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Monique DESTINY MADE HER A QUEEN AND PASSION, A REBELLIOUS SLAVEBreathtaking Monique, Love Child Of A Gypsy Princess And A French Marquis Stolen At Birth By Her Mother S Clan, To Be Raised In The Untamed Pride Of Their Forest Camps Born To Rule, She Saw Her People Crushed By The Brutal Power That Terrorized All France And She Vowed To Avenge Them Born To Love, She Defied Every Law For Lucien Gastogne, Elegant Aristocrat Of The French Court Notorious Bandit And Spy Even When She Was Torn From Lucien, Taken Brutally In Marriage By The Sinister Comte DeVille, Monique Clung To Her Undying Dream With Her Lover By Her Side, She Would One Day Secure Her Freedom And Then Together They Would Find Their Destiny In The Splendors Of A Golden Passion


10 thoughts on “Monique

  1. says:

    Well Nice to meet you, Madelyn Cunningham N.B This review is officially spoiler free You re welcome P The author is a mystery that remains unsolved Was Madelyn a man or a woman Did he she write under other pseudos Was this book the result of a carefully sculpted manuscript, or a merrily churned out product of the bodice shredding Jove trenches The world may never know, though I m leaning toward the former But whoever the author whatever the circumstances, one thing is certain Well Nice to meet you, Madelyn Cunningham N.B This review is officially spoiler free You re welcome P The author is a mystery that remains unsolved Was Madelyn a man or a woman Did he she write under other pseudos Was this book the result of a carefully sculpted manuscript, or a merrily churned out product of the bodice shredding Jove trenches The world may never know, though I m leaning toward the former But whoever the author whatever the circumstances, one thing is certain Monique is Madelyn Cunningham s only offering, that s a great tragedy to the ripper oeuvre Our story opens with a gothicky scene wherein a woman dies in childbirth her gypsy family steals the surviving daughter from her womb That daughter is Monique, she s destined to live the life of a true ripper heroine Together with her foster father bodyguard Ramon, teenage Monique manages to escape the graphic slaughtering of her clan retreat to the safety of her father s chateau But Monique s driving desire is for revenge, not contentment Unable to mesh her heated gypsy nature with the nuanced maneuverings of French aristocracy not to mention her tingly feelings for hero Lucien Monique follows her father to the corruption swamped court of child king Louis XV It s there she encounters the scummy, pervy Comte De Ville, whom she s forced to marry by circumstances beyond her control not a spoiler, as it s in the book blurb P As to the outcome of Monique s unholy union, I ll say only that De Ville is a sadistic shit you ll feel nothing but satisfaction in the bloody finale.Truly, there s a lot going on in this novel The OTT violence is a strong presence keeps the plot whirling at a rapid pace But Monique s journey was believable in its way, the historical backdrop was vivid Set in early 1700s France, the conflicts revolve around the Bourbon dynasty s Huguenot purging, particularly in the southern areas Lucien Monique have both been scarred by the violence inherent with Huguenot persecution, their desire for revenge is equal to their desire for each other Also interesting is Monique s gypsy upbringing the way it shadows her life She receives harsh treatment from her grandmother resents the all consuming symbiosis between matriarch clan yet she carries the guilt of what could have been, Ramon s loyalty is both a comfort a constant reminder of her dual heritage She is a true phuri dai, albeit untrained, she feels the weight of a lifestyle that no longer exists as she unconsciously gathers a new clan to fill that hole Her matriarch oriented mentality forces her into dreadful circumstances where she must bend without breaking until the night where she does nearly break is faced with the human weakness that s so easily perverted by asswipes like De Ville I liked her spirit And her lack of shrill foot stomping DOn atechnical note, I d like to mention the lack of Big Misunderstandings THANK YOU It was so nice that the characters weren t forced into brain numbing stupidity There were several instances where the Big Mis lurked behind the hedge, just waiting for a chance to leap out strangle my fun but it never happened Shocking So.there it is Monique Definitely not a book for everybody see below , but an excellent read nonetheless Squick List extreme violence bloodspray beheadings, eye gouging, guts spilling horse shooting repeated rape attempts repeated marital rape forced marriage bizarre gypsy herbal magic aphrodisiac oil secondary character abuse crass and or un PC language public sex at aristocratic birthday parties ooh la la bad guys doing bad things H h multiple long separations H h forced seduction rough sex very young heroine 15 21 years old Yeah It s just THAT awesome D


  2. says:

    This is a very simple story told in such an elaborate manner that the storytelling itself is what truly radiated most to me You may have heard the same theme and BR setup a thousand times, but so few are as detailed not excessive purple prose monsterness and captivating Flames definitely dim and stoke to crescendos under its telling So few hand delivered the gypsies nomadic life to reader, in not just glimpses but a God s eye view The heart of gypsy myth lore ran vibrantly through the This is a very simple story told in such an elaborate manner that the storytelling itself is what truly radiated most to me You may have heard the same theme and BR setup a thousand times, but so few are as detailed not excessive purple prose monsterness and captivating Flames definitely dim and stoke to crescendos under its telling So few hand delivered the gypsies nomadic life to reader, in not just glimpses but a God s eye view The heart of gypsy myth lore ran vibrantly through the story, even if at times somewhat murky There s groundwork here and a defiance for costume historical roles.Cunningham conveyed these wandering mythos sympatheticallyoften than not, but even during less than acceptable phases I STILL commiserated with them, despite the lapse of judgment on some of their stunts You understood these characters and their desperation, although pity wasn t actually banging on your skull for you to FEELZ PLEASE and overwhelm your bias Their customs and beliefs extended further than palmistry and hoop earrings You cannot ever imagine how thankful I am and what a relief that was for me The heroine, Monique, despite her beauty and perfectionism as far as aesthetics go, her gut plated veneer cast out any erosive Mary Sue isque vibes and redefined her as a rare breed of heroine whose wild ass rough shod over lessers because lessers are gonna be lesser to pursue her unimagined dreams She s a speed demon on horseback bending and shifting to the harsh topography of her exotic life carving the gizzards out of greasy mongrels who d make a decision for her to break her, or occupy her like Netflix and Chill suavecito translated Use you like a blow up doll She s her own master Only she can break herself So, what convenience and bouts of melodrama I encountered, it truly felt as though it was its own unique vein, compared to the point and click road map of predictability I m so often beaten down with The court of Louis XIV never tasted so jaded, blunted and teeming with bored sophistication, dulled out with a flow of over indulged delighted addiction and disease easily rendered by public lust These hollow eyed, toothless creatures yawned through the story to consume and tarnish everything within sight even our heroine was not spared, and held in the clutches of the Comte DeVille who breathed a personally distilled self righteousness that condemned professed evils at whim The sort of creature whose lust for imagined lewdness or depravity, a mere figment unto himself which would bring about sermons of abstinence, but who you d find with a black ghost bobbing under those stately priest robes The nastiest son of a bitch imaginable who d sleeve the Bible for the Lord s Good and Pure work and then wipe his wanker down with a nun s crocheted bookmaker Yep He s that fucking grotesque.There are no idyllic PC landmines littering these pages, I assure you that, but what an unapologetically ruthless lit l masterpiece unto itself


  3. says:

    After 20 years I still remember this book and wish that I still had my copy My best friend and I spent hours reading this book together and talking about it It s the ultimate over the top 80 s historical romance.


  4. says:

    I read this book when I was an itty bitty and I loved it It was one of the first romance books I ever read and it started a pretty voracious habit Not really sure where I got the book, and my recollection of the plot line isn t great What I do know is that I read this book so many times the cover fell off and the spine was akin to a soggy noodle I would read it again in a heartbeat


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