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In the Internet game of "Buckling Swashes," two die-hard enemies find themselves comrades at arms against a merciless rival, and discover that-on the virtual high seas and in real life-love can tame the most fearsome of pirates.


Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2005)
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Moira & Mina Naveen
Blow Me Down, Katie MacAlister
Pirates and prosthetics...what's not to love?



This high seas adventure stars, Amy Stewart, a financial analyst with a repressed sense of fun and an overdeveloped sense of organization. So to save her from imminent death by work and boredom, and as only a teen can do, her daughter cajoles and guilts her into trying a virtual reality game called Buckling Swashes. (Which, I might add, is a great name for a pirate game.) The game isn't quite finished yet and teen Tara
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Melissa
Nov 30, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'm a huge Katie MacAlister fan and when I discovered her book I bought them all up, when I need a good read I pick up one by her and just lose myself. Blow Me Down, was one in my MacAlister stash I hadn’t read yet, so I started it read for another funny, witty, stand apart read I have to admit as usual I was not disappointed. As has been mentioned by others, Blow Me Down is about a woman who gets trapped in a VR game, meets the game creator, and needs to get out of the game. And that's where th ...more
A
This was such a fun read. It wasn't very serious and there weren't lots of issues to deal with. I'm okay with serious books but sometimes you just need a relaxing, fun read. As unrealistic as it is that you can go into the game, IT'S ALSO FRICKIN AWESOME!!!

I loved how the world was of pirates and all the rules within the game. It was great! And Corbin was fun too. I love how they met and how they get to know one another and interact through the game. I actually read this a long time ago and wri
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Alice
Nov 02, 2014 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, humor, romance, 2014
By the description, this had all the potential to be like Vicki Lewis Thompson's Nerds series. Unfortunately, it fell victim to the need to shove an alpha hero mold onto its potential beta, thereby watering down a lot of character development that could've been so much more interesting.

Amy Stewart is a buttoned-up financial analyst when her daughter talks her into trying out a virtual reality pirate game. There, Amy meets Black Corbin, who's really PC Monroe, the game's creator. Not that she rea
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Jess
May 21, 2009 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Macalister's books.. but this one just didn't rub me the right way. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to be funny, and frankly the concept of the book was not that appealing. For the first few chapters I had no idea what was going on, and then once I understood I kept thinking to myself how stupid the concept was.

I liked the character of Corbin, he was funny and a charming hero. The character of Holder was pretty funny and provided the majority of the comedy in the book. But
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Jen Taylor
Jul 27, 2011 Jen Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book about a dangerous and sensual life on the high seas. The romantic version of old fashioned pirate life combined with cutting edge technology. A very interesting concept and relavent for this day and age where RPGs and MMORPGs are hugely popular. Katie seamlessly blends the two worlds together and makes me wish I was playing Buckling Swashes with the dashing characters she has created. Bravo! Go get this novel if you haven't read it already.
Drucilla
Jul 11, 2011 Drucilla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m
The novel itself was ok but if you're expecting to read the story that is described on the back of the book, you'll be disappointed. This is the first time this is ever happened to me. The description on the back of the book is not the same as what the book actually is. The characters are the same but it makes you think the characters know each other when they don't. I would have much rather have read the story on the back of the book.
Melanie Page
Blow Me Down (Signet Eclipse, 2005) by Katie MacAlister is a romance novel I picked up to read with my friend. We were searching for something sexy and chose this novel as our first two-person-book-club read. Blow Me Down is about Amy, a single mom who is all business, who agrees to play a virtual reality game her daughter loves to prove to her offspring that she will try new things. Once inside the game, Buckling Swashes, Amy tries to become an officer, but she has no idea how to go about it. I ...more
Erica
Apr 11, 2014 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Havent read this in a while deceided to do a re-read and was so glad I did.

I love Katie MacAlister's works and her contemporary romances are no exception.
I love the wit and humor she strives with in all her novels I especially love the way she makes you fall for all her characters.

Although her characters are more aged around the late twentys to mid thirties I find it completely refreshing especially in this new adult rage that is coming out of the works at the moment. I adore their maturity and
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L.A.L.
Aug 20, 2013 L.A.L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
A stand-alone novel that focuses on Amy Stewart and Corbin Monroe. Amy is the typical single mom workaholic, who’s also a bit of a control freak, although she calls it organized. Corbin is the creator of a virtual reality (VR) game called Buckling Swashes. Amy’s daughter high school daughter Tara guilts her into trying out the VR game. As a result, Amy becomes “stuck” in the VR world, with Corbin, and they have to figure out a way to “escape.”

Who should read: those who enjoy an easy & predic
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Roberta
Jul 24, 2008 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pirate fans, MMORPG fans who like a hint of romance
Shelves: romance, cyberpunk
A solid entry in MacAlister's repetoire, but I guess the whole pirate video game concept doesn't interest me as much as some of her other concepts. It was well written and executed, but the subject matter didn't get me into the novel as much. No fault of the author's, I just don't find pirate anything (other than movies) to be very interesting, but I read the novel because I've enjoyed everything else the author has written.

Despite that, it was a clever turn on virtual reality and MacAlister's u
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Vicky
This was my first book by Katie MacAlister and I was largely disappointed.

I honestly can't think of a single thing I enjoyed about this book. The heroine, Amy, was so Type A that it hurt to read. The hero, Corbin, came off as a pathetic creeper. There was no real emotional tension or build-up to their relationship; it just happened, in a matter of several in-game days which equates to approximately one hour of real time. The conflict mostly centered around trying to save Corbin from whoever was
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Kathleen
Aug 17, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of a sucker for nerds in romance. I like learning about science-y things and computer-y things, and this book featured a cool three-dimensional gaming universe where you can actually become a character in this sea-faring online game. I guess it's like Second Life except you get sucked right into it through some kind of headset.

So the thing is in beta testing, and the heroine meets the creator of the game and they fall in love in virtual reality.

And I was actually swept away. I was in
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Vicky
Jun 16, 2010 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a parent will do for their child goes without saying. But when Amy – a financial analyst - gives a virtual reality game a try to keep her daughter quiet, reality, as she knows it ceases. Now swept into a world of swash buckling pirates, ladies of the evening… and afternoon... and morning, a very morbid 8-year old, and one very mouth watering pirate, Amy has to help end the game to escape.

The trick is to continue the game while finding love and the culprit who’s bent on the destruction of A
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Michele
Jun 03, 2010 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All work and no play make Amy a dull girl, or so Amy's precocious daughter tells her as she convinces Amy to try a new virtual-reality game, Buckling Swashes. Amy agrees in the hope of humoring her child, but instead she winds up in the middle of an amazingly detailed world and right in the path of Corbin, one hot pirate captain who turns out to be one of the game's creators. What they also discover is that they're caught inside the game--in a trap set by a disgruntled employee--and must work to ...more
Sandy
Sep 19, 2015 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2015
I really don't know if I loved or hated this book. It wasn't what I expected.
Amy and Corbin are actually stuck in the virtual reality pirate video game that Corbin created. Every hour in real life is about a week in the game. (Just like the audio book was almost 11 hours long but it only seemed like two hours to me.)
The video game reminded me of a game my sons use to play. Oblivion, I think.
The funniest part was when Amy was going to try to collect legs to advance in the game. Still makes me la
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Chelle J
Nov 22, 2015 Chelle J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No. Just no. I am definitely not in the right frame of mind for this. Too silly. WAY too short of a timeline (I don't care that virtual reality was longer). I'm tired of heroines who we are told are smart but don't show any evidence of such.

However, bet I would have liked it more if I was on a beach or something. This is the definition of beach read.
Greta Herron
May 18, 2015 Greta Herron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Katie MacAlister book I read--it was recommended by a bookstore clerk when I told her I wanted a romance novel! I really, really wish a film company would do this book...maybe you should talk to the people at the Hallmark Channel....I thought I'd never stop laughing at the Holder's "wedding" scene..
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This was an odd concept for a story and one of my first Katie MacAlister. It is about a single mom, who with the prodding of her daughter, signs on to a new Pirate RPG MMO game. This game has VR and she is launched into a different world. By no fault of her own, she is stuck in the game. She takes down the dreaded Black Corbin and tries to make herself through this world. She is drawn into a pirate world, takes on a cabin boy and ship, and falls in love. She defeats the evil and exits the game. ...more
Erin
I love reading the books my sister took from the library years ago and left in her room when she moved away. This is not something I would ever check out, but it was a nice way to occupy my time.
Amber justice
Jun 01, 2015 Amber justice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's been years since I've read this but I remember loving this book so much I had to read it again a few more times.its also the title that turned me on to Katie McAllister and her awesome writing.
Wendy
Oct 12, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read!

When Amy Stewart's teenage daughter challenges her to add some fun to her rather structured life by trying out a new VR game called Buckling Swashes, Amy inadvertently gets caught up in a struggle between the games creator and a disgruntled ex-employee. Stuck in the game with only a few other human players Amy must find her inner pirate and figure out how to get herself out of the game. What she didn't count on was falling for Black Corbin, the game's creator. As they join f
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Jade Zex
Jul 02, 2015 Jade Zex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, gaming
A quick, fun read that had me laughing at a few points. My first Katie MacAlister book but definitely not my last!
Holly
Jan 19, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I would give this somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. It was a great read, and a perfect book for my vacation, but the ending felt really rushed to me, and a little incomplete. But it was still a fun story! And who doesn't love pirates?!
Carole-Ann
Apr 25, 2015 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-stuff
Hilarious:- geeks dressing up as pirates and all the silly puns and jokes you can imagine.
Meg
Jan 29, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie MacAlister does a great job of creating romance novels that don't make me want to throw them across the room. She creates romances about realistic people in realistic situations, in this case a slightly overweight software programmer and a 30ish mother of one who has carved out a life for herself and her daughter. Beyond that is gets a bit more fantastical, they become stuck in a preview of a virtual reality pirate game and must figure out a way out and why its happening.

This is a fun and
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Suzie Quint
Apr 05, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
In spite of my being skeptical in the beginning about being "trapped" in a virtual reality game, the author came through with a plausible explanation for that that probably couldn't have been worked in any sooner than it was. Aside from being just a tad long for my taste (there were moments in the middle when I did want the story to move along just a little faster), I enjoyed the story. Katie McK doesn't write down to her audience which makes her a worthwhile romance author in my book. The chara ...more
Jo
Aug 11, 2014 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Katie MacAlister but this was not one of my favorites
Sarah
Fun book about a man and woman who fall in love while playing a VR MMORPG (virtual reality massivly multiplayer online role-playing game). Quite a mouthful, huh? I guess this book hit a sweet spot with me since I met my husband playing a MMORPG years ago, although not one quite as sophisticated as the one in this book, since VR technology as described in the story does not truly exist. If you can suspend reality for a bit you will enjoy this book. It includes MacAlister's trademark humor and fun ...more
Adriana
Aug 31, 2016 Adriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is another fun and sexy story by MacAlister in a rather original setting.
The description of the book doesn't really match the contents beyond it taking place in a virtual reality online role-playing game, but it's a fantastic read.
Amy Stewart gets trapped in the game and meets Corbin, who also happens to be the creator of the game and just as trapped as her. Along the way we also get a great cast of characters, a nefarious villain, and a very lively and entertaining world.
Definitely some
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