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Silver Storm (Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The bodice ripping days are behind us in romance novels, and I was eager to re-read this book and compare a popular story from the early 80's to romance novels in the present day. I had forgotten much of the story, and as I was reading along I came to the scene where Devon's dress was ripped down to her waist by the marauding British soldier. I thought to myself, "Here it comes." I expected the hero would be a bodice-ripper as well.
But no, Andre is the kind of hero that makes women swoon, even by today's standards. He is drop-dead handsome, quick-thinking, and brave. The plot sets up the situation where there is a lot of arguing between Andre and Devon, for good reasons. She finds him very frustrating and she often believes the worst of him. But she is wrong, he is not a beast, and as the story goes along she learns his is also heroic, kind-hearted, and protective. As I was reading I found their arguing to be so amusing. Both characters are likable and both have good reasons for their position in the disagreements.
Oh yes, the sparks do fly, and I was swept up in the tale. I couldn't put this book down and I read it entirely in one day, even though I had to stay up way past my bedtime to finish it. It was that good! I ate the story up like I was gobbling down bonbons. It didn't dull the story in the least that I had read this before. It was even better this time around, for I now have the years of experience of reading many historical romances and I know a good one when I come across it.
I am putting this author is on my short list of the best romance authors. What fun I am going to have reading each and every one of Cynthia Wright's books!
Five Big Fat Stars!
The story of Devon and Andre Raveneau is a special love story that begins a true family dynasty rich in exceptional story telling of romance, history and swashbuckling adventure. Page after page will keep the lights on long past your bedtime and sorry when you turn the last page.
Young Devon Lindsey grew up in in New London, Connecticut and dreamed of adventures at sea borrowed from the stories of her sea captain father. She meets the famous French privateer, Captain Andre Raveneau, when she is only 12, and he mesmerizes her. At 17, he steals a kiss in a carriage. Though he quickly forgot it, she never did. A year later, the British attack New London and while the whole town is burning, Devon is saved by a lecherous sailor who steals her aboard Raveneau's ship, the Black Eagle. There she again encounters the famous captain. This time he steals more than a kiss.
This is a superbly told, well-written complex tale. I can't do justice to it in a short review, but I can say it held me captive for 341 pages. The hero, who has a low opinion of women from his father's mistress, is a cad who seems to flit from one woman's bed to the next for the entire book. Devon is a guileless 18-year-old innocent who seems to have bad judgment for most of the book as she seeks adventure and is enthralled by the man of legend she cannot resist. How they come together and the twists and turns of the tale of the war raging around them is a great story. It was my first by Wright but I have since bought all in this series. For the lover of classic historical romance who is tired of the light fluff so frequently offered today, this is the book for you.
Please note: I read the paperback (original) version; I understand the eBook has only minor changes.
The Raveneau Series:
SURRENDER THE STARS
SILVER SEA (originally released as BARBADOS)
TEMPEST (to be released in 2012)
If you like to read in time sequence, as I do, here are the intertwined Raveneau and Beauvisage series in chronological order:
1780 - SILVER STORM
1783 - CAROLINE
1789 - TOUCH THE SUN
1793 - SPRING FIRES
1814 - SURRENDER THE STARS
1814 - NATALYA
1818 - SILVER SEA (originally BARBADOS)
1903 - TEMPEST (to be published in 2012)
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