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Rapture Becomes Her

Shirlee Busbee

ISBN 9781420118438
Publish Date 4/1/2014
Format Paperback
Categories Zebra, Historical, Romance
List Price: $6.99

"Busbee is a pleasure to read." --Booklist

An Irresistible Danger

To save her village and what's left of her family fortune from her wastrel cousin, gently bred Emily Townsend secretly leads a ring of smugglers. With the king's forces and deadly rivals closing in, she has but one last shipment to acquire. But when her men rescue an injured stranger from the sea one stormy night, Emily faces her most formidable--and tempting--adversary ever. For Barnaby, the new Viscount Joslyn, is determined to uncover who tried to kill him the moment he set foot in England. Yet proving to Miss Townsend that he can also be trusted with her deepest secrets is an equally intriguing challenge. Now Barnaby and Emily's boldest gambit rests on unthinkable risk--and surrendering to an undeniable love. . .

"Busbee spins a tale unusually well-balanced between its appealing central romance and lively action-adventure." --Publishers Weekly

"Busbee is one of the grand dames of historical romance. Longtime readers and new fans will be captivated by her latest Becomes Her story." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

About Shirlee Busbee:

Shirlee Busbee has written seven New York Times bestselling novels and has over nine million copies of her books in print. She is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in writing, including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and Affaire de Coeur’s Silver and Bronze Pen Awards. She lives in California with her husband Howard, and is working on her next historical romance for Zebra.

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Wonderful story, but a quick ending left me feeling unsatisfied! (Tuesday, March 3, 2015)
Reviewer: Kendra @ Reader's Edyn

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I requested to review this title because I had previously read one of Ms. Busbee’s novels and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book as well, but I struggled a bit. Upon discovering that this book is the 5th in the series, I did a bit of research to find out whom the previous books were about. I was astonished to find that I did not recognize a single name in the 4 previous books. If any other characters mentioned in the blurbs were any part of this book, it was so fleeting that I never picked up on it. This puzzles me and now I am not much inclined to read the previous books. I am thinking that the Becomes Her series is more of a theme than of intertwined characters revisited however briefly.

That said, I found this book enjoyable. Ms. Busbee has a talent for writing larger-than-average books and never stopping to slow down one bit. From start to finish, something is always happening. Her characters are enjoyable and most possess a likeable amount of wit. Each has their strength and, opposingly, their weakness. But the characters together form a rather vivacious group that can’t help but be liked. Ms.Busbee has a knack for bringing together a little bit of everything within her characters and their interactions, which adds a great amount of depth to her characters.


Maybe it is just me, but I am still sitting here thinking “What the hell just happened?” I can’t figure it out. Maybe someone else knows and can lift this crap feeling I have at not having any idea why a book would be ended in such a way. Rest assured, I will be looking to see if any of these characters return, but at this time, hope seems futile. Maybe I just pay too much attention. In any case, this book is still enjoyable and packed full of action. As far as sexual tension, it is well written and what I would consider tame. Not a bad thing at all. I only wish the characters I enjoyed so much at first hadn’t become lost by the end and that more loose ends had been tied up. If not for my slight feeling of betrayal at the rushed ending and missing characters, I would have easily been able to rate this novel a 5. But my sense of loss will not allow it.

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