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Subject: excruciating moments in romance
Date Posted: 10/14/2011 8:57 PM ET
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What's your fave excruciating moment in romance?  It's usually a scene where the hero is behaving badly and embarasses the hell out of the heroine.  I think a scene in The Portrait by Megan Chance takes the cake.  During a manic episode, the hero drags the bedraggled looking herione into the priciest restaurant in New York and demands a table.   She's wearing a paint stained dress and her hair is undone.  He then starts screaming at the other patrons that she is a godess and demands that they agree.  Next, he knocks over a wine bottle and brandishes it, spilling it all over her and other patrons.   It's clear that he is mad and she finally manages to get him out of the restaurant, leaving the waiter her address to send the bill to.  

Can anybody top that?



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Date Posted: 10/14/2011 9:20 PM ET
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I read a midievil romance once where he dragged her naked into the common room to get married. I forget which book it was. But if I remember right she was refusing to marry him or something. I can't remember if she put on a really horrible dress in protest and he ripped it off her. Or she was taking too long to come down and he went after her and dragged he in there naked. But she had to stand there naked before her family, his family, his men and the priest.  I wish I could remember which book that was.  It was before my PBS/Goodreads days of tracking my reads. 

I want to say that it was a Bertrice Small book.

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 1:32 PM ET
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I think you're right Mary about it being Bertrice Small, I remember that book too.

Date Posted: 10/22/2011 6:14 PM ET
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Mary and Sherri, I think I read that one too, and it was Betrice Small.  I remember thinking, the wedding night would have been less than pleasurable for the groom if I had been the bride, and I was completely bummed out that the bride and groom lived happily every after even after that stunt!

 

ETA - my most excruciating moment, though, was picking up a book by my favorite author which started with a seriously sexy moment, then realizing that no only did the heroine have the same name as my then-3 year old niece, but the hero had the same name as my then-5 year old nephew (her brother).  Huge "ick - ewe - yuck - gross" moment which has caused me to always check the names of the main characters before opening the book to read it!



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Date Posted: 10/29/2011 9:58 AM ET
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I can't remember the name. It's a historical romance.

An older man (late 30s) sees a much younger woman (18 maybe), falls in love with her and wants her. She, however, is engaged to a young man around her own age. The older man befriends her and/or her family if I remember right. Then he tricks her (with a picnic maybe) and  kidnaps her aboard his ship. He marries her against her will. Then I can't remember if she runs away and is attacked or if she is just attacked by some of his enemies while at his home. Anyway, she is taken some place where the men who kidnapped her rape her repeatedly. There were about 5 or 6 of them. One of them was of really big stature and very big elsewhere if you get my drift. When he raped her (I think anally), he literally ripped her up. She was lying on her back and he flipped her over cause she was "too slick" from the previous men.The rape scene was quite detailed. It was horrible to read. Very excruciating scene. I almost couldn't finish the book. I remember thinking "hurry up and get this scene over with". I think she might have also been pg at this time and loses the baby because of the brutal rape. Then she is rescued by her husband and is treated very tenderly by him. She begins to fall in love with him. He loves her enough that he "sets her free"  (not realizing that she had fallen in love with him) to go back to the young man she had been engaged to. She does so, but discovers that he is a very shallow immature man and she doesn't actually love him anymore. She ends up going back to her husband and then living happily ever after.

This sort of reminds me of a Beatrice Small book, but not for sure if it is.

Pam



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Date Posted: 10/29/2011 10:45 AM ET
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I believe the book you are thinking of  is Devil's Embrace by Catherine Coulter.

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 3:38 PM ET
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Yes, Jeannie, that is the correct book. I liked it, as I like most of the old bodice rippers. But it was somewhat painful to read as I tend to imagine myself as the character of the herione.

Pam

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 5:23 PM ET
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Hi Pam - I liked the book also. I don't necessarily want all my romances to be light and full of easy romance. I also enjoy romance that may not be as easy to read, but has a lot of depth.  I love those excruciating moments that may have me cringing, but keep me reading to see what happens next. Patricial Gaffney does that well also. This book seemed to be one that was either loved or hated by the readers.  

 



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One scene that stands out for me is from Julia Quinn's The Viscount Who Loved Me.  Now it's not overly dramatic, but had enough of a punch.  It's the scene where Anthony catches Kate in his office (when they still belive they don't like each other) and he needs to give her a key.  She is near the door and instead of handing it to her he purposely tosses the key in a way so she cant catch it.  She tries to snag it in the air but she misses and her hands make a loud clapping sound and the key falls to the ground where she has to embarrassingly bend over in front of him to pick it up.  She knew he was trying to humiliate her in a small way and he knew he was doing that too.  

Not a big humiliation scene, but just enough to make you cringe. 

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 10:52 PM ET
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Oh, I know another one. It's a scene in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander.

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The scene after Jamie Frazier is rescued from his imprisonment by Jack Randall. He is very ill and Claire along with the monks is trying to doctor him. Jamie begins to tell Claire what happened to him at Jack Randall's hands after he bargained with him for Claire's safe release. Randall has been in love with Jamie for years. He wants Jamie and will stop at nothing to have him. Jamie was basically raped time and time again by the sick sadistic bastard. And he had promised he would not resist in return for Claire's release. Jamie is literally out of his mind with the shame and horror of what he endured. Claire ends up having to technically recreate  what happened in order to break through Jamie's delirium. To give Jamie back his manhood and his honor.  It was horrific what Jamie endured at that bastard's hands. Made me want to gag! This was beyond excruciating!

This is also one of the most well written books I have ever read. It is in fact my favorite book of all time.

Pam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 11:07 PM ET
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Very excruciating moment in Gaffney's Lily -- I used it in a "guess the book" thread ages ago. The hero arrives at the heroine's wedding and you think he's there to rescue her from marrying another man, but he's actually there to denounce her as a whore. Very dark, twisted book.

Date Posted: 10/30/2011 10:24 AM ET
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I am reading Lilly right now! I just started it yesterday, so I am not that far into it yet. How did you like it? 

 

Date Posted: 10/30/2011 2:06 PM ET
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It's one of those books that on first read had me going, this is way too much, OMG. Then I couldn't forget about it and it became one of my favorites.