A pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison. In return for a night of unparalleled pleasure, a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress, thereby rescuing her with his name from an impending and abhorred arranged union. But in the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a solemn promise is broken, as a sensuous free spirit t...more
What I love about the book I think is the sweeping saga of it all. And Woodiwiss' writing. ...more
It is also the only historical romance book my husband ever listened to, against his will and with strong protestations, as read by me. We were going snow skiing, back in the days when we couldn’t afford to fly, and it was a 14 hour ...more
The ending was the only blemish on my experience with this wonderful story.
(view spoiler)[It couldn't get much more tidy or corn-venient. (hide spoiler)]
I am the perfect reader for this book though, I must admit. I loved the flowery, lavender-hued prose and the abundance of detail in this rather lighthearted, adventure tale.
That's not to say there wasn't a fair amount of conflict, but it was the good kind in which an awful, naughty villainess-type character slowly comes undone by a wily an ...more
The plot twists and turns and twists again! Ruark, the hero, is awesome. Very alpha ...more
That of course was f ...more
Ruark quickly becomes the most valued of bondsmen much to Shanna's chagrin. She cheated Ruark of his wedding night and he's determined she should pay him his due.
The story is brilliant and Ruark is the perfect to die for Hero. Shanna ...more
I found this to be true-this was my second Kathleen E.Woodiwiss novel-My first being The Flame and the Flower-which i loved, so i decided to tackle this 672 paged book-the largest amo ...more
I could not even finish it.
This is a romance novel. The main character, Shanna, has to find a husband by her 21st birthday, or her father will pick one for her. She ends up marrying and convict on death row. She plans to gain his name by marriage, and then lie to her dad by telling him that her husband died in a carriage accident. In exchange, she offered the prisoner one night with her.
The story sounded like it might be good, but t ...more
I found the plot kept repeating itself only in different locations. Shanna would be mean to Ruark then fall into bed with him, then swear she was done with him, then do it again and again. For me the prose was too flowery. I ...more
Moreover, Shanna was very annoying and shallow, and you think, all beauty and no brain, makes sense. And you don't think too highly of the h ...more
Shanna is so unlikable. Actually, that's putting it nicely. I got so sick o ...more
It will be kept in my heart forever...
how I truly enjoy its beautiful romance ....
its high adventure...
I love this book, love and love it always...
Romance abound in almost every word!
This was my first by the queen of the modern historical romance novel, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and it won't be my last. I highly recommend this one. I must be the last to discover this wonderful writer, but I'm glad I did.
Set in mid 18th century London, the Caribbean and Virginia (the colonies), Shanna tells the story of the strong willed Shanna Trahern, the only daughter of a successful British merchant who has retired with his wealth to his Carib ...more
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"I would have followed you," Ruark assured with a flash of white teeth. "You have my heart and my baby. You would not have escaped.”
His voice broke, and he sobbed, hiding his face behind an arm flung across it. Shanna's throat tightened, and there was no ease for the ache in her breat. With tears of her own gathering in her eyes she tried to hush him. He heard none of her pleas, but lifted his hands and held them before his eyes, turning them, staring at them as if he had never seen them before.
"But still - I love her. I could take my freedom and fly - but she holds me bound to her." His hands became limp fists which slowly crumpled to his sides as he groaned listlessly. "I cannot stay. I cannot leave." His eyes closed, and swiftly the moment was gone.
Choking on a sob, Shanna bowed her head in abject misery.”