Last year, when I announced that November 2013 would be the last book club selection, many of you were really bummed. The Sizzling Book Club discussions are a lot of fun, and I know some of y'all missed the monthly chat-room gathering of conversation and quizzes and mayhem.
I said during the last book club chat that I would be hosting a few in 2014- and May is our first!
I've picked a book that's coming back to the romance world, and I cannot wait to talk about it with you.
The Sizzling Book Club Pick for May 2014 is: The Windflower by Sharon and Tom Curtis — or Laura London depending on which copy you have.
Cover copy? Oh, heck yeah. Feast your curious eyes on this:
Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York-but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew . . . and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.
Devon Crandall believes Merry is in league with his greatest enemy. He's determined to slowly urge her secrets from her. But along the way, he discovers her beautifully unbreakable spirit . . . and a desire unlike any he's ever known. She is hiding something from him, and yet, each day that passes brings her deeper into his heart. When fierce arguments give way to fiercer passion, can a pirate learn to love a woman? Or will true love be lost at sea?
The earlier cover copy is even more flowery:
Every lady of breeding knows. No one has a good time on a pirate ship. No one, that is, but the pirates. Yet there she was, Merry Wilding – kidnapped in error, taken from a ship bound from New York to England, spirited away in a barrel and swept aboard the infamous Black Joke….
There she was, trembling with pleasure in the arms of her achingly handsome, sensationally sensual, golden-haired captor – Devon.
From the storm-tossed Atlantic to the languid waters of the Gulf Stream, from a smuggler's den to a gilded mansion, Merry struggled to escape…to escape the prison of her own reckless passions, the bondage of sweet, bold desire.
You can almost smell the Old Skool. (Old Skool Romance should totally be a perfume, shouldn't it!?)
The Windflower was originally published in 1984, and it's being reissued thirty years later, this time in a print and digital edition. Yes! That's right! Legitimate digital editions of The Windflower are now available! People won't be pirating the pirates anymore, or hunting through used bookstores for copies.
As always with the book club selections, All Romance is offering a 50% ebook buck rebate for The Windflower from May 1-15, 2014. Use code SBTBARE at checkout.
The post-rebate price is pretty spiffy, too. Thank you to All Romance for setting up the rebate for this book!
The book club chat is in the works – and yes, I'm hoping to have the authors (both!) joining us for a Q&A after the discussion. Stay tuned for a chat announcement date!
The interesting – and challenging – thing about The Windflower is that it is a historical romance written in a very different style than historical romances being published today. It relies openly on established historical tropes of that time period – the menacing hero, the plucky innocent ingenue – and twists them in ways I found fascinating when I read it the first time, and when I re-read it years later.
But I know not everyone is a fan of the book, and so I want to make sure you know that if you didn't like it, or if you try it this month and really don't enjoy it, you are absolutely welcome to come to the chat and talk about what you didn't like. Squee is not mandatory in book club chats, and if you didn't enjoy it, I hope you'll come and discuss what didn't work for you.
And if you haven't tried it, and have only seen The Windflower on all the different lists that name it as one of the best romances ever, I hope you'll give it a try this month and come tell us what you thought.