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New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards deliciously mixes adventure and romance in her beloved tale of a buccaneer and a convent girl—a romance so magnificent it will make your pulse pound and your heart rejoice.Orphaned heiress Lady Amanda Rose Culver wanted to run from the injured man she found on the rocky shore near her convent school. But his hard-muscled handNew York Times bestselling author Karen Robards deliciously mixes adventure and romance in her beloved tale of a buccaneer and a convent girl—a romance so magnificent it will make your pulse pound and your heart rejoice.Orphaned heiress Lady Amanda Rose Culver wanted to run from the injured man she found on the rocky shore near her convent school. But his hard-muscled hand stopped her even before she saw the pain and longing in his eyes. And she trembled, not with fear, but with a desire to believe in his story, his innocence, his passion. New World privateer Matt Grayson, unjustly accused of murder by the British Crown, has narrowly escaped hanging. Now his freedom depends on winning this beautiful girl's co-operation so he can sail back to New Orleans. He never meant to hold her captive on his ship. He never meant to fall in love.......

Title : Amanda Rose
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ISBN : 9780446306171
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Amanda Rose Reviews

  • Tammy Walton Grant
    2019-04-20 04:19

    DNF at 37% with a little bit of "ick".I've never really given much thought to how long I've been reading romances. They have just always been lying around - on bookshelves, my kindle, library books, borrowed from friends, given away and fondly remembered, just always there. I talk a lot about Shanna being the first one I read back in the late 70s, but I've never really connected the dots between how old I was then, and how old I am NOW. It really became clear to me today when I picked up Amanda Rose by Karen Robards. Amanda Rose was written back in 1984, right around the time I was gorging myself on historical romances by Woodiwiss, McBain and Busbee.The story begins with American privateer Matt Grayson and his harrowing escape from the gallows at Tyburn Hill. Injured in his escape, he is found by the virginal orphan Amanda Rose on an early morning walk on the beach. Of course, he is injured (YAY! Sponge-bath-and-fever, my favourite trope!) and Amanda takes care of him. Of course, she spies his lush man-pelt and has to deal with those pesky tinglings in her nether parts. Of course, the stubbly beard that makes him look old gets shaved off, and she is overcome with feelings for this dangerously handsome convict. Of course, he is too old for her (33 to her 18) and tells her so. Often. And, of course, he kisses her.All of this so far is quite good, and par for the course for romances written in the early 80s. I was settling in for an afternoon of adventure and romance - "so magnificent it will make your pulse pound and your heart rejoice".Until Amanda starts looking at the Hero with huge, trusting, wonder-filled eyes and asks him if all girls feel the same when they are kissed? Is it always like this for him? And Hero answers her in a indulgent (shall we say patronizing) tone that no, hardly any girls are swept away by passion as she is and that he must not kiss her again, else he give in to his fever for her and take the gift that she should be saving (if you know what I mean).All of this was absolutely fine with me 25 years ago when I dreamed of a tall, handsome manly man who would sweep me off my feet and teach me all I needed to know about lurv. But reading a book like this 25 years later, when said tall, handsome manly man is chasing after the equivalent of a high school senior, and it squicks me out.I've been spoiled by all the late-twenties spinsters populating historicals lately, I guess. The old standard age gap is has widened so far that for me, in this book, it was unbridgeable. And that's when it occurred to me just how long I've been reading romances, and how my perspective has changed. Maybe I'll try to skew my thinking and try this book again later, when I'm more able to channel my inner 18 year old ingenue.

  • Halima
    2019-04-19 00:17

    4.8 swoon-worthy-brilliant-banter-alpha-male starsMATT F*CKING GRAYSON I love Matt, mummy issues, ass-hat behaviour and all I seem to be amongst the small minority who actually came to enjoy this novel...You are all fully aware that I never favourite a novel unless it's 5 stars, but this is the exception. I have forever been told that Robards is one hell of a story teller when it comes to romance and so I gave her a go. This novel- quite frankly blew me away! I was not expecting it to be that enjoyable.The romance! Goodness, the romance was exceptional! The emotions and imagery created were vivid between the characters, there wasn't insta-love (thank the heavens) and the dialogue between our protagonist Amanda Rose and Matt was brilliant; witty, sharp and all the more enjoyable as they didn't like each other initially Hell yes to enemy-lovers! I was continuously laughing throughout, the fact that it wasn't wholly made up of physical intimacy was also a winner. Laughter danced like twin demons in his eyes. "Forgive, oh, forgive, my lady," he intoned wickedly. *fit of giggling commences*However, I must admit I was initially a tad apprehensive about the age difference; it's pretty large, at times I was questioning whether I was entirely comfortable with it. Yes, there were some parts which were TMI and yes, (view spoiler)[the misunderstanding between them was stretched out for far too long (hide spoiler)] in my opinion, but these were only minor faults and so didn't ruin the overall novel. As it's set within a Victorian setting I expected as much.Therefore, I would highly recommend this.Matt Grayson... Jesus, that is one hell of a book boyfriend...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Misfit
    2019-03-26 02:28

    Not great, not bad either. The sex scenes were a bit TMI for me, and the adjectives flew pretty heavy at times. There is a bit of a big misunderstanding that leads to the heroine being kidnapped and (view spoiler)[ the hero having rape in mind as revenge for supposedly being betrayed (hide spoiler)], but it wasn't quite as bad as I'd been prepared for based on other reviews. I might have rated it higher, but I really didn't connect strongly with either of the characters or feel any real passion between the two. Sex yes, plenty of that. YMMV.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-03-26 04:31

    Victorian Set in England and New Orleans, the Innocent and the Older ManRobards is a great romance author and always delivers a fast-paced story. I love her historicals. This one, while not my favorite, is still a worthy read and kept me up late at night to finish it.The story begins in 1842 as ship’s captain Matt Grayson, an American from New Orleans is about to hang in London—for crimes he didn’t commit. He escapes from the gallows but is wounded as he flees to the coast. There, he is discovered by Lady Amanda Rose Culver, a duke’s daughter who has been confined to a convent school by her half brother. Amanda helps Matt and cares for him in a forgotten cave connected to the convent.Amanda is an innocent waking to the passion of a handsome, older, experienced man who begins as a gentleman but then succumbs to the temptation of the young vixen. He is a man with a past and knows the betrayal of a woman. When Amanda’s brother shows up with a fat, older suitor in tow who will dig the family out of their money woes, he blackmails Amanda into agreeing to the marriage or he will turn Matt over to the authorities. But Matt has other plans for her.There’s a lot of action and a lot of angst as the scene moves from England to New Orleans where Matt essentially holds Amanda his prisoner. When he would do the honorable thing, she refuses. Ah, the rocky path of love.Not much history here but the stage is well set with vivid descriptions of locations, clothing and food—all the goodies we romance readers love.

  • Dabney
    2019-04-03 03:17

    I read this because I was curious whether the itty bitty heroine falls for her rapist thing could be done well by anyone other than Woodiwiss or Gaffney. (Why was I wondering this? Because of a thread on Goodreads.)Not only is that iffy trope not done well here, it's boring. The hero is a self-absorbed wanker and the heroine has the sense of a turnip. The plot is heavy on the wrong details--maybe it's just me but extended descriptions of the wind-swept coast make me drowzy--and light on ones that matter--I'm still unclear on how the hero cleared his name. In a bodice-ripper, the scene where the bodice is truly torn, metaphorically speaking, should not leave the reader and the heroine disgusted and in pain. Nor should the hero be so selfish in bed that the reader begins to hope he has a tragic encounter with a scalpel. And if the sex scenes are revolting in an 80s era rape-omance, the book needs to have some other redeeming qualities.This one does. One. Ms. Robards writes quickly and clearly and with a too hidden bite of humor.If you're looking to read a book you'll feel badly about enjoying because its sexual politics are just wrong, pick up Ms. Woodiwiss's The Wolf and the Dove and leave Amanda Rose on the used paperback shelf.

  • Susan (the other Susan)
    2019-04-08 04:20

    Convent-bred teenager rescues and secretly cares for an injured man, who repays her by repeatedly raping and emotionally battering her because of a big misunderstanding. So naturally, she loves him all the more... Rapey and vicious even by the standards of 80s bodice rippers. Back then, I had a pretty high tolerance for abusive "heroes" and heroines who loved them for it, but this one just made me feel ashamed that I was reading it. Be warned.

  • Lucimar
    2019-03-28 03:17

    Karen Robards mistura em Amanda Rose aventura e romance. A história ocorre em 1842, quando o capitão Matt Grayson (beirando aos trinta), um americano de Nova Orleans está próximo de ser enforcado por um crime que não cometeu. Num golpe de sorte consegue escapar e mesmo ferido vai parar na praia nas proximidades do convento, onde a órfã e herdeira Amanda Rose (17 anos) vive até completar a maioridade. Ela foi confinada lá pelo meio-irmão... Ela o socorre e o ajuda a se esconder. Uma inesperada e ardente paixão os colhe enquanto ela o ajuda furtivamente. Porém, a chegada do meio-irmão que deseja obrigá-la a se casar para conseguir dinheiro para pagar as dívidas rompe com esse incipiente romance. E desconfiando de que ela tem algo a esconder, descobre que há alguém no convento e o denuncia as autoridades. Ela que correra para alertá-lo cai na armadilha do meio-irmão e leva a milícia diretamente a ele. Ele consegue escapar pensando que ela o traiu. E jura, ao ser resgatado pelo irmão dele (que estava em busca dele) que se vingará daquela traição... E, após ser resgatado pelo irmão, decide levá-la, raptando-a e mantendo-a cativa. E a leva para Nova Orleans. Matt tem uma história de traição no seu passado e a dor de uma nova traição o faz querer humilhá-la, tratando-a como uma qualquer, o que a faz ser desprezada diante da rica sociedade de Nova Orleans. Porém, o meio-irmão dela que falira ao perder sua "galinha de ovos de ouro" os persegue até o continente americano e a rapta novamente para obrigá-la a ser amante do velho, já que era uma "mercadoria" usada...E Matt, que nunca teve intenção de se apaixonar terá que resgatar a garota que conquistara seu coração.****Leitura que flui rapidamente. Com personagens secundários cativantes, o irmão dele e os marinho...Recomendo? Sim. Eu amei como a história se desenvolveu.

  • Tee
    2019-04-02 21:29

    Hooked from the beginning scenes -- a hanging, hiding in a cave, to the convent. Seductive and humorous. Silly Amanda, I liked her - and I could see how Matt found her charming and felt for her plight -- especially when she's so good to him in his hours of need. She's his angel with red hair. He warns her not to fall in love with him. I wish he'd warned me. All goes tedious post-kidnapping aboard ship (middle book). He's all mean & distant, so ... the story suffers, Amanda suffers, you suffer. Blah torment, but it does pick up again.

  • Carla Castro
    2019-03-31 03:09

    I will admit that the first half of the story was good. But after Matt rapes Amanda, the story lost its appeal. I can't believe after all the verbal and physical abuse she suffer, she went back to him. It would have been better if she became a nun or stayed and fall in love with Matt's brother Zack. The story would have become interesting.

  • Cely R Bush
    2019-04-20 22:20

    Half n halfStoryline sounded good. Somebody did not do a good job proofreading. Lead female character was annoying in some cases. She was a sheltered/innocent teen but was fast to give up her innocence.

  • Minie
    2019-04-13 21:22

    1.5 stars My first Karen robard's was the last victim and liked it very much.. So I thought all her writing would be up to par.. However i was disappointed with this book. Matt was a total douchebag and the whole misunderstanding that you typically see in these historical romances wasn't very convincing. One minute he can see right through her and can detect and lie when he sees it and he next minute he's a stupid ignorant jerk. The story about his mother in my mind wasn't strong enough to have that kind of long term effect on him.. So that explanation of why he was being as asshole wasn't a strong one for the book.. Another thing I didn't like was the lack of presence/details in the surrounding... I'd like to have seen the growth and development of the characters a bit more.. Amanda didn't seem to have changed or matured.. She's still stupid and naive. Very disappointing.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-29 22:26

    I really enjoyed this for the first 50%. Literally. After that, the entire thing was about the "Hero" being very stupid and the classic betrayal issue (when no betrayal had taken place). By that point, the heroine had done MORE than enough as a Good Samaritan, friend, and lover to prove herself. I found it very infuriating. Somewhere between light abuse, emotional neglect, and animosity, it became difficult to like the couple together at the end. I managed to, and I found the ending to be very satisfying. If half the book hadn't been just STUPID (in my opinion), then, this would have been an easy 5-stars for me. The first half is a 5-star for me. The next 45% is 1-2 stars. The last 5% is back to 5-star. Rating it a 3 was the best I could come up with...

  • Blaze King
    2019-03-26 21:28

    3.5 stars. This wasn't a bad read at all, if u can get over a bit of the hero's Jerkdom. But still, he had a flimsy excuse of first thinking Amanda betrayed him, then his own insecurities. What bothers is Amanda's flaccid spine ! She forgave his one mistake after the other. That which saved the book was a hint here and there that Matt was hard and abrassive because he was vulnerable to Amanda. He did love her in his own way , but was afriad to own it. Also the lasting/climax was somewhat satisfactory.

  • Lorraine Anton
    2019-04-13 22:16

    I liked a lot. Amanda falls for Matt an American who owns his own ship and is a captain. He has escaped is believed to be a murderer, He sometimes has eyes that are murderous,lolShe was living in a convent to escape from our mean step brother. He is out to get her to marry, to benefit him.She falls in Love with him, and he falls in love with her. They both try to fight their feelings. one misunderstanding leads to another.He can be brutal at times.She proves her love for him, and so does he.

  • Lacy
    2019-04-12 21:21

    Bad romance novel making excuses for rape. The main character, Amanda is raped by her hero, Matt. She says no, she pushes him away, she cries for him to stop. He holds her down, tells her he lost "control" after, and that it was her fault because she wanted sex in the first place, then he storms out. The next morning Amanda wakes up and decides to forgive him for no explainable reason. The story wasn't that good in the first place and it certainly never came back after this from the little I read before returning it. Would not recommend.

  • Cristina Contilli
    2019-04-18 02:06

    Avventura e romanticismo, ma con un retrogusto amaro...Questo romanzo da una parte mi è piaciuto, dall'altra, come per i precedenti romanzi che ho letto della stessa autrice, mi ha lasciato la sensazione di un "retrogusto amaro" perché c'è sempre secondo me nei romanzi della Robards un sottofondo inquietante fatto di intrighi e violenze che fa da contraltare alle avventure e agli imprevisti che i due innamorati devono superare prima del lieto fine...

  • Mskychick
    2019-03-26 01:17

    1-1/2 stars. The male "hero" is a complete jerk. I kep waiting to like him, and I never could. And Amanda was such a doormat! She kept putting up with his vile behavior because "she loved him." Bah. They both made me sick.And she was a mass of hyperboles. SO pure, SO good, SO forgiving, SO beautiful. She was a one dimensional doll. And the book seemed to contain almost nothing but cliches and (overused) tropes. Ugh. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time reading this book

  • Pamela
    2019-03-26 00:09

    English girl in trouble meets American guy in trouble in England. both overcome the odds and come out ahead...but will it be with each other or not. A bit of history, a bit of romancea bit of politics to show not a recent occurrence,a bit of men manipulating females thrown in to keep it lively.

  • Kathryn Reeder
    2019-04-20 00:30

    I really like this book. It's easy to read. It's kind of short but not so much that you think it wasn't worth it. It's set back in England - when there was still "ladies" and they were very proper. Amanda meets Matt and the story goes from there. Matt owns and captains ships and he lives in America.

  • Stephanie Bolen
    2019-04-04 01:17

    I like the other brother's stories better. Amanda is kind of all over the place. she's brave one minute then immature and not relatable the next. she was way too young emotionally to be in a real relationship.

  • Elle
    2019-04-13 02:07

    Exiled to a convent by a stepbrother who hates her, Amanda Rose one day stumbles - literally - over an escaped felon. Typical of the '80's romance, there's lots of misunderstanding and borderline if not actual abuse before the couple finally decides they're made for each other.

  • Reenie
    2019-04-01 00:31

    Was there ever such an unlikeable hero? Run Amanda, run. Even at the end he was brutal.I am usually not so harsh, but just did not like this one. I got it from the library e-books where it is going back.

  • Bookish Michelle
    2019-04-24 01:06

    Love the way Karen Robards spins her story. Plot is typical but somehow when Karen puts her characters together, it turned magical and lovely! I simply adore Amanda's courageous personality! Worth reading.

  • Patricia
    2019-03-31 04:28

    Yes a jerk but a great jerk. Think she should have made Amanda a little older. Very mature and aware

  • Denise
    2019-04-22 03:24

    Escapist historical romance, but definitely a fun read.

  • Kelly Benson
    2019-04-02 00:31

    Love her historical books, my favourites.

  • Julie
    2019-04-07 02:10

    quite enjoyed this book

  • Savannah
    2019-03-30 22:18

    bodice-ripper; I was so not okay with the hero's intent to rape Amanda.

  • Shirl
    2019-04-01 21:04

    A fun read.

  • Rose
    2019-03-31 03:16

    Don't waste your time.