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Blow Me Down

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,861 ratings  ·  140 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—the program
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 finished yet and teen Tara
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, romance, humor, 2014
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 she rea
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
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 celebrity, and the school guidance counselor is na
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 awful! Where were the quest
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2021
Amy is a workaholic financial analyst who is asked by her daughter to play this new VR game. There she meets Black Corbin AKA PC Monroe (the game's creator). Corbin's impressed with her abilities. They get stuck in the game (literally) and have to work together to get back out.
This was more annoying than anything. I was bored and couldn't get into the romance. I also thought the storyline was just weird (trapped in a VR game). Skip this one.
A. Hoyle
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a book that forces me to write a review! I'm obsessed with this book and cannot wait to recommend it to my dear mother. Such banter from these swashbuckling VR personas :) Heart eyeballs for days and I can't wait to read another Katie MacAlister book because this one was like a warm hug. ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
ughhh.... 2.5*
Great idea - getting stuck in a virtual reality game with a hot pirate, etc... However - the execution was really poor. No chemistry between the characters and then the plot itself just became ludicrous.... Took me forever to finish the book .
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 the book. But
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m
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. ...more
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. ...more
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! ...more
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. I ...more
Joelle Haskell
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's fine. The writing itself is of good quality, and the mystery and action elements are well-done enough to keep me engaged. Unfortunately for a romance novel, the romance aspect was the weakest part overall.

I can suspend disbelief over the sci-fi aspects of the book's fiction-in-fiction VR game (even if the time dilation aspect opens up so many "what if?" scenarios about its potential applications), but I find it very hard to set aside disbelief over the idea of two people falling in love wit
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
Closer to 2.5 but rounding up because I finished it quickly I guess.

Was this romance? fantasy? action? mystery/suspense? It really couldn't decide and it was just a bit too much for me. I think I need to be a bit more careful about what I pick through Audible Escape because I go to romance for a "clean slate" read and this one just had way too much going on for me to enjoy.

This is my second Katie MacAlister novel that disappointed me so I think I just give up.
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.
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!!!...
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! ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun, and a clever concept. Well done audiobook, too.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-library
Really REALLY funny.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Could not finish this book. In fact, I only got about 20 pages in before abandoning it for a different one. I sorta hated it.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute story.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish this one. I normally love MacAlister's books. Got half way through this one and just wasn't willing to continue due to all the issues I had with it. :( ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Such a cute story.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun and sexy, like all her books.
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
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