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Jennifer Blake
Wheeler Pub Inc (March 1, 1997)
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Love's Wild Desire book. Jennifer Blake's Love's Wild Desire has all the cheesy goodness you can expect from a classic bodice-ripper: Forced seduction, attempted murder, Great, Big, Terrible Misunderstandings, masqued balls, bordellos, drugging and kidnapping galore.

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Jennifer Blake has been called "the steel magnolia of women's fiction" for her enduring career as an author

Jennifer Blake has been called "the steel magnolia of women's fiction" for her enduring career as an author. She has also been lauded as a "pioneer of the romance genre" and an "icon of the romance industry. A New York Times and international best selling author from the publication of "Love's Wild Desire" in 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Halls of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita.

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Love at Sea. Jennifer Blake. PRISONER OF DESIRE Anya abducts infamous duelist Ravel Duralde to save a young man from his deadly skill

Love at Sea. Jennifer Blake, Heather Graham and Diana Palmer, well-loved voices of romance fiction, bring you three new stories of sultry Southern romance. With a Southern Touch will renew your faith in the power of love. An eighth-generation Louisianian, Jennifer Blake says "few things have stopped the women in my family from doing what we think is important. Steel Magnolia' grit and determination are in our blood. PRISONER OF DESIRE Anya abducts infamous duelist Ravel Duralde to save a young man from his deadly skill. Ravel is intrigued - and in no hurry to escape.

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Jennifer Blake, Heather Graham and Diana Palmer, well-loved voices of. .Down in Louisiana, family comes first PRISONER OF DESIRE Anya abducts infamous duelist Ravel Duralde to save a young man from his deadly skill

Jennifer Blake, Heather Graham and Diana Palmer, well-loved voices of romance fiction, bring you three new stories of sultry Southern romance. Down in Louisiana, family comes first.

Written by Jennifer Blake, Audiobook narrated by Therese Plummer. His machinations will soon be his mistake; he has taken her to be a woman of another name and of easy virtue. He only realizes his flagrant folly after compromising Catherine's good name.

Jennifer Blake was born near Goldonna, Louisiana, in her grandparents' 120-year-old hand-built cottage. Her most recent novel is Love's Wild Desire. She grew up on an eighty-acre farm in the rolling hills of northern Louisiana. While married and raising her children, she became a voracious reader. At last, she set out to write a book of her own. That first book was followed by more than forty others, and today they have reached more than nine million copies in print, making Jennifer Blake one of the best-selling romance authors of our time. Jennifer and her husband live near Quitman, Louisiana, in a house styled after old Southern planters' cottages.

Aristocratic Rafael Navarro spies the beautiful Catherine Mayfield at one of New Orleans' most exotic quadroon balls and mistakes her for a woman who generously dispenses her favors. He realizes too late that he has hopelessly compromised a lady of the haute monde.With no choice but to accept his proposal, the enraged Catherine becomes his bride. Rafael whisks her away to his bayou home, a looming, dark mansion of secrets and forbidden passions. Here, whispers of past tragedy and present danger begin to insinuate their way into her life -- while she weakens to her growing desire for a man whose caress ruthlesly tempts her with the pleasures of love.But the past may keep her from claiming the heart of this enigmatic man, who has indelibly and passionately claimed her body and her soul....
  • Debeme
New Orleans, 1810. Catherine Mayfield's sleazy escort Marcus convinces her to attend a Quadroon ball with him on a dare, and when she's left on her own she meets the dashing (but ever so mysterious) Rafael (Rafe) Navarro. Rafe assumes Catherine is a Quadroon and up for grabs and he has his way with her - but when he discovers he's compromised a young maiden he marries her and whisks her off to Alhambra, the plantation he won from Marcus at cards. They find the plantation sorely neglected, the slaves restless and near revolt and his nut-case sister Solange under the thumb of the even nuttier voodoo spell casting Madame Thibeaut (Madame Ti).

Catherine's not quite sure what to make of her enigmatic husband, so she keeps herself busy whipping things into shape despite the constant sabotage from Solange and Madame Ti. And if that's not enough, we get the return of the nasty Marcus still bent on revenge and he doesn't care who gets hurt in the process and he'll stoop to any method - including inciting the slaves to riot and murder. Can Rafe save his beloved Catherine from Marcus' evil plots?

I enjoyed this a lot, and despite the lurid title and covers this really is quite tame in the sex department and just right for what I want in a historical romance. I had a few minor storyline quibbles, i.e. why was Rafe so concentrated on Alhambra he forgot about his own family's plantation, but otherwise the writing was very good and I had a hard time putting this down. Rafe was a near-perfect hero without being overbearing in the alpha-male/rapine department and despite the prerequisite heroine in peril, Catherine was most definitely not TSTL. How refreshing. From the author's listing over at Fantastic Fiction it appears she wrote quite a few Louisiana based novels in the 1970's and 80's and I plan on trying a few more in the very near future.
  • Thetahuginn
This is one of Blake's earlier works, originally published in 1977. While it promised at first to be "steamy", with the opening duel, and subsequent rape scene early on, this book does not quite measure up to some of her later works. Except for that one rape scene, sex was not explicit. Although I loved the character of Rafael, he is not developed as thoroughly as could have been possible. Some actions of the story likne were only talked about, and not shown first hand, which would have been more effective. Especially lacking were scenes showing Rafe's grief when he thought Catherine had drowned. Overall, however, I am always impressed by Blake's knowledge of the history of the area and the different cultures that exist along the Mississippi, in Natchez and New Orleans. One can see just how much Jennifer Blake has improved as a writer over the years, by comparing this book and others, such as LUKE and ROAN, and PRISONER OF DESIRE.
  • Shak
I love Jennifer Blake's novels. She doesn't use formulas like many other romance writers. Her plots are complex and packed with adventure and action. While some of her storylines and characters' motivations strain one's credibility at times, I always allow her leeway, because her novels are so exciting. And her characters are colorful, unusual, and credible. The historical detail about the period is really interesting and well researched.

"Love's Wild Desire" is set in New Orleans and Alhambra, a Louisiana plantation, owned by super-hunk Rafael Navarro. Catherine Mayfield, a spirited, aristocratic Creole beauty makes a poor decision when she agrees to accompany a friend to a quadroon ball one evening, a place where no lady would ever be seen. Navarro see her there and is immediately attracted. He mistakes her for a "lady of the night" and literally sweeps her off her feet. He carries her away to his townhouse and has his way with her, thereby ruining her reputation. Although there is another man who is willing to marry her, the fortune hunting Marcus Fitzgerald, (a nasty villain, disguised by a handsome face and a lying tongue), Rafael has his way - again. So, Catherine becomes Maitress of Alhambra and goes there to live with her husband.

This is a period filled with danger for plantation owners, as slaves are rebelling and rioting throughout Louisiana Territory. Catherine feels the tension immediately with the house slaves. She also has problems with her young sister-in-law and her companion who dabbles in voodoo. Although she is very attracted to her husband, she is guarded with him, afraid to open herself emotionally. She is sure he only married her to save her reputation and she doesn't want to be hurt. Rafe, is also fearful of being hurt. So, the usual misunderstandings which take place when two people are not open with each other about their strong feelings, occur. As a consequence, Catherine gets herself into all kinds of trouble, even risking her own life on a few thrilling, chilling occasions.

This is a real swashbuckler that will keep you reading well into the night. ENJOY!

  • Vushura
What kind of sick fantasy is this, to make a psychopathic rapist and a kidnapper sympathetic, not to say desirable to the female heroine?