Seaswept Abandon Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1986
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Rae McClellan, a courier for the Colonies, falls in love with Jericho Smith, a spy for Washington's army. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rae proves a feisty and hilarious heroine. Some of Rae's mishaps had me laughing out loud, I must admit that the loss of memory was a tad unrealistic but who cares? Other times my heart was beating so fast it is unreal. This book is a true gem from start to finish. The way that the story links up is great and the hunt at the end inspired. I'll definately be reading more of Jo Goodman's books ! I recommend this to anyone.
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One reviewer noted that, "as in the first and third books" of the series, "the hero rapes the heroine and is forgiven". I haven't read the third book in the series, but it's true that there is rape in both of the first two books. The rape was traumatic enough in the first book; but at least there, the hero wasn't conscious of his actions. Here, the rape is an extension of the many cruel, angry actions taken by the so-called hero. This one final act of cruelty left me feeling horrified.
It also didn't help that I disliked both protagonists. I really thought that I would like the Jericho Smith - I liked him very well in the first book in the series. However, in this book his character is flat, cold, and cruel. Yes, he rescues damsels in distress from certain death and is highly regarded by all of the McClellan men, but I am horrified by his treatment of women he feels he doesn't need to respect (e.g. whores and women he believes to be whores). For me, humiliation and degradation are tools used by evil people, not supposedly good ones. And lest you think my judgment of the hero's actions is too harsh, I'll say this: I understand a character shaped by treachery, violence, and fear, but under no circumstances do I condone the victim of such atrocities ever perpetuating them. Even when Jericho is supposedly being "nice", he says cruel, hurtful things, and it's usually intentional. I do not enjoy reading about such a person.
To make matters worse, I couldn't stand the heroine. Rahab McClellan is jealous, self-indulgent, and reckless with her safety. She consistently places herself in extremely dangerous situations, oblivious to the risk she faces. (In this, I well understand Jericho's anger.) She chooses to allow her circumstances to define her actions on numerous occasions, and allows her pride to overrule her (supposed) intelligence. Her choices throughout the book baffle me. And I cannot understand how she could possibly fall in love with a man who is so horrible to her. (Trying to avoid spoilers, so not including any specifics.) As I made my way through the second half of the book, I found myself simply shaking my head at her stupidity and hoping for it all to end. And by the end of the book, I truly did not want the characters to end up together -- or really care how they ended up.
For all that, the read was engaging and fast-paced. I would have liked a bit less action and a lot more character development; aside from some details of Jericho's past, we know nothing about the protagonists at the end of the book that we didn't know at the beginning. In addition, there are some inconsistencies in the book that don't make sense to me, and I feel like Goodman took some serious liberties with the plotline so that she could make her story go where she wanted it.
This romance has an excellent plot. The war setting is detailed and believable. I enjoyed the touches of espionage in the beginning, as the tale began to unfold. I really liked Rae, the heroine at first, she is funny and charming. I also liked Jericho a lot. The interaction between the two characters, at first, was AMAZING. The banter, the wit bouncing back and forth, the sense of protection the H had for the h, their mutual and unabashed attraction for one another... I just loved it. I don't mind a good amnesia plot and this was one that I really liked. Frankly, I LOVED this idea that Jericho is caring for this girl in his schooner and her attachment to him when she awakes. I laughed quite a bit and was completely charmed by the two.
The 2 Star Review ***SPOILERS***
Despite the fact that the author puts a disclaimer at the beginning of this novel (the H treats the h roughly) I was still shocked at the brutality the h experiences at the hands of the H. Not only that, but EVERYONE treats the h like dog meat. I really lost my patience when Ashley, her h of a prior novel and friend of the heroine, SLAPS her. Um... does everyone in Rae's life have to beat her? And each time she not only takes it but it seems to defeat her entirely. When Jericho slaps her, she goes to bed with him immediately. When Ashley slaps her, she puts her head in her lap. Seriously? Is she a door mat? A punching bag? I can take a lot of situations in romances. Like the H tying her up because he thought she was a spy, fine. Even a good wrestling match where the H ends up on top can be construed as whimsical and even sexy. But I just can't read a "romance" where the H hits the h in the face. Not only that, but female characters hit her in the face too. WTH? I felt like the characters would suddenly drop out of character and act freaky. Jericho had risked his life to save this woman and was super protective of her, gentle even, and so it didn't make sense at all that he would physically harm her. That's only one example also, there are more.
What further irritated me was the childish antics of Rae as the novel progressed. Again, she was so sharp and honest at the beginning and then her character just changed. She even pretends at one point not to know Jericho which is RIDICULOUS. It's been six months- how could she forget him? Pa-leeeese. She's so immature and childish. And he believes her act and is so upset. Are these two people completely stupid? It was too annoying to read.
By the end I just didn't care about them. =( It's too bad because the beginning of this romance is INCREDIBLE. I might keep the first hundreds pages as a keeper... and just dream up the second half to fit my fantasies.