This book took me on some wild ride! I've had it on my to read shelf for a while now but was always intimidated...more****SPOILERS**** READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
This book took me on some wild ride! I've had it on my to read shelf for a while now but was always intimidated to read it since I've heard far and wide about the abuse the heroine had to endure. I admit I was a wuss before, but I am a wuss no longer! The verbal sparring and fighting between Ginny and Steve was off the charts! They were a bunch of nut jobs and I loved it! Steve Morgan is a rake, and I don't mean the type of rake that everyone says is a rake because he has a mistress, but deep down inside he's a pussycat because he doesn't sleep with virgins. I mean Steve Morgan is the kind of rake that has no compunction about sleeping with virgins or cheating, no compunction about tonguing another woman moments after getting married, no compunction about installing his mistress in his wifey's house, where she has to cut the other woman to get her the hell out. You heard me right - CUT. Don't feel sorry for Ginny though because my girl is no pushover. Steve has his hands full with trying to tame her. She gives as good as she gets! She is now safely installed as one of my favorite heroines.
So like I said before, this book was a little scary to read because even though I love me some bodice rippers, my poor little heart can't take it when the heroine gets ganged raped by every single dude she come across and suffers constantly, but I was expecting it, so I was ready for it. WRONG! What happened to me was a turn of events that maybe only Rosemary Rogers can explain. At around 70 percent, I encountered the first rape scene. Poor Ginny was only trying to save the ungrateful Steve's life by offering herself to one of the bad guys (ok, so maybe it wasn't really rape since she offered herself, but still) so I shed a tear and told myself that it would be over soon.
When it was over I felt okay and thought I was doing really good because I still wanted to read the book, but what I didn't realize was that it was not over at all. What I didn't realize was that she was going to be gang raped by three other men who would eventually turn her into a whore for months and months traveling along with them as their soldader. Oh how it hurt me to see her go through such degradation! I cried, I went into work complaining, I swore I would stop reading the book and give it one big fat star because it was the worst book in all of creation!! But then I found myself constantly thinking about what would happen next and I couldn't resist picking it back up (Just to read a few more pages mind you) But then the bastard that bought Ginny so low got what he deserved, and she fell on her feet again and became the country's most famous courtesan and I couldn't turn away! In the end I was sighing when Steve and I got over our issues with what had happened to her, and he finally told her he loved her.
About Rosemary Rogers
Rosemary Jansz was born on 1932 in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), she was the oldest child of Dutch-Portuguese settlers, Cyril Jansz and her wife Barbara. Her father was a wealthy educator who owned three posh private schools. She was raised in colonial splendor: dozens of servants never did a lick of work. Summers at European spas. Impossible to go anywhere without a chaperone, a dreamy child, she wrote her first novel at eight, and all through her teens scribbled madly romantic epics in imitation of her favorite writers: Sir Walter Scott, Alexandre Dumas and Rafael Sabatini.
At 17, Rosemary rebelled against a feudal upbringing and went to the University of Ceylon, where she studied three years. She horrified her family by taking a job as a reporter, and two years later marrying with Summa Navaratnam, a Ceylonese track star known as "the fastest man in Asia." The marriage had two daughters. Unhappily, he often sprinted after other women. Disappointed with her husband, in 1960, she moved with her two daughters and took off for London.
In Europe she met her future second husband, Leroy Rogers, an african-american. "He was the first man," she recalls, "who made me feel like a real woman." After getting a divorce from her first husband, she married Rogers in his home town, St. Louis, Missouri. They moved with her family to California, where she had two sons. Six years later, when that marriage broke up, Rosemary was left with four children to support on her $4,200 salary as a typist for the Solano County Parks Department. In 1969, in the face of a socialist takeover of Ceylon, her parents fled the island with only £100, giving Rosemary two more dependents. At 37, the rich girl from Ceylon was on her uppers in Fairfield.
Every night for a year, Rogers worked to perfect a manuscript that she had written as a child, rewriting it 24 times. When she was satisfied with her work, she sent the manuscript to Avon, which quickly purchased the novel. That novel, ''Sweet Savage Love'', skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists, and became one of the most popular historical romances of all time. Her second novel, ''Dark Fires'', sold two million copies in its first three months of release. Her first three novels sold a combined 10 million copies. The fourth, ''Wicked Loving Lies'' sold 3 million copies in its first month of publication. Rosemary Rogers became one of the legendaries "Avon Queens of Historical Romance". The difference between she and most of others romance writers is not the violence of her stories, it is the intensity. She says: "My heroines are me", and certainly her life could be one of her novels.
In September of 1984, Rosemary married a third time with Christopher Kadison, but it was a very brief marriage and they soon began to live apart. "I'd like to live with a man," she admits, "but I find men in real life don't come up to my fantasies. I want culture, spirit and sex all rolled up together."
Today single, Rosemary lives quietly in a small dramatic villa perched on a crag above the Pacific near Carmel. Her four children are now away from home and she continues to write.
What can I say about this crazy book? First of all, it was a little weird reading a contemporary that was written in 1984. The heroine was wearing jum...moreWhat can I say about this crazy book? First of all, it was a little weird reading a contemporary that was written in 1984. The heroine was wearing jumpers and lounge pants and I felt nauseated. It didn't even have the appeal of an historical where you appreciate the dress and different setting. The hero was one mean son of a gun! His revenge was OTT, and he didn't lighten up until the last few pages. There is no relief for the reader where the hero gives you some insight into his feelings because the story is told only in the heroine’s fawning POV.
Usually in forced seduction scenes, the heroine succumbs to the hero and you are spared feeling the outrage of rape, but in this book the heroine did not succumb or enjoyed the hero’s attentions. It felt a lot like rape when it was over,(especially since the heroine called it that) and how could you root for such a scumbag after that? I couldn't - and since there was no POV from the hero to help, it left a dirty taste in my mouth. I wanted this guy to suffer and grovel for a very long time, but of course he didn't. He had a TSTL heroine ready to kiss his feet for wanting her- so no need to grovel unduly! I give this book 3 star only because it wasn't boring. (less)
I'm shocked, shock I tell you! I finally like a book from Mary Balogh! I would like to thank all the MB fans who never gave up on me, lol.
This book ac...moreI'm shocked, shock I tell you! I finally like a book from Mary Balogh! I would like to thank all the MB fans who never gave up on me, lol.
This book actually thought me something about myself. I love books that are unique no matter what theme. Who would have thought that I would have thoroughly enjoyed a book about a crippled heroine in a wheel chair? I usually like my heroes and heroines to be perfect. I figure it's fiction and it's my fantasy and to me that's one of the best things about romance. You can be anyone you choose and I choose to be perfect darn it.
I was hooked into this story from the first page. I definitely have to give props to MB on weaving this tale. She did an awesome job. She was an unlucky author for me. Every book I tried by her failed, but finally finally I got one! I now understand what all the fuss is about. She's a darn good writer! Both the hero and heroine were developed so well and you actually got to see them falling in love with each other. The hero's character was very realistic. He isn't the normal hero you see in romance novels these days. He has flaws, boy does he have flaws. He's a villain from the last book, a fortune hunter, a liar, a cheater , a gambler, a womanizer, you name it he's it. He tries to change through out the whole book but always falls short.
The heroine has a few flaws herself. She married the dude for his looks. In the end though you see the redemption of the hero, and his love for the heroine is believable. I wouldn't say he groveled much but he suffered on his own for a while before the HEA. I took away a star from this book because of a pet peeve of mine that I won't even mention because I know I'm the only one in the world with this pet peeve. Another thing was that MB did not add an epilogue and the book really needed one. (less)
3.5 stars.I have mixed feelings about this book. Definitely more good than bad though. On one hand, I loved the story - even all the un-pc aspects of...more3.5 stars.I have mixed feelings about this book. Definitely more good than bad though. On one hand, I loved the story - even all the un-pc aspects of it that everyone is hating on it for. Whitney was a refreshing heroine. She didn't have the same old, same old personality of the typical romance heroine. I loved her spunk. She kept things lively. Clayton our hero was a good match for her. I liked that he was a real alpha and took her in hand. That's what a bodice ripper is all about, so I just sat back and enjoyed it without judgement.
Whitney did get on my nerves sometimes though. Especially when she was pining away for the idiot Paul and taking her time to warm up to Clayton. At halfway through, I wanted to slap her. I had enough of Paul and wanted her to get over him already. Even with that, I was still enjoying the characters at that point, and the story was keeping me enthralled. It's when the book reached the 70% mark that I lost all patience with yet another misunderstanding and wanted to toss it from sheer frustration! Why all the misunderstandings? I would have appreciated the conflict more if the hero and heroine really did do something wrong to warrant all the abuse that they were heaping on each others head. Let them fight it out! That's what they did anyway. Why not let it be for something worthwhile! The last leg of the book bought my rating down from a solid 4 stars to 3.5. The book was just too darn long and did not need that drama that happened towards the end. Talk about not knowing when to quit while you are ahead! All in all though, I must say that I was happy that I finally read this book and enjoyed it for the most part.
This was not a bad read, but nowhere as good as The Duke's Wager. It was fascinating to read nonetheless because Sinjun was the Duke's Rival in TDW, a...moreThis was not a bad read, but nowhere as good as The Duke's Wager. It was fascinating to read nonetheless because Sinjun was the Duke's Rival in TDW, and neither him nor the duke was hero material. Both were very selfish and spoiled and especially sinjun was made out to be extremely nefarious. I didn't see a way to his redemption after reading the last book, but redemption he received. The only problem for me was that he seemed to have had his redemption somewhere along the way before he got his own book. I would have liked to see him being transformed into a better man in his own story. I felt cheated with only being told of how sorry he felt of his past mistakes and allude to him being a better man. All in all though the book did keep my interest, but I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I knew how far he came from being the type of man he used to be. Other readers definitely need to read The Duke's Wager to appreciate him better in this book. I cannot leave without saying how exceptional the writing was. Edith Layton will be truly missed. (less)
You have no idea how close this book came to getting a five star review from me. Something I haven’t done in about 3 years. I even had the review writ...moreYou have no idea how close this book came to getting a five star review from me. Something I haven’t done in about 3 years. I even had the review written out and ready to go because I thought I hit the jack pot from about 60%, but sadly, the way the hero talked started grating on my last nerves, and the love scenes were not really my cuppa. But I’ll talk about the good things first. Oh how this story bought back the dating days when you first met a guy. He’s wild for you and your wild for him and both of you are a little crazy with it. All the crazy emotions and excitement you would feel and the stupid things you did with each other that made you tumble head on in love. It was extremely realistic in the telling and showing of the courtship between the hero and heroine.
I loved the hero. He was hot and domineering but also protective in a gruff way. The way he protected the heroine and cared for her, was such a turn on. He was a true knight. The heroine was also unique. I could relate to her. She was portrayed just like you, or a friend you would know. I loved that she actually accepted the hero’s gifts even though she did try to put up a fight for a while. I was shocked because nothing pees me off more in a romance than when the hero tries to give the heroine gifts or do something nice for her and she refuses on principle! Who does that? I sure as heck wouldn’t, lol. Why must they all have the same personalities and be miss goody too shoes and never accept the nice gestures. I’m happy that our hero brow beat her into taking them. I found that so refreshing. The book also had one of the best first kiss scenes I ever read! I’m happy to say that this book is not even expensive. With overpriced books for $10 or more these days, $3.49 was sweet to behold!
Now for the not so great. There are a few things that might have some readers cringing. Which is what bought this book down to a 4 star rating. EVERY OTHER WORD THAT CAME OUT OF THE HERO’S MOUTH WAS THE F BOMB!! ON LIKE EVERY PAGE! And sadly to say some of them are with the Lords name in vain for those of us that takes offence ( but I can’t really complain since I still chose to read it), but still. I wish KA would have cleaned it up a little. It made it so hard to read with the cursing in every other sentence. It came off like the hero couldn’t hold a conversation. Real sentences would have made his statements more sensible. Sometimes I didn’t even understand why he was cursing like that. It didn’t make any sense. He would just go off on an F rant like F---F---F--- and nothing else. Or F--- me F--- me, and nothing else. LOl, It was so stupid and distracting. I never thought curses could take away from a story but in this one it did. The only other problems I had was that I thought the love scenes could have been a little better.
I also wish that the ending was a more traditional ending. Him staying in that lifestyle did not ring happily ever after to me. You don't survive for long living that way. You are either gonna die or end up in jail,and why bring a child into that kind of life? There was no need for it either since he was already filthy rich. If not for Anya, he should have loved his baby enough to give all that up for her. I was kind of shocked that KA left it at that. I can't picture a forever HEA for them.
I don’t want to leave off with a negative view of this book though because everything else about it was amazing and I wasn’t bored for a second reading it. knight stayed on my mind for days after I read it, and It's on my books to re-read list - even though I didn't give it 5 stars. It surpasses Fifty Shades of Grey by a land slide. I will definitely read more of KA's books because she knows how to write a sexy bad boy. (less)
I see why this book is so widely renowned. Patricia Gaffney is an awesome writer. I was weary in the beginning because I don't really like it when the...moreI see why this book is so widely renowned. Patricia Gaffney is an awesome writer. I was weary in the beginning because I don't really like it when the heroine goes through too much pain. Spending ten years of her life in jail and coming out looking starved and haggard was not my idea of a good start to a romance. I'm not a reader that really likes tear jerkers and I guess I lean more to a lighter kind of fun loving read. At the time I started this book I wasn't really in a happy place so to speak and I was thinking that this book was way too depressing for my state of mine, but with Patricia Gaffney's eloquent prose I found myself moving on to the next page and then another because I wanted to find out more about this heroine that had such a hard and sad life. I wanted to see her overcome her demons and fall in love and get her HEA even though she wasn't my favorite type of love interest.
I am so happy that I stuck with it and read this book. The hero is not a hero in the beginning. He was a selfish predator who took advantage of the heroine's plight. In other words, he was drawn uniquely as a human with flaws and weaknesses so deep that you despair of his redemption. But in the end his journey with the heroine redeemed him and made him a better man. And isn't that what it's all about??
Kudos to PG for helping me step out of my comfort zone and still enjoy this book. Not many authors could have done that. The only reason why I didn't give this a five star rating is because it took too long to come to it's conclusion. It dragged on a little too much and could have come to an end a bit sooner, but don't miss this book in your reading venture. It's a classic and definitely lives up to the hype. (less)
I don't particularly like beauty and the beast story lines and I didn't enjoy the book because of it. The hero wasn't very appealing to my senses. The...moreI don't particularly like beauty and the beast story lines and I didn't enjoy the book because of it. The hero wasn't very appealing to my senses. The writing is well done and the unconventional un-pc hero was fun for a while, but I wasn't interested in him enough as a hero to really appreciate the book fully. Hopefully I'll have better luck with my next VH. 2.5 stars(less)
What a great book! I absolutely loved it! This author is an amazing writer. If every author wrote this good, I would be giving every book 4 and 5 star...moreWhat a great book! I absolutely loved it! This author is an amazing writer. If every author wrote this good, I would be giving every book 4 and 5 stars. I didn't even like the description of the hero. He was described as not being actually handsome (which is one of my biggest pet peeves) but the hero was written so intriguingly that I couldn't turn away. He was ruthless, and he didn't take crap from anyone or mince words when putting someone down. Here is a conversation between him and his mistress: "Have your taste become so perverted that you can prefer her to me? "My dear do you have any idea how boring you have become?" LOL! I also loved the story-line of the hero trying to make the heroine fall in love with him, while all the while she already loved him from the first time she saw him.
The heroine feelings for him was so adorable. She was absolutely gaga over him, and I could relate to the way she yearned for him. It was like a teenager falling in love for the first time, (been there, done that, lol). What I loved best about this book though, was watching the hero fall in love with her gradually even though he didn't seem at all attracted to her in the beginning. Every thought and action he did made the reader know that he was falling in love with the heroine. He didn't say I love you until the last sentence in the book but the reader knew without a doubt that he loved the heroine. He didn't have to utter a word. Now that's what I call great writing! ! LCD can teach some of these authors today... Showing and not only telling.(less)