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Brandon is in some ways a stalkerific hero. Unaware of the misconceptions on both sides, the captain of the ship, Brandon Birmingham, rapes Heather. Item s unavailable for purchase. When Heather realizes his true intent, she tries to defend herself against his unwanted advances, but in the process accidentally stabs him.

She is a twit, naive, and gullible. Down to the heroine being raped by her brother-in-law I think? She seemed to shy away from showing the ugly aspects of slavery in the interactions of Brandon with his slaves.

It fully drew me in, and my emotions were engaged.

Teen and sensitive readers should exercise caution. In the novel’s climax he was described as “pale” and “trembling”, the antithesis of his initial description.

I keep saying that I won’t read the books of my teenager years, the bodice rippers. Aug 04, Chloe rated it did not like it Shelves: The master, who of course is the hero, since he is the only good-looking in this entire book universe we’ve encountered so far, is very pleased, and proceeds to rape Heather.


It is worth noting that Heather’s amazing breasts have more agency than she does, thrusting desperately against clothing as they seek out male attention, declaring their arousal on behalf of Heather who, you know, just sits there passively and chastely, relying on her breasts to act as liaison with sexual partners and constantly threatening to pour out of her clothes; Heather’s breasts are the true main characters in this book, and it is sad when a heroine’s body parts seem to receive more narrative description and action verbs than she does.

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He has been kind despite his hatred of me. I can honestly say that I really liked this story. I liked Jeff a whole lot more than Brandon and think he’ll make a great hero, so I’m really looking forward to reading his stories. What Kahtleen learned from this book: Again, since this Uncle character is evil, he is fat and ugly. It turns out Kathleen Woodiwiss is from Louisiana. I’m changing my rating to 5 stars.

Female characters often travelled to exotic locations and historical incidents or issues were often used as plot points. I truly do not get it. Luckily for me, I’ll never find out. Solo voy a decir que empieza mal, parece que mejora, pero no acaba de hacerlo Even if he had, it still might not have been enough to make me like him, but it certainly would have helped.

What I love is that Brandon is so hopelessly whipped and is so stubborn about admitting it. You can almost hear the ring of poetry in wwoodiwiss description of Heather’s uncle: Oh goodness I remember when my best friend in 9th grade started reading her books,like, The Wolf and the Dove guess which one is the girl so I tried to like them too….


I like a bit of possessive behavior but the hero was just so over the top that it made him unlikable for me. A couple of my favorite lines—. She watched as grand ladies paraded in front of her and laughed to see fat, little husbands trying to catch up. I was also really sick of hearing about how attractive Heather was, probably because I was given no other reason to like her.

Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence—until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee.

After she realizes she is pregnant and the man who was basically her Godfather forces Brandon to marry her because he would rather just have her as a mistress bearing his bastard childshe does everything she can do to please him.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Both her explanations and her struggles are so weak and ineffectual that one can almost forgive him the mistake.