Review: Wuthering Nights by IJ Miller

Posted May 11, 2013 by Vampbard in 3 stars, Historical Romance, Rating B Tags: , , , ,

Wuthering Nights:  An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte & I.J. Miller  
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 978-1455573028
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (368 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Bronte’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 soulmate 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…
What VampBards talking about:
So.  I read Wuthering Nights.  It took me a while to get in to the story, even though I’ve read Wuthering Heights multiple times.  Either it wasn’t the right time for a revisit to Heathcliff and Catherine, or I **really** missed some of Ms. Bronte’s descriptions.  Maybe what I missed was the fact that my imagination has probably conjured up some fervent fantasy about Heathcliff.  
However, this title was seriously hot! However, the sex was used as an instrument for revenge & manipulation which was NOT ok with me, and is the primary reason for the lower rating.  I did, however, like the introduction and conclusion of the story, but I felt that the author could have done much more with it.  
Catherine and Heathcliff are the consummate romantic couple; star-crossed lovers on-par with Romeo & Juliette.  If you’ve read the original and you’re ready for the male-dominated play in this version, keep this read for home with no one else around.  Blush alert!
Kind-of difficult to write an extended review of a spin-off from a piece of classic literature.  I feel as though I’m critiquing the work of Ms. Bronte.  However, I must say that I liked the vein in which the plot ran.  I suggest to those who have not read Ms. Bronte’s classic, read the SparkNotes online for Wuthering Heights before reading this title.  I think it makes it more meaningful to compare & contrast.  And appreciate the described male physique of Heathcliff… **le sigh**
VampBards Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

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