How do I rate this book Hmm, good question In the beginning, I was transfixed Hypnotized, I could barely put the book for the first 150 pages of WTF The book picks you up immediately So, fast and loose review, whilst it s all in my mind stewing about.
I was captivated by the heroine s tortured innocence, and it was quite believable She was beyond naive, until its ignorantly damaged veil hung over her I commiserated with her, I was willing to participate patiently in the revival of a girl s spirit that had been buried since her childhood Devastatingly, even then, her life had been an utter lie.
There were a plethora of surprises AND cliches powerpacking this bit of literature The magic angle annoyed me than appealed to my interests though, because it felt as if the characters used it for a scapegoat to bend the heroine s will, and believe me that hero was shameless in some This is the second book that I have read by this author and she has a nice writing style, albeit that this is not a perfect book The heroine, Juliet, lives with her brutal uncle and spoilt cousin The uncle physically abuses Juliet and whips her regularly and has permanently disfigured her hand She lives in a world of silence and fear It becomes clear that the spoilt cousin Clarissa is also abused by her father but in a different way Clarissa has an affair and is caught by her father, who then castrates and murders her lover This turns out to be the brother of Black Garrett, a famous pirate, but who is in reality an English Earl who is providing information on the French to the admiralty He decides to seek revenge and murde
Bad pirate dude Black Garrett kidnaps the treacherous woman he believed caused the death of his brother Pirate dude wants revenge But woman is really young innocent virgin Juliet Stoddard and it is her evil cousin who is to blame.
A typical bodice ripper from the 80s But I like bodice rippers Very un PC.
I am a fan of the captor captive, alpha hero captures and rapes forcibly seduces the innocent virgin genre I also love the trope where the H mistakes the h for a lookalike cousin who killed his brother friend etc See, Royal Seduction for a good one on this topic.
But this fell short of 5 stars because of two things for me The H was just strange and inconsistent On one hand he felt bad for the error and showed care of the h He did not shame her, but made it clear it was all his wrongdoing BUT first he drugs her and has sex with her and then he mesmerizes her and has sex with her and then lets her think it was a dream She thinks she s losing her mind Plus, his jealousy toward her fiance and anger at her over him is unfair I like the overprotective hero, but he doesn t always explain why he does the things he does and hurts her horribly in the process.
I did like the fact that ¾ Magic Embrace ☆ I absolutely LOVED this book There was so many good parts to the story I Loved it so much, that I ran to 3 different UBS s looking for of Jennifer s books even knowing one was on the way in the mail No luck at the UBS s I think when people do get their hands on these books, they keep them They are also harder to find because they are older I ended up ordering 4 of them at PBS and figured I just had to wait Lucky me, when the mail man came, Crimson Rapture was in the mail so now I can see if this book is as good as Magic Embrace was for ME.
With all the good review I ve read, I m beginning to think I may have picked up a defective copy.
Contrary to reviews from here other sites , I didn t find this to be well written at all There seemed to be endless dialogue the majority of the book failed to set the scene Most of the time I would become confused about how much time had past where the scene took place It was like the characters were in a room talking Then paragraphs were devoted to one of the characters thoughts only to discover somewhere along the line, we ve changed scenes an unknown amount of time had passed.
The story had potential I liked how Juliet had grown from a scared innocent mouse to a hero.
5 starsjust took half a star away because the pacing dragged at a couple points and then the book seemed to end a little abruptly But stillALMOST five stars Okay, first of all, this is an 80 s pirate type romance OF COURSE there is a rape near the beginning It was not as bad as some I ve read, and I am not personally offended by heroes who rape, as long as they reform Heck, even if they don t totally reform Maybe that makes me a bad person, but there you go I actually liked the rape scene because of how completely tender he was to her afterward I lik BY A LIARWhen The Infamous Pirate Black Garrett Learned His Brother Had Been Murdered Because Of A Flirtatious Chit, The Surly Rogue Swore Revenge Tracking Down The Worthless Wench, Garrett Stole Her Aboard His Vessel, Planning To Ruin Her Reputation And Use Her Brutally But As The Enraged Male Rudely Kissed Her Lips And Roughly Felt Her Curves, He Was Transformed By Her Innocent Response Cursing Himself For Caring, Black Garrett Relentlessly Pleasured His Captive And Swore She D Feel The Lash Of His Fury The Following Night Download Epub Format ✓ Magic Embrace PDF by ½ Jennifer Horsman HYPNOTIZED BY A CADBewildered And Betrayed, Sable Haired Juliet Stoddard Had No Idea Why The Terrifying Buccaneer Had Kidnapped Her, Promising Punishment Worse Than Death Although She Had No Experience With Men, He Seemed Convinced She Was A Brazen Hussy, And Ignored Her Pleas For Mercy Then The Blue Eyed Beauty Felt Black Garrett S Hands Where No One Had Ever Touched Before, And She Nearly Swooned With Fear And Desire Hating The Scoundrel, And Herself Even , Juliet Was Powerless To Escape This Devil S Sensual Trance And Wrest Free Of His Magic Embrace I have no idea what happened in this book Which given the fact that I read it until the end is a bit strange There was something about a pirate who wasn t a pirate, a childish girl, a panther, a parrot who was ironically named Polly, and then something about the French Napoleonic war And yeah, I really should have stopped reading after the first five chapters but I was so convinced that it was going to change and get better but it just didn t And the kicker is that I couldn t even make a emotional connection to any of the characters, it just wasn t written in a way for that to happen So I really wish that I had left this as a DNF but sadly I wasted a good part of 2 days on this book 1 star if only so that it has a rating.