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Lady Vixen (Louisiana #5)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,117 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Beautiful, headstrong Nicole Ashford was yet untouched by passion, but destined for adventure - and pleasure - beyond anything a woman of her time had ever known.

Outwitting a ruthless plot against her, she fled her aristocratic England home on a privateer's ship bound for the luxurious pirate havens of New Orleans - and exquisite abandon in Bermuda's hidden coves. Yet the
Paperback, 538 pages
Published March 1st 1980 by Avon Books
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This was a great book in the old skool romance style, with examples of that era's strengths and weaknesses. First off, the hero Christopher Saxon is one of the biggest alphas I've yet come across. He's got a form like mortal sin and a consuming sex appeal that turns heroine Nicole to jelly every time, even seconds after she professes she hates him with the heat of a thousand hot pointy suns. He curses her for a trampy little harlot out of hatred that she makes him feel weak and different from hi ...more
Oh, my friends, this is a good one. This is a meaty ole bodice ripper with history, espionage and love on the high seas! I normally don't LOVE the whole "woman disguised as a man" thing. It seems too unbelievable to me. But this works. Maybe because our heroine, Nicole, is prepubescent when she boards our hero, Captain Saber's, ship. I don't know, maybe it's still completely unbelievable that she could pull off that guise on a ship with 40 plus lonely men when she reaches 18...especially because ...more
Regan Walker
A Privateer Love Story I could not put down! A Keeper!

I could not put this one down and highly recommend it. It's going on my Best Pirate and Privateer Romances List and my Best American Patriotic Romances list. And it’s a keeper, too.

Set in England during the years 1808-1814, this is one of those rare and wonderful love stories that sweeps you away to another time and place where you are caught up in the lives of people whose actions will affect not only their own and others' lives but America
Me after reading Lady Vixen:

I'm really disappointed by this book. After wanting to read it for like 3 years it just I thought I'd like this more than I did.

I mean, it was recommended so many times that I believed it would be good but it really wasn't my cup of cup....

I'm all for a love/hate relationship but it's a 500 odd paged book and they basically fought til the bitter end. I became bored and had to force myself to finish it.

I mean it was good until you find out that Christopher had slept
Lo leí porque por ahi tenia críticas de 10, pero menudo chasco! Es largooo, aburrido con comentarios sobre la guerra...Mueren sus padres, ella queda con unos tios malos, el va a su pueblo buscando marineros, se viste de niño con 10 años y se va con el. Es su grumete durante 5 años y el no se da cuenta que es una chica. Luego un dia ella bañandose en una playa, uno de los marineros Allen que es un espia de Inglaterra la descubre y se hacen amigos. Luego el capitan Sable la descubre con el y piens ...more
This one is one of my all time favourites that I read when I was eighteen and have re-read many times over since. Christopher is just so your typical alpha male... but times 10! There were a few scenes at the beginning that involved him taking the heroine Nicole by force but but fot some reason this didn't seem to bother me all that much, and as the story carried on and they began to develop their feelings towards eachother it turned out to be one of the best romances I've read. It wasn't full o ...more
Lisa Kay
I really need to re-read this book as the rating is based on a long-ago read. Alas, I don't know where my copy is. I do remember that the memory of this book kept me buying SB's books for years...even after her publishing lull...hoping to recapture the magic of this one. None ever did. Then, maybe I just like a good swashbuckler.

Warning: This book is a bodice-ripper and the hero is definitely a pretty strong bastard alpha male. But back in the day it made my eyebrows rise and my pulse pound.
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I really gave this book a 3.5, but rounded up because I did enjoy it. I liked the spark between the two main characters, they really made the book and the two seemed believable if not a little stubborn when it comes to love. The hero, Christopher Saxon kept having these strange feelings he couldn't understand and had to be told the emotion was love. That's men for you! I also liked that once the two main characters (Christopher and Nicole) decided they were in love the future wasn't all peaches ...more
the tale of nicole, a young noblewoman whose parents are killed in an accident... she runs away from the horrible uncle who comes to care for her, and dressed as a boy, she goes to sea... captain saber, a british nobleman and fledgling american entrepreneur, eventually discovers nicole's secret, and they begin a stormy, torrid love affair... set against the war of 1812, there are true historical characters involved like pirate jean lafitte and andrew jackson... the story crosses the atlantic sev ...more
April Brookshire
Wow, this book was long! Over 500 pages of small print. But very good. Although sometimes Christopher and Nicole were ridiculously stubborn at times, there were lots of twists and turns to keep the story going. I always love an historical that has the interesting parts of the past in it, not the boring stuff (like books that go into detail about the mundane everyday tasks back then). The Battle of New Orleans was only glanced over, but there are other books that work it into the story better and ...more
Book I read years ago and will still, on occassion, get out and read.

Nicole Ashford disguises herself as a boy to escape a nasty home situation and goes to work as a cabin boy on a privateer's ship. Captain Saber is, unbeknownst to Nicole, a black sheep member of a family her own prents socialized with and, in fact, Saber (aka Christopher Saxon) had an affair with her mother when he was a teen..

The book spans a much longer period of time then most books-several years if I remember correctly so
My all time favorite book. This was my first adult romance novel that I accidentally came across when I was about 15 and I thank the day I did because Ive read it about 7 times already. Even though it was an historical book and I didn't care much for the history in it the story itself was beautiful. The love that the the two main characters felt was so raw and real it made me cry at the end when the two stubborn mules finally made it to each other. The story was beautifully written but I to pull ...more
Don't read! What a waste, I wish I got those 4 hours back. The couple constantly fought like two squabbling little children at every possible misunderstanding, even up til the very last, 500 something page. How I regret losing those hours. This had all the cons of the old school romances, such as annoying 'spunky' heroine who went off at the hero for everything little thing, rapist hero who also acts like a spoiled child, and tons of boring detail about the war of 1812 which I could give a rat's ...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This is the first boddice ripper, adult romance that I ever read, so for that reason alone this book has a special place in my heart. I've always remembered it, will always love this story. I think Shirlee Busbee wrote the best boddice rippers of the 80s and 90s. I love many of her books.
It is lengthy but fun and even though it is misunderstandings that keeps the two apart it isnt super annoying
Everything we love and hate about old skool historicals. Love, love, love.
old books are like old movies, they do not make them like that any more.
Diane Saxon
Love Shirlee Busbee. Read this a long time ago, but would easily read again.
compelling story but a bit too long near the end
It's is a wonderful book love it
My first "romance" novel. . .
Premier livre de cet auteur,et c'est plutôt une bonne pioche.
Pour échapper à un avenir sombre et imposé, Nicole s'embarque sur le bateau pirate du capitaine Saber en partance pour l'Amérique sous une fausse identité, celle d'un jeune garçon du nom de Nick. Après 5 ans de piraterie le secret de Nick est découvert et plusieurs épreuves l'attendent...
L'histoire entre les 2 personnages est violente, passionnée voire sadique. Leur relation est sans cesse mise à l'épreuve par un manque de confiance pa
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Ya les he dicho que soy una total friki con todo lo referente a la historia y es por ello, que este libro me ha gustado tanto.

Pero vamos por partes, para empezar, este libro fue escrito en 1980 ¿Por qué les digo esto? Pues porque en todo lo largo del libro, se nota la “represión” de la protagonista. Si vale, la chica se escapa de sus parientes para subirse a un barco pirata pero aun así, su rebeldía no es total. Hay algunas cosas que la reprimen bastante, no como a las protagonistas “contemporán
Lo le porque por ahi tenia crticas de 10, pero menudo chasco! Es largooo, aburrido con comentarios sobre la guerra...Mueren sus padres, ella queda con unos tios malos, el va a su pueblo buscando marineros, se viste de nio con 10 aos y se va con el. Es su grumete durante 5 aos y el no se da cuenta que es una chica. Luego un dia ella baandose en una playa, uno de los marineros Allen que es un espia de Inglaterra la descubre y se hacen amigos. Luego el capitan Sable la descubre con el y piensa que ...more
nicole overhears a plot to have her killed and runs away from home. she dresses like a boy and goes on board a ship with captain saber. she's on his ship for several years before he realizes that she is a woman. when he finally realizes it, christopher determines to have her. this is the story of their tumultuous relationship from the wilds of america to england to america again.

what i liked: the setting, with the battle of orleans in the background.

what i didn't like: the execution of
Overly frustrating and very disappointing. For as long as this book was, I am disappointed that Nicole and Christopher never reached a true understanding until the last damn page of the book. After all those pages it's sad for me to look back and realize that there was never a part where we got a break from all of the BS. Add to that all of the over desc narr re: War of 1812 and I'm mad at myself for not flouncing. I guess held on and would have liked the story more if we would have had a longer ...more
Seeing this cover again, makes me so nostalgic, it hurts. I loved this book and read it again several years ago. One of my all time favourites.
Fre06 Begum
Def one of her best books.
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Shirlee Elaine was born 9 August 1941 in San Jose, California, USA. She was the first daughter of a career naval officer, later she had two sisters and three brothers, they raised traveling the world. She went to the institute in Kentri, Morocco, after which she returned to California and she went to Burbank Bussines College of Santa Rosa, where she received a certificate in 1962.

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