Royal Seduction (Royal #1)
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Royal Seduction (Royal Princes of Ruthenia #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  332 ratings  ·  32 reviews

She was living a quiet life with her aunt in the steamy countryside near New Orleans. Her name was Angeline. She was a red-haired, emerald-eyed beauty. A virgin.

Rolfe, the golden-haired, handsome prince of the tiny country of Ruthenia, mistook...more
Mass Market Paperback, 407 pages
Published August 12th 1985 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1983)
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Aggravating. I'm not so politically correct that I object to rape in a historical romance. But if the author resorts to it, and she wants the reader to root for the couple later to get together, then I think she needs to have the hero recognize that he's done wrong and do some sort of penance. In this, the prince deliberately, calculatedly forces himself on the heroine, then when he realizes that she is not who he thought she was (she resembles her slutty cousin), he decides to keep her captive...more
Cat The Debaucherous
I had to change my rating on this one. The first part of the book was great. I enjoyed the first half of the book but the last part seemed to drag on and on. Before long I just wanted it to end. I even stopped reading and started other novels because this one just bored me towards the end. I will hand it to the author, at least she can write. The author is heavy-handed with the purple prose, although I liked it in parts, I found some of it hard to follow. I'd say it's worth the read just to read...more
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Royal Seduction begins when a prince comes to town looking for the lover of his murdered brother. He wants to ask her some questions. Unfortunately, he thinks that Angeline is the girl he's looking for, when in fact her cousin Claire is the former prince's lover. When Angeline insists that she's not the right person, Rolfe refuses to believe her, or even ask anyone else at the party where they meet if she is who she says she is. Rather t...more
First of all, yes the hero does rape the heroine in this (more than once). If that is a trigger for you, then this is not the book for you.

Some may prefer to call it a "forced seduction" because the heroine always ultimately succumbs and finds pleasure in it. THIS IS A KINK. If you enjoy this sort of story it does not mean you wish to be raped in real life. Rape fantasy is a common thing and romance novels are just that - fantasy. Let's not shame one another for our kinks.

Anyway, if the captor/c...more
Oct 10, 2012 Mermarie marked it as to-read
This one finally made its way to Kindle. 1983!
I read this book ages ago when I was just a 14 yr old girl who had no experience with life, or boys or anything really. I had swiped it from my mothers housewife porn collection she had on the book shelf and read it while in school so to find it again at the tender age of 39 I could not resist rading it since I had such fond memories of it. Reading it now that I was older, married and a mom of 4 daughters I'm not sure what to think.
*spoiler* I had completely forgotten that this was a rape/romanc...more
This is one crazy read/listen (I listened to the audiobook version). Definitely not the predictable rake reformation story or gentleman meets hellcat who is transformed into sweet vixen. This is very different.... This is a "throw all of your notions of a romance out the door" & "fasten your seatbelt for the ride." The story takes place in the 1800's in Louisiana in a time where the country had many pockets of danger. This book details the unbreakable, insatiable and compelling love story of...more
I hate giving this book a 3 stars especially when I was so hooked, I stayed up all night reading it. I enjoyed the love story, the heroin was very sweet, and I cared for her, I wanted her to have her happy ending. But everything else were a distraction, the story was super long (felt like 600, instead of 400 pages), the writing was a bit too descriptive for my taste, the murder investigation was too in-depth, toward the end, I didn’t care who murdered the hero’s brother, just give me the conclus...more
I was warned against this book but no review has ever detained me from reading the book...unless the book costs $0.99. So I took a chance and read it. I've read books that involved rapes before and some are actually one of my old favourites. However,this book would not be included.Nothing really distinguishes this book from the rest. I didn't get enough sympathy nor saw enough scenes of the hero and herione genuinely falling in love. The book dragged on with a lot of running involved and I just...more
I thought the book was ok. I bought it for relatively cheap from Dollar General, but I didn't realize that the book was written so long ago, otherwise I wouldn't have gotten it. I know that rape and "forced seduction" in romance novels was common when this story was written because when I have read several other novels (from Susan Johnson and Janet Dailey) where this was common. However, I don't like that. Setting that aside, it was a bit long, and I didn't love the characters. This was one of t...more
Melody Medeiros
This is my first romance novel. I was in the 5th grade, and way too young to be reading these kind of novels. I borrowed it from my older sister, who had checked it from the library. I was reading it avidly and every time my mother came in the room I had to shove it under a pillow, etc. By the time she caught me I was about half way through, and the cover was wrinkled and nearly torn off.

It's hard for me to judge these old bodice rippers now, as my taste has changed so much, but at the time I lo...more
A little lengthy for a romance novel. Also, slightly repetitive. The hero rescues the heroine in the same way from the same fate, over and over again. Surprisingly gritty for a romance novel. Lots of violence, including rape. Nevertheless, good dialogue. The hero is bold and forceful, but the heroine holds her own without sacrificing femininity.
Mary L.
Although I don't usually like books that feature women falling in love with their rapists, this book was nuanced enough I reluctantly enjoyed it. It's an old style bodice ripper, but this one is one of the reasons that style was so popular for so long.
Angelica Taggart
Was excited about this book as it is a fat one -- but found the treatment of women disappointing ... the back of the book says ... "a ruthless captor" and ruthless is the key word. Not only the heroine, but other women are treated terribly!
Rape as a plot device to move towards romance between the abuser and the abused disgusts me.

Moving past that (which I will admit is hard for me to do) I didn't find the characters all that likable, but I did enjoy the setting of the book.
I liked many parts of this book. I loved the characters. I just (spoiler) do not care for rape, much less gang rape. It was diffidult to read and made the rest of the book a bit depressing in the light of what happened.
Ugh. Could not finish it.. The guy was so cold, and would not listen to anyone's advice or what they said, and in doing so, he ended up raping the girl. I went on after that but I had no desire to finish it.
Erica Spencer
I'm not a fan of rape, repeatedly romanticized rape, in a book. The author writes very well, if a little over the top, and I cared about the characters and ending, by the end of the book.
A very violent romance book.It was extremely difficult to read and I had to put it down several times because of the brutality against the women in the book.
A bit on the long side which lead to predictability, but definitely a romantic read. A tale of betrayal, adventure, and royal love!
My favorite of all romance novels I've read. And I read a lot Could read this book over and over. Seriously.
I simply cannot get past the point that the guy is repeatedly coldly raping her and she falls in love with him !!!
I liked this book. I didn't like the initial meeting between the Prince and A., but it turned out nicely.
I really don't like medieval stories but this one was an exception. Absolutly good ! i Recommended it
I could read this book over and over. Great excape and view of the time period long gone.
Kathy Davie
One of my favorite historical's that alpha male again.
Andrea Buschman
Typical bodice ripper, but fun.
Hated it, couldn't finish.
That book was really boring.
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