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Sweet Savage Love Mass Market Paperback – 1974

4.2 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 37th Printing edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380179881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380179886
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was written almost 30 years ago?!! I was astonished when I read that, because this book reads like a modern day book, a VERY well written modern day novel.

I must admit, I hate romance novels with bad hero/heroines and after reading the reviews here, I almost passed on it. Well let me tell you, I am glad I tried it. Up most, what you gotta keep in mind is, this can NOT be considered a "romance" book.. you'll HATE it if you start this book thinking that. You must have an open mind, know that in this book you'll see the heroine abused horribly again, and again... raped, kidnapped, horrible hero who cheats EVERY other day ( I swear ), and the heroine puts up with it. This makes it worse, where was the heroine's pride? Yep, your typical 70s book. I remember one scene, SPOILER HERE :

After the hero kidnaps the heroine, he takes her to a whore house to hide her, he then goes to another room to shower and to have sex with one of the girls and the heroine is right next door, he then comes in the room see's she's been crying, asleep... he thinks about having sex with her too, right after having sex with a whore... that pissed me off! LOL, yes, horrible hero, and there were many, many scenes like this here, he was a male slut!

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There are so many reviews here so read those for plots I wont go into that... You will enjoy this dark "fiction" novel with a dark hero and a beautiful heroine who will do anything and put up with anything for her love for this undeserving hero ( imho ). That part drove me nuts...

Nevertheless, this book deserves 5 stars because I was thoroughly entertained, I seriously could NOT put this hateful, woman degrading novel down, I became addicted to this epic novel mid way.
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By A Customer on September 11, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sweet Savage Love is about a naive girl full of romantic fancies who confronts the more lurid realities of life and love. Ginny is caught in more situations than some readers might find easy to swallow. There is also an element of forced seduction involving Ginny and Steve Morgan that readers might find offensive. However, there is a deep, unrecognized attraction between the hero and heroine that is not present in Ginny's other encounters. It is not mature love at first. However, most love takes time to grow. The novel is set in the background of the American Southwest and in Mexico during the rebellion against the Emperor Maximillian. The reader gets a small taste of history and the feel for the injustices and turmoil which resulted in this war. However, this is primarily a romance novel to entertain. Steve and Ginny both go through a lot but this does occur during a tumultous (sp?) time in history. Ginny's morals or lack thereof may sour some readers but she is the product of her upbringing and her experiences. Steve Morgans liasons with women are also not high up on the moral ladder but he is the typical male with double standards of whom there are plenty today. Sweet Savage Love is a novel to be enjoyed and not to be analyzed too seriously. Another good Rosemary Rogers novels which is completely separate from Steve and Ginny is The Wildest Heart. This second novel is not quite a dramatic as Sweet Savage Love. Readers might find it a bit easier to swallow.
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As a romance writer, I am revisiting the classics that launched the entire powerful arm of publishing, (the romance genre), and I ordered an old original copy of "Sweet Savage Love." Wow. No wonder this sold millions and was imitated. What a masterfully written book. Exciting and completely plunges a reader into this world. Told in multiple POV's, loaded with adverbs, yet still penned with clarity, this story happens in parts of the U.S. and in Mexico, during the Civil War era. Ginny, the heroine, is half-French, half-American, and Steve Morgan, the dark hero, is half-American, half-Hispanic. The riveting non-stop action spans all their adventures and suffering, and the dysfunctional, wildly physical nature between the leads. Morgan is an unapologetic rake, treating women like used Kleenex, but to me, the guy's harsh gunslinger / mercenary lifestyle fits his character. He wouldn't whistle Yanni tunes in a woman's ear, or offer to wash the dishes while she rests in a recliner. He's selfish and calculating, an adrenaline junkie. Ginny has perhaps the bigger character arc, and she endures horrors when she is captured and forced into prostitution, (white slavery). That part of the book required teeth-gritting. In the end, I found Ginny had more steel than Steve, moving from a Paris Hilton type of pampered existence in the opening, and emerging as a strong, multi-faceted woman who won't back down from working hard. She gets lost in her gypsy dancing. She's strong, yet sensuous, enjoys her seductive power over men, eventually, after recovering from the brutality she suffers. A complete foil for the heartless Steve, who, in spite of himself, grows attached to her - even thinks of her when he's with other women.Read more ›
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This was Rogers' first novel and it became a best seller and an all time classic in modern historical romance. Her writing is superb and her storytelling truly excellent. Published in 1974, it was also one of the first to throw open the bedroom door and include subjects like rape and violence against the heroine, all woven into an intricate plot. Set in the late 1800s in the American West and Mexico (during the reign of the Austrian who became Emperor Maximilian), it's a fast-paced, moving story that will keep you up late at night reading. However, and this is the reason for 4 not 5 stars, there are some parts in this story where the hero and heroine go through such horrifying trials, I just had to skip over them. I'm not overly sensitive but we are talking gruesome!

Ginny Brandon was the French convent-raised daughter of an ambitious US Senator from California who didn't mind putting his wife and daughter at risk to smuggle gold into Mexico to support the French military working for Maximilian. On a wagon train from San Antonio to California, Ginny and her stepmother will face more than the hardships and Indians of the Western plains; they will face the schemes of men who want to make sure Maximilian's French troops never see that gold. One of those men is Steve Morgan, a half-Mexican former Union Army officer who is working undercover for the US government. Morgan has few scruples and almost no morals, taking the women he wants when he wants them. Though he speaks French and lived in Paris for a time, he also lived among the Comanches and has become a fast gun, so he can take care of himself. Though Ginny, an innocent red-haired beauty, has many suitors, she is drawn to the handsome Morgan who becomes the scout for her father's wagon train.
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