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Beau Crusoe

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  653 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Shipwrecked!

Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe--a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival! Scandalous!

Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence--until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up
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ebook, 304 pages
Published December 27th 2010 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published March 1st 2007)
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David Read Some, not all, of her books have one sex scene. By today's "romance novel" standards they're quite tame, but sometimes they're a bit too detailed for…moreSome, not all, of her books have one sex scene. By today's "romance novel" standards they're quite tame, but sometimes they're a bit too detailed for my personal taste. The amount of detail varies from book to book.
Don't let this small detail ruin your reading experience; Ms. Kelly writes extremely well, with remarkably good plots, characterization and historical detail. I enjoy her books as "people" novels, not so much romance novels. The sex, if there is any, is a tiny fraction of the whole book's experience. Her books are extremely enjoyable otherwise.(less)
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Lyuda
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

James Trevenen, a naval officer, spent 5 years as a castaway on a tiny, uninhabited island after a shipwreck. As a means of staying sane, he studied a unique species of crab and wrote a treatise on his findings. Now, back in England, James is about to be presented a medal by the Royal Society for his work.
Susannah, a widow with a young son, endures a reclusive life on her parents' estate, until Mr. Trevenen, is foist upon the family by a friend.

If you are a Carla Kelly fan, beware it’s
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Ally
Uh....someone sure had better come pick me up off the floor

can't even

Nope. I cannot even begin to explain just how damn good this novel is. My eyes were glued to the pages. GLUED!

reading

Carla Kelly where have you been all of my life?

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency

Series: No

Sexy times: Barely. Mentions. Not exactly behind the door, and I guess I should mention some descriptions and references to sexy times, but I'm not exactly calling it even close to graphic.

Plan on reading more by the author: Omigawd yes! Fan
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Jaya
I have such mixed feelings towards this book. There were parts in the story which were remarkable while at times I was bothered about a few incidents and their treatment. Nevertheless I am going with 3.5 stars for sheer ingenuity and novelty of the plot.
Carrie
Beau Crusoe surprised me by being a serious look at PTSD. James had been shipwrecked on a deserted island for 5 years after being set adrift in a lifeboat with four other men after their ship sank. As the book progresses, the story of what happened to James and the other men is slowly revealed. We do know fairly early on that James is a troubled man, with several idiosyncrasies due to his trauma. There is humor in the book, as well as gentleness, but the book is not a lighthearted historical rom ...more
Lady Wesley
Another great Carla Kelly love story! And unlike many romances, the story is told primarily from the hero's point of view. James is haunted by his experiences after being shipwrecked and stranded five years on a deserted island. He studied the native crabs on the island, wrote a treatise, and now has returned to London to be awarded a medal by the royal society.

Through a series of humorous adventures, he becomes known in society as Beau Crusoe, and all of London wants his company. He, however,
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Jane Stewart
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
3 stars. Sweet romance story. Kept my interest. Secrets are eventually brought forward.

STORY BRIEF:
James was in the British Navy. The ship hit coral and sunk. James was the sole survivor and lived on a small island for five years. For something to do he studied the crabs. Missionaries discovered him and brought him back to England. He published a book about the crabs and will receive a medal for this scientific work. James is invited to stay with Lord and Lady Watchmere in London for two weeks
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Meghan
Dec 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010, romance
I actually really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but it seriously went south about two thirds of the way through. The following things ruined it for me:

- I was actually rolling with the implied cannibalism because, well, that's something that probably would have happened during a shipwreck. It's also unique, and I like unique elements in my romance novels. What I really couldn't deal with was the fairly graphic flashback to the actual cannibalism. That's not what I read romance for.
- The ch
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Ana T.
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shipwrecked!

Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe--a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival! Scandalous!

Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence--until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up her peace! The beautiful widow wanted to help him heal the wounds of the past--but what secrets was this glorious man hidin
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Lynn Spencer
Not my very favorite Carla Kelly book, but I still really loved this unusual little story.

I wrote a DIK review over at AAR back in 2007. Here's the link: http://likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookRev...
Schmerica
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
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Diane Close
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit
I don’t normally read romance novels, let alone “historical” ones supposedly set in the Regency period, but when a friend sent me this one (thanks Melissa!) and described it as being a hysterical hot mess full of OMG and WTF moments, I knew I had to make an exception!

Oh yes, this lived up fully to its billing! I actually received my copy a year ago, but devoured it (pun intended) over the cold winter break. I agree with my friend’s original review that this must’ve been written on a bet, and add
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Anne
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author and I decided to check out some of her books after the amazing review of one of this author's other books, The Wedding Journey, on SBTB. My library didn't have that one so I gave this one a shot. I really was taken aback when I realized this was so much more than a mere romance. The author has saddled our poor hero James with PTSD and survivor guilt from a most horrific shipwreck, 3 weeks at sea adrift in a longboat with 4 other men, and then 5 years on a des ...more
Froggie
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2014
I'm never a fan of anything Robinson Crusoe. Fortunately Slow Me didn't realize the implication of the title at first. Otherwise, I might not have picked up the book.

The first part earned more than a few chuckles from me and once or twice LOLs as well. Then things went dark and I hit one of those unputdownable hills and read it all in one swoop. Carla Kelly's books always shine the light on life's harsh reality, which is not typical in Regency Romance. Do not mistake this one as light historica
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Ruthie Knox
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really loved this book! One of the best I've read in a long time -- so original, and I love the light tone the author has taken to deal with some pretty serious subjects. This is a totally wonky, charming, convincing, compelling read. Everything a historical romance should be.
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Karen
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, Carla Kelly is willing to go places with her characters where other romance authors fear to tread. Kudos for that.
Germaine
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Hanife
Bu ay Harlequin Yayınlarının çıkardığı Historical Romance kitabı okuduğumuz romanlara hiç benzemiyor :) Şok edici, bazılarına göre tiksindirici gelecek ama düşününce zamanında birilerinin başına bunlar gelmiş deyipte halinize şükredeceğiniz bir hikaye. Ama karakterimiz hayata tutunmayı, akıl sağlığını ıssız adadaki tek uğraşı olan yengeçleri incelemekte bulmuş. Hikayemiz anlıcağınız üzere James Trevenen'in teğmen'i olduğu geminin batması ve bir ıssız adada geçirdiği 5 yıldan sonra şans eseri kur ...more
Melissainau
Apr 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Gaile
Shipwrecked James Trevenen survives five years of isolation on a south seas island before being finally rescued. Unfortunately the ghost of one of his dead shipwrecked mates follows him all the way back to England where he finds himself rescuing so many from distress he becomes known as Beau Crusoe.
Widowed seven years Susannah Park lost her husband to cholera in India. Her embittered sister blames her for her being on the shelf instead of her own looks. (It is a great disaster for a plain sister
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Megumi
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La verdad es que me ha sorprendido gratamente. Primero, el peso del argumento recae sobre el protagonista masculino, compartimos sus secretos y sus emociones, algo que no es nada corriente, y que debería ser más explotado en la novela romántica. Y segundo, ambos, especialmente él, se salen del prototipo habitual: ninguno de los dos es increíblemente guapo y perfecto, pero para el otro es la persona de su vida.

No quiero hacer spoilers, con lo cual no contaré mucho más, pero es una novela fuera de
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Julie
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Trevenen, lately of the Royal Navy has been a castaway on a South Seas desert island for five years. Now he returns to London to receive the prestigious Copley Prize by the Royal Society for his treatise on crabs, that he wrote while on the island. But he is also haunted by the carpenters mate that was with him when their ship sank. He sees him everywhere, but the question is why and how can he make him go away? Susannah Park, a widow who eloped with her father's clerk helps him when he st ...more
Patsyann
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carla Kelly is at her best when the story is gritty and sexy. BEAU CARUSO is sexy and gritty.
WHAT I LOVED:
- James. The best tortured, suffering hero I have read in a long time.
- Suzie. The spunkiest heroine I have read in a long time.
- The South Seas. - I could hear the ocean and smell the islands when I read this
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
- Nothing
One of my favorite Kelly books!! Have re-read once now - will re-read again and again!! Carla Kelly writes great stories with great male characters. This boo
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Jackie
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had been searching for a copy of this for quite a while, and was pleased to discover my local library had purchased an e-copy recently. Earthy, funny, and quite touching tale of a castaway turned scientist who comes to stay with a family whose members are estranged due to our heroine's having run away and married a commoner a few years back. Would have been four stars except for the deeply offensive (although not unlikely given the time period) slut shaming of the "other woman" character, a woma ...more
Patti
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I have read lots of Carla Kelly books, many of which I really enjoyed. The way she writes sucks me right into the story with creative, unusual plots, engaging characters, and fascinating history lessons. Rarely am I disappointed, especially with her Regency Historical ones that capture my interest almost immediately.

All those basics are true with ‘Beau Crusoe’, however as I got three-quarters through the story, parts became very detailed and made me oddly uncomfortable – actually, down right
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LemontreeLime
Yes, this is a Cinderella story, impossible, implausible almost-austen-ish and happy ending-ish. But I thought it also tackled several issues concerning shipwrecks, survivor guilt, and biology (hard core and otherwise) that I have never ever seen broached with a ten foot pole in any other regency romance. It was also a good read, kept you interested through the whole narrative, and had some twists even I didn't see coming. Kudos to Kelly for breaking out of the mold for this one!

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Kate Ayre
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent read. Carla Kelly does a superb job at sharing the interior monologue of both Treveren and Mrs Parker. The two most powerful and engaging aspects of the text are Kelly's masterful use of humor and her portrait into the psyche of a man haunted by the guilt of survival. That he did so using canibalism is the gutsy and gripping aspect of the text. Readers are intrigued by the male protagonists effort to overcome PTSD, but also by his frank appreciation of female charms. Kelly d ...more
Cherish
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Audrey
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Great storytelling and writing from the pen of Carla Kelly. This tale is truly about Beau Crusoe (real name: James Trevenen) and his journey from emotionally- and physically-isolated shipwreck survivor to bold savior of the ton to a man strengthened enough by love to face down his fears and the residual terror that lingers from his being cast away on a deserted island for five long, lonely years. The characterization is detailed and balanced, with at least half of the POV coming from James's per ...more
Diane
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Carla Kelly ha a way of writing her characters that make them very engaging and interesting. I was particularly interested in the outcome of this story since the problem that Beau had was kind of a difficult one to overcome. I had not heard of the Custom of the Navy, although I shouldn't be surprised, since Great Britain also has the Custom of the Army as well. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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