About The Book In her exhilarating debut novel, Kresley Cole captures the drama, passion, and boundless adventure of the high seas -- as one fiery lass finds herself caught in a tide of torrid romance. His sizzling kisses leave her longing, but after they share a night of passion, his subsequent disdain makes her blood boil. Nicole vows to take her revenge -- by helping her father beat Sutherland in a high-stakes competition: the Great Circle Race from England to Australia. And while her mind tells her she should escape, her body urges her to surrender Silence blanketed the den as the patrons inside took her measure, sensing she was out of place in the prostitute-laden tavern. Still they stared.
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A saboteur causes the pair to be thrown together. What follows is a dance of misunderstanding, suspicion and strong sexual attraction. Blythe:Retro is a good term. I am genuinely curious about this.
I know there are readers who bemoan the lack of old fashioned, flowery romances. I think what made the difference is that the heroine was definitely not old school. Nicole Lassiter was both likable and spunky without being TSTL, as many of the old fashioned heroines were.
Also, the plot twists were not bizarre i. Sweet Savage Love single-handedly kept me from reading another romance book for 10 years, as I had never read anything that bizarre! I also liked the tortured hero, Derek Sutherland.
Even with all the purple prose and my utter dislike of the hero, the pages practically turned themselves. Linda: Funnily enough, I liked Derek especially when the truth about his marriage and horrible wife was revealed. And because of her actions one could also understand his distrust of Nicole.
It seemed natural to me that he thought her a prostitute. But, what made him a hero, for me, was the fact that even though he thought her a lady of the night, when she protested in his cabin, he backed off. I did find the misunderstandings a tad annoying, but the plot was moving along so quickly that I found my annoyance level lower then usual to this plot device.
I thought he had little evidence of this and was very quick to jump to conclusions, which made him a total, flat-out jerk. But while some aspects of the book are complete throwbacks, I did find the great race premise interesting. These are the type of Big Misunderstands that usually annoy me and I can only put it down to the quality of the writing in moving everything along, that kept me from tossing the book at the wall as I have been known to do in the past.
I think for a debut novel this was interesting and I liked it well enough that I would try a second book by Cole. Did you like this book enough to give debut author Cole another go in a second book? Not in a copyright violation way, or anything like that — just in spirit. I just get annoyed with those brash heroes with the immaturity of three year olds who walk around throwing stuff, ripping bodices I mean really — he does this twice!
It would take some major convincing to get me to give this author a second try. In fact, you know who he reminds me of? Stiffler from the American Pie movies. I think what made it work for me was that even though Derek ripped her bodice — it was equally clear that he did not rape her.
What saved this book for me was Nicole, whose determination and resourcefulness I admire and to my surprise I did like Derek. Perhaps the fact that no one in the world thought worse of Derek then he did of himself. I think there is a market out there for an old fashioned alpha male, captive love story. What sets this apart from the old ones is that Kresley avoids the unforgivable sin of making the hero a rapist and totally insensitive.
Derek thinks about being cruel or forcing himself upon Nicole who he thinks attempted to kill his crew, but he never actually does it.
The so-called heroes in the older books did rape and for me a hero who rapes is completely unredeemable. Have you read any books that you liked lately? Her sly wit and pointed satire of readers, agents, authors and publishers sent me to the store to buy the second book in the series — in hardback no less. It is on the top of my TBR pile and I can hardly wait to get to it.
But I did read a very enjoyable nonfiction book for book club. It was a peek into an era and subculture I knew very little about, and I highly recommend it. Perhaps Ed McMahon could be the hero? What are we reading for September? All of the characters have appeared in other books, and in this anthology they get stories of their own.
I really enjoyed the Lady Whistledown anthology.
The Captain of All Pleasures
His sizzling kisses leave her longing, but after they share a night of passion, his subsequent disdain makes her blood boil. Nicole vows to take her revenge—by helping her father beat Sutherland in a high-stakes competition: the Great Circle Race from England to Australia. And while her mind tells her she should escape, her body urges her to surrender…. Exhilarating energy emanates from the pages of this very smart and sassy debut.
The captain of all pleasures
This is the first of 2 books about the Sutherland Brothers. Derek Sutherland is a shipping captain who has basically lost any and all hope. Nicole is the daughter of a sea-captain and the granddaughter of a marchioness. Nicole hears noises on deck and when she investigates, the saboteurs want to have a little fun. This is where a lot of the misunderstandings start.