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Sapphire (Mira Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2005

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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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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: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,708,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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ON A MISSION HERE ...BRING BACK UN "PC" ROMANCE
ROMANCE AUTHORS TAKE HEED...
Because they are many who write NEGATIVE reviews or refuse to read a book with "CHEATING" in it.....(and boy are they missing out )Many AUTHORS today stifle their creativity trying too hard to be PC and in the process ends up writing the SAME romance books over and over with just different storylines ...YAWN !THE BEST ROMANCE BOOKS that are often mentioned and well remembered DO have "cheating " or a hero /heroine who are "fighting the relationship (or for any reason ) and becomes involved with OW /OM ...This is called ANGST and this author can write it well. These are the books that make you FEEL and are REALISTIC...
Today... books are sugary sweet FLUFF...and while ...yes !...they can be good reads and swoon worthy... THEY ARE ALSO FORGETTABLE! They are wayyyy more readers out their like me who want to read a romance book that is well written with realistic characters (flaws and all) who are involved with OW/OM and have to work for what they want !
S.C Stephens has given us this in this series ..
Do yourself a favor ..read negative reviews carefully ...mostly they are written because of the "c" word...NOT the beautiful story or the wonderful writing ...
If you are one of those who only likes the PC Romance books ...BOY are you missing out! and for those PC AUTHORS ...BOY are you forgettable !
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Unlike some of the other reviewers, I liked this book. Yes, it's somewhat predictable in the usual Rogers format, but I liked it anyway. Some parts are a little unrealistic, like when she lives as a boy, FOR MONTHS! But it IS fiction and that's why I liked it. It's fun to pretend that something like this could have actually happened. The story is all about finding the man you want and not settling for just sex--holding out for love. And this is, of course, the Rosemary Rogers way. In the Russian Connection books, I found myself rapidly skimming many parts to get to something interesting. In this book, I rarely did that as it was just about ALL interesting.
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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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