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Blow Me Down

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,767 ratings  ·  130 reviews
In the Internet virtual reality game Buckling Swashes, Earless Erika and Black Corbin are two of the most deadly pirates to sail the online seas. And now they’ve met their matches: each other.

But fearless Earless Erika is really just Amy—a financial analyst with little time in her life for anything but work. And Corbin is none other than the man behind the game
Paperback, 359 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Signet
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Moira & Mina Naveen
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blow Me Down, Katie MacAlister
Pirates and prosthetics...what's not to love?

This high seas adventure stars, Amy Stewart, a financial analyst with a repressed sense of fun and an overdeveloped sense of organization. So to save her from imminent death by work and boredom, and as only a teen can do, her daughter cajoles and guilts her into trying a virtual reality game called Buckling Swashes. (Which, I might add, is a great name for a pirate game.) The game isn't quite fin
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm a huge Katie MacAlister fan and when I discovered her book I bought them all up, when I need a good read I pick up one by her and just lose myself. Blow Me Down, was one in my MacAlister stash I hadn’t read yet, so I started it read for another funny, witty, stand apart read I have to admit as usual I was not disappointed. As has been mentioned by others, Blow Me Down is about a woman who gets trapped in a VR game, meets the game creator, and needs to get out of the game. And that's where th ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, humor, library, romance
By the description, this had all the potential to be like Vicki Lewis Thompson's Nerds series. Unfortunately, it fell victim to the need to shove an alpha hero mold onto its potential beta, thereby watering down a lot of character development that could've been so much more interesting.

Amy Stewart is a buttoned-up financial analyst when her daughter talks her into trying out a virtual reality pirate game. There, Amy meets Black Corbin, who's really PC Monroe, the game's creator. Not that sh
This was such a fun read. It wasn't very serious and there weren't lots of issues to deal with. I'm okay with serious books but sometimes you just need a relaxing, fun read. As unrealistic as it is that you can go into the game, IT'S ALSO FRICKIN AWESOME!!!

I loved how the world was of pirates and all the rules within the game. It was great! And Corbin was fun too. I love how they met and how they get to know one another and interact through the game. I actually read this a long time ago and wri
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF - 153/350 pages

So let’s get one thing straight, the book summary is a lie. That bit about Erika being one of the most deadly pirates? Lie. She’s adamantly against killing. The “most” part is a lie, too. She’s a complete unknown and the story starts on the day that she makes her video game character. Speaking of which…

Has Katie MacAlister ever played a video game? Buckling Swashes – the multiplayer online game that this is all supposed to take place in – sounds god awf
May 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
I usually like Macalister's books.. but this one just didn't rub me the right way. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to be funny, and frankly the concept of the book was not that appealing. For the first few chapters I had no idea what was going on, and then once I understood I kept thinking to myself how stupid the concept was.

I liked the character of Corbin, he was funny and a charming hero. The character of Holder was pretty funny and provided the majority of the comedy in t
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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The novel itself was ok but if you're expecting to read the story that is described on the back of the book, you'll be disappointed. This is the first time this is ever happened to me. The description on the back of the book is not the same as what the book actually is. The characters are the same but it makes you think the characters know each other when they don't. I would have much rather have read the story on the back of the book.
Jen Taylor
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book about a dangerous and sensual life on the high seas. The romantic version of old fashioned pirate life combined with cutting edge technology. A very interesting concept and relavent for this day and age where RPGs and MMORPGs are hugely popular. Katie seamlessly blends the two worlds together and makes me wish I was playing Buckling Swashes with the dashing characters she has created. Bravo! Go get this novel if you haven't read it already.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This was recommended by a friend. It was ok but I found it confusing at times. I didn't care for Amy, too much financial planning, I liked Corbin and Holder was a hoot!
Melanie Page
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Blow Me Down (Signet Eclipse, 2005) by Katie MacAlister is a romance novel I picked up to read with my friend. We were searching for something sexy and chose this novel as our first two-person-book-club read. Blow Me Down is about Amy, a single mom who is all business, who agrees to play a virtual reality game her daughter loves to prove to her offspring that she will try new things. Once inside the game, Buckling Swashes, Amy tries to become an officer, but she has no idea how to go about it. In her at ...more
Mel Geronazzo
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book just caused me to have an existential crisis.


Well I bought it for like, .50c at a thrift store cause it looked terrible and my friend and I love terrible romance books.

And I started reading it and how pedantic it was...
-Every third word is straight out of
-The single mom is 36, her daughter is 16, yet the mom has a HUGE house, 3 business degrees, a successful career, and her daughter is the interest of a famous youtube ce
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's everything that is fun and whimsical about Katie MacAlister. A workaholic single mother gets trapped in a virtual reality pirate game, where she finds her hidden badass, falls in love, and sets about organizing and saving a whole island from themselves. Such a creative and unique scenario. And she continues the adventure back into the real world when Amy and Corbin finally escape the game. Amy must channel everything she learned about herself in the game in order to save t ...more
Nina Derr
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Sex, pirates...and a virtual reality game? Okay, wasn't expecting that last one but they kind of made it work. I wish I could have given this 3.5 stars but I had to go with 3. It took me longer to read this book than I would have liked it to take me because I couldn't really get into it. At least not until halfway through when I was about to give up in it. It's definitely a romantic comedy with its sexy, but not to raunchy, moments and it's funny moments. I guess it was a little hard to follow s ...more
Patricia Anderson
Wow...shiver me timbers!

Great characters...loved the concept of the story...truly enjoyed the 'twist' and turns of the plot...I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes an original read that offers action, adventure, mystery, romance, with a dollop of comedy. Well done!!!...
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
This book is what made me a fan of Katie MacAlister. It was such a different twist to what I normally read, that I had to see if it was a one time thing.
I recently reread the book and I found it to be slow for the first couple of chapters. It made me question why I'd liked it so much 10 years or so ago; but let me tell you, after reading a bit more, I got sucked in again.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
A fun re-read, and it counts as a book set around a game for my 2019 reading challenge.

This book is ridiculous, sure. But it's the fun kind of ridiculous. The "so ridiculous it's amazing" type of insanity that I enjoy.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute read! It was filled with moments that made me laugh out loud and appealed to the pirate lover in me, the video game lover in me, and the lover of good romances. I can't recommend this book enough if you like any, or all, of those things!
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun, and a clever concept. Well done audiobook, too.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amy is a financial analyst and chronic workaholic. She is finally forced to step away from the computer, or more accurately into it when her daughter makes her play the test version of the hottest new game Buckling Swashes. Amy is quickly thrown into a world of pirates, pillaging, brothels, and a handsome pirate captain Black Corbin-who happens to be the creator of the game. Amy finds she's getting more than she bargained for as her feelings start to become more than just simulation for Corbin a ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
A stand-alone novel that focuses on Amy Stewart and Corbin Monroe. Amy is the typical single mom workaholic, who’s also a bit of a control freak, although she calls it organized. Corbin is the creator of a virtual reality (VR) game called Buckling Swashes. Amy’s daughter high school daughter Tara guilts her into trying out the VR game. As a result, Amy becomes “stuck” in the VR world, with Corbin, and they have to figure out a way to “escape.”

Who should read: those who enjoy an easy
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Havent read this in a while deceided to do a re-read and was so glad I did.

I love Katie MacAlister's works and her contemporary romances are no exception.
I love the wit and humor she strives with in all her novels I especially love the way she makes you fall for all her characters.

Although her characters are more aged around the late twentys to mid thirties I find it completely refreshing especially in this new adult rage that is coming out of the works at the momen
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pirate fans, MMORPG fans who like a hint of romance
Shelves: romance, cyberpunk
A solid entry in MacAlister's repetoire, but I guess the whole pirate video game concept doesn't interest me as much as some of her other concepts. It was well written and executed, but the subject matter didn't get me into the novel as much. No fault of the author's, I just don't find pirate anything (other than movies) to be very interesting, but I read the novel because I've enjoyed everything else the author has written.

Despite that, it was a clever turn on virtual reality and Ma
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
What a parent will do for their child goes without saying. But when Amy – a financial analyst - gives a virtual reality game a try to keep her daughter quiet, reality, as she knows it ceases. Now swept into a world of swash buckling pirates, ladies of the evening… and afternoon... and morning, a very morbid 8-year old, and one very mouth watering pirate, Amy has to help end the game to escape.

The trick is to continue the game while finding love and the culprit who’s bent on the destruction of A
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
All work and no play make Amy a dull girl, or so Amy's precocious daughter tells her as she convinces Amy to try a new virtual-reality game, Buckling Swashes. Amy agrees in the hope of humoring her child, but instead she winds up in the middle of an amazingly detailed world and right in the path of Corbin, one hot pirate captain who turns out to be one of the game's creators. What they also discover is that they're caught inside the game--in a trap set by a disgruntled employee--and must work to ...more
This was my first book by Katie MacAlister and I was largely disappointed.

I honestly can't think of a single thing I enjoyed about this book. The heroine, Amy, was so Type A that it hurt to read. The hero, Corbin, came off as a pathetic creeper. There was no real emotional tension or build-up to their relationship; it just happened, in a matter of several in-game days which equates to approximately one hour of real time. The conflict mostly centered around trying to save Corbin from whoe
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm kind of a sucker for nerds in romance. I like learning about science-y things and computer-y things, and this book featured a cool three-dimensional gaming universe where you can actually become a character in this sea-faring online game. I guess it's like Second Life except you get sucked right into it through some kind of headset.

So the thing is in beta testing, and the heroine meets the creator of the game and they fall in love in virtual reality.

And I was actually swept away. I was in
Stacie  M. Ritchie
Apr 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was an odd concept for a story and one of my first Katie MacAlister. It is about a single mom, who with the prodding of her daughter, signs on to a new Pirate RPG MMO game. This game has VR and she is launched into a different world. By no fault of her own, she is stuck in the game. She takes down the dreaded Black Corbin and tries to make herself through this world. She is drawn into a pirate world, takes on a cabin boy and ship, and falls in love. She defeats the evil and exits the game. ...more
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read!

When Amy Stewart's teenage daughter challenges her to add some fun to her rather structured life by trying out a new VR game called Buckling Swashes, Amy inadvertently gets caught up in a struggle between the games creator and a disgruntled ex-employee. Stuck in the game with only a few other human players Amy must find her inner pirate and figure out how to get herself out of the game. What she didn't count on was falling for Black Corbin, the game's creator. As they join f
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, romance
Perfect light-fare reading. McAlister's characters are endearing and interesting enough (and "ordinary" enough - no unbelievably macho or glamorous folk here) to make the utterly preposteous plot (getting sucked into a VR game? come on!) beside the point. The story zips along and is perfectly balanced with the sexiness to make any reader laugh alound while sighing. Besides, who DOESN'T love a pirate? If you're looking for a quick read that doesn't insult your intelligence and is crisply written, ...more
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Katie MacAlister does a great job of creating romance novels that don't make me want to throw them across the room. She creates romances about realistic people in realistic situations, in this case a slightly overweight software programmer and a 30ish mother of one who has carved out a life for herself and her daughter. Beyond that is gets a bit more fantastical, they become stuck in a preview of a virtual reality pirate game and must figure out a way out and why its happening.

This is a fun and
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