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Lady Vixen [Paperback]

Shirlee Busbee
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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services (19 May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006160808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006160809
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lady Vixen - Nicole Ashford is beautiful, innocent and headstrong. Disguised as a boy, she runs away to join a privateer's ship commanded by Christopher Saxon, darkly dangerous and a notorious outlaw. Discovered by him, she falls prey to his savage hungers and tender kisses. He transforms her into a passionate woman, but plunders her very soul as she is swept back to London - into a whilwind of adventure, treachery and danger...

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirlee Busbee at its best 12 Jun 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I didn't know much about this book until I did some extensive research, but Shirlee Busbee is one of my favourite authors in Historical Romance Category. She knows how to write, and does it extremely well and most ofall she knows how to get the best out of the characters. Saber is an intriguing man with the attitude of a rufian, agressive and defying, but extremely apealing. he has this wave of power around him that gives him the posture of strenght and power. it's very exciting. Than you have an empish girl that runs away from a fate worse than death at the hands of greedy half-relatives. You have a pirate's boat in a war between England and America. There's also the caribean sea and the explosive arguments between two pigheaded individuals that prefer to bash around indiference rather than admiting they can not live without eachother. It's fantastic. More I wont tell simply because I would ruin you the pleasure of trilling reading!
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1.0 out of 5 stars what????????????? 7 May 2012
By allana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i gave this book a go because i read a fantastic review on it and though the author without a doubt writes well it was quite difficult to absorb the storyline even in that era SPOILER this book is constant abuse and rape slaps twisting and lightly breaking the herione wrist then telling her she totally deserved it and when she ask later on in the book do you regret anything youve done to me he answers no id probably do them all again ,im not one to get shocked either by the rape or abuse issues i believe it must have been common practice in a suppressed sexually men ruled society of the 1800s what i didnt like about these two was from beginning to end they were both depressed sad and very miserable people trying really hard to snap out of it but not achieving it they would both need hours of therapy to function and though well written i had hoped the two would have some joy in between!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!! 16 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
Lady Vixen is one of the best historical romances I have ever read. I first read it about 25 years ago and it's still my favourite. It's a great storyline and I really liked all the characters too, the romance between Christopher and Nicole is very believable and I didn't find any of the scenes between them offensive! It's a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Vixen 28 May 2012
By AnnieR
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Vixen is one of my most favourite historical novels written by Shirlee Busbee.
Captain Sabre does appear to Be more brutal than Christopher Saxon (his alter ego) regarding women. Sabre makes no bones that women are only good for one thing and has no other use for them. He's a pirate and he's ruthless and lives by his own rules. He was hurt by a scheeming woman and vowed to never let another get under his skin - until Nicole Ashford.
Nicole/Nick is Sabres cabin boy until he discovers her secret. Sabre catches her and her friend Allen spying, he deals with Allen by holding him in cell with threats to hand him over to the authorities where he would undoubtably hang. He has other plans for Nicole as he makes it clear that he desires her and she agrees to become his mistress willingly if he frees Allen.

It's hard to write this part without glorifying sabre's rape of Nicole. It's a controversial part of the book, although it didn't really bother me.

After they sleep together Nicole comes after Sabre with a smashed goblet and while Sabre catches her wrist he pulls her arm up her back and throws her face down on the bed where he takes her again.(this is a man with no respect to the feelings of women and reagrds Nicole as his property. He does get better as the book goes on) when he finished with her she came at him again and he held on to her wrist to get her to realease the broken glass only it goes too far and he breaks her wrist. He is remorseful, he does blame Nicole and he is a brute. despite this there are some tender moments but LV has two sides to their story, and if you love historical romances and haven't read this book then i think you would love it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best historical romance I have ever read 5 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of a young girl who, masquerading as a young boy, stows away on a ship captained by her mothers spurned lover. She spends a few years on board ship eventually becoming the 'cabin boy' to the captain who finds out that she is in fact a woman....I am sure you can imagine the rest!! That is only the start of a story with an incredible number of twists and turns - a handsome masculine hero and a strong willed heroine...a great read...emulates the classic romance formula but whether a better, more complex plot than usual.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Vixen 30 Jun 2000
By denise thorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my favourite historical romances, the heroine Nicole is feisty, beautiful,and likable,and as for Christopher Lord Saxton aka Captain Saber he can swash my buckle any time!I also enjoyed all the history which obviously Ms Busbee has thoroughly researched, making it much more than a romantic novel.My copy is sadly falling to bits, and await for a reprint with anticipation.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good old skool bodice ripper 13 July 2010
By Karla Bushway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a great book in the old skool romance style, with examples of that era's strengths and weaknesses. First off, the hero Christopher Saxon is one of the biggest alphas I've yet come across. He's got a form like mortal sin and a consuming sex appeal that turns heroine Nicole to jelly every time, even seconds after she professes she hates him with the heat of a thousand hot pointy suns. He curses her for a trampy little harlot out of hatred that she makes him feel weak and different from his usual cool and confident self. Heroes like that are rare nowadays, if not outright extinct, and while I don't mind them, I admit that they are a bit wearying after awhile. The constant conflict between Christopher and Nicole seemed endless after the midway point. A definite weakness, since neither of them grew much as characters.

As a result, I turned my attention to the supporting cast, and here is where Busbee did a fine job. There is a large secondary cast of characters with their own subplots and back stories. Some are vague caricatures (Nicole's guardians, the Markhams), but there are others more fully-formed (Lord Saxon, Letitia Eggleston, Lady Regina Darby, Jason Savage - from Busbee's previous book "Gypsy Lady", Allen Ballard, Robert Saxon) that luckily made frequent appearances to take the focus off of the hamster wheel of Christopher and Nicole's love-hate schtupping.

The other main strength was Busbee's historical research, grounding the plot and the hero's personality in the War of 1812, namely the tense period of 1814 when it was expected that the British would attack somewhere and score a victory to gain an upper hand at any peace negotiations. It's not a period of U.S. History I've cared much about, but this book created an interest by tying it so tightly to the plot. It's a lesson a lot of current authors could benefit from, since too often the history takes such a back seat to the hero and heroine's love and snappy conflict that they might as well be acting it out on a blank stage. Of course, if a reader doesn't care about the history, then it's not important to their enjoyment of a tale - and might indeed drag it down. Not for this reader. The first genre I went nuts over was Historical Fiction, so the historical aspect of a romance is as important as the protagonists. I'm glad that Busbee didn't let me down, and if it's one of her strong suits, it'll keep me reading her books even if her earlier titles have pig-headed and frustrating heroes and heroines.

(I have no idea why the description and cover is for the Connie Mason book. Amazon needs to tidy up some stuff.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Privateer Love Story I Could Not Put Down! 26 Jan 2012
By Regan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I could not put this one down and highly recommend it. It's going on my Best Pirate and Privateer Romance List.

Set in England during the years 1808-1814, this is one of those rare and wonderful love stories that sweeps you away to another time and place where you are caught up in the lives of people whose actions will affect not only their own and others' lives but America and England during the War of 1812. Deception and treachery born years ago lead to revenge and then to heartache. Busbee uses real characters, such as the pirate Jean Lafitte, to bring realism to her story as she seamlessly weaves history into a compelling tale. It's what I call a "dense" historical: one where the writing is so complex and so tight you're getting double the story you'd expect in the 538 pages.

Young Nicole Ashford led an idyllic life in Surrey with her wealthy parents and her twin brother until a boating accident one summer took them from her. Made the ward of an uncaring and barely related aunt and uncle who only want her fortune, and learning of their plans to marry her off to their ne'er-do-well son, at 13 Nicole dons the disguise of a young boy and runs away to sea as the cabin boy for an American privateer, Captain Saber. For 5 years, she sails with him as a boy, Saber paying her little attention. Then, when she is 18, Saber observes her swimming naked on a tropical beach and decides he wants her for his mistress. He bides his time and when Nicole and a seaman (who is really a British spy) decide to destroy English codebooks Saber has captured, they are caught. Using the life of the English seaman as a bargaining chip, Saber forces Nicole to become his mistress, until the American on a mission to spy for his new country decides to sail home, resuming his identity as Christopher Saxon, grandson of a baron. And so begins a complex, worthy tale of adventure, rich history (both England's and America's) and a love that could not be denied.

Should you want to read more, here is the whole Louisiana Series (stand alones but each with a connection to Louisiana and with some overlapping characters):

Gypsy Lady, 1977
Lady Vixen, 1980
While Passion Sleeps, 1983
Deceive Not My Heart, 1984
The Tiger Lily, 1985
Midnight Masquerade, 1988
Whisper to Me of Love, 1991 (to be re-released 2012)
Each Time We Love, 1993
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Jan 2010
By Kalina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is amazing and really the reason I started reading historical romance novels. I read this book for the first time about 10 years ago at the age of 15. I have read countless novels to date but trust me when I say I re-read this book at least once every year. The characters are amazing. The hero, Christopher Saxon, has to be one of my absolute favorite heroes of all time. With Lady Vixen, I actually saw the characters falling in love, I laughed when they laughed, etc (corny as it sounds). The plot was well written (a little slow at times), the characters well developed, and overall a really great read.
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