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Crimson Rapture

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Never had Christina seen a man as handsome as the notorious pirate Justin Phillips. His lean, masculine frame radiated a shocking strength; his piercing blue eyes left her feeling helpless and weak. Somewhere deep inside her, the innocent beauty felt a yearning for an unknown ecstasy, and thirsted for adventures that were forbidden even in her dreams. But, as his lips gent ...more
Paperback, 495 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Zebra
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He had given her no choice from the start. Under the convenient guise of saving her life, he had first abducted her and then stolen her innocence. In a very real sense he forced her to fall in love with him.

She had never wanted to love him.


He would have her love again. If it took a year or five, he didn't care. He would have her love again.

That's a nice evolution for the vile, rapey, cruel anti-hero of Jennifer Horsman's bodice-rippery pirate adventure Crimson Rapture but not nearly eno
Note: I generally given all these old Zebra's a 3-star rating just because I freakin' can. They're all mostly written pretty decent and likeable, at best. The Lolz are verra important to my smutty intake. The trope hop is amusing and isn't to be taken too seriously. I am biased of these Zebra's, and will strike you down with questionable wit and irrelevant whining if called out on said bias.


For the bodice-ripper hype this one is famous for, it's really not all that conc
Regan Walker
Absorbing, Heartrending Story of an American Privateer and an Endearing Young Englishwoman

Though no date is given, since England is at war with France and President Jefferson’s Embargo Act is referenced, I believe the story is set during 1807-08 at the dawn of the Regency era. It begins on a British naval vessel (a 3-masted sailing ship) on its way to Australia, transporting a famous prisoner—American privateer, Justin Phillips—as well as civilian passengers, including shy, 17-year old Christina

This was a real page turner as the authors writing style was surprisingly enjoyable.
This is a book that was published in 1986 and is a little more of an old style bodice ripper than today's standard fare.

Christina is the lovely daughter of a vicar and has grown up in a very sheltered environment under the thumb of her father and has little self confidence and is excruciatingly shy. upon her father's death, she takes ship for Australia where her uncle lives and has agreed to take her in
Excellent book! Highly recommend it, my second book by J. Horsman. Magic Embrace is great too. Looking forward to reading Forever and a Lifetime next!
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bodice Ripper Readers
Recommended to Splage by: Amazon Discussion
I had high hopes for this book because it is much talked about on Amazon discussions both in controversy and as a favorite. I also waited forever to get it by searching used bookstores and finally received it on Paper Back Swap after a year wait. It didn't live up to my expectations, although still a good read.

I love bodice rippers, I am not put off by the forced seduction and all the things that are politically incorrect by todays standards (that's why I read them) so that is not the reason for

Jennifer Rinehart
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My mother signed up with Zebra romances to get a box every month. Once a month the box would arrive with four shiny new books, this book was in one of the shipments. I can't remember what else was delivered, a lot of romance authors wrote for Zebra, some of them I really liked, Penelope Neri, Kay McMahon and Phoebe Conn, but Jennifer Horsman was the author I started to look for. Now, I only found two of her other books, but they just weren't as good as this one, but still, to have a book this wo ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book and wished it never ended.
So freaking sad! Ok, not the saddest book that I have read but still, very emotional. I had a bit of a problem with Christine if only because I'm so logical and while I know that many of my reactions would have been different than her's. That said, Christine was about 17 when this book started and up until her father died she had been sheltered to an extreme. I did think that Justin could have saved himself a lot of trouble however if he had just sat Christine down and explained why he did what ...more
I just loved this book.
First book read in 2014
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love this book
Suchi Banerjee
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. What I found especially unique about the writing was the usage of multiple perspectives. Even the most unlikely character, the baby found a space for his own point of view. The story does not get boring at all. It is gripping throughout and the tones are varied. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was good and much better than I expected to be honest. I hope I can find more of this author's books.
Nurul Badia
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I do love a pirate's love story and this book gives you everything you need in romance book like kidnapping, monsoons, shipwrecks, runaways, fake marriages, plots and betrayal. Now, lets meet the heroine, Christina is a beautiful naive young girl who headed for Australia to live with her cousin and his family after her father’s recent death. In her journey, she met Justin.

Justin Phillips is actually a prisoner, a notorious pirate (he is lean when the first time Christina met him but also he has
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, pirate, years-story
Meskipun buku ini pertama kali diterbitin tahun 1986, namun sama sekali tidak terasa kuno membacanya. Dan meskipun ada beberapa bagian yang terasa kasar, tapi semuanya masih bisa di tolerir, it's a pirate book after all.

Ceritanya bermula saat 17 tahun Christina Marks yang pemalu harus pindah ke Australia karena kematian ayahnya. Di atas kapal Destiny yang membawanya ke Australia, tanpa sengaja Christina kenalan dengan Justin Philips, seorang penyelundup dan bajak laut yang menjadi tahanan di ka
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Kathy Anne
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
was OK,but a very old book from Amz that was so strong with ciggie smoke it gave me a headache,I tossed it after reading it.
It had all the things from the usual Pirates books,I felt like I never really
knew the h,she was so self involved with her own feelings I don`t think
she really had any for anyone else.
Very hard doing this review since The Woman in Blue(one of GRs Ads is
sitting almost in the middle of it and refuses to leave)
I loved this book especially all the parts while they were on the island. Great descriptions made the story very vivid. Christina and Justin fall in love while his is a prisoner on the ship she is a passenger on that is bound for Australia. She is incredibly shy with everyone but Justin. After pirates arrive and a monsoon hits they end up on a deserted island where Christina blooms. The island is like a paradise but between people and nature itself it is far from perilous. A really great read.
While this book was definitely a quick-paced page turner, I felt it was lacking in character depth.

Throughout the entire book I never truly came to care for any of the characters...

Christina continuously annoyed me with her naivety...

With all that being said, I still enjoyed the read I just wished I felt a deeper connection with the characters.

Overall 2.5
Mary Irureta-Balletta
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Horrifying is the only word that comes to mind. Justin was an apalling hero...from beginning to end. I don' know who I dislike more, Christina or Justin, I hate that she forgave him everytime and worst of all at the end. Believe me I don't mind when the hero is an egotistical ass who later changes, but Justin just became worse in the end.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ugh, what a mess! So much violence that I'm speechless :/
Dec 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Some of these books are better than others. This is not one of the better ones, let's just say.
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