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For five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated --- for he could steal her breathFor five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated --- for he could steal her breath with a glance or lay siege to her senses with a touch.Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies. There, he was known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. And while he longed to ravish the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of earning her love --- and his freedom --- was to prove his true identity. Only then could he turn the tables and attain his ... Sweet Release....

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Sweet Release Reviews

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-05-01 23:59

    This is an amazing story! One of Pamela Clare's finest - Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh #1) and just $0.99 for a limited time! http://amzn.to/1HKRw66 Sweet Releaseis the first book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh trilogy, and I don’t even know where to start when reviewing this story, so I’ll skip the plot synopsis and keep it short and sweet. It’s a tale filled with adventure, passion, and romance that will stay with you long after you’ve read those final words. No matter the genre, Ms. Clare knows how to bring her characters to life making them so much more than just names and words on the page, and Alec Kenleigh and Cassie Blakewell are among my favorites. They are people of honor and integrity who aren’t afraid of hard work. They’re the kind of people who built this country, the ones we read about in our history books - those who have become heroes and legends. The bottom line – Whether they’re hanging out of helicopters trying to rescue the heroine, or picking tobacco on a Virginia plantation, I can’t get enough of the men and women from Pamela Clare’s stories and find myself constantly on the edge of my seat waiting to see where life will take them next. And hot? Sweet Mary!! Can this woman write some hot, sexy scenes! I have very few auto-buy authors on my list, but Ms. Clare is one of them. If you’ve read her books then you understand why, but if you haven’t you need to fix that fast because you’re missing out on some wonderful stories! Oh, and great news!!! If you’ve been trying to track this book down with no success, it’s now available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com in ebook format for $2.99, and worth every penny!----------If you're already a Pamela Clare fan, or interested in learning more about her and her books, be sure to stop by our Pamela Clare Fan Group here on Goodreads!

  • Kristalia
    2019-05-21 02:54

    Final rating: 4/5 starsMy thought after finishing the book: It was really good. Not as awesome as i hoped it to be, but it was interesting romance and i don't regret reading it. I ventured into this story wanting to read third book "Ride the Fire", but i changed my mind when i saw that all three books involve two familiesBlakewell & Kenleigh families. And then i thought... why not? Sometimes reading out of order is a good choice, but i don't think it would be good for this trilogy.This book was a slow building romance, and the book itself was really terribly long - but what kind of bothered me is that i read it slower because of the slang... But overall, i just wish there were more scenes in London, but nevertheless it was well done. What i didn't like (view spoiler)[ Cassie was once again a virgin heroine, while Alec was experienced...(hide spoiler)].____________________________________________CHARACTERS: ____________________________________________And thus i ventured into reading the story of Catherine Blakewell and Alec Kenleigh.♦ Catherine "Cassie" Blakewellis a daughter of a mentally ill man, and while pretending that he is on business trip, she runs Virginia plantation until her brother Jamie comes of age. She has hidden the condition of her father because she doesn't want to be married to someone who isn't her choice, despite the postion of women in 1730 Virginia. She doesn't want to face it - she would lose everything - her freedom, her freedom to speak and freedom of all people who are depending on her. Cassie despises slavery, and although her family owns many slaves - she cannot do anything. But what she can do is to treat them as human beings. So when she goes to buy more people because her plantation needs more workers, she saves a man known as Cole Braden, a vicious criminal accused of being rapist... And she being as kind as she is buys him and saves him when he should have died.Cassie was interesting, strong female protagonist who stood in defiance of the theories that women can't manage managing the plantation. She fought hard to prove that she is as fitting as any other man to do the job and she won't back down. She was naive for a while, but i wouldn't say she was naive all the time - afterall she didn't trust Cole in the beginning.♦ Alec Kenleigh, aka, Cole Braden is a wealthy owner of ship maker company in London. So how does he end up being sold as a slave on a auction all the way in Virginia? He doesn't know. And how does he end up being owned by Cassie Blakewell is even better question. He doesn't remember, but he is set to prove his identity, which is not Cole Braden. Being charged as defiler and ravisher of women, he finds himself in even tougher position than he imagined. Even though he "accepted" that he had no other choice but to serve 14 years as a bondsman on Cassie's plantation, he tries to prove that he is indeed Alec Kenleigh. Else, he would try to run. But that will prove to be harder than he thought.I liked how Alec managed to remain who he used to be, but sometimes it was like he forgot his situation and that his life could hang in balance. But, he is nice person, although he is also one of those who were led to believe that women managing stuff is wrong. Thankfully, Cassie makes him understand that he was wrong.♦ Other characters were well done as well, but sometimes they got on my nerves. For example Geoffrey, who was the most selfish SOB that ever existed, and who made me loose my mind and role my eyes and shout endlesly at how horrible and despicable he was. Being childhood friend of Cassie, he sure was a jerkish kind who doesn't respect women at all, not even Cassie. Elly and Zach  were interesting, although i didn't agree with Elly most of the time, i did find Zach quite more interesting. He was such a sweet guy and he deserved all the happiness.Jamie, Cassie's brother, was adorable and cute, and he was just so kind and nice.There are so many other characters i wish to talk about, but it would take a lot of time and remembering to write, for example Alec's family back in London and others. And after all i do not wish to reveal more than i should. ____________________________________________OVERALL: ____________________________________________Overall, i can't wait to see what other two book will bring, but i saw that they will be better than the first one so i really can't wait. It was dragging and slow in some parts but i liked it nonetheless. One star less was because i was endlessly frustrated in some parts (or more like 20% of the book) but i am glad that the problem was sorted out :)This review can be found on my blog: infinity-of-time.blogspot.com also known as... ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Ally
    2019-05-07 03:05

    Side note: I'm adding a star because the book was well written and the problem was more my opinion Apparently there are two Pamela Clare heroines: tough kick ass women and historical mehs. This one was a little more historical ugh.Series: YepSexy times: Yea. Shackles included. Didn't do a thing for me. Plan on reading more by the author: Yes, however, NOT this series.Synopsis Alec, the upstanding and powerful English gentleman, is believed to be dead from an attack on the streets of London when in reality, someone has kidnapped him and put him on a ship bound for the Colonies with a new identity, Cole, a known convict. He's being sent to work off his sentence. Enter Cassie, plantation owner in need of slaves and workers. Enter her purchase of Cole (who is really Alec). Of course, no one believes him to be Alec other than Cassie having an inkling of his telling the truth, so he works on the plantation and we have pages and pages of plantation life. There's a bunch of other stuff going on: slaves, another plantation owner's son who desires Cassie above all, some other relationship things, a dad who's not exactly in his right mind, and stuff going on in England. Cassie and Alec are attracted to each other, they end up in bed, which as you know, is a no go. I mean he's a convict-not-convict. Stuff happens. I can't even begin with all the stuff that happens. I could but you'd be all, "Get to the point, woman!". So, I won't. Besides, I am exhausted just thinking about it. Heroine: Cassie. Ok, she's way to shrill for me. And way to shrew. Like I wanted to knock her right out just to get her to stop screeching at Alec. She has moments and is a good person. She does good things, has good intentions yet just needs to knock it off. I have come to a realization after reading two Clare HRs and two contemps. I adore Clare's contemporary romances. Her historicals have questionable heroines, at best. This one being worse than the last. Her contemporary heroines are awesome. Independent. Her historicals, not so much. Hero: Alec. He's just as shrewish as Cassie. Someone needed to knock a brother out. Why it did or didn't work for me: This was one of those overly epic books that really did not need to be so epic. Every other scene was one of danger and just when you think the H's are in the clear, nope. Just more drama. The only point of the story that kept me interested was seeing how Alec was going to regain his identity. Now, that was interesting. And it became secondary which pretty much sucked.So in the end, I really did not like either of the main character's, did NOT feel their chemistry even when they got into their shackles and BDSM moment (in fact that squicked me right out) and thought the whole story was just too meh for me. Signed, Sticking to the I-Team series. And not this one.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-21 22:04

    This is a great, fairly epic story. It is longer than most HRs, and the plot, settings and descriptions of characters and locations is far more detailed than most. It gives you a real taste for the period and the people, the cruelty and the struggles. It is set over a considerably longer timeframe than most HRs and this allows the relationship between the hero and heroine to develop at a more realistic pace, making their love and affection more credible. It also allows the secondary characters to be more like real people than the cardboard cutouts that seem to populate a lot of books (I'm not complaining - sometimes all you want is the main romance). But what I probably like most is that the plot develops at a faster and faster pace, until it starts getting incredibly exciting and you suddenly realise that you are completely sucked in and you just cannot put this book down. And then.. the author leaves you hanging as the story shifts to another scene in the next chapter, leaving you frustrated, short of breath, desperate to find out what happens next and turning the page so damned fast you almost rip it. Loved it. 5 stars.

  • Jonetta
    2019-05-19 01:50

    Originally posted on The Book NymphoMistaken identity with devastating results!Quick summaryAlec Kenleigh is assaulted on the streets of London and his next conscious thought is in the colonies. He's now a "bonded convict," purchased by Catherine (Cassie) Blakewell for her Virginia plantation near Williamsburg. Her purchase was more a sentimental rescue as Alec was near death. As he begins his recovery, no one believes his story that he's not the convicted rapist, Cole Braden. Meanwhile, Alec's family believes he's been murdered as his brother, Philip, has identified a body as being Alec. About the settingMy most favorite historical romances are those set in America as they allow for more expansive storylines. This story starts in the year 1730 so while it's in the colonies, they are still under British rule with many of the societal restrictions and customs though the ownership of slaves is unique to America. Even Alec comments on how abhorrent a practice it is, an affront to English gentry. Cassie's family owns slaves and it's honestly acknowledged that their plantation couldn't afford to run without unpaid labor. Life at Blakewell Neck is honestly portrayed with all the boils of the period, though Cassie's father had very liberal ideals that created a somewhat better lifestyle than most. What I enjoyedAlec's dilemma was interesting and believable, making for some challenging situations as it's no easy matter to verify his identity when it's tied to another continent. Cassie's situation was also intriguing given that women had no rights in that era. There's a strong cast of secondary characters that add flavor to the story, including an irritating but evil fop out to win Cassie's heart (and her property). There's lots of tension, duplicity and romance that kept me in the story and things progress rather rapidly. I especially liked Alec and Cassie's steamy romance. NarrationIf you're interested in reading this book, do yourself a favor and get the audio version just to indulge in the delightful performance of Kaleo Griffith. I fell for his voice when listening to Clare's Surrender and he's just as skilled here. He handles a huge cast expertly, though Cassie sounds a little raspy at times but Alec was a huge hit. The bottom lineThis is an extremely interesting story that is expertly narrated. If you're a fan of American historical romance, this should be part of your collection. There are so few set in the pre-civil war era and that historical context adds even more value to the reading experience. The romance works (there are several of them in play) and I'm definitely continuing the series. (I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)

  • Beanbag Love
    2019-05-16 02:40

    So, this review is a bit ill fated. It kept getting erased while I typed so I copied it to a file on my computer and now that file's disappeared. Is this the haunted title that won't be reviewed? Yikes!This is Pamela Clare's first novel and it's set in colonial Virginia. That right there is enough to start the book on a positive note for me. I love Virginia and I love American history. Woo hoo!Not many historical romance authors bother with this time and place and I'm so glad that Clare has taken it upon herself to give us this unique subset of the genre. As always, her research is thorough, her love scenes are scintillating, and her characters have chemistry mixed with humor and angst.Alec, heir to a ship-building empire, has been brutally thrust into a dangerous situation where he finds himself an indentured felon with a brand new name. Cassie has purchased his indenture in a moment of ill-advised compassion and worries she'll come to regret it. There are a lot of intriguing characters including a couple of truly evil ones and a few annoying twits. There are also some interesting conversations relevant to the times, particularly regarding slavery. There's adventure, action and suspense. And the romance works. Apparently this title might not be available soon, so snap it up while you can.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-01 19:43

    3 1/2 starsSweet Release is Pamela Clare's debut book. Though it isn't in the same league as her current books, in terms of concise writing and strong plot and character development, it's well-written, poignant, sensual, and at time heart-wrenching. I will say that the drama toward the end of the book felt a little over-the-top and took away from the overall quality of the story.  That being said, I really enjoyed this story and am blown away by the knowledge that this is Pamela Clare's first book. She's one talented lady.   

  • Mei
    2019-05-19 23:10

    Great book!When I started reading it the first thing I suspected is that is very similar to Shanna and after finishing it, I had it confirmed.Obviously, this story is NOT a photocopy! It is good, it is still fresh and it is HOT! *wink*Alec/Cole at the beginning is a high-stung English, but as the story proceedes he's doing a fast growing up! I like him though. I liked how he was capable to remain himself, even in front of very difficult situation he found himslef in: from rich to indentured servant in an almost blink. He's not afraid of hard work, he's not so haughty to avoid slaves, he's good with children. Cassie is sometimes incredibly strong, sometimes too naive for everyone's good. She's in a difficult situation: her father is mentally sick, but she must avoid anyone outside the estate finding it out, else she'l have the estate taken out of her hands, her slaves sold to other, more cruel owners, her married off to somebody... a very dire stiuation! She's a good person: her slaves are treated good, her indentured servants too. She shares her food and medicine with everybody on her estate without distinction. But she's also young and naive...Obviously, when she buys Alec, she does it because she think that otherwise he will die and she's not going to allow it. She nurses him, but when he awakens and tell her who he really is, she doesn't believe him. But as she gets to know him better, she changes her mind, and tries to help him prove it and, in the meanwhile falls in love with him. He too is not immune to her: what starts as lust, grows into love.But there are others to consider: the neighboring estate owners. Some are good people, but there's one family that is really awful. And the hair wants Cassie and doesn't understand why she doesn't want him.So all kind of problems arise: she has to maintain the ruse that her father is abroad and not sick; that Alec is only her indenture servant when he's her lover; that she's just a weak female following her father's directived about managing the esatte when she's a clever manager herself... Sometimes she is a very mature and intelligent, but sometimes she's jut plain naive. Alec too... (view spoiler)[Just one example: she and Alec make love outside, in the barn, sleep all night long in her bedroom... and neither think that somebody could be spying them! (hide spoiler)]One complaint: the back-story in England is barely touched. I would have preferred to get more information of how Matthew find out about Philip's treachery. This part was just overlooked and I missed it. I think the book could have been much more rich if this was included. The chemistry between Cassie and Alec is hot, hot, HOT. Pamela Clare knows how to write a sex scene!!! :D

  • Blair
    2019-05-06 22:08

    This book was sooo good. I loved it. One of the best historical romance books I've read.

  • Jennifer Leighton
    2019-05-07 00:59

    Pamela Clare is a wonderful writer. She writes with such detail that the scenery and the backdrop of her stories come alive on the page. It was refreshing to read a story set in 1730 Virginia instead of yet another romance in England. My understanding is that most, if not all, of Ms. Clare's historicals are set in America. I look forward to reading each and every one. The love story between Alec and Cassie was captivating right from the start. I really felt for Alec as he endured injustice after injustice, and Cassie's kindness and compassion quickly won my heart. I loved watching as their friendship and attraction grew into something much, much more. The love scenes, although slow in coming, were beautiful in their perfection. There was actually more steam than I expected, including a hot scene in which Cassie capitalizes on the fact that she's the mistress of the house and Alec is her indentured servant. Let's just say the tables get turned on her in a VERY delicious way. ;-D As much as I enjoyed this book, I can't wait to read the rest of this series, as I hear they just get better and better!

  • Jennifer Lane
    2019-05-18 23:43

    Another Great Read by Pamela ClareI've read almost every novel by romance author Pamela Clare but I finally had the pleasure of delving into the one series I haven't read: Kenleigh/Blackwell Family Saga. And it's another winner!In 1730, Alec Kenleigh owns a shipbuilding company in London. His ne'er-do-well younger brother Philip is an alcoholic up to all sorts of mischief. When Alec decides to withhold money until Philip gets his act together, Philip threatens that he'll regret it.Months later, Cassie Blackwell lives in eighteenth century Virginia but has a modern sensibility about the role of women. She's feisty and strong, and secretly runs a huge tobacco plantation because her father is incapacitated by dementia. When it's time to buy slaves off the boat, her heart goes out to a badly beaten Englishman convict, and she decides to buy him (basically saving his life). His reported crime? Ravishment of women, aka rape.Turns out the suspected convict is Alec Kenleigh. Someone wanted him out of the picture and swapped his identity with a dead prisoner. But nobody in America believes his story. He will have to serve 14 years as an indentured servant unless he can prove his real identity.Cassie starts to question his reported crimes when she witnesses Alec's strong work ethic and kindness toward her young brother. She's under great pressure to hide her father's infirmity -- no way a woman could be CEO of the estate back then -- and her pressure only builds with the growing attraction she feels toward Alec. As an unmarried woman, she would risk everything by having sex with him.Alec, unfortunately, can't get Cassie out of his head. He doesn't want to ruin her reputation but all he can think about is bedding her. The Virginia summer isn't the only part of the story that's steamy!Pamela Clare is masterful at creating strong heroines and honorable heroes, and Cassie and Alec definitely fit the bill. Alec is slightly pompous but quite lovable. I enjoyed learning about the tobacco farms and the morays of that time. I felt sickened reading about slaves, particularly how the villainous Crichton family treated them. Geoffrey Crichthon is an odious man who lusts for Cassie but will never deserve her sweet attention, and he vows to make Alec pay for that.There are elements of suspense and imprisonment (yay!) and interesting characters like the Native American healer Takotah. At times I had trouble keeping the bondsmen, bondswomen, and slaves apart, and there are some plot elements that were a little clunky (like the identity of Alec's betrayer and Alec's slowness in appreciating Cassie's wishes about where to live). But this was a page turner that I devoured, and I can't wait for Carnal Gift, book two in the series.

  • Zeek
    2019-05-21 20:43

    Alec Kenleigh is a wealthy shipbuilder from England. One night he is set upon by thieves and knocked unconscious. In a daze of pain, he is sent to Newgate where he becomes a victim of mistaken identity and is sent to the Colonies.Cassie Blakewell is running her father's plantation under the guise of her father being "out of town" for awhile. She's good at it, but knows she will be unable to retain her authority if people found out the truth. In the midst of all this, she purchases the Indentureship of Alec- although he's now known as Cole Braden.When he's finally on his way to healing and awakens he's shocked to find months have gone by and that everyone is laboring under the impression he's a criminal. Cassie is smart enough to not believe his claims out right, but she does agree to send word England to make some inquiries.In the meantime, Alec and Cassie find an unwanted attraction exists between them and, despite the interference of a local rich boy who desires Cassie's hand in marriage, they discover neither is who the other thought they were.Pamela Clare's Historicals are classic Historical Romance Novels, to be sure. They retain the familiar themes, but they also add the spice we've come to expect from more recent entries in the romance genre. But even given that, they have a way of making you feel like you've arrived home after being away for a very long time.In Sweet Release, Clare has written a thick, rich historical novel. It has a fierce hero, wrongly imprisoned and sent to the colonies for indentureship, A feisty heroine who runs an entire plantation for her indisposed father and enough atmosphere to make plantation life during the early days of the colonies come alive without overburdening us with mundane details.Unfortunately, our heroine is a naïve virgin. In the past, I was able to brush over the shy machinations of a virgin too scared to handle the far more knowledgeable hero. In fact I scoffed at others who brought up this issue in historical romance novel reviews, thinking them elitist snobs. Not anymore.Another drawback for me was the fact I also felt like I was watching these two from afar. I'm not sure what was missing, but something kept me at a distance. Perhaps a lack of depth? Not sure, but Ride the Fire by Clare was a much better read, imo.(PS This apparently is Ms. Clare's debut novel, so I did give the author some grace on this one!)

  • Leslie
    2019-05-14 22:08

    3.5 Stars!This was Pamela Clare's debut book, and though it wasn't as good as "Surrender", which I read before this, it was a decent read and the setting in early Colonial America was lovely. Clare certainly does her research and I continuously find that her period storylines are some of the best I've read; a close second to Gabaldon's work.Cassie Blakewell hates the slave trade and labor her Virginia plantation demands although, she knew this fevered man would most certainly die if she left him in the care of a filthy slave trader. Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec Kenleigh went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude. But as his body begins to heal, a strikingly handsome man emerges from the remains of a heavy beard and festering cuts and lacerations - which is the moment Cassie realizes that Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated; this man took her breath away. On the plantation, he is known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. While he is overwhelmingly attracted to Cassie, the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of freedom was to prove his true identity. Only then could he turn the tables and possess the woman he now longs for...I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I found myself a little bored at times, but just when my eyes would grow droopy, Clare would cleverly give me a little shake and I was enjoying the flow once again. For a first book, she should be proud! Although, now that I know how great her writing has become, looking back, I wish I had started with this one. Therefore, that is my suggestion: If you enjoy early Colonial American storylines, read this Pamela Clare series first!!Thank you, to my GR buddy, Michelle, for the loan!!

  • Kathrynn
    2019-05-06 23:47

    This one started out will all kinds of intriguing possibilities, but the lengthy and frequent scenic descriptions, too many start-stops in the climax coupled with too many stutters to the ending ruined it for me.The author admits this book took her 7 years to write due to personal issues in her life. I can see it in the story as she must have forgotten she already said that--numerous times. Also, that can be the only explanation for all the "almost" climaxes and shifts in the storyline. The two main characters (Cassie and Alec) had a lot of potential. Both carried their conflict well, but once their problems started to resolve they started up again. It got annoying.I want to say that it was extremely bothersome to switch the tone of the story from high drama, edge of seat action, to mundane and useless information--repeatedly. I found myself skipping large chunks of scene changes to follow the action, then going back to see what I missed and it wasn't even necessary to the story. Blech!I gave this 3 stars because the story interested me enough to continue reading and I did want to see how it ended, but the ending wasn't so hot, IMO, and I felt...cheated somehow. Hope the next one is better!

  • Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
    2019-05-18 02:45

    I picked this up because the blurb reminded me of Woodiwiss’ Shanna– a book I remember and adore from decades ago. A guy kidnapped and transported as another person – a convict to the colonies to work as indentured labor for the h’s father’s plantation in Virginia. While Shanna was a deceiving witch, this h is a sweet and kind plantation owner who treats her slaves kindly and is trying to run things in her father’s absence. The H, angry and rebellious at first, dislikes and distrusts her but later they become lovers, and while the H is hopeful of return to England and claim back his identity, the h is more realistic and unsure of his feelings for her.While the first half is great even as certain things beggar belief, the later part is plagued with lots of problems, the main being the length of the climax which seems to have a life of its own and refuses to die away! And the way the h’s father, sick and hidden away from the world, is invisible – to the readers as well! Few things were off like when the H kills the villain in self-defense and is captured, being a slave his crime includes not only murder but also ‘ravishment’ of the h. what I found weird is that on proving that he indeed is who he says he is and not a convict, he’s not only cleared of the ravishment charge but also of the murder charge. That was a not only difficult to swallow but also quite a travesty, if law worked just so in those days.But a great entertainer for all that and a likable pair of mcs.

  • Alexis *Reality Bites*
    2019-05-14 22:55

    Spoiler Free Review4 STARSGenre: Historical RomanceSetting: Virginia and London" Running an Estate is men's work" -Alec"Why? Why must it be so? A woman once ruled all of England, yet Englishwomen aren't even allowed to rule themselves." -Cassie "Women rule their own way. They raise the children, run the household-" -Alec "While men run everything else." -Cassie in Sweet Release->My my my how far we have come.... I LOVED CASSIE!! She was Bold, Brazen, Sexy & Empowered all while living in a man's world!Alec Kenleigh owner of a ship building empire in London,England awakes from an attack to find himself an indentured servant. His identity is said to be Cole Braden a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. Now in the debt and ownership of Ms.Catherine Blakewell on a Virginia plantation a world away from his home. Catherine Blakewell(Cassie) has been asked by her father to tend to his business after he finds himself unable to do so. Cassie buys Cole Braden for five pounds in cash thinking he will die seeing as he could barely remain concious due to his injuries at the time of purchase. But Cole does recover and after a weeks worth of care he is none to happy when he realizes that he is the victim of mistaken identity. Cole tells Cassie who he really is and she allows him to write a letter to send home to inform his family of his whereabouts. Because this will take months to occur Cassie informed Cole that he will remain there to work and that he is not to attempt escape or the law would get him. Cole/Alec agree's.The two slowly fall in love but how long will it last. Cassie knows that eventually Alec will return to London while Cassie remains to take care of the Blakewell land. But Alec shares his plans to take her to London with him. What neither knows is that people are plotting against them. A family friend seeks Cassie's hand in marriage and will stop at nothing to get her. And Alec's life hangs in the balance when he is accused of another crime. Murder. Will these two find their Happily Ever After?!Thoughts This was my first Pamela Clare book. I think she did and excellent job with the plot and how she allowed the story to unfold. The pace was good, the writing and suspense was even better. The secondary characters are very lovable and the subplots are very good as well. Pamela Clare now has a new fan!My RatingsCharacters- Lovable and WittyWriting Style- Solid, Telling of the times, And SavoryPlot/Storyline- ExcellentOverall- Very Enjoyable! I recommend it to Historical Romance lovers!

  • Mitzi
    2019-05-01 00:40

    Great Story. Alec Kenleigh the 3rd owns a shipping bizz in England. His younger bro Phillip (loser) has him killed, only the men didn't kill him but sold him and he arrives in the Colonies (Virginia) beaten and sold as endentured slave to Cassie Blackwell. He can't remember much about what happened to him after his attack in London, but he knows he is not Cole Braden. He convinces Cassie to let him write to his bro. While he works on her plantation, they fall in love, only evil neighbor wants her for his wife (and her land) and evil brother Phillip destroys his letter making it difficult for his brother-in-law Matthew to find out the truth. A few good love scenes starting half way into the book, but not a hot read. Exciting Ending.

  • Lynsey A
    2019-04-30 22:03

    This was another great historical read by Pamela Clare. She has such a way of writing love stories. Everything just seems to come to life. There is so much drama and intensity and you know it will end well but you are still hanging out to your seat to see how it will resolve itself. I really enjoying reading her books.I loved both Alec and Cassie. They were so sweet together and constantly had me smiling. I liked how Cassie believed Alec was a good man pretty much from the beginning. All in all this was a good book even if there was one female in the book I wanted to strangle. I love how things work out in the end of Pamela Clare's books. They make the story just right. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • ~Megan~
    2019-04-28 19:57

    Gah, I love Pamela Clare!! This story was exceptionally wonderful, as is pretty much everything I've read by her. I could wax poetic about how much I loved Alec and Cassie, but it would just be gushing. What I really loved about this story was everything else: the setting, the secondary characters, and the rich plot. My favorite thing about a Pamela Clare novel is that I'm never sitting at the end thinking "but what happened to so and so?" or "I wonder how that turned out". She always writes a complete and fully fleshed out story, with amazing characters. She describes the setting without being too wordy (do I honestly care what color the leaves are on a particular tree? NO!), and yet still makes you feel like you're there. This story was set on a functional plantation with bondservants and slaves, and we got to know and grew to care about every one of them all the way down to the children. As we head toward the end, you think, but where will they live? How will they leave the plantation? As soon as it comes to your mind, it's addressed. I appreciate an author who thinks about these things.The lead up to the climax was so intense as it looked like all hope was gone, but of course the day was saved right in the nick of time, and the epilogue was just perfection! Yes, I want more of the story, but not because I don't know what will happen...I want more because I just love them and want to stay with them longer. There are only two more Clare novels (Carnal Gift and Untamed) that I haven't devoured, but I'm spacing them out to savor them better. I won't be able to resistthe day it comes out!

  • Gamze
    2019-05-17 21:57

    http://gamzeninkitapdunyasi.blogspot.... Kitap aslında pazar akşamı bitmişti ancak migren sayesinde 2 gündür yatıyordum. Kendime gelebilmişken yorumu yapmadan geçmek istemedim ^^Pekala.. Nasıl giriş yapsam bu harika kitaba acaba?Şöyle başlamama ne dersiniz? Eğer sizde benim gibi Historical hayranı iseniz, kesinlikle kaçırmayın derhal alın, okuyun :)Öncelikle size kitabın içeriği ile ilgili bilgi vereyim.Alec Kenleigh, adamımız 30 yaşında. Kendisinden 6 yaş küçük belalı bir erkek kardeşi ve kız kardeşi var. Philip, inanın o adam ile karşılaştığınız ilk sahnede dahi boğmak istiyorsunuz. O kadar rezil bir kardeş yani.. Neyse Alec, bir gece sevgilisinin yanından ayrıldıktan sonra saldırıya uğruyor. Ve gözünü açtığında artık Londra'da değil, Virginia'dadır. Köle tacirlerince satılmak üzeredir. Ancak o kaçırılma esnasında o kadar kötü dayak yiyiyor ki.. Cassie, o haline dayanamıyor. Ve onu satın almak istiyor. Bu arada belirtmeliyim 5 sterlin falan değil bildiğin 10 sterlin veriyor adama :D Neyse işte bunlar bir güzel bakıyorlar adam iyileşsin diye. Kendini toparlıyor ve işte olayların gidişatı da bu şekilde başlıyor.Gelelim kişisel yorumuma. Yazarın kalemini genel olarak seviyorum. Daha önce de Aşka Adanmış Bir Gün kitabını okumuş ve çok beğenmiştim. Günahkar kitabı da kütüphanemde var ancak onu daha okuyacak zamanım olmadı :) Zaten genel olarak Koridor Yayınevinin çıkarmış olduğu historical tarzından beğenmediğim çok çok azdır.Kitabın başlangıçta bir Londra bir Virginia'da geçeceğini düşünmüştüm. Ama Yeni Dünya topraklarında geçmesi ağırlıklı olarak daha keyifliydi.Bu kitapta sevdiğim bir diğer noktaysa, bu tarzlarda görmeye alışık olduğumuz o balolar, süslü çay davetleri gibi ıvır zıvırların olmamasıydı. Cassie benim için mükemmel bir karakterdi. Kız hem 4 yaşındaki kardeşi Jamie'ye annelik yapıyor, hem çiftliği idare etmeye çalışıyor, hem de tarlalar da herhangi bir köle veya sözleşmeli çalışan gibi iş görüyor. Kendini hiç kimseden yüksekte görmüyor. 1730lu yılları.. Köleler, hayvanlar kadar bile değerli değilken. Cassie, elinden geldiği kadar yardımcı olmaya çalışıyor herkese.Ve sevgili Alec :) Tatlı İngiliz Beyiiiii ^^ Ne yazayım ben şimdi onun hakkında..Alec'i de en az Cassie kadar çok sevdim. Arada sinir etse de.. Ki çok normal :)Çok uzattım değil mi? :D Elimde değil çünkü kitabı çok sevdim. Umarım sevgili yayınevi bizleri çok bekletmeden diğer iki kitabı da hemen çıkarır. Kesinlikle tavsiye ederim der ve sizleri okurken beğendiğim alıntılarla baş başa bırakırım :) "Ayrıca traş olmak ve uygun giysiler ile donatılmak istiyorum. Bu yerin adetleri arasında, genç kızların çıplak erkekleri izlemesi gibi bir şey varsa durum değişir tabii." Cassie ellerini istemsiz bir şekilde, sinirden ve utançtan kızaran yanaklarına doğru götürdü. "Size elbette kıyafet getirilecek, Bay Braden. Bizler medeni insanlarız. Orada uygunsuz bir biçimde durmak, sizin kendi tercihiniz. Buna rağmen, bu halinizi hemen hemen hiç farketmedim denebilir." "Demek öyle." Yüzündeki küstah gülümseme, Cassie'nin aklından geçenleri bildiğini gösteriyordu. "Bütün hayatım bu çiftlikte geçti, Bay Braden. Birçok hasta adamın ve hayvanın bakımıyla ilgilendim. Erkekler öyle çok da farklı değil atlardan, boğalardan, yaban domuzlarından ve... ve horozlardan!" "Horoz mu? O halde sanırım yeterince yakından bakmamışsınız." "Erkeklerin gösteriş meraklısı olmalarına ve kurumlanmalarına atıfta bulunuyordum sadece, Bay Braden." *** Mutfağın merdivenlerinde oturmuş bezelye ayıklarken, bir yandan da avlu zeminine serptiği mısırlar için tavuklarla mücadele eden mavi alakargaları izliyordu. Yaklaşan sonbaharın kokusu, burnunu gıdıklıyordu. Çok geçmeden yapraklar renk değiştirecek, havalar soğumaya başlayacaktı. Güz, hep en sevdiği mevsim olmuştu. Ne ilkbahar kadar yağmurlu, ne de kış kadar soğuktu; yaz mevsiminin yapış yapış sıcağından uzak olan sonbahar, dünya yavaş yavaş kış uykusuna yatarken, beraberinde bir sükunet ve hoşnutluk duygusu getiriyordu. *** Alec, nöbetçiler onu kapıdan geçirirken, "Seni seviyorum, Catherine Blakewell," diye bağırdı. "Eğer Tanrı'nın yarattığı bu alemde zerre miktar adalet varsa, sen ve ben tekrar bir araya geleceğiz. Buna tüm kalbinle inanmalısın!"

  • Linda
    2019-04-23 23:59

    Alec Kenleigh was having problems with his younger brother, Phillip. It was 1730 and Alec was tired of always picking up after him. His heir, should something happen to him, was becoming a wretch and lush. And he wasn't even five and twenty! He recently made it known that his devilish ways would no longer be tolerated and, if nothing changed, Phillip's inheritance would be frozen.Then Alec's life took a turn for the worse and became a nightmare. Robbed and left for dead, he woke up two months later and found himself in His Majesty's Commonwealth of Virginia. He is no longer Alec Kenleigh but Cole Braden, a convict and defiler of women. He was bought along with another slave by Miss Cassie Blakewell. Her father is temporarily overseas on business and she has his written consent to take care of his home and lands while he is gone. Or so it would seem.Butting heads from the beginning, Alec is determined to prove his innocence and return to London. Unused to women who act out-of-place, Alec/Cole finds that this woman gives as good as she gets. And sometimes, he is on the receiving end that proves him wrong; something he finds hard to admit.Cassie is leery but she slowly comes to realize that perhaps this unusual man might be telling the truth. The closer Alec comes to overcoming Cassie's doubt, the more they become attracted to each other. In addition to what is going on between these two people, there are several secondary stories that involve Cassie or Alec in some way or another.Somewhat long-winded, there is the light mystery surrounding the reason for Alec's confinement in America. There is also a neighbor that gives Cassie some grief. And where is Cassie's father, Abraham Blakewell?This is the first book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy. CARNAL GIFT is second and RIDING THE FIRE is third. All three books take place in the 1700's. If you enjoy historical romances and can set your suspension of disbelief aside, you should like SWEET RELEASE.

  • D.C.
    2019-05-20 02:43

    ABOUT THE BOOK:For five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed in the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated—for he could steal her breath with a glance and lay siege to her senses with a touch.Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies. There, he was known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. And while he longed to ravish the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of earning her love—and his freedom—was to prove his true identity. Only then could he turn the tables and attain his ... Sweet Release.REVIEW: Ms. Clare captures my attention – completely – ever…single…time. Not a huge fan of historical romances, but this book managed to hook me in and refused to let go. I loved the story Ms. Clare set up here and felt as though how it came to be was completely original. The writing was superb and the action enough to make you sit on the edge of your seat in fear. I loved the basis behind the plot and found that the sensuality scenes in the book didn’t distraction, only enhanced, the overall story.These two characters really gathered my attention and the secondary characters only made the entire experience that much better. I won’t spoil the second book review in this one, but Ms. Clare had deemed that one her favorite. This would be the only time I would have to disagree with her – I found this piece so enthralling that I have set it as one of my favorites.Steamy, funny, fantastic read for five stars. Run, don’t walk, to get this now!

  • MashJ
    2019-05-19 20:48

    wow - two five star books in a weekend after none for ages.Based in Virginia in 1730 on a tobacco plantation with an English merchant who has been dumped on a ship headed for the colonies and labelled a convict and the daughter of a plantation owner desperately trying to turn round her family land. The plot is very action packed with shenanigans having been carried out against both lead characters in England and in Virginia. The only problem with books going back to this era (and earlier) is that the language often sounds wrong as the authors tend to compromise between the speech of the time and something that a modern reader will comprehend (a practical solution but lacking authenthicity). I am reading a Samuel Richardson book at present (written in 1740) so the disparities are clear, however I digress.The two lead characters are appealing and so is the suporting cast. I couldn't stop reading the book from about halfway as you really NEED TO KNOW what happens next. Best bits- I really enjoyed the roller coaster adventure of a plot and as I've observed before I think that authors write so much better when they have a connection so that an American author writing about Virginia seems a way better fit than one writing about London.This is how historical romance should be- crossing the boundaries into a darn good read and pretty much a mainstream novel. Highly recommended but reserve enough time to finish it in a session as otherwise you'll be biting your nails!!

  • Denise
    2019-05-22 00:42

    Wonderful escape to pre-Revolutionary Eastern America. This is a time period I love to read about, but so few romantic fiction novels are set in this era and place. The story seems to be well researched by the author, a big plus.Alec Kenleigh is a wealthy English gentleman who owns a family shipping business. He had to take drastic measures with his brother Phillip due to his heavy drinking, gambling and whoring. The brother is resentful and next thing you know, Alec is being attacked while traveling in his carriage after breaking up with his mistress. When he regains consciousness he finds he is an indentured convict who is now owned by the beautiful Cassie Blakewell and now living in Lancaster county Virginia. They believe his name to be Cole Braden. All the characters in this book are very 3 dimensional and play well in the story. The story itself has many facets and twists and turns. I couldn't put this book down and was sorry to see it end. I won't give away the plot, too much going on with this book to be able to do it justice. Great love story and some hot romantic scenes. I am happy to see there are 2 more books that follow this one and can't wait to read them!

  • Sammy Loves Books
    2019-04-23 23:06

    Alec KenleighFull review to Come

  • Sonya Heaney
    2019-05-16 00:46

    Originally posted HERE. Firstly: the various trashy covers (and ridiculous blurb) this book has been given over the years do it a huge disservice. This is as much historical fiction as romance, but the packaging makes it look like something you’d get from a book Fabio penned.Secondly: I’ve heard the author has struggled to find a publisher willing to support her historical books in recent years. If it’s true, I understand. She wrote these books over a decade ago, back when the historical romance genre meant more than anachronistic idiots frolicking around London ballrooms between the years 1811 and 1820. There’s a time and a place for that, but this fantastic – if a little flawed – book shows what we’re missing out on these days.Sweet Release startled me at first. I knew it was going to be set a bit earlier than the books I usually read, but 1730 Virginia is a time and place I know nothing about. It’s so far in the past people’s attitudes were nothing like ours today.Most of what I know about slavery in America comes from a North American history unit I took at college, and that was a while ago. However, from what I can gather, a phenomenal amount of research has gone into this series. The author completely transports you back in time, into colonial America and the difficult lives the people lived.There’s so much action and adventure in the story. I loved that. As a fan of some danger in books, of something more than conversation and emotional issues, I do struggle to find these things in the HR genre. What a pity this type of book isn’t well-received in HR publishing at the moment. I did struggle with some of the scenes, however. I think there were some “first book” mistakes here, with some “bad guy rising from the dead just when you thought it was over” moments, but it wasn’t too distracting.What gives this a feel of historical fiction as much as romance is the fact life isn’t idealised, and that there’s a whole lot more going on that the drama between hero and heroine.I’ve noticed the negative reviews for the book tend to focus on how unpleasant some things were made out to be. This is true, but also accurate. Something I always have at the back on my mind when reading this genre is how hero and heroine will hit some very hard times in the future, particularly the heroine. There’s no escaping how unpleasant and frequent having children was for women in the past, and I enjoyed seeing issues like that addressed.I did struggle with some of the romantic scenes as they seemed both unnecessary (which I might be in the minority in thinking) and anachronistic. There was one scene involving handcuffs that I skimmed the second half of because it seemed ridiculous in the context of the book.I was also annoyed that American-speak was put into the mouth of the Eton-educated English hero. No, he wouldn’t call an arse and ass. And no, he wouldn’t say gotten in every second sentence!There were a few faults here and there in Sweet Release, but overall I thought it was great. I’ve never read any of this author’s historical books before, but I can see why she has such a great reputation for them.Hopefully at some point in the near future historical romance publishers will regain interest in stories with this much excitement.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-05-05 21:51

    Dry writing. Lengthy development of predictable things. It needs richer characters.TWO BOOKS (Sweet Release and Carnal Gift):I liked books 3 and 5 in the author’s I-Team series, but I did not like her first two books “Sweet Release” and “Carnal Gift.” The main conflicts were based on the settings where it was against the law for hero and heroine to be together. SR takes place on a tobacco plantation in 1730. Heroine’s father owns the plantation. Hero is a bondsman. If they are discovered he will be hung and she will be punished. Secondary plot has evil masters doing horrible things to slaves and bondsmen. In CG, it is against the law for Catholics to marry Protestants. She is Catholic he is Protestant. This takes place in Ireland and England in1751. Secondary plot has evil Lord doing horrible things to Catholics, peasants, and servants.Both of these books felt like textbook writing. The author takes her time to fully describe and develop plot events. But they are predictable. Nothing special. For example, yes it’s painful giving birth but I don’t want to spend a bunch of time hearing the details and having it drawn out with her painful cries - like the author was trying to be true to life rather than interesting. Too many things were drawn out like that.Right after reading these I read “Carnal Innocence” by Nora Roberts. CI had what was missing from Clare’s books. CI characters were colorful and rich with interesting dialogue - unexpected dialogue. I smiled often during CI. I did not smile during Clare’s two books.DIFFERENT VERSIONS:When SR and CG were first published, the publisher shortened one or both of them by about 100 pages. The author recently released the “full” versions in ebook form. I read the full versions. SWEET RELEASE:It could have used feelings of hope and anticipation. Instead I felt bad hearing about tragic things. The horrible treatment of slaves and bondsmen is included.The story is set in 1730 Virginia. Land owners have slaves and bondsmen. Alec is a wealthy Englishman who is beaten, put in chains on a ship, given a false name (a convict’s name) and sold in Virginia as a bondsman - 14 years of servitude. Due to her father’s illness, Cassie is running the tobacco plantation. She and Alec fall in love. If their relationship is discovered, he could be hung and she could be punished. An evil neighbor with power wants to marry Cassie and torture and kill Alec.Sex scenes were ok, but I skimmed a couple of them. There is one rape.There is a stupid misunderstanding that occurs at a bad time. This discussion should have happened weeks earlier. It felt contrived to add conflict.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Kindle count length: 7,240. Swearing language: mild including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 7. Setting: 1730 Virginia and with a little in England. Copyrights: 2003 and 2011. Genre: historical romance with suspense.

  • Riverina Romantics
    2019-05-14 21:44

    Check out my blog at: http://riverinaromantics.blogspot.com/Most of my Goodreads friends would know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Pamela Clare. This spectacular lady blew my socks off with her I-Team series, so you can just imagine the scene I caused when I walked into my local Big W and found this book on sale for $3.95. I'm still having a WTF moment over that and I think my hubby is still having a "My God She's Insane" moment. It was like Christmas, but with good presents!! This lady is the first author to cause me to wrench my sticky fingers off my Kindle and pick up a paperback - big accomplishment!!I really enjoyed this story. It was soft and sweet, with a long drawn out romance of flirty looks, confrontations and a lot of 'just about to get it on' moments. But it was also steamy and sexy. The love scenes were hot but incredibly romantic.Cassie was a strong, passionate and admirable heroine - I picture her like a younger Nicole Kidman.And Alec was devine, I can just imagine his body after the weeks of hard labour in the sun. Mmmmm, wash board stomach, nicely tanned. I pictured him like the scrumptious Huge Jackman.It was nicely discriptive, enabling me to transport myself back in time to the scene of the novel, however I do confess I had to skim in the final chapters. But honestly I couldn't help it, my eyes were closing from lack of sleep, but I knew I wouldn't be able to rest until I found out the ending. I recommend this to Pamela Clare and Historical fans - I think you will all love it as much as I did.Now I need to slip some Valium - because I can't for the life of me find the second book anywhere!!!

  • Regan Walker
    2019-04-22 21:59

    1st in a great trilogy set in America before the Revolutionary WarThis is first in Blakewell/Kenleigh family trilogy set in the 1730s to 1760s, in the American Colonies in a time when farms dominated the landscape and were eventually replaced by growing plantations in the South. It's also a period when colonists gradually came to see themselves as Americans, distinct from the English. This first story tells the story of Alec Kenleigh, head of an English shipbuilding empire, who was beaten and thrown aboard a ship transporting criminals to the Colonies as indentured servants. Alex wakes up in the Virginia Colony with no idea who has done this to him. He has a derelict brother and an angry ex-mistress but he can’t see either of them doing something as horrible as this.Meanwhile, in Virginia, he is told his name is Cole Braden and his contract has been purchased by Cassie Blakewell, a young woman left in charge of her family’s plantation by her father who is supposedly in England. When Alec heals, she realizes the half dead convict is a very handsome man, one who claims to be a wealthy Englishman. Alec is desperate to get home to London and his shipping enterprise but he is attracted to Cassie to whom he has vowed to stay until his name is cleared.Clare has created a wonderful story of life in the Colonies with some exciting scenes and some worth characters. The love scenes are very sensual as Cassie and Alec find they are unable to resist each other. There’s a suspenseful murder trial where Alec’s life is on the line. I recommend this one and the others in the trilogy.Blakewell/Kenleigh family trilogy: Sweet Release, set in 1730, Cassie Blakewell and Alec KenleighCarnal Gift, set in 1754, Jamie BlakewellRide the Fire, set in 1763, Nicholas Kenleigh

  • Gina
    2019-04-23 03:58

    ok I just finished this book, and oh my....SWOON!! I loved Alec and i loved Cassie. I hated what happened to Alex, but i felt warm inside when he did what was honorable and gave his word to do his best. He worked hard despite the unjustly circumstances. And Cassie taking care of her father and brother and treating everyone in her care with respect. The passion between them was hot! And the last quarter of the book I was fixed in my chair, I couldn't stop reading today until I found out what happened. Was Alex safe? Was Cassie going to be forced to marry someone else? OH My It Couldn't happen! So here I am, back stiff from sitting too long, but so happy I finished the book! I feel so much better now.....