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He was an awful, awful person with a horrible temper and no redeeming qualities.

He’s 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. Of course I read somewhere that this is one of if not the first original ‘bodice rippers’. As a teenager I may have actually given this book three stars. Louisa believes that Heather was a prostitute, and confronts Brandon. In the end, The Flame and the Flower left me with mixed feelings.

I have read a few books with heroes who have raped in the past, but this one was the most despicable. It went from the classic it is to something ghe a fluffy little Hqn historical. Poor baby to have to live with that and the poor girl married to her rapist has to find a way to make peace and continue to forge a relationship based on rape! Of course her attraction to him which is always there blossoms.

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And there’s something so reactionary about the relationship between Heather and Brandon, given that this book was written and published at the height of kathleeen women’s movement in the early s.

The Flame and the Flower

Tread lightly and perhaps you will survive. Neither one of them is a well-developed character; they’re both just a collection of adjectives and, literally in the case of Twitchy! And I don’t mean a case of “your lips say no but your eyes say yes”, I mean lips, eyes, fists and feet all say no.

I loved Brandon and Heather as a couple, despite their inauspicious start. You submitted the following rating and review.

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

However, just when I thought things were getting better, Brandon flew into a fit of jealousy over Heather dancing with other men at a ball they were hosting.

Then, for the next iathleen hundred pages following the wedding, Brandon takes his liberties in taunting her, mocking her and being cruel. August 25, Publication Date: An enraged Brandon then takes Heather hostage and attempts to rape her again, but breaks off his attack when she protests. In the late s and early s, woodiwkss the feminist movement gained visibility in the United States, female sexuality became more open.

The Woman Left Behind.

fpower It inspired me to make a new shelf on Goodreads for woodwiiss with clothes that tear like wet Kleenex. Everyone in it is awful and boring. Afraid that Heather will tell others what he has done, Brandon tries to bribe Heather by offering to set her up in an affluent house as his mistress.

She’s beautiful no matter what she wears, whether it’s rags or a beautiful gown, and her rapist husband is constantly buying her gowns and presenting her with jewelry when he’s not yelling at her, making her cringe, throwing things, or threatening to beat up men for looking at her.

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The Flame and the Flower – Book Review – The Hope Chest Reviews

Of course, I acknowledge that the official definition and personal perception of rape was different in After Heather and Brandon’s initial encounter, they don’t make love again until near the very end of the novel. Come Love a Stranger.

He is brash, loud, fierce, and angry. But in fact I was nearly as naive as he was in my wild underestimation of the rapidity with which the rapeyness would commence. I have a foul temper which can snap up a small tart like you without a second’s notice. Oh goodness I remember when my best friend in 9th grade started reading her books,like, The Wolf and the Dove guess which one is the girl so I tried to like them too…. He decides she’ll be his mistress and will come to love it once he showers her with material things and gives her servants, etc.

Written by Midwestern homemaker Kathleen Woodiwiss and published by Avon, the novel is widely considered to be the first sexually explicit romance novel, released just as the second wave of the feminist movement was cresting.