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Book Title: Sweet Savage Love|
Date of issue: August 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781551668314
The author of the book: Rosemary Rogers
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 643 KB
Edition: Mira Books
Read full description of the books Sweet Savage Love:Because 5 measly stars is so woefully inadequate.
You should see my copy of this book. It came without covers, front AND back. Truly a rarity in my collection, but it was a freebie on Paperbackswap, so I couldn't complain. It now sports a hot pink cover (courtesy of card stock from the office supply closet - thievery for a good cause) with a B&W xerox of the cover image (courtesy of the internet), and it's all laminated in packing tape from the local Dollar Store.
I am nothing if not resourceful.
I'm not even sure how to write this review. Well, for starters, I doubt I'll ever look at any bodice ripper the same way again. The urge to compare will be irresistible...and totally unfair. Because this book, quite simply, is one of a kind and I doubt I'll ever read its like again. Somehow I'm afraid that the rest of the Steve and Ginny series won't be as heart-wrenchy and gut-punchy and sheer bodice-rippery as this one was. Do I read them and suffer possible disappointment? Or leave well enough alone? Oh shit, I'll read them simply because I can't get enough of that fine hunk of man, Steve Morgan.
Yes, I have rarely fangirled a hero with such giddy abandon as I have Esteban Alvarado aka Steve the Stud. Every scene he was in had my full attention and mind in full-on perv mode. Part of the blame rests on him being described as a dead ringer for James Drury:
I'm serious. Even down to the description of his clothes in one scene and his bloody eyebrows. Methinks Rosemary loved her some The Virginian, and who can blame her. Hey, even if I'm way off the mark here, he's my image of Steve. (And did it ever enhance the reading experience.)
Ahem, where was I? Oh yes. Steve. Luscious Steve. Alpha-hero-to-the-nth-power Steve.
Steve the Union officer who bangs the married Sonya Brandon, duels with his superior over Sonya, and is condemned to a firing squad for the act. Steve, who escapes said squad by agreeing to act as a government agent spying on the traitorous Senator Brandon. Steve, who feels up Sonya's stepdaughter Ginny Brandon in a hotel room under the assumption that she's a whore sent to service him...and sets in motion all the sweet-savage-loving (and -hating!) events that follow.
I'm unapologetic about my fangirling of this dude. I know not everyone would haul to their reader's bosom a hero who marries the heroine and then, within minutes, is tonsil-boxing a gypsy temptress with his still-with-the-tag wife standing right beside him. But I did. Oh, did I ever.
This book succeeded where other romances like Stormfire failed. I didn't go through agonies when Monson's hero and heroine went through the wringer, but Rosemary Rogers ripped out my guts and did a flamenco on them during the last third of the book where she puts Steve and Ginny through both physical and mental torture, each one suffering a trip into a personal hell. Normally I don't get that involved with a heroine, but Ginny's anguish over Steve's torture and presumed death really kept me glued to the pages, mainly because the hero was someone I thought worthy of the emotional whirlwind.
Rogers is an author that I'm glad I never read back when I was younger. I doubt I would have appreciated the glorious excess, and I'm not sure just how I would have reacted to the Alpha+1ness that is Steve Morgan. He's a nasty piece of work, an unrepentant horndog, and delights in tormenting his lady love Ginny. But she gives as good as she gets, and I can't can't can't wait to get back to their sweet savage saga.
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Rosemary Jansz Navaratnam Rogers Kadison
Rosemary Jansz was born on 7 December 1932 in Panadura, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), she was the oldest child of Dutch-Portuguese settlers, Barbara "Allan" and Cyril Jansz. Her father was a wealthy educator who owned three posh private schools. She was raised in colonial splendor: dozens of servants, no work, summers at European spas, a chaperone everywhere she went. A dreamy child, she wrote her first novel at eight, and all through her teens scribbled madly romantic epics in imitation of her favorite writers: Sir Walter Scott, Alexandre Dumas and Rafael Sabatini.
At 17, Rosemary rebelled against a feudal upbringing and went to the University of Ceylon, where she studied three years. She horrified her family by taking a job as a reporter, and two years later marrying with Summa Navaratnam, a Ceylonese track star known as "the fastest man in Asia." The marriage had two daughters. Unhappily, he often sprinted after other women. Disappointed with her husband, in 1960, she moved with her two daughters and took off for London.
In Europe she met her future second husband, Leroy Rogers, an african-american. "He was the first man," she recalls, "who made me feel like a real woman." After getting a divorce from her first husband, she married Rogers in his home town, St. Louis, Missouri. They moved with her family to California, where she had two sons. Six years later, when that marriage broke up, Rosemary was left with four children to support on her $4,200 salary as a typist for the Solano County Parks Department. In 1969, in the face of a socialist takeover of Ceylon, her parents fled the island with only ?100, giving Rosemary two more dependents. At 37, the rich girl from Ceylon was on her uppers in Fairfield.
Every night for a year, Rogers worked to perfect a manuscript that she had written as a child, rewriting it 24 times. When she was satisfied with her work, she sent the manuscript to Avon, which quickly purchased the novel. That novel, ''Sweet Savage Love'', skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists, and became one of the most popular historical romances of all time. Her second novel, ''Dark Fires'', sold two million copies in its first three months of release. Her first three novels sold a combined 10 million copies. The fourth, ''Wicked Loving Lies'' sold 3 million copies in its first month of publication. Rosemary Rogers became one of the legendaries "Avon Queens of Historical Romance". The difference between she and most of others romance writers is not the violence of her stories, it is the intensity. She says: "My heroines are me", and certainly her life could be one of her novels.
In September of 1984, Rosemary married a third time with Christopher Kadison, but it was a very brief marriage and they soon began to live apart. "I'd like to live with a man," she admits, "but I find men in real life don't come up to my fantasies. I want culture, spirit and sex all rolled up together."
Today single, Rosemary lives quietly in a small dramatic villa perched on a crag above the Pacific near Carmel. Her four children are now away from home and she continues to write.
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