It is difficult for an author to choose a favorite from among her own books, especially when she has been lucky enough - as I have - to make a career out of doing what she loves. But some stories are memorable because they mark an important milestone in an author’s life, and for me, perhaps none is more special than Island Flame - my very first book. I was thrilled when it was published, and now, more than thirty years later, I am just as excited to share it again with you.
Island Flame is a classic tale of romance on the high seas, featuring two extraordinary characters: the headstrong Lady Catherine Aldley and the legendary pirate Jonathan Hale. I don’t have to tell you that their tumultuous escapade sizzles with passion (lots of passion!), but what I hope you will take away most from Cathy and Jonathan is that dreams do come true - in love and in life. Mine did, and I hope yours will too.
I look forward to sharing many more adventures together in the future.
©2012 Karen Robards (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Someone misogynistic or masochistic.
She performed all the character's fine, the story line was so repulsive I cannot imaging how she managed it.
Disgust and disappointment that a women would write about falling in love with your rapist / kidnapper and because he says, I'm sorry she loves him. He promises it will never happen again but of course, it does and she forgives him and they live happily ever after.
Rape, Abuse, Stockholm Syndrome and Romance don't go together for me!
Justine did a a wonderful job...too bad she had to read awful material.
I would have deleted the book.
I have never been so angry at a book until now... rape (a lot of rape) and mistrust and violence are not love. This is all you get in this book and when awful things are done to the main character she forgives way too easily. Why this book has been re-released I am not sure. If I was Karen Robards, I would be very embarrassed that I wrote an awful, offensive and disturbing book.
I love a good historical romance - does not have to be heavy on plot but this "hero" is not one. He is a violent, abusive man who calls the "heroine" horrible names and physically assaults her. Not a favorite at all.
I love Karen Robards' books. But this one and it's sequel are horrible. The characters are not true to life. They are so exaggerated and one dimensional. It was too painful to listen to the entire book.
No. I've read enough of Karen Robards books to ignore these two.
The writing was so bad that no narrator could have improved it.
The whole book
This book was bad from start to finish.The story is aweful.and the narration is even worse
If you like overbearing men with a rape fedish and women who never find a backbone this might be for you.This book wasn't worth the money or my time
The story held my interest even though I find John to be nothing more than a rapist and a brute. Kathy's biggest fault was that she fell in love with the creep.
There is nothing that could have made this book better. There is NOTHING romantic about a 30 something year old man who physically and emotionally abuses a 17 yr old girl. I don't care whether it was written now or 30 yrs ago, abuse is NOT romantic. Viciously spanking a young girl until she is black and blue and forcing her to call him "master" after raping her is NOT romantic. It's also not entertaining. I've seen reviews which claimed "My Favorite" and "Best Book Ever". Seriously??? If anyone really thinks this kind of behavior is romantic, in my opinion, they clearly need therapy. There is a long long way between being a dominant male lead character and being a brute who repeatedly rapes and beats and belittles a young girl. The only explanation for the young girl "loving" him would be something like Stockholm Syndrome.
I am a big fan of Karen Robards. Fortunately, I have read most of her other books before reading this trash. If I hadn't, I probably would have never read her other books.
NOTHING. There is absolutely nothing that would make beating and raping a young girl enjoyable for me to read.
Honestly, this book was so bad that I really didn't even notice whether the narrator was any good or not. I was too busy wanting to throw up. I trashed it less than halfway through,
ALL of them.
Karen has written many many wonderful books. Don't hesitate to read those. Just don't waste your time with this one. I honestly wish I could erase it from memory.
YES, I really enjoy Karen Robard's writing and her characters and yes they can be annoying but I just let the story unfold. this is escapism at its best!
It's ability to take me someplace else and meet people, some good and some bad.
I thought the narration was pretty good.
I enjoyed this book I think it was kind of rough and some things done by the hero were bad but over all it was a good listen. Love the narrator
Ok for a sale book but overall mean spirited.
I bought the sequel at the same time I bought the first book as I usually like Karen Robards and they were both on sale. By the end of Island Flame I wish I had not purchased the sequel.
Narration was fine. She didn't have a lot to work with.
Should have stopped with Island Flame
Too dark to be enjoyable.
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