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Heart of Fire (Thorndike Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 18 Jun 2008


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  • Hardcover: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (18 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410407632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410407634
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,270,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, Larry Jay Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written over thirty bestselling novels, including Historical, Romantic Suspense, and Contemporary. Over ten million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in a dozen foreign countries. Among her many awards, Kat has won the prestigious Romantic Times Magazine Career Achievement Award. She is currently working on her next novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on 2 May 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Coralee Whitmore doesn't believe for one moment that her beloved sister has committed suicide, let alone taken her baby with her. That could only mean foul play and Coralee is determined to find the murderer.

Disguised as a poor relation, Coralee infiltrates the household of the notorious Earl of Tremaine -the man she believes is the babies illegitimate father. There she will stop at nothing to discover the truth of what happened to her sister.

But what she finds doesn't precisely clear up any questions. In fact the longer she stays the more susceptible she becomes to the Earl's charms, no matter how much she despises his rakish lifestyle.

Good book with exceptions. I thought the characters were well fleshed out and the story carried enough momentum to keep me flipping the pages. The attraction between Corrie and Gray is immediate and builds through out the book. Also the murder plot is rather interesting even though I didn't particularly care for the villain one way or the other. And I do believe that the entire premise of having Corrie pull off the disguise (fooling all those people) was a bit too far fetched (but hey its a romance!). An entertaining book, but not something that I'd call a shelf keeper. Might want to get this one at the library instead.

Since I didn't read the prequel, Heart of Honor, I can't comment there. But it does sound interesting - a viking? hero in Victorian England who comes from an isolated island where he lives with other 'warriors' like they did hundreds of year ago? Okaaaaay. But heck, I'm open to something new!

So this book can be read as a stand alone. Nothing spectacular, but a good way to spend an afternoon. Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2 1/2 stars - Good, but Not Very Original 3 Jan. 2008
By Corrine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Coralee Whitmore, a viscount's daughter, is used to ferreting out the truth in her job at Heart to Heart, the ladies' gazette she edits, so when her half-sister supposedly commits suicide, Coralee will except no less than the truth. Her quest takes her to Castle-on-Avon and into the home of primary suspect Grayson Forsythe, Earl of Tremaine, a reknowned rake whose wife was killed in the same river as Corrie's sister. Posing as a poor relation whose older husband has abandoned her, she moves in, much to the chagrin of Gray's sister-in-law Rebecca. Gray, a brooding widower, is intrigued by his distant cousin's country wife, and offers to make her his mistress, which she declines. When her true identity is revealed, however, they both have to resign themselves to the fact that the people they believed they cared for weren't real as they are forced into marriage.

On paper, all of the proper elements are there and had this just been a stand-alone, I would say it was decent, but not a keeper. However, for those who have read Heart of Honor, Krista & Leif's story, when comparing the two I feel that Heart of Fire feels almost forced and falls flat. The chemistry at the beginning of the story is wonderful, but once Gray and Corrie marry, the awkwardness between them isn't resolved well and ruins the last half of the book. Also, there were a few plot elements that bothered me and made the supposedly intelligent Corrie seem TSTL. For instance, when your life is in danger, you probably should not strike out for London at night just because your husband has injured your feelings. Though I realize that pivotal parts of the plot take place in London, it seems that Ms. Martin could have found a smarter way to get them there. Over all, an okay book that you don't necessarily have to read to follow the series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unsure how I feel about this one 12 Jun. 2008
By Tams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book left me feeling very unsure at the end.

First, the heroine lies and manipulates her way into the hero's home in order to prove he is her sister's murderer. Now this is kind of unbelievable. If you suspect someone of being a murderer do you really want to live in their home, and do something to make them potentially angry with you like...I don't know.... deceiving them into taking you in.

Second, the hero lets her stay even though he suspects she is not being forth coming. I assume this is to make the hero appear more intelligent since he is being completely duped, but do you really want to invite someone into your home and expose your family to a person whose motives are suspect.

Third, this leaves a big forgiveness scenario, and I'm not certain the heroine did enough to endear herself to the hero to achieve the forgiveness she receives. That is the reason I gave this book 3 stars.
The hero compromises the heroine and has to make it right despite the fact he has been deceived, but what did the heroine do deserve the hero's forgiveness. I am sort of on the fence on this one.

It seems the most these characters have is passion.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Disguised Heart...................3 1/2 stars 10 Jan. 2008
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Coralee Whitmore doesn't believe for one moment that her beloved sister has committed suicide, let alone taken her baby with her. That could only mean foul play and Coralee is determined to find the murderer.

Disguised as a poor relation, Coralee infiltrates the household of the notorious Earl of Tremaine -the man she believes is the babies illegitimate father. There she will stop at nothing to discover the truth of what happened to her sister.

But what she finds doesn't precisely clear up any questions. In fact the longer she stays the more susceptible she becomes to the Earl's charms, no matter how much she despises his rakish lifestyle.

Good book with exceptions. I thought the characters were fleshed out well and the story carried enough momentum to keep me flipping the pages. The attraction between Corrie and Gray is immediate and builds through the book. Also the murder plot is rather interesting even though I didn't particularly care for the villain one way or the other. And I do believe that the entire premise of having Corrie pull off the disguise (fooling all those people) was a bit too far fetched (but hey its a romance!). An entertaining book, but not something that I'd call a shelf keeper. Might want to get this one at the library instead.

Since I didn't read the prequel, Heart of Honor, I can't comment there. But it does sound interesting - a viking? hero in Victorian England who comes from an isolated island where he lives with other 'warriors' like they did hundreds of year ago? Okaaaaay. But heck, I'm open to something new!

So this book can be read as a stand alone. Nothing spectacular, but a good way to spend an afternoon. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Heart of Fire? I don't think so. 6 May 2008
By Danielle P. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Heart of fire is the story of Corrie Whitmore and Gray Forsythe. On the surface, the story could have been good. The mystery of what happened to Corrie's sister Laurel kept me intrigued. However, the author was very stingy with the details.
After her sister is found dead and accused of committing suicide and murdering her own child in the process, Coralee decides to leave fashionable London society to ferret out the truth. She knows her sister could not have done such a thing. So hearing rumors about an alleged affair, she heads to Castle-On-Avon determined to find out if Lord Tremaine seduced then murdered her sister.
Of course, she can't go there as herself, so she poses as his long-lost cousin's abandoned wife. A poor country girl with no education but a killer body and beautiful face. Tremaine is instantly taken with the woman and is determined to seduce her, even though he is in mourning for the wife he lost nearly four years ago.
Corrie (posing as Letty) whittles her way into the estate, searching for clues that would point to her sister's murderer. She is infatuated by Tremaine, though apparently every man in this book is Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp. She's apparently never met a man she didn't think was attractive.
For about two hundred pages, the story goes nowhere, just this stalemate between the hero and heroine; will he seduce her, will she capitulate. Until one day, she runs out, because that is what immature heroines do, in the middle of a storm and is injured. And of course Gray went out and found her, and because she was injured, he could not risk getting her back to the estate, so they found a small shack and literally, shacked-up.
Here she's been at this estate for...? I don't know, the author was not very keen on time, but let's just say a month and a half, and all of a sudden her father shows up. Which means, Corrie's cover is blown, she is not the country bred wife of his cousin which had not discouraged him from seducing her, she is the daughter of an Earl or Viscount or something.
Marriage!
Understandably, Gray is hurt and angry over the ruse, and so is determined to make her life hell. He becomes crude and crass, relating to some degree of his lovemaking with her to his own family. Gentleman? I think not.
The obligatory heroine running away even though her life was being threatened, and the ensuing chase. This story was so routine, yet there were times when one was really interested. The baby farms where small babies were essentially taken to die, and the determining who and what killed Laurel. The author just got a bit lazy, I think, directing the love-connection that she really missed a great opportunity to tell a decent story.
As i said, when the author told us what happened to Laurel, you just shook your head and said, I would have never figured that out.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kat Martin has written better novels 25 Jan. 2008
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Usually I enjoy Kat Martin's books, usually the heroines are fresh and the heroes dashing. This novel fell flat. Coralee Whitmore is absolutely convinced that the Earl of Tremaine is guilty not only of fathering her sister's illegitimate child but also of murdering them. She believes this based on only hearsay because no one ever saw them together.

Coralee is going to avenge her sister's death, to accomplish this she needs to infiltrate the Earl's castle, so she presents herself as a poor relative, Letty, who married a distant cousin of the Earl. Grayson Forsythe, Earl of Tremaine, accepts Coralee's story but is still very suspicious of her. Coralee is by nature independent and bold and now must present herself as meek and subservient. She sometimes forgets herself in this role and her true colors come out only to confuse Grayson.

As time passes Coralee realizes the Earl did not have an affair with her sister but is convinced someone else in the castle did. Grayson is falling for Letty and one night they succumb to passion. Unfortunately, Coralee's father finds them together and suddenly Coralee is exposed and forced into marriage with the Earl.

The Earl's anger is understandable; after all he has been duped. Coralee is aware of his hostility but still on the quest to find her sister's killer. Coralee is reckless and a bit immature and her expectations are of a teenager and not of a 22 year old. Her reporting skills leave much to be desired and for a smart girl, how intelligent is it to explore hidden dark places by yourself without telling anyone of your whereabouts? Coralee has trouble making up her mind too, when Gray hurts her feelings, she runs back to London to stay with friends, even though she declares that she is truly in love with him.

The premise of the mystery was good and so was the hero. He just deserved a worthy heroine.
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