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Bestselling, Award Winning Author Karen Robards Brings To Life Two Extraordinary Characters An Aristocratic Beauty And A Notorious Pirate In A Love Story That Sizzles With Passionate Adventure And Unbridled Desire Lady Catherine Aldley Was En Route To London When Pirates Attacked Her Ship Just In Time, Captain Jonathan Hale Rescued Her From His Own Men, Sweeping Her Into His Arms, Staking His Claim On The Pampered Daughter Of England S Ambassador To Portugal All Catherine Had Were Her Wits And The Will To Beat Her Captor At His Own Game His Searing Kisses Kindled Unfamiliar Passions, But She Vowed To Make Him Her Prisoner Of Desire He Was A Legendary Pirate, Daring, Triumphant, Free Jonathan Hale Never Took Captives And Always Escaped Until He Saw The Headstrong Beauty He Couldn T Leave Behind She Was Fire And Ice, A Lady Outraged, A Tigress In His Arms Cathy Refused To Be Treated Like Chattel, Yet Yielded To His Sensual Invasion As She Conquered His Body And Soul She Made Loving Truly Dangerous, Exposing His Deepest Fears And His Mutinous Heart

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  1. says:

    OMGLady Catherine Aldley is officially TSTL Warning spoilersThe book starts with the erstwhile heroine being introduced as a spoilt pain in the ass who is Incapable of acting sensibly and whose main priority is to flirt with any sailor on board ship as she is bored When they are attacked by pirates she does eventually agree to go below and hides in a wardrobe, only to be discovered by two uncouth pirates who rip her bodice from her, exposing her heaving bosom and then attack her She is rescued in the nick of time by Captain Jon Hale, who then molests her himself, although she finds herself responding to his kiss and groping She is tossed over his shoulder and brought up to the deck where everyone can see her state of dishabille Navy ships are seen in the distance and so our enterprising hero decides that he will take Lady Cathy and 3 others hostage on his ship The others are put in the hold but Cathy is placed in the Captain s cabin There is a reprieve for a few days whilst the captain battles a storm, although he indulges in bed time groping When the storm passes, he decides the moment has come He kisses Cathy and she initially responds However when he gets her on the bed and things get serious she panics, struggles, says no, resists and sobs throughout the rest of the rape His response is to smirk and tell her it will be better next time Cathy is interrupted in her bath and there is a fight between the pair, where she grows soap and the chamber pot at him, when he tries to grab her He then proceeds spank her until she is bruised all over demanding that she give the appropriate response to who s your master I kid you not He then forces her to bathe him and then goes to have sex with her again but is prevented by her bruises He gives a grudging apology for the bruises only, maintaining that there was no rape and that he had only taken what she had been dying to give him WTF He then has her 3 times that night and she starts to enjoy it but feels that something is missing as he seems to have a bit of a problem with premature ejAnyway, our girl thinks that this has changed everything and so she goes swaggering on the deck expecting the a hole to fall at her feet In fact he is cold, obnoxious and threatening She meets the other prisoners and realises that they are being kept in miserable conditions Captain Hale makes it clear that he is using her as a bed mate in front of them, thereby destroying what little reputation she had left For the next 11 days he rapes her continually 1 3 x a day, brutally and without her enjoying it It appears that he is a bit put out that she won t co operatebut nonetheless he decides to make arrangements for the ransom of the other hostages but not Cathy She finds out about this and escapes to shore dressed as a boy She struggles to find a constable and in one of the most flabbergasting decisions of all time, decides that she will enter a disreputable pub to look for accommodation Within minutes her shirt is ripped and her breasts are on display to all and sundry as she is tied up on a meat hook whilst various men throw dice to decide who will be the first to have her in the forth coming gang bangJon enters the arena and rescues her but is beaten badly She then decides that his injuries are her fault as they happened as a result of her wilfulnessI m only a third of the way through Car crash territory but kinda unputdownable.Ugh Ok , it turns out he was stabbed and stabbed and stabbed but somehow he is not dead a real pity Jon is taken back to the ship and a doctor is fetched Within minutes the First Mate Harry is shouting at the h, saying that it is all her fault and that she was no better than a street walker as she had been dying for it page 129.She nurses Jon patiently for 6 days When he finally recovers he asks her why she ran away Heroine you raped me brutally not once but many times Of course I was going to run away from you the first chance I got A hole so you re telling me you ran away because you couldn t stand me making love to you Heroine understandably fed up raping me a hole call it what you are lying to me , my catyou like the way I make your body feel WTF I honestly don t know if I can continue.By page 154 Harry is swearing he would kill Jon for what he has done to her, by stealing her innocence as she is so pure and fine but when the h doesn t seem too interested in dissing Jon, he turns abusive and asks if she would ve fallen in love with him, if he d bedded her first What a change of heart in a matter of 20 pages.Within 2 pages of this the a hole is declaring that she is his mistress and he wants to have a further go at her, at which point she wishes him dead She runs out of the cabin but returns when told he has injured his leg He thinks little bitch, I ll cut her down to size Heroine I am your mistress, do you have any idea how filthy that makes me feel Her resistance lasts 2 seconds and then they shag.She is in love Oh the joy Reader experiences stunned disbelief Harry gets even jealous I see he rides you well followed by further insincere apology Followed by harry grabbing her into a torrid embrace witnessed by Jon , who assumes the worst his response that cheating little bitch just before he knocks her down Knife fight ensues She decides she has to stop the fight by declaring it wasn t Harry , it was her Jon shoves her to the deck in rage telling her to go back to the cabin slut Harry owns up it was his fault and tells the a hole he treats her like a whore while she calls him darling.I swear the dialogue really is this bad Given the opportunity back in the cabin, does our girl do the sensible thing and tell him the truth Well yes, but only after he has his hands round her neck and is contemplating killing her He decides he is jealous of Harry, that he loves her but doesn t fancy getting married quite yet and he certainly doesn t feel inclined to tell her how he feels, especially as he goes off by himself on a jaunt to Tenerife Of course she is pregnant and after a moment of bliss it occurs to her that she is not overly enthusiastic about having a bastard child as it s not quite socially acceptableShe decides to give him the good news in the middle of a battle scene on Las Palmas The British navy capture Jon and are about to hang him Heroine pleads with her father and Jon is sent to the brig papa has mysteriously turned up on a battle ship, being the Earl of Badstoke, and wrongly referred to throughout the book as Sir Thomas pet gripe I hate it when they get titles wrong editor should have pointed out Sir is a title for a Knight and an Earl is addressed as Lord Anyway, she pleads for his life announces to all and sundry that she is pregnant to him lies to her father saying that he did not rape her declares that she was willing and that she loves him and will marry no one else Papa eventually agrees to the marriage and possibly a pardon and off they traipse to tell Jon about the grand plan It will not come as a surprise to hear that the a hole does not take the news well you opportunistic little bitch he doesn t appear to see any merit in the argument that he has some degree of responsibility towards the baby and only agrees to marry so as to save his life a real prince amongst menShip wedding ensues Papa and his men knock Jon out afterwards and tell Cathy that he has escaped and abandoned her No questions asked They are on a boat for god s sake, there are limited options Cathy goes to London Turns out dearest papa has had Jon imprisoned in Newgate and pays to have him whipped and beaten in front of him on a weekly basis, whilst he awaits hanging at Tyburn Daddy then decides it can only help to lie to him and tell Jon that the beatings are ordered by Cathy herself.In the interim Cathy pines for her lost love and 6 months pass Somehow he escapes method undisclosed and he kidnaps her from the house, swearing revenge and that that he will make her suffer after the baby is born.He hates her He tells her he wants to kill her than anything and may not be able to hold back until the baby is born thinking of killing her was the only thing that kept him alive oh , the romance of it all She discovers that Jon was in prison and decides that although they are in the middle of a terrible storm and she is over 7 months pregnant, it is a splendid time to go on deck and have a chat Yes, she really is TSTL Of course she nearly gets washed overboard she falls and almost loses the baby They sail to Charleston, where Jon decides to settle down and put money into his plantation She again tries to tell him she was unaware of papa s actions baby boy born, and for some benighted reason Jon decides to call the poor child, Cray Within a day or so of the birth he is groping her and she is responding eagerly only woman in history of the world who feels randy within 48 hours of giving birth but within moments he is swearing at her, saying she is as hardhearted and calculating as a dockside whore So much for any concern basic human decency on the a hole s part About 4 6 weeks post birth, They go to a ball Cathy has a bit too much champagne Jon is furious that she is such a hit In the carriage on the way home he realises that he loved the little bitch still but she must never find out He decides that the best way forward is to rape her viciously in the carriage We have him engaging in bodice ripping pinching her nipples painfully, biting them and viciously sucking them drawing milk and humiliating her She struggles but he then rapes her brutally, taking pleasure in hurting her and seeing her cry Quote he wanted to hurt her, meant to hurt her. She had accused him of rape before, but by God, now she knew what the word meant It really does go on like this She s in a complete state afterwards and his response is to say hoping for She can t stand up or dress herself afterwards and he has to carry her into the house, at which point he growls what the hell s wrong with you anyway Did I hurt you At this stage it seems to have occurred to him that she recently given birth and that raping her brutally may not have been the best idea she throws up He undresses her She tells him he hurt her, remembering the rape He tells her that she hurt him too when she slapped his face This seems reasonable to our h as it is obviously an eye for an eye Who would ever demented enough to dispute that a pathetic slap to the face equated to a violent rape I mean WTF Is this for real She wakes up a couple of hours later, still drunk, decides she wants him and they have wild passionate consensual sex I repeat WTF She wakes up the next morning only to remember everything and find out Jon has gone off toAtlanta for a week without notifying her It does occur to her, to have some doubts as to whether or not he really loves her UGH Papa arrives in a timely fashion and she decides to leave with him We have an unbelievable moment where her nurse tells her that she should stay with Captain Hale, as she will never find another man who would take such good care of her I mean, seriously Even the h finds this hard to take.He finds her in time Tells her that she is not leaving him and actually has the nerve to ask what he has done wrong and suggests that he has not mistreated her in any way We re told he has the grace to blush gives a reluctant and feeble apology but at the same time asserts she was asking for it Grudgingly he declares his love She reciprocates immediately Everything is wonderful Daddy dearest admits his role , forgiveness all around and they all go off to live heaThis reminded me a bit of Tender Torment in the sheer Jaw dropping awfulness of the whole thing The hero was simply irredeemable The heroine was a doormat, who was beyond TSTL and why she loved and wanted to stay with the a hole was totally inexplicable The happy ending took place within 30 pages of one of the most violent marital rape descriptions I have read in any of these books and I didn t believe it for a minute I note that this appears to be born out in that there was a sequel and one of the reviews comments that he continues to rape and abuse the heroine throughout book 2 I am going to do myself a favour and give it a miss Flabbergasting

  2. says:

    4 and 1 2 Stars Exciting Pirate Adventure with an Alpha Male Hero and a Strong Heroine and very well written Ok, so it is a bodice ripper from the early 80 s reissued with new cover , but I liked it I liked it very much Every now and then an arrogant alpha male in this case a sea captain can be cathartic, reminding us that all historical romance heroes are not nice guys This one certainly wasn t The heroine starts out as a 17 year old innocent brat, but she quickly grows up and actually develops some very mature outlooks Like Scarlett in the movie Gone With The Wind, she takes longer than most to see the light by the way I do recommend SCARLETT, the sequel to the s very well done , but eventually she gets there.Set in 1842, this is the story of Lady Catherine Aldley, whose father sent her on a military ship to London from where he was Ambassador in Lisbon, never knowing it is a silver transport ship and bate for an American pirate named Jonathan Hale who thinks nothing of raping an ruining an innocent wellborn lady half his age to have his pleasure Cathy may be young and innocent but she is not tame When Captain Hale captures her and sets out to tame her in a most brutal and humiliating way, he has no idea he will become her victim as well.Say what you will about the old romances that don t reflect 21st century sensibilities, but I can tell you this this story kept me reading hours past my bedtime and that, folks, is a well told tale The pacing is fast, the action never ceasing and the chemistry between the two is compelling Great sexual tension Modern historical romance authors can learn much from Robards She makes some masterful twists and turns, I must say All believable which counts for much in my book What did bother me was the reaction of the heroine There was definitely some Stockholm syndrome going on as she came to see herself at fault she had brought her injuries on herself , and the captain as heroic Yes, he saved her from a band of nasty thieves and murderers, but she never would have been exposed to them in the first place if he hadn t taken her captive Any strong heroine would have tried to escape, right Nuf said.I also thought Robards did a great job with the sailor ship jargon, bringing life on board the ship to life You might take that for granted but it required much work on her part Her descriptions put you in the setting I ll tell you what I liked it well enough to order the sequel, SEA FIRE So there.

  3. says:

    If you enjoy the old bodice rippers, this one is a great example of the genre without the multi partner element that many of the hardcore BRs have It s disturbing at times and I would advise treading very carefully if you are triggered by domestic abuse and consent issues There were times when I was feeling quite upset myself If this were a contemporary, I wouldn t have made it through I m able to tolerate things in a historical that I can t in a contemporary, because I try and put on the filter of the times culture This book is action packed and I never became bored It also wasn t entirely predictable like some romances Hence the rating.Re the audio Justine Eyre did an excellent job with the narration Her Charleston accent wasn t correct, but it wasn t jarring or annoying to me I could overlook it.Jon is a real pirate He is a complete d bag for the most part and can be quite frightening If you want to know the level of violence toward the h, here s a spoiler view spoiler He never slaps or punches her, but there s a lot of noncon dubcon going on and at least one case of a rather brutal rape after she deliberately makes him jealous He does give her a bruising bare bottom spanking in the beginning There are also many threats and lots of incidents of him using his bruising grip and calling her bitch and other sweet nothings At times, he really could be the starring example in the How to tell if you re in an abusive relationship pamphlet hide spoiler

  4. says:

    Hasta la p gina 314 iba a darle 3 estrellas Es una novela con una relaci n t xica, l es un abus n y ella una protagonista tipo felpudo, a pesar de eso la historia es adictiva, f cil de leer y entretenida Lo peor de la novela es que la protagonista, Cat , est empe ada en ganarse el amor del protagonista lo que hace que soporte el comportamiento detestable de l Ella es un personaje poco cre ble, su forma de actuar ante todo lo que le sucede no es coherente, su barco es atacado por los piratas, es casi violada por dos piratas y cuando aparece el protagonista, Jon, capit n pirata se derrite al ser besada por l Y su forma de enfrentarse a los abusos de l, no es l gica, aunque, eso es comprensible, teniendo en cuenta que esto es una novela rom ntica y no podemos tener a una protagonista traumatizado por culpa del h roe.Jon es un personaje bien construido, teniendo en cuenta que es un pirata, es duro, violento, celoso,posesivo y dominante, quiz s es demasiado intenso para una novela rom ntica.Como os dec a hasta la p gina 314 la historia la llevaba bien, soy bastante tolerante, hab a veces que Cat me produc a ataques de indignaci n por su tendencia a ser felpudo, pero lleg un momento que no, que mi tolerancia salt por los aires Pero m s que por qu una vez m s Jon fuerza a Cat a tener sexo, un sexo que buscaba vengarse, humillar y hacer da o es lo que pasa luego, totalmente surrealista, despu s de esa horrible escena pasamos a una en la que l se muestra tierno, que la cuida, pero lo peor es que ella lo acepta todo porque la auyora se saca de la manga que ella estaba borracha y no es consciente de lo que ha ocurrido perdona Hace unos segundos ella estaba totalmente lucida, y le ha pedido varias veces que no lo hiciera, que ella quer a hacer el amor pero no de esa forma tan cruel Parece como si esas dos escenas estuviera escrita por dos personas diferentes, y para no hablar de la escena que tiene que cerrar una novela rom ntica, la declaraci n de amor, en la que l se declara llam ndola perra y mir ndola con odio porque le obliga a confesar su amor.Lo peor de todo es que este libro me lo le a los 20 a os y no recuerdo que me indignar todo esto, si que recuerdo que la protagonista me pon a de los nervios con su actitud pero no me horrizo tanto.

  5. says:

    I hate myself for re reading this book I really do I am an idiot If anyone asked me what a bodice ripper is, I think this book would be on my top 5 list I read this book and its sequel, both featuring the same couple when I was a teenager Now so many years later, I still remember how angry they were Please note that I did not call the books angsty They were not angsty as in emotionally charged They were angry books, books about 2 people who could not control their anger and pride, and books that make people angry.Out of the 2 books I think I will only re read this one, not the sequel It gets really tiring, watching these two hurt each other I also will not be giving this book a rating I don t think it is poorly written, but seriously the subject matter is just intolerable I am not usually bothered by coerced seduction in romance novels They are historical romances and women were in truth, mere possessions And in turbulent times, women were abused worse than usual It happened I do not need the writers to mince words or pretty things up for me I prefer if the books stay original to the time period and not shy away to make things prettier or modern for readers sensibility But this book pushed my limit What happened in this book was rape, rape, and rape There is no other word for it Nothing would disguise what Jon did And nothing can excuse Jon of his behaviors And Cathy was a spoiled brat Abuse of any kind is never warranted But Cathy did taunt Jon That is also a fact What Jon did, was crime What Cathy did, was a flaw in her character So as readers we are reading about a rapist and an immature brat mistaking lust and vanity for love and romance It is so outrageous that it becomes brainless I needed some emotional distance from the story so the interactions between Jon and Cathy became meaningless to me I didn t want to take them seriously I don t think it was for historical accuracy that the book was written this way I actually had the feeling that this book was promoting a rapist as a hero and a man in love It disturbed me greatly As I read on, I became disturbed because I did not know why I was reading this book I felt I was being disrespectful to the female population just by reading it And at the same time I was ashamed of this Cathy character She was first childish, shallow and spoiled Then she was a brainless young woman who thought herself in love, wanting to use her body to make this man love her What a pathetic specimen of womanhood So when I finished the book, I threw my hands up in the air and felt relieved that I was done with the rapist man and the shallow woman I despised Jon for his sexual abuse and felt ashamed of Cathy This is not an experience that I would like to repeat.

  6. says:

    This book was sorry for my words ,pure stupid.

  7. says:

    Oh my god another rapey hero If you can call him a hero Right don t get me wrong, I get that in those times pirates did rape there captures and I also understand that in those times husbands raped their wives as it was there right, historically it s correct. But I was looking for a cheesy romance Say the rape didn t happen he had WAYYYY to many anger issues Okay so he rapes her to begin with. Okay well no it s not rape because, in the hero s words, It s not rape because you wanted it Ah of course How silly You know, she wanted it so give it to her and all that, yer I understand mr hero, I hope I get treat that way in the future, she is awfully spoiled So anyways they continue to sleep together Or she stays rigid while he does it Yer she defiantly wants it Mr Hero But the Hero does save her from getting abused by a group of men and almost dies himself All is forgiven as she nurses him back to health They continue to have CONSENSUAL sex you know when both parties or in some cases, this is a non discriminatory review consent fully to the love making But then disaster strikes and they are separated the hero is tortured, the heroine s pregnant, angst angst angst the hero escapes kidnaps the heroine wanting revenge on her, thinking she ordered his torture which to be fair, if i d been kidnapped by pirates raped several times, threatened on a daily bases and dragged around I might have considered it but she did not She loved him She gives birth and they nearly have sex a day later. Okay I aint given birth before so i can t speak for mothers out there but i m fairly sure that if id just squeezed something the size of a melon out of my vagina I would not want anything stuck back up there it would hurt I imagine and, forgive my crudeness would perhaps resemble a wizards sleeve But as I said I aint given birth nor have i seen a vagina the day after giving birth so I could be wrong Anyways he goes on to brutally rape her ass punishment for something she didn t do, then she sleeps with him again fully consensual crazy bitch I know then she decides right, i m leaving him. It kinda goes like this where do you think you re going Hero, I m leaving you, you brutally raped me and you are always moody and rar rar rar you hurt me , you aren t leaving me Yes I am Is this because of the other night when I raped you and hurt you etc etc I said i m sorry I was drunk and you know i m sorry this is when I say aloud to myself, i d stay away from hi he gets a little rapey when he s drunk, just a small flaw in his personlity Anyways he then begs her Yup guys, big tough man begs It goes little like this Okay you bitch you win i ll beg Please dont leave me Yup he called her a bitch and yup she forgave him for that heartfelt begging The end I also hate the heroine, she s a whiney bitch and childish altough she is only 17

  8. says:

    I really don t how to rate this one One hand, I enjoyed this a lot even with all its issues but on the other hand it was a little bit ridiculous The characters are over the top and almost a parody of themselves and the bodice ripper genre The heroine is kidnapped, raped repeatedly by the hero throughout the story although it is never depicted in a brutal and violent way There s loads of dubious consent scenes and a few spanking scenes The hero does call her a bitch and slut a few times, but I never felt offended by it partly because of the nature of characters and their relationship The heroine is seventeen and the heroine is thirty four Ugh, I was a bit weirded out that she was so young, but I did imagine her to be a bit older although it was difficult because she sure did act her age She s very much a spoiled brat, but is able to hold her own against the hero These two have a very toxic relationship and it works in this story The writing style is very witty and upbeat, kind of reminding me the way Scarlett O Hara talks It isn t overly flowery but has a very unique voice that is very entertaining I thought the story was well paced I didn t like the added drama and conflict at the end but it was resolved pretty quickly for their HEA.

  9. says:

    Alright, I don t know how I got it in my head to read this book I downloaded it somehow and I HATE it The writing isn t bad and since I have read KR s other books, I figured that I could enjoy it No, that s impossible No matter how much character development this book could have usually my favorite part of a book , rape and abusive heroes totally kill the mood The heroine is also TSTL, so I can t do this.

  10. says:

    I m not sure where to begin..first, yeah the reviewers were right Not a single exaggeration I didn t count but I d be surprised if the word rape was used less than 100 times Second she s 17 at the start and 18 by the end He s about twice her age no formal age given really and is the WORST He rapes her, then spends the rest of the book correcting her by saying she desperately wanted it, he could tell Uses sex and sexual violence as punishment Routinely verbally and emotionally abuses her, physically abuses her, humiliates her and by the end has stopped apologizing.Meanwhile Cathy starts the book complaining that she can t flirt with all the sailors, comments how fluttering her eyes gets her anything ahe wants, purposely sets out to provoke men she considers unsafe to be around, uses what little freedom she has to run to the WORST BAR EVER, when the chance to get home safe she RUNS THE OPPOSITE WAY literally and at some point in the middle decides to stop communicating completely regressing instead to tantrums.There is literally NO redeeming values to anyone Neither matures, Neither sees how fucked up they are.And to touch on the other characters spoilers ahoy view spoiler so remember Cathy s nanny companion The one who constantly scolded her for flirting and bad men and being too forward Who is OUTRAGED at the thought of her charge being ravished Soon as Cathy tricks the Captain into marriage its like Oh he s your husband so get over it hide spoiler