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The Flame and the Flower, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

This Is The Way A Sweeping Romance Is Done.........


Although a Lady, Heather Simmons exists as little more than a servant in her Uncle & Aunt's home after her father's death leaves her an orphan.  When conniving Aunt Fanny sends her to London with her lecherous brother, Heather's freedom, and possibly her life, are forfeit, and what appears to be a cruel twist of fate thrusts Lady Heather into the arms of Captain Brandon Birmingham, a dark and dangerous adventurer from the Americas.  This encounter sparks a chain of events that sweep Heather to the North American continent and into a love affair that is both passionate and frightening, as her own dark secret threatens her chances at keeping the happiness she discovers, and her life.
Published in 1972, The Flame and the Flower is a classic example of great romance.  Kathleen E. Woodiwiss writes a searing romance within a grand, sweeping story, beginning in 1799.  Woodiwiss' hero and heroine are so much more than the t…

Ascension, Caris Roane

An Ascension That Detours To A Let Down.......

Ascension, by Caris Roane has an interesting story idea at its heart, and this Broad applauds the author's creativity in her nicely placed setting and insertion of 'ascended' dimensions as it added a fresh flavor to the vampire themed novel.
The chapters are introduced with poetic proverbs, using language rich in meaning, but that beauty of language is noticeably absent once within the chapters themselves.  The 'ascended' beings of Roane's creation leave much to be desired.  Bureaucratic injustice reigns on the fictitious 'Second Earth' as a handful of warriors battle the evil forces that seek to enslave and destroy the modern world.  Under their 'Supreme Ascendiate', the warriors lose ground nightly.  Enter Allison Wells, the most powerful human ever known to begin the process of ascension.  Both sides want her loyalty, and the warrior Kerrick is charged with her safe keeping as she undergoes her tr…