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Shanna went to Europe to find a husband but she failed to find someone rich and well educated. She knows her father will provide her with a husband so she decide to arrange a marriage with a man condemned to death. They agreed to get married, but it will be just a joke... something to shut up her father. But Ruark is not a criminal, he is a noble man wrongfully accused, and he will surprise Shanna, until she realizes she can't live without him.
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The review of this Book prepared by Katy

Shanna hurriedly marries a man about to be hanged to fulfill her father's demand for a son-in-law. But Ruark escapes and the two trip over each other on a tropical island, a pirate's ship, and in the New World, continually succumbing to their passion.

Although this is my all-time favorite romance novel, I do recognize that others tire of Ruark's endless pursuit of haughty Shanna. I still reread this book often and revel in those steamy scenes. I believe this book has the best love-scene setups ever written.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving criminal Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   wild lover Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   threat of exposure of secret Struggling with whom?    -   Dad Virgin, dramatically devirginized    -   Yes Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   rich/upper class    -   a criminal (possibly) If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her    -   they alternate Who seduces whom?    -   man seducing woman Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   slave    -   criminal Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant    -   blissful    -   mature    -   sensitive    -   a better lover Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   wealthy Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   a better lover    -   wild    -   blissful    -   mature    -   unhappy for sexing the guy    -   scared    -   guilty Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Island?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   50%    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   5-9 sex acts

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