Devil's Embrace

Devil's Embrace

by Catherine Coulter
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Devil's Embrace 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
LadyHawkeAT More than 1 year ago
****CAUTION - PLOT SPOILERS***

In the time period portrayed, it was customary for marriages to be ¿arranged¿ for financial/status advantage. If a nobleman was interested in a girl from a particular family (for whatever reason), he could, in effect, ¿purchase¿ her through such arrangement. The fact that the Earl of Clare saw to Cassandra¿s proper education from an early age reveals he always felt he was entitled to her affections. Not sure why he did not attempt an arranged marriage through her father or brother earlier on. Perhaps he was genuinely hoping he would secure her love otherwise.

Realizing there is a ¿monkey wrench¿ thrown on his plans by the girl¿s infatuation with Edward Lyndhurst, he does the only thing he can think of in order to keep her: he kidnaps her. Follows the oh so controversial rape scene. Remember the notion of entitlement. He has every intention of marrying her. In his mind and heart he already considers her to be his wife. After all, in the previously mentioned arranged marriage situation, how often do you think the wife had the right to protest the whole thing or deny her husband the ¿marital due¿ on their wedding night? Whether a woman liked it or not, she was ¿property¿. Does the fact that Cassandra is taken against her will constitute rape? Yes, even by Ms. Coulter¿s admission (that is after all the word she uses). But that simply is the way it was done.

From then on the book goes on to shown that Anthony deeply loves her. A lot of ranting and raving about the fact he flogs her, but she also shot at him, which, in my mind, evens the score. They have to learn to forgive each other. He ends up saving her from a fate worse than death and she ends up learning to love him (call it Stockholm Syndrome or whatever you want to call it). I must admit Cassandra¿s fickleness when she runs back to the ever-so-shallow-and-insip-however-honorable Edward earned her a thumbs-down as a character IMHO. I do believe, however, it serves to give the reader closure in regards to their relationships and solidifies the depth of Cassandra¿s love when she finally realizes how much she really loves and misses Anthony and that Edward is better off with Jenny after all.

In final retrospect, five stars for how masterfully crafted and entertaining this book is. Minus one star for the violence of the gang-rape scene (although some readers considered it necessary to the plot).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot, I do mean a lot of historical romance, and this is one of my favorites, and I am picky about my books. This is one of 3 that I reread, usually once is enough. Love the alfa male, do you think its wierd that the very men we enjoy in our books, would be termed kidnappers and worse in real life? Go figure, I still really loved this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For most of this book i was not happy with our hereo. I liked edward and thought him the hereo at first. Anthonys rape scene made me dislike him for the longest time. I thought he would be the villien. I adored cassie, but i think she summited too easily in the beggining. Still with all that it was still a great read.
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Jeena More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was recommended when i purchased another. There is a very descriptive rape scene in this book. The love story between the two characters is pretty good but I have a huge problem with rape turning to love. It just doesn't happen. Anyway buy at your own risk.
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I love this book i read it a year ago and the characters and their story is still with me i couldnt put it down. I hope one day i can find a man like him
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