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Gentle Rogue Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACEACEHeartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she ll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship s irrepressible captain, James MalloryThe black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own I really enjoyed Gentle Rogue The image of Georgie disguised as a scrawny twelve year old cabin boy with a temper was so funny She thought that Captain James Malory didn t know who she was but James knew all right She was the wench disguised as a boy he d been looking for since the day she kicked him in the shins and ran off after he carried her out of a Tavern She s been on his mind for days and it was just his luck that Georgie happened to step onto his ship James decides to play along I really enjoyed Gentle Rogue The image of Georgie disguised as a scrawny twelve year old cabin boy with a temper was so funny She thought that Captain James Malory didn t know who she was but James knew all right She was the wench disguised as a boy he d been looking for since the day she kicked him in the shins and ran off after he carried her out of a Tavern She s been on his mind for days and it was just his luck that Georgie happened to step onto his ship James decides to play along with her charade until Georgie admits who she really is Georgie gets so hot and nauseous having to be near James all day and all night She was no idea that these are feelings of arousal so when James kisses her she let s everything go The truth is out and they spend the rest of their journey together in passion, nothingJames has vowed he will never marry and Georgie knows that their time together will end as soon as they dock Too bad Georgie s already fallen in love When Georgie s brothers come into the story it gets really exciting Five strong captains who are very overprotective of their little sister They are so angry when they find out Georgie traveled all the way to England, worked disguised as a cabin boy, shared a cabin with James, realize she s been compromised and that she s pregnant They force James and Georgie to marry but they give James a hard time, get him beaten up in the process and even try to get him hanged Though they forced the marriage they had no plans on letting them be together James had such a hard time admitting he loved Georgie He was such a Rogue, and he never had anything nice or sweet to say He would always yell Georgie is not leaving me rather then tell her how he really felt It wasn t until he finally admitted that she couldn t leave because he LOVED her that Georgie s brothers finally let them be I loved the bantering between the brothers They were just like Anthony and James They were so funny Also I was busting up that nobody in the Malory family believed that James actually married Even when Georgie was right in front of them they thought that she must be his mistress Very good book This cover is Fabiolous, right Hyuck, hyuck I went into this knowing that it was an almost 20 year old romance about pirates, so I was prepared to give it some wiggle room for a lot of things But, at the same time, this one kept popping up as one of the Top Pirate Romances of all times, so I was also seriously excited by the prospect of reading such a guilty pleasurewhispers Faaaabio Sadly, this did not live up to my rather pathetic expectations And while I was a bit let down by th This cover is Fabiolous, right Hyuck, hyuck I went into this knowing that it was an almost 20 year old romance about pirates, so I was prepared to give it some wiggle room for a lot of things But, at the same time, this one kept popping up as one of the Top Pirate Romances of all times, so I was also seriously excited by the prospect of reading such a guilty pleasurewhispers Faaaabio Sadly, this did not live up to my rather pathetic expectations And while I was a bit let down by the lack of swashbuckling, I was quite honestlylet down by the lack of hot n dirty pirate sex I mean, there was sex, but it was justeh.Ha Ok, I m throwing this one in as a freebie Can t unsee that shit, can you You re welcome, Goodreads Ok, ok.So what was wrong with Gentle Rogue, you ask Well,than likely the problem stems from it being an almost 20 year old romance about pirates So Yeah.It was just dull by today s romance standards, and since I didn t read it back in the day, I didn t have the nostalgia to poke me in the feels and trick me into enjoying it.Still, there were very real problems with the story.I thought Mallory was an asshole And not in a rogue ish way, either Just douchey, you know He was an ass for the sake of being an ass, and for some unknown reason, everyone thought it was charming.Ok, you know that person who likes to make rude comments loudly about strangers in public, while everyone else just cringes inwardly and looks away That s Mallory in a nutshell You d think he gets away with it because he s got money and comes from nobility, but that s not it.It s apparently because he s better at fighting than anyone else in the worldHe s a ninja piraterolls eyes Whatever.Georgina wasn t any better She was an idiot The book tried to pass her off as a determined little spitfire, but what that actually meant was dumbass She was like a cat who eats a ball of yarn, then freaks out because there s shit hanging out of their ass on a string Except she wasn t as much fun to watch.In short, they were both ridiculous, and I didn t like either of them.Then there was the gross age gap First, let me say that I m not knocking age gaps But my personal cutoff date on said gap is whether or not this person could be your parent Georgina was 22, and Mallory had a son that was 17 Sorry, that s cutting it a little too close for my taste.BlechAnother annoyance was all the times that Georgina got nervous or ran off and hid because either Mallory or one of her brothers were threatening to beat her And, no, none of them ever did, so I probably could have given that a pass if the book had beeninteresting As it was, it grated on my nerves and made me hate all the characters even.Still Fabio.2 stars for the story and an extra star for that cover Sexy Pirate Buddy Read with Jeff HollyExcept neither of them read this So, I m just that idiot who climbed the water tower, got drunk waiting for her friends to show up, and had to be forcibly removed by the cops for trying to pee off the edge Thanks for leaving me hanging, guys Ugh, I hated this book Some spoilers ahead.The hero, Captain, James Mallory, was a real jerk An obnoxious person He intended to deceive Georgina into believing that he didn t remember her at all in order to get her into his bed Yuck That was disgusting And Georgina was no better than him She was so darn hot headed, impulsive, and way too stubborn in a foolish way She seemed to have a habit of making dumb mistakes and too many bad decisions although her friend tried to warn her and plead Ugh, I hated this book Some spoilers ahead.The hero, Captain, James Mallory, was a real jerk An obnoxious person He intended to deceive Georgina into believing that he didn t remember her at all in order to get her into his bed Yuck That was disgusting And Georgina was no better than him She was so darn hot headed, impulsive, and way too stubborn in a foolish way She seemed to have a habit of making dumb mistakes and too many bad decisions although her friend tried to warn her and pleaded with her to change her mind But did this woman listen No.Moreover, I didn t like that she got all hot and bothered over a man whom she knew nothing about whenever he was around Just one touch from him could make her all but melt into a puddle of lust Seriously She stupidly let him seduce her, coaxed her into giving up her virginity to him I have to say that Georgina definitely wasn t my kind of heroine in every way.For me, this woman came acrosslike a dimwit than a na f I didn t like her whatsoever.Accordingly, it s plain and clear that I disliked both James and Georgina They re one of the worst couples I ve ever read Well, just when I thought this book couldn t get any worse, it could The supporting characters were very annoying They couldn t impress me even a bit Georgina s brothers were all idiots They kept fighting with one another like children I liked none of them.Apparently, there was nothing pleasant about this book for me Even the ending wasn t as good as I hoped it to be Not once did this story make me crack a smile Now I don t think I have enough courage to read anything by this author again.I m obviously not the target audience Re read 7 18 10 Man I think I even liked this audiobook better the second time around Pirrrrrrrratical fun 4.5 5 stars This was my first novel by Johanna Lindsey, though I read a short story of hers in an anthology before reading this book As I listened to the audiobook, I was trying to determine why I was enjoying the book so much, despite numerous bodice ripper type of clich s I made myself a list to justify both my enjoyment and distaste.Reasons I enjoyed this book My love of h Re read 7 18 10 Man I think I even liked this audiobook better the second time around Pirrrrrrrratical fun 4.5 5 stars This was my first novel by Johanna Lindsey, though I read a short story of hers in an anthology before reading this book As I listened to the audiobook, I was trying to determine why I was enjoying the book so much, despite numerous bodice ripper type of clich s I made myself a list to justify both my enjoyment and distaste.Reasons I enjoyed this book My love of historical romance stories where the heroine has ber protective brothers who act crazy out of love for their sister In this book, Georgina has 5 older brothers Fisticuffs ensue Rinse, Lather, Repeat More fisticuffs 5 on 1 brother against pirate Wheee I m almost surprised Georgina didn t leap into the ring herself I loved the description of sprawled legs and flinging arms Then post fight, the blithe retort of James to Georgie in front of her brothersI don t think they like me, GeorgeOr, how about the silly discourse between the brothersShould we really hang him if he marries Georgie It doesn t seem right, hanging a brother in lawResume fisticuffs My secret obsession with men wearing pirate shirts, tight pants, and an earring Wheeee PIRATE My extreme enjoyment of picturing a gentleman pirate in the spirit of the Pirates of Penzance, not the raping pillaging sort I hate to admit, but I love a gender bender woman in pants pretending to be a guy plotline The audiobook narrator s voice when reading the character of James Mallory reminded me of the audiobook narrator who reads the character of Barrons in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning The narrator also did a good job with the brogue of Ian I like it when audiobook narrators can do different voices and accents References by Americans in the book to London as a den of iniquity People usually romanticize London during books of this time period, so it was fun to see characters hating the idea of England and London Not that I have anything against the UK myself I like characters in books that can raise their eyebrow at something another character says James had a very sexy way of raising his eyebrow in the book and not saying anything aloud, but saying everything with his expression Did I mention I like to picture men with earrings and pirate shirts I might just have to dress my husband up next Halloween Make him swab the deck or walk the plank or something Hmmmm So, what were my issues with the book Despite Georgie as a spitfire heroine with a supposedly hot temper, she seemed rather wimply at times The whole nausea thing annoyed me in the book Dizzyness and urge to faint or something, I could understand But nausea Feeling like throwing up on the Pirate Bah She was ready to jump his bones, not vomit Flippant disregard for chance of pregnancy on a ship in the middle of the ocean Ummmm Seemed a bit unrealistic to me Maybe not for the guy in the 1800s harboring a secret female in his cabin, but I would at least think Georgie would at least have a tinge of worry about it The idea that Georgie could pull off a 12 year old boy when she was a 22 year old female without anyone suspecting Too young and too unbelievable And an icky thought When I pictured Georgie in drag, I saw her as a 17 year old cabin boy in my head Not 12 I was reading along, and suddenly it felt like I was reading The Flame and the Flower by Woodiwiss Except with retired pirates Yes, I know they are really very different books But, I still felt like I was blending the stories together in my head There was no cannon fire at sea when I was expecting it They saw a pirate ship, but instead of fighting, they ran away BOOOOO I wanted battle and sword fighting swashbuckling Lack of sea chanty singing and sea monsters Where there are pirates there should be sea chanties and drunken behavior And large octopi or squids Maybe I ve read too much paranormal fiction recently I doubt that there are many sea monsters in historical romance, other than that recent rewrite of Austen with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters I might just have to read that Parts of the book were so cheesy that I felt like a voyeur watching a bad Cinemax late night movie At least they were cheesy fun like flaming hot cheesey goo on pizza fresh out of the oven.Would I read it again Raises an eyebrow You question that Of course I would, though it likely won t be for a while until I m in the mood again for a protective brothers of gender bender spitfire heroine who has frisky behavior at sea with gentleman pirate captain storyline Somehow, I doubt this is the only historical romance with that plot, but I could be wrong

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 426 pages
  • Gentle Rogue
  • Johanna Lindsey
  • English
  • 28 August 2019

About the Author: Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S Army was stationed The family moved about a great deal when she was young Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becoming a young housewife The marriage had three children Alfred, Joseph and Garret, who already have made her a grandmother After her husband s death, Johanna moved to Maine, New England, to stay near her family.Johanna Lindsey wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977 on a whim , and the book was a success By 2006, with over 58 Million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world s most popular authors of historical romance.Johanna s books span the various eras of history, including books set in the Middle Ages, the American Old West and the popular Regency England Scotland She has even written a few sci fi romances By far the most popular among her books are the stories about the Malory Anderson Family, a Regency England saga Johanna Lindsey died on Oct 27, 2019 in Nashua, N.H She was 67.


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