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Subject: Rapey Bodice Ripper Recommendations?
Date Posted: 11/3/2009 8:22 AM ET
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I'm not PC at all and enjoy the old fashioned bodice rippers especially ones that are a little bit controversial where it is either a taken by force, almost kinda rape, sold into slavery or mistaken identity type plot.  So for those other twisted ladies like myself - what are some of your favorite ones? 

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 8:42 AM ET
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What is PC?

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 9:23 AM ET
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sorry politically correct - which I'm not!  ;)

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 9:30 AM ET
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Forever In My Heart (Zebra Historical Romance) by Jo Goodman is a good one for mistaken identity and my first exposure to a rape scene was Kathleen Woodiwiss  FLAME AND THE FLOWER. 

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 10:02 AM ET
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Shannon Drake's medieval romances have quite a bit of forced seductions.  I enjoyed the first half dozen or so of her books before it got to be too formulaic for me.



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Date Posted: 11/3/2009 10:18 AM ET
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Johanna Lindsey's books might be just what you're looking for. Check out Silver Angel, Heart of Thunder, Paradise Wild, and Once a Princess for a start.



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Date Posted: 11/3/2009 10:43 AM ET
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Anything by Bertrice Small

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Kathleen Woodiwiss  Flame and the Flower  also Wolf and the Dove.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 11:20 AM ET
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Johana Lindsey's Captive of My Desire - H/H raped each other.

Catherine Coulter's old historicals have quite a few that fit your taste.

Judith McNaught - Whitney, My Love

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 11:48 AM ET
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Johanna Lindsey's A Pirates Love popped into my head when I read this post.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 12:13 PM ET
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You might like Megan McKinney's The Ground She Walks Upon.  Don't rememebr everything that goes on, but the hero keeps the heroine prisoner. No Choice But Surrender by the same author also fits the bill but I found the prose a bit too purple. Might not bother you.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 10:39 AM ET
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Tell Me No Lies by Claudia Dain and The REbel Bride by Catherine Coulter-the older versions-the new ones might have been changed a little.  Warning-these are two of the worse books I have ever read-and I have low standards.

I'm reading Angel Creek by Linda Howard and there's a scene like this in it.  Just the right amount of forced seduction but not so much that it's out right rape and you hate the hero.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 11:14 AM ET
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Mary - how bad is bad?  :P  Are we talking so bad it almost might be good (often times I find myself just having to try some of these books - I think I'm a masochist).  Also bad as in which of the following:

  • Stupid, unrealistic plot and or holes
  • Bad prose that makes you want to slap the author
  • Bad characters that are just so stupid you wish evil things upon them
  • Bad sex scenes i.e. -=- his purple headed warrior penetrated her quivering love mound
  • Unrealistic romance - there is no chemistry at all between these people
Date Posted: 11/5/2009 11:54 AM ET
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Here's one that hit my wall, so that's probably about as cheesy-rapey, bodice rippingly bad as it gets: The Buccaneer by Donna Fletcher. I just could not get into it, so it might be just the thing for those of you who love that stuff:P



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Date Posted: 11/5/2009 2:36 PM ET
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I've got a pirate fetish too so that might work out quite well!  I'm going to have to start another thread on best pirate romance (even though I have three bookshelves TBR, more on the way and more I want!)

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 4:26 PM ET
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On my keeper shelf is Savage Fire by Phoebe Conn. In this revolutionary war book, the farmer's daughter runs away with an Indian (Iroquois, I think) who was working on their farm. He's actually a white man who was raised by the tribe. His tribe rejects her. He's working for the Americans as a spy, so they head into the city where he's captured by the British. She's also taken prisoner and forced to become the British officer's mistress to save her husband. The officer invites his friends to enjoy her and how she escapes that fate is great! She's no whimpy/whiny/wussy woman and her motives for submitting to the officer reflect her love for her husband. She'll do anything to prevent his death.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 6:07 PM ET
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You can always give Rosemary Rogers a try. All of hers have some form of rape or torture. Wicked Loving Lies. A pirate and a nun all in the same book. Lets not forget the saga of Steve and Ginny, their story spanned 3 or 4 books.  First he lost him memory in one book and then she lost hers in another. I think...what a soap opera. The Insiders have a gang rape scene and not only does Eve forgive the instigator, she forgives him, marries him and has his baby...*sigh* only in the 70s. :-) I still have all my books by the way. I was only in 8th grade when I read that book. Man if my mom had a clue what I was reading. lol

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 8:02 PM ET
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Well in one book the heroine is raped in her early teens.  She refuses to marry hero because after that experience she wants no part of the marriage bed.  He arranges it so she has to marry him, I forget how.   She refuses to sleep with him-she never wanted to marry him in the first place. I believe she's only about 17.   So he dons a mask and kidnaps her, puts on a phony accent and rapes her himself (and not in a sexy bit of rough sex kind of way but in a tied up and brutalized kind of way) Then he's pissed that she's not a virgin and treats her like a whore.  ( I believe the book was rewritten when it was reissued 20yrs later-so a newer printing might be more PC)

In the other the heroine is traveling home after visiting relatives.  The hero is a Gentleman who is also a pirate.  He captures her ship and she tricks him into thinking she's experienced so just he'll rape her and not the whole crew.   He makes it clear that if she doesn't please him he'll toss her to the crew to use. He doesn't notice she's a virgin (she's also still a teenager).  She escapes him by jumping off the ship when it's near shore, swimming to shore and finding her way home.  She is very, very religious and is like really racked with guilt because she had sex with him to save her life.  He happens to be the nephew of a friend of her family.  He recognizes her and the proceeds to torment her calling her a whore and such.  He tries to blackmail her into beign his mistress until her father (she finally confesses to her father) tells him why she did what she did.  By the end of the book the girl is practically suicidal. 

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 8:04 PM ET
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I just want to say that I like a little bit of rough sex/forced seduction in a book too.  The scene in Angel Creek by Linda Howard was just the right amount of forced seduction without it being down right rape.

But these other 2 I mentioned-the hero's in both those books were absolutely detestable, disgusting rapists. 

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 8:17 PM ET
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Wow those two do some like some real winners!  Kind of makes you wonder what the hell some of these authors are thinking huh?  I actually thought Coulter was pretty PC?  I'm almost sure I started to read a book by her that was some weird not well written time travel story where the H/H were reincarnated and it kept jumping between the past and the present.  I got bored and never finished it but it didn't have anything as shocking as that in it!

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 9:54 PM ET
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Lord Ruin by Carolyn Jewel has an opening scene that involves drugs, mistaken identity and a virgin. It has a great story, too.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 10:03 PM ET
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 Mary Jo Putney's The Bartered Bride has this topic as part of the Heroin's life story but she is not raped by the Hero.  It is my favorite of that trilogy.  And the other is Broken Wing by Judith James.  Very good book actually.   About a man found as a boy on the street and forced into prostitution. 

I just realized that these are not bodice rippers, really, but good books nontheless with some sold into slavery in each.



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Date Posted: 11/5/2009 10:38 PM ET
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I am not bashing Catherine Coulter. The version of this book that I read was writting in the late 70's/early 80's.  I saw that it was reissued recently and when I read the little author foreward she said she had "updated" the book.  My guess the hero is a little nicer in the new version.  I've read other of her older books and enjoyed them.  But I wanted to burn this book. 

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 10:09 PM ET
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Try almost anything by Virginia Henley.  Pat

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