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Dear Reader: Welcome to my very first historical romance, Devil's Embrace, titled by my husband, and first published in 1982. I've updated it stylistically, edited it, trimmed it just a bit, and the art department designed a splendid new cover that magically includes some of the original art work. Cassie Brougham and Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare, are my favorite characters Dear Reader: Welcome to my very first historical romance, Devil's Embrace, titled by my husband, and first published in 1982. I've updated it stylistically, edited it, trimmed it just a bit, and the art department designed a splendid new cover that magically includes some of the original art work. Cassie Brougham and Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare, are my favorite characters of all time. Cassie has known the Earl of Clare all her life, but she's in love with a soldier she's been secretly writing to since she was fifteen. Now he's home and they're going to be married. But the day before her wedding, Anthony Welles kidnaps her aboard his yacht and sails away with her to Genoa, Italy; his stated intention to make her his wife. Cassie is not happy about this. This is an unusual love story, to say the least, that will make you weep and laugh and root for what you know is best for both of them. There is pain, doubt, captivation, and escape. But regardless of what happens, this is a love that is of the forever sort, something that is true and very real, and will stay close to your heart, I hope, for a very long time. If you missed Devil's Embrace the first time around, do read it now. Enjoy, Catherine Coulter (The Author)

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Dear Reader: Welcome to my very first historical romance, Devil's Embrace, titled by my husband, and first published in 1982. I've updated it stylistically, edited it, trimmed it just a bit, and the art department designed a splendid new cover that magically includes some of the original art work. Cassie Brougham and Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare, are my favorite characters Dear Reader: Welcome to my very first historical romance, Devil's Embrace, titled by my husband, and first published in 1982. I've updated it stylistically, edited it, trimmed it just a bit, and the art department designed a splendid new cover that magically includes some of the original art work. Cassie Brougham and Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare, are my favorite characters of all time. Cassie has known the Earl of Clare all her life, but she's in love with a soldier she's been secretly writing to since she was fifteen. Now he's home and they're going to be married. But the day before her wedding, Anthony Welles kidnaps her aboard his yacht and sails away with her to Genoa, Italy; his stated intention to make her his wife. Cassie is not happy about this. This is an unusual love story, to say the least, that will make you weep and laugh and root for what you know is best for both of them. There is pain, doubt, captivation, and escape. But regardless of what happens, this is a love that is of the forever sort, something that is true and very real, and will stay close to your heart, I hope, for a very long time. If you missed Devil's Embrace the first time around, do read it now. Enjoy, Catherine Coulter (The Author)

30 review for Devil's Embrace

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review is packed full of spoilers with a dash of salty language. I'm not normally shocked or totally squicked by a bodice ripper. I laughed during Savage Surrender, with its callous asshole hero Garth McClelland and the rape-a-minute plot. There have been other books with gang rapes and less-than-stellar heroes that had me riveted to the plot and characters. (Hello! Stormfire?) But this book is the first one to actually creep me the hell out. I only kept reading to see if Coulter would pull This review is packed full of spoilers with a dash of salty language. I'm not normally shocked or totally squicked by a bodice ripper. I laughed during Savage Surrender, with its callous asshole hero Garth McClelland and the rape-a-minute plot. There have been other books with gang rapes and less-than-stellar heroes that had me riveted to the plot and characters. (Hello! Stormfire?) But this book is the first one to actually creep me the hell out. I only kept reading to see if Coulter would pull out a cheap trick at the end to make the horror that had come before all puppies and kittens. (She did.) To top it all off, the non-existent plot was boring as hell. First off, the hero Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare. Where to start with this guy? Anthony has all the attributes of a psycho stalker. He has been watching Cassie for years. He knows her habits. He is so observant of her that he can read her moods and thoughts. He feels that he is the only one who can offer what she wants and needs. He is the only one able to fulfill her as a person and as a woman. Are you dialing the cops yet? Add to that the fact that he was in love with her mother in his pubescent years. After Cassie's mother died and when he could, he infiltrated Cassie's home by sending his cousin incognito to be Cassie's governess. The cousin taught Cassie Italian and "groomed" her to be suitable for him when the time was right. Even ickier? Cassie was five when his cousin arrived to start this little covert operation. Which makes Cassie's pregnancy 6 months or so after her abduction by him so hilarious because when she accuses him of deliberately doing that to her, he says that he couldn't have possibly planned that. Of course not. You only banged her every day from Day 2 (except for those Aunt Flow days). I mean, pregnancy? How did that happen? I think he should get a job in SPECTRE or Quantum, or whatever they're calling it these days. Omniscient string-pulling is right up his alley. He's not all Powercock awesometude, though. His plan was to court Cassie during her Season in London and win her that way, but when her childhood friend Edward returned from serving overseas in India, she called off her Season and was going to marry him right then and there. Oh no! Since Cassie has forced his hand, he has to kidnap her and show her how much he loves her! He has to! Just pause for a moment and reflect. His entire adulthood has been focused around marrying Cassie (completely pathetic in itself) and he has brought all his resources to bear on achieving that end without her knowledge or that of her family. And he feels completely justified in his aim and his methods. That, dear readers, is what creeped me the fuck out. Cassie has a natural reaction to being kidnapped, at first. Sheer terror and anger. How dare he presume to know what she wants and decide what's best for her? (And, seriously, the smug coming off Anthony at every turn was intolerable.) But from the get-go, he insists that she be naked when she goes to bed and otherwise demeans and orders her about at every turn, all the while insisting she has the free will to realize they're made for each other. Look, I usually carp at heroes that are sensitive metrosexuals in centuries past, but I'm not all that fond of dead mother-loving, kindergarten-aged daughter-obsessing control freaks either. But Cassie feels her body respond because Anthony is such a peerless lover and she thinks she's an immoral whore and, as far as I can tell, sort of resigns herself to him. From that seed a love grows that only comes out into the open when she gets gang-raped by hired thugs and Anthony seems peachy-keen in comparison. (Again, as far as I can tell. Coulter tended to emphasize fingers probing wet folds and brushing dusky nipples over any psychological attention.) I didn't much care for Cassie, either. Horny, spitfire virgins? Yeah, no thanks. If Coulter had perhaps given her characters something to DO, maybe I'd have liked it more, but she didn't. In the beginning in England, Cassie and her fiancé Edward paw each other, then she gets abducted by Anthony and the action is confined to his yacht where they fight, shag, and fight in a mobius strip, and then they go to Italy where we remain enclosed in a villa for pages upon pages with the same fight/fuck/fight cycle replayed over and over. And then Cassie runs off to New York to find Edward. Oh yay! I think. This bit about Edward being an officer during the Revolution sounds good! And this is where the story really lost me because..... Dear Cassie, So Edward doesn't remember that you don't like tea! But Anthony does! So fucking what? While you were growing up and Anthony was maintaining a 24/7 offshore patrol by your home watching your every movement with one hand on a spyglass and the other in his pants, Edward was in disease-ridden India preserving the English empire that you are oh so proud of, and then risking getting his nuts blown off in America. He doesn't remember you don't fucking like tea. Suck it up. And when you ran off to him for his protection against Big Bad Anthony, he screwed you before you were all sopping wet and you were all hurty for a bit afterward. Sooooooooo inconsiderate compared to Anthony! You know, Anthony? The guy who tied you to a bed and raped you because he felt you needed to be shown how devoted he is to you? Yeah, that Anthony. You. Stupid. Twat. No love, Me Yes, it was the peevish harping of "But I've never liked tea, Edward!" that broke me. Apparently Cassie prefers to have a stalker boyfriend who knows so much about her that the usual "getting to know each other" is redundant and unnecessary. To add insult to injury in this turgid little turd of shame, there wasn't even much of a plot. What "plot" there was had Anthony's half-brother and his mistress Giovanna conniving to dispose of Cassie for inheritance purposes (this is where the gang-rape/"Anthony is awesome!" epiphany came in). This "plot" was wrapped up in the last page with a letter describing how they met their end. Therefore, at least about 95% of the book was Cassie and Anthony fighting and screwing, Cassie running away to Edward and Anthony coming after her. Boring. Boring boring boring! I can take lots of WTFery if there's a plot. This one was total fail. I had no idea that Coulter wrote such relentless smut in her books either. That was boring too. I'm sure there's more I hated about it, but to be honest, the "Every Breath You Take" Psychoboy act by Anthony Welles left me pretty well gobsmacked and incoherent. I'm only barely able to cobble my thoughts together in this ranty little mess of a review. Coulter did pull out some "it's not as bad as you think!" asides to explain away Anthony's seemingly stalker habits ("I stopped loving your mother. I love you as a person!" and "I installed my cousin as your governess to make sure you were raised right because your dad was neglectful.") I'm not buying either BS excuse. Both sound like lame little ploys to downplay the omgjesuschristareyoukidding me behavior of Anthony. I'm still convinced his house has a secret room of taxidermied blonde chicks that look like Cassie. In the course of writing this, I've pingponged back and forth between 2 stars and 1. I have no idea which one really reflects my opinion. I'll go for 2 stars because it is one of the more notorious bodice rippers out there and everyone interested in the genre should read it, for good or ill. I'm glad I did, strangely enough. Just don't expect much of a plot. But if you like to read about a couple going hammer and tongs at each other in and out of bed, and nothing else, then you might like it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mermarie

    Oh wow, Jesus Christ on a crutch. This literary piece emphasizes and stands as a catalyst against for every arbitrary guideline by an author, that we've embraced even in the most shoddy of stories(Stormfire?). He practically had her floor-planned since she was FIVE! And this is why, in my abject misery, I strive to discern its meaning; I knew from the very instant when she shot the hero, and didn't reload, that her usefulness and entertainment factor was at its end for me. Generally in most bodice Oh wow, Jesus Christ on a crutch. This literary piece emphasizes and stands as a catalyst against for every arbitrary guideline by an author, that we've embraced even in the most shoddy of stories(Stormfire?). He practically had her floor-planned since she was FIVE! And this is why, in my abject misery, I strive to discern its meaning; I knew from the very instant when she shot the hero, and didn't reload, that her usefulness and entertainment factor was at its end for me. Generally in most bodice-ripper pieces, we're accustomed to the hero's unruly antics--torture tactics and control management, but I've found it's mostly a product of revenge. This novel accumulates every dastardly premise and attempted to gloss it over as an act of affection. The cocktail of nefarious scheming, life-long plans against a motherless child, eventually leading to training rapes, clown-car rapes by hired thugs, keep-me-pretty confinement, and all I've left out--were implied to be conditions of love itself. It really adds insult to injury, because the hero started off in this mindset, and never really purged himself of its vulgar ideology..or perhaps the author assumes the reader isn't capable of discerning the revenge-driven plot actions to that of actions manifested on the hero's own accord for the heroine's own good and well-being..... Book #2... Anthony buries Cassie alive but promises her a shopping spree, once she's thinned down enough to wear his mother's exhumed ballgowns. >.< So appalled, I barely even blinked through the flies rollerskatin' across my eyeballs. Sorry, Coulter..I need a purpose driven evil, not a figure who has the rudimentary senses of a reptile.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002"

    **comes out from under the bed** Yes I liked this book. Yes, it was degrading, yes both the heroes in this story were complete IDIOTS. Yes, the heroine was a simpering mess and made some pretty lame choices. That being said, I still enjoyed this book. It was degrading, unbelievable, and made me want to beat every character. Yet, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I still think it was well written, and although a darker romance, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. IT'S FICTION. Not real-lif **comes out from under the bed** Yes I liked this book. Yes, it was degrading, yes both the heroes in this story were complete IDIOTS. Yes, the heroine was a simpering mess and made some pretty lame choices. That being said, I still enjoyed this book. It was degrading, unbelievable, and made me want to beat every character. Yet, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I still think it was well written, and although a darker romance, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. IT'S FICTION. Not real-life. It was an escape for me, and an enjoyable one at that. In true bodice-ripper fashion there is love, kid-napping, adventure, villians, exotic locations and in the end a happy ending (if you like the kidnap, rape, seduce, beat, rape, seduce, escape, chase after you, but I love you anyway sort of thing) It was an entertaining read and that's all I can ask for in a book. and *GASPS* I'll probably read it again. **promise you won't throw too many tomatoes at me please** Rating: 4 stars Warning: Kidnapping, Rape, Torture, Love Triangle

  4. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    No, thank you. After the gang rape I kind of fast forward through reading this :/ It did start off kind of interestingly wild, childhood love, kidnapping, and drama lama but as it approached the half way point it started to drag and the last half just wasn't interesting. Our supposed hero Anthony doesn't really make an appearance, except to kidnap and then rape the heroine, he mostly hangs around waiting for the heroine to agree to marry him. Our heroine Cassie is 18-20yrs old in the story and is No, thank you. After the gang rape I kind of fast forward through reading this :/ It did start off kind of interestingly wild, childhood love, kidnapping, and drama lama but as it approached the half way point it started to drag and the last half just wasn't interesting. Our supposed hero Anthony doesn't really make an appearance, except to kidnap and then rape the heroine, he mostly hangs around waiting for the heroine to agree to marry him. Our heroine Cassie is 18-20yrs old in the story and is written fairly well, it's just that the only material she has is to react to men wanting to rape her and/or marry her. There wasn't even any wild fun shipwrecks or the heroine picking up a sword, although she does shoot hero at one point; it was lacking the wild kookiness dramatic flare that brings me back to these old bodice rippers. This is best lost to the annuals of time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    At first I was gonna be like, "um, it was meh. Didn't like it all that much" *ducks back down* but you know what... I happened to enjoy this story very much. And I don't care. And to all you readers who are ashamed to like this story, because you should never be ashamed about what you enjoy to read. People will have their opinions just like you are entitled to have your own. Read whatever you want, just as long as you keep reading! I in no way agree with the way our main male protagonist, the earl, we At first I was gonna be like, "um, it was meh. Didn't like it all that much" *ducks back down* but you know what... I happened to enjoy this story very much. And I don't care. And to all you readers who are ashamed to like this story, because you should never be ashamed about what you enjoy to read. People will have their opinions just like you are entitled to have your own. Read whatever you want, just as long as you keep reading! I in no way agree with the way our main male protagonist, the earl, went about in seducing Cassandra. But it's was still a damn good story for me. The earl's intentions were selfishly conducted. He got to decide that he would become Cassandra's husband, not her, and that was not very.... loving nor understanding, something he kept telling Cassandra that he was. Why not woo her? Don't rape her and hope to gain her affections by seducing her with your apparently amazing lovemaking. The only reason I was able to even like the earl's character was that he in no way wanted to "hurt" Cassie. He didn't want her just to take her for one night and abandon her. He wanted to marry her and please her... against her (very malleable) will, no doubt. I know that this sounds all wrong, it sounds wrong to me too. But if this is wrong........ well, then... I guess, I don't want to be right (I was being sarcastic....no? okay.) Cassandra was cursed with good looks and arousing every man in sight. Mhm. Or so it seemed. She does actually get raped (in this instance not by the earl), which I believe is one of the negative things other readers are talking about in the book. It's kind of a brutal scene actually. But I really doubt this type of stuff didn't occur, and it just so happened to have happened to our protagonist; it was real, harsh and real, and yes, disturbing. Anyway, I really did enjoy this story, just be aware of the contents in this book. Those other readers negative opinions/reviews on the book are there for a reason, one I don't quite agree with, but take in mind that not everyone hated it and not everyone loved it. Read for yourself, judge for yourself. Now, Good day.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Naksed

    Catherine Coulter's Old Skool (and I mean, REALLY Old Skool) bodice-ripper, Devil's Embrace, has all the elements that could easily earn a one star for me. The big fat jerk anti-hero remains smug and arrogant throughout the story with nary a groveling moment for all the crappy stuff he has put the heroine through. Then there is the yucky, extremely graphic, scene of violence against the heroine ((view spoiler)[Heroine gets, quite literally, ripped apart in a gang-rape perpetrated on her by the b Catherine Coulter's Old Skool (and I mean, REALLY Old Skool) bodice-ripper, Devil's Embrace, has all the elements that could easily earn a one star for me. The big fat jerk anti-hero remains smug and arrogant throughout the story with nary a groveling moment for all the crappy stuff he has put the heroine through. Then there is the yucky, extremely graphic, scene of violence against the heroine ((view spoiler)[Heroine gets, quite literally, ripped apart in a gang-rape perpetrated on her by the baddies and then suffers a miscarriage. That is just not the kind of stuff I want to read when I am trying to escape into Romancelandia (hide spoiler)] ). And one of my biggest pet peeves, the Evil Villains of the piece don't even get a proper comeuppance. All the juicy and well-deserved revenge stuff is kind of swept aside at the end and happens "offstage", recounted to the hero in a letter. Epic fail! Now that I got all the bad stuff out of the way, you might ask yourself why the high rating? Well, the hero, with all his flaws, has the kind of over-the-top, crazed, "mine, mine, mine" fixation that is a hoot to read about in these kinds of novels. It was hilarious. Despite everything, he kind of grew on me. The heroine was really fun too. I thought her reactions towards the hero and her fate were quite plausible and she easily elicited my sympathy despite her sometimes outlandish and reckless actions and behaviors. All the swashbuckling stuff was stellar. I love sea adventures and this was my favorite part of the book. (view spoiler)[In the opening of the book, we have the hero swoop down and kidnap the heroine from her sailboat on the very eve of her wedding, and keep her captive on his ship which he has named after her. Plenty of sea adventures follow, including a pirate encounter and a gun fight with the Spanish armada. The very last scene that takes place on the hero's ship and pits heroine against her would-be murderer was honestly suspenseful and gripping. What a finale! Just great stuff. (hide spoiler)] The dialogue between the forever bickering heroine and hero was very comical: “Damn you, my lord earl. I will no longer be your whore. Now move aside for I am done with you.” “My whore, cara? You have not sufficient experience to fill that position.” And finally, the unintentionally comical "intimate" scenes. The following passage had me chuckling for an entire day: She closed her eyes a moment, her body aching for his fingers to continue their movement, and leaned her head back against his belly. Long strands of golden hair weaved themselves into the thick black hair at his groin. The Devil's Embrace is definitely one of those guilty pleasures that I must admit to enjoying. It's not for everybody but it worked for me :-)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I'm sure I will read books worse than this, but at this point, I can't remember being as angry about a novel than I am right now. Here's how it started: Someone mentioned bodice rippers, and I felt the need to read one. This here was available for some reason, so I started it and have realized that reading rape-scenes comes with degrees of anger. Most people have some sort of experience with sexual assault and most readers have had to read books where abusive behaviour was romantacised, yet this I'm sure I will read books worse than this, but at this point, I can't remember being as angry about a novel than I am right now. Here's how it started: Someone mentioned bodice rippers, and I felt the need to read one. This here was available for some reason, so I started it and have realized that reading rape-scenes comes with degrees of anger. Most people have some sort of experience with sexual assault and most readers have had to read books where abusive behaviour was romantacised, yet this book - so far - takes the cake and became downright unbearable. It's not that I'm angry, although I am, but that I hate how this book made me feel: Powerless. I know that a lot of 80ies noves were attempts to get agency back over our experiences with sexual assault and rape and that a lot of authors explored those themes in sometimes unhealthy ways, etc etc. I don't give a fuck, this was bad and made me angry and reading other reviews makes me pretty sure that not all bodice rippers are this fucking toxic. A more insightful review: this one. I'm now off, attempting to cope with this awful reading experience; in case it wasn't obvious - I don't recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I unapologetically loved this book. It reminded alot of Christine Monson's "Stormfire" (which I am obsessed with). This book, like many in its genre, is not for the faint of heart. There's kidnapping, rape, gang rape, psychological abuse, stalking, etc. In fact, the hero is a psycho stalker that, if he were to live in 2012, would be on America's Most Wanted. I found Anthony to be a kind of fun-loving stalker as opposed to Sean Culhane in Stormfire who was just a serious pyscho. I mean, after he I unapologetically loved this book. It reminded alot of Christine Monson's "Stormfire" (which I am obsessed with). This book, like many in its genre, is not for the faint of heart. There's kidnapping, rape, gang rape, psychological abuse, stalking, etc. In fact, the hero is a psycho stalker that, if he were to live in 2012, would be on America's Most Wanted. I found Anthony to be a kind of fun-loving stalker as opposed to Sean Culhane in Stormfire who was just a serious pyscho. I mean, after he initially beds the heroine against her will, he turns into a charmer of sorts. The plot goes quickly, I read it in two evenings. Classic 1980s bodice-ripper. Read it for the incredulous expression you'll have on your face alone. There were countless "Holy sh*t" moments for me where I just could not believe how the heroine could be so thick. "Cassie, I kidnapped you for your own good! I needed to rape you! Can't you see the sense in that?" Well, I'm paraphrasing here. Devil's Embrace is definitely entertainment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shari Kay

    Too many triggers for me (view spoiler)[ h is gang raped. had sex with OM after H. Creepy H (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    FlibBityFLooB

    If there was ever a book where I didn't want the heroine to remain with any of the love interests in the book, it was this one. Seriously, the two men in this book were complete and total a-holes. *sigh* No redemptive qualities in either of them. Where was my fiesty ex-pirate from Gentle Rogue when I needed him? :) Then again, I didn't particularly like the heroine, either. She was a simpering wimpy girl, and not the spitfire heroine I would have preferred, even if she shot a pistol in the book. If there was ever a book where I didn't want the heroine to remain with any of the love interests in the book, it was this one. Seriously, the two men in this book were complete and total a-holes. *sigh* No redemptive qualities in either of them. Where was my fiesty ex-pirate from Gentle Rogue when I needed him? :) Then again, I didn't particularly like the heroine, either. She was a simpering wimpy girl, and not the spitfire heroine I would have preferred, even if she shot a pistol in the book. I have to agree with the authors of Beyond Heaving Bosoms who on page 77 admitted that the character of Anthony Welles was a character who was an "alphahole hero we'd like to slap around some". All I can say is: me, too. I'm not sure who could possibly think that this hero had redemptive qualities, and the heroine's ex-fiance was not any better himself. UGH.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nona

    ok so I had to pick it up due to the hype.. much older man, abduction, rape and on and on... I'm glad I did though. Maybe it's because I married my husband at the ripe old age of twenty, keep in mind my dshing hero in real life is sixteen years my senior. so the age thing, while it shocked some, didn't phase me. I like a good abduction, don't mind a rape or whatever the more drama and chaos usually the better I like it but Devil's Embrace wasn't anything special, to me. I see why the Ladies love ok so I had to pick it up due to the hype.. much older man, abduction, rape and on and on... I'm glad I did though. Maybe it's because I married my husband at the ripe old age of twenty, keep in mind my dshing hero in real life is sixteen years my senior. so the age thing, while it shocked some, didn't phase me. I like a good abduction, don't mind a rape or whatever the more drama and chaos usually the better I like it but Devil's Embrace wasn't anything special, to me. I see why the Ladies love and hate Anthony, yes his ego was large and in charge, hmmph, and yes he was one of the most self entitled men but really was he all that bad or just stubborn and deseprate to have his own way at the cost of all others? again spoilt little boy grows up to be over bearing Lord! And Cassie, well geez, she was just so smart and so stupid I found I was ranting at her, "you hussy"..."why you deserved that you little shit"! anyways far from my favorite heroine but ok I didn't write this so I can't be true dissapointed in it as I did finish it and it didnt get thrown at the wall.

  12. 5 out of 5

    BJ Rose

    WARNING! SPOILER IN THIS REVIEW!! I just finished my reread of this book, which I would not have done if not for the BHB challenge! So I knew about the abduction and rape - what a wonderful lover! (Just in case you didn't recognize it, that was sarcasm!!) - and the gang rape that comes later, and really expected those events to negate everything else. That said, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed the rest of the book. I loved the sailing activities and descriptions, and almost-travelogue approac WARNING! SPOILER IN THIS REVIEW!! I just finished my reread of this book, which I would not have done if not for the BHB challenge! So I knew about the abduction and rape - what a wonderful lover! (Just in case you didn't recognize it, that was sarcasm!!) - and the gang rape that comes later, and really expected those events to negate everything else. That said, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed the rest of the book. I loved the sailing activities and descriptions, and almost-travelogue approach to descriptions of Genoa and Italian countryside. And as a history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed the British look at the 'irritating rebellion' in the Colonies. Setting aside the rapes (which it's impossible to do), this would have been a weak 4*, so I'm giving it a weak 3*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shar

    Romance? More like a study of Stockholm Syndrome! A truly disgusting and twisted story. I though the so called 'hero' was the villain until I skipped to the end.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Regan Walker

    ONE ENTHRALLING ROMANCE! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! This was Coulter’s first long historical romance, published in 1985, and it is a superbly written, heart stopping, action-filled story that I could not put down. Literally. I do not recommend you begin it in the evening as I did. That night I did not sleep until nearly dawn. Forget the low reviews, and set aside your 21st century sensibilities and go with what may be one of the most enthralling romances I’ve read in a long time. Certainly it’s a ONE ENTHRALLING ROMANCE! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! This was Coulter’s first long historical romance, published in 1985, and it is a superbly written, heart stopping, action-filled story that I could not put down. Literally. I do not recommend you begin it in the evening as I did. That night I did not sleep until nearly dawn. Forget the low reviews, and set aside your 21st century sensibilities and go with what may be one of the most enthralling romances I’ve read in a long time. Certainly it’s a classic that affected the genre of historical romance—and well worth the read just for that! Set in the late 18th century (I estimate 1775-76), it tells the story of highborn 18-year-old Cassie Brougham, who on the day before her marriage to a Viscount she has loved for years, is abducted by 34-year-old Anthony Wells, the Earl of Clare, who has been watching her since she was a child all the while believing she is his perfect mate. Though Anthony’s intention is marriage, that doesn’t stop him from rape to claim her, nor imprisonment, first on his yacht and then in his Italian villa, as he tries to persuade her to marry him. Cassie hates him for what he has done to her life (as well she should and Coulter does that really well), but succumbs to the passion he calls forth each time he makes love to her. You can feel the terrible conflict within this strong-willed, courageous girl as she feels she has no choices. Even her attempt to escape comes to naught. (There’s a bit of the Stockholm syndrome working here, I do believe.) The plot is intricate and intriguing with lots of action and lots of mystery. The characters are richly drawn, including the hero who has a noble side notwithstanding his selfish and brutal act of taking another man’s bride. But the heroine is the one who really garnered my sympathy. She faces mad dogs and Englishmen and manages to overcome every challenge to gain the respect of all. I highly recommend it. The second book is THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ~Sara~

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The 30 year old Earl of Clare falls in love with the 14 year old Cassandra because he had a teenage infatuation with her pregnant mother. Hmmm... When she is 18, he kidnaps her the day before her wedding to her sweetheart who has just come back from war. Even though he barely knows her, and she thinks of him like an uncle, he is sure that he is the right man for her and is determined to marry her. Wow!!! This is why I don't read historical romances written in the 80's. I'm only on page 50 but I' The 30 year old Earl of Clare falls in love with the 14 year old Cassandra because he had a teenage infatuation with her pregnant mother. Hmmm... When she is 18, he kidnaps her the day before her wedding to her sweetheart who has just come back from war. Even though he barely knows her, and she thinks of him like an uncle, he is sure that he is the right man for her and is determined to marry her. Wow!!! This is why I don't read historical romances written in the 80's. I'm only on page 50 but I'm very worried about how much worse this will get! Much worse apparently. On page 62, Anthony says "I won't hurt you, Cassandra, you know that." just before he ties her to the bedposts and rapes her while she cries. Aww, how sweet he is. So kind and loving. Well, I'm done - I made it to page 86. I don't have a problem with difficult subjects like an older man falling in love with a child, kidnap and rape but the whole, 'I love you, I'm raping you for your own good' and the worst bodice ripping flowery language you can conceive of is just too much for me. I'm on to (much) better things!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Arabellavidal

    I did not read the entire book. Why? Because the hero was a delusional pscho! I like dark heroes but I do not like rape- that was when I stopped reading, when I realized that the author was going to have them end up together. I agree with all the reviewers that this is probably a study of the Stockholom Syndrome. It would have been a better book if the author had explored it from that point of view. What I don't understand is why, if the hero loved her from afar for that long, he never attempted I did not read the entire book. Why? Because the hero was a delusional pscho! I like dark heroes but I do not like rape- that was when I stopped reading, when I realized that the author was going to have them end up together. I agree with all the reviewers that this is probably a study of the Stockholom Syndrome. It would have been a better book if the author had explored it from that point of view. What I don't understand is why, if the hero loved her from afar for that long, he never attempted to woo her. Age differences were not such an issue in the 18th-century. And the date the heroine and her fiancee set for the wedding was not so close that he couldn't try to change her mind during that time. His reaction was way too extreme, in my opinion. I usually base my opinions of romance on my reaction to the hero no matter how irritating a heroine might be. This hero repulsed me, ergo the book repulsed me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rhapsody

    The darkest romance novel I've ever read. I'm embarrassed to say that I enjoyed it considering that the heroine is basically raped by the hero and then comes to love him (yeah right), but I guess all that smutty manga I've read has affected my brain. After reading Shinjo Mayo's work (Haou Airen mainly), this sort of book doesn't give me much pause. Cassandra (18 years old) has been in love with her childhood friend Edward all her life, but the day before their wedding, she's kidnapped by the Ear The darkest romance novel I've ever read. I'm embarrassed to say that I enjoyed it considering that the heroine is basically raped by the hero and then comes to love him (yeah right), but I guess all that smutty manga I've read has affected my brain. After reading Shinjo Mayo's work (Haou Airen mainly), this sort of book doesn't give me much pause. Cassandra (18 years old) has been in love with her childhood friend Edward all her life, but the day before their wedding, she's kidnapped by the Earl of Clare (34). Other than the fact that he forces himself upon her (yeesh), he's a pretty typical hero; domineering, arrogant, handsome, charming, totally obsessed with her, etc. A lot of the book passes in his yacht The Cassandra, and then in Genoa. As if the one rape in the boat isn't already enough, there's also a gang rape toward the middle. It wasn't very graphic, but it wasn't the nicest thing to read either... Pretty hardcore stuff. Definitely not for everyone.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sapheron

    I read and loved The Duke (seriously, one of my faves from childhood, right), so, when in adulthood I took up this book (bought and frakking paid for) thinking 'Yay another Catherine Coulter Historical, Yay', imagine my consternation and downright disapprobation at what turned out to be a gruesome (if only for the squalid quality of the writing) GANG-rape scene in the middle of an already mediocre (I am feeling awfully meritorious tonight) book. I NEVER expected that, and it remains my biggest g I read and loved The Duke (seriously, one of my faves from childhood, right), so, when in adulthood I took up this book (bought and frakking paid for) thinking 'Yay another Catherine Coulter Historical, Yay', imagine my consternation and downright disapprobation at what turned out to be a gruesome (if only for the squalid quality of the writing) GANG-rape scene in the middle of an already mediocre (I am feeling awfully meritorious tonight) book. I NEVER expected that, and it remains my biggest gripe about this book. Just Uh! You know what, I recant that star. I still love The Duke though, that, I reread every year.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Well, this was certainly an interesting book. Definitely a bodice-ripper, and definitely containing rapity-rape-rape elements. I actually started this book with the intention of just flipping through it, but I ended up going back to the beginning and starting over. If you didn't read the blurb (which I didn't), you would not have known who she would be ending with from the beginning. In fact, the beginning of the book started from the perspective of the OM (other man), as befits a true bodice-ri Well, this was certainly an interesting book. Definitely a bodice-ripper, and definitely containing rapity-rape-rape elements. I actually started this book with the intention of just flipping through it, but I ended up going back to the beginning and starting over. If you didn't read the blurb (which I didn't), you would not have known who she would be ending with from the beginning. In fact, the beginning of the book started from the perspective of the OM (other man), as befits a true bodice-ripper epic. Plus, she has sex with both of them! And other men! (The other men were because of a gang rape. Super uncomfortable to read about, considering she was also pregnant at the time. Readers beware.) It starts off from the perspective of Edward, coming home from being a soldier. Stumbling across a childhood friend, Cassie, conveniently going swimming in her shift and clearly all grown up. Well, Cassie's no shrinking violet, and she's doing the chasing and slinking up to the honorable person that is Edward. She's had a massive crush on Edward all her life and soon they are about to be married. Happiness reigns supreme. People are arriving to their engagement ball, among them Anthony Welles (cue dramatic music). Except you suspect nothing because Cassie hardly notices him. He reveals nothing of the churning madness within. Then, with the wedding looming, Cassie goes out sailing at the behest of her governess, and her boat is captured by, uh-oh -- The Cassandra?? What a coincidence! It turns out it's Anthony Welles, and he has no intention of ever letting her go. At this point, I was sucked into the book as much as a teenage girl to Flowers in the Attic for the first time. It was gothic, it was dramatic. Anthony Welles is, in modern historical romance, a hunk of the first order. Half-Italian, an earl, in his 30s, well-traveled and super desirable to the ladies. These are pretty much guaranteed in all the newer historical romances. But in this bodice ripper of the past, he was a villanous hero. Cassie wasn't having any of him. She's throwing fits, trying to escape, she even dives off the ship at one point (but then realizes there are other more nefarious characters also trolling the Mediterranean). To give the author credit, Anthony Welles was pretty single-minded. A bit sick. But then, aren't all kidnappers and rapists? But in fiction, Coulter did pretty good by me. She strode a fine line between psycho violent dude (Judith McNaught was known for these) and uber metro softies that try to explain away their kidnapping. I thought she did a decent job. At one point, Cassie was captured by Anthony's enemies and gang-raped. Horrible and kind of par for the course for this era of books. Apparently we've come a long way in literature and in real life. It was seriously ghastly because she had to be stitched up. How graphic is that?? Then she somehow gains momentum again and escapes to the US to find Edward. Again Coulter strode a fine line. At some point, I felt she made Edward to be (suddenly) not that chivalrous for the purpose of putting Anthony in a better light. A lot of authors do this, I think in order to avoid a love triangle, or people comparing the two heroes. I see the point in this, I do, given the annoyance I felt when some heroines end up with the guy who's clearly the lesser. But I think the emphasize shouldn't be on who's the BETTER man, but who's better for HER, in which case, it's not about who's good or bad. So Edward was made to be not as nice a person because he wasn't as good a lover, he forgot she has never liked tea, and also he's been involved with another woman. Really? I mean, she was presumed dead. For over a year. I mean, she got pregnant, then miscarried, and then got pregnant again. Super unhealthy for the mom, but you know, what can you do. But it worked out because Anthony strode back into the limelight and stole the show with the line: "I have come to reclaim what is mine, Lyndhurst. You have had your time with her, and you will have no more. I suggest that you choose to divorce her." That's pretty awesome in its civility and also accompanied by a bow. So, despite its age and some gruesome details and the controversial aspect of a totally psychotic stalker dude, this book worked!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sue Lyndon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I know this book has received a lot of bad reviews, but it just happens to be one of my favorite books...so here I am trying to defend it. Yes, Anthony kidnaps, rapes, and beats Cassandra...but it's not a story about a sadistic man who LIKES to inflict pain upon women. It's the story of a man in love who intends to properly court a woman during her first season in London. However, Cassandra decides to skip her first season in London to marry her childhood sweetheart. Anthony wants Cassandra so b I know this book has received a lot of bad reviews, but it just happens to be one of my favorite books...so here I am trying to defend it. Yes, Anthony kidnaps, rapes, and beats Cassandra...but it's not a story about a sadistic man who LIKES to inflict pain upon women. It's the story of a man in love who intends to properly court a woman during her first season in London. However, Cassandra decides to skip her first season in London to marry her childhood sweetheart. Anthony wants Cassandra so badly that he does go so far as to kidnap her. He does rape her...but in his mind it is so she can't go back to her fiance. He tries to teach Cassandra pleasure along the way. And the one time he does beat her, he doesn't really want to do it...she disobeys his orders on his ship and she assumes she will be punished after he scolds her and actually urges him to 'get it over with.' Despite having kidnapped Cassandra, Anthony treats her kindly and tries to earn her affection. And despite some very bad things happening to the heroine, the book ends happily enough. If you love historical romances and can deal with the 'harsher' parts of history in regards to how women were treated back then, then I recommend giving this book a try!

  21. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Reviews

    First and foremost, the research and writing style is tight. Ms. Coulter has done her research in what was appropriate for the time period in regards to clothes, furnishings, and what not. The dialogue also flows well - I loved the arguments between Cassie and her kidnapper. However, what keeps this novel from reaching a 5-star is the premise of the forced bride. Cassie keeps protesting, but is taken nonetheless, and of course experiences blinding pleasure! (sarcasm) No matter how many times she First and foremost, the research and writing style is tight. Ms. Coulter has done her research in what was appropriate for the time period in regards to clothes, furnishings, and what not. The dialogue also flows well - I loved the arguments between Cassie and her kidnapper. However, what keeps this novel from reaching a 5-star is the premise of the forced bride. Cassie keeps protesting, but is taken nonetheless, and of course experiences blinding pleasure! (sarcasm) No matter how many times she begged for modesty or to be left alone, he simply had to press on. And then later on she goes through an ordeal considerably worse than the one she had been through before, and the conclusion left me feeling rather unenthused. This kind of dark hero doesn't really work. Between the good writing style and fun dialogue, and the whole 'now I love my kidnapper/abuser' thing, this book earns 3 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Britton

    This was the book that got me reading romance; at first I was embarraced by the content but then I became intrigued how a man much older than the heroine could induce her to love him when she loved another man. He raped her and at first she hated him but she grew to love him even though he held her captive. Eventually she became reaquainted with the man she had loved before and found he was not what she expected. There is a scene during the book when Cassie is brutally raped by some evil men but This was the book that got me reading romance; at first I was embarraced by the content but then I became intrigued how a man much older than the heroine could induce her to love him when she loved another man. He raped her and at first she hated him but she grew to love him even though he held her captive. Eventually she became reaquainted with the man she had loved before and found he was not what she expected. There is a scene during the book when Cassie is brutally raped by some evil men but she survives and all ends well.

  23. 5 out of 5

    M—

    Devil... #1? Oh, god, this is a series?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan (the other Susan)

    Read all you need to know about this squick-making Rape-A-Rama with overtones of pedophilia in the splendid review by Karla (Mossy Love Grotto). She 'splains things.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Had he nurtured her, as would a gardener, raised her in the image that he himself had created for her? One romance writer’s hero is another romance writer’s villain. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Devil’s Embrace , a bodice ripper that tells the classic love story of boy-abducts-girl. There are precise notes of physical and mental abuse the so-called heroes of bodice rippers hit, whether they employ rape as a form of punishment, hatch a plot to seclude the heroine away as a kept woman, cal Had he nurtured her, as would a gardener, raised her in the image that he himself had created for her? One romance writer’s hero is another romance writer’s villain. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Devil’s Embrace , a bodice ripper that tells the classic love story of boy-abducts-girl. There are precise notes of physical and mental abuse the so-called heroes of bodice rippers hit, whether they employ rape as a form of punishment, hatch a plot to seclude the heroine away as a kept woman, call her slurs or simply beats her. Oftentimes the hero is both, and I would argue Anthony’s Pygmalion motivations, more so than his pirate-like abduction of Cassandra, is what makes him one of the most psychologically scarring lovers to grace the history of cult romances. The spirit of so-called heros like Lord Clare lives on in villains such as Lisa Kleypas’ Worth Any Price (my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2405101154) where the hero and heroine meet because she is running away from an older man that wants to control her life. Half of the fun in going back to OG romances is to see their influence on today's romances and how there is a new spin to familiar plots and archetypal figures. Upon Cassandra’s realization that the man who has boarded her fishing boat is a somewhat familiar face, she observes of Anthony, “You seem different, changed. I have always thought of you as an indulgent uncle.” Which is honestly one of the best things that’s ever happened in a romance novel. Coulter then does her very best to convince the reader that Anthony is hot and not old, so much so I judge Cassandra's powers of perception. Yet that little line that would have been scrubbed if it had been published today, along with other scenes, is a perfect moment. No matter how much you expect (ok anticipate) the shocking bits, there will be a moment that will jar you out of your suspension of disbelief in the bodice ripper. In Devil’s Embrace , the discovery of the letters is one of the most stomach-churning moments of the story that touts an (view spoiler)[ gang rape (hide spoiler)] scene. Sweeping aside Anthony’s infatuation with Cassandra’s mom (seriously, how old is Anthony) because all romance novels get one pass from the reader, Anthony has been grooming Cassandra to be his wife since she has been a minor and that is a tough pill to swallow. The details of how Anthony singled her out with his attention since she was a minor, lavishing chess sets and having his female relation installed as her chaperone and teaching her Italian as a child is sketchy af, especially when Anthony admits he first noticed her due to her physical similarity to her mother. Consider Cassandra herself is just 18. We’re all here for the sordid tale, but now we’ve gone to the Flowers in the Attic with our accumulation of taboos here. Cassandra tries very hard, along with the reader, to reconcile this new and horrifying information with her love of Anthony in the final act of the novel. Anthony has been proven right about his opinions throughout the novel. Early on, he asserts she would never have been happy with Edward but with him, and this casts a shadow over Cassandra’s triumphant moment of clarity about choice, as it never fully convinces the reader that she’s made a choice at all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    a &

    it was eh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Yeah. The Earl of Clare is a sick, twisted bastard. Obsessed with this girl for years (her whole life but only sexually for the past year or so) he kidnaps her, rapes her, and confines her. He smugly tells her that she will marry him, but she's got all the time in the world to agree (so long as we're having sex). There is never any doubt in his mind that she'll refuse him (conceited ass). He makes her brother and fiancé think she is dead. Why? So her fiancé can begin to forget her - otherwise it Yeah. The Earl of Clare is a sick, twisted bastard. Obsessed with this girl for years (her whole life but only sexually for the past year or so) he kidnaps her, rapes her, and confines her. He smugly tells her that she will marry him, but she's got all the time in the world to agree (so long as we're having sex). There is never any doubt in his mind that she'll refuse him (conceited ass). He makes her brother and fiancé think she is dead. Why? So her fiancé can begin to forget her - otherwise it would be cruel to let him think he might still have a chance with her. Since naturally, you will be MY wife. I'm not a big fan of the whole I-have-to-rape-you-so-you'll-fall-in-love-with-me thinking. Methinks he's going about it all wrong. Well - unless he was actually aiming for Stockholm Syndrome. Which is a possibility. Wouldn't it make more sense to just kidnap the girl, hold onto her for a few months and let her actually fall in love with you (not your penis) and then have sex with her? Why does sex have to come first? I didn't buy his argument for that. And you love her so much that you will take her against her will? Really? That's love? And yes - the heroine. (view spoiler)[ I swear I was so ecstatic when she left the Hero(psycho) and went off to America that I actually applauded my ereader. I thought, wouldn't it be so nice if our Hero found that he couldn't actually have her or had to actually chase after her and beg her forgiveness or at least give her a Fucking choice!!!??? But no - less than a day after he arrives she's telling him how much she loves him and he's ready to thrash her for leaving him. Grrr. Not the ending I wanted. (hide spoiler)] So why two stars in stead of one? Because this book pokes fun at itself constantly. There are two characters I love for this reason. Oddly enough, one is the heroine. First, I love the insults. At one point she calls him an "Officious bore." How lovely. But mostly, she has a way of turning his actions around on him so he has to consider them. It's just a shame he's so hardheaded. Talking about the pirate Barbarossa… "He much enjoyed pillaging, taking the men for slaves in his galleys and ravishing the women, a pastime I find hardly romantic." Cassie slowly turned at his words, "And just how would you describe the ravishing of women my lord?" Then there's the Scottish crewman Scargill. This guy had some good insight. While talking about having he heroine watch someone being lashed in her place… "She called me a braying ass not long ago. Now I must bequeath that charming title to you. Under no circumstances would I do anything so reprehensible." "Ye abducted a lady, my lord, against her will." Yeah, Scargill alone brought the book up to 2 stars, but the lack of a plot nearly dropped it back down. This book probably could have just skipped the villainy...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    I honestly don't know what to think of this book. It sounded interesting at the time of reading and I was intrigued by the notion of Welles kidnapping Cassandra because he wanted her, but it seems like he essentially raped her. Sure he wasn't horrible of vicious about it but she didn't want him. My biggest issue with the book was her seeming love for Edward, her fiance. It would have been easier, I think, to know that Cassandra didn't want to marry him than to believe she loved him and that Antho I honestly don't know what to think of this book. It sounded interesting at the time of reading and I was intrigued by the notion of Welles kidnapping Cassandra because he wanted her, but it seems like he essentially raped her. Sure he wasn't horrible of vicious about it but she didn't want him. My biggest issue with the book was her seeming love for Edward, her fiance. It would have been easier, I think, to know that Cassandra didn't want to marry him than to believe she loved him and that Anthony was keeping her from him, no matter how it turns out in the end. I really think Coulter took it too far when Cassandra is abducted yet again and brutally raped by four men. Part of me wants to like this book because I didn't actually mind the parts on the ship after Anthony has taken her to be his bride but so much after that was hard to swallow and read. I didn't hate the book. In fact, I'm rather curious about their daughter who will be in the second book, enough so that I'm swapping for it over at Paperbackswap. The thing is that I truly hope their daughters life is a lot less brutal than Cassandra's has been so far. But then I also plan to swap this book as I probably will never read it again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was not surprised when I found out this book first came out in the 80s. Not at all. The book starts out, young wonderful, spirited heroine is going to marry the man she's loved since she was eight. He loves her too. Very wonderful. I start to wonder how we're going to have a book here. Everyone is so happy. LOL. Then, in Chapter 5, the heroine is kidnapped by a man much, much older than she, 35--I'm not saying this is old. I'm saying this is older than she is. He is an Earl but he is also Ital I was not surprised when I found out this book first came out in the 80s. Not at all. The book starts out, young wonderful, spirited heroine is going to marry the man she's loved since she was eight. He loves her too. Very wonderful. I start to wonder how we're going to have a book here. Everyone is so happy. LOL. Then, in Chapter 5, the heroine is kidnapped by a man much, much older than she, 35--I'm not saying this is old. I'm saying this is older than she is. He is an Earl but he is also Italian and he once loved her mother before she died giving birth to her and has been in love with her for a long time since he saw her as a child. Can anyone say yuck? To make matters worse, he rapes her. Rapes her and basically expects her to get over it. He's mean, cruel, uncaring. He puts her through hell but okay, all is well at the end? I hated these types of books in the 80s. I usually love Coulter and I wish they wouldn't rerelease things that have themes that were disgusting when they were written and are best left in the past. This is just my opinion. I love Coulter. Not this. Never again this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vann

    umm.. i really don know what to say.. hero d novel ini kaya psikopat gila.. anthony, jatuh cinta ama ibunya heroine-cassandra.. tp krn ia ga berhasil ngedapetin ibunya, maka ia memutuskan utk mjd kan cassandra sby calon istrinya d masa depan.. yaiks,, cassandra masi berumur 5 th pas itu..!! after years passed by,, trnyata cassandra jatuh cinta ama her childhood friends - edward, n they decided to marry.. sehari sblom the wedding, si anthony menculik cassandra.. dalam penculikan ini, si anthony berk umm.. i really don know what to say.. hero d novel ini kaya psikopat gila.. anthony, jatuh cinta ama ibunya heroine-cassandra.. tp krn ia ga berhasil ngedapetin ibunya, maka ia memutuskan utk mjd kan cassandra sby calon istrinya d masa depan.. yaiks,, cassandra masi berumur 5 th pas itu..!! after years passed by,, trnyata cassandra jatuh cinta ama her childhood friends - edward, n they decided to marry.. sehari sblom the wedding, si anthony menculik cassandra.. dalam penculikan ini, si anthony berkali2 nge rape cassandra.. n dy bener2 yakin klo cassandra emg his soul mate, n bakal jatuh cinta ama dy (rada sinting) n like any other kidnapping case in history romance, adegan sex hero n heroine, dr yg awalnya no-no-no, jd yes-yes-yes.. btw.. adegan sadis d novel ini bener2 graphic.. rape by anthony, gangbang rape by cassandra kidnapper ( 5 men vs 1 woman ), adegan pas anthony ngejait luka in cassandra's woman flesh ( digambarin klo robek ampe belakang *shudder shudder*),, plot cerita jg lemah.. ending villain nya diceritain cm dlm sepucuk surat.. ga diceritain gmana si anthony solved the problem or gmana emosian nya cassandra.. cuma datar2 gt aja..

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