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I love bodice rippers, I am not put off by the forced seduction and all the things that are politically incorrect by todays standards that's why I read them so that is not the reason for. I love bodice rippers, I am not put off by the forced seduction and all the things that are politically incorrect by todays standards that's why I read them so that is not the reason for my slight disappointment.
I never fell in love with the characters and I never felt the deep love between them. It still was a very fast paced book, interesting and I stayed up late finishing it. All hoping for this grand enduring love, it was written, but I didn't swoon over it.
Christina is on a ship headed to Australia to live with extended family after her father died. She is a gentle, sweet girl that is so shy she will not make eye contact or even talk to anyone except a few of the women on the ship. Since she never actually sees him she has no problem talking to him, reading to him, or smuggling food to him throughout the voyage. This is a wonderful start to their love story and showed such promise. One of Justin's pirate ships overtakes their ship and she finally sees him physically as he takes charge, she is terrified by his beauty and frightened by his violence.
She comes to see him as a completely different person than the one she fell in love with during their short time together. This is not a good thing because she doesn't like what she sees and questions her love of him. The ship is lost during a terrible storm and they are shipwrecked for many months on an island. I felt Christina was so weak and timid that she wasn't a challenge just always taken advantage of and the connection between her and Justin was lust and sex.
I wanted her to find some sassiness and a back bone. She kept saying she didn't want to be with Justin and I believe that is how she felt, but as soon as Justin touched her she melted. Justin was your typical chauvinist alpha you know those pirate types , but he was at times very mean and inconsiderate.
I am all for possessive caveman types if they are doing it for love, but sometimes it was selfishness. I feel like I might be being too harsh because all that criticizing being said I still liked the book and had a hard time putting it down.
I read Virgin Star by this author and like the love story much better, but they both had interesting plot lines. Warning: There is forced seduction, gang rape, adultery, and spousal abuse to the heroine in this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Crimson Rapture by Jennifer Horsman. Crimson Rapture by Jennifer Horsman. Never had Christina seen a man as handsome as the notorious pirate Justin Phillips.
His lean, masculine frame radiated a shocking strength; his piercing blue eyes left her feeling helpless and weak. Somewhere deep inside her, the innocent beauty felt a yearning for an unknown ecstasy, and thirsted for adventures that were forbidden even in her dreams.
But, as his lips gent Never had Christina seen a man as handsome as the notorious pirate Justin Phillips. But, as his lips gently grazed her flesh and his hands thoroughly ravished her senses, Christina resolved that after he had his way with her, she would flee under the cover of night and forever escape his ardent demands!
He forced her response There was nothing like a challenge to make the blood flow faster in Justin Phillip's veins. So, when the dashing pirate saw the timid wench shrink from his gaze, he decided that he'd take her with-or without-her consent.
He coaxed desire from her pouting lips; he awakened passion with his expert touch. The experienced rake knew that Christina would try to run away from pleasure, but once he'd had her.. If it meant capturing her with kisses, and enslaving her with his caress, he would do it, and turn the seeds of her hidden desire into the full bloom of Crimson Rapture Get A Copy.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Crimson Rapture. Mar 17, Naksed rated it liked it Shelves: bodice-ripper , pirate-romance , stranded-on-an-island , mary-sue , historical-romance , hero-is-an-abuser , hero-does-not-redeem-himself , insta-forgiveness , no-grovel , can-t-put-it-down. He had given her no choice from the start.
Under the convenient guise of saving her life, he had first abducted her and then stolen her innocence. In a very real sense he forced her to fall in love with him. She had never wanted to love him. He would have her love again. If it took a year or five, he didn't care.
That's a nice evolution for the vile, rapey, cruel anti-hero of Jennifer Horsman's bodice-rippery pirate adventure Crimson Rapture but not nearly eno He had given her no choice from the start. That's a nice evolution for the vile, rapey, cruel anti-hero of Jennifer Horsman's bodice-rippery pirate adventure Crimson Rapture but not nearly enough to redeem himself, at least in my eyes.
The heroine is the most insufferable Mary Sue to end all Mary Sues, which is saying a lot in a genre saturated with innocent, bosom-heaving damsels in distress. Her stupidity and naivety know no bounds. The writing style was uneven. Certain passages were quite beautiful. Other major plot points and character developments happened "off page", preventing the reader from completely connecting with the story or characters. Props though for the scene where author has Mary Sue ingesting psychedelic mushrooms, which has the effect of finally removing the large baton that was stuck up her butt for the majority of her life.
Too bad the "fun" Mary Sue only lasted for a couple of days and then it was back to the large eyes full of brimming tears, the shocked gasps, the forever-swooning Mary Sue. A contrived Fourth Act designed to once again drive the lovers apart was tedious, all the more so because it wasted an opportunity for an Epic Grovel, one of my favorite tropes when well-executed.
Overall, I enjoyed it despite its unevenness and I would recommend it to fans of the genre. View all 4 comments. May 07, Mermarie rated it liked it Shelves: zebra , zebra-bodiceripper , kindle-or-ebook , love-this-unbelievable-bs , trope-hop.
Note: I generally given all these old Zebra's a 3-star rating just because I freakin' can. They're all mostly written pretty decent and likeable, at best. The Lolz are verra important to my smutty intake. The trope hop is amusing and isn't to be taken too seriously. I am biased of these Zebra's, and will strike you down with questionable wit and irrelevant whining if called out on said bias. For the bodice-ripper hype this one is famous for, it's really not all that conc Note: I generally given all these old Zebra's a 3-star rating just because I freakin' can.
For the bodice-ripper hype this one is famous for, it's really not all that concerning, truth be told. Telling me how terrabad and menacing characters are, isn't quite what preparation I had when the scenes were merely skimmed over, left in the black-void of PCville. Lots of the more critical scenes of rape were not centrally focused on, and I suppose the theme itself could be the true sniffling factor.
Then turn off CSI. What irked me more than anything was the fact that Justin the hero fell absolutely head over heels for Christina the heroine in the first few exchanges of philosophy and intellectual discourse, albeit- once they were relocated to other, more climatic scenery, he immediately discarded that intellectual ruse entirely and donned a rather savage disposition.
Horsman has a tendency of being indecisive on what trope her heroes should be, but instead adds a rubrik's cube of variation, as she did in Magic Embrace.
He'd make the big buckage in Hollywood. Crimson Rapture's Justin Phillips was more of a cocktail personality, than any multidimensional, magical manipulator.
The heroine Christina's philosophical conversation brought them together he was incapable of seeing her due to his imprisonment , but it seemed as though that aspect was never regarded again once he was capable of dubiously consensual sex0rz. There's a scene where one of the shipwrecked wenches A noble lady showed her murderous true colors, having killed her ailing husband, toyed with the other stranded pirates in order to get a lean-to room for herself, and refused to allow any to court her -- so, Justin let her choose which one who have her.
She selected one and rightly stabbed him during his cuddle-time. Afterwards, Justin threw her to the entire crew, but you're not viewed that scene, as it fades to black. We're merely witness to a few screams, and then Justin proceeds to have his way with Christina, as the screams commence down the beach.
Crimson Rapture by Jennifer Horsman
Jennifer Horsman and Jaime Flowers are a mother-daughter writing team and enthusiastic vegetarian advocates. Jennifer Horsman is a well published writer who has written a multitude of romance novels Avon Books, Zebra Books , several successful screenplays Warner Bros. Jaime Flowers is a senior at Chapman University, majoring in film and screenwriting. Romance novels written by Jennifer Horsman: 1. Passion Flower Zebra Books 2.