Bodice Ripper Review: “Love, Cherish Me” by Rebecca Brandewyne

Love, Cherish Me (Aguilar's Fate, #1)Love, Cherish Me by Rebecca Brandewyne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Love, Cherish Me many years ago, and it’s a long-time favorite.

You have to read this book as a lover of the genre because Rebecca Brandewyne is here at her bodice-rippiest. What I loved about Rebecca Brandewyne’s old romances was that she would always pose dressed as the heroine in her picture on the back of the book. There would be a poem at the beginning, and the book would be broken up into several books or parts. The story began with a prologue with the couple together and ended with their epilogue. And let’s not forget the Elaine Duillo cover art, which was practically de rigeur for a romance diva. What can I say, I’ve always preferred intricate, elaborate heavy metal or progressive rock as opposed to streamlined, gritty punk, and my taste in romances is no different.

The heroine is southern belle Storm Aimee Lesconflair and the hero is the dark stranger called “Lobo,” or Wolf. The tale is epic, set in the epic state of Texas. Storm is abducted and almost raped by villains, saved by Wolf multiple times, separated from her beloved, accused of murder and experiences the worst pain a mother can feel and finally is reunited with her soul mate.

This is a companion piece to And Gold Was Ours, which was good but not as great as this. The only Brandewyne book I like more is her gothic romance reminiscent of Bronte’s Wuthering HeightsUpon a Moon-Dark Moor.

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Originally posted on Goodreads

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Author: Jacqueline Diaz

I’m an author of two historical romance works-in-progress,"The Savage Noble" and "What She Says With Her Eyes," which will both be released in 2021. A proud college dropout, Libra, INFP, Long Islander, wife, and mother of one, I’ve spent the past two decades working from home and homeschooling our–-now-adult–-child. Along the way, we’ve collected a clowder of cats and been blessed to love several dogs, rabbits, chickens, turtles, frogs, guinea pigs, and more. Married for 22 years and counting to my college sweetheart, I’d consider myself to be a mix between traditional and Bohemian and thus have a unique perspective to offer when it comes to writing romance.

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