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Devil and the Deep Sea

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"A year out of your life. What price would you ask?"

Samma supposed that any other woman would surely slap the face of a man who would pose such a question. But Samma couldn't afford that luxury with Roche Delacroix.

With her stepfather ready to sell her "favors" to clear his gambling debts, Roche represented Samma's only avenue of escape from an unthinkable future on Cristo
Paperback, Harlequin Presents #1143
Published February 1989 by Harlequin Books (first published 1988)
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I usually read Sara Craven for the crazies. Her stock-in-trade tends to be forced seduction, but this didn't have that, although there were a few times where you thought maybe it'll happen. That's a good or a bad depending on your HP crazy-o-meter setting and your tolerance for forced seduction in romance. Disclaimer: Forced seduction in romance is (to me) nothing but fantasy it has nothing to do with real life attitudes toward rape.

Anyway, this book was somewhat reminiscent of one of my fav cr
Samma is sketching portraits for tourists down by the docks when she catches sight of piratical Roche, lolling about on a swanky yacht. He gives her a ‘You are too young to know what this means but I would totally dominate you in the bedroom and have you begging for more’ look. Samma, irritated, lampoons him in art.

So he takes her on board his yacht and spanks her. Kinky, I know! Sara Craven will just slip this sort of thing in occasionally, without developing some full-blown BDSM out of it.

Feb 16, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
Great marriage of convenience story. Both hero and heroine are good, loving people and there is a strong mystery/ suspense element! Plus an evil wanna be other woman and poor heroine has to deal with a spoiled stepdaughter as well.
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Apr 05, 2017 Hemavathy DM Suppiah rated it it was amazing
Another excellent read from Sara Craven.
Romantic, suspenseful and exotic.
This was ridiculously fun - or ridiculous depending on your mood or ability to suspend disbelief. There are excellent spoiler reviews below, so I won't go into the plot details. Instead, I'll list what made this a five star fun read for me.

1. Hero/heroine meet cute. She draws him as a pirate, he acts like a pirate toward her - complete with manhandling and a quick spanking.

2. Air of menace from all sides - first at the skeevy casino her stepfather owns, then at the "Diablo's" house with rumors o
Apr 17, 2016 Kinga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha egy gyönyörű szigeten él és dolgozik, de valójában ennek a kényszer az oka, és anyagi nehézségekkel küzd. Mígnem a sors úgy hozza, hogy találkozik az egzotikus külsejű gazdag üzletemberrel, Alain Delacroix-val, aki egy évet kér az életéből, hogy kölcsönösen kisegítsék egymást… Samantha látszólag belemegy az üzletbe, csak hogy megszabaduljon a szigettől, de a férfi csak akkor vallja be, hogy valójában házasságot akar, mikor már nincs visszaút.

Alain egy gyönyörű, ám eldugott birtokra visz
Apr 23, 2016 Roub rated it liked it
this one was full of intrigue and was surrounded by a lot of mysteries. the child's meanness and the lengths she went to belittle Samma in her father's eyes were horrific. what she needed was a good spanking, just like the one Roche delivered to Samma in the first pages. the one we suspected of being evil OW turned out to be hero's stepsister. evil OW was mentally disturbed and really dangerous. she was the one behind the child's horrible behaviour.
Julie C-F
Why is it that these heroines think too much, assume a lot and not face the issues head-on? On the other hand, if they did, there wouldn't be too much to go in with the stories.

I liked the story and have predicted pretty much who is the doing the mysterious acts. The plot is not the usual pink roses and champagne romance kind of book because there is a bit of thriller in it.
Christine (KizzieReads)
Nice quick read with a little mystery in it.
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Anne Bushell was born on October 1938 in South Devon, England, just before World War II and grew up in a house crammed with books. She was always a voracious reader, some of her all-time favorites books are: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Middlemarch" by George Eliot, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell and "The Code of the Woosters" by P. G. Wodehous ...more
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