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Royal Seduction

(Royal Princes of Ruthenia #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  848 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Angline's virtue was intact before she met the prince of Ruthenia; before he mistook her for her cousin, his brother's mistress and only witness to his murder before he exacted his punishment for keeping silent about the identity of the killers. She has tasted a sweet morsel of ecstasy and now she can never return to a prim and proper life. Rolfe is savage with his kisses ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 1st 1983 by (first published January 1st 1983)
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Nenia Campbell

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Before I get to the review itself, I want to take a moment to appreciate Jennifer Blake. Her books are constantly showing up in the Kindle freebie section - and not just for a limited time only to promote a sequel or a reprint, no. Four-book bundles, entire series, new books, back-list titles, she puts EVERYTHING up there at one point or another. I can only imagine it's because she genuinely enjoys seeing people reading her books for the sa
First of all, yes the hero does rape the heroine in this (more than once). If that is a trigger for you, then this is not the book for you.

Some may prefer to call it a "forced seduction" because the heroine always ultimately succumbs and finds pleasure in it. THIS IS A KINK. If you enjoy this sort of story it does not mean you wish to be raped in real life. Rape fantasy is a common thing and romance novels are just that - fantasy. Let's not shame one another for our kinks.

Anyway, if the captor/c
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Aggravating. I'm not so politically correct that I object to rape in a historical romance. But if the author resorts to it, and she wants the reader to root for the couple later to get together, then I think she needs to have the hero recognize that he's done wrong and do some sort of penance. In this, the prince deliberately, calculatedly forces himself on the heroine, then when he realizes that she is not who he thought she was (she resembles her slutty cousin), he decides to keep her captive ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Royal Seduction begins when a prince comes to town looking for the lover of his murdered brother. He wants to ask her some questions. Unfortunately, he thinks that Angeline is the girl he's looking for, when in fact her cousin Claire is the former prince's lover. When Angeline insists that she's not the right person, Rolfe refuses to believe her, or even ask anyone else at the party where they meet if she is who she says she is. Rather t
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Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
DNF at 46%

I feel bad for not finishing this, since it was a buddy-read with Brandy. She finished ages ago, while I just let the book molder on my Kindle and tried to work up the desire to keep reading. Also, it came highly recommended by my friend Nenia.

What with the cold, calculating prince and the kidnapping plot, this seemed like something I would like. Alas, it just dragged on and on. At 46%, I felt like we should have been close to wrapping things up, but oh no, things are just getting star
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy bodice rippers, this was quite the adventure! I still cannot believe this little gem was hidden in my kindle from a free download. Thank you Heather (and Nenia) for the push to read it! I buddy read this with Heather, and I’m anxious to read her thoughts on it.

This one feels long as you read it, and I think it’s because of all the scenery changes. You are in Angeline’s small hometown, then the wilderness, then back to Louisiana, and so much occurs in each place. It feels long, but I loved t
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dayumm dis shiz was raw!! I couldn't help feeling simply awful for poor Claire. She wasn't that bad, despite everybody auto-writing her off as shallow and worthless; what was with that anyway, people could just tell at a glance she's not as noble/valiant/worthy as her cousin? It happened way too often. Did she have a sign on her head, Not As Good As Angeline?

Speaking of, Angeline was a good heroine although maybe a bit tame. Very pure and Miss Goody-Goody. I may be being unfair to her because I
Regan Walker
A Great Bodice Ripper set in Louisiana with a Prince of a Hero

Another well-told story from Blake, and this one a bodice ripper with a European prince for a hero…

Set in 1829 in Louisiana, this is the story of Angeline Fortin who lives with her aunt outside of New Orleans. Angeline, a chaste young woman, has a look-alike cousin, Claire, who has returned from Ruthenia in Europe having fled the murder of her lover, the heir to the throne. When his younger brother, Prince Rolfe, comes to New Orleans
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When a Historical Romance Novel is so fantastic (sososofantastic) interests beyond obsession is born. Royal Seduction has me so smitten that I went to my fantasyland fantasying myself in the book.
Why do I like this book? Because of an alpha male (of course!) and mainly because the heroine who is so calm and adjusting to the situation. She saves her undeserving cousin not because it is the right thing to do but for her honour.
The dialogues of Rolfe are so smashing. Royal Seduction is my second f
Cat The Curious
I had to change my rating on this one. The first part of the book was great. I enjoyed the first half of the book but the last part seemed to drag on and on. Before long I just wanted it to end. I even stopped reading and started other novels because this one just bored me towards the end. I will hand it to the author, at least she can write. The author is heavy-handed with the purple prose, although I liked it in parts, I found some of it hard to follow. I'd say it's worth the read just to read ...more
Because I needed a book published in 1983 to complete a challenge, and I was in the mood for a bodice ripper, I grabbed this book and was quickly taken in by its compelling storyline and fast pace. Yes, there are the typical non-pc elements that most modern readers cringe at - particularly the treatment of women and the rape scenes. But the majority of the book was excellent - Angeline of 1820's Louisiana is mistaken for her slutty cousin and is kidnapped by Prince of Rolfe of Ruthenia, whose he ...more
I almost rated this 3 stars, but decided to go ahead and up it to 4 stars because the character Rolfe was so great. This book was at its best when Rolfe was present. Rolfe was one of my favorite types of alphas, consistently confident, at ease, and more likely to laugh at a situation gone awry than lose his temper. The dialogue between him and the heroine was great.The language used was appropriate for the time period. It's clear the author has done lots of historical research relating to this s ...more
Good old fashioned bodice ripper from the 80's. If you were born in the 90's, you might want to skip this one. It deals with forced seduction at the beginning. Who am I kidding? There are so many books out there now with the "captive" theme, so maybe you younger generation might like it. Funny thing about reading these scenes now in my 40's, they aren't steamy enough with me. Most of the sex scenes in this book either fade to black or are glossed over with overflowing fluffy words. Really not a ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

I don't get it. A Royal Prince mistakes and innocent young women Angeline Fortin for her cousin Claire de Buys. He proceeds to kidnap her and rape her multiple time. She defends and protects her cousin who has obviously something to do with the murder of a Prince an future King Maximilian of Ruthenia. How do you fall in love with your rapist? Talking about a case of Stockholm Syndrome!! The story takes place in a French Parish of Louisiana during slavery. I am so D
Besides the turquoise and gray-green gaze phrase being repeated about a MILLION times this bodice ripper really wasn't too bad. I like how true to character ole Angeline stayed and I think the girl had a little depth and some courage. She wasn't too stupid to live or anything.

The one thing I did dislike was how the portrayed her cousin as the bad one. I wish the author had fleshed her out more to become someone interesting instead of the neighborhood slut.

Of course I liked the hero but I did g
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This writer is good with her words but not very good with plot development and conveying of romance.

With too many consecutive life threatening injuries, it is amazing that both to H and h are still alive.

Four rape attempts on h (one of them the one by H is successful (!)), and several others on h`s cousin (all successful (!) including one gang rape) in one book is too much nauseating.

Rose Maria
Long story...I skipped few chapters in middle.
Subtle mention of hero's love for heroine and I liked it that way
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one crazy read/listen (I listened to the audiobook version). Definitely not the predictable rake reformation story or gentleman meets hellcat who is transformed into sweet vixen. This is very different.... This is a "throw all of your notions of a romance out the door" & "fasten your seatbelt for the ride." The story takes place in the 1800's in Louisiana in a time where the country had many pockets of danger. This book details the unbreakable, insatiable and compelling love story of ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I couldn't really decide how to write this book. There were times when I kind of mentally checked out but kept reading because I knew it would get better or back on track. I think the book is realistically more of a 3.5 star rating but it was worth bumping up to a four star because I did keep reading and at the end it got very good so that I could barely put it down. I will admit to being somewhat confused by who the perpetrator would be and changed my mind pretty frequently about who that perso ...more
Circa Girl
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rolfe is everything. He had a wry, sardonic sense of humor and timing like Wesley from the Princess Bride but with a lot more lust and alpha added to the mix. I seriously think Angeline and him made the cutest, most endearing couple I've witnessed in a bodice ripper. They matched each other's sharp wit and knack for overly eloquent communication and creative heroics. I also loved that the main conflict was more of a social standing/royal hierarchy issue rather than any "big misunderstanding" or ...more
This one finally made its way to Kindle. 1983!
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of all romance novels I've read. And I read a lot Could read this book over and over. Seriously.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3stars
I simply cannot get past the point that the guy is repeatedly coldly raping her and she falls in love with him !!!
Jun 29, 2015 marked it as never-to-read
Janet L. Hage
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most excellent New Orleans and European Prince Romance

Angelina was everything her cousin Claire was not. Angelina was schooled by Catholic Nuns, raised by her shamefully neglectful Aunt, mistaken for her cousin Claire. Prince Rofl mistakenly believes Angelina to be his brother Max's paramour rapes her to find out who killed Max. This drama, suspense, romance, mystery takes place in New Orleans about 10 years after the war of 1812. Very interesting from the different ethnic backgrounds living in
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I unashamedly loved this book. It was full of historical detail, sensuality, intrigue, clever dialog and wonderful characters’. Angeline is now my favourite heroine by far, I loved her gentleness, courageousness, spirit and commonsense. The development of Angeline and Rolfe’s relationship was beguiling and fascinating to read. I did not find this book offending to read though it may not be to everyone’s taste I however, will most definitely be re reading at some point. Five stars.
Amber Carpenter
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've rarely seen historical from this time and setting making it unique and thus capturing my interest ad I usually go for antibellian or Victorian stories but I loved it all the twisyts and turns of the plot the evolution of HRH Prince Rolfe. I got this for free but would willingly buy it. I ave to admit the villain had me fussing his identity till the end I highly recommend this book and am going to get the rest of the series.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very good writing with attention to period details and intelligent dialogue.
However, the plot was miserable and I read with increasing horror. Lots of rape, murder attempts, and kidnapping. I'm not a fan of the rape victim falling in love with her kidnapper or forced seduction even though it has happened in history. I applaud the heroine for her integrity and practicality. The last page did bump this up a star though.

Mature content-- kidnapping rape, gang rape, attempted rapes
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read this book several times and keep going back to it. It's my all time favorite. Couldn't put it down. Prince Rolfe is my favorite hero with his aquamarine eyes! Oh oh my goodness! Angelina with her love and consideration toward everyone is something we should all live up to! Thank you for your wonderful writing talent!

Sincerely, Catherine Walrath
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A pseudonym used by Patricia Maxwell.

Jennifer Blake has been called a “pioneer of the romance genre”, and an “icon of the romance industry.” A New York Times and international best selling author since 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA Hall of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two “Maggi

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