The Flame and the Flower
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence—until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee . . . and to seek refuge in the arms of a virile and dangerous stranger.
A lusty adventurer married to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts scorn and peril when he abducts the beautiful fugitive from the tumultuous London dockside. But no power on Earth can compel him to relinquish his exquisite prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed lovely his woman . . . and to carry her off to far, uncharted realms of sensuous, passionate love.
A Reader's Opinion
A seafaring romantic adventure, The Flame and the Flower will test the limits of two passionate souls: one inexperienced and wary of what life and love will bring and the other too stubborn to realize the only thing he ever wanted is the woman he almost lost. Heather Simmons is strong, only she doesn't know her own strength and power when she first meets Brandon Birmingham. She hates him, and rightly so, for an unfortunate chain of events leads to what would be become one of the worst moments of their life . . . and an unexpected and undeniable love.
Woodiwiss delivers an eternal happy-ever-after, but not without driving her characters down a tumultuous road. It's not surprising that some readers may find some of the events abhorrent, as they should, but one thing I admire about Woodiwiss is her ability to show the both the worst and best traits of mankind. These characters aren't perfect, and for that I admire them. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romance blended with danger, passion, and adventure.
Format Read: Mass Market Paperback
Book Source: Reviewer's Personal Library
Reviewed By: MK McClintock