Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 23, 2013
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Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Brontë’s classic novel of the tragic love between beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw and dark, brooding Heathcliff. The restrained desire between these two star-crossed lovers has always smoldered on the page. And now it ignites into an uncontrollable blaze. In WUTHERING NIGHTS, writer I.J. Miller reimagines this timeless story to reveal the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff – in all its forbidden glory.
Set against the stark, raw beauty of the English moors, Heathcliff, an abandoned orphan, recognizes his soul mate in wild, impulsive Catherine, the only woman who can tame his self-destructive nature. And Catherine cannot deny the all-consuming desire she feels for him, despite his low birth. Together they engage in a fiery affair – one that will possess them, enslave them, and change their destinies forever…
Initial reaction: “Umm… ok… wow.”
I requested this book because I love the classics and read this one in high school, wanting to see how “reimagined” it was… One theme that I.J. Miller definitely kept is this:
In both Wuthering Heights and Wuthering Nights, I love the books whilst also wanting to cause major bodily harm to the majority of the main characters. Vain, selfish, hateful, spoiled and spiteful creatures, the lot of them.
What I found interesting is that, though somewhat shocking, I can TOTALLY see this all actually happening. That somehow this is real. Brontë wrote a PG or PG-13 rated book and Miller just uncovered the sordid underbelly and turned it NC-17.
Beware: This book is NOT for the faint of heart. If you felt uncomfortable reading 50 Shades of Gray (which, in my personal opinion, should NEVER be the “authoritative” book or baseline for BDSM novels), then don’t read this book.
I, personally, have read worse… and oddly, out of all the “taboo” things committed in this book (and others), the instance of a woman suckling a man’s breast is what disturbed me the most (I’m not saying who was involved and when but… ) … in this reviewer’s humble opinion, the word “suckling” should only be used in the instance of a child to its mother’s breast… men doing it to women… ok, but use a different word… a woman suckling at the man’s breast, whether or not he is her master, just bothers me. But I digress…
If you’ve read the original book, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, and are prepared to go dark, you’ll enjoy this book, as I did. If you haven’t read the original, first off, shame on you, and secondly, be prepared to want to slap the characters. But that’s part of what makes these books so compelling. You dislike the characters so much, yet you keep reading to see what happens next and if they will or can redeem themselves.
The tale is one of forbidden love, revenge, selfishness, jealous, vanity, pain and, ultimately, sacrifice – or punishment, depending on how you look at it.
Either way, I was a huge fan and recommend it to those up to the task.
A tip of the hat to I.J. Miller for “reimagining” a book so well.