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Only With Your Love ✺ [BOOKS] ✮ Only With Your Love By Lisa Kleypas ❄ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The newlywed bride of a Creole aristocrat, Celia Vallerand prays for deliverance from the bloodthirsty brigands who abducted her from a New Orleans bound schooner Though she believes her beloved husba The newlywed bride of a Creole aristocrat, Celia Vallerand prays for deliverance from the bloodthirsty brigands who abducted her from a New Orleans bound schooner Though she believes her beloved husband slain, and despairs for her own life, the shy French beauty fears above all the dashing Only With eBook ↠ privateer who pays a king s ransom to claim herand boldly risks capture to possess herThe most notorious pirate of the open seas, he is called the Griffin a rugged and powerful renegade who arouses within Celia desires as dangerous as they are irresistible But the magnificent adventurer is a man trapped in a perilous deception and he guards a shocking secret that could deny him the love of the gossamer haired enchantress who stirs his manly passions and enslaves his heart.


10 thoughts on “Only With Your Love

  1. Dangermousie Dangermousie says:

    Oh, Lisa Kleypas, why I am fast coming to the conclusion that I don t care for most of Kleypas stuff outside of her Hathaways and Wallflowers series How one woman can write two series so good and the rest so not, is a mystery But even with that, Only With Your Love is a whole other kettle of fish I mean, what woman wouldn t want a true love who is a rapist pirate twin of your kinda dead husband UGH I don t read too many older romances, so I have been pretty lucky at avoiding hero on heroi Oh, Lisa Kleypas, why I am fast coming to the conclusion that I don t care for most of Kleypas stuff outside of her Hathaways and Wallflowers series How one woman can write two series so good and the rest so not, is a mystery But even with that, Only With Your Love is a whole other kettle of fish I mean, what woman wouldn t want a true love who is a rapist pirate twin of your kinda dead husband UGH I don t read too many older romances, so I have been pretty lucky at avoiding hero on heroine rape that romances used to be so fond of 20 years ago only a rare book nowadays ventures into that territory, like Anna Campbell s Claiming the Courtesan, but at least in that one, the hero is portrayed as deeply disturbed, damaged and not right in the head and the heroine doesn t get over it lickety split It still makes me want to stab something, but at least the author realizes that sort of behavior is not the norm And the fact that I even have to give points for that is insane But yes Hero I use the term loosely , is a pirate who purchases the new widow of his sibling and promptly proceeds to rape her As one does I d think even if the idea of rape wouldn t give him pause, loyalty to his apparently nice dead sibling would, but no that would not be macho It s OK though, you guys heroine totally has a good time once she gets over her resistance and the whole clawing his face off doesn t work thing.UGHHHHHHH ETA I do not get the allure of pirates Two words crotch lice


  2. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestLisa Kleypas is one of the most popular historical romance authors out there, and with good reason Her Victorian and regency stories are charming, with strong heroines and to die for beta and alpha heroes But what forgotten, moss covered tales pave the beginning of her path to success TO THE BACK LIST ONLY WITH YOUR LOVE is one of Kleypas s earlier stories First published in 1992, it s one of those new wave bodice ripper tales that Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestLisa Kleypas is one of the most popular historical romance authors out there, and with good reason Her Victorian and regency stories are charming, with strong heroines and to die for beta and alpha heroes But what forgotten, moss covered tales pave the beginning of her path to success TO THE BACK LIST ONLY WITH YOUR LOVE is one of Kleypas s earlier stories First published in 1992, it s one of those new wave bodice ripper tales that tried to be a little less politically incorrect and rapey than their absolutely over the top crazy sauce drenched predecessors SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS The heroine of our tale is the virginal Celia, who is going to New Orleans by ship to marry her husband, Phillipe Vallerand, who has waited this long to consummate the marriage When we see them, he s about to give up all patience with that until he s summoned by one of the crew because of pirates Phillipe runs off, giving Celia his goodbyes and a pistol Why a pistol To shoot herself if the pirates invade her chambers, of course, because honor is everything.Well, the pirates invade her chamber, but Celia doesn t have the guts to shoot herself, so she shoots one of the pirates in the guts She s overpowered, and as the pirates are manhandling her out, she sees that Phillipe has been shot.Meanwhile, on Pirate Island , Captain Griffin is chilling out with his crew, and side eying their rivals, the Legares The two groups don t like each other, but have reached an uneasy stalemate Griffin decides to end that stalemate when he sees the prize Legare and his men have Griffin decides to buy her, and Legare argues with him, and then when they eventually reach a price, Dominic Legare says Griffin can t have her until his brother Andre rapes and tortures her first They agree to fight a duel to the death for Celia, and Griffin ends up fighting someone who Legare names as his second.Anyway, pirate honor doesn t mean much because Legare immediately tries to renege Griffin escapes, kills Andre, and abducts Celia After threatening to rape her a few handfuls of times, he actually does it, and Celia curses her traitorous body for liking it, says how much she hates herself, etc Then she finds out that Griffin is related to her husband in some way, although he won t say how, and that his real name is Justin Griffin Justin dumps Celia off with her husband s family in New Orleans where it s revealed that Justin is actually Philippe s black sheep twin brother.For a while, nothing really happens Celia is with the Vallerands and mopes a lot Then they find Justin who is all stabbed up, heal him, and lie to the authorities, saying that Justin is actually Philippe, so he doesn t get arrested for his pirate crimes Celia angsts about her feelings, driving the family and me mad Legare shows up again, wanting revenge, and claims that Philippe is actually alive and being held hostage Celia and Justin are kidnapped, Justin is tortured, Celia is almost raped but then rescued Legare is murdered Philippe was actually having an affair while he was engaged to Celia, and has slept with the woman again They decide that they weren t actually meant for each other, so Philippe marries the OW and Justin marries Celia.THE END.The beginning of this book waslike a traditional bodice ripper, with the pirate island and the duel to the death I didn t even really have a problem with the forced seduction because that is something that a pirate would probably do, because they lack the morals of the societies that they pillage from What bothered me was Celia s reaction to what happened, and the way their relationship went from there She built up Justin as this noble man, who did what he wanted and was strong and brave, but he was a pirate who raped her when she was emotionally vulnerable and then mocked and taunted her about it afterwards It was like that was completely forgotten once it was no longer relevant to the story I get that this story is a product of a different times, when the typical romance formula was different, but this is a perfect example of why I do not tend to like bodice rippers in the 90s early bodice rippers were brutal, and it was usually pretty clear that the hero was not a good guy The 90s bodice rippers tried to soften this up, but actually ended up sending some pretty uncomfortably mixed signals, because here you have a hero who rapes, but he does it because he was just so impassioned and in love he couldn t help himself Nope I am not buying that I ll take the 1970s bodice ripper heroes over the 1990s bodice ripper heroes any day They were just as full of sh t, if you pardon my language, but at least they didn t try to sell that sh t as chocolates and roses.Celia is also a very unpleasant heroine All she does is cry and mope I also felt like the narrative really went out of its way to make her seem helpless and small, as she does not eat her food but nibbles it instead, and is described as skinny and child like several times, she s described as looking like a young boy I did think it was an interesting touch that Celia did not speak much English and that this proved to be a difficulty for her in her exchanges with others, as that is something that was probably a big issue back then with Google Translate not being a thing, but that, too, seemed like yet another detail meant to render her dependent and helpless I just can t help but compare her to the heroines of the Gamblers series and the Wallflowers series and come up short.I love Lisa Kleypas, and I enjoyed this glimpse into what her early writing looked like She has really found her voice since then, and her writing is so muchpolished now In that sense, books like these are great, because they create a compelling before and after for one of my favorite authors However, I did not like the story I thought it changed tone too many times, and did not find the heroine at all likable I think this story would have been better if it had been published twenty years before, with an antihero character who actually acted like a give no forks pirate instead of a garden variety douche flower Pirate island exists, by the way, and it s a terrifying place 1 to 1.5 stars


  3. Al George Al George says:

    Seriously There is something very wrong in my head Intellectually, I know why the heroine might come across as cold and unfeeling and all sorts of f cked upit s because her situation is all sorts of janked up But still, the selfish little brat inside of me was all I don t like her Gah What a whiner am I Note read for the 2017 New Years Challenge, pirate category, AND as a monthly read in the Historical Romance group 2 birds and all that Judge away, beeches Setting Time Genre Seriously There is something very wrong in my head Intellectually, I know why the heroine might come across as cold and unfeeling and all sorts of f cked upit s because her situation is all sorts of janked up But still, the selfish little brat inside of me was all I don t like her Gah What a whiner am I Note read for the 2017 New Years Challenge, pirate category, AND as a monthly read in the Historical Romance group 2 birds and all that Judge away, beeches Setting Time Genre American1817LouisianaSeries Yes, but I have not read 1 Should I Sexy times A few Tame for Kleypas imho Plan on readingby the author Always I m most appreciative of her work.Synopsis Ok, heroine, Celia, abducted by pirates is rescued by another pirate who FYI sorta kinda for sure possibly forces himself on her Think male privilege argument here For my part, I m totes going out on a cypress limb see what I did there and saying yea, he basically raped her So maybe that s my problem with the book, but I am digressing Anyhoo, he returns her to her new home Things go on There s still the matter of the other pirate who rape male power imbalance pirate angered when he took Celia His name is Justin, fyi So the story goes on and I feel like I can t say a whole lotbecause it s spoiler y at that point view spoiler Basically, her husband was is Justin s brother, there s this whole he s dead part During which time the male privilege rapey business happens Justin is injured doing his pirate thing and is brought back to the plantation where Celia obsessively helps to heal him and gets busy with him again And then we find out brother is alive and then there s some serious drama hide spoiler Glad I got that out of the way Heroine Celia Dude, she s cold I said it But it s protective cold She s off putting But I get it It s safer to keep everyone at a distance She s a complainer Well, she s got plenty to complain about She s demanding And I get it Plenty to demand She s real And therein must lie my other problem Shake a finger and shame me In retrospect, she s got my respect Hero Justin I think I expressed my issues with him up above Why it did or didn t work for me G_d dammit Apparently it sorta worked I won t lie It got a little draggy there around the 60% ish mark and I found myself going off and doing other things BUT it s still a good book I think if we would have stayed on the character development and away from the last big adventure section of the book I would actually have liked itI felt like that detracted from the study of who these people were and how the reacted And I tell you what, most people will not like some of their gut reactions But if you sit back and think about ityou ll get sucked in As a side note the whole cheek licking thing Not ok Ever Signed, Keep your tongue out of my cheek Out Things to do and places to see


  4. KatieV KatieV says:

    I liked this, but didn t think it had the magic of Kleypas later works Many of her Victorian era England novels are favorite re reads of mine, but I doubt I ll revisit this Very early in her career Kleypas dabbled in the bodice ripper genre so prevalent at that time I don t know if she was still developing her writing skills or if that genre just isn t her forte Possibly both.I love some of the older bodice rippers, but this was just a like for me If you want a bodice ripper with Creoles I liked this, but didn t think it had the magic of Kleypas later works Many of her Victorian era England novels are favorite re reads of mine, but I doubt I ll revisit this Very early in her career Kleypas dabbled in the bodice ripper genre so prevalent at that time I don t know if she was still developing her writing skills or if that genre just isn t her forte Possibly both.I love some of the older bodice rippers, but this was just a like for me If you want a bodice ripper with Creoles in pre Civil war Louisiana, I suggest Jennifer Blake.Why wasn t this a love I m not quite sure I can express it or put my finger on it There were things that didn t seem well developed or explainable The story was interesting if not original The hero is the identical twin of the heroine s husband If you ve read the first book you figure this out immediately, so I don t think I m spoiling anything for anyone The heroine was traveling from her native France to Louisiana with her husband Philippe when their ship was attacked by pirates just as they are about to consummate the marriage They had waited because Philippe had allowed her time to adjust since they didn t know one another very well and mostly via correspondence Also I believe it was another way to let the reader know that their relationship wasn t what it should have been Basically, they loved each other butout of common background, respect, and position not with a great passion.The heroine is abducted and her husband thought to be dead and tossed overboard The hero, Justin, had left his family years before and became a pirate and is on the pirate island where the captive heroine is taken When he realizes who she is, he rescues her from the evil pirate who d taken her to give to his disgusting, sadistic brother.She doesn t realize who Justin is since Philippe had never spoken of him, which I found odd Yes Justin, was the black sheep but they were married and Justin was Philippe s twin however, I suspect it was a sloppy plot device to hide Justin s identity for longer and to illustrate that Celia and Philippe weren t as close as they should be Another reason behind the secret identity was Justin had a long shaggy beard and hair which hid his features from Celia, although she did find the eyes familiar He doesn t tell her who he is until they arrive at his father s plantation Max Vallerand from Only in Your Arms later re written re titled to be When Strangers Marry Trigger warning for sexual assault On the way from the pirate island to the plantation Justin forces himself on Celia she is also nearly raped at several points by villains In romance land this is what I d term a forced seduction since her traitorous body gives in Since it s such a common trope for those times, I always make the distinction in fiction, not real life.This didn t make sense to me because the guy had just lost his twin who he dearly loved even though he was at odds with the family for his choice of career He saved Celia because of his love for Philippe and because he felt it was a debt of honor and then he rapes her I know he had a distrust of women due to his mother, but his recently dead brother s wife I m someone who isn t offended by the forced seduction trope, but this didn t sit right with me And I think later attempts to explain his behavior weren t up to par with what I expect from Kleypas It seemed she didtelling than showing in a lot of cases.I also could never bring myself to like Celia I didn t hate her, but I didn t like her I was lukewarm over both of them, actually Kleypas can create such SEXY alpha heroes, but again he didn t measure up to what I expect from Kleypas.Perhaps it s just me, but I took issue with how Celia spoke about Justin to Max and Lysette Maybe it s cultural, but in my world you NEVER bad mouth someone s child close family to other family members ESPECIALLY if those family members are giving you a home sheltering you and don t otherwise know you I m not a Creole, but I am a southerner and that s just NOT done I had no problem with her hating Justin, I just thought it was insensitive to trash him to his father s face when it was obvious Max loved his child even if he didn t love his lifestyle AND he believed he d just lost Justin s twin It was especially jarring since she never told Max or Lysette why she hated him All they knew was that he saved her and brought her to them after Philippe was killed I wouldn t have sung his praises or pretended to like him, but I wouldn t have taken every opportunity to crow about what an animal he is to his father who had never met her before, yet took her in without question and gave her a home They didn t seem to take offense, but it seemed really insensitive rude to me I didn t expect her to be grateful to Justin, but I did expect her to be grateful to the Vallerands for sheltering her and curb her tongue as a show of that gratitude respect especially in light of their grief over Philippe As far as Justin goes, I had no problem with her taking shots at him personally, he deserved it.Also, there were inconsistencies that irked me a bit between book 1 and 2 I read the re write of the first book and in that version, for example, Lysette was pretty but not a breathtaking beauty However it was mentioned over and over again how unbelievably beautiful Lysette was in this book Perhaps that continuity glitch was due to changes made in the rewrite Anyway, I may have liked thisif it hadn t been a Kleypas novel I just know what she s capable of and this didn t measure up However, the plot kept me interested and I kept reading


  5. Azet Azet says:

    Every touch of yours was heaven and hell I thought about putting my hands around your neck and throttling the life out of you anything to stop you from becoming necessary to me But it s too late now You re mine, and you have only yourself to blame You made yourself mine Justin Vallerand A thrilling Bodice ripper that delivers swashbuckling Adventures with the Anti heroic Vallerand male i fell in love with in the former book.In this sequel Only With Your Love he has become a lethal and Every touch of yours was heaven and hell I thought about putting my hands around your neck and throttling the life out of you anything to stop you from becoming necessary to me But it s too late now You re mine, and you have only yourself to blame You made yourself mine Justin Vallerand A thrilling Bodice ripper that delivers swashbuckling Adventures with the Anti heroic Vallerand male i fell in love with in the former book.In this sequel Only With Your Love he has become a lethal and feared pirate known as Captain Griffin who lives the uncaring life of a pagan.He finds his soulmate in his deceased twin brothers wife,Celia Vallerand and takes her innocence without knowing she will change his life forever.Celia Vallerand hated Justin with reason and i couldn t fault her for that.I mean the forced seduction scene while she was seriously grieving made me despise Justin for his selfish behaviour,GOD i could never have forgiven him for it Celia and Justin were so opposite,she was a calm rational being while he was anything but civilised.But together,they simply fit into one great puzzle of yearning,desire and a powerful love neither wanted nor expected.I think Justin Vallerand must be the most pagan hero Kleypas have ever written except for Sebastian in Devil in Winter.There was a great restless energy about him,he gave out the haunting feelings of a vicious animal.He could kill,steal and even take the innocence of his dead brothers wife without any shame or guilt.He took what he wanted and it didn t matter what it did to anyone else.But it was his love for Celia that grounded him and made himhuman.Since his heart was so much distanced from humanity,he is a man who can only love once and for always.Everyone living in the Vallerand Plantation could sense a certain attachment between Justin and Celia.I love that even when there was a instant sorching attraction between the two,they gradually started to love each other.It was agonizing,sweet,hilarious and so so incredibly beautiful to watch.Despite their faults i came to love Celia and Justin and the epiluge made me sigh with happiness.I am so glad for their deserved happy ever after


  6. kris kris says:

    Celia and Philippe Vallerand, newlyweds, are on their way to America from France when PIRATES Philippe gets stabbed and tossed overboard Celia gets captured, threatened with rape, and then rescued by please hold your gasps till the end Justin Vallerand, the lost Philippe s TWIN BROTHER He threatens Celia with rape, then straight up forces himself on her, drops her at his family s estate, takes off, and several months later is himself dropped off shot, stabbed, etc I should pause here t Celia and Philippe Vallerand, newlyweds, are on their way to America from France when PIRATES Philippe gets stabbed and tossed overboard Celia gets captured, threatened with rape, and then rescued by please hold your gasps till the end Justin Vallerand, the lost Philippe s TWIN BROTHER He threatens Celia with rape, then straight up forces himself on her, drops her at his family s estate, takes off, and several months later is himself dropped off shot, stabbed, etc I should pause here to note that, allegedly, Justin is the hero of this particular book I KNOW So Celia nurses him back to health and they fall in love EXCEPT, OH SNAP, PHILIPPE ISN T DEAD WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW 1 Yep Rape 2 Swapping out twin brothers, like you do.3 I honestly don t know how to explain why I finished this thing because it is so bad 4 The hero literally rapes the heroine and the heroine convinces herself that she s to blame because she liked it WHYYYYYY


  7. JennyG JennyG says:

    Hero was wonderful despite some non pc behaviour Although the heroine s reactions seemed realistic, considering everything she was going through, I never quite warmed up to her She kept grating on my nerves Nonetheless it was a memorable read and I enjoyed it P.S Hero never cheats There is an attempt of rape by another man and forced seduction by the hero.


  8. Chi Chi says:

    Lisa Kleypas wrote a pirate story I was really surprised when I started reading it and couldn t stop until I finished it.In full disclosure, there is a very uncomfortable to read scene the rape scene near the start Nowadays, Lisa Kleypas doesn t write about non consensual sex, but it was definitely a sign of the times 2000 that the book had such a bodice ripping scene It was discomforting to realise that such a scene was in the book, especially so given that LK kept mentioning how mu Lisa Kleypas wrote a pirate story I was really surprised when I started reading it and couldn t stop until I finished it.In full disclosure, there is a very uncomfortable to read scene the rape scene near the start Nowadays, Lisa Kleypas doesn t write about non consensual sex, but it was definitely a sign of the times 2000 that the book had such a bodice ripping scene It was discomforting to realise that such a scene was in the book, especially so given that LK kept mentioning how much pleasure the heroine was experiencing, despite enduring what is essentially rape.Also, it was a little discomforting to read about Celia s affections and near constant comparisons between the hero and the other man It was a bit squicky to read about.Look, despite those concerns, it was still rather amusing to read something that s so wildly different from the books published nowadays, particularly the obvious pairing between the fair skinned, dainty, fragile heroine and the big, brooding, dangerous and handsome hero And because this was written by the incomparable Lisa Kleypas especially in my eyes , it was a rollicking, well written book that I really enjoyed


  9. Nonieღserenity2bliss Nonieღserenity2bliss says:

    I guess even the most awesome writer cannot write a winner every single time P I have never read a Lisa Kleypas book that I don t love or likeuntil this one.I always believe that LK s strength is her ability to write wonderful, larger than life characters heroes that you immediately fall in love with, and heroines that you wish you want to be Unfortunately, in Only With Your Love, not only do I not want to become the heroine, I don t even want to be anywhere near her She s such a tiresome I guess even the most awesome writer cannot write a winner every single time P I have never read a Lisa Kleypas book that I don t love or likeuntil this one.I always believe that LK s strength is her ability to write wonderful, larger than life characters heroes that you immediately fall in love with, and heroines that you wish you want to be Unfortunately, in Only With Your Love, not only do I not want to become the heroine, I don t even want to be anywhere near her She s such a tiresome, ungrateful nuisance and every words that came out of her mouth were toxic I wish the pirates would just leave her on the boat and blow it to pieces with her on it The storyline was alright there were parts that I love but mostly I don t I find it dragging a little bit that I kept thinking, when is this story going to end When I start having such thought, it was not a good sign


  10. Kady Kady says:

    This one is an oldie but a goodie Enjoyed it very much I ve almost read all of the Lisa Kleypas historicals now It s been hard to find other HR books I adore as much as these.


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10 thoughts on “Only With Your Love

  1. Dangermousie Dangermousie says:

    Oh, Lisa Kleypas, why I am fast coming to the conclusion that I don t care for most of Kleypas stuff outside of her Hathaways and Wallflowers series How one woman can write two series so good and the rest so not, is a mystery But even with that, Only With Your Love is a whole other kettle of fish I mean, what woman wouldn t want a true love who is a rapist pirate twin of your kinda dead husband UGH I don t read too many older romances, so I have been pretty lucky at avoiding hero on heroi Oh, Lisa Kleypas, why I am fast coming to the conclusion that I don t care for most of Kleypas stuff outside of her Hathaways and Wallflowers series How one woman can write two series so good and the rest so not, is a mystery But even with that, Only With Your Love is a whole other kettle of fish I mean, what woman wouldn t want a true love who is a rapist pirate twin of your kinda dead husband UGH I don t read too many older romances, so I have been pretty lucky at avoiding hero on heroine rape that romances used to be so fond of 20 years ago only a rare book nowadays ventures into that territory, like Anna Campbell s Claiming the Courtesan, but at least in that one, the hero is portrayed as deeply disturbed, damaged and not right in the head and the heroine doesn t get over it lickety split It still makes me want to stab something, but at least the author realizes that sort of behavior is not the norm And the fact that I even have to give points for that is insane But yes Hero I use the term loosely , is a pirate who purchases the new widow of his sibling and promptly proceeds to rape her As one does I d think even if the idea of rape wouldn t give him pause, loyalty to his apparently nice dead sibling would, but no that would not be macho It s OK though, you guys heroine totally has a good time once she gets over her resistance and the whole clawing his face off doesn t work thing.UGHHHHHHH ETA I do not get the allure of pirates Two words crotch lice

  2. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestLisa Kleypas is one of the most popular historical romance authors out there, and with good reason Her Victorian and regency stories are charming, with strong heroines and to die for beta and alpha heroes But what forgotten, moss covered tales pave the beginning of her path to success TO THE BACK LIST ONLY WITH YOUR LOVE is one of Kleypas s earlier stories First published in 1992, it s one of those new wave bodice ripper tales that Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestLisa Kleypas is one of the most popular historical romance authors out there, and with good reason Her Victorian and regency stories are charming, with strong heroines and to die for beta and alpha heroes But what forgotten, moss covered tales pave the beginning of her path to success TO THE BACK LIST ONLY WITH YOUR LOVE is one of Kleypas s earlier stories First published in 1992, it s one of those new wave bodice ripper tales that tried to be a little less politically incorrect and rapey than their absolutely over the top crazy sauce drenched predecessors SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS The heroine of our tale is the virginal Celia, who is going to New Orleans by ship to marry her husband, Phillipe Vallerand, who has waited this long to consummate the marriage When we see them, he s about to give up all patience with that until he s summoned by one of the crew because of pirates Phillipe runs off, giving Celia his goodbyes and a pistol Why a pistol To shoot herself if the pirates invade her chambers, of course, because honor is everything.Well, the pirates invade her chamber, but Celia doesn t have the guts to shoot herself, so she shoots one of the pirates in the guts She s overpowered, and as the pirates are manhandling her out, she sees that Phillipe has been shot.Meanwhile, on Pirate Island , Captain Griffin is chilling out with his crew, and side eying their rivals, the Legares The two groups don t like each other, but have reached an uneasy stalemate Griffin decides to end that stalemate when he sees the prize Legare and his men have Griffin decides to buy her, and Legare argues with him, and then when they eventually reach a price, Dominic Legare says Griffin can t have her until his brother Andre rapes and tortures her first They agree to fight a duel to the death for Celia, and Griffin ends up fighting someone who Legare names as his second.Anyway, pirate honor doesn t mean much because Legare immediately tries to renege Griffin escapes, kills Andre, and abducts Celia After threatening to rape her a few handfuls of times, he actually does it, and Celia curses her traitorous body for liking it, says how much she hates herself, etc Then she finds out that Griffin is related to her husband in some way, although he won t say how, and that his real name is Justin Griffin Justin dumps Celia off with her husband s family in New Orleans where it s revealed that Justin is actually Philippe s black sheep twin brother.For a while, nothing really happens Celia is with the Vallerands and mopes a lot Then they find Justin who is all stabbed up, heal him, and lie to the authorities, saying that Justin is actually Philippe, so he doesn t get arrested for his pirate crimes Celia angsts about her feelings, driving the family and me mad Legare shows up again, wanting revenge, and claims that Philippe is actually alive and being held hostage Celia and Justin are kidnapped, Justin is tortured, Celia is almost raped but then rescued Legare is murdered Philippe was actually having an affair while he was engaged to Celia, and has slept with the woman again They decide that they weren t actually meant for each other, so Philippe marries the OW and Justin marries Celia.THE END.The beginning of this book waslike a traditional bodice ripper, with the pirate island and the duel to the death I didn t even really have a problem with the forced seduction because that is something that a pirate would probably do, because they lack the morals of the societies that they pillage from What bothered me was Celia s reaction to what happened, and the way their relationship went from there She built up Justin as this noble man, who did what he wanted and was strong and brave, but he was a pirate who raped her when she was emotionally vulnerable and then mocked and taunted her about it afterwards It was like that was completely forgotten once it was no longer relevant to the story I get that this story is a product of a different times, when the typical romance formula was different, but this is a perfect example of why I do not tend to like bodice rippers in the 90s early bodice rippers were brutal, and it was usually pretty clear that the hero was not a good guy The 90s bodice rippers tried to soften this up, but actually ended up sending some pretty uncomfortably mixed signals, because here you have a hero who rapes, but he does it because he was just so impassioned and in love he couldn t help himself Nope I am not buying that I ll take the 1970s bodice ripper heroes over the 1990s bodice ripper heroes any day They were just as full of sh t, if you pardon my language, but at least they didn t try to sell that sh t as chocolates and roses.Celia is also a very unpleasant heroine All she does is cry and mope I also felt like the narrative really went out of its way to make her seem helpless and small, as she does not eat her food but nibbles it instead, and is described as skinny and child like several times, she s described as looking like a young boy I did think it was an interesting touch that Celia did not speak much English and that this proved to be a difficulty for her in her exchanges with others, as that is something that was probably a big issue back then with Google Translate not being a thing, but that, too, seemed like yet another detail meant to render her dependent and helpless I just can t help but compare her to the heroines of the Gamblers series and the Wallflowers series and come up short.I love Lisa Kleypas, and I enjoyed this glimpse into what her early writing looked like She has really found her voice since then, and her writing is so muchpolished now In that sense, books like these are great, because they create a compelling before and after for one of my favorite authors However, I did not like the story I thought it changed tone too many times, and did not find the heroine at all likable I think this story would have been better if it had been published twenty years before, with an antihero character who actually acted like a give no forks pirate instead of a garden variety douche flower Pirate island exists, by the way, and it s a terrifying place 1 to 1.5 stars

  3. Al George Al George says:

    Seriously There is something very wrong in my head Intellectually, I know why the heroine might come across as cold and unfeeling and all sorts of f cked upit s because her situation is all sorts of janked up But still, the selfish little brat inside of me was all I don t like her Gah What a whiner am I Note read for the 2017 New Years Challenge, pirate category, AND as a monthly read in the Historical Romance group 2 birds and all that Judge away, beeches Setting Time Genre Seriously There is something very wrong in my head Intellectually, I know why the heroine might come across as cold and unfeeling and all sorts of f cked upit s because her situation is all sorts of janked up But still, the selfish little brat inside of me was all I don t like her Gah What a whiner am I Note read for the 2017 New Years Challenge, pirate category, AND as a monthly read in the Historical Romance group 2 birds and all that Judge away, beeches Setting Time Genre American1817LouisianaSeries Yes, but I have not read 1 Should I Sexy times A few Tame for Kleypas imho Plan on readingby the author Always I m most appreciative of her work.Synopsis Ok, heroine, Celia, abducted by pirates is rescued by another pirate who FYI sorta kinda for sure possibly forces himself on her Think male privilege argument here For my part, I m totes going out on a cypress limb see what I did there and saying yea, he basically raped her So maybe that s my problem with the book, but I am digressing Anyhoo, he returns her to her new home Things go on There s still the matter of the other pirate who rape male power imbalance pirate angered when he took Celia His name is Justin, fyi So the story goes on and I feel like I can t say a whole lotbecause it s spoiler y at that point view spoiler Basically, her husband was is Justin s brother, there s this whole he s dead part During which time the male privilege rapey business happens Justin is injured doing his pirate thing and is brought back to the plantation where Celia obsessively helps to heal him and gets busy with him again And then we find out brother is alive and then there s some serious drama hide spoiler Glad I got that out of the way Heroine Celia Dude, she s cold I said it But it s protective cold She s off putting But I get it It s safer to keep everyone at a distance She s a complainer Well, she s got plenty to complain about She s demanding And I get it Plenty to demand She s real And therein must lie my other problem Shake a finger and shame me In retrospect, she s got my respect Hero Justin I think I expressed my issues with him up above Why it did or didn t work for me G_d dammit Apparently it sorta worked I won t lie It got a little draggy there around the 60% ish mark and I found myself going off and doing other things BUT it s still a good book I think if we would have stayed on the character development and away from the last big adventure section of the book I would actually have liked itI felt like that detracted from the study of who these people were and how the reacted And I tell you what, most people will not like some of their gut reactions But if you sit back and think about ityou ll get sucked in As a side note the whole cheek licking thing Not ok Ever Signed, Keep your tongue out of my cheek Out Things to do and places to see

  4. KatieV KatieV says:

    I liked this, but didn t think it had the magic of Kleypas later works Many of her Victorian era England novels are favorite re reads of mine, but I doubt I ll revisit this Very early in her career Kleypas dabbled in the bodice ripper genre so prevalent at that time I don t know if she was still developing her writing skills or if that genre just isn t her forte Possibly both.I love some of the older bodice rippers, but this was just a like for me If you want a bodice ripper with Creoles I liked this, but didn t think it had the magic of Kleypas later works Many of her Victorian era England novels are favorite re reads of mine, but I doubt I ll revisit this Very early in her career Kleypas dabbled in the bodice ripper genre so prevalent at that time I don t know if she was still developing her writing skills or if that genre just isn t her forte Possibly both.I love some of the older bodice rippers, but this was just a like for me If you want a bodice ripper with Creoles in pre Civil war Louisiana, I suggest Jennifer Blake.Why wasn t this a love I m not quite sure I can express it or put my finger on it There were things that didn t seem well developed or explainable The story was interesting if not original The hero is the identical twin of the heroine s husband If you ve read the first book you figure this out immediately, so I don t think I m spoiling anything for anyone The heroine was traveling from her native France to Louisiana with her husband Philippe when their ship was attacked by pirates just as they are about to consummate the marriage They had waited because Philippe had allowed her time to adjust since they didn t know one another very well and mostly via correspondence Also I believe it was another way to let the reader know that their relationship wasn t what it should have been Basically, they loved each other butout of common background, respect, and position not with a great passion.The heroine is abducted and her husband thought to be dead and tossed overboard The hero, Justin, had left his family years before and became a pirate and is on the pirate island where the captive heroine is taken When he realizes who she is, he rescues her from the evil pirate who d taken her to give to his disgusting, sadistic brother.She doesn t realize who Justin is since Philippe had never spoken of him, which I found odd Yes Justin, was the black sheep but they were married and Justin was Philippe s twin however, I suspect it was a sloppy plot device to hide Justin s identity for longer and to illustrate that Celia and Philippe weren t as close as they should be Another reason behind the secret identity was Justin had a long shaggy beard and hair which hid his features from Celia, although she did find the eyes familiar He doesn t tell her who he is until they arrive at his father s plantation Max Vallerand from Only in Your Arms later re written re titled to be When Strangers Marry Trigger warning for sexual assault On the way from the pirate island to the plantation Justin forces himself on Celia she is also nearly raped at several points by villains In romance land this is what I d term a forced seduction since her traitorous body gives in Since it s such a common trope for those times, I always make the distinction in fiction, not real life.This didn t make sense to me because the guy had just lost his twin who he dearly loved even though he was at odds with the family for his choice of career He saved Celia because of his love for Philippe and because he felt it was a debt of honor and then he rapes her I know he had a distrust of women due to his mother, but his recently dead brother s wife I m someone who isn t offended by the forced seduction trope, but this didn t sit right with me And I think later attempts to explain his behavior weren t up to par with what I expect from Kleypas It seemed she didtelling than showing in a lot of cases.I also could never bring myself to like Celia I didn t hate her, but I didn t like her I was lukewarm over both of them, actually Kleypas can create such SEXY alpha heroes, but again he didn t measure up to what I expect from Kleypas.Perhaps it s just me, but I took issue with how Celia spoke about Justin to Max and Lysette Maybe it s cultural, but in my world you NEVER bad mouth someone s child close family to other family members ESPECIALLY if those family members are giving you a home sheltering you and don t otherwise know you I m not a Creole, but I am a southerner and that s just NOT done I had no problem with her hating Justin, I just thought it was insensitive to trash him to his father s face when it was obvious Max loved his child even if he didn t love his lifestyle AND he believed he d just lost Justin s twin It was especially jarring since she never told Max or Lysette why she hated him All they knew was that he saved her and brought her to them after Philippe was killed I wouldn t have sung his praises or pretended to like him, but I wouldn t have taken every opportunity to crow about what an animal he is to his father who had never met her before, yet took her in without question and gave her a home They didn t seem to take offense, but it seemed really insensitive rude to me I didn t expect her to be grateful to Justin, but I did expect her to be grateful to the Vallerands for sheltering her and curb her tongue as a show of that gratitude respect especially in light of their grief over Philippe As far as Justin goes, I had no problem with her taking shots at him personally, he deserved it.Also, there were inconsistencies that irked me a bit between book 1 and 2 I read the re write of the first book and in that version, for example, Lysette was pretty but not a breathtaking beauty However it was mentioned over and over again how unbelievably beautiful Lysette was in this book Perhaps that continuity glitch was due to changes made in the rewrite Anyway, I may have liked thisif it hadn t been a Kleypas novel I just know what she s capable of and this didn t measure up However, the plot kept me interested and I kept reading

  5. Azet Azet says:

    Every touch of yours was heaven and hell I thought about putting my hands around your neck and throttling the life out of you anything to stop you from becoming necessary to me But it s too late now You re mine, and you have only yourself to blame You made yourself mine Justin Vallerand A thrilling Bodice ripper that delivers swashbuckling Adventures with the Anti heroic Vallerand male i fell in love with in the former book.In this sequel Only With Your Love he has become a lethal and Every touch of yours was heaven and hell I thought about putting my hands around your neck and throttling the life out of you anything to stop you from becoming necessary to me But it s too late now You re mine, and you have only yourself to blame You made yourself mine Justin Vallerand A thrilling Bodice ripper that delivers swashbuckling Adventures with the Anti heroic Vallerand male i fell in love with in the former book.In this sequel Only With Your Love he has become a lethal and feared pirate known as Captain Griffin who lives the uncaring life of a pagan.He finds his soulmate in his deceased twin brothers wife,Celia Vallerand and takes her innocence without knowing she will change his life forever.Celia Vallerand hated Justin with reason and i couldn t fault her for that.I mean the forced seduction scene while she was seriously grieving made me despise Justin for his selfish behaviour,GOD i could never have forgiven him for it Celia and Justin were so opposite,she was a calm rational being while he was anything but civilised.But together,they simply fit into one great puzzle of yearning,desire and a powerful love neither wanted nor expected.I think Justin Vallerand must be the most pagan hero Kleypas have ever written except for Sebastian in Devil in Winter.There was a great restless energy about him,he gave out the haunting feelings of a vicious animal.He could kill,steal and even take the innocence of his dead brothers wife without any shame or guilt.He took what he wanted and it didn t matter what it did to anyone else.But it was his love for Celia that grounded him and made himhuman.Since his heart was so much distanced from humanity,he is a man who can only love once and for always.Everyone living in the Vallerand Plantation could sense a certain attachment between Justin and Celia.I love that even when there was a instant sorching attraction between the two,they gradually started to love each other.It was agonizing,sweet,hilarious and so so incredibly beautiful to watch.Despite their faults i came to love Celia and Justin and the epiluge made me sigh with happiness.I am so glad for their deserved happy ever after

  6. kris kris says:

    Celia and Philippe Vallerand, newlyweds, are on their way to America from France when PIRATES Philippe gets stabbed and tossed overboard Celia gets captured, threatened with rape, and then rescued by please hold your gasps till the end Justin Vallerand, the lost Philippe s TWIN BROTHER He threatens Celia with rape, then straight up forces himself on her, drops her at his family s estate, takes off, and several months later is himself dropped off shot, stabbed, etc I should pause here t Celia and Philippe Vallerand, newlyweds, are on their way to America from France when PIRATES Philippe gets stabbed and tossed overboard Celia gets captured, threatened with rape, and then rescued by please hold your gasps till the end Justin Vallerand, the lost Philippe s TWIN BROTHER He threatens Celia with rape, then straight up forces himself on her, drops her at his family s estate, takes off, and several months later is himself dropped off shot, stabbed, etc I should pause here to note that, allegedly, Justin is the hero of this particular book I KNOW So Celia nurses him back to health and they fall in love EXCEPT, OH SNAP, PHILIPPE ISN T DEAD WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW 1 Yep Rape 2 Swapping out twin brothers, like you do.3 I honestly don t know how to explain why I finished this thing because it is so bad 4 The hero literally rapes the heroine and the heroine convinces herself that she s to blame because she liked it WHYYYYYY

  7. JennyG JennyG says:

    Hero was wonderful despite some non pc behaviour Although the heroine s reactions seemed realistic, considering everything she was going through, I never quite warmed up to her She kept grating on my nerves Nonetheless it was a memorable read and I enjoyed it P.S Hero never cheats There is an attempt of rape by another man and forced seduction by the hero.

  8. Chi Chi says:

    Lisa Kleypas wrote a pirate story I was really surprised when I started reading it and couldn t stop until I finished it.In full disclosure, there is a very uncomfortable to read scene the rape scene near the start Nowadays, Lisa Kleypas doesn t write about non consensual sex, but it was definitely a sign of the times 2000 that the book had such a bodice ripping scene It was discomforting to realise that such a scene was in the book, especially so given that LK kept mentioning how mu Lisa Kleypas wrote a pirate story I was really surprised when I started reading it and couldn t stop until I finished it.In full disclosure, there is a very uncomfortable to read scene the rape scene near the start Nowadays, Lisa Kleypas doesn t write about non consensual sex, but it was definitely a sign of the times 2000 that the book had such a bodice ripping scene It was discomforting to realise that such a scene was in the book, especially so given that LK kept mentioning how much pleasure the heroine was experiencing, despite enduring what is essentially rape.Also, it was a little discomforting to read about Celia s affections and near constant comparisons between the hero and the other man It was a bit squicky to read about.Look, despite those concerns, it was still rather amusing to read something that s so wildly different from the books published nowadays, particularly the obvious pairing between the fair skinned, dainty, fragile heroine and the big, brooding, dangerous and handsome hero And because this was written by the incomparable Lisa Kleypas especially in my eyes , it was a rollicking, well written book that I really enjoyed

  9. Nonieღserenity2bliss Nonieღserenity2bliss says:

    I guess even the most awesome writer cannot write a winner every single time P I have never read a Lisa Kleypas book that I don t love or likeuntil this one.I always believe that LK s strength is her ability to write wonderful, larger than life characters heroes that you immediately fall in love with, and heroines that you wish you want to be Unfortunately, in Only With Your Love, not only do I not want to become the heroine, I don t even want to be anywhere near her She s such a tiresome I guess even the most awesome writer cannot write a winner every single time P I have never read a Lisa Kleypas book that I don t love or likeuntil this one.I always believe that LK s strength is her ability to write wonderful, larger than life characters heroes that you immediately fall in love with, and heroines that you wish you want to be Unfortunately, in Only With Your Love, not only do I not want to become the heroine, I don t even want to be anywhere near her She s such a tiresome, ungrateful nuisance and every words that came out of her mouth were toxic I wish the pirates would just leave her on the boat and blow it to pieces with her on it The storyline was alright there were parts that I love but mostly I don t I find it dragging a little bit that I kept thinking, when is this story going to end When I start having such thought, it was not a good sign

  10. Kady Kady says:

    This one is an oldie but a goodie Enjoyed it very much I ve almost read all of the Lisa Kleypas historicals now It s been hard to find other HR books I adore as much as these.

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