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Island Flame | [Karen Robards]

Island Flame

Dear Listener, 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. No book is more special to me. 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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener,

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.

Enjoy!

Karen Robards

©2012 Karen Robards (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ashleigh Lakewood, CO, United States 02-28-12
    Ashleigh Lakewood, CO, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst Book Ever"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone misogynistic or masochistic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    Not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    She performed all the character's fine, the story line was so repulsive I cannot imaging how she managed it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Rape, Abuse, Stockholm Syndrome and Romance don't go together for me!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kellie Indiana, United States 02-07-12
    Kellie Indiana, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The world's worst book ever !!!!!!"
    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Justine did a a wonderful job...too bad she had to read awful material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Island Flame?

    I would have deleted the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-08-12
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Filled with physical, verbal and emotional abuse!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lea Manassas, VA, United States 02-26-12
    Lea Manassas, VA, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Karen's Worst Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Island Flame turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read enough of Karen Robards books to ignore these two.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    The writing was so bad that no narrator could have improved it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Island Flame?

    The whole book


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Norfolk, VA, United States 03-27-12
    Cherie Norfolk, VA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible book and narration"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 02-24-12
    Sharon APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011

    SM.

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    "Mixed feelings"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacki CA 10-21-13
    Jacki CA 10-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Every Copy of This Book Should Be Burned..Horrible"
    What would have made Island Flame better?

    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.


    What could Karen Robards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    NOTHING. There is absolutely nothing that would make beating and raping a young girl enjoyable for me to read.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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,


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Island Flame?

    ALL of them.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer california 01-23-13
    Amazon Customer california 01-23-13 Member Since 2007

    quick reader

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    "Pure Escapism-Come to Momma!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's ability to take me someplace else and meet people, some good and some bad.


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    I thought the narration was pretty good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    humberto miami beach, florida, United States 01-12-13
    humberto miami beach, florida, United States 01-12-13
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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Dallas, TX, United States 10-18-12
    Tina Dallas, TX, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sick of Both of Them"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ok for a sale book but overall mean spirited.


    If you’ve listened to books by Karen Robards before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine. She didn't have a lot to work with.


    Do you think Island Flame needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Should have stopped with Island Flame


    Any additional comments?

    Too dark to be enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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