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Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe--a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival!

Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence--until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up her peace! The beautiful

Paperback, Harlequin Historical Series, 298 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Harlequin Books
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Beau Crusoe surprised me by being a serious look at PTSD. James had been shipwrecked on a deserted island for 5 years after being set adrift in a lifeboat with four other men after their ship sank. As the book progresses, the story of what happened to James and the other men is slowly revealed. We do know fairly early on that James is a troubled man, with several idiosyncrasies due to his trauma. There is humor in the book, as well as gentleness, but the book is not a lighthearted historical rom...more
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Sweet romance story. Kept my interest. Secrets are eventually brought forward.

James was in the British Navy. The ship hit coral and sunk. James was the sole survivor and lived on a small island for five years. For something to do he studied the crabs. Missionaries discovered him and brought him back to England. He published a book about the crabs and will receive a medal for this scientific work. James is invited to stay with Lord and Lady Watchmere in London for two weeks...more
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Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe--a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival! Scandalous!

Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence--until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up her peace! The beautiful widow wanted to help him heal the wounds of the past--but what secrets was this glorious man hidin...more
I actually really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but it seriously went south about two thirds of the way through. The following things ruined it for me:

- I was actually rolling with the implied cannibalism because, well, that's something that probably would have happened during a shipwreck. It's also unique, and I like unique elements in my romance novels. What I really couldn't deal with was the fairly graphic flashback to the actual cannibalism. That's not what I read romance for.
- The ch...more
Lady Wesley
Another great Carla Kelly love story! And unlike many romances, the story is told primarily from the hero's point of view. James is haunted by his experiences after being shipwrecked and stranded five years on a deserted island. He studied the native crabs on the island, wrote a treatise, and now has returned to London to be awarded a medal by the royal society.

Through a series of humorous adventures, he becomes known in society as Beau Crusoe, and all of London wants his company. He, however,...more
Diane Close
I don’t normally read romance novels, let alone “historical” ones supposedly set in the Regency period, but when a friend sent me this one (thanks Melissa!) and described it as being a hysterical hot mess full of OMG and WTF moments, I knew I had to make an exception!

Oh yes, this lived up fully to its billing! I actually received my copy a year ago, but devoured it (pun intended) over the cold winter break. I agree with my friend’s original review that this must’ve been written on a bet, and add...more
I'm never a fan of anything Robinson Crusoe. Fortunately Slow Me didn't realize the implication of the title at first. Otherwise, I might not have picked up the book.

The first part earned more than a few chuckles from me and once or twice LOLs as well. Then things went dark and I hit one of those unputdownable hills and read it all in one swoop. Carla Kelly's books always shine the light on life's harsh reality, which is not typical in Regency Romance. Do not mistake this one as light historica...more
La verdad es que me ha sorprendido gratamente. Primero, el peso del argumento recae sobre el protagonista masculino, compartimos sus secretos y sus emociones, algo que no es nada corriente, y que debería ser más explotado en la novela romántica. Y segundo, ambos, especialmente él, se salen del prototipo habitual: ninguno de los dos es increíblemente guapo y perfecto, pero para el otro es la persona de su vida.

No quiero hacer spoilers, con lo cual no contaré mucho más, pero es una novela fuera de...more
Ruthie Knox
Wow, I really loved this book! One of the best I've read in a long time -- so original, and I love the light tone the author has taken to deal with some pretty serious subjects. This is a totally wonky, charming, convincing, compelling read. Everything a historical romance should be.
Lynn Spencer
Not my very favorite Carla Kelly book, but I still really loved this unusual little story.

I wrote a DIK review over at AAR back in 2007. Here's the link:
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Had been searching for a copy of this for quite a while, and was pleased to discover my local library had purchased an e-copy recently. Earthy, funny, and quite touching tale of a castaway turned scientist who comes to stay with a family whose members are estranged due to our heroine's having run away and married a commoner a few years back. Would have been four stars except for the deeply offensive (although not unlikely given the time period) slut shaming of the "other woman" character, a woma...more
James Trevenen, lately of the Royal Navy has been a castaway on a South Seas desert island for five years. Now he returns to London to receive the prestigious Copley Prize by the Royal Society for his treatise on crabs, that he wrote while on the island. But he is also haunted by the carpenters mate that was with him when their ship sank. He sees him everywhere, but the question is why and how can he make him go away? Susannah Park, a widow who eloped with her father's clerk helps him when he st...more
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Bu ay Harlequin Yayınlarının çıkardığı Historical Romance kitabı okuduğumuz romanlara hiç benzemiyor :) Şok edici, bazılarına göre tiksindirici gelecek ama düşününce zamanında birilerinin başına bunlar gelmiş deyipte halinize şükredeceğiniz bir hikaye. Ama karakterimiz hayata tutunmayı, akıl sağlığını ıssız adadaki tek uğraşı olan yengeçleri incelemekte bulmuş. Hikayemiz anlıcağınız üzere James Trevenen'in teğmen'i olduğu geminin batması ve bir ıssız adada geçirdiği 5 yıldan sonra şans eseri kur...more
This is my first book by this author and I decided to check out some of her books after the amazing review of one of this author's other books, The Wedding Journey, on SBTB. My library didn't have that one so I gave this one a shot. I really was taken aback when I realized this was so much more than a mere romance. The author has saddled our poor hero James with PTSD and survivor guilt from a most horrific shipwreck, 3 weeks at sea adrift in a longboat with 4 other men, and then 5 years on a des...more
Shipwrecked James Trevenen survives five years of isolation on a south seas island before being finally rescued. Unfortunately the ghost of one of his dead shipwrecked mates follows him all the way back to England where he finds himself rescuing so many from distress he becomes known as Beau Crusoe.
Widowed seven years Susannah Park lost her husband to cholera in India. Her embittered sister blames her for her being on the shelf instead of her own looks. (It is a great disaster for a plain sister...more
Ok, I have read lots of Carla Kelly books, many of which I really enjoyed. The way she writes sucks me right into the story with creative, unusual plots, engaging characters, and fascinating history lessons. Rarely am I disappointed, especially with her Regency Historical ones that capture my interest almost immediately.

All those basics are true with ‘Beau Crusoe’, however as I got three-quarters through the story, parts became very detailed and made me oddly uncomfortable – actually, down right...more
Carla Kelly is at her best when the story is gritty and sexy. BEAU CARUSO is sexy and gritty.
- James. The best tortured, suffering hero I have read in a long time.
- Suzie. The spunkiest heroine I have read in a long time.
- The South Seas. - I could hear the ocean and smell the islands when I read this
- Nothing
One of my favorite Kelly books!! Have re-read once now - will re-read again and again!!
Yes, this is a Cinderella story, impossible, implausible almost-austen-ish and happy ending-ish. But I thought it also tackled several issues concerning shipwrecks, survivor guilt, and biology (hard core and otherwise) that I have never ever seen broached with a ten foot pole in any other regency romance. It was also a good read, kept you interested through the whole narrative, and had some twists even I didn't see coming. Kudos to Kelly for breaking out of the mold for this one!

Great storytelling and writing from the pen of Carla Kelly. This tale is truly about Beau Crusoe (real name: James Trevenen) and his journey from emotionally- and physically-isolated shipwreck survivor to bold savior of the ton to a man strengthened enough by love to face down his fears and the residual terror that lingers from his being cast away on a deserted island for five long, lonely years. The characterization is detailed and balanced, with at least half of the POV coming from James's per...more
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This one is cool and creepy. Kelly is so good at the details of that time period, especially as it relates to sailors.
Michele Lacroix
The reason I gave this book four stars was for the way the author treated PTSD. Both characters suffered from it in different degrees. Also the tattoo was something some people could relate to.
Wow - this one was super funny but a bit racier than her others.
Beth Sullivan
Not up to her others...
I was so disappointed by this book! I have been loving the Carla Kelly books that I have been reading so far and I was really sad this one was not as good as the others.
I really enjoyed this book. Carla Kelly ha a way of writing her characters that make them very engaging and interesting. I was particularly interested in the outcome of this story since the problem that Beau had was kind of a difficult one to overcome. I had not heard of the Custom of the Navy, although I shouldn't be surprised, since Great Britain also has the Custom of the Army as well. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
I am impressed. Second book by Kelly I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed. She has a gift for complex characters. An adult book, due to the graphic sex scenes, but these are not theme of the book, unlike too many other authors. Included more as an outgrowth of the relationships of the characters, and their history, rather than page-filling pornography.
Too sexually explicit, made it not worth finishing
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P...more
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