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Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,370 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
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 from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated - for he could steal her breath w ...more
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Published August 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published February 1st 2003)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

This is an amazing story! One of Pamela Clare's finest - Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh #1) and just $0.99 for a limited time!

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 kn
Final rating: 4/5 stars

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 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
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Mistaken identity with devastating results!

Quick summary
Alec Kenleigh is assaulted on the streets of London and his next conscious thought is in the colonies. He's now a "bonded convict," purchased by Catherine (Cassie) Blakewell for her Virginia plantation near Williamsburg. Her purchase was more a sentimental rescue as Alec was near death. As he begins his recovery, no one believes his story that he's not the convicted rapist, Cole Braden. Meanwhile, Alec's
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Nov 14, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 22, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
May 30, 2015 Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was sooo good. I loved it. One of the best historical romance books I've read.
Jennifer Leighton
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
Jennifer Lane
Another Great Read by Pamela Clare

I've read almost every novel by romance author Pamela Clare but I finally had the pleasure of delving into the one series I haven't read: Kenleigh/Blackwell Family Saga. And it's another winner!

In 1730, Alec Kenleigh owns a shipbuilding company in London. His ne'er-do-well younger brother Philip is an alcoholic up to all sorts of mischief. When Alec decides to withhold money until Philip gets his act together, Philip threatens that he'll regret it.

Months later,
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
Sep 18, 2012 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, romance, historic
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
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
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
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
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
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
Jan 28, 2015 Gamze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Kitap aslında pazar akşamı bitmişti ancak migren sayesinde 2 gündür yatıyordum. Kendime gelebilmişken yorumu yapmadan geçmek istemedim ^^

Pekala.. Nasıl giriş yapsam bu harika kitaba acaba?
Şöyle başlamama ne dersiniz? Eğer sizde benim gibi Historical hayranı iseniz, kesinlikle kaçırmayın derhal alın, okuyun :)

Öncelikle size kitabın içeriği ile ilgili bilgi vereyim.
Alec Kenleigh, adamımız 30 yaşında. Kendisinden 6 yaş küçük belalı bir erkek kardeşi ve kız k
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
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Mar 20, 2011 MashJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2012 D.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Regan Walker
1st in a great trilogy set in America before the Revolutionary War

This is first in Blakewell/Kenleigh family trilogy set in the 1730s to 1760s, in the American Colonies in a time when farms dominated the landscape and were eventually replaced by growing plantations in the South. It's also a period when colonists gradually came to see themselves as Americans, distinct from the English.

This first story tells the story of Alec Kenleigh, head of an English shipbuilding empire, who was beaten and th
Jane Stewart
Dry writing. Lengthy development of predictable things. It needs richer characters.

TWO BOOKS (Sweet Release and Carnal Gift):
I liked books 3 and 5 in the author’s I-Team series, but I did not like her first two books “Sweet Release” and “Carnal Gift.” The main conflicts were based on the settings where it was against the law for hero and heroine to be together. SR takes place on a tobacco plantation in 1730. Heroine’s father owns the plantation. Hero is a bondsman. If they are discovered he will
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
Nov 02, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 01, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Opening Line: "Alec Kenleigh tossed back the last of his brandy and savored its heat as it scorched a path to his stomach."
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USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the First Amendment Award and the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, she was honored by the Colorado Pro ...more
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Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy (3 books)
  • Carnal Gift (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #2)
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