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3.0 out of 5 stars well, perhaps you should read the book, then decide., 16 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: The Flame and the Flower (The Birmingham Family) (Mass Market Paperback)
I personally found the rape scene in the beginning very distasteful. Heather, the heroine, was weak, and had developed a dependency on Brandon, the hero, as he did not permit her out of his sight for a day (or night, whatever). he rapes her not once, but three times, and assures her that she will grow to like it, mindless of the fact that she struggles and protests. heather is a poor, young girl who is thrown around throughout the whole story. First an abusive aunt, then her husband. It seems that she is such a beauty that she risks rape throughout the whole book (which gets stale very quickly). I view Brandon as a debauched jerk who is basically a man who cannot control his more baser needs. heather is like a puppy, hurt throughout the story, but eventually lapping up the reasonably kind attention she gets in the later half (MUCH later) of the story. She is a victim of domestic abuse, and grows to like it. true, she was never hit by her husband, but the constant reprimands and yelling keeps her at the level of a child. overlooking all that, the end WAS sorta romantic, but the getting there was vulgar. No woman wants a man to have complete control of her life, especially a man who doesn't really care if he has to force it out of you. My first book by Ms. Woodweiss, but I'll look into another, just to see if I'm missing anything.
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