I've heard so many women abashedly admit that THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER is either their favorite romance of all time, or the one that made them fall in love with the genre.
But the novel, as well as Woodiwiss' THE WOLF AND THE DOVE, have been pretty controversial because when viewed with contemporary sensibilities, the sexual power dynamic is offensive to many.
For example, there's a scene in the beginning of F and F in which -- and taken out of context it's not much creepier than within -- our fair heroine is mistaken for a prostitute by the hero and deflowered by him efficiently and without much finesse.
It ain't even close to forced seduction, but I'm not about to jump critical on anybody who digs the book, cause it's all about the fantasy, baybee. I mean, I've got puh-lenty of Old School novel faves with ripped bodices and borderline rape and forced seduction that are on my Don't Loan Out shelf.
So, what's your "Flame and Flower?"
Name the novel/s you're mortified to love.
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Encore! MK suggested the topic. Grazie, Bella.