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Product Details

  • Series: Mira Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077832236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778322368
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After her mother dies, Sapphire leaves Martinique and travels to England with her adopted sister and godmother to find the Earl of Wessex, whom Sapphire has just discovered is her real father. But the earl is dead, and a distant cousin, the American Blake Thixton, has inherited the title. Convinced that Sapphire is nothing more than a fortune hunter, Blake refuses to honor her claim. To force Blake and her English relatives into acknowledging her, Sapphire agrees to her godmother's outrageous plan that the three of them pretend to be in the market for protectors. Sapphire never expected that Blake would then offer her a position as his mistress or that she would be sorely tempted to accept. Rogers' legion of readers will be delighted to find that her latest historical romance features the same brand of arrogant, bold, and sexy hero; stubborn, beautiful, and unconventional heroine; and passionate plot that first made this genre wildly popular in the early 1980s. John Charles
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There's just no substance to it.
CAPinBoynton
I used to force myself to finish any book I started thinking that there is always a chance it might improve...now I know that life is just too short for bad writing.
JGK
If I see another book by Rosemary Rogers, I may pick it up, I believe in second chances.
Frore

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kara J. Jorges VINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sapphire Fabergine is a privileged young lady, raised by her loving parents Armand and Sophie on Martinique. About a year after her mother's death, Sapphire's godmother Lucia and her father tell her that her mother had a secret. Armand was not her father; instead, her mother had secretly married an English lord, the Earl of Wessex, but had been kidnapped by his wealthy family and put on a ship for America. Forced into prostitution in New Orleans, she met Lucia, and the two were subsequently saved by Armand when he married Sophie and raised Sapphire as his own. It was Sophie's dying wish that Sapphire travel to London to claim her birthright as the Earl of Wessex's daughter, so the dying Armand packs her off on a ship with her stepsister Angelique, who was an orphan when Sapphire's parents found her, with Lucia as their guardian.

It doesn't take Sapphire long to learn her father is dead, and in his stead as Lord Wessex is a handsome American, Blake Thixton, who won't listen to her pleas, believing she's a fortune hunter. Lucia concocts a ridiculous plan to embarrass Wexton into acknowledging Sapphire by making her and Angelique scandalous. After Sapphire is seen kissing Blake at a party and they are tossed from their hosts' home, Lucia sets them up to appear to be looking for protectors rather than husbands. Sapphire is tiring of the social whirl when Blake, also bored with London's charms, packs her unwillingly onto a boat bound for Boston, where he plans to make her his mistress.

This is where the story lost me. From this point forward, Blake behaves like an overbearing jerk with nothing but looks and money to recommend him. Sapphire is a doormat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frore on February 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So here we have Sapphire. She is our beautiful, loving, sentimental, friendly, awesome - yet feisty and determined! - heroine plopped into the middle of the Victorian era, thrown from the luxury of Martinique into the glorious sophistication of London, then into the hard-knock atmosphere of New York City. She is brilliant, witty, curious, spiteful, and out to reclaim her honor! - or something! - and along the way she meets a side dish of our raven-haired beefcake Blake Thixton. She must be great. The book is named after her.

The plot of this book is one that has only been exploited in every historical romance novel ever written. Name your character after a gem, and no matter how much time you spend perfecting her personality, she will not be taken seriously.

"Sapphire" has a horribly contemporary feel. I say "horribly" because when a novel is set in the 19th century, a certain expectation is felt for the author to uphold at least a slice of the elegance of that period (or maybe the use of a few metaphors and similes? Somewhere? Anywhere?). Instead we are granted transition words, and heaps of them. "However," "Meanwhile," "By the time..." "Fortunately," "Sapphire this, Sapphire that." With its minimal sensory detail, monotonous sentence length, and the spasmodically placed sex scenes, this story reads like a shopping list for your local XXX store.

And Blake! Our darling Blake! Let us not forget about this hunk of man meat. This dark, mysterious stranger emerges from the business world of London, pockets bulging with cash - or maybe he is just happy to see her - as he constantly deals with the pesky romantic heroine addiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1831 Martinique, Sapphire Fabergive at a party hosted by her father, overhears the guests claim her deceased mother was a whore. Later Armand tells her the truth that she is not his offspring. He met and fell in love with her mother in a New Orleans bordello though she was obviously pregnant. Apparently she had married an earl, but the lad's father Lord Wessex objected to the marriage and had her abducted and dumped on the streets of New Orleans. Armand sends his beloved daughter to England to meet her matriarchal side.

In London brusque American shipping mogul Blake Thixton has inherited Wessex, which he thinks stinks as all he has is two properties, debts, and hysterical females. However, he has plans to use his title to further his company's customer base in England. That is until Sapphire arrives with her claims. Knowing she might hurt his cause, he kidnaps her, taking her back to America where he demands she become his mistress, but soon finds himself captivated and in love with his prisoner. She feels the same way, but does not trust her "jailer" nor does she want to end up in a brothel like being in love did to her mom.

SAPPHIRE is an absorbing historical romance starring a spoiled coming of age young woman whose recovery from the shock of learning about her family tree seems quick, but reasonable. Blake is the more interesting character as he is the early nineteenth century "Ugly American" not interested in anything except the bottom line of his shipping business until Sapphire. Though the key secondary players like her "Aunt" and "sister" abruptly appear on and off the stage, fans will appreciate Rosemary Rogers' fine look at international relationships.

Harriet Klausner
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