HERE IT IS, MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER! (This is the review I wrote 10 years ago on amazon) September 14, 2004.
Dear readers, I love reading about bad boysHERE IT IS, MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER! (This is the review I wrote 10 years ago on amazon) September 14, 2004.
Dear readers, I love reading about bad boys, and there is no boy badder, than Nikki Kuzan! If you are softhearted and can't handle the drama that a bad boy is going to bring, then this book is not for you, but to all the others who is a little on the wild side, go an take a ride with Nikki Kuzan. It seems to me that Susan Johnson knows every woman’s fantasies. Nikki is not your average romance hero. He is the kind of hero you save for your naughty dreams. He is devastatingly sexy, hard to get, and every women wants him. Who does he want? (Alisa). He might not show it in the conventional way, but show it he does!
Alisa is a wonderful and realistic heroine, because it doesn't matter what era we are living in, there will always be women who rebels against their plight, and take a chance on something better. Put aside how wonderful Alisa and Nikki are, the story in itself was magnificent. Susan Johnson captivates you with her writing. I was hooked from the first page. It took me one day to finish this book. Heroes like Nikki are the very reason I started reading historical romances and not contemporary. The men of that era were very dominant and so different from the men of today and it’s exciting to see the difference, but men like Nikky should be left for your fantasies, and I want to live out my fantasies in every book that I read! That is why I think Susan Johnson is such a refreshing author. She was bold enough to write a romance novel like this for all the people who wanted to read something more daring, and for that I am her biggest fan! ...more
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****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.
This was a really nice find! 99 cents, cute cover, impressive writing, and a nice little story. 193 pages was just right. Not too short and not too loThis was a really nice find! 99 cents, cute cover, impressive writing, and a nice little story. 193 pages was just right. Not too short and not too long. I loved the slow burn of the hero and heroine falling in love with each other. It wasn't rushed and it was believable. Also, the budding relationship between the heroine and her nephew was interesting and touching. I was engaged in this story until the very end. I am most of all impressed with the author's writing abilities. I was not expecting that from a self published writer. Yes, there were mistakes with misspelled words and such, but it did not impede my enjoyment of the story. I think we need to give a little slack since she is a self pub author and the book was only 99 cents. All in all, this was a simple but very nice read. It was nice to read a newer traditional regency. ...more
This book was written in the 1970's and it shows. The thing is though, I liked it. The writing was different. The story was told in very simple termsThis book was written in the 1970's and it shows. The thing is though, I liked it. The writing was different. The story was told in very simple terms but I still appreciated the prose. Not like other romance today where you feel like you could have done better. I learned some new terms. Instead of a mistress, women of ill repute was called horizontale, lol! I loved that the cover was actually a scene in the book. The hero and the heroine had to "escape" from Paris in a balloon to get away from the siege of Germany. Escape was an apt name for the book as the hero had to find a way not only to escape from Paris but also from the clutches of a woman he did not want to marry. I only wished that the heroine was a little more interesting but the hero saved the day. I enjoyed this cute little story. 3.5 stars. ...more
Yup, Georgette Heyer was a genius. The conversation of the characters alone made this book entertaining! Her prose and tongue in cheek humor was brillYup, Georgette Heyer was a genius. The conversation of the characters alone made this book entertaining! Her prose and tongue in cheek humor was brilliant! For those things this book is really a 5 star read, but on a romantic scale I would give it 3.5 stars....more