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Thunder and Roses: Fallen Angels, Book 1 | [Mary Jo Putney]

Thunder and Roses: Fallen Angels, Book 1

They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid-only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.
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They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid - only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene. Furiously, Clare accepts his outrageous challenge, and finds herself drawn into a glittering Regency world of danger and desire.

As allies, she and Nicholas fight to save her community. As adversaries, they explore the hazardous terrain of power and sensuality. And as lovers, they surrender to a passion that threatens the foundations of their lives.

Thunder and Roses was nominated for a RITA award and was a finalist for the RWA Golden Choice award for best audiobook of the year.

©2011 Mary Jo Putney, Inc. (P)2013 Mary Jo Putney, Inc

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    bookworm2bookworm Chi Town, IL USA 11-11-13
    bookworm2bookworm Chi Town, IL USA 11-11-13 Member Since 2013

    Mel

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    "Great start to a series!"
    If you could sum up Thunder and Roses in three words, what would they be?

    Well-told
    Poignant
    Entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characterization of every character in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which the heroine meets the hero for the first time is very memorable. I loved the way they conversed in that scene and how they went after one another.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, but as always what we want and what we can do is sometimes not one and the same. I managed to listen to it within three days.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the narration a lot. I was actually glad that the narrator had only slight nuances between male and female voices. I hate when a male/female narrators butcher the dialogue by sounding 'cartoonish' as they try to sound male/female.

    Job well done by Peter Bishop!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Chandler, AZ, United States 01-12-14
    Annette Chandler, AZ, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved the intrgue"
    Would you listen to Thunder and Roses again? Why?

    Yes, because a good romance novelist now-a-days is hard to find. I look forward to listening to Book 2.


    Any additional comments?

    .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gash 01-10-14
    Gash 01-10-14

    Avid reader/listener.

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    "Sweet Welsh fantasy with Romany lore"

    Can unbelievable characters be engaging? If you suspend all disbelief, this is a fairly sweet romantic fantasy between two characters placed well out of time and drawn with a broad brush. Saved by Romany lore and the details of Welsh mining, the story pulled me along despite itself. Peter Bishop's reading tended to make all the characters sound juvenile, but then this isn't historical fiction, but pure romantic fiction, so it was just ok. Buy it on sale as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-19-13
    E. Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Perplexing!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but with a warning that it could get frustrating.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Jo Putney? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have several Putney novels in my library. However, I probably won't try another from this series, especially with this narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Bishop’s performances?

    Not likely.


    Could you see Thunder and Roses being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems that the author could not decide if this book should be a Christian romance (lots of references to Methodist church) or if it should be a typical historical/Regency romance. The heroine goes from removing herself from the congregation in order to keep peace to playing "strip billiards". The narrator's soft, monotonous voice ruined the hero's image as a hardened rake.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-03-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't wait for book 2"

    A sweet feel good story about love and forgiveness. I believe that people are often quick to judge and believe what they want to, even if the facts are not there to support it and this book gives good examples of this. Aside from that, I truly like the characters built in this story and the book kept me interested throughout. I did, however, find the last scenes, before the epilogue, truly touching since the characters' agony and emotions can be so clearly felt.
    The only part I did not like about the book was the scene after their love making where the heroine lost one of her closer friends and supporters but instead of truly grieving for him, she was more concerned about her relationship with the earl. Truly disappointing. It made the hero look weak and self-serving in the wake of a huge tragedy. That is perhaps why I gave this book a 4 instead of 5 stars. Well worth a credit though so enjoy!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel PETERSBURG, IL, United States 11-07-13
    Laurel PETERSBURG, IL, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hard to listen to"
    How could the performance have been better?

    There was no way to tell which character was speaking in the book because both lead characters sounded exactly the same. The hero sounded effeminate which really ruined the listening experience, especially since Nicholas was described as a "notorious rake". Oftentimes I couldn't tell whether it was Clare or Nicholas speaking. The book was confusing to listen to.


    Was Thunder and Roses worth the listening time?

    No. The book would be more enjoyable to read.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen North Providence, RI, United States 12-04-14
    Ellen North Providence, RI, United States 12-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A lot of interesting customs"
    What did you love best about Thunder and Roses?

    Claire's resolve


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicholas because there are so many facets to his personality and his sence of honor


    Which character – as performed by Peter Bishop – was your favorite?

    Nicholas


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would differently put this on my reread list

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Critic Ohio 04-18-14
    Ms. Critic Ohio 04-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the author's best effort"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could have improved my experience. The narrator was fine but the plot dragged and I was bored.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Jo Putney again?

    Yes, I have enjoyed many of her other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonna 04-15-14
    Jonna 04-15-14

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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    "Excellent love story with great characters"

    I really enjoyed this listen and am currently desperately searching for the rest of the "Fallen Angels" Series. I so appreciate an author who is able to provide the expected thrill of sexual romance within a plot structure that remains interesting beginning to end. Putney's characters are also interesting individual creations and not stock characters from the Romance genre's dusty closets. This story of the half-gypsy lord, Nicholas the "Demon Earl," who is embittered by a terrible betrayal and who lures schoolteacher Clare into his romantic trap in return for helping her village does not disappoint. I enjoyed the story's sexual thrills while watching the dynamic duo conspire together to overcome the evil mine overlord and change the village according to the vision that first led Clare to accept the Nicholas's odd proposal. Clare is such a flexible character that she fully participates in the rituals of Nicholas's romantic gypsy heritage and at the same time oversees his large house with the easy grace of one born to the task. One of the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Adamstown, Australia 03-15-14
    Jenny Adamstown, Australia 03-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another gem from MJP"
    Where does Thunder and Roses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful exploration of the relationship between a gentle man who has been wronged and the woman who comes to love him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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