The Iron Rose

The Iron Rose

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by Marsha Canham
     
 

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After the Spanish galleon attacked the English merchant ship, Varian St. Clare was shocked to learn that the captain of the privateer who saved him was Juliet Dante, daughter of legendary Pirate Wolf...

Varian had been sent by the King to tell Juliet's father about a new peace treaty between Spain and England. Juliet agrees to bring Varian to her father-but…  See more details below

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After the Spanish galleon attacked the English merchant ship, Varian St. Clare was shocked to learn that the captain of the privateer who saved him was Juliet Dante, daughter of legendary Pirate Wolf...

Varian had been sent by the King to tell Juliet's father about a new peace treaty between Spain and England. Juliet agrees to bring Varian to her father-but only as her hostage. But as the attraction between Juliet and Varian builds, and as intrigue swirls, the danger of the high seas will match the danger of surrendering to desire...

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Romantic Times
No one swashes and buckles better than Marsha Canham. You can feel the sea breeze and smell the salt air, hear the clash of swords and cannons fire. Then she adds a colorful historical backdrop, believable and memorable characters and gives you a love story to dream about—all in one book. This one's a keeper for those who love the sea and wild adventure rides.
Publishers Weekly
Canham (Midnight Honor, etc.) breathes new life into the tired pirate romance genre with this post-Elizabethan romp through the Caribbean. The pirate in this case is Juliet Dante, youngest child of a swashbuckling family of privateers. Xena the Warrior Princess has nothing on Juliet, who's as proficient with her biting wit as she is with a blade. But even Juliet finds herself at a loss when she's saddled with Varian St. Clare, 12th Duke of Harrow, after a battle with a fierce Spanish ship. At first glance, Varian seems to be a foppish peer, incapable of dressing himself without the help of his fussy manservant. But the handsome duke is really a master swordsman, former soldier and skilled seducer. Juliet carts Varian off to her father as a prisoner, but he soon proves himself to be a formidable ally and lover. Canham spins a terrific yarn, complete with vivid historical detail, humor and characters that will touch the mind and heart. Unlike many romance heroines, Juliet doesn't feel the need to prove herself to every man who crosses her path. She's a captain in her own right. Varian, in turn, is truly a thinking woman's hero rather than an alpha-male clich . Readers who are tired of the traditional romance formulas, characters and conflicts will find this little treasure a welcome escape. (Mar. 4) Forecast: Canham's previous title was published nearly two years ago, which is a significant gap considering that most romance authors average one to two books a year. Though Canham's following may have waned somewhat, her latest is well-equipped to woo both new and returning readers.
Publishers Weekly - Reviewer One
Canham breathes new life into the tired pirate romance genre with this post-Elizabethan romp through the Caribbean. Canham spins a terrific yarn, complete with vivid historical detail, humor and characters that will touch the mind and heart. Readers who are tired of the traditional romance formulas, characters and conflicts will find this little treasure a welcome escape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786255795
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
07/14/2003
Series:
Romance Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
543
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.88(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, author of 17 historical romances. My first love is adventure stories and I try to write them the way I would envision them on the big screen.

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The Iron Rose 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading a couple of other pirate romances ('Island Flame' and 'Sea Fire' by Karen Robards), which frankly left me feeling as if I should apologize to someone for reading such junk, it was a real pleasure to read 'The Iron Rose'. This is a sequel to 'Across the Sea of Stars', but it stands very well on its own. As other reviewers have noted, this is a gender-bender; the heroine is a pirate captain and, at first glance, the hero is a somewhat foppish member of the nobility. However, as the story is developed, these two characters are much more than what appears on the surface, and this is the main reason why I liked the book so much. Ms. Canham knows how to tell a story with real fully-developed characters (and this includes many of the secondary characters) whom the reader wants to know more about. I've read most of Ms. Canham's other books--this one is the best so far!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the top 5 of my favorite books. I love it when the women kick butt, and Juliet is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting at first. but as it started forming shape the heroine took too much control and i dont like it when women do that in books. its ok to be stubborn n give men a hard time to lie with them but she was too willing and he was like a puppy drooling over the bone she was swingin between her fingers. such waste of a man... :( but i do like her other books... Ms. Canham is a good writer... it is just that i didnt like the plot in this book
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Honestly, I have read better and I have read worse. I bought this book after reading the Robin Hood series by the same author. I really enjoyed those books. The problem that I have with this book, the second one in the Pirate Wolf series is the extreme dominance that the heroine displays. The first book was about her mother and father, and her mother was also a very independent person, but you also caught glimpses of vulnerability in her mother, the fact that she had feelings if you will. Also in the first one, her father was a strong hero. In this book however, the heroine, Juliet, comes off as a very tough, in your face, only using the hero, Varian, for sex and as an object to beat up and humiliate, which she did on numerous occasions. I don't have a problem with a strong heroine, but when it constantly makes the hero look like a big wimp, then I have a hard time buying it. It would of been a little different if she was tough with everyone and not kicking the hero's butt all the time, or if the hero had been tougher, but I had a hard time understanding what they saw in each other. Why did he find a woman who continually bested him attractive? How did she find a man who was obviously weaker than herself desirable? Yes, the writing was well done; the author was honest, she did not talk about them bathing every day, their were blood-sucking insects on their tropical paradise, people were sweating, but the extreme dominance over a hero that was already portrayed as a weaker man to begin with was hard to get past. The author could not seem to make up her mind, at one point Varian had been a military leader in the army for nine years, a hardened soldier, and the next he was in a scissors hold being choked to death between Juliet's legs. Bottom line, it was too unbelievable and I sit in wonder at the amount of good ratings it got, I wonder if we all read the same book. I read the rating that was posted below on August 6, 2003, i should of heeded that person's words, because everything she wrote was true.
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One of my fav. I love this author. You have to read all of her books!
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