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Tender Fury

3.2  ·  Rating details ·  290 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Lovely young Gabrielle LaFarge had resigned herself to the life of a nun in a French convent. But the future that awaits her is far different, for she is informed that she is to marry Philippe St. Cyr, a wealthy plantation owner from the island of Martinique. Gabby resents and fears this handsome, moody man, whose icy surface conceals depths of passion and violence. Though ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Leisure Books (first published 1984)
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To give commentary about the ending, that doesn't give away too many details? After all that, Connie -- the ship didn't sink? Did you run out of space on that page after you met your word-count quota?

Phillippe - huge loon-douche. He didn't quite have the finesse and inwardly checked anger most Bodice Ripper heroes did. He mostly acted on every whimsical incident, that gave him a rather petulant air. And blaming it on Mommy Dearest, in the end, didn't quite sit well with me, either. I know Sean C
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: sold-or-won
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I read this knowing it was the trainwreck that it was. If I went in unknowningly, I would have had to kill someone. This guy is the epitome of the narcissistic asshole. What he does to the heroine in the book is unforgivable. Every chance she has to find happiness is tragically ripped away. The end is left making you feel that things are business as usual and as soon as they disembark from the ship, she'll have to face more of the same with a new face. I'm sure this thick dick won't do the right ...more
For much of this book I pretty much wanted Gabrielle to grab the nearest pistol and shoot Phillipe in the nuts. I guess that sums up my frustration and exasperation for this so-called romantic relationship.
April Brookshire
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
God I hate the hero in this book! He's completely irredeemable. I love this book though!
Apr 21, 2011 marked it as avoid
OMG!!!!He has sex with a 16 old slave...!!
I need my medication.
Elise Marion
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
The only reason I picked up this old book was for research. I am currently working on a book set on the island of Martinique, which is also the setting for this book. I remember this book from the old days of 'bodice rippers', and only picked it up because I knew it contained cultural facts that I could use to expand my research.

the hero and heroine in this book are idiots. She can't stop having fainting spells at the least provocation or getting herself into dangerous situations because she's s
Fre06 Begum
Sep 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: awfyl
The worst book ever! The hero was nasty unfaithful and selfish. The heroine was weak and so fickle I detested her almost as much as him. Seriously why does Connie Mason always have cheating or nearly cheating hero's in her books it's always explained because they are men or they have not had a woman for awhile completely forgetting that they love the heroines. I just get frustrated that they seem like man sluts who have no real concept of love!
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-can-do
I am usually rather forgiving when it comes to these old bodice ripper books. I know it was a different time and generation. This was hot then and somehow not unrealistic. So when I say I did not like this book, it is not because the book was politically incorrect, or how the heroin suffered or what a jerk the hero was. I read somewhere that this was Mason's first book. I have to say, Johanna Lindsey's first book, Captive Bride, was also politically incorrect, but it was better than this book.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Here's another story where I couldn't figure out why the heroine ever loved the hero. (view spoiler) ...more
Valerie Ogden
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: connie-mason
Although the book had an extremely large amount of typing errors (very distracting for a perfectionist) this book was very enjoyable. Not the typical romance I am use to which made it very entertaining and it was definitely a page turner, I read it in one day/night
star  Mik
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book . very well written, connie mason is one of my favorite authors. but this wasn't my favorite book written by her, butstill a good book
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Me resulta difícil hacer la review de un libro que me ha atraído en todo momento y he leído con mucho interés pero que me ha dejado perpleja por muchas cosas. Veamos.... Y AVISO QUE VAN SPOILERS!!
1.- La calidad literaria es cuestionable: la forma de escribir no está mal, pero solo eso.
2.- Los personajes son muy muy raritos. Philip se porta como un tipo vengativo y cruel sin razón y cuando tiene verdadera justificación para estar muy enfadado (infidelidad de su esposa) perdona y se muestra tierno
Ermione Pickwick
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Terrible. And not because of the hero's repeated unfaithfulness - which generally, considered some circumstances I might not dislike, see Passion of a Wicked Earl; it's not my cup of tea but I certainly don't hate it. I mean, in Tender Fury he cheated on the wife with everything in a skirt...I can accept a mistress, towards whom a man might feel affection (this is not the case) despite having a wife (again, certain precedents are needed), but if you have the need to "sleep" with everything with ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wow what a book. This book had so much drama. The things that the poor heroine endured was so sad even at the end i didn't really care for Phillipe. This book is going to go in re-read pile.
Amal Arzoqe
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
it is the worst novel i have ever read
Една от малкото книги на Кони които не харесвам. Главната все преспиваше с други мъже да им благодари за нещо :-Х
Amy Diaz
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story about a 17 year old woman who was prepared to spend her days as a nun (the most beautiful nun as the book describes) but her parents show up after 10 years and no word or sight from them. They announced that they sold her to a cold, arrogant and indifferent young rich man who seemed to not care about how her parents treat her and not care about how he will be treating her so long as he gets her pregnant. He ultimately rapes her on their honeymoon, he continues to all through their sail ...more
Feb 12, 2017 added it
wow what the hell was that. It was soo bad that i don't even want to give it one star..
Amber Reviews
Oct 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Whats with the constant sex here and there. Such a vow spoken in the beginning and a promise to not ever break is succumb to the desires of sex that this innocent girl is desperate for.And a guy who cant take his mind of woman's body.
The heroine slept with three guys including the hero. And what i dont understand is that she thinks she loves the other two guys when its really just pitiness she feels for them and her horny sex drive whenever ANY guy caress her. There were also so many g
Mary Kate
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sometimes you have to read a good bodice ripper. I was slightly appalled with this one. Usually if the heroine is going to get smacked around by her father in front of the hero he'll step up and defend her. Not the case with this guy. He doesn't mind if she gets smacked around whether by him or someone else. The poor girl just took everything he gave her and didn't have a spine to stand up for herself. A pretty poor read but an A+ example of what an actual bodice ripper is.
Marie Staton
Good book, but too many typos.

Wow, what Gabby's character went through in such a brief time , keeps the reader engaged. Phillips character and Marcels are a love and hate. Great flowing read, except for the constant typos.
julieanne Yost
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite connie books

I read this book when I was in my teens, still one of my all time favorite bodice rippers
If you enjoy these types of books then this is one for the book shelf
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ripper, smut
Mon Dieu! I got so frustrated w/ his mistress in the picture and the guy who kept showing up to drool all over Gabby. The couple had fantastic sex together, yet both cheated! Major conflicts/ misunderstandings.
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Connie Mason or Cara Miles is the best-selling author of more than fifty historical romances and novellas. Her tales of passion and adventure are set in exotic as well as American locales. Connie was named Story Teller of the Year in 1990 by Romantic Times and was awarded Career Achievement award in the Western category by Romantic Times in 1994. Connie makes her home in Tarpon Springs, Florida wi ...more
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