Embrace and Conquer

Embrace and Conquer Young and beautiful Felicite is the toast of New Orleans her kindness and virtue an example to other young women Daughter of an outlaw merchant sister to the dangerously handsome swashbuckler Valcou

  • Title: Embrace and Conquer
  • Author: Jennifer Blake
  • ISBN: 9780449133231
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Young and beautiful Felicite is the toast of New Orleans, her kindness and virtue an example to other young women Daughter of an outlaw merchant, sister to the dangerously handsome swashbuckler Valcour Murat Felicite s honor is well protected, father and brother the only men in her life However, such a beautiful and prominent young woman cannot remain sheltered foreverYoung and beautiful Felicite is the toast of New Orleans, her kindness and virtue an example to other young women Daughter of an outlaw merchant, sister to the dangerously handsome swashbuckler Valcour Murat Felicite s honor is well protected, father and brother the only men in her life However, such a beautiful and prominent young woman cannot remain sheltered forever The ruthless Lt Colonel Morgan McCormack forces his way into her life, making her his mistress with the threat of her father s death.

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    1. How nice to read a historical romance with an actual historical setting. Jennifer Blake's novel Embrace and Conquer takes place during the transfer of colony Louisiana from France to Spain. Added to the overall resentment of loyal French colonists who feel betrayed by the Mother Land as well as irritated by the Spanish conquerors, the Spanish King has decided to enforce this transition through the use of Irish mercenaries who really shouldn't have any say at all. To make an example to the popula [...]

    2. I have a particular love for pirates, historical sea battles, and girls dressing in boys' clothes; this book would have been a 4-star but all that swashbuckling goodness bumped it up to a five for me. Félicité (alt 0745 for fancy é!) is a wealthy, gorgeous young lady in New Orleans when the Spanish army takes it over to quell the French rebels. Morgan McCormack is the right-hand man of the Irish general who heads the Spanish soldiers. He's also super hot and dreamy and romantic, but I digress [...]

    3. "The fleur-de-lis of France, the golden lilies on a blue ground, had been lowered, and the lions and castles on a field of scarlet that marked the banner of imperial Spain had taken its place." The story begins as the French have turned control of Louisiana over to the Spanish (1763, the web tells me), and the citizens of New Orleans are in a bit of turmoil over the new government, since they've always been French citizens. Anyhoo, our heroine, Félicité Lafargue is the daughter of a prominent [...]

    4. ***Update: 7/2/14 re: the Audible version***I've read this book countless times starting somewhere in the 80's. It's one of my all time favorites. Morgan is so yummy and my model of what a ruthless, yet loveable alpha-hero should be. I needed something to listen to while I did some rather mind numbing work the past two days. Since I knew the story inside and out, I hoped it could function as a pleasant 'background noise' to keep me awake. It worked. Although I did have to pause my work at times [...]

    5. This is a book that would probably not get published today because of the un-PC content. There is a (in my opinion) fairly violent rape scene, because the heroine was being flirty and the hero didn't like it, and because he thinks she is a spy for her native French countrymen, which are his enemies. I cringe when I think about it. I enjoyed this book as a fiction book because it's really a great adventure book, and it really immerses you in the history of that time. It's been so long since I rea [...]

    6. I waged an internal battle with myself last night on how to properly rate this book. I rated it, finally, with a decided 4-star after much debate. I suppose, if I cannot articulately wrap my head around the reasons I disliked it at all, then it's probably a tiny pet-peeve that won't matter overall. Blake had the capacity of fleshing out the most taboo subjects, and glossing it over to appear almost acceptable. Any author who can shine a beautiful light on a dark matter, maintaining a certain gra [...]

    7. ok writing but really boring plots. I have trouble putting the hero's personality and behaviors together. the heroine is boring.

    8. Absorbing 18th Century Bodice Ripper with an Irish Hero and Pirates!It is 1769 and the former French colony of New Orleans is seething with unrest and violence after the Spanish take over. Proud 19-year-old Felicite LaFargue, like her French compatriots, will do anything to defeat the foreigner’ rule. However, soon after the Spanish arrive with their force led by an Irish captain and his lieutenant, Felicite’s adoptive brother and her beloved merchant father are arrested for plotting insurre [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is set in New Orleans while New Orleans was a French Colony in the late 18th century. Jennifer Blake, as always injects this story with a healthy dose of history and intrigue.Felicite, the heroine, is a somewhat spoiled merchant's daughter. She has a creeper brother (he was adopted as a teen) and an imprisoned father. In comes Colonel Morgan McCormack. Oh is he delicous. He's an Irish mercenary (working for the french) badass. He sets his sites on the beautiful [...]

    10. While this is an engaging and well written book, I cannot help but wish that the author had given more importance to the hero. I would have loved to read more about him, about how he thought and what he felt for Felicity. Huff.

    11. *SPOILER* Honestly, I was dumbfounded when I found out right smack dab in the first 1/4th of this book, the handsome, dashing hero, Irish Colonel, Morgan McCormack, raped the lovely virgin, Felicite, and then proceeded to keep her as his kinda "love slave" because she thought he could help her get her father out of prison. No, she didn't have to keep complying but she had nobody to turn to in her efforts to help her father.Yes, Morgan seemed to be regretful of his actions but not enough to quit [...]

    12. Don't bother with it- the beginning was okayish and then it got sooo boring and I mostly skimmed it and got confused with the crazy this story was: suddenly there are pirates? And some tropical islands? And the hero simply finds her or what? And the heroine is totally okay with being raped and just goes from feeling terror to being really into it in the span of less then 12 hours? I guess if you like pirate stories and non-existent character development paired with super detailed descriptions of [...]

    13. I usually love anything to do with pirates but this book was hard to finish. The heroine is kinda hard to like for me because she seems to have a lot of character flaws and I felt like she was just floating through the story. So also jsut gave into the 'hero' the 2nd time he approached her and that was a disapointment. I didn't like the narration at times and definitely didn't feel connected to any characters.There are plot issues that bother me greatly, like some others mentioned, Ashanti was a [...]

    14. Absorbing 18th Century Bodice Ripper with an Irish Hero and Pirates!It is 1769 and the former French colony of New Orleans is seething with unrest and violence after the Spanish take over. Proud 19-year-old Felicite LaFargue, like her French compatriots, will do anything to defeat the foreigner’ rule. However, soon after the Spanish arrive with their force led by an Irish captain and his lieutenant, Felicite’s adoptive brother and her beloved merchant father are arrested for plotting insurre [...]

    15. A RATHER BIZARRELY ENTERTAINING BOOK!I was rather bored throughout the first few chapters because they seem so long-winded and the characters held no interest except for their obvious mutual tension of dislike. I am only glad that I persevered because truly the story begins much much later. OUR HERO serves under the Spaniard despite being an Irish, a mercenary of sorts then. Under circumstances he meets our heroine and there on their fate is intertwined and he becomes her keeper of sorts after h [...]

    16. This is a very well written, interesting and passionate romance set first in 1760's New Orleans and then later what I believe were the Caribbean islands. The history came alive with just the right amount of historical detail to really bring the time and culture to life. This is important because some of the decisions made by the main characters may be hard to understand and especially to forgive when looking through the eyes of someone in our time period. There were a couple times I wanted to ye [...]

    17. loved it ! think i'm actually a fan of bodice rippers though i condone rape n in this one ders no doubt it was rape the 1st time. felicite did not see it coming n he was rough so when he thought she was not a virgin, it was ok 2 rape her. but when he discovered she is a virgin, he proposes marriage. but then dats how society was back then. it's not really the bodice ripper which i like but the kind of hero in these books. they r besotted n so possessive. in this one, morgan was dat n more.he was [...]

    18. This was an amazing piece of writing with very vivid details and engaging story. I loved Felicettte's character but I liked Morgan a little less than her. I read some negative remarks on that rape scene but I think when we are reading some historical piece, we should consider the time and conditions where those things happened. History is not a pleasant subject but we ought to know it, I think the real history is much more brutal and raw than some historical romance novel and so i make my peace [...]

    19. Jennifer Blake has the Midas Touch. From Historical Romance to Contemporary Romance, this lady rocks! Like all her novels, this one is full of fun, excitement, and a hero and heroine perfectly matched. Once you start reading, you won't want to put it down!

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