Shanna

Shanna A pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison In return for a night of unparalleled pleasure a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress thereby rescu

  • Title: Shanna
  • Author: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
  • ISBN: 9780380972319
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison In return for a night of unparalleled pleasure, a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress, thereby rescuing her with his name from an impending and abhorred arranged union But in the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a solemn promise is broken, as a sensuous free spirit taA pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison In return for a night of unparalleled pleasure, a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress, thereby rescuing her with his name from an impending and abhorred arranged union But in the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a solemn promise is broken, as a sensuous free spirit takes flight to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the stranger she married to face the gallows unfulfilled But Ruark Beauchamp s destiny is now eternally intertwined with that of the tempestuous, intoxicating Shanna He will be free and he will find her For no iron ever forged can imprison his resolute passion And no hangman s noose will deny Ruark the ecstasy that is rightfully his.

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    1 thought on “Shanna”

    1. Putting this down for the time being? Forever?Really put off by the love interest raping the main character, and I'm not ready to read 500+ more pages of a 'romance' between them

    2. I've just re-read this one for the first time in recent memory -- it' still my all time favourite historical romance. BUTI can sure see why so many people don't like Shanna. She's a spoiled b**ch and I would have slapped her silly before the end of part 1. And I don't quite understand why Ruark fell so deeply in love with her - she doesn't show many redeeming qualities until the last quarter of the book.What I love about the book I think is the sweeping saga of it all. And Woodiwiss' writing. Wh [...]

    3. First off to all of you who actually read this book and didn't skip, skim and go directly to the endyou must have the patience of a preacher and you deserve to win the lottery =) I really did try to give this novel a fair shot, it did start off great, but holy moly there was just to much information for my taste (yes there is a such thing as too much plot). It just went on and on and on and on.(much like this review), so I'll do what Woodiwiss couldn't or wouldn't do and stop while I'm ahead.

    4. One day in 2027 Shanna will officially become a true “classic” in lieu of just a “bodice-ripper” or “historical-romance”. Until then, I will just have to refrain from tagging it as such for my personal GoodReads bookshelf. But, just so you know, it is one. A classic.It is also the only historical romance book my husband ever listened to, against his will and with strong protestations, as read by me. We were going snow skiing, back in the days when we couldn’t afford to fly, and it [...]

    5. V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT:A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you says:

      I'm leaving it unrrated because I can't remember much. I read it like four years ago.

    6. DNF. While the idea behind Shanna & Ruark's saga is a good one, I can't drum up enough interest to make it through the next 400 pages. It's just plain slow. Really, really slow. Also really, really wordy. The plot was puttering along in the background -- and it should've been a plot I cared about, because the proper ingredients were there -- but my interest was obscured by the tedium of endless minutia. I don't need to hear how people step down from a carriage. Stare at each other. Walk to t [...]

    7. Wonderful! This is my first foray into the brilliance that is Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's writing, even though I've had some of her books on my shelves for years. But when the publisher sent me a copy of Shanna I decided that there's no time like the present, and dove right in. And oh, how glad I am that I did because this isn't just a historical romance, it's an epic love story. There's mystery, romance, passion, sword fights, pirates, kidnapping, murderart to finish it's one captivating, exciting [...]

    8. The Gold Standard for Historical Romance! A Keeper!This was my first by the queen of the modern historical romance novel, Kathleen Woodiwiss and I highly recommend it. A wonderful Georgian romance.Set in mid 18th century London, the Caribbean and the Colony of Virginia, this is the story of the strong willed Shanna Trahern, the only daughter of a successful British merchant who has retired with his wealth to his Caribbean island, Los Cammellos. There he is both governor and owner of a thriving p [...]

    9. So I decided to do a re-read on this older gem of a book. I originally read it back in the 1978 range and I was about 13 years old when I read. No, my mother didn't know I read it. Still has the original store price sticker on it. Here is the deal, doing old re-reads can be a tricky thing. Some books don't hold up to the test of time and this one didn't for me. I am leaving my rating as it stands. But Shanna was so immature and bi-polar, I don't know how Roark stood her. I kept begging him in my [...]

    10. <3The ending was the only blemish on my experience with this wonderful story. (view spoiler)[It couldn't get much more tidy or corn-venient. (hide spoiler)]I am the perfect reader for this book though, I must admit. I loved the flowery, lavender-hued prose and the abundance of detail in this rather lighthearted, adventure tale.That's not to say there wasn't a fair amount of conflict, but it was the good kind in which an awful, naughty villainess-type character slowly comes undone by a wily an [...]

    11. It's hard to enjoy, much less like, a book in which I thoroughly detest one of the two main characters. It makes it even worse that the novel is named after her so I don't even have a hope that she might somehow be offed before the end and I can be rid of her. The only reason I even bothered to finish it was so that I could write a fully-informed review. Also, I try not to swear in reviews butis one? Can't be helped.Shanna is so unlikable. Actually, that's putting it nicely. I got so sick of hea [...]

    12. This was my mom's favorite book and since I was little she has always preached to me about how much I would love it and why it was brilliant. She loved it so much that by the time it got into my hands, it was worn and tattered-broken in half and pages taped in and taped back together-which, of course,made it a difficult read.I found my mother's view of this book to be trueThis was my second Kathleen E.Woodiwiss novel-My first being The Flame and the Flower-which I loved, so I decided to tackle t [...]

    13. Woodiwiss is my all-time favorite author. Way back in the mid 1970's, I was introduced to my first 'gothic' romance novel that contained an alpha male. It was 'The Flame and the Flower.' It was the first book that gave my stomach butterflies; that I couldn't put down. states that this book that was officially published by Avon in 1972 "is credited with spawning the modern romance genre." All I know is that everyone wanted a 'Brandon Birmingham' in their bed - LOL! That of course was followed by [...]

    14. Me ha encantado!!! Ruark es maravilloso!!! Shanna es malcriada acostumbrada a salirse con la suya,a veces le darías La novela tiene de todo, romance, aventura y te lleva a muchos sitios la isla de Los Camellos, América, Londreshe disfrutado mucho. Es lo primero que leo de esta autora y no me ha decepcionado para nada. Para mi es una de esas joyitas románticas escritas hace años, creo que cuando la relea me gustará todavía más.

    15. This one of those books I loved for the hero, and wanted to drop the heroine off a cliff. Back in the day, that was rare. Usually the heroes were jerks with a capital J, and I just wanted the heroine to get away from the hero and give a rude gesture as she walks away. I should reread this. It's a long book, though. Probably should finally read Outlander, first.

    16. Recommended to me as a romance novel classic, apparently there is a whole generation of romance novel readers that started out as pre-teens with this book as a fondly remembered introduction to the genre. Considering the ponderous length and wordy descriptions in the book I find it impressive that they were so engaged. I suppose it just goes to show, never underestimate the motivating power of a hot love scene. :)The plot twists and turns and twists again! Ruark, the hero, is awesome. Very alpha [...]

    17. Ruark is in prison waiting to be hanged for a murder he did not commit.Shanna has to marry or her father will choose her a husband. Desperate she propositions Ruark, marry her for a night of passion before he dies, this way she becomes a widow and is free. That is the first 80 or so pages. Then we have nearly 600 pages of a fast adventure, bondsmen(slaves),revenge, colonials, pirates, kidnapping, a couple of murders and love.The story is brilliant and Ruark is the perfect to die for Hero. Shanna [...]

    18. There are books full of jerk heroes who redeem themselves in the last pages and people simply love them because they are rude, arrogant, self-confident, whatever. So, I don't understand why so many people didn't like Shanna. She's that kind of person, with one difference: she's a young girl and not a 35 year old jerk hero. She's totally unexperienced and knows nothing about life. She's a scared girl who dreams with a man who's the opposite of Ruark, probably because she's not prepared for Ruark' [...]

    19. Vaya chasco, no le pongo una estrella porque al final lo he terminado, hubo momentos que pensé no seguir.:(

    20. I know I am the minority but this was not a GREAT book and had a really hard time even finishing. The only reason I stuck with this book was because of all the great reviews and I kept hoping I would find the wonderment that so many others have felt while reading this book. I found the plot kept repeating itself only in different locations. Shanna would be mean to Ruark then fall into bed with him, then swear she was done with him, then do it again and again. For me the prose was too flowery. I [...]

    21. My friend Matt Bowne's mom was really really into romance novels. Once when I was at his house, waiting for him to finish his chores, I asked her what she was reading. She said I wouldn't be interested, but I was no I was. It was Shanna, orange cover, and she said it was her favorite romance novel ever. So she let me borrow it and I was hooked. I read pulp romance novels my first year of college, and I still love them to this day. Where else can you read "wings of femininity" or someone getting [...]

    22. Ok. I admit it. I'm rating this a 5 because this book changed my life when I was an impressionable teenager. It was the first racy romance novel I ever read and it influenced my life-long love of reading. I've read everything Kathleen wrote and I truly believe she paved the way for today's erotic romance novels with strong Alpha male heros. Having said that, I recently tried to reread Shanna and it certainly is harder to read today. I almost wish I hadn't reread because my memory had it as the p [...]

    23. this book is one of the reasons I write romance novelsI reread this every five years or so. Never get tired of Kathleen Woodiwiss!

    24. Shanna needs a husband or she'll be forced to marry someone her father chooses. She comes up with the idea of marrying a condemned prisoner. Then once he is hanged she'll be a widow in mourning and will have her freedom. But Ruark manages to cheat the hangman and finds himself an indentured servant, a bondsman to Shanna's father. Ruark quickly becomes the most valued of bondsmen much to Shanna's chagrin. She cheated Ruark of his wedding night and he's determined she should pay him his due. This [...]

    25. I decided to start my new year with a fewrereads of my favorites. Shanna is not onlya reread for me, it is the first romance bookI ever read. I was on a summer trip, whenmy older, much cooler cousin was obsessedwith reading this book while we were supposedto be having fun on the beach, and sailing.She put it down, said if I wanted to changemy life, read it. I was 15. This book has stuckwith me through the years.Basically Shanna needs a husband. Ruark isin jail, and needs to get out! She strikes [...]

    26. The first romance novel I ever read. I must have read it at least a dozen times over the years. KW set the standard for other romance novels to hold up to, in my opinion. Shanna is a spoiled only child who is given an ultimatum by her father--get married or he will find someone for her. So, she finds someone to marry--in prison. She chooses a condemned man to be her husband and he agrees but only if she promises him one night with her. They get married and her husband realizes she intends to ren [...]

    27. What is not to love about the epic novels of this author. I read this title again as recently as 2005, but couldn't tell you the first time I read this book. Romance abound in almost every word!

    28. It breaks my heart that this was the 60th book I read of 2012, because it made me want to gouge my eyes out, but only after assassination of all the really inane, ridiculously "developed" characters in the book. This romance has so much love for it from fans who earnestly wax poetic about it so I was expecting a pretty entertaining read. But. Nooo no entertaining for me happened while reading this. I ended up skipping ahead when I realized I had made little progress and they had already crossed [...]

    29. One of my facebook friends liked this book so I gave it a try.I could not even finish it. This is a romance novel. The main character, Shanna, has to find a husband by her 21st birthday, or her father will pick one for her. She ends up marrying and convict on death row. She plans to gain his name by marriage, and then lie to her dad by telling him that her husband died in a carriage accident. In exchange, she offered the prisoner one night with her. The story sounded like it might be good, but t [...]

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