I wish more authors did that - especially older authors who are re-releasing titles that have been out of circulation for decades - because it's a great way to try something new and it also just really shows an understanding that a lot of us bloggers do not have infinite monies to spend on books (sadly). Usually I hoard my Kindle freebies forever (or until someone corrals me into a buddy-read), but I've decided to binge as many of her titles as I can to show appreciation for the authors who have a love for their craft - AND their fans. ROYAL SEDUCTION came to me in a two-book anthology that showed up - FOR FREE - in the Kindle store called Royal Princes of Ruthenia Box Set. It's not exactly a catchy title, but it was free, dammit, so I downloaded the box set and promptly forgot about it until now. I realize that the "forced seduction" (let's call it what it is, rape) is going to put some people off from reading this and I totally understand, believe me. It was so much fun and I think I'd probably come back to it again just to get a reprise of some of Rolfe's Greatest Hits of Eloquent Insults, Vol. 1.
First of all, yes the hero does rape the heroine in this (more than once). Rape fantasy is a common thing and romance novels are just that - fantasy. Anyway, if the captor/captive genre is your thing, this is a book you should read. The story is told strictly from Angeline's point of view, which for some may be an issue. The only "big misunderstanding" in the book is the depth of his feelings for her and the fact that he very much wishes to marry her.
I'm not so politically correct that I object to rape in a historical romance. She's so bloody polite when she lets him know how she feels about the way she's treated that it never feels like she puts up any kind of fight for herself.
Unfortunately, he thinks that Angeline is the girl he's looking for, when in fact her cousin Claire is the former prince's lover. When Angeline insists that she's not the right person, Rolfe refuses to believe her, or even ask anyone else at the party where they meet if she is who she says she is. Then, having realized that Angeline is the wrong girl on the basis that she was still a virgin, he refuses to apologize or release her, and continues raping her periodically as he drags her about the countryside in search of Claire. Along the way, Angeline is kidnapped by other people several more times, and is nearly raped by other men on at least three occasions, while falling in love with Rolfe in a dazzling display of Stockholm Syndrome.
So, consider yourself warned - if the heroine-raped-by-the-hero trope is a problem for you, you should not read this book. If, however, you can get past that, there really is a good story with plenty of action and adventure and twists and turns. While this book had a good feel for the historical period and mindset that you find in all of Blake's historicals, there wasn't the usual bit where she writes her characters into a lesser known bit of history, it felt more like action and adventure and a bit of cray-cray, but thankfully Rolfe was always able to arrive in the nick of time to save the day and the heroine's virtue.
La autora ha construido una historia muy completa, partiendo de un hecho dramático, más por lo que significa que por cómo se lo toman los personajes, nos conduce a través de un país que comienza (finales del siglo XVIII en Lousiana) con su moral, sus costumbres, sus luchas, su terreno salvaje, y su sociedad.
DNF at 46% I feel bad for not finishing this, since it was a buddy-read with Brandy.
This one feels long as you read it, and I think its because of all the scenery changes. It feels long, but I loved that it was because I really enjoyed this one. Sure, its a stretch to believe that this prince and his guard couldnt have found out that Wait, a cousin lives there too, but once mistaken, Angeline is kidnapped. Angeline and Rolfes life seems in peril repeatedly (after all there is a traitor in their midst).
She wasn't that bad, despite everybody auto-writing her off as shallow and worthless; what was with that anyway, people could just tell at a glance she's not as noble/valiant/worthy as her cousin? Did she have a sign on her head, Not As Good As Angeline? Speaking of, Angeline was a good heroine although maybe a bit tame. I did like her, I just think it's so sad that Claire got the shit end of the stick every single time! Angeline was good.
Angeline, a chaste young woman, has a look-alike cousin, Claire, who has returned from Ruthenia in Europe having fled the murder of her lover, the heir to the throne. When his younger brother, Prince Rolfe, comes to New Orleans in search of Claire, who he thinks murdered his brother, he mistakes Angeline for her cousin. But Rolfe is wily and fierce in his defense of the woman he is coming to admire and to care for.
She holds numerous other honors, including two Maggies, two Holt Medallions, multiple Reviewers Choice Awards, the Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine, and the Frank Waters Award for literary excellence.