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Sweet Savage Love (Brandon-Morgan #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,232 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Ginny Brandon is swept from the ballrooms of Paris to the desert sands of Mexico and into the arms of charismatic mercenary Steve Morgan. But this fearless heroine and "hero of all heroes" must first endure countless unforeseen dangers before they can enjoy sensual, exhilarating passion that burns between them.
Mass Market Paperback, 636 pages
Published 1974 by Avon
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Because 5 measly stars is so woefully inadequate.

You should see my copy of this book. It came without covers, front AND back. Truly a rarity in my collection, but it was a freebie on Paperbackswap, so I couldn't complain. It now sports a hot pink cover (courtesy of card stock from the office supply closet - thievery for a good cause) with a B&W xerox of the cover image (courtesy of the internet), and it's all laminated in packing tape from the local Dollar Store.

I am nothing if not resourcef
Apr 05, 2011 Kerrie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those Old Skool students of bodice rippers
Recommended to Kerrie by: Karla
Damn you, Rosemary Rogers!

Any attempt to compose a review of your cracktastic epics results in a complete implosion of logical thought processes and reason! Not to mention that I begin to question my ethics, values, and moral compass when at the turn of every page my sane brain says "This is CRAZY!" and the other half screams "More, more, MORE!!!!" This entire review will be a struggle to remain coherent, but I'll try. Rosemary's enthralling chaos makes plot summaries impossible. "Stuff happen
Jul 27, 2009 Marcie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that started it all.

Everyone's first modern romance novel they read in the 70s at age 14-20 or thereabouts. Who can forget Ginny and Steve.

Love to see everyone giving it either 1-star or 5! The granddaddy of all romance novels deserves nothing less than an extreme, high-drama reaction. Yes, it said the "F-word" and the hero rapes the heroine and she loves it (what the hell is he supposed to do after he's ripped her bodice? Apologize?).

Hell, yes, rape and sex are about power and exactly
Sep 09, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried, I really did. I wanted to see what the fuss was about. WTF is romantic about this story? The part where he rapes her? Or the part where he slaps her? How about the part where he washes her mouth out with soap? Oh I KNOW! It's where he keeps calling her a whore.

OMFG no thank you. I love bodice rippers but I kind of like the hero to not be a masochistic ass-wipe.

This book took me on some wild ride! I've had it on my to read shelf for a while now but was always intimidated to read it since I've heard far and wide about the abuse the heroine had to endure. I admit I was a wuss before, but I am a wuss no longer! The verbal sparring and fighting between Ginny and Steve was off the charts! They were a bunch of nut jobs and I loved it! Steve Morgan is a rake, and I don't mean the type of rake that everyone says is a rake
Sammy Loves Books
Wow! I feel as if I've been run over by a steamroller! I found this book to be very emotionally intense. There was even a point in the book when I asked myself " Can I continue to read this? " The book revolves around Virginia "Ginny" and Steve Morgan.


Their relationship can only be described as a love/ hate relationship on steroids, laced with crack, while funneling tequila! Mix in a little smuggling, war, espionage, adultery, torture and a lot of rape. All of this takes place in Paris, the US,
The dysfunctional relationship between two batshit protagonists was initially a hoot to read but in the end, the story was overlong. I had to drag myself through the horrors of the last quarter and I was glad to leave both of them on the last page.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Pre-Reading (5/9/15): I wasn't sure until I read the prologue but this was the first bodice ripper I ever read (I was 15, at that point) and I was not expecting the crazy in it. I'm excited to re-read this and see how I read it now.

ETA (3/16/16): I will sum up this book with one sentence. You can see where a lot of western romances get their inspiration, and they pale in significance to this book. It's very hard to top this book.

Also Roger's wrote parts of this book one-handed, I swear. ;)

Jul 27, 2010 Sylvia rated it really liked it
I could not believe that no one had made a movie out of this book when I read it years ago. This was my first historical romance novel and I could not put it down. The writing was so colorful and Rosemary Rogers made Mexico sound so romantic. I eventually tired of "bodice rippers" like these and the impossibly gorgeous heroes and heroines who hated each other through most of the story as they lusted after each other in spite of themselves. The title says it all. But I remember "Sweet Savage Love ...more
May 03, 2012 Julz rated it really liked it
Shelves: cheating
This book is a very hard read. There are harsh scenes that you rarely see. It's difficult to shock me, but I found my jaw dropped numerous times. The author was fantastic. It was very well written and put together. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because there was so little positive to offset all the horrible things that happened and because it's LONG. Definitely worth the read, though, if you have the stomach.
Feb 22, 2009 Dina marked it as to-avoid  ·  review of another edition
From DoraLady @ Ami:
'It is a tough read. The heroine gets raped and abused not only by the hero but by others.'
Susan (the other Susan)
There are 2 Goodreads listings for SSL as well there should be. Fabulous beyond words, the standard by which all Steves will forever be measured to their detriment. The five stars are mostly sentimental, you understand. This was the first explicit bodice ripper I ever read, read again, and read the good parts a third time. It was new and shocking and I rehashed it with my student coworkers to get us through full days at a summer job working an assembly line. Oh, how we adored the de-virginizatio ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Tangentgirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 11 or 12. Oh, sure, with the internets today, by the time a kid is that age, they've seen donkey shows and worse, but back in nineteen-eighty-something, this was quite the eye-opener. Porn without pictures. It was freaking awesome. I read it, I think my friends read it, who knows how many fifth-grade girls learned about pretty much everything (except donkey shows) from that very copy before I got it back? Thank you, library sale!

After I had read and re-read and re-re
Fabian Davy
Dec 23, 2010 Fabian Davy rated it really liked it

And that was partly because it was so sensual, raw and explicit to a then 17 years old boy. 12 years on, and I can still remember vividly the exact title of the book, word by word. I remember well the white cover with the 70's style font rendition and... who could have forgotten about the red tint that surrounded the edge of the pages. Yes, this book was released in 1974 - I read it in 1998. Despite the already ancient look and feel of the physical appearance of the book - the
Mar 05, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I'll go looking for the rest of the saga. Four stars instead five because two issues: too long episodes where h and H were apart and some of the scenes were too cruel for me, especially the things that happened to the hero.

It seems I become slowly used to the sometimes ridiculous storyline changes in BRs. It's amazing how many times some of these books change their direction and let the characters become someone entirely different at the end of the story.
As good as I remembered. ;)
D.L. Warner
Jun 22, 2012 D.L. Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that kicked Harlequin romances in the crotch and changed how romance novels were viewed by women and some men. Great action, great mystery, white shot sexuality. The total package.
*** 5++ Original Brilliant Sizzling Stars ***
Heat/ Romance (5 HOT Stars)/Plot(5 Stars)/Setting(5 Stars)/Characters (5 Stars)

My first and most beloved and reread Historical Romance - other than the Wolf and the Dove. I loved this story! I probably read it at least a half a dozen times (especially the romantic scenes) after I first read it - over 30 years ago. I recently went back and read it again - just for the nostalgia.

Readers and reviewers should keep in mind the book publication time frame,
Regan Walker
Feb 24, 2012 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Worthy Classic That Influenced the Genre of Historical Romance, But More Savage than Love.

This was Rogers’ first novel and it became a best seller and an all time classic in modern historical romance. Her writing is superb and her storytelling truly excellent. Published in 1974, it was also one of the first to throw open the bedroom door and include subjects like rape and violence against the heroine, all woven into an intricate plot. Set in the late 1800s in the American West and Mexico (duri
Oct 12, 2011 Tash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! LOVED IT!!! Pure unadulterated entertainment from THE Rosemary Rogers. This is what I call a fulfilling read baby! This book has it all - great writing, brilliant plot, adventure+romance with the perfect amount of wtf factor, but let's get straight to the point. My favourite thing about this book is the current owner of my heart - Steve Morgan. Aaaah what do I say about my dearest Esteban...? What I really liked about his character is how he remained a jerk till the end of the book lol ...more
Mar 27, 2009 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-romance
This was literaly the first romance I ever read was when I was young. Of course, now I'm 45 and the love scenes have been surpassed by a few other writers but they're still good. I was first married and my mother-in-law gave it to me when she saw how bored I was since I was allowed to work. I remember being shocked by the romance scenes. I was fascinated by the incredibly strong-willed leading lady. Not to mention the very forceful hero. I have read this book many times and it never fails me. I ...more

Rape rape rape. Name-calling, violence, rape. He rapes her repeatedly, kidnaps her, abandons her, and he's her true love? Ick. Maybe I'm too spoiled by respect and humor in contemporary romances to appreciate this, but it's a nice marker for how far the genre has advanced.
Apr 09, 2008 Charmaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this back in the 70's. My first romance novel. I fell in love with her characters. She wrote two more sequels with these characters. I read a few more of her books before I tired of the romance tales. I wonder if I would enjoy them today or is it better to keep the fond memories????
Dec 05, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned at page 125. I could not get interested in the plot. It just seemed to drag on, and I didn't care for any of the characters. It's just not for me.
Jun 19, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Savage Love is the story of the beautiful daughter of a U.S. Senator who was raised by her in-laws in France named Ginny Brandon. She journeys to America to be with her father and his new wife. Used to a fine style of living, Ginny soon finds herself on a wagon train west with her stepmother guarded by the ruggedly handsome Steve Morgan. Much adventure ensues.

Sweet Savage Love is a romance in the old school. In that there are scenes of violence towards women and the type of romance that re
Tina Wright
If you look up "bodice ripper" in the dictionary, you'll find this book. Steve and Ginny, the couple who love to hate (and hate f$?k) each other, are gloriously codependent, and this is a somewhat entertaining historical romp. Yes, Steve has a cruel streak, but I don't mind that in my fictional alpha heroes. What I didn't like was Steve's constant manwhoring. Worse yet, at about 60% of the book, the story takes a very gruesome turn; frankly, this was more violence than I bargained for. However, ...more
I loved this book. The way that Rosemary Rogers discribed the wagon train and how hard it was I found to feel realistic. I loved that it wasnt done in three pages.Steve and Ginny had a love/hate realationship through most of the book,though at the begining it was mostly hate. It was fun to watch the sparks fly when ever those two got together.
Mar 09, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it
Good fun trashfest. Full review:
Susan (the other Susan)
The Mother of All Bodice Rippers. None are worthy. Note that there are TWO listings for this classic title on Goodreads. Two Steves, yay.
Lauren Willshire
Sep 14, 2011 Lauren Willshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I once read a book review by a husband whose wife swears by this book and his words were very vulgar and harsh. He said the the heroin had stockholm syndrome and that the hero was an abuse self absorbed a**. I love this book and this series but he was so right. You will read this book and want to kill him and her. You will rotate back and forth as to who is a victem and who deserves death. You will sob and want to shred the book so many time throughout the story.....but in the end you will read ...more
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Rosemary Jansz Navaratnam Rogers Kadison

Rosemary Jansz was born on 7 December 1932 in Panadura, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), she was the oldest child of Dutch-Portuguese settlers, Barbara "Allan" and Cyril Jansz. Her father was a wealthy educator who owned three posh private schools. She was raised in colonial splendor: dozens of servants, no work, s
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