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Royal Seduction | [Jennifer Blake]

Royal Seduction

Poised, calculating, and ruthlessly charming, Prince Rolfe of Ruthenia takes beautiful Angeline Fortin captive, mistaking her for her cousin and compromising her beyond redemption. Escape from the prince is impossible, and Rolfe begins to torment her senses at every turn. At last, captured and captivated, Angeline can't resist Rolfe's masterful seduction, and the prince discovers the only woman he's ever encountered who can meet him passion for passion. But Rolfe is on a mission to find his brother's killer, and in a critical moment of mortal danger, it's Angeline herself who holds his life - and heart - in her delicate hands.
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Publisher's Summary

A golden prince, a ruthless captor, an unrelenting lover....

Poised, calculating, and ruthlessly charming, Prince Rolfe of Ruthenia takes beautiful Angeline Fortin captive, mistaking her for her cousin and compromising her beyond redemption. Escape from the prince is impossible, and Rolfe begins to torment her senses at every turn.

At last, captured and captivated, Angeline can't resist Rolfe's masterful seduction, and the prince discovers the only woman he's ever encountered who can meet him passion for passion.

But Rolfe is on a mission to find his brother's killer, and in a critical moment of mortal danger, it's Angeline herself who holds his life - and heart - in her delicate hands.

©1983 Patricia Maxwell (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Tina TN, USA 10-28-12
    Tina TN, USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful story and great narration."
    Would you listen to Royal Seduction again? Why?

    This is one of my favorite books and have read it countless times. I was thrilled to see it offered on audible. I have to say it was a comfortable listen , I liked listening to the book and will do so many more times. The narrator was great.
    I get bored with books easy and don't finish half do what I start but this book is non stop action and so it keeps me engaged in the story. If you are like me and like Johanna Lindsey and Julie Garwood you should like this book also.


    What other book might you compare Royal Seduction to and why?

    Royal Passion. This it the h/h son's story and is even better than Royal Seduction. The H/h show up a lot in Royal Passion and you find out what happened to everyone in Royal Seduction.
    I would also recommend Dream of Me by Josie Litton.


    What about Melissa Reizian Frank’s performance did you like?

    I loved Melissa Frank's performance. She is a great narrator and is now one of my favorites. I just relaxed and let her lead me though the story. That is unusual for me but one I loved.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a death in the book that really made me sad to see.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't do reviews because I am lousy at them. I figure the book already has a description so I don't like to repeat that. But if I really like a book and like the narrator like this book I want to recommend it. The narrator really made this book for me, and it was already one of my favorites.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Omaha, NE, United States 11-24-12
    Jan Omaha, NE, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Pass this one by"
    Has Royal Seduction turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have read so many better books in this genre, I know I can find more.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Accents needed some work. The Scottish one especially.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    Women are raped over and over. Many scenes of chasing, fighting and men behaving badly, (how many bandits can one small group of people encounter?) Periods were the plot is not being moved along at all. I won't be reading more by this author. I started advancing the book by chapters just to get through it. After a while you just think, "enough already!". I didn't find this "romance" very romantic and didn't particularly care about any of the characters. The narrator wasn't horrible, but her accents need work. It's disappointing to me that Audible has offered a large group of books by this author, but has not completed other excellent series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Saluda, SC, United States 11-19-12
    Amanda Saluda, SC, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Smart heroine"

    Good story and pretty good narration. The narrator needs to practice her Scottish accent - hers sounded Jamaican and was often hard to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-19-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-19-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "I Couldn't Finish"

    This is absurd. I don't know how the other reviewers judged this book. It is based on rape of an innocent girl and coersion. The author is way off base in this one. I stopped reading the book when the prince mistook Angeline for Claire and proceeded to rape her.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Seabrook, TX, United States 03-20-14
    Taylor Seabrook, TX, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Bodice Ripper"

    Originally published in 1983, Royal Seduction is an authentic bodice ripper. Until I read one of these old school historical romances, I mistakenly believed the term bodice ripper was just a derogatory term for any romance. Bodice Rippers are typically historical romances published during the 70's 80's or early 90's and almost always include themes like rape, kidnap, abuse and/or forced seduction.

    Having said all that, let me now reiterate Royal Seduction is an authentic Bodice Ripper. The hero, at least at first, is not at all nice to the heroine. The heroine is raped and suffers appalling treatment throughout the book. Personally, I find the whole 'days of our lives' atmosphere in these books hilarious. They're so over the top, so packed with eye rolling cliches and corny euphemisms, it becomes really hard to take even the more disturbing scenes seriously. To judge this book badly because of its themes of rape and violence is a little like judging an erotic novel poorly because of its explicit sex scenes. If you enjoy a good bodice ripper, you'll love this book. However, if your unfamiliar with old school historical romances you might not enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    signe randers nv, Denmark 04-27-13
    signe randers nv, Denmark 04-27-13 Member Since 2011

    I love romantic historical novels.

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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Royal Seduction to be better than the print version?

    I love to read a book, but when i'm at work i always have a audio adition of a book on my ipod. So it depends on where i'm am.
    At home i think the printet version is more my tast.


    What other book might you compare Royal Seduction to and why?

    I can''t recall the books name, but it's about a young doughter going on her brothers ship. The brother gets killed in a fight on land or so all think, and the girl and shipcrue is captive. When the Captin of the soldiers find out, that there is a girl, he takes her to his casel, where she have to work. But like all romantic historical books. The man falls in love.


    What about Melissa Reizian Frank’s performance did you like?

    She make the characters come to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    More then one. But when Angeline stop the shutingcontest about who is to get the young girl. And When one of the brothers of Rolfe''s soldires dies. And the ending


    Any additional comments?

    In the book, it is like Angeline suffer from Stockholm syndrome. Which i find a bit disturbing. I think she give in to easy to Rolfe. But i like the shame Rolfe feels about his behaviour. So it's all good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 01-23-13
    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "My prince"

    I loved the prince he was so steadfast never wavering, yes there is some unexceptable parts in this book rape, and murder but the prince did it for me. And I agree Melissa isn't very good with the Scottish accent at all but I love that Prince....R

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-30-13
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "What did I come across-Exhilarating & Sensational!"

    This is one crazy read/listen. Definitely not the predictable rake reformation story or gentleman meets hellcat who is transformed into sweet vixen. This is very different.... This is a "throw all of your notions of a romance out the door" & "fasten your seatbelt for the ride." The story takes place in the 1800's in Louisiana in a time where the country had many pockets of danger. This book details the unbreakable, insatiable and compelling love story of Prince Rolfe of Ruthenia and Angline.

    Difficult parts of the book
    1) The concept of rape in this book has been very controversial. More so, it's the treatment of women in an era where a woman was vulnerable among both men and women that I found really tough. There are some very, very sad trajectories of women in this book. It was heart-wrenching to read those parts. For a woman who found herself in a life-altering tragedy (i.e. rape, being kidnapped by men etc.), not only was she personally tormented, but there was very little sympathy from society. Therefore, there were very little choices for a woman found in this terrible predicament with minimal chances of a "happily ever after."

    2) It was so sad how some great characters in the book died. I would have liked or preferred less death of people who had so much potential. Thankfully, the evil people die as well.

    3) Unrequited love is a difficult thing. I was sad about a suitor's love who did not receive affection in return from his intended. I think those wounds just don't heal easy.

    Redeeming parts of the book
    1) It's hard to tell when this book redeems itself, but it most certainly does. From the beginning this book will make your heart race. Every moment, scene & travel in the book is unpredictable and well...exciting.

    Even though the Hero, Rolfe starts off really bad (after all he violates the heroine), it's odd because Angline faces her situation with courage, some level of resignation and well, almost nonchalance. It was hard to gauge her emotions during the first parts of her relationship with the Hero. I'm not sure if she was psychologically protecting herself or if she really was quite taken & charmed by this man...I don't know...but, ultimately the Captive falls in LOVE with the Captor... and vice versa. I understand that message is not healthy, but perhaps it's the skill of Jennifer Blake & her nuances in Rolfe & Angline's unique situation that makes their unfolding, steamy romance become something strong, lasting and quite irresistible.

    There is no question that the Hero and Heroine fall hard for one another. They put each other's needs above their own and sacrifice much to keep one another safe. I think the author did a good job in writing about their backgrounds, presses and one can get a good sense of where each is coming from.

    2) There are so many twists and great plot events in this book! I did not see the end and resolution coming! Jennifer Blake did a fabulous job in writing about very intriguing characters & their relationship to one another that makes this story credible and quite fascinating. I did not suspect the traitor until he/she was revealed...wow! So, crazy!

    Things I loved about the book:
    1) It's obvious that Rolfe, from the beginning, wants and desires Angline, but there is a part where you know that this man grows to simply adore her. She becomes as necessary to him as breathing...this man can not leave her alone...He NEEDS HER.

    2) The chemistry between Rolfe & Angline is on fire! It's not just physical, it's mental and intellectual. Angline is sharp, intelligent, kind-hearted and fierce. And, of course Rolfe is attracted to her person. That is, her complete being. But, in particular, I like how Rolfe's defenses are put to the side and he showers her with a poetic dialogue that really showcases the charmer he is. Their banter is charged with witty quips and intellectual challenges that I think leave both...um, intellectually stimulated, shall we say?...LOL

    3) I just can't wait to read/listen to the 2nd book. I can't wait to hear about how Rolfe and Angline live their life and how the story continues with the next generation....

    Narrator:
    In the audiobook, the narrator was good. I know her Scottish accent needs some help, but overall, she was very good.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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