5 stars

Historical Romance Review: Wicked, Loving Lies by Rosemary Rogers

Wicked Loving Lies, Rosemary Rogers, Avon, 1975, cover artist Robert McGinnis

His lips touched the back of her neck and moved along her stubborn shoulder. One hand stroked her breasts, and the other moved unerringly between her thighs; he found the most sensitive part of her and moved against her and in her until her half-formed protests turned into soft, stifled moans.



5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Book

If you enjoy old-school romance written in the 1970s…

If you have a high threshold for triggering issues like overbearing alphas, forced seduction, forced marriage of convenience, adultery, rape, branding, highwaymen, harems, slavery, racism, kidnapping, murder, a mother having her child taken away from her, divorce, and remarriage…

If you enjoy plot points that include traveling to almost every continent in the world, an affair with Napoleon, being a criminal on the run, all this and much more… Plus a hefty dose of second-wave feminism from a heroine who goes to hell and back several times over…

If any of this sounds like your idea of a thrilling read–because it certainly is–then Wicked Loving Lies by Rosemary Rogers might be a book you’d want to pick up.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s Rogers’ best work. Some parts of it were so hot, like Chapter 17. Other parts were heartbreaking. Other parts were shocking. There’s only one thing this book NEVER is: boring!

That’s what I loved about these older romances, there was always so much stuff going on you never had time to take it all in, you just kept moving. Rosemary Rogers knew how to write a page-turner.

The Proto-Feminist Heroine

“Oh damn men and their superior ways. From now on I’ll stand on my own two feet and fight for what I want–anyway I have to, with my body and my wits… Why not? It’s a man’s world, what other choice do you leave a woman who possesses a mind?”

Those words are from Marisa, the heroine of this amazing, action-packed bodice ripper by the Original Great, the legendary Rosemary Rogers.

Marisa is a heroine you want to smack or shake or hug or give her a big old high five. She’s amazing and she never gave up even though life kept coming at her with no remorse. Except when she thought her beloved Dominic was dead… And even then she was not going out without taking someone else with her.

Final Analysis of Wicked Loving Lies

Wicked Loving Lies is an excellent read for bodice ripper enthusiasts, but not for the faint of heart. This book will shock you.

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