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Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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One day in 2027 Shanna will officially become a true “classic” in lieu of just a “bodice-ripper” or “historical-romance”. Until then, I will just have to refrain from tagging it as such for my personal GoodReads bookshelf. But, just so you know, it is one. A classic.

It is also the only historical romance book my husband ever listened to, against his will and with strong protestations, as read by me. We were going snow skiing, back in the days when we couldn’t afford to fly, and it was a 14 hour road trip; one in which, with his manically determination, he would only stop once and only for gas. I used one hand to pack the cooler, while I kept the other hand holding the book, eyes glued on the pages of Shanna and Ruark’s incredible story. As I made it out to the car that night, I was already gripped by KEW’s tale (and half in love with Ruark) and dying to know what happened next. When it occurred to me: there I was, with a captive audience! I had to go back to the beginning so my husband would not be lost, but I didn’t mind.
Midnight, November 18, 1749

Night gripped the city with cold, misty darkness. The threat of winter was heavy in the air. Acrid smoke stung the nostrils and throat, for in every home fires were stirred and stoked against the seaborne chill that pierced to the bone. Low-hanging clouds dribbled fine droplets of moisture which mixed with the soot spewed forth from London’s towering chimneys before falling as a thin film that covered every surface.

The miserable night masked the passage of a carriage that careened through the narrow streets as it it fled from some terrible disaster…
From that moment on, I was in that carriage, surrounded by that dark night, jolting over those cobblestones. And so was my husband. For this is not only a romance book, but a high-adventure story. My spouse has been always a sucker for swashbucklers like Sea Hawk and Captain Blood and this had all those elements: prison, the threat of the gallows, escape to an exotic island, an ingenious and dashing hero, amazing secondary characters, rat-infested dank holes, sailing ships and pirates. And with the additional scenes in the untamed backwoods of a fledging country and a nice little mystery sub-plot. Plus, Shanna is a bitch! For it is really the Taming of the Shrew - only with tons more sex - so there was a lot more he liked about it than I!

True, I stopped to ski, then went on to read while he continued his marathon hot-dogging down those snowy slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho. However, he didn’t piss and moan again when I picked it back up for the ride home, to continue on from where I’d left him in the story. And I didn’t mind re-reading that part again either. :-)

Maybe it’s time for another re-read!

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January 7, 2011 – Shelved
February 3, 2011 – Shelved as: genre-romance-historical
February 3, 2011 – Shelved as: genre-action-adventure
March 9, 2011 – Shelved as: vocation-pirate-or-sea-captain
March 28, 2011 – Shelved as: genre-romance-bodice-ripper
April 30, 2011 – Shelved as: reviewed-by-me
June 12, 2012 – Shelved as: authors-w
June 12, 2012 – Shelved as: authors-k
June 13, 2012 – Shelved as: xyzcover-flower
January 5, 2015 – Shelved as: length-chunkster

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Tammy Walton Grant Awesome, awesome review Lisa Kay!

Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* I agree! No matter what anyone says.. its still my all time favorite! You did it justice Lisa Kay! :)

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Gisela Seems like have to hunt this down and read it!

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I'm still in chapter 3 , not really liking it that much , but then I see all the reviews and get confused ,

Does it get better or does it continue in the same way?

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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* Karen wrote: "I'm still in chapter 3 , not really liking it that much , but then I see all the reviews and get confused ,

Does it get better or does it continue in the same way?"

It's been many years since Ive read it(loved it back then) If I read it today..would I feel the same? Hmmm.. I think its a you either "love it or hate it" kinda book Karen. Id say stick out to at least 100 pages(that's always my stopping point) then maybe youll have an idea? Really must re-read this one.

Lisa Kay Just now seeing this. So, Karen, did you finish? Looks like no.

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Actually I didn't , after seeing your review I tried to read for a longtime , but it just didn't hold my interest , sorry!

Lisa Kay Hey, not a problem, Karen. Each of us has a different experience with a book.

Anita For a long road trip I take pity on my husband as we listen to a Tom Clancy book.

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Anne Calkins From the moment I read Shanna as a impressionable 16 year old I have loved it....I've also always thought that "Captain Blood" was KEWs inspiration for this story, as there is a similar "swashbuckler" style, and some of the plots devices in Shanna mimic those in Captain Blood (Heroine save Hero from a very precarious position, Heroine a is well meaning but somewhat spoiled woman, who's male family members run a tiny island community. Heroine has a difficult time admitting her attraction to a "slave",, etc...)

.•*¨`*•✿ ✿•*¨`*•. Christine .•*¨`*•✿ ✿•*¨`*• When I was a teenager, my Grandmother gave this to me to read one summer at the cottage. It was my first historical romance and it got me hooked. I'm re-reading it again this year.

Anita I'm not waiting for 2027. This was a classic the day it was published. One of my very favorite historical-romances.

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