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Royal Seduction (Royal Princes of Ruthenia #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  552 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Angline's virtue was intact before she met the prince of Ruthenia; before he mistook her for her cousin, his brother's mistress and only witness to his murder before he exacted his punishment for keeping silent about the identity of the killers. She has tasted a sweet morsel of ecstasy and now she can never return to a prim and proper life. Rolfe is savage with his kisses ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 1st 1983 by (first published January 1st 1983)
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Sep 20, 2010 Elle rated it it was ok
Aggravating. I'm not so politically correct that I object to rape in a historical romance. But if the author resorts to it, and she wants the reader to root for the couple later to get together, then I think she needs to have the hero recognize that he's done wrong and do some sort of penance. In this, the prince deliberately, calculatedly forces himself on the heroine, then when he realizes that she is not who he thought she was (she resembles her slutty cousin), he decides to keep her captive ...more
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Dec 04, 2013 Chelsea rated it did not like it
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

Royal Seduction begins when a prince comes to town looking for the lover of his murdered brother. He wants to ask her some questions. Unfortunately, he thinks that Angeline is the girl he's looking for, when in fact her cousin Claire is the former prince's lover. When Angeline insists that she's not the right person, Rolfe refuses to believe her, or even ask anyone else at the party where they meet if she is who she says she is. Rather t
First of all, yes the hero does rape the heroine in this (more than once). If that is a trigger for you, then this is not the book for you.

Some may prefer to call it a "forced seduction" because the heroine always ultimately succumbs and finds pleasure in it. THIS IS A KINK. If you enjoy this sort of story it does not mean you wish to be raped in real life. Rape fantasy is a common thing and romance novels are just that - fantasy. Let's not shame one another for our kinks.

Anyway, if the captor/c
Regan Walker
A Great Bodice Ripper set in Louisiana with a Prince of a Hero

Another well-told story from Blake, and this one a bodice ripper with a European prince for a hero…

Set in 1829 in Louisiana, this is the story of Angeline Fortin who lives with her aunt outside of New Orleans. Angeline, a chaste young woman, has a look-alike cousin, Claire, who has returned from Ruthenia in Europe having fled the murder of her lover, the heir to the throne. When his younger brother, Prince Rolfe, comes to New Orleans
Cat The Debaucherous (Catherine)
I had to change my rating on this one. The first part of the book was great. I enjoyed the first half of the book but the last part seemed to drag on and on. Before long I just wanted it to end. I even stopped reading and started other novels because this one just bored me towards the end. I will hand it to the author, at least she can write. The author is heavy-handed with the purple prose, although I liked it in parts, I found some of it hard to follow. I'd say it's worth the read just to read ...more
Because I needed a book published in 1983 to complete a challenge, and I was in the mood for a bodice ripper, I grabbed this book and was quickly taken in by its compelling storyline and fast pace. Yes, there are the typical non-pc elements that most modern readers cringe at - particularly the treatment of women and the rape scenes. But the majority of the book was excellent - Angeline of 1820's Louisiana is mistaken for her slutty cousin and is kidnapped by Prince of Rolfe of Ruthenia, whose he ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

I don't get it. A Royal Prince mistakes and innocent young women Angeline Fortin for her cousin Claire de Buys. He proceeds to kidnap her and rape her multiple time. She defends and protects her cousin who has obviously something to do with the murder of a Prince an future King Maximilian of Ruthenia. How do you fall in love with your rapist? Talking about a case of Stockholm Syndrome!! The story takes place in a French Parish of Louisiana during slavery. I am so D
Besides the turquoise and gray-green gaze phrase being repeated about a MILLION times this bodice ripper really wasn't too bad. I like how true to character ole Angeline stayed and I think the girl had a little depth and some courage. She wasn't too stupid to live or anything.

The one thing I did dislike was how the portrayed her cousin as the bad one. I wish the author had fleshed her out more to become someone interesting instead of the neighborhood slut.

Of course I liked the hero but I did g
Oct 09, 2013 Liv rated it it was amazing
This is one crazy read/listen (I listened to the audiobook version). Definitely not the predictable rake reformation story or gentleman meets hellcat who is transformed into sweet vixen. This is very different.... This is a "throw all of your notions of a romance out the door" & "fasten your seatbelt for the ride." The story takes place in the 1800's in Louisiana in a time where the country had many pockets of danger. This book details the unbreakable, insatiable and compelling love story of ...more
Jane S
Jul 28, 2015 Jane S rated it did not like it
Horrible! It is quite rare for me to simply not finish a romance novel, as I can usually look past most things. Rape is NOT one of them. And for the record, this was not a "oh but I wanted it every time" case.

We are told the morning after Angelines first rape (she was a virgin mind you) that Ralphe has bloody scratches and marks all over his face because of her FIGHTING back. Ok.. that is not romantic. I also couldn't believe how the male love interest DIDN'T FEEL BAD after discovering she was
Jun 29, 2015 Feminista marked it as never-to-read
May 25, 2015 bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! What a story! Wonderful, developed plot, great characters! The prince is a true hero! Strong, stern but not afraid to romance. The heroine is a strong women who doesn't back down. Yes, there are some rape scenes and forced sex, but I thought it added to the story, it wasn't put in just to be shocking and it wasn't overly done. Unfortunately, the time period and place this story occurs women were often raped. The only negative I had was the ending. I felt like it was a ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Syl rated it did not like it
I can't believe someone can write a "romantic" novel that revolves around rape, repeated rape. Still, I sort of thought it was "ok" given the fact that it's a novel set in another time, very different from this one. I thought if the author would use it, it would be well baed and justified, but I was wrong, and learning that the woman falls in love with her rapist and kidnapper was the icing on the cake. There are many other resources to use in order to build a romantic story, some are even rathe ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
My favorite of all romance novels I've read. And I read a lot Could read this book over and over. Seriously.
This one finally made its way to Kindle. 1983!
Mar 03, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
I read this book ages ago when I was just a 14 yr old girl who had no experience with life, or boys or anything really. I had swiped it from my mothers housewife porn collection she had on the book shelf and read it while in school so to find it again at the tender age of 39 I could not resist rading it since I had such fond memories of it. Reading it now that I was older, married and a mom of 4 daughters I'm not sure what to think.
*spoiler* I had completely forgotten that this was a rape/romanc
Priscilla Robinson
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I happen to be a really big fan of historical romances and this one had an extra bonus because it had a little more action then what they normally read. The Prince was a great character to read because he was tough and rude and yet there was something sweet about him. There were times when I felt there were a little to many twist but I liked that there was a mystery to find. I just got impatient trying to figure it out. Great read.
Aug 23, 2015 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful written

Reality the ways or some men in those days as well as in this time in age. But read you must for this author not only wrote a book but one I could see as a movies. Yes there was hash reality here but adventure, love and a beautiful ending. J.B I will read what you have to offer and those you don't agree than your lost for you have a gift. God bless your work. Bravo Ms. D. From New York City
Keri West
Jul 20, 2015 Keri West rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This style of romance novel is outdated. It's a highly detailed historical saga with sex scenes that are unabashedly rape. When I was younger, I used to wade through all the murder, war and politics so that I could giggle over "loins" and "quivering" bits. Nowadays, it's possible to find romance novels in whatever flavor you like so I can find something more my cup of tea.

Jan 18, 2011 Birdy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2011-reads
I hate giving this book a 3 stars especially when I was so hooked, I stayed up all night reading it. I enjoyed the love story, the heroin was very sweet, and I cared for her, I wanted her to have her happy ending. But everything else were a distraction, the story was super long (felt like 600, instead of 400 pages), the writing was a bit too descriptive for my taste, the murder investigation was too in-depth, toward the end, I didn’t care who murdered the hero’s brother, just give me the conclus ...more
Nicole Obrien
Aug 19, 2015 Nicole Obrien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writing on the same scale as Margaret Mitchell

You will be captivated from the very beginning by the colorful writing of the times, the place, the heroin and hero . The combination of drama suspense and passion is unequaled . You will not be able to put it down .
Aug 22, 2015 Florencia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved it! The story was a great captivating adventure full of suspense and passion! I could not put it down! The trials and obstacles that the main characters had to overcome made this story so much more heartwarming and touching.
Aug 12, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok
I was warned against this book but no review has ever detained me from reading the book...unless the book costs $0.99. So I took a chance and read it. I've read books that involved rapes before and some are actually one of my old favourites. However,this book would not be included.Nothing really distinguishes this book from the rest. I didn't get enough sympathy nor saw enough scenes of the hero and herione genuinely falling in love. The book dragged on with a lot of running involved and I just ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
I thought the book was ok. I bought it for relatively cheap from Dollar General, but I didn't realize that the book was written so long ago, otherwise I wouldn't have gotten it. I know that rape and "forced seduction" in romance novels was common when this story was written because when I have read several other novels (from Susan Johnson and Janet Dailey) where this was common. However, I don't like that. Setting that aside, it was a bit long, and I didn't love the characters. This was one of t ...more
Pamela Hunt
Aug 20, 2015 Pamela Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old time beauty.

I loved this story. It was romantic and exciting with it's own brand of swashbuckling and drama. I hope to find many more like it.
Oct 16, 2014 Joann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great romance. loved the scenery and the chase. Tension was unyielding and love scenes to ned a fan. Why do I need two more words Amazon?
Oct 31, 2014 Giaghazal rated it it was amazing
What a treat. I found a touch of 'Judith Mcnaught' in this treasure. The perfect blend of romance ( with all the tit bits of romance ) and adventure made me fall in love with characters, just not only the lead ones, but also minor characters.
Melody Medeiros
This is my first romance novel. I was in the 5th grade, and way too young to be reading these kind of novels. I borrowed it from my older sister, who had checked it from the library. I was reading it avidly and every time my mother came in the room I had to shove it under a pillow, etc. By the time she caught me I was about half way through, and the cover was wrinkled and nearly torn off.

It's hard for me to judge these old bodice rippers now, as my taste has changed so much, but at the time I lo
Wiwo Aprilia
This book was Suspense. Because the theme is not my cup of tea. The rating is low. I'm so sick of abduction(s). Where is the Love? *sigh*

The Hero is not my Favorite AT ALL. What kind of man who letting the one he love so much to marry someone else? Without fighting? and that was an act of the King?

For you who think this book is Romance, you are sorely mistaken. This book is Suspense, and covered on Historical theme.
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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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