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3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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VALENTINA: Alluring slave girl, sold into bondage after escaping the perverse, jealous queen she served, then chosen by the ancient leader of the mighty Islams to be his consort - and ultimately his successor.
PAXON, SULTAN OF JAKARD: exotic and strong, a magnificent warrior who hungered for Valentina from the moment they met.
Paperback, 439 pages
Published July 25th 1978 by Ballantine (first published April 12th 1978)
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If there's one thing I've learned since reading bodice rippers, it's that if you expect a serious and impeccably realistic historical romance from Fern Michaels, you're an idiot.

Granted, I've only read this one and Captive Passions (henceforth CP) to base this on, but I feel pretty confident declaring such.

That said, after a WTF start in Valentina with rape, whipping, and lesbian molestation and resultant phobia, it did become a rather staid little historical with a beleaguered heroine very remi
This is an OTT BR with some bizarre WTF Moments, especially early on in the book. There is a tortured heroine, some lesbian Moments, rape, and treachery abounds. There is a love triangle that Valentine has with two brothers, in which you are unsure for much of the book who would truly win her heart. But of course, one of them becomes a sadistic bastard who can't decide whether to truly kill her or force her into marriage. Goodness prevails and there is a happy ending.
Jan 28, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought from 2nd hand bookstore (this is out of print

(My Bodice Ripper Reviews will be a little different because you either love these type of books or you don't! So I am basing my reviews from the perspective that you love them, if you don't just skip the review)

What made this a good Bodice Rippers: Fern Michaels, bless her history re-arranging heart, managed to take a totally unrealistic "setting" (for lack of a better word) and turn it into a very classic Bodice Ripper love story. It had all
Tricia Riley
I thought when I picked up this book that it was going to be the typical romance story line. It wasn't and I was pleasantly surprised.

Basically the story is that Valentina, who is lady in waiting to the queen, gets betrayed because of jealousy. She ends up being sold into slavery to the king who appreciates her talents and she rapidly rises in status in the harem.

As a side story is the tale of two royal brothers who are on different paths to destiny. One to rule a kingdom, the other to rule a se
OK, for one thing I know for a sure fact the Fern Michaels is the last author to write a historically accurate HR novel, but this was just too disastrous. It wasn't the best novel I've read or the worst but fell somewhere in between. Yet it really annoyed & frustrated me at several points where it involved Valentina, the heroine. Michaels description of Saladdin is utterly disappointing as well. Saladdin was a great sultan of Egypt, and I know from my Muslim friends that Muslims really respe ...more
Jaime Contreras
I did not have high hopes for this book because I have only read six romantic/historical novels and only two were decent. Veteran writer, Fern Michales gives us a noblewoman, Lady Valentina who journeys with Queen Berengaria to the Holy Land. After, denying a romantic interest by the queen, Valentina's sojourn begins. Betrayed, sold into slavery, raped and then left for dead, Valentina will not fail her beloved King Richard. Yes, it is predictable and melodramatic but what do you expect from Fer ...more
May 13, 2011 Leanne rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was very young and into the captive thing. That said...I loved the woman this story in about and would have read more books from this author if they had been this exciting and full.
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Fern Michaels isn’t a person. I’m not sure she’s an entity either since an entity is something with separate existence. Fern Michaels® is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I ...more
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