Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #1)
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Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy #1)

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For five pounds sterling, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed, and as his muscled chest bronzed from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated--for he could steal her brea...more
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published August 9th 2011 (first published February 1st 2003)
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Kristalia
FINAL RATING: ★★★★/★★★★★



My thought after finishing the book: It was really good. Not as awesome as i hoped it to be, but it was interesting romance and i don't regret reading it. I ventured into this story wanting to read third book "Ride the Fire", but i changed my mind when i saw that all three books involve two families Blakewell & Kenleigh families. And then i thought... why not? Sometimes reading out of order is a good choice, but i don't think it would be good for this trilogy.

This...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Sweet Release is the first book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh trilogy, and I don’t even know where to start when reviewing this story, so I’ll skip the plot synopsis and keep it short and sweet. It’s a tale filled with adventure, passion, and romance that will stay with you long after you’ve read those final words. No matter the genre, Ms. Clare knows how to bring her characters to life making them so much more than just names and words on the page, and Alec Kenleigh and Cassie Blakewell are among...more
Beanbag Love
So, this review is a bit ill fated. It kept getting erased while I typed so I copied it to a file on my computer and now that file's disappeared. Is this the haunted title that won't be reviewed? Yikes!

This is Pamela Clare's first novel and it's set in colonial Virginia. That right there is enough to start the book on a positive note for me. I love Virginia and I love American history. Woo hoo!

Not many historical romance authors bother with this time and place and I'm so glad that Clare has take...more
Ruth
This is a great, fairly epic story. It is longer than most HRs, and the plot, settings and descriptions of characters and locations is far more detailed than most. It gives you a real taste for the period and the people, the cruelty and the struggles. It is set over a considerably longer timeframe than most HRs and this allows the relationship between the hero and heroine to develop at a more realistic pace, making their love and affection more credible. It also allows the secondary characters t...more
Mei
Great book!
When I started reading it the first thing I suspected is that is very similar to Shanna and after finishing it, I had it confirmed.
Obviously, this story is NOT a photocopy! It is good, it is still fresh and it is HOT! *wink*

Alec/Cole at the beginning is a high-stung English, but as the story proceedes he's doing a fast growing up! I like him though. I liked how he was capable to remain himself, even in front of very difficult situation he found himslef in: from rich to indentured serv...more
HankLover
Pamela Clare is a wonderful writer. She writes with such detail that the scenery and the backdrop of her stories come alive on the page.

It was refreshing to read a story set in 1730 Virginia instead of yet another romance in England. My understanding is that most, if not all, of Ms. Clare's historicals are set in America. I look forward to reading each and every one.

The love story between Alec and Cassie was captivating right from the start. I really felt for Alec as he endured injustice after...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
3 1/2 stars

Sweet Release is Pamela Clare's debut book. Though it isn't in the same league as her current books, in terms of concise writing and strong plot and character development, it's well-written, poignant, sensual, and at time heart-wrenching. I will say that the drama toward the end of the book felt a little over-the-top and took away from the overall quality of the story. That being said, I really enjoyed this story and am blown away by the knowledge that this is Pamela Clare's first boo...more
Zeek
Alec Kenleigh is a wealthy shipbuilder from England. One night he is set upon by thieves and knocked unconscious. In a daze of pain, he is sent to Newgate where he becomes a victim of mistaken identity and is sent to the Colonies.

Cassie Blakewell is running her father's plantation under the guise of her father being "out of town" for awhile. She's good at it, but knows she will be unable to retain her authority if people found out the truth. In the midst of all this, she purchases the Indentures...more
Kathrynn
This one started out will all kinds of intriguing possibilities, but the lengthy and frequent scenic descriptions, too many start-stops in the climax coupled with too many stutters to the ending ruined it for me.

The author admits this book took her 7 years to write due to personal issues in her life. I can see it in the story as she must have forgotten she already said that--numerous times. Also, that can be the only explanation for all the "almost" climaxes and shifts in the storyline.

The two...more
Leslie
3.5 Stars!

This was Pamela Clare's debut book, and though it wasn't as good as "Surrender", which I read before this, it was a decent read and the setting in early Colonial America was lovely. Clare certainly does her research and I continuously find that her period storylines are some of the best I've read; a close second to Gabaldon's work.

Cassie Blakewell hates the slave trade and labor her Virginia plantation demands although, she knew this fevered man would most certainly die if she left him...more
Lynsey A
This was another great historical read by Pamela Clare. She has such a way of writing love stories. Everything just seems to come to life. There is so much drama and intensity and you know it will end well but you are still hanging out to your seat to see how it will resolve itself. I really enjoying reading her books.

I loved both Alec and Cassie. They were so sweet together and constantly had me smiling. I liked how Cassie believed Alec was a good man pretty much from the beginning.

All in all...more
Mitzi
Great Story. Alec Kenleigh the 3rd owns a shipping bizz in England. His younger bro Phillip (loser) has him killed, only the men didn't kill him but sold him and he arrives in the Colonies (Virginia) beaten and sold as endentured slave to Cassie Blackwell. He can't remember much about what happened to him after his attack in London, but he knows he is not Cole Braden. He convinces Cassie to let him write to his bro. While he works on her plantation, they fall in love, only evil neighbor wants he...more
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
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4 STARS
Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Virginia and London

" Running an Estate is men's work" -Alec
"Why? Why must it be so? A woman once ruled all of England, yet Englishwomen aren't even allowed to rule themselves." -Cassie
"Women rule their own way. They raise the children, run the household-" -Alec
"While men run everything else." -Cassie in Sweet Release

->My my my how far we have come.... I LOVED CASSIE!! She was Bold, Brazen, Sexy & Empowered all while living in a...more
~Megan~
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MashJ
wow - two five star books in a weekend after none for ages.

Based in Virginia in 1730 on a tobacco plantation with an English merchant who has been dumped on a ship headed for the colonies and labelled a convict and the daughter of a plantation owner desperately trying to turn round her family land. The plot is very action packed with shenanigans having been carried out against both lead characters in England and in Virginia. The only problem with books going back to this era (and earlier) is tha...more
D.C.
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For five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed in the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated—for he could steal her breath with a glance and lay siege to her senses with a touch.

Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec went from maste...more
~J~ Riverina Romantics
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Most of my Goodreads friends would know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Pamela Clare. This spectacular lady blew my socks off with her I-Team series, so you can just imagine the scene I caused when I walked into my local Big W and found this book on sale for $3.95.

I'm still having a WTF moment over that and I think my hubby is still having a "My God She's Insane" moment. It was like Christmas, but with good presents!!

This lady...more
Denise
Wonderful escape to pre-Revolutionary Eastern America. This is a time period I love to read about, but so few romantic fiction novels are set in this era and place. The story seems to be well researched by the author, a big plus.
Alec Kenleigh is a wealthy English gentleman who owns a family shipping business. He had to take drastic measures with his brother Phillip due to his heavy drinking, gambling and whoring. The brother is resentful and next thing you know, Alec is being attacked while tr...more
Gina
ok I just finished this book, and oh my....SWOON!! I loved Alec and i loved Cassie. I hated what happened to Alex, but i felt warm inside when he did what was honorable and gave his word to do his best. He worked hard despite the unjustly circumstances. And Cassie taking care of her father and brother and treating everyone in her care with respect. The passion between them was hot! And the last quarter of the book I was fixed in my chair, I couldn't stop reading today until I found out what happ...more
TJ
I'm giving this a 4 star because I absolutely love Clare's writing. Even though this particular story is not quite as tightly written as many of her others, it still keeps you turning pages, biting your nails, sighing and yearning and finally, applauding at the end. All in all, that's good enough for me!
Tashia Brandenburg
loved the storyline of this book. She did a good job keeping you interested in the charachters and wondering what would happen.
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Pat (ireadthatbook.com)
4.25 stars really

After arrogant, handsome and wealthy man about town Alec Kenleigh has broken off with his mistress, he's thinking about the argument he'd had earlier in the day when his carriage is stopped and robbed. The next memory he has is of fiery copper-haired Cassie Blakewell. Circumstances were manipulated and Alec finds that everyone believes his name is Cole Braden. Cole Braden is an indentured servant convicted of ravishing & defiling women and; Alec/Cole has been sold to Cassie'...more
Linda
Alec Kenleigh was having problems with his younger brother, Phillip. It was 1730 and Alec was tired of always picking up after him. His heir, should something happen to him, was becoming a wretch and lush. And he wasn't even five and twenty! He recently made it known that his devilish ways would no longer be tolerated and, if nothing changed, Phillip's inheritance would be frozen.

Then Alec's life took a turn for the worse and became a nightmare. Robbed and left for dead, he woke up two months la...more
Purple Iris
Okay, so this was a strange book to read. It's a romance, set in colonial Virginia. On a plantation. The heroine owns slaves and some bondspeople who seem to be the equivalent of the petits blancs in St. Domingue. The heroine is against the institution of slavery and treats all of her workers extremely well and works alongside them. They all love her. She doesn't free them because she fears what would happen to them once off her estate. They'd be subject to capture, flogging, even death. So, bas...more
Julie
This is a wonderful historical romance. The book starts with Alec Kenleigh, a wealthy Englishman being pulled from his carriage and beaten. He ends up on a boat heading to the Americas and he is continually beaten on his voyage. The story of Cassie and Alec begins where she purchases him off of a slave boat where he is near death. The Captain of the boat claims that he is Cole Braden a convicted felon for ravishing women. When Alec eventually heals and finds that he is on a farm in the States, h...more
Brittany
So, this book was loaned to me and the only thing that I knew was that it was by an author that has awesome love from her fans... and that it was historical romance. I didn't even read the description! (Can you tell how much I trust my friend's opinion!)

It was nothing like I have read before. For one... we took the Englishman right out of England and dropped him smack dab into the middle of Virginia in the 1720s. His priveleged life was ripped right from under him and "hardships" is an understat...more
Kristy
This was a looooooong book. I thought I was halfway through and checked the progress to find out I was only 30% the way through!! Oh well, I'm always complaining about not feeling satisfied with books, about things being left unsaid or whatever. I can't say that with this book. This story was throughly told.

I loved watching Cassie and Alec fall in love. It was gradual which made it feel more realistic. I couldn't help but feel so frustrated for Alec. His whole world being turned upside down and...more
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