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!
Yes, because a good romance novelist now-a-days is hard to find. I look forward to listening to Book 2.
I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!
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.
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.
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.
No. The book would be more enjoyable to read.
I don't think anything could have improved my experience. The narrator was fine but the plot dragged and I was bored.
Yes, I have enjoyed many of her other books.
I would not recommend this book.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
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!
One of the best
A wonderful exploration of the relationship between a gentle man who has been wronged and the woman who comes to love him.
I am an avid reader. I read during my commute to and from work each day, on the plane when I travel and instead of watching TV.
The set-up for this book is a really good one. It has all the factors that make a romance good - a hot and troubled earl, a smart and socially conscious woman, and a village that needs saving. Sparks fly early and often in this book. I found it to be entertaining and enjoyable. It's no wonder it is an award recipient!
Clare Morgan, a Welsh Methodist minister’s daughter, had always admired Nicolas Davies, more commonly referred to as the Gypsy Earl. It’s been four years since Nicolas had left for the continent after a notorious scandal. The gossips talked said that after catching Nicolas in bed with his young bride his grandfather dropped dead of a heart attack, and Nicolas’ own wife was so distressed that she raced away from Nicolas and died in a carriage accident. Whether or not it was true, Clare wouldn’t judge. What Clare wanted was to beard the earl in his den to beg for his help.
Nicolas had no intention of staying at Aberdale and only returned to break the entail and never return to the place that had caused him so much pain ever again. Refusing all of Clare’s stubborn entreaties to help the villagers and after Clare said she would ‘do anything’ to convince him to help out – Nicolas just wanted to get rid of her. Knowing Clare was a ‘good Methodist daughter’ Nicolas tossed out an offer he never thought she’d accept. The bargain – Clare would move into his castle and stay there for a period of three months. He would not do anything she didn’t want – but she would have to kiss him at least once per day! Knowing that just by moving in with him would totally ruin her pristine reputation - Nicolas thought she’d run screaming away! To his great surprise, Clare agreed feeling the ruination of her reputation would be a small price to pay if it meant that her friends and neighbors would benefit by the help they sorely needed.
*** It’s been quite a while since I first read THUNDER AND ROSES, Book #1 of the Fallen Angel series, and it was just as wonderful an experience as the very first time I read it. Only this time I let someone else read it to me as I listened on my iPod. As you can guess, Mary Jo Putney has been one of my all-time favorite authors and having the opportunity to listen to this much loved book by Putney and performed so well by Peter Bishop was truly enjoyable.
Nicolas was a great leading man - so angry and bitter over the hand dealt him when his gypsy mother sold him for a bag of gold guineas to his stern and hard-nosed grandfather. At 8 years old all he really needed was someone to love him after the betrayal of his very own mother. Unfortunately, it was not to be but what he did find were school chums who later became known throughout London as the brash and wild Fallen Angels. After the scandal that forced him from the Earl’s seat four years, he truly wanted to sell the pile of stones and break the entail. However, Ms Putney in her wisdom, gave him Clare - not the most beautiful woman, but perhaps one of the most stubborn who was out to make him take charge of his destiny and do right by the villagers who were in need of his influence and largesse.
Putney not only put Clare on to Nicolas’ path of redemption, but clever wordsmith that she is, she also put a few bumps in the road to make this more than just a romance between a rogue and an innocent. No she added in several obstacles to overcome, including accidents, attempted murders and some very humorous and enjoyable moments of Nicolas’ attempted seductions of Clare.
Bottom line: There is so much more to describe, but that would take all the fun out you reading it for yourself to fully enjoy and understand the magic that comes from such a talented wordsmith as Mary Jo Putney. THUNDER AND ROSES is a book to savor, save and reread many more times.
Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com
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