her and lifted his head from his arms. Locks of sandy hair fell over his forehead and he looked up at her with deep indigo eyes. Even in the dim light, she could see pain etched across his features. What horrors stalked his dreams? What could she do to help him sleep peacefully?
For a long moment they gazed at one another and then Huiann rested her hand on his shoulder. At the same time, Alan leaned into her body. They came together like two halves of an eggshell carefully broken. He slid a hand around her waist and pulled her closer. His face pressed against her breast. His arms wrapped around her.
She held him, cradling his head, rubbing his back. His body was so warm in her embrace. Her heart beat steadily and her stomach flipped in slow, lazy somersaults. The moment she’d sensed coming for so long was here. What would happen next?
For a long time, they remained locked in perfect union, contented, safe, no longer alone. As she caressed his hair, soft as she’d imagined, he tilted his face to look up at her. His eyes glittered in the lamplight. He wanted more and Huiann realized she did too.”