Book Reviews of Wicked Loving Lies

Wicked Loving Lies
Wicked Loving Lies
Author: Rosemary Rogers
ISBN-13: 9780380007769
ISBN-10: 0380007762
Publication Date: 2/1997
Pages: 667
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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This is not a tender romance, but is rather in the tradition of Sweet Savage Love -- a hero from the outside of society, who treats the convent-bred heroine quite roughly throughout 2/3 of the story. Only in the last four chapters or so, does Dominic begin to show Marisa some tenderness. Just be warned, this is a somewhat typical '80's historical romance with lots of conflict between the hero/heroine and the heroine suffers a great deal (lots of it due to the hero's actions) before the end. In its favor, the story is involving, and thanks to little hints of a slightly better nature along the way, I can't totally despise Dominic for his behavior toward Marisa (even though he is often totally unreasonable!) Marisa always fights back, too; she's no doormat. I think 3 stars out of 5 is a fair rating.
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From the innocence of a convent to a Sultan's harem, Napoleon's court and the wilderness of Louisiana, Marisa and Dominic seem to be star-crossed lovers. She grows to hate him and he reminds her that hate is not far from love. This is a great story which will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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Born of scandal and denied his birthright, Dominic Challenger took to the sea, charting his own future. A true rogue, Dominic answers to no one, trusting only himself. Until Marisa.

Born of wealth and privilege, Marisa is a prisoner to her father's expectations. When the sanctuary she has found behind the walls of a convent is threatened by the news that her father has arranged for her to marry, Marisa flees . . . right into the arms of a pirate.

From the safety of a sheltered convent to a sultan's harem, from the opulence of Napoleon's court to the wilds of the new frontier, Marisa and Dominic brave all that they encounter in this thrilling age: intrigue, captivity and danger. And above all, an enduring passion that ignites into an infinite love.
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"Tumultuous Passion, Impetuous Desire, Searing Love"
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Rape is bad, mmkay?

Bad in real life, but a fact of life in the old bodice rippers. If it's something that bugs you, chances are the whole book would suffer from its inclusion and you'd probably be better off not bothering to read it. Especially a book like this one, where rape occurs multiple times (and mainly by the hero).

This is the first Rosemary Rogers book I've ever read, and I'm glad that I didn't gobble this up back in high school along with Bertrice Small and Johanna Lindsey because, like other people, I might have focused solely on the sexual violence Marisa suffers and therefore ignored the other elements in the book. The adventure and crazy action is tops, of course, but the primal scream of female suffering comes through real loud and no doubt struck a strong chord back in 1976. It still resonates, and putting it in a historical perspective, the brutality Marisa endures from all quarters - even by those who profess to love her - is part and parcel of depicting a brutal time. Despite the Enlightenment and a professed dedication to Rule of Law, some parts of life were lawless, and a woman's body was unprotected territory.

These alpha heroes and spitfire heroines and the nasty things they do and suffer through are perfect fits for the settings of the old rippers. There's Old World decadence under the veneer of gentility, and New World blunt, raw brutality as frontiers are tamed and a whole race is grist for another's mill. There's contradictions to navigate and fail, like mixed blood being fashionable in France but is grounds for enslavement in America. What one takes for granted is stolen away in an ocean's breadth. The world is still like that in many respects, and the unidealized atmosphere and characters in this book and many others of its time never fail to make me react and think.

Like any book, though, there are some weak moments. I thought the character of Dominic was too flat for most of the book. Only at the end did he have an awakening of sorts, and it was too little too late, and the eventual HEA with he and Marisa came too closely on its heels. Still, I give the book 5 stars because the final act still had my interest and a good pace.

This is a true bodice ripper classic, and if you don't mind squirming a bit in discomfort in parts, it's definitely worth the read.
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Born of scandal and denied his birthright, Dominic Challenger took to the sea, charting his own future. A true rogue, Dominic answers to no one, trusting only himself. Until Marisa. Born of wealth and privilege, Marisa is a prisoner to her father's expectations. When the sanctuary she has found behind the walls of a convent is threatened by the news that her father has arranged for her to marry, Marisa flees . . . right into the arms of a pirate. From the safety of a sheltered convent to a sultan's harem, from the opulence of Napoleon's court to the wilds of the new frontier, Marisa and Dominic brave all that they encounter in this thrilling age: intrigue, captivity and danger. And above all, an enduring passion that ignites into an infinite love.