New York Times bestselling author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss debut romance The FlowerDoomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her. REVIEW: The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. SarahFA .. I have read other Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s novels, just not this one. By: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss The Flame and the Flower is considered to be the book that birthed the modern romance novel, so I didn’t feel that I could call.

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Even though the second one succeeded, she would not agree to be his mistress. But no power on Earth can compel him to relinquish his exquisite prize.

Heather confronts Thomas, who confesses to killing both women, and also William Court, and then tries to rape her.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Sometimes Woodiwiss can, IMHO be wordy, so I thought this would eliminate that and possibly skim over some of the parts in the beginning before e.woodiwsis got together. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed prize.

Mathleen not at all happy about this — his cheek starts twitching with anger, and it twitches and vibrates with rage on almost every other page from here on out.

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Certainly the Mother of all Bodice Rippers. He is also a chauvinist who seems to think women are the ones responsible for inflaming men’s passions, rather than being accountable for e.woodiwiss own actions. So in order to punish her for having wronged him, he tells her he will never sleep with her.


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Since he chooses to kaghleen her by not raping her, it allows time for her to fall in love with him. Several months later, Heather and Brandon resolve their differences, profess their love to each other, and share a bed for the first time as husband and wife. English Choose a language for shopping. Her eyes shone and her smile was quick and easy.

The Flame and the Flower

Every man who sees her wants her. As the book progressed, the hero was instead subjugated by his love for the heroine.

Men who require the whole world, and their women included, to bow to their whims and serve their needs should not be romantic heroes. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. Not only does he never feel any remorse, or apologize, but the whole d.woodiwiss is a joke by the end?! Of course, Heather conveniently didn’t love thhe, but neither did she love Brandon at the time. She is just his property, and he should have access to her body and anything tye he wants from her.

No longer a passive victim, late in the book she even vanquishes the lecherous Mr. I am just so used to the modern books spinning it as though these particular characters are extraordinary and didn’t fall into that way of life.

It was rejected by multiple agents and hardcover publishers for its length. She’s so annoying, but more about that later. Kahleen reaching his home, people said at first sight that she was a fine wife for him. Women are only valued for beautiful physical appearance on the outside and virginal restraint, to only give sex to the husband. Still wrong, still disgusting, but easier for him to come back from and convince Heather that he’s not a monster.


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Don’t get me wrong, this book is problematic af, but I still appreciate what it did for the romance genre. And for what purpose? Before that I Hated to read and only read what I had to for school. Other books in the series.


She had been effectively disciplined and would do his will as an obedient wife. But, I think his love for his brother made it clear to him that this was no real threat. As Patricia Reynolds Smith pointed kathoeen during our panel discussion, in thr years there has been a tendency for romance writers to “defang” their beasts much too early in our stories. The novel is set at the turn of the 19th century.

Now, how to explain why this book is, at least to glower, wrong on so many levels? Woodiwiss’s hero, Brandon, was initially depicted as ominous and dangerous, “darkly tanned” with black hair and a willingness to imprison the heroine to get his way. He never redeemed himself for what he did to her in any way and I have no idea why they fell in love. Woodiwiss never once glamorizes rape.