April 1st 2006
Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.
The Courage To Love was originally published by Ellora’s Cave but like many authors Samantha Kane had to find a new publisher or become and indie author. The new publisher is SK Publishing and I am thinking the SK stands for Samantha Kane and if this theory is actually fact then I am really excited about her indie author status. I wish I could say I am looking forward to reading the newer edition of her story but I am currently thinking that my reading of The Courage To Love was a onetime deal.
Rape is a serious thing in any time period even if the burden of proof still continues to fall on the victim, female or male. Which brings me to my biggest issue in this story, Kate was not violently raped but she was raped all the same and by multiply men. Now I realize that everyone copes differently to trauma but I just don’t see the relationship between these three developing as smoothly as it did in this story. To make the story more believable there should been more than just social issues because Kate had been a mistress. I know people who have been raped and molested and they have all had hangs of some sort when it came to sex but Kate behaves like she was never raped. The only time you had any inkling to Kate’s trauma was when she came face to face with her attackers, but by the next chapter it was like nothing happened.
There was a nice mixture of story line and sex so the book was more than written porn but again not very realistic given what Kate had been through before the men decided to claim her. But I will give the author credit for the hot steaminess of the bedroom scenes that she wrote, they were cold shower worthy.
Over all the story has potential but needs to be thought out more by the author especial in the area of the rape and bedroom jokes. Sorry, the joke about the goats was not even remotely funny. The other issue I had was Jason’s mother, the way she was brought into the story made her seem like more of an afterthought, like she was just something to put in to increase the word count of the story.
Book Cover Rating
This cover will undoubtedly get me censored by AdSense and Google. And given how prudish Amazon in becoming I can understand why the new publisher of The Courage To Love would want a put a tame cover on the book, I am adding that cover as well. Fortunately for the new publishers I am not rating their cover at this time, they wouldn’t like my opinion. Now to this cover, it does for the most part fit the story line given how hot the bedroom scenes got I can see why this was the cover of choice. However, there is still a flaw and that is the time period of the background.
Book Blurb Rating
The blurb is the reason I purchased this book back in 2013.
Kate Collier is still recovering from a vicious rape and trying to make a success of her dress shop when Jason Randal and Anthony Richards return to London from the Continent, intent on winning her. She’s known them for years, ever since they served with her late husband in the Peninsula against Napoleon. She’d been in love with them for almost that long. To discover they feel the same is a shock, but Kate isn’t ready to turn her life back over to a man, or men.
Jason and Tony prove hard to resist, however, especially when their close friendship blossoms into desire for each other as they make Kate’s body burn with passion. The combination of their insatiable desire for her and their journey into a sexual relationship with one another is irresistible to Kate.
A nightmare from her past tries to keep them apart, but the three long for a life together in spite of society’s censure, and they will not be denied.
Reader advisory: Contains male/male sex scenes.