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Rapture Becomes Her Paperback – July 1, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420118420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420118421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on July 2, 2011
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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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I LOVE ALL SHIRLEE BUSBEE'S BOOKS. SHE'S A GREAT WRITER AND THERE ARE MANY BUT FEW ARE GREAT. SHE BRINGS THE CHARACTERS ALIVE WITH EXCELLENT TENSION BETWEEN THE LEAD MALE AND FEMALE. YOUR INTEREST IS KEPT TO THE LAST PAGE AND YOU THEN WANT MORE OF THE SAME. AFTER I READ THIS BOOK---RAPTURE BECOMES HER---I LOOKED FOR OTHERS OF HER BOOKS ON THIS SAME THEME.
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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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