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Love's Wild Desire

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Aristocratic Rafael Navarro spies the beautiful Catherine Mayfield at one of New Orleans' most exotic quadroon balls and mistakes her for a woman who generously dispenses her favors. He realizes too late that he has hopelessly compromised a lady of the haute monde.

With no choice but to accept his proposal, th
Mass Market Paperback, 406 pages
Published September 30th 1996 by Ivy Books (first published 1977)
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I've been morbidly fascinated with my copy of this book ever since it landed from PBS. What hideous artwork! In other words, "I can't wait to read it!" (That's how I roll.) Well, I finally did read it, and Jennifer Blake is now one of my favorite authors.

With a cover like that, I was expecting OTT rape and abuse for our fair heroine by an army of swarthy troglodytes. I've also heard the name "Rafe Novarro" bandied about as one of the big, bad alphas that Romance is now doing quite well without,
Jennifer Blake's Love's Wild Desire has all the cheesy goodness you can expect from a classic bodice-ripper: Forced seduction, attempted murder, Great, Big, Terrible Misunderstandings, masqued balls, bordellos, drugging and kidnapping galore. Since it set in 19th century Louisiana, you can add plantations, riverboats, and a slave rebellion to boot.

So why didn't I love it? Too many plot contrivances, coincidences, and a multitude of TSTL decisions from our hapless heroine. I know, I know, these t
Regan Walker
Mar 02, 2013 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
A Bodice Ripper with a Message—and a Compelling NY Times Bestseller set in Louisiana

Set in 1810-11 in New Orleans and environs in Louisiana, this is the story of Catherine Mayfield, a well-born young woman with a bit of a reckless side. Maneuvered into attending an infamous “quadroon ball” where the light brown women of color were displayed for men to acquire as their mistresses, Catherine becomes the object of Rafael Navarro’s desire. Rumored to be a pirate, Lafitte’s “right hand,” Navarro is a
Nov 25, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
A wonderfully epic tale. Got to see a slice of 19th century life in the Old South with its antebellum architecture, field hands, southern gents, and lady of the house duties. This author certainly knows how to weave an interesting story!

This was a typical bodice-ripper book from the early romance writing days. We had the stand-offish hero who forces himself on his future wife, and we also have the apparently nice guy who really isn't nice at all. Actually alot of the characters weren't nice in t
Tutti Dolci
Felt like I kept waiting for this awesome climax to the story, but it just kept taking me through hills and valleys, instead (none were particularly memorable, really). And the end? That was pretty snooze-worthy, too.

I wanted to love the characters, truly. The potential for it was there. But in between skimming through way too much detail of lesser consequential things and potential for the story to take flight (but didn't), I found myself bored and disinterested. And that's a pity because this
Michelle Connolly
This is the third Jennifer Blake novel I've picked up so far. The first one I thought was awful, the second I enjoyed and this one... well, It was just okay for me. There isn't much excitement in the first part of the book. It seems like everything happens on the second part and is a bit rushed. The ending was kind of bland when it could've been much better.
I have to stay I picked this book up twice before I could actually finish it - and in a way was forced to because I had brought the wrong b
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jan 31, 2016 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Ahm. Ok. So ahm. This is very very long stories. The sexual tension between the characters are in the end lost due to the length.

On the positive side. It promises adventure and it sure does deliver. But it is loooong.

Og and in case I forgot, these are very looong stories.

Ronald Wise
One of those books I bought back in the Summer of 1977 when I tried to buy and read all the best-selling paperbacks, but soon learned that they all tended to be romance novels like this one. But this one was still hanging around in my library, so I read it again. Though the main romantic chronology was predictable, this one had some twists provided by historical events in Louisiana shortly after the Louisiana Purchase. I don't know how accurate it is, but I like to think I've learned something a ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Misfit rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable southern romance.
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Part of Love and Adventure Collection
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Jennifer Blake has been called a “pioneer of the romance genre”, and an “icon of the romance industry.” A New York Times and international best selling author since 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA Hall of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two “Maggi
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