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
I enjoyed the characterization of every character in the book.
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.
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.
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!
Maybe, but with a warning that it could get frustrating.
Yes. I have several Putney novels in my library. However, I probably won't try another from this series, especially with this narrator.
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.
Yes, because a good romance novelist now-a-days is hard to find. I look forward to listening to Book 2.
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.
Wes & Jessie
The narrator, while well spoken, nearly ruined this story for me. He failed to convey more than a modicum of emotion throughout the majority of the novel and made well written characters seem almost flat.
Amanda Ronconi would be a hoot but I doubt this is her cup of tea. At least the story would have life and verve!
No, but I enjoy reading steamy romances more than watching them.
Don't let the narrator put you off! Can't stand him? Read the Kindle version. Claire & Nicolas' story is worth the time.
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!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I`m usually not too fond of stories where the heroine is forced into relationships through blackmail by the hero. The premise of this book sounded as if this was what it was about. Luckily the hero wanted to ruin the heroines reputation (which is bad enough and would be a disaster back then) - he didn`t want to force her into any sexual relations apart from a kiss a day.
Nicholas, the hero, doesn`t trust women and for good reason. He doesn`t believe Clare and her good and honest motives because he doesn`t think women can have good and honest motives. After a while he starts trusting her motives but that makes him want her even more and he finds it hard to let her go. Luckily Clare doesn`t want to go either.
Nicholas is half Rom, which was an intriguing part of the story, but I felt there was made too much out of him being half "gypsy" - as if it makes him an entirely different person.
Clare was a perfect heroine. She wanted to do good and she wanted to be devout but struggled in silence with her faith. She still sacrificed herself for the safety of her fellow villagers and that endeared me so much to her. It was hard not to love her and wish her happiness.
The narrator Peter Bishop was just OK. At times it difficult to tell which character was speaking in the book because both lead characters sounded exactly the same
The book was bit confusing to listen to for this reason.
Different narrator. Narrator was monotone and effeminate.
An unlikely situation but both characters are interesting.
Anyone would have been better.
It's an enthralling way to re-experience a classic book by a gifted author. For an audiobook to work well, the book itself must be outstandingly enough written to not just survive but prosper under the microscopic exposure of being read out loud at a quarter of the speed of silent reading to oneself. Thunder and Roses passes that test with flying colors. In addition, the narrator must be a good performer, able to convincingly portray every kind of character, from old to young, male or female, and often different nationalities. Peter Bishop is a terrific vocal performer who delivers fully on all these counts.
Nicholas Davies, the half-Gypsy, "Demon" earl, is a wonderful hero. He's a classic, "dark and dangerous," wounded hero. The pairing of him with a Welsh village schoolteacher, the heroine, Clare Morgan, is absolutely wonderful. They are two very strong protagonists who are extremely well matched.
He has a rich, pleasing voice and, as I mentioned above, he does a great job portraying all types of character personalities.
A Welsh Methodist minister's daughter confronts a bitter, half-gypsy earl, who cares nothing for the responsibility he owes to the ancient title he's inherited, and demands that he rescue the local villagers from poverty.
I am a long-time, avid fan of Mary Jo Putney, and I was delighted to find such an outstanding audio recording of this book, which is one of my favorite historical romance novels by this brilliant author.
Nicholas because there are so many facets to his personality and his sence of honor
I would differently put this on my reread list
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