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China Rose

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  178 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
China looked up into the steel gray eyes of Justin Cross and a surge of excitement raced through her. Everything about his rugged good looks spelled danger. . .and fascination. But her hand had been promised to his brother! — When China moved into the great Cross mansion at Portsmouth to become the bride of Sir Ranulf Cross, her presence enflamed the already
Unknown Binding, 10 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Avon Books
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From the author about the digital edition of this book:

In order to convert the book into an ebook, it had to be rewritten onto a computer by yours truly, who could not resist the urge to tweak a few scenes, tidy up some grammar, and lose some of the purple prose that contributed to the branding of historical romances with the loving term: bodice rippers.

OK then, and please note that despite this somewhat harsh review, I really do like Canham's stories. Always a nice bit of romance, a yummy hero
I really struggled to get through this book.

The pros:

It had an interesting plot. 3 brothers who can't stand each other are continually at each others throat. One actually just sits around and stirs up shit just to goad the other two into mayhem and hatefulness. Heard the story of Caine and Able? Actually it wasn't quite like that, but pretty close. Made for some intrigue and mystery though. I had to put on my sleuth hat while I sorted out all the evidence to figure out "who done it".

I was wrong
Aug 09, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
3.5 stars - kind of a toothless bodice ripper, because I think she rewrote? But still totally fun with a great trio of dastardly brothers. MC is a great swashbuckler - and not afraid to get a little gory.
Elaine Mcdonald
Oct 23, 2011 Elaine Mcdonald rated it it was amazing
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I really didn't expect much from this book. Based on the ratings and the fact that this was Marsha's first book. I loved it though! I ended up staying up until the wee hours of dawn to finish it.
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
3,5 had a really good time reading this one :) mystery, love and a strong heroine. ...more
Apr 09, 2011 Stevie rated it really liked it
Here is another story from Marsha that was rated low and I found it extremely enjoyable. Very entertaining and if I am not mistaken her first book and while I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites of hers it was still one that demonstrates her keen ability to create strong characters and twisting plots with tangible chemistry with the characters. China is sweet and naive and the dutiful daughter of the era. She falls into the epitome of a dysfunctional family and watches the drama unfold betwe ...more
Aug 04, 2012 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
I found this to be an entertaining book, but not Canham's best. One thing that set this apart from your average bodice-ripping romance with a generic plot was the interactions between this wolf-pack of brothers, quite an interesting family. I found the suspense of the story to be better than the romance, probably because I found the heroine lacking--she needed more work. I did like that the romance developed slowly--lust, but not love, at first sight--and the roguish hero really was a rogue, a s ...more
Diane Hoover
Feb 27, 2015 Diane Hoover rated it liked it
For MCs first book, this was good. Not nearly as good as the trilogies, but a good effort nonetheless and I enjoyed the read. It had some flaws and I got lost a few times. She may have tried to add too many villains and intrigue. BUT MC really has a way of drawing the reader in. Her characters are so three dimensional that you feel like you could be in the room with them. You feel their humor, tension, villainy, heroics, fear and love. They spring off the page and become real. I love how there i ...more
Jo Notary
China Rose is a story of intrigue and betrayal, a tale of deceit and treachery between three brothers vying for the same woman. When China Grant arrives in Portsmouth, her wedding to Sir Ranulf Cross is two weeks away. The first night there her life is threatened, and as the days unfold, threads from a decade-old mystery on the high seas begin unravelling faster than her wits can keep apace. Soon China is forced to choose between a promise made to her dying father...and the reckless desire to fo ...more
Jul 26, 2013 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 starsAn early work of Marsha Canham's and while not as good as some of her other books it was still entertaining and quite enjoyable. It is a story of 3 brothers and a young woman who is caught in the middle of their family feud.
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