Friday, May 29, 2009

The Falcon and the Flower by Virginia Henley

Astride her white palfrey, surrounded by a nimbus of silver-blond hair, Jasmine was a vision to strike a man mute with desire. But the violet-eyed love child of King Richard's half brother had vowed that no man would ever rule her heart. Until she saw the face of the Devil himself in her crystal ball-- the dark, brooding knight who would kill to make her his own. She would risk a dissolute court and a maddened, lustful king to keep destiny at bay, anything to keep her from the hypnotic eyes and burning caresses of...

A wickedly handsome warrior who lived by blood and the sword, Falcon de Burgh wanted to wed no woman- until he laid eyes on the exquisite Jasmine, and he vowed to possess her, to teach her all the wonderous ways a man could love a woman, no matter what it might take to conquer her fiery, unyielding heart. Falcon knew only blind, reckless passion as he swore to tame, at the risk of his life...

Virginia Henley introduced me to the world of romance through The Falcon and the Flower. It has been 14 years since I first read it. Their were only two things that stayed with me through the years was the very beginning of the book, when Jasmine uses her crystal ball and sees Falcon for the first time and how Falcon describes Jasmine's derriere. I am guessing that the description stuck with me because I just couldn't see a heart shaped butt... I still can't. So I guess I figured out how to reread a book and make it feel like the very first time... wait a good 15 years in between reading.

Now on to my thoughts on this book. I really enjoyed rereading it, but I have to say Jasmine is one of those heroines that you want to rip out the book and smack. She was on the extreme side of bitchy. Raised by her Grandmother, Jasmine only knew art, music, herbs, magic, and she had a very low opinion of men. She knew nothing of being a wife, mother, or running a household of two hundred. Jasmine had been spoiled beyond belief to say the very least.

Falcon had earned the nickname The Prince of Darkness for his cunning and determination in battle. Once he set his sights on Jasmine nothing was going to sway his mind, not even Jasmine's father. Yes, Falcon knew exactly what kind of bride he was getting in Jasmine, he just didn't realize that she was not the sweet and innocent girl he thought her to be.

Jasmine would go against Falcon in everything, if he said the sky was blue she would argue it was green. She was not going to let this man bully her into anything. She vowed to never marry Falcon and hate him to her death. Jasmine would soon find out that there is a very fine line between love and hate.


Amy C said...

Yeah, I'd say that's right! Wait 15 years and you'll feel like your reading the book for the first time again! Sadly, I haven't even been reading that long. I read a book here and there over the years, but not like I do now. That's only been the last 5 years.

I do have a Virginia Henley book I just bought a few months ago, Tempted. I think I bought it because it's set in Scotland.

Heather D said...

Until last year I would only read about 2 books a month. I am now obsessed with books.

I think Falcon and the Flower is the only Virginia Henley book I have read.

MsMoonlight said...

I LOVE Virginia Henley and bought this one when it came out and loved it. Its on my keeper shelf and I think I've reread it 3 times since I bought it!

Lea said...

OMG!! Heather, this was the first Virginia Henley book I ever read! There was no one who could write steam like her in the day!!

Hot, hot, historical romance.

Maybe someday I'll read it again.

Thanks for the blast from the past.


Heather D said...

Lol... it was really good, I just really irritated with Jasmine. I remember I loved this book and was so upset with my daughter (only 1yr old at the time) for tearing the pretty cover. I actually found this copy with the old cover a few months ago and had to snatch it out of the books my mother was getting rid of.

As for hot... it is actually really mild now in comparison to what we have been reading lately. But it is definitely finding a special place on my keeper shelf!

Eva S said...

I checked my shelf for older books and found two of her books, Tempted and Seduced. They have been there for 15 years, maybe I should give them a reread...

Lea said...

Hey Heather!

I KNOW!! Isn't it amazing how what we considered "steamy" then was nothing compared to what we read now.. lol

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend.


ann marie said...

The first book I read from her is The Raven and the Rose, I stole it from my mom's bookshelf and I was hooked on romance novels since. If I was to read it again now I don't think I would get very far I would so want to smack the heroine(what are you thinking). Wishes by Jude Deveraux can be read over and over time again. Have a great week.

Barbara said...

OMG, I'm LOVING that cover!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Agree Jasmine was bitchy and the love scenes rather rapey. My fault with the book is the timing of the whole thing. The time period it spans historically is about 18 years, yet it all seems to take place in perhaps 3 years. I guess knowing my history kinda killed the story for me. I could forgive a whiney, bitchy Jasmine but the historical inaccuracy kinda drove me nuts. I mean Henley writes about John being proud of finally producing a son and soon dies. But according to her own sequel we know there were more children like Richard and Eleanor. I remember loving the book as a teenager as a 30 something not so much love anymore.

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