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!
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.
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.
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