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ok writing but really boring plots I have trouble putting the hero s personality and behaviors together the heroine is boring. The fleur de lis of France, the golden lilies on a blue ground, had been lowered, and the lions and castles on a field of scarlet that marked the banner of imperial Spain had taken its place The story begins as the French have turned control of Louisiana over to the Spanish 1763, the web tells me , and the citizens of New Orleans are in a bit of turmoil over the new government, since they ve always been French citizens Anyhoo, our heroine, F licit Lafargue is the daughter of a prominent meThe fleur de lis of France, the golden lilies on a blue ground, had been lowered, and the lions and castles on a field of scarlet that marked the banner of imperial Spain had taken its place The story begins as the French have turned control of Louisiana over to the Spanish 1763, the web tells me , and the citizens of New Orleans are in a bit of turmoil over the new government, since they ve always been French citizens Anyhoo, our heroine, F licit Lafargue is the daughter of a prominent merchant, and when her father is arrested with other merchants for alleged plotting against the new regime, her adopted brother split town with all the family s money, she s high and dry and in dire need of a protector.Enter Irishman Colonel Morgan McCormack who serves in the Spanish Army don t ask me to explain it At first Morgan s attitude towards helping F licit are honorable, but things happen and he thinks the worst of her and big spoiler, but it s a deal breaker for some readers so you d best read it view spoiler he rapes her hide spoiler Things happen that I don t need to tell you about, and eventually the story switches gear to the high seas with a pirate ship or two or three and a deserted island with a convenient private pool just made for bathing for two pThere s also plenty of pirate action, swordfights, derring do and evil doing by the nasty villain and a battle or two at sea All jolly good fun, and hats off to Blake for not succumbing to the trend to rewrite hercontroversial scenes for today s PC minded readers Young And Beautiful Felicite Is The Toast Of New Orleans, Her Kindness And Virtue An Example To Other Young Women Daughter Of An Outlaw Merchant, Sister To The Dangerously Handsome Swashbuckler Valcour Murat Felicite S Honor Is Well Protected, Father And Brother The Only Men In Her LifeHowever, Such A Beautiful And Prominent Young Woman Cannot Remain Sheltered Forever The Ruthless Lt Colonel Morgan McCormack Forces His Way Into Her Life, Making Her His Mistress With The Threat Of Her Father S Death I have a particular love for pirates, historical sea battles, and girls dressing in boys clothes this book would have been a 4 star but all that swashbuckling goodness bumped it up to a five for me F licit alt 0745 for fancy is a wealthy, gorgeous young lady in New Orleans when the Spanish army takes it over to quell the French rebels Morgan McCormack is the right hand man of the Irish general who heads the Spanish soldiers He s also super hot and dreamy and romantic, but I digress T I have a particular love for pirates, historical sea battles, and girls dressing in boys clothes this book would have been a 4 star but all that swashbuckling goodness bumped it up to a five for me F licit alt 0745 for fancy is a wealthy, gorgeous young lady in New Orleans when the Spanish army takes it over to quell the French rebels Morgan McCormack is the right hand man of the Irish general who heads the Spanish soldiers He s also super hot and dreamy and romantic, but I digress The big antagonist is Felicit s adopted brother Valcour, a dangerous, sneaky rebel who grows exponentiallyevil as the story progresses.So I started writing a couple paragraphs of step by step summary but I bored myself so forget it, I deleted it Let s just say, there was a lot of action, angst, and pirates Oh, and sexual tension Can t forget that One part, F licit is trying to sneak out of bed in the morning without waking Morgan up, who s clutching her in his sleep Every time she tries to inch away, he sleepily shifts and tightens his grasp, until finally she catches his eyelids flickering Then she jumps out with a, Wake up, you vile, grinning jackanapes If there was one part of the story that I hated, it was the way Ashanti and Dom were handled They re black slaves, movable property according to Valcour This book was very historically realistic so I m not trying to impose modern values on her, but F licit shows a real weakness of character and mind when she continually chooses to trust Valcour and doubt disregard Ashanti s warnings about him view spoiler I was infuriated by the way F licit pretty much brushed off Ashanti s horrific rape and mutilation and murder These two girls grew up together, she should have been at the very least as attached to Ashanti as she was to Valcour, but she seemed barely affected It made me like her a lot less than I wanted to Ashanti was selfless, smart, determined, and way too loyal for her own good I couldn t believe the author disposed of her so abruptly, I was counting on her to kick some evil brother ass for a lot longer hide spoiler My favorite part of this book is how Morgan tries to make up for the way he brutally raped her in the beginning It happened in a moment of bloodlust and anger because he was ambushed by three men trying to murder him and for all intents and purposes it appeared that she was part of the plot, acting as bait I ll be honest, I had no problem with it because of the way he didn t trivialize his actions, and actually seemedconscious and affected by it than she was throughout the rest of the story He doesn t skimp on the self abasement and angst, and thus totally redeems himself in my eyes The romance between them was intense and comes with a satisfying payoff at the end, with one of the most gorgeous, extravagantly passionate declarations of love by a romance hero everrrrr.Small excerpt from his grand speechThe thought of you is a constant flow in my mind, and has been since the first moment I saw you with the contents of that damnable chamber pot perfuming the airI ll never smell a chamber pot again without thinking of you SwoonSeriously though it s a great speech and I won t quote anyof it so you can enjoy it yourself Loved this book I waged an internal battle with myself last night on how to properly rate this book I rated it, finally, with a decided 4 star after much debate I suppose, if I cannot articulately wrap my head around the reasons I disliked it at all, then it s probably a tiny pet peeve that won t matter overall Blake had the capacity of fleshing out the most taboo subjects, and glossing it over to appear almost acceptable Any author who can shine a beautiful light on a dark matter, maintaining a certain gra I waged an internal battle with myself last night on how to properly rate this book I rated it, finally, with a decided 4 star after much debate I suppose, if I cannot articulately wrap my head around the reasons I disliked it at all, then it s probably a tiny pet peeve that won t matter overall Blake had the capacity of fleshing out the most taboo subjects, and glossing it over to appear almost acceptable Any author who can shine a beautiful light on a dark matter, maintaining a certain grace and dignity, has my undying admiration Needless to say, Jennifer Blake s historical accuracy, writing eloquence and style were impeccable At times, the descriptions of the attire in that time period, were bogging down the story a tidbit, but I shrugged it off as poetic license She s definitely one of the best historical fiction writers I ve stumbled across, but I do think the plotline suffered a tidbit I know it picked up mid way through the book, but I was tad bit let down by the mediocre plot overall view spoiler Morgan was a believable hero as well He showed a remarkable depth of remorse for his actions, and I think in a fictional sense, he had made amends If someone had blatantly plotted to have me murdered, I d rape the hell out of them, too He showed a great dealrestraint and decency than 99% of other bodice ripper key figures villain oriented heroes Some may consider him a weakling for that, but it suited me just fine Despite the obvious, sexual assault, I genuinely felt he cared for her greatly, by the end of the book.As for her elusive brother Valcour, in some manner of speaking, he was utterly predictable You realized, from the very beginning, that he was going to be trouble, but some of the things he reminisces about, and does is twisted enough that it surpasses the expectations in him.As for Felicite the heroine , her co dependent persona, and Princess syndrome slacked off by the end of the book, and I truly felt as though she could handle her own Brava, ladybird Courageous for picking up a sword, having never done so before, and immediately took on trained blade masters a bit farfetched, however decidedly acceptable D hide spoiler This is a book that would probably not get published today because of the un PC content There is a in my opinion fairly violent rape scene, because the heroine was being flirty and the hero didn t like it, and because he thinks she is a spy for her native French countrymen, which are his enemies I cringe when I think about it I enjoyed this book as a fiction book because it s really a great adventure book, and it really immerses you in the history of that time It s been so long since I rea This is a book that would probably not get published today because of the un PC content There is a in my opinion fairly violent rape scene, because the heroine was being flirty and the hero didn t like it, and because he thinks she is a spy for her native French countrymen, which are his enemies I cringe when I think about it I enjoyed this book as a fiction book because it s really a great adventure book, and it really immerses you in the history of that time It s been so long since I read it, so I m not sure it s a great romance, from what I remember I think it sof a saga in which you see a spoiled young woman go through some really tough circumstances and mature into a woman who can take care of herself, no matter what life throws at her Because I love reading about different parts of the world in a fiction setting, this book also found favor with its vivid descriptions of traveling living aboard ship and on the various Caribbean islands The villain who is the heroine s stepbrother and is completely lusting after her the whole book was memorable and I felt a little sympathy for him in some parts, although at the same time he deserved what he got.I don t think I liked the hero very much probably because of his actions toward the heroine , and the fact that they spend a good amount of time apart So I give this a higher rating because it was a very interesting historical book The romance wasn t the highlight in this one I believe the original publication date for this book is 1981 In the process for digitization of her old HR titles, Jennifer Blake has refrained from modifying her old titles to make them politically correct Fans of vintage HR , we kiss your ring Therefore, I must issue the warning that there is un pc content in this book.Jennifer Blake due to mad research skillz, in the days long before the Internet, manages to transport me to the location and time period by including current events I believe the original publication date for this book is 1981 In the process for digitization of her old HR titles, Jennifer Blake has refrained from modifying her old titles to make them politically correct Fans of vintage HR , we kiss your ring Therefore, I must issue the warning that there is un pc content in this book.Jennifer Blake due to mad research skillz, in the days long before the Internet, manages to transport me to the location and time period by including current events She gives the reader and excellent sense of life in New Orleans The story takes place when the Louisiana colony changes from France to Spain and includes detail of all of the tensions and resistance caused by Spanish occupation of a colony populated by people who see themselves as Frenchman The author further shows of her stellar research and its use by sword fights, pirate and mariner culture, sailing and type of ships of the period as well Once the action moves to an unpopulated island in the caribbean, there is even detail about ship s maintenance tasks such as careening Alas, as much as I loved the keen attention to detail of setting and life, current events and the superb writing, the characters just didn t capture my attention nor did the romance itself.I would still readof Jennifer Blake s old romances and I intend to download the next one in this Louisiana collection of her romances This book is a great favorite of a couple of friends her on GR who like me, share a love for old HR titles, but this just didn t thrill me as I had hoped it would Absorbing 18th Century Bodice Ripper with an Irish Hero and Pirates It is 1769 and the former French colony of New Orleans is seething with unrest and violence after the Spanish take over Proud 19 year old Felicite LaFargue, like her French compatriots, will do anything to defeat the foreigner rule However, soon after the Spanish arrive with their force led by an Irish captain and his lieutenant, Felicite s adoptive brother and her beloved merchant father are arrested for plotting insurrectio Absorbing 18th Century Bodice Ripper with an Irish Hero and Pirates It is 1769 and the former French colony of New Orleans is seething with unrest and violence after the Spanish take over Proud 19 year old Felicite LaFargue, like her French compatriots, will do anything to defeat the foreigner rule However, soon after the Spanish arrive with their force led by an Irish captain and his lieutenant, Felicite s adoptive brother and her beloved merchant father are arrested for plotting insurrection She must save them, even if it means offering her company to the arrogant mercenary Lt Colonel Morgan McCormack in exchange for leniency in her father s case At first, all the handsome Irish mercenary asks is her company in public to demonstrate the Spanish are willing to make friends with the local women, though even that opens the young unmarried girl to criticism and harsh rumor But then her adoptive brother Valcour Murat a real cad escapes and attempts to kill McCormack McCormack, convinced Felicite was a part of the plot, takes his revenge and rapes her When he realizes he s raped a virgin, he offers marriage but who would want to marry their rapist She refuses From that moment on, she becomes his willing mistress because she feels she has little choice in her mind, Resistance now was futile, since her purity was forever gone and to save her father But one night, when all hope for her father is gone, she disguises herself as a lad and flees with her adoptive brother on a ship called the Raven bound, she believes, for her homeland in France Unbeknownst to her, it s a pirate ship bound, not for France, but for the pirate haven of Las Tortugas Island.This is a classic bodice ripper and very well written with lots of intrigue, action and history I loved it Blake seamlessly weaves into the romance the facts of the Spanish rule in New Orleans and the pirate culture that existed in the Caribbean Her writing reflects a deep knowledge of ships, sea battles and sword fighting the latter which kept me biting my nails Her characters are vivid and I promise you will not want to put this one down If you like alpha male heroes who must suffer for their misdeeds to win the love of a heroine who is noble but misjudged and I do , this one is for you I recommend it.This novel is a part of a 3 novel boxed set, Louisiana History Collection, Part 1 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here How nice to read a historical romance with an actual historical setting Jennifer Blake s novel Embrace and Conquer takes place during the transfer of the French colony of Louisiana to Spain, in the eighteenth century The loyal French colonists feel betrayed by the Mother Land and resentful towards the Spanish usurpers What worsens an already tense situation though is that the Spanish King has decided to enforce this transition through the use of Irish mercenaries To make an example to the re How nice to read a historical romance with an actual historical setting Jennifer Blake s novel Embrace and Conquer takes place during the transfer of the French colony of Louisiana to Spain, in the eighteenth century The loyal French colonists feel betrayed by the Mother Land and resentful towards the Spanish usurpers What worsens an already tense situation though is that the Spanish King has decided to enforce this transition through the use of Irish mercenaries To make an example to the rebellious French populace, the new Irish envoy promptly arrests a dozen of the most prominent men of New Orleans, accusing them of fomenting revolt against their new Spanish monarch Our heroine Felicite s father is one of the men arrested In despair, she begs our hero Morgan, a high ranking Irish official, to intercede on behalf of her father Naturally, a price is to be paid and our pure and virginal French Belle finds herself blackmailed into being Morgan s mistress.Overall, I thought this read was enjoyable, adequately fast paced, and devoid of too many cliches such as great, terrible, misunderstandings or TSTL moments Were there some Yes, but not unduly so and they were resolved within a fairly reasonable time.The protagonists were pretty great Felicite was strong and brave without going too far into making her a completely anachronistic character Morgan was initially suitably despicable as a bodice ripping, fiendish hero but the author successfully redeemed him imho The reason my rating is not higher is because I became angry at the treatment of a great secondary character, slave Ashanti, who was killed off about halfway through the story to drive the point of how villainous and evil the Big Baddie of this story is She was so great and should have gotten her own survival and success story We didn t need to addto the depravity of Big Baddie He had enough notches on his bedpost to merit an eternity in hell without killing off a secondary character who was as compelling as the heroine herself.Also didn t appreciate how both h and H came close to offing Big Baddie about a gazillion times and with all the justifications in the world, only to pull back at the last minute and grant Big Baddie another one of his nine lives It was like those bad 80s slasher films is there any other kind where the monster keeps coming back no matter how many times you stab, shoot, decapitate, drown or smash him with a hammer Lame o.Still, I liked and rooted for Felicite and Morgan all the way I am a real sucker for swashbuckling adventures in the high seas and the novel really delivered on that point Update 7 2 14 re the Audible version I ve read this book countless times starting somewhere in the 80 s It s one of my all time favorites Morgan is so yummy and my model of what a ruthless, yet loveable alpha hero should be I needed something to listen to while I did some rather mind numbing work the past two days Since I knew the story inside and out, I hoped it could function as a pleasant background noise to keep me awake It worked Although I did have to pause my work at times Update 7 2 14 re the Audible version I ve read this book countless times starting somewhere in the 80 s It s one of my all time favorites Morgan is so yummy and my model of what a ruthless, yet loveable alpha hero should be I needed something to listen to while I did some rather mind numbing work the past two days Since I knew the story inside and out, I hoped it could function as a pleasant background noise to keep me awake It worked Although I did have to pause my work at times during particular passages I love HOWEVER, I do not recommend the audible version in this case unless you re already familiar with the book and can get it cheap The narrator was not the worst I ve heard, but also not the greatest She did a weird thing with accents that I still don t get.The heroine of the novel is from New Orleans, in pre Revolutionary War times At the time, Louisiana was a French colony and the novel begins with the Spanish taking over due to some deal with the French King, Louis XV The people of New Orleans weren t thrilled with becoming citizens of Spain as they considered themselves very much French The hero, Morgan, is an Irish mercenary sent to help quell the rebellious plots of the former French colonists and bring them under Spanish rule The background is important, because this is where the accent thing got weird.Felicite would have spoken French as did the majority of LA at the time However, the narrator decided to use a southern drawlappropriate to your stereotypical Southern Belle IMHO she should have used a French accent for her and the other citizens of N.O or none at all I d rather a narrator skip an accent than do a horrible imitation of one or one that doesn t even make sense.Morgan s accent was even stranger He was Irish, but was fluent in French and Spanish To Felicite he spoke French However, the accent used was just 7 kinds of strange I think at times she tried to do a Irish accent, but it was on par with Kevin Costner s so called accent in Robin Hood where every now and again he d pronounce a word in a British sounding way Again, if you can t do an accent don t.I realize this book may have produced a conundrum for a narrator It was written in English, yet the majority of the characters did not speak English, at least not as their primary language So, you had to imagine an Irishman speaking French in an Irish accent although the book is written in English head is spinning Still, doing a Southern Belle accent for Felicite made NO SENSE as did doing astereotypical American black accent for the slaves made no sense as they spoke French too I m still not sure what the narrator was trying to do with Morgan s accent She was either all confused or had no clue how to do an Irish accent Original Review I loved this, because Morgan would do ANYTHING to be with Felicite Warning, this is an old school nonPC bodice ripper There is one scene where the H rapes the heroine He does have remorse for it and nearly loses Felicity forever because of how he forced the relationship on her Because Morgan was proud and afraid of rejection, he never came out and told her how he felt until the end Of course, that led to plenty of misunderstanding about his motivations and made Felicite hide her feelings for him I think she should have figured out the power she had over him before then, but I guess love makes you insecure