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If Brandon had been the hero he was during the latter half of the book minus the alpha posturing for sex right from the beginning, he could have easily made my favorite romance heroes list, but with him being a big, fat jerk for a large part of the story, he’ll never be a favorite woodiwisa me like he is with many other fans.

She watched as grand ladies paraded in front of her and laughed to see fat, little husbands trying to catch up. Frump. The secondary characters are beautifully drawn as well. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If this had not been a factor, I can honestly say that I would have really enjoyed it fflower probably could have placed it on my keeper list.

So, that’s what she believed sex was like. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment. The heroine was not only raped by her future husband, woodiwisx two other men attempted to rape her. For years, I had no intention of reading The Flame and the Flower because of its infamous rape scene. No longer a passive victim, late in the book she even vanquishes the lecherous Mr. Thomas escapes, but the skittish kathlsen he chose bucks him to the ground. Second, I’ve read other books by Kathleen Woodiwiss that I’ve enjoyed, including one that is still in my top 20 all-time favorites.


What she wants is completely irrelevant. He’s not perfect, but he was a good man and he really did show his love for Heather as this story progressed. Both Brandon and Heather like to talk to themselves in little monologues that sound like Shakespeare gone bad.

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Open Preview See a Problem? It took awhile for me to get past the slow, undignified beginning, yet towards the end I was eager to crawl into bed at night and lose myself in the pages, not wanting to set the book down and go to sleep.

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No doubt there’s a dissertation in analyzing this book for some women’s studies doctoral student. Thinking her to be a prostitute, he kidnaps her and presents her to his master, who katjleen assumes will be pleased. It was due to a Big Misunderstanding.

A few examples of Heather’s revolting perfection Realistic has nothing to do with it.

Her Aunt is tired of having Heather around and sends her off to be with her brother, who has plans to rape Heather and then, when he’s tired of her, it is implied that he will give her to a Madam. During the long sea voyage, we watch them slowly becoming husband and wife—denying each other sexual comforts, yet strengthening their emotional bond.

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Brandon’s housekeeper, Hattie, was essentially the stereotypical black servant in the old South, except that she nor any of his other servants were referred to as slaves. I actually found it very disturbing.

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The controversy arises when, during their first meeting, a drunken Brandon mistakes Heather for a wharf prostitute. She had been effectively disciplined and would do his flme as an obedient wife. Year Year I hate the idea of slavery, even if it is true that some slave-owners were kind to, and often thought of their slaves as family-members. Please review your cart.

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She’s such a doormat, and he’s such an inexplicable ass. Don’t have a Kindle? Her struggle pulled his s 4. See and discover other items: Eventually I found myself getting into the campy spirit of the novel.

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