Every lady of breeding knows. No one has a good time on a pirate ship. No one, that is, but the pirates. Yet there she was, Merry Wilding - kidnapped in error, taken from a ship bound from New York to England, spirited away in a barrel and swept aboard the infamous Black Joke....There she was, trembling with p ...more
Thus begins what is, in my opinion, the best romance ever written.
For those who know me, they know that I read romance. A lot of romance. Thus, I consider myself to be quite an aficionado. I read almost all types of romance: contemporary, historical, paranormal, almost everything, except inspirational. If I had to guess, I would say that I've read well over 1000 romances in my ...more
Merry Wilding, is a lady of leisure and espionage. She spends her free time with her aunt, in the countryside of the Colonies in North American. Drawing, painting, spending time in the gardens and when she can sneak out with her brother, drawing images of traitors and British spies in order to aid her brother's cause. She is very proud of being able to contribute someway to fight the English, even if it's just doing some drawing...more
It was like some great screwball romantic comedy team of the 1930s were transplanted on the 19th century high seas, playing at being pirates.
"I’ll rub liniment into your poor bruised body. That will relax you.”
She heard his indrawn breath as she laid a h ...more
This was the product of the husband-wife writing team of Sharon and Tom Curtis and some believe it was their best. I can tell you this: this pirate romance set in in 1813 during the War of 1812 is one of the finest historical romances I have read. It’s a classic. Originally published in 1984, it was reissued in 1995, and can be obtained in paperback (used). Though you may have to pay a premium, as I did, to get a good copy, for fans of the genre, it is not ...more
It's a long, complicated history, but the short version is Merry Wilding is a lass of gentle birth (family had to flee England due to debts), and raised in obscurity by her maidenly aunt in a small Virginia village. She's as innocent and naïve as they get. It's 1814 and the US and England are currently at war, and she's with older brother a ...more
I PBS'd my copy of "The Windflower" . . . that's how much I liked it! HAHA! Some advice: Pretend you are still a 14 year old teenager and you still think "boys are so cute" when you begin the book. You can then appreciate how many 16-18 year old boy pirate semi-heros are in the story. (You won't have to worry about the "actual" old-guy hero (I think he's about 30) . . . His interaction with the heroi ...more
I read 187 pages and was not enjoying it, so I stopped. I didn’t care enough to look at the end.
Devon (the Adonis/pirate) has several kissing and fondling sessions with Merry. He turns her on and then walks away. He’s a pirate. But he and his co-pirates are keeping her safe after she is accidentally brought to their ship. She is a feisty virgin who refuses to be seduced by Devon.
Devon asks her who she was with at a tavern. She acts like it’s a huge state secret and she ...more
An old favorite of many. If I had read this back in the 80s when it was published I probably would have given it 5 stars but my taste have changed some through the years. Written in the heyday of bodice rippers, this has some elements often found in them. But more of a soft bodice ripper. I liked it but I did feel it lagged in a few places. There were a lot of interesting characters and they really added to the story.
That said, The Windflower was not your average bodice ripper AT ALL, and did not cont ...more
Here's the premise: Innocent Merry Wilding is accidentally kidnapped and brought aboard a pirate ship during the war of 1812, where she falls in love with a hot blonde pirate who is actually a titled Englishman.
I know!! It's ludicrous. But lots of good stuff is (exactly where are the cameras during the Hunger Games, pray tell?!?). So please ...more
In addition, the heroine seemed like THE airhead of all airheads.
Personally, I have a pretty tough suspension of disbelief. I do make an active attempt to go where a writer is trying to take, with more success sometimes (Catherynne Valente, for example) than others (right now ...more
My pride as a woman couldn’t take it. Watching her defenses and logic go crumbling down because of what?
I don’t really care if he’s handsome and sexy af. If he looks like a greek god straight out from Olympus. I don’t care if there were times when he treated her right, when he showed her compassion. It all ends up with Devon semi-forcin ...more
Merry is a silly little 18-year-old girl, who is kidnapped and held captive on a pirate ship. Do the frightful pirates rape and torture her? Heck, no! They teach her how to sail, how to climb the rigging, and how to live like a p ...more
This is a story about Merry Wilding who is innocence, and breathtaking beautiful. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York-but the tide of her life is destined to turn. This story has a pirate ship, with our heroine, Merry, finding herself at the mercy of a wicked crew . She meets the handsome pirate, Devon Cra ...more
Merry Wilding is mistakenly kidnapped by Devon Crandall, a/k/a
(only he's blond)
Devon also mistakenly believes Merry is in cahoots with a guy he really, really hates (view spoiler)[for good reason, but we don't get to see how slimy the guy is until late enough in the story that we're not too invested (hide spoiler)]. She's obviously hiding something. So he spends the first half of the book alternating between scaring her into puddle of quivering goo, or ...more
hero treats heroine appalingly for the first half of the book, and continues to do so on and off afterward
(related) the whole Stockholm syndrome thing—the book begins with hero kidnapping heroine and she keeps trying to escape, but although we're told he loves her, he never lets her go; she, of course, falls for him anyway
hero changes his mind and marries heroine on the spot whe ...more
This book spoke to me right off ... I read this book until the binding cracked and fell apart and I'd ...more
I cannot adequately describe the extent of the love-hate relationship have with this book. Half way through the story, I was ready to give this five stars but then it went downhill so fast that by the end of it I wanted to smash my Kindle against the wall and I would have done it too, if I could afford another one.
Good God, I don't know what was going in the authors head but do not, I repeat DO NOT make your hero redeemable and then immediately make him commit further atrocities ...more
I now see why it's so popular. This book has pretty much everything you'd want from an old fashioned romance novel - the heroine is grew up with a spinster au ...more
Caution: Those who do not like Kathleen Woodiwiss and in particular The Flame and the Flower need not continue here. This book was clearly inspired by that book, as many HR books and HR writers then and now have been. For good or for bad.
We have the utterly innocent heroine and the dashingly wicked hero who captivates her physically and emotionally. Their initial meeting outside the tavern was sw ...more