Beau Crusoe [NOOK Book]

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Shipwrecked!

Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe—a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival!

Scandalous!

Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence...until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up ...

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Overview

Shipwrecked!

Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe—a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival!

Scandalous!

Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence...until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up her peace! The beautiful widow wanted to help him heal the wounds of the past—but what secrets was this glorious man hiding?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426887437
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 158,463
  • File size: 700 KB

Meet the Author



Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National Park Service as a ranger/historian at Fort Laramie National Historic Site did she get serious about her writing career. (Or as she would be the first to admit, as serious as it gets.)

Carla wrote a series of what she now refers to as the "Fort Laramie stories," which are tales of the men, women and children of the Indian Wars era in Western history. Two of her stories, A Season for Heroes and Kathleen Flaherty's Long Winter, earned her Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America. She was the second woman to earn two Spurs from WWA (which, as everyone knows, is all you need to ride a horse). Her entire Indian Wars collection was published in 2003 as Here's to the Ladies: Stories of the Frontier Army. It remains her favorite work.

The mother of five children, Carla has always allowed her kids to earn their keep by appearing in her Regencies, most notably Marian's Christmas Wish, which is peopled by all kinds of relatives. Grown now, the Kelly kids are scattered here and there across the U.S. They continue to provide feedback, furnish fodder for stories and make frantic phone calls home during the holidays for recipes. (Carla Kelly is some cook.)

Carla's husband, Martin, is Director of Theatre at Valley City State University, in Valley City, North Dakota. Carla is currently overworked as a staff writer at the local daily newspaper. She also writes a weekly, award-winning column, "Prairie Lite."

Carla only started writing Regencies because of her interest in the Napoleonic Wars, which figures in many of her Regency novels and short stories. She specializes in writing about warfare at sea, and about the ordinary people of the British Isles who were, let's face it, far more numerous than lords and ladies.

Hobbies? She likes to crochet afghans, and read British crime fiction and history, principally military history. She's never happier than talking about the fur trade or Indian Wars with Park Service cronies. Her most recent gig with the National Park Service was at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on the Montana/North Dakota border.

Here's another side to this somewhat prosaic woman: She recently edited the fur trade journal of Swiss artist Rudolf F. Kurz (the 1851-1852 portion), and is gratified now and then to be asked to speak on scholarly subjects. She has also worked for the State Historical Society of North Dakota as a contract researcher. This has taken her to glamorous drudgery in several national archives and military history repositories. Gray archives boxes and old documents make her salivate.

Her mantra for writing comes from the subject of her thesis, Robert Utley, that dean of Indian Wars history. He told her the secret to writing is "to put your ass in the chair and keep it there until you're done." He's right, of course.
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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Romance,redemption and adventure.

    This must have been a difficult story to write. It has been difficult to read it at times.Yet it is also rewarding.The shipwreck and what followed was hard.But the story of forgiveness and love was one well worth reading.Four stars because although this is a great read it is not for everyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Carla Kelly on Form

    I read Carla Kelly because her Regencies are about more than the Ton. Her books are about people overcoming obstacles, in this case a man resocializing himself to society after five years of solitude and about his struggle to forgive himself for surviving where others didn't. The sex and gruesome details are essential to the story. I enjoyed this book, would re-read it, and recommend it to others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Love story depicts challenging historical and human circumstances

    While Carla Kelly depicts a brief but realistic account of the more gruesome side of colonial British Navy shipwrecks, health challenges of living in India as an expatriot employee family with the East India Company, and general sea travel in the 1800s, she weaves a story that engages the reader in a tale of redemptive family love and the societal quirks of the ton. The sexual content of the story may take the Carla Kelly reader by surprise. It is unfortunate that this book and other future Harlequin stories by Kelly must be written in this limited venue. This author is much better than this type of vehicle will allow.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    None of her usual charm

    I was excited to see that a publisher had picked up Carla Kelly. I've always loved her Regency novels especially 'The Wedding Journey'. However, this story was missing her normal charm. It portrays rather disturbing images and crude sexual encounters. I didn't finish it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Too Graphic for this Regency Fan

    Carla Kelly was one of my favorite Signet Regency Romance writers. When Signet canceled that line I was very disappointed. When the announcement came that she was writing for Harlequin Historical I was very excited thinking that she would bring a touch of class that is sadly lacking to the line in their regency department. Unfortunately it was not so. The book went into graphic sex descriptions and cannibalism. It was as if the author has watched too many CSI episodes. She does have good character development and plot line as always as the main characters confronts their ghosts, but the darker tone that was present in some of the Signet romances reigns unfettered in this romance. But if graphic sex and gruesome scenes don't bother you, you will find well developed main characters with an interesting plot. Carla Kelly remains an outstanding writer, I just didn't appreciate the graphic depictions in this book compared to her others and probably won't buy any other book in this line.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    always good, always interesting, always touching

    Carla Kelly knows how to put the reader right there with her characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    DIsappointing

    I've found Carla Kelly to be one of the best of the Regency romance writers, with non-traditional heroes, very good character development, and a willingness to tackle the unpleasant issues of the period. I was very much looking forward to more of her books after the long hiatus, but was very disappointed in this one. Not because of the topic of cannibalism or the sexual scenes, but because it deserved a lot better editing than it got. I found it very choppy, and not at all up to the standards of her previous works (Mrs McVinnie's London Season being one of my favorite books of all time)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Carla Kelly does it again

    I have missed seeing new titles by Carla Kelly, and was extremely excited to see that she was continuing to write. This story is as witty as her previous efforts, and as enjoyable, but it also has a much more explicit sex scene than I've seen in her other works. I found the entire book to be enjoyable, however, those who dislike dark subjects or explicit sex will want to beware.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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