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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); First Edition edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380781190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380781195
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,080,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite a rather uninspired title, Thacker's latest (Hearts Run Wild) offers an exciting and innovative plot that captures the reader's fancy early on. Thacker skillfully entangles a notorious ex-pirate, Captain Nicholas Brogan, with Samantha Delafield, a high-born lady turned thief. Finding themselves in jail for previous misdeeds, the two are shackled together to prevent escape while being transported to London for hanging. Their escape is inevitable, but linked by two feet of chain, and each having a personal agenda, the battle of wills begins. Thacker's descriptive phrasing and analysis of characters and events make the fast-paced story come alive-as do the many steamy love scenes.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Shelly Thacker has earned lavish praise from Publishers Weekly, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Oakland Press for her "innovative," "addictive," "erotic" and "powerful" historical romances.

A two-time RWA RITA Finalist, Shelly has also received a National Readers' Choice Award and five straight KISS Awards for her outstanding heroes. The Detroit Free Press has twice placed her books on their annual list of the year's best romances. When she's not at the computer, you'll find her knitting in local cafes or kickboxing at the gym. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Hearts Run Wild is a romantic road tale that is not so very typical. Set in the Georgian period, this story stars two prisoners shackled together and they must rely on each other for survival.

Samantha Delafield finds herself leg shackled to fellow convict Nick Brogan. Samantha is a seamstress with a dream of blue seas and warm winds in Venice but she fears she will never have a chance at such a life. She is a well brought up lady who was at the mercy of her cruel uncle when her parents died. It's easy to like Samantha as she is warm and gentle yet she has an inner core of steel. She meets challenges head on and is not afraid to take hold of her destiny.

Nick Brogan was a pirate and he is only in England to search for the man blackmailing him. Nick has turned his life around and resides in the American colonies but he keeps much of this information from Samantha preferring at first to try to keep a distant relationship from the beautiful girl. When an opportunity arises to escape, he drags Samantha with him and they are on a journey fraught with danger. Nick must make a meeting with his blackmailer in a fortnight and he has no interest in taking Sam with him. However he is protective of her and grateful too, he likes her way more than he should.

The leads must learn to compromise and trust each other if they are to escape capture and safely leave England. Samantha is an innocent and she is very drawn to Nick but she also realizes that he has plans that do not include her. Nick is daring yet also vulnerable and nobly minded when it comes to Samantha; he wants her to achieve her villa in Venice.

This is a lively adventure and the leads communicate well.
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From the inside front cover:

Passion runs deep...

An impossible situation drives Samantha Delafield to commit a desperate act and forces the orphaned beauty to flee her world of privilege. But her fate takes a shocking turn when she is arrested for petty thievery and shackled to a dangerous criminal.

Hearts run wild...

Nicholas Brogan is a man tormented by his past as England's most notorious pirate. Now a blackmailer's threats have drawn him out of seclusion--and into the hands of the British magistrates. Manacles bind him to a beautiful young hellion who enflames Nicholas with passions he has struggled to suppress--tempting him to care, to want, to escape together, for their destinies are linked by chains far stronger than the iron that holds them captive...and only love can set their imprisoned hearts free.

And my review:

Shelly Thacker is an auto-buy author for me. (I only wish she hadn't stopped writing!) Every book I've read by her has been a winner (with the exception of MIDNIGHT RAIDER).

As always, the historical detail is well done without being "textbook" or taking over the story. The intrigue / suspense / mystery storyline is interesting, but the main focus of the story is on the growing relationship between the hero and heroine. And that's just where it should be in a romance novel.

Also, despite a rather scandalous back cover picture, this is not a lust-soaked book. Yes, the characters are physically attracted to one another, but it's not the sole thing drawing them together. Shelly Thacker is one of the best authors for strong character development, and her talent once again shows in this novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gialdini on April 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Nicholas Brogan is a former pirate who's tried to put his evil ways behind him by living a quiet peaceful life in the colonies. That life is jeopardized when an anonymous blackmailer demands an exorbitant sum from Nicholas to keep quiet about Nicholas's past. Nicholas plans to meet the blackmailer, not to hand over the money, but to kill him. Unfortunately, he's mistaken for a common footpad as soon as he arrives in England and is tossed in jail, where he meets Samantha Delafield, who's also been arrested, though she isn't innocent of the crimes charged against her. Neither of them want to be tried, of course - Nicholas because he doesn't want to be recognized as the infamous pirate he used to be, and Samantha because she's got a lecherous uncle in London who was the reason she turned to crime in the first place. She used to be a gently bred lady, but she almost killed him when he tried to rape her. She ran away and has lived a life of crime ever since, saving up all her pennies for the long awaited day when she can flee England and start a new life for herself in Venice.

For a long while, Hearts Run Wild goes along swimmingly - I have a great time immersed in a rip roaring adventure as our hero and heroine do their best to outrun the law. There's not much by way of historical accuracy - that is, everything about the book carries modern cadences - but the emotions are there and that's enough to carry the story despite this quibble. Nicholas and Samantha hate each other at the start, but their bickering doesn't get on my nerves in this case. They still have good chemistry, thanks to an interesting twist: they are shackled together. Literally. So even though they hate each other, they have to work together, because if one dies, the other dies.
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