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Blaze Wyndham (Wyndham Saga #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  1,102 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Blaze Wyndham. The ravishing beauty who came to the lavish and lustful court of Henry VIII to become the mistress and confidante of the most powerful man in England. Although he demanded her surrender with all the awesome power of his position, the King could not have her love. And when he commanded she marry a man she professed to hate -- dashing and rakish Lord Anthony W ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 7th 1989 by Onyx (first published 1988)
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Unfortunately the title is misleading in its titular character blandness. This is a romance that needs the Harlequin Title Generator(tm). My suggestions:
- Barefoot and Pregnant For King and Country
- Propping Up the Patriarchy
- The Dead Earl's Speshul Snowflake
- Impregnated By Almost-Brothers
- King Hal's Unslutty Whore*
- Blaze and the Breeder Brigade
- Babies!

* = Now with the Sir Thomas More Seal of Approval!

Honorable Mentions (non-Harlequin):
- If She's French, She's a Slut

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Rachel (BAVR)
I have one thing to say to you, Blaze Wyndham:

Full review to come.
Carolyn F.
When this book started out, I thought, "Oh great, a book about a perfect family, marrying their perfect husbands and living happily ever after." And then Blaze's life is turned upside down and her sisters aren't as perfect as we thought. The book ended up being really good and I enjoyed reading it. 3.5 stars
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This was an easy read. The beginning was like cotton candy, it was so sugary sweet, it was making me sick. In addition, it wasn't believable. Blaze, a 15 year old virgin becomes this little horny sex goddess after one night of love making, yeah right.

The rest of the book- besides it jumping time periods at random places (one minute she is announcing her pregnancy, the next she is like almost due to give birth), it wasn't bad.

Overall- read it, enjoyed it but nothing to think twice about.
K.G. White
Jan 30, 2015 K.G. White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More historical than romantic. Blaze and her numerous sisters all go through trials and tribulations in order to obtain matches that somehow suit them perfectly, but it is less romantic than it sounds. The part with Henry Tudor was quite fascinating, I must admit, having recently watched the Tudors on HBO myself I quite liked to element of historical re-imagining.
Feb 24, 2013 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book at least 5 times. The story of all that Blaze endured and overcame to find love was riveting. One of the things I liked most was how discriptive Bertrice Small was about the costumes and the characters. I was able to imagine what every gown and character looked like. It truly brought them to life. I also liked the history she added to the story.
Raven Hart
May 18, 2014 Raven Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started my passion for all things Elizabethan, but also all things British. I now read a lot of nonfiction books about royals.
Apr 17, 2015 Lorelle rated it really liked it
There was a time when I was working through the Beatrice Small section of the Library...This was one gem I came across!
Oh man. Where do I start with this book? I like historical romances, but this book was like talking to my grandmother about genealogy while eating stale Oreos. It was slightly interesting, but awkward and I wanted an excuse to get away. There were times when I was confused, in disbelief, or didn't get the point and wanted to fast-forward. There were long, boring descriptions of clothes and lists of the food they ate. There were cheesy, exclamation-ridden declarations of love, and some of the goo ...more
Magnificent. Bertrice Small puts the history in historical romance. She is at her best when writing about the English and Scottish Courts of the 16th and 15th century. Somehow her other novels set in Ancient Rome or other continents do not move me as much but that could simply be my personal preference since I grew up studying European history and I get a real kick from reading Small' s whimsical interpretation of real life historical figures.

The only reason I took off one star was because I di
I was a bit surprised at how well I liked this book. I'd never read any of Bertrice Small's books before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and I've heard a lot of mixed reviews. There was actually a lot I liked about this book. The characters were interesting to me, especially the girls and how they acted as a family. I liked how they were young, because that's pretty realistic I think to the time period in which the book takes place. Edmund was a great character, he was sweet and gentle and pat ...more
It's been a long time since I've read a 1980s romance, and Blaze Wyndham is far more "old skool" than my usual fare. There were some things that, while they may have been historically accurate, couldn't help but make me cringe, such as when Lord Morgan tells his 12-year-old daughter that it's time to find her a husband.

Putting that aside, I loved the melodrama, the so-lush-it's-almost-porn way the author described clothes and food, and the characters, all of whom were well developed.

May 16, 2010 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Betrice Samll and the characters that the creates! There is such charisma and firery connections made throughout the entire story. This story had me from the first chapter and I couldn't put it down. I cannot remember if I have read this book once before and picked it up again, but it seems that a similiar plot was presented in Darling Jasmine....I guess I will just have to re-read that one again to be sure. There was a great deal of intrigue and gripping events that kept me turning the p ...more
Melanie (Moviemavengal)
Old Skool romance to the core, purple prose and all. This book is set in the time of Henry the VIII and was a pleasant change of historical time period for me from my usual Regencies. Blaze has romances with three men in the book, which is also a big difference from most modern romances. This was a quick read for me, as the twists and turns kept coming!

Rebecca Huston
Probably one of my favourites of the old skool bodice rippers. Henry VIII here is a lusty, go after anything in a skirt, with a profane mouth. Oh well, but it's still a fun read, and one of Ms. Small's better novels. A sentimental favourite of mine.
Apr 10, 2015 Dee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Silly 'historical fiction' about woman in Tudor spends more time describing clothes, food and sex than characters. truly trashy romance.
Tonia Caniglia
Jun 04, 2013 Tonia Caniglia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book will read anything by Bertrice Small in fact I think I just might have read just about anything.
May 13, 2008 Lisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition's a really good book...if you want to be aroused the whole time. In my case it's a "must read."
Diane Madison
The writing is very good. The characters are well written. This is a fabulous read. Sex scenes are a bit too explicit for my tastes, however.
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Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S. and David R. Williams, both broadcasters. She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton. They had a son Thomas David. She has ...more
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