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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420118420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420118421
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author of historical and modern romance, Shirlee Busbee has enjoyed tremendous success since her first novel, Gypsy Lady was published in 1977.

Shirlee's books have been translated into numerous languages and she is a household name to romance readers world-wide.

Married to her best friend, Howard Busbee, Shirlee and Howard enjoy their life in Northern California on their ranch.

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The action and mystery of the story line is first-rate.
Virginia Campbell
This goes on for the first 150 pages and then actually picks up in pacing for a bit and then slowly reverts to plodding along again.
Rumana Faruque
I could not put them down, I read all of her books back to back they were great!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
American Viscount Barnaby Joslyn has no idea how he ended up in the Channel. Sea Captain Jeb finds Barnaby and brings him to the Crown tavern owned by Widow Mrs. Gilbert. Dressed as a man, very tall Emily Townsend knows the guest interrupted their smuggling that keeps her beloved great Aunt Cornelia and Widow stepmother Anne safe from their cousin Squire Jeffery Townsend. Jeffery wants the three women out of his house with his plan to wed pliable Anne to his odious business partner Ainsworth who needs a wife immediately or lose a fortune as his inheritance has a stipulation.

Barnaby knows something is not right with the tall boy near his bed while Emily realizes he is the American. Jeffery arrives raging so Emily escapes through a closet as the five Gilbert daughters delay him before he rushes into the room occupied by Barnaby. The patient gives Jeffery a hard time. Barnaby knows they are smugglers but he owes all of them his life. He will find a way to pay then back though Mrs. Gilbert demands his silence as the only remittance. Meanwhile he wonders who wants him dead besides Mathew and considers his other cousins Thomas and Simon. Barnaby finds Emily and Anne in distress having been run off the road. Barnaby protects the three females while attempts on his life occur even as he and Emily fall in love.

The lead couple is atypical of the sub-genre while the ensemble cast enhances a strong story line. The story line is loaded with action but though there are a couple of other possible suspects, the villain seems obvious relatively early. Still historical romance readers will enjoy Shirlee Busbee's exciting thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Campbell VINE VOICE on September 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Shirley Busbee's "Rapture Becomes Her" is an involving historical adventure featuring a lovely and passionate romance. Emily Townsend, a squire's daughter raised to be a lady, dresses as a man in order to lead a band of smugglers to provide much needed income for her family estate in Sussex. After her father's death, her cousin Jeffrey had assumed the role of squire and promptly squandered the family fortune. Having grown up with vivid tales of bold smugglers plying their trade in her local coastal village, Emily forms her own band of privateers, including some of her own servants. On one of the smuggling runs, Emily's boat captain, Jeb, rescues a nearly-drowned stranger from the sea. Barnaby, Viscount Joslyn, is newly arrived from America to view his inherited properties when an attempt is made on his life. Finding himself rescued by those on the wrong side of the law is just the beginning of Barnaby's adventures. When he realizes that Emily is the bold leader of the enterprising band of entrepreneurs, his attraction to her intelligence and spirit steadily increases. Emily has never met a man like Barnaby, a large, commanding figure who is also thoughtful and down-to-earth. Their mutual admiration takes them both unawares, and their developing relationship is a pleasure to follow. The action and mystery of the story line is first-rate. I particularly enjoyed the stellar cast of supporting characters who added the salt and pepper to the delightful dish of "Rapture Becomes Her".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholics Reviewer on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rapture Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
Historical Romance - June 28th, 2011
4 stars

Emily Townsend leads a secret life. After her father's death, the family's fortune and Squire-ship was inherited by her wastrel cousin who proceeded to spend all the money away on gambling and other vices. Left with no choice, Emily had to take drastic measures to protect her Great-Aunt and her stepmother. She heads a small smuggling gang to keep her family and friends afloat. On one stormy night, she rescues the new Viscount Barnaby Joslyn , her neighbor who has a habit of suffering from one deadly accident after another...

Barnaby is an American who somehow inherited his title. Upon his arrival in England, Barnaby keeps getting into accidents that he suspects are murder attempts. When he arrives at Sussex, Barnaby does not realize that he has somehow stumbled into a series of events that might be a bit much for him. In between courting the Amazonian Emily, protecting her and her brood from her villainous cousin. Plus dealing with his evil friend, and getting rid of unscrupulous smugglers who would do anything to stop him, Barnaby has his hands full...

A lively and brisk paced book, Rapture Becomes Her are packed full of interesting characters from Great-Aunt Cornelia, who is a gentle tyrant, to Lamb, Barnaby's illegitimate and black half-brother who is also his servant. Thankfully, Busbee is a skilled writer who deftly handles the large cast without confusing the reader. For me, the best part were the villains: they are so nasty that you cheered for Barnaby when he beats them. They truly served their purpose by making me dislike them so much. The only problem I had with this book is that there are simply not enough scenes between Emily and Barnaby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rumana Faruque on April 19, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I purchased this title based on the cumulative 4.5 stars this has received. I'm a bit confounded in that as far as the romance goes, there's not much to it. The author glosses over the actual romance to concentrate on other plot points. I'm over a third of the way done and to date there has been little interaction between the Hero and Heroine. Hero meets Heroine only briefly in the opening pages and several more pages go by before they interact again when they have dinner together. Based on these two interactions alone, Hero is ready to marry Heroine. After a brief abduction and last minute rescue by Hero, they are married. Typically this is where they live happily ever after but there's still 100 pages left. Usually, romances fully flesh out the attraction between our main characters before the marriage and the turbulence that ensues but not here. I'm on page 333 and the Hero and Heroine have only interacted in 25 of those pages.

This brings me to the wildly uneven storytelling. The author has many run on sentences that proffer a lot of ideas and thought without really doing more than to muddle the storytelling and make it plodding for the reader to continue on as you are constantly having to think what happened at the beginning of the paragraph that is really just one long sentence. Yes, that previous sentence is an example of to what i refer. This goes on for the first 150 pages and then actually picks up in pacing for a bit and then slowly reverts to plodding along again.

This book could have used some judicious editing of subplots and even cutting out of certain characters altogether. Lucien is introduced to set up the next book but there is an inordinate amount of time throughout focusing on him in this one.
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