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Stormfire [PDF / EPUB] Stormfire Abducted on her way to boarding school, a terrified Catherine Enderly was brought from England to the coast of Ireland, the prisoner of the angry and powerful young Sean Culhane a man sworn to vengean Abducted on her way to boarding school, a terrified Catherine Enderly was brought from England to the coast of Ireland, the prisoner of the angry and powerful young Sean Culhane a man sworn to vengeance against her familyFrightened but defiant, the young countess met her captor with a strength that belied her fragile loveliness But even as Sean vowed to have his revenge on Catherine, with each encounter he became attracted to her Her fiery innocence was a seduction that lured the passions of long smoldering hostility into a blazing inferno of desireLocked in a love hate duel, he did not suspect that the captivating beauty who fought him with such tenacity was struggling desperately against her own awakened desires, and that his touch had become the burning reminder that the fierce hatred she felt for him had become an all consuming love.


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  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Of all forbidden luv theme I ve read the last 16 yrs, this was probably the most memorable 1, not in a good way tho , thanx to the slew of appalling, shudders inducing, stomach churning experiences heroine suffered thru Just when I thought things could not have gotten worse for the heroine, they did How in holy hell Kit s sanity physical being could survive intact w 1 paralyzing terror after another, was a miracle indeed H H ended up w a dubious HEA, but I just wasn t sure if the vicious Of all forbidden luv theme I ve read the last 16 yrs, this was probably the most memorable 1, not in a good way tho , thanx to the slew of appalling, shudders inducing, stomach churning experiences heroine suffered thru Just when I thought things could not have gotten worse for the heroine, they did How in holy hell Kit s sanity physical being could survive intact w 1 paralyzing terror after another, was a miracle indeed H H ended up w a dubious HEA, but I just wasn t sure if the vicious cycle wouldn t continue off screen the string of atrocities the hero committed endless dire circumstances befallen Kit made me wonder I didn t think this shoulda been categorized as romance , it readslike a historical fiction an antidote to romance The 2 stars were for the fact that I read the epic saga from cover to cover it s a v well written story, despite the hardcore demoralizing things inflicted on both H H esp the heroine the distasteful series of cheating So much hate heartaches going on that ll make even a seasoned reader flinch squirm I finished it last weekend, couldn t look away, like a horrific train wreck that mesmerized me, but I felt like it s imperative to overdose on cotton candy romances to shake off the aftershocks as a reminder of why I read romance in the 1st place Lotsa repetitive patterns of cringe worthy abuse cruelties to warrant a lifetime restraining order against the hater I didn t lose sleep over it, but I see now what the fuzz is all about I d never read a heroine in peril, whose dignity was stripped in an awful manner like this H H had the most volatile, dysfunctional relationship in romancelandia, bar none Some dishonorable mentions of what Kit damsel in perennial distress went thru , dramatic twists, outrageous turns interminable conflicts between H H The hero showed his true colors by breaking men s code of honor 1st meeting between H H after she s kidnapped 16 y o She spit him was promptly rewarded w a brutal backhand slap that bloodied her nose He smeared his blood on her boobs she raked her claws his cheek chest to make her slippery, then the revenge driven hero took her by brute force, wiped her tattered undergarments w the mixture of blood seed gift wrapped it to be sent to Kit s dad, Sean s nemesis In the aftermath he wondered why she wailed during her nitemare ladden sleep He starved worked her like a dog that she fainted dead away, shaking stirring feelings sympathy outta hero s bro who later on turned out to be no better than hero, he raped heroine wreaked havoc in H H s lives After her futile attempt to escape to gut him w an ax a blade, Sean bound Kit s wrists, tied em to his horse s tail, dragged her like a rag doll all the way back kindly expanded her limited swear vocabs on the journey Sean s oh so romantic idea of sparkling jewelries a leg iron w ball chain around her ankle, plus an iron band collar around her neck After rescuing Kit from his men s gropings near rape, he clipped her to his bed uttered a classis line U rode my nag until he nearly dropped Now I m going to ride U , then raped the defenseless Kit again again Sean spanked Kit viciously as retaliation for giving his housekeeper her foul recipe for curing his headaches the morning after molested her When she refused his summons to come to him, he broke her door down raped her Incomprehensible to me, she broke the cardinal rule of Don t fall in luv w your abusive rapist even if he s a chick magnet BTW, he still boinked his long time mistress whenever he s away from his sex slave Kit almost expired from drowning in the hands of a daft co worker Sean pumped her back to life Her near death experience must ve been a turn on, as he just couldn t keep it in his pants After nursing her, he made luv to her, weakened state all This poor gal just couldn t catch a break D Across the pond England , he slept w another lady, in between his meticulously planned mission in destroying Kit s father s rep dwindling coffers the same time back home, Kit had her hands full of thwarting Liam s Sean s bro increasingly amorous attentions marriage proposals Nice chap that he is, Sean took Kit sailing to please her the end of their journey, he showed her the ruins of his home the devastation of Kit s father s reign of terror Reliving the nitemare so engulfed in hatred, he almost gutted Kit until she fainted he came outta his murderous spell just in the nick of time U d think they woulda realized by now to steer clear of each other as 1 of these days 1 or both of em might end up 6 FT under Back on the ship, he taunted her to kill him she stabbed him for real Predictably, their turbulent encounter left em breathless w molten lust, so lovers spat turned into another passionate race to the finish line Liam persuaded Kit to accept his proposal to sabotage Sean s rebellion against the crown, all cuz she didn t want Napoleon in Ireland wanted to warn the authorities, even if it ll cost Sean his life the lives of others She under estimated Liam got herself off the frying pan into the inferno when her hubby claimed his privileges by raping her on their wedding nite in a cave After recapturing Kit, Sean supposedly following his Irish tradition for traitresses sawed off Kit s glorious crown down to her scalp then assaulted her brutally over over again The dawn after, the demented so called hero slapped garish make up on her face, stripped her naked gave her away to 5 of his men to do as they wished, then he scampered He rode like the devil till he got thrown off the horse slipped into oblivion, only realizing what he d done to her when he s awake He saw the bloody negligee thought it was too late Li l did he know that Kit was already preggers w his child when he did this Did he grovel beg for her forgiveness Nope, he confined her in a dank cell went back to his mistress, who w out his knowledge starved Kit for 3 months till she s all skin bone He meant to marry his evil mistress only found out the condition in which Kit was kept when he finally went to see her The only comeuppance the petty mistress got was a bitchslap Kit remained his captive, albeit in a nicer surroundings upstairs He had the audacity to flaunt his new, nicer mistress in Kit s face, still no clue that Kit s carrying his unborn babe Throughout the book, Sean called her English, cat, bitch, slut, little viper, skinny carcass, Miss Snivel etc When she refused his order to be examined by the concerned physician she labeled his mistress a whore to his face, he grabbed her by the hair smacked Kit so brutally that she went spinning striking the corner of his desk, cracking 3 of her ribs He told her to go riding w him Co the next day By not telling Sean bout her delicate condition that her pain riddled broken self wasn t really favorable to riding tightly bound ribs a cut lip , the TSTL heroine jeopardized herself her unborn baby by persevering He ridiculed her snail s pace the death defying heroine responded to his taunting by galloping jumping over a wall, getting squashed by the screaming horse Seeing her gruesome injuries a bone protruding thru skin, no less , he turned into panic mode Didn t he go thru this before Instead of standing by her, the b llless hero tried to run the sight of her distended belly W a new set of injuries a punctured lung , Kit precariously clung to life Sean tried to drink himself to death, wrecked by remorse that he d heaped all these agonies on her head Kit s been carrying a dead baby due to months of malnourishmen It woulda beenmerciful to just let the heroine expire instead of prolonging her suffering Turns out, falling off a horse was actually a blessing in disguise, cuz otherwise she woulda died of system poisoning w in a month Committing suicide as penance this point wouldn t be enough to redeem himself, so he sucked it up nursed Kit s body back to health Mentally battered, Kit took a long overdue vacay outta reality for 1.5 yrs The funniest thing happened when she came outta her empty shell She told him that their child died for the offenses she s committed against God Sean told Kit that he never meant to hurt her What a joke, after all he put her thru , he tried to rationalize his bizarre behavior that he degraded her outta jealousy Rolls eyes Kit shoulda had the common sense to stay away from him, but nope, she got pissy when she learned of his intentions of martyrdom by pushing her away He almost slapped raped her again during a picnic Didn t Sean ever learn his lessons Well, obviously not Just when happiness is finally w in their grasp, Liam returned to drop the bombshell, the irrefutable proof that Kit was actually gasp their sister W out telling her why, he sent her back to her father s England nest When Sean s captured by her father, pregger Kit used her wiles body to entice a powerful French Prince for favors he agreed to claim parentage of her unborn child, cuz her cold blooded father would try to terminate her to get his grubby paws on her inheritance Fighting tooth nail, mortally wounded Sean crastrated, beaten to a messy pulp shot was tossed out w other corpses into the snow He crawled to a temporary refuge where he finally reunited w Kit Thru a li l bit of luck help from good samaritans, they barely escaped England by a boat to Ireland During his convalescence, the ungrateful bipolar was once again stricken w jealousy lashed out on Kit, for bartering herself also cuz the lusty French Prince still had both of his b ll how petty of Sean he had the gall to question Kit the paternity of their unborn child Kit became the object of Napoleon s lust she married her ol flame, an ascending French General, to avoid being Napoleon s mistress for the umpteenth time, to save Sean s hide Under scrutiny, Sean fought duel after duel drowned his sorrow heartbreak by being a regular client his ol flame s den in Paris Kit s 2nd hubby turned out to be another untrustworthy, abusive creep H H were reduced to pining away stealing chaste glances each other, unable to express their forbidden luv openly The drama escalated to a crescendo runaway Kit was about to give birth just as Sean s being hunted down by her bloodthirsty hubby In the end H H found out the real truth of their relationship They ve been played like a yo yo by fate evil villains The final reunion HEA after a 4 year gap were the only dim light in a v long dark tunnel This was 1 f d up book LOL


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    So, like most recent readers of this book, I picked this puppy up based on its notorious reputation.I ll have to admit, I ended up liking it.It is a bodice ripper, no doubt about that He backhands her hard enough to give her a bloody nose on page 28 By page 31, he s brutally raped her and sent her blood and semen encrusted underthings to her father He holds her responsible for her father s actions, and he blames him for his mother s death in a bloody massacre.The way to enjoy it, I think, is So, like most recent readers of this book, I picked this puppy up based on its notorious reputation.I ll have to admit, I ended up liking it.It is a bodice ripper, no doubt about that He backhands her hard enough to give her a bloody nose on page 28 By page 31, he s brutally raped her and sent her blood and semen encrusted underthings to her father He holds her responsible for her father s actions, and he blames him for his mother s death in a bloody massacre.The way to enjoy it, I think, is to remember it s fiction No English virgins were harmed in the making of this book.It also helps that Catherine fights Sean tooth and nail until he stops brutalizing her She makes multiple escape attempts, she tries to con his brother Liam into taking her away, she learns to fight with knives and acquits herself admirably She s not at all TSTL or a doormat, she s a hellcat with Stockholm syndrome.Sean gets satisfactorily punished as well Captured after returning Catherine to her father, and refusing to tell her father what Catherine had actually gotten up to in the past few years, he gets well tortured Enderly s mouth whitened and his grip tightened on the crop You d like to taunt me into killing you with a blow, wouldn t you He turned to Worthy and dictated calmly as if giving an order to a tradesman Geld him Worthy dismissed the soldiers and began to strop a knife that resembled a medical scalpel Watchin only makes it worse, lad The sharper the blade, the less you ll feel I ll be as quick as I can Worthy tested the blade against his thumb then took a position between the prisoner s thighs.Suddenly, the spread eagled man arched like a drawn bow, tendons standing out like crawling snakes as the knife sliced cleanlyOh, he got to keep one nut, but I d say that s some epic penance He gets whipped and shot a few times too, just for good measure.The final 300 pages are an epic saga of family drama, international intrigue, dashing feats of derring do and a whole lot of bad guys dying So much gets thrown at poor Catherine and the now sympathetic Sean that I couldn t go to bed without knowing it ended happily And it does 7 years after capturing her, he marries her and takes her and their 4 year old son back to Ireland Mentally exhausted after watching these two continually put through the wringer, I crashed for the night.What keeps this from being a really good or a great book is a lack of character depth and a half dozen WTF moments They re not one dimensional characters or anything, but there were a number of times where I just didn t understand their actions How do you go from trying to kill someone to enthusiastically screwing him in the space of 5 minutes Stuff like that A bithead time would have made their actions a lotinteresting.All told, it s really not a bad book at all I wasn t forcing myself through it at all Brutal rape aside, it was well plotted and written I don t think I could re read it, as it containsmisfortune than a newspaper, but it s nothing to be afraid of


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    I don t know quite what to say about this book I read it years ago when I read just about every book I got my hands on I probably wouldn t read it today because of how cruel the people are in this book.I certainly don t think Sean is a model hero He s a very angry, obsessed, bedeviled man and did some awful things to the heroine because of it I m a bit of a sexist I think men should fight their wars and leave women and children out of it, unless the women are warriors too If they are civil I don t know quite what to say about this book I read it years ago when I read just about every book I got my hands on I probably wouldn t read it today because of how cruel the people are in this book.I certainly don t think Sean is a model hero He s a very angry, obsessed, bedeviled man and did some awful things to the heroine because of it I m a bit of a sexist I think men should fight their wars and leave women and children out of it, unless the women are warriors too If they are civilians, I think only a coward would hurt them Well the hero and Catherine the heroine s father don t subscribe to this point of view.It was an ugly situation and a lot of wrong things were done Having said that, it was a very well written book, if you could stomach it I remember not being able to put it down Let me say that I started reading historical romances for the history and the adventure I was twelve and I didn t care about the mushy stuff I think I read this when I was fourteen This book is from the heydey of the bodice ripper era where all bets were off as far as what a hero could do to a heroine I remember being pretty wide eyed when I read this book Nowadays I care about the love relationship and the history and the adventure My tastes have changed where I have ideas about what I will tolerate in a hero and a heroine, and what they do and my feelings about it depend highly upon the execution and how their behavior is dealt with.I wouldn t judge anyone who wanted to read it, and I certainly wouldn t judge a person who didn t want to read it But I d say if you have heard lots of things about it, but are not sure what to think, you can read it for yourself and make up your own mind But go into this book prepared It s very, very dark


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    SpoilersOne of the worst books I ve ever read I had to skim through the last half, it was just that bad The so called romance made me feel sick the hero Sean was beyond fucked up, and the heroine Catherine was fine to begin with but then turned into an awful abuse loving doormat I LOATHE, LOATHE, LOATHED Sean He was a violent, perverted, baby killing, rapist, wanker bastard of a fucker bastard He kidnapped Catherine, raped her dozens of times, beat her, starved her, chained her up, hu SpoilersOne of the worst books I ve ever read I had to skim through the last half, it was just that bad The so called romance made me feel sick the hero Sean was beyond fucked up, and the heroine Catherine was fine to begin with but then turned into an awful abuse loving doormat I LOATHE, LOATHE, LOATHED Sean He was a violent, perverted, baby killing, rapist, wanker bastard of a fucker bastard He kidnapped Catherine, raped her dozens of times, beat her, starved her, chained her up, humiliated her, let his men gang rape her yea, I know she was saved at the end but not by him Oh and he basically killed Catherine s baby But all that was apparently okay because he was oh so sexy and powerful Ugh.What a pathetic excuse for a man He abused and tortured a young girl because he wanted to punish her dad But he wasn t actually man enough to face the dad, he was so weak that he had to go after an innocent girl He wasn t even remorseful or guilty about being a disgusting rapist Yep, it was cool for him to rape and slap around women yet for some reason he got all high and mighty and had a hissy fit about his enemies being rapist Hypocritical fuck He acted like he had every right to Catherine s body just because she made him feel horny And then all that bullshit about him being in love her really Sure, he was obsessed with her and attracted to her, but there was no evidence whatsoever of him loving her If he loved her, he wouldn t have tortured, raped, beat her, and fucked loads of other women And he definitely wouldn t have given his men permission to gang rape her Who the fuck did he think he was That FUCKING FUCKER And why did he moan and bitch about her betraying him Did he expect loyalty after all he did to her WTF He was no hero, he was a woman beating evil fucker of a rapist If he was fat and ugly, he wouldn t have been excused by other characters and readers for his perversions and violence Apparently, as long as a hero is good looking, he can do how ever many vile things he wants Ugh Catherine was great to begin with, she was determined, cool, and resourceful but then she changed into a dumb cow Her reaction to her rapist was fucked up Sean brutally raped her yet she acted like it was nothing, and instead flirted and verbally sparred with him Ugh Why the fuck did Liam let his bastard brother boss him around so much Oh, and Liam was a bastard rapist too How can anyone possibly think that Sean raping and torturing Kit was love or remotely romantic It s fucked up.All in all, a disgusting book with a disgusting hero and a disgusting romance I wish I could erase it from my brain


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    Stormfire I was curious as to what all the hype was about, so I decided to read it First hand experience is the best when trying to create a personal opinion, don t you think Well, I read it, keeping in mind the romance fashion of the day with bodice rippers being a la mode and we all know what bodice rippers entail, don t we The first bodice ripper I read was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E Woodiwiss back in the day when I first started reading actual romance novels I wasof Stormfire I was curious as to what all the hype was about, so I decided to read it First hand experience is the best when trying to create a personal opinion, don t you think Well, I read it, keeping in mind the romance fashion of the day with bodice rippers being a la mode and we all know what bodice rippers entail, don t we The first bodice ripper I read was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E Woodiwiss back in the day when I first started reading actual romance novels I wasof an A Christie and E Wallace fan TFATF didn t shock me, but I did wonder as to the romance fashion of the 80s For someone to willingly put rape and or forced seduction into a book struck me as strange for someone who was but a baby when bodice rippers were the height of romance novel sophistication Anyway, Ms Woodiwiss s bodice ripper has nothing on Stormfire Now, if someone asked me to list all the required elements of a true bodice ripper I d merely suggest they read Ms Monson s bodice ripping masterpiece Like a Knorr mix, this book has everything one needs to become perfectly acquainted with all the necessary elements for a bodice ripper there s physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, rape, kidnapping, borderline pedophilia, torture, physical retribution read castration , murder, incest and all other kind of mayhem you can think of Oh, let s not forget an extremely beautiful heroine that such a beauty can only come from the Devil, so she must be a witch, so everything that happens to her is justified She s the spawn of the Devil, she s evil, she must be punished And not only the men in this book think so, but also the women but you know how we chicks are she s intruding on our turf, let s be rid of her.Seen like this, I guess it could be cringe worthy, but lucky for us who decided to read this, there is some semblance of story thrown into the mix, a love hate relationship that somehow, inexorably, between one type of abuse and torture and the next, blooms into a love story Maybe not so believable, given today s standards in romance and life in general , but a love story nonetheless And it sort of a redemption for everything that happens at the beginning of a book A cleansing of soul and spirit so to speak That said, I couldn t help but admire Ms Monson s style and writing She succeeded in turning this 500 page monstrosity with all the baggage that came with it into a rather enjoyable read I wouldn t say it was quick paced, because it sure did drag its feet in some parts, but the time did fly during those flowing passages I wouldn t say I particularly enjoyed any of the characters, I rather developed a love hate connection to them When Sean was at his worst I d love nothingbut for him to be quartered alive, but he had those few, but previous moments of lucidity if I could call it that when he showed true romance hero coloring Pity, they didn t last that long Catherine affinity to Catherine was the same All that is female in me rebelled at her SS, falling in love with her abuser and captor, while on the other hand I couldn t help but understand her In those rare moments of lucidity, Sean was a prince until the moment she betrayed him , and besides, he was the one constant in her three year long captivity He was both her tormentor and savior, both angel and devil, something was bound to give And, as the old adage states, there s a fine line between love and hate Which goes for both, Sean and Catherine So, while I didn t particularly like them, I understood where they came from All in all, this is really a really twisted sort of redemption story He needed to atone for his sins, she don t ask me why needed to atone for the sins of her father, they both went through hell multiple visits but in the end love prevailed I wouldn t have minded alengthy resolution after so long a fewpages wouldn t hurt but what we got sure was better than nothing That said, having read this book with an open mind and taking in consideration the decade in which it was written, I cannot help but give this one an overall rating of 5 stars Because it is a prime example of a bodice ripper, it is well written, it does take you on an emotional rollercoaster for me, feeling something for the characters, be it love, hate, disdain, sympathy is better than feeling nothing , and it comes with a nice bow tied in the end P.S Looking at it with the eyes and mind frame of a 21st century woman, comparing it to the historicals of today, the rating is much, much lower First, because of all the abuse and forced seductions and second which for me is the most important , because I cannot stand my hero and or heroine being intimate with anyone but each other after they meet It s a personal standard of mine and I m pretty particular about it All the rutting Sean does including the threesome with his older mistress and the Indo Chinese chit and Catherine s consummating her marriage to Raoul severely chafes So 80s mind frame 5 stars21st century mind frame 2 stars for the writing P.P.S A comment related rant, read at your own discretion And now, Zosia s review thread has so many comments I didn t want to intrude, so I decided to post a few of my thoughts about them here There s still time for you to stop reading How in the world did this book get publishedWell, Ms Monson wrote it, her agent pitched it to a publisher, they signed a contract, the manuscript was proofread, the corrections approved, and then it went through the printing process That s how books get published today as well In the 80s these bodice rippers were all the rage and publishers clad for them, theoutrageous the better I wonder if someone from the 80s succeeded in traveling through time and picked up an erotica book I guess they d wonder how that got published as well.But, WHY would someone write this bookHmm, for the money I justdon t understand how a woman could actually write these words. Would ve made a difference if a man wrote them And, it s called fiction I think that pretty much anything is allowed in fiction and as long as there are people willing to read that anything, so it shall remain Monson ended up committing suicide, so I think you have to approach her as a special case re what she wrote and why. Well I m going to sound mean but I can t say I m surprised To write a book like that as a romance because I could accepted it simply as historical fiction you really must have issuesI agree, I m not overly surprised I just can t imagine the type of person who would write something like this, so it makes sense that, like you said, she had issues However, I can t imagine this getting published, but that s the world we live in I guess. Wow, issues, huh She wrote fiction, people F I C T I O N Anything remotely involving a man and a woman in close proximity to each other was categorized as romance back in the 80s, so calling on her issues is really a moot point And bringing up her suicide is in really poor taste, if you ask me We don t know why she committed suicide, but it s safe to say it wasn t because she wrote this book This was her first published work, she published 5after it What about other authors out there writing horror and suspense rife with abuse, battered women, and, yes, gasp, rape Shouldn t they have offed themselves by now Yet, they re still breathing, and writing horror and suspense rife with abuse, battered women, and, yes, gasp, rape And now to answer all those who keep asking themselves how can people read this It s pretty easy You pick up the book, open it and start with the first word on the first page, and continue from there Yes, just like they taught us in school See, how easy it is Then you keep turning the pages, reading word after word in an orderly fashion Then, when you come to the end, you close the book as set it on the shelf, donate it to your nearest UBS, or give it to a friend, so they can benefit from it as well and create their own opinion based on the words they read in the book and not on a reviewer s subjective opinion For those, like me, who found this book online which is cheaper, BTW , you open the file and start with the first word in the first line And you go on from there But since that s not particularly good for the eyes, you can easily transfer the book file onto your favorite ebook reading device it comes in different formats.html,.epub,.prc and.lit or you can print it out putting additional strain on the environment.When you re done, you calmly close the file on your computer or favorite ebook reading device and maybe send it to a friend, so they can benefit from it as well and create their own opinion based on the words they read in the book and not on a reviewer s subjective opinion


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    This book wasn t nearly as shocking as all the hype surrounding it would suggest In fact, it s pretty conventional in many respects For example, the pat incest resolution, as well as the pretty quick thawing of Sean s resolve to beat down and kill Kit I was prepared to have a few hundred pages of abuse, but imagine my surprise when Sean s attitude towards her turns to love protection well, of a sort by page 85 and lasts for well over 200 pages until Kit acts according to her conscience an This book wasn t nearly as shocking as all the hype surrounding it would suggest In fact, it s pretty conventional in many respects For example, the pat incest resolution, as well as the pretty quick thawing of Sean s resolve to beat down and kill Kit I was prepared to have a few hundred pages of abuse, but imagine my surprise when Sean s attitude towards her turns to love protection well, of a sort by page 85 and lasts for well over 200 pages until Kit acts according to her conscience and brings it all crashing down into a short lived loop of hatred and revenge, followed by the rest being selfless acts of devotion and sacrifice I think this book has gotten the reputation it has from people who didn t read past page 50 if they got that far and hearsay and groupthink took over like it usually does Read it for yourselves, if you can get a copy or find it online.The book lost steam around page 450, when Kit and Sean wind up in France as Napoleon s ambitions and intrigues and counter intrigues take center stage Monson was unable to make these big picture machinations nearly as interesting as the intense personal struggle that consumed the first 2 3rds of the novel with just Sean Kit and the dark, dysfunctional little world of the Culhane keep of Shelan It was atmospheric, close, and terrifying Excellent stuff I felt it should have ended by pg 450, as neatly tied up as it eventually was on pg 568 The extended epilogue in France was so at odds with the rest of the book and, well, frankly boring So much was thrown into it that by this point I thought it was overstuffed The final chapter was rushed, indicating four years had passed with Sean at Austerlitz, that I wondered why Monson hadn t paced herself and kept it for a sequel Separation over the battlefields of Europe as they fight to reunite I d have read it The overall feeling I had by the end was that it was very ambitious, overdiligent, and half successful Even the typos started getting heavier by the end, as if the editor gave up But it was a first novel I have some others of hers that I ll read to compare.I was glad to finally finish it It s not a keeper, that s for sure, but I m happy to have read it and actually seen for myself what the big whoop was all about Overblown hysteria in the current pablum romance era, IMO


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here So, after a couple of decades of reading romance, I finally got around to Stormfire Whew They do not write them like this any The ultimate in bodice ripping, Stormfire is a tale of two mentally unstable people and their violent, intense love And it s great The main attraction about Stormfire is its writing If it was a poorly written book no one would still be talking about it 20 plus years after it was published The chapters each have their own titles such as Silken Irons, Into Ede So, after a couple of decades of reading romance, I finally got around to Stormfire Whew They do not write them like this any The ultimate in bodice ripping, Stormfire is a tale of two mentally unstable people and their violent, intense love And it s great The main attraction about Stormfire is its writing If it was a poorly written book no one would still be talking about it 20 plus years after it was published The chapters each have their own titles such as Silken Irons, Into Eden, or The Nadir When the heroine meets the hero her first thoughts are of Milton s poetryHis form had not yet lost All his original brightness, nor appeared Less than Archangel ruined The prose is evocative and compelling, but not purple We agonize with Catherine s enslavement, we feel the angry passion between the lovers, we grieve with Catherine s loss, and suffer with Sean s torturehow much misery can two people take Then there is that intense love hate I wish writers of historical romances today wrote like this, deeply and intensely, if not necessarily the same plot But then, maybe I m a sicko, but I like the plot Yes, it s epic and melodramatic everything but the kitchen sink is in the plot including SPOILERS kidnapping, rape, starvation, forced slavery, multiple marriages, miscarriage, insanity, beatings, brothers fighting for the same woman, incest, castration, forcible sodomy, murder To be honest, I wasn t comfortable with a lot of things in the book Even so, Stormfire is enthralling Even those who hate this book can t say it s boring There are a lot of detractors of Stormfire, so in its defense, I ll say this this isn t a sweet romance it s a historical romance novel, a bodice ripper, and I use the term with great affection It s a fantasy A dark one, definitely, but then some might say so are the vampire, werewolf, bestiality, BDSM, menage fantasies of today This is a different kind of fantasy, where the greatest hate in the world can be turned into love Would this relationship work in real life Probably not That s why it s a fantasy Stormfire is very entertaining, emotional and unforgettable It falters a bit towards the end, so it s not perfect It s not the best romance novel ever written, but for me, it s up there I d give it 5 stars or an A rating


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    Call me crazy but I loved this one.Yes, it s dark There s rape and Stockholm Syndrome and torture and castration involved.BUTThere is also an amazing story told here, full of excitement and intrigue, in addition to a seemingly impossible love story between star crossed lovers As I read, I found myself completely enraptured by the drama of the story, which was quite substantial It absolutely played with my emotions At first came outrage Then came the roller coaster I experienced anger, d Call me crazy but I loved this one.Yes, it s dark There s rape and Stockholm Syndrome and torture and castration involved.BUTThere is also an amazing story told here, full of excitement and intrigue, in addition to a seemingly impossible love story between star crossed lovers As I read, I found myself completely enraptured by the drama of the story, which was quite substantial It absolutely played with my emotions At first came outrage Then came the roller coaster I experienced anger, dismay, horror, and disgust, as well as heartbreak, fear, and disbelief This story is complex to say the least and probably not everyone s cup of tea, but despite said complexity, within its pages is perhaps the fiercest love story I ve ever read In fact, I was completely swept away by it Mind you, it s a love story chock full of pain physical, emotional, and psychological I found myself in tears as I read, several times But for me it was all well worth it In fact, as a reader, there s nothing better than a book that can drag you through the darkest pits of emotional hell, only to bring you to the precipice of joy, where you willingly let yourself fall, peril be damned.So, this often stingy with the five stars reviewer happily gives Stormfire the elusive 5 star rating, without question


  9. says:

    Really about a 1.5 for mebut the writing is exceptional and the author deserves a better grade for it to be quite honest if it hadn t been so well drawn, there s no way in hell I could have finished this book However, the two protagonists are probably two of the least likeable people I ve ever read as leads in a book Considering the number of books I ve read the ones I ve shelved here are only the ones I ve read in the last three years or sothat saying a LOT Fans of Sto Really about a 1.5 for mebut the writing is exceptional and the author deserves a better grade for it to be quite honest if it hadn t been so well drawn, there s no way in hell I could have finished this book However, the two protagonists are probably two of the least likeable people I ve ever read as leads in a book Considering the number of books I ve read the ones I ve shelved here are only the ones I ve read in the last three years or sothat saying a LOT Fans of Stormfire, and apparently there are many, must love angst in a storyline beyond reason Not for me K


  10. says:

    This is the perhaps the Ultimate Bodice Ripper romance It has EVERYTHING and everyone gets to let their inner monsters out It also keeps you glued to the page waiting for what comes next and after seven years of story and plot, everyone finally calms down enough to celebrate a real HEA.This isn t a pc romance in ANY shape or form, but it is a great one and I have three copies that I regularly reread for the sheer epic intensity No one in this is very likable, but they are unforgettable and if This is the perhaps the Ultimate Bodice Ripper romance It has EVERYTHING and everyone gets to let their inner monsters out It also keeps you glued to the page waiting for what comes next and after seven years of story and plot, everyone finally calms down enough to celebrate a real HEA.This isn t a pc romance in ANY shape or form, but it is a great one and I have three copies that I regularly reread for the sheer epic intensity No one in this is very likable, but they are unforgettable and if you claim to be a vintage bodice ripper devotee at all, you have to read this


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