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Bayou Bride (Sweetly Contemporary Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Blake
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Piracy of the Heart

Sherry Mason fully intended to refuse the plea of her weak-willed friend, Paul Villeré, that she be his pretend fiancée during a visit to his Louisiana home. Let him stand up to his arrogant older brother Lucien and refuse to marry the girl chosen for him! But that was before she received the late-night phone call from Lucien and heard his scathing opinion of her character and relationship with Paul.

Still, she underestimates Lucien's determination to prevent her appearance at the family gathering -- until he spirits her away to an isolated bayou mansion. To submit to this abduction is impossible; Sherry makes every effort to thwart Lucien's plan. But how can she escape the unwilling desires of her own heart?


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Product Details

  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (October 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QMIMMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY disappointed with the tenor of this story October 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I rarely review books, especially free ones, and a romance novel I grab for $0 comes with varying expectations. What I NEVER expect is a MODERN story where the "heroine" is abducted - her words - and sexually assaulted by our "hero" - seriously, he bruises her when she struggles to get away, forces himself on her despite her clear refusal of his advancements... things like "please, no."

I'll give you the occasional passionate bodice-ripper where there are sparks between characters but they learn more about each other, come to understand that they have more in common than they thought, blah blah blah... that I will read with nary a comment about no-means-no and rape culture. Here we have only the female protagonist's point of view. And her point of view is that she's afraid, angry, and on the verge of tears for the majority of the book. The protagonist even goes so far as to tell her that NO ONE WILL BELIEVE HER when she threatens to report him for kidnapping. Excuse me while I swoon.

We never hear any reason for her to "fall in love" with this man. All I read was evidence for kidnapping, sexual assault, and battery.

Spoiler alert: they end up living happily ever after. HOW?!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected October 19, 2012
By Mary W.
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This story is mainly about three people. Paul who is a young man being forced by his older brother to marry a young woman he proposed marriage to when he was a young teenager. Sherry a good friend of Paul's who he asked to pretend to be his betrothel so this other girl will realize they no longer have a chance at marriage and will leave him alone. The last main character is Lucien who is the older, agressive, and dominering brother who will stop at nothing to make sure his brother does the right thing and marries the young woman he proposed marriage to so many years ago when they were barely teenagers.

Lucien then kidnappes Sherry in an attempt to keep her from stopping this marriage proposal of Paul to the other woman he is sure he will come to love again if only given a chance to be with her. He takes Sherry to a plantation far away from civilization where the only residence are two employees who of course do not speak english. Then these people never question why the young lady of their employer is trying to escape on the boat or why she is always angry and on the verge of tears. They spent a week together where he of course falls head over heals and so does Sherry.

The story had an interesting story to it but really there was to much to dislike. The author went on and on about descriptions of flowers and landscaping and furnitre and clothes. Get the idea a little boring. Then there was this desire for Lucien to force his intentions on Sherry even though he believed her to be engaged to his younger brother. No woman I know could fall in love with a man like that. Seriously even if the engagement was not real he believed it to be so what would that say about his character to force himself on his brothers girl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is romance? Huh? More like control.... April 22, 2013
By Bozclan
Format:Kindle Edition
Even given the time this book was written, i just don't get how it is romance....the 'hero' kidnaps, tries to intimidate, and control the heroine. He never professes or shows any real love for her. That he wants her, yes. He even deceives her as to the meaning of a tradition he convinces her to be part of, that it is only a game. But he, in turn, takes this tradition as having real consequences he intends to hold her to without her knowledge. How is that 'love' by any stretch of the imagination? His actions show a desire to control her, not love for her.

This book would send a counselor at an abused womens' shelter into seizures.

That being said, I do like the author's writting style but I need to question the judgement shown in her storyline.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Era, A Different Point of View October 27, 2012
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The story of Lucien and Sherry, Bayou Bride (Sweetly Contemporary Collection) began with Sherry meeting Lucien via a phone when Lucien called Sherry's home looking for his brother Paul. A mistaken assumption on Lucien's part that Sherry and Paul were involved romantically was strengthened when Paul told his older brother Lucien that Sherry and him were engaged.

That precipitated Sherry's trip to New Orleans. Lucien, trying to make Paul do the right thing and honor an earlier "engagement" to another girl intercepted Sherry and brought her to Bayou's End, the Villere's home away from home in the bayou.

***SPOILER ALERT*** (I will be discussing several items here that will reveal the plot)

For this who missed it, this was written in 1978. And I am glad that the author did not try to "update" it to make it more contemporary (as in 21st century). And yes, 32 years seem not a very long time for the book to be classified "historical" romance, but if we take into consideration how much have changed in the past 30 years (the internet, mobile phones, computers just to name a few), then this book should be in the historical romance category.

The first chapter already told me that this book is not truly "contemporary" because Sherry had to go go back and forth the office and her boss's house to bring documents. If this book is set in the 2000s, then it could have been emailed or done via an extranet, so there is no need for the "secretary" to do the heavy lifting.

Also, the word "secretary" and secretarial school was used. Today, we have Admin Assistants and Personal Assistants, though the work they do are actually the same as secretary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
An enjoyable read without too many surprises but a nice ending. Recommend read to others who enjoy romance and tempers.
Published 2 months ago by KLD
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoed this book
Not a blockbuster, but great writing non the less. Very different type of story for me. Would read more of Jennifer Blake.
Published 19 months ago by stargazer27
1.0 out of 5 stars Naive & dumb blonde meets harsh & controlling pirate
A very disappointing "romance." Surprisingly, there is no sex other than kissing. The heroine Sherry is incredibly naive, to the point of appearing pretty stupid. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J&KN in NC
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Well written book, only one or two typos. A great Saturday read! I know the author has other great reads too!
Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Sentences Need Serious Work
This story had pluses and minuses. One plus that kept me reading was the fantastic descriptions of New Orleans and the Bayou. It became in my thinking a most beautiful place. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Suzanne Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm
I felt like the plot took too long to develop. It was tooo predictable as well. I loved, however the tension between the adversaries.
Published 20 months ago by Shani
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet read
I usually read paranormal books but sometimes you just want a sweet read and for me this is one of those books.
Published 20 months ago by minimimof2
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
I am very disappointed reading this. It is difficult to read. Almost as if an attempt to write a modern story in historical ideas. Read more
Published 20 months ago by gayle
4.0 out of 5 stars easy reading
I found this book to be predictable but good. No profanity or graphic sex scenes. These are a plus for my taste. And it doesn't leave you wondering how it ended.
Published 21 months ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars great read, I loved it
I really love this author. GREAT heros, heroines that are smart, etc. I finished The Tuscan's Revenge (LOVED IT) so I went right to this one. I love this author. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gatorfan
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Jennifer Blake has been called "the steel magnolia of women's fiction" for her enduring career as an author. She has also been lauded as a "pioneer of the romance genre" and an "icon of the romance industry." A New York Times and international best selling author from the publication of "Love's Wild Desire" in 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Halls of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two Maggies, two Holt Medallions, multiple Reviewer's Choice awards, the Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine, and the Frank Waters Award for literary excellence. She has written 65 books with translations in 20 languages and more than 30 million copies in print. Jennifer and her husband live on a lake in northern Louisiana.

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