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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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Publisher's Summary

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 2015

    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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    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.

    4 of 5 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 2008
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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

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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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    Wes GRANBURY, TX, United States 01-03-14
    Wes GRANBURY, TX, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2014

    Wes & Jessie

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    "Intruiging Story, Poor Narrator Choice"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Bishop?

    Amanda Ronconi would be a hoot but I doubt this is her cup of tea. At least the story would have life and verve!


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

    No, but I enjoy reading steamy romances more than watching them.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the narrator put you off! Can't stand him? Read the Kindle version. Claire & Nicolas' story is worth the time.

    1 of 1 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 2014
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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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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-13-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-13-15 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "Good Book. Narration Just OK!"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi lover 03-27-15
    SciFi lover 03-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "The Narrator is horrible!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator. Narrator was monotone and effeminate.


    What other book might you compare Thunder and Roses to and why?

    An unlikely situation but both characters are interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Bishop?

    Anyone would have been better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate McMurry United States 01-16-15
    Kate McMurry United States 01-16-15

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    "One of Mary Jo Putney's best books, well narrated!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunder and Roses to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Peter Bishop’s performance did you like?

    He has a rich, pleasing voice and, as I mentioned above, he does a great job portraying all types of character personalities.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 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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