I love hot love scenes as much as the next girl but when it's all the book is based on, it becomes tedious. I blame myself of course, I knew I was rea...moreI love hot love scenes as much as the next girl but when it's all the book is based on, it becomes tedious. I blame myself of course, I knew I was reading an erotica and kept on reading, so there. I got pulled in by the theme since I can't resist the heroine mistress theme but this was not a romantic read to me.
I'm not a big fan of erotica's to begin with because the plots are usually just pages and pages of sex filled scenes and you know, I want to read a romance not a sexmance. Okay, even if it's a sexmance show me some chemistry, some love, anything just not one big sex romp. Just to show you that I'm not quite the prude that I'm making myself out to be, Susan Johnson has about 10 books on my favorite shelf and if you know how she gets down you understand my meaning, but that lady can write so that's the difference.
Apart from too many sex scenes that were not sexy, the setting was dreary and boring and the hero a little on the weird perverted side. The author's writing could have been a tad bit better (can someone say sweetheart a million times??) and the so called plot with heroine and the villain was a joke. And of course it wouldn't be me writing this review if there wasn't a pet peeve or two floating around. The worst one being that the hero is in love with the heroine from page one and is really willing to marry her but is just afraid of her rejection, hence, she becomes his mistress instead. So what's the use of the mistress thing if the hero already wanted to marry her mmm? If you enjoy erotica's you might like this one, but it's lacking that certain something we romance readers love about a romance novel so beware.(less)
This book started off really good but couldn’t keep the pace. It was interesting to see the love triangle byplay, but it also put the hero in a bad li...moreThis book started off really good but couldn’t keep the pace. It was interesting to see the love triangle byplay, but it also put the hero in a bad light because he looked like an idiot for being in love with the un-worthy other woman for most of the book. She seriously made him look like a fool. I see that some of my friends have this book on their cheating and rake shelves, but there were no cheating in this book and the hero was definitely not portrayed as a rake. The kiss that took place between him and the other woman was forced upon him by her. He was just an honorable man that was still in love with his ex, but in no way was he a rake or cheated. I guess if you count emotional cheating as infidelity, then yes he was guilty of that. It was my first DP and an ok read for me. (less)
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.
3.5 stars. After all these years of being a huge Susan Johnson fan, I finally read Blaze!! To tell you the truth, the reason why I didn’t read this bo...more3.5 stars. After all these years of being a huge Susan Johnson fan, I finally read Blaze!! To tell you the truth, the reason why I didn’t read this book before is because I was never really a big fan of the Native American Indian romance. The storyline just never appealed to me. I hate reading historical settings in which a set of ignorant people feel like they are superior to others because of the color of their skins. I know it's never really the hero or heroine, but it still annoys.That’s why I stayed away from American historicals for so long. I just recently got a back bone and started venturing in that territory. I still can’t deal with slavery being involved in my romance though. I know it’s naive but I read to get away from all the crap that goes on in this world and that’s one period I hate reading about. I have a tendency to sympathize with the injustice of the secondary characters in that setting more than the leads and it takes away from the romance for me. Anywho, this is SJ we are talking about here, so I knew no one was gonna make my hero feel like he was less than. And Hazard certainly lived up to the expectations! He was magnificent! I said this before and I’ll say it again, no one writes a hero like SJ! Talk about a drop dead gorgeous hero!
This was a nice read. Not a five star read for me, but it kept my interest. I loved Hazard and I loved Blaze and the chemistry between them was scorching hot, but 500 pages was a bit much and the storyline was a little unrealistic. I never really understood how keeping Blaze captive helped him with his claim and I especially didn’t buy that her father and all his male companions, in that day and age would have let her go up into an Indian’s cabin alone to negotiate a deal. Puleeze! Also, I wished that the hero didn't have other kids because he never saw them or mentioned them much, so it seemed like he didn't care about them, and it only put him in a bad light in my eyes. I wanted to smack him! What about your 3 other kids dude?! And did anyone else notice that him and Blaze didn't get married for real! Tell me if I missed something, but It was only in the Indian custom that they were married and all he had to do was say she was his wife! No ceremony, no paper signing,no nothing! Get the heck outa here! I want a real wedding my friend! All in all though, I’m glad that I gave this book a try and I loved seeing the old SJ in action once again and you were right Karen, it reminded me why I loved her.