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Secret Thunder (Lords of Conquest) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Ryan , P.B. Ryan
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Young Faithe of Hauekleah, widowed by the conquering Normans, is horrified to learn that they’ve given her hand in marriage, and therefore her estate, to one of their own: the notorious Luke de Périgueux, a Norman soldier known as the Black Dragon for his ruthlessness against her people. She could refuse the marriage, but that would mean losing her ancestral farmstead, an even worse prospect than giving herself to some Norman devil. Although determined to keep her lord husband at a distance, Faithe finds herself losing her heart as she comes to know the man within the beast--but before long, it becomes all too apparent that the Black Dragon is hiding a dark and terrible secret.

The paperback edition made the Ingrams A-List of Top 50 Requested Titles for three weeks.

“A marvelous love story from the queen of medieval romance. I will buy anything she writes! Once again Patricia Ryan dazzles us with her amazing storytelling abilities. This is as good as it gets. If you only read one historical romance this year, it should be Secret Thunder!” The Literary Times

“Patricia Ryan continues to create superb medieval romances that capture the atmosphere and tenor of the time. Ms. Ryan breathes freshness into every page and enthralls readers with the power of her characters’ emotions and their intelligent handling of the complex situations. She is a wonderful writer whose talent continues to enchant readers.” Romantic Times

“Secret Thunder is a superb medieval romance that is so well written it will not remain a secret amongst the genre’s fans for very long. Patricia Ryan brings startling freshness to this historical period.” Affaire de Coeur

“Ms. Ryan has penned a totally absorbing tale with complicated situations and complex, compelling characters. The poignant relationship between Faithe and Luke is achingly beautiful, as a woman’s love redeems a tortured man. I loved everything about this book—it’s full-bodied, like vintage wine. Brava, Ms. Ryan. It’s the best book yet!!” The Old Book Barn Gazette

“Patricia Ryan is a master, blending rich historical detail and poignant emotions, making the era come alive in an honest, seamless story. Brilliant!” RomEx Review

About the Author:

Patricia Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen romances and mysteries, including the #1 national bestseller Still Life With Murder. Her novels have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries. A RITA® winner (for Silken Threads) and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for the second book of her historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney, which she wrote under the name P.B. Ryan. Pat’s Evil Twin, Pamela Burford, is also a published romance novelist.

To find out more about Patricia Ryan’s award-winning romances and romantic suspense, including special projects, excerpts, and sneak previews, subscribe to her email newsletter by visiting Most issues features free and deeply discounted ebooks by Patricia and other bestselling romance and mystery authors.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2625 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books; 2 edition (7 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4KW3A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sent me scurrying to read all her other books... 26 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Unlike the other reviewer, I just accepted the plot devices that delayed the consumation of their relationship. In my opinion you can't just have "wham bam thank you mam" in a historical romance! Got to build up that old sexual tension and Patricia Ryan's sex scenes are smokin' - that's why I HAVE to read the rest. Ok, sometimes you want to bang the hero and heroine's heads together and the reasons for their continuing separation become a little forced (that's why it's only 4 stars), but it's a minor complaint. In a genre with so much dross, this book is refreshingly realistic and a real page turner. Well worth the money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 23 Oct. 2013
By Jude Faulkner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Thought the plot a bit unbelivable as the female lead is forced to marry a Norman and then he doesn't ravish her as he wants her to love him first??? Not feasable in the real medieval world. Not for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 19 July 2014
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far fetched but a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully, gritty & romantic medieval romance 30 Dec. 2002
By BarkLessWagMore (Horror After Dark Crew Member) - Published on
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... As the author note states this is a true beauty and the beast story. One where the love of a strong woman saves the soul of the beastly creature she has somehow fallen for. Although the hero in SECRET THUNDER isn't hideously deformed (in fact he is a gorgeous male specimen) he more than fits the bill of the beast as the reader discovers right off the bat.
He is Luke de Periguerix, AKA the Black Dragon, a fearsome Norman warrior known for his ruthlessness on the battlefield. Fortunately, for the reader, underneath all of the brawn and ruthlessness lies a man with a kind heart whose biggest dream after facing (and committing) the worst atrocities of war is to live out the rest of his life quietly on a farm.
She is Faithe, a widowed Saxon woman, strong of heart and mind. She's a woman who loves her home so fiercely she is willing to marry the enemy in order to keep it.
Once married the two are fiercely attracted to each other but naturally have reservations about forming any kind of relationship. Just as things begin to fall into place for them a secret Luke wishes to remain buried comes back to haunt him and threatens their budding relationship.
The story starts out crudely and contains some very gruesome scenes. This is one author who does not pretty up the blood and brutality of the times she is writing about. But don't let this put you off; Ms. Rice balances the gore and darkness with many moments of compassion, beauty and light.
This book is sensual, very sensual and although the story line might sound familiar to many romance readers it features a very unique heroine. She's a widow who, imagine this, has enjoyed sex before she meets the hero! This, among many other things, endeared me to her and made for some very racy and exciting scenes. It also made her a real person in my eyes. I'm a little tired of the virginal heroine (be she a widow or not). Faithe was a nice change of pace.
The descriptions of life at the time are done so well you'll be sweating alongside the characters as they shear the sheep in the sweltering sun, you'll smell the stench of blood and grime on the unwashed bodies after battle. Ms. Rice is just so darn good you'll feel like you're there.
The plot does have a tendency to rely on misunderstandings between both characters. This is something that usually bugs me but because the writing is so exciting and realistic this didn't mar my enjoyment at all. I think it's because the reasons for the misunderstandings were valid and honorable rather than silly, petty things. I didn't feel like slapping anyone silly because I understood their reasons for not coming clean. I felt like crying for them both because of their predicaments.
The characterization (especially Luke's) is absolutely stunning. I've got to admit that after the first few chapters this is one beast that I was bound and determined to hate and I was ready to put the book aside but I'm so glad I continued reading. Ms. Rice's talented hand made him human and compassionate and, believe me, it was no easy feat with this hero! SECRET THUNDER might make you queasy, it might make you cry and it might even make you laugh. Which when you come down to it is the reason many of us read fiction ~ to be swept away and drawn into another place and time, even if we wouldn't want to stay there. These are all things this book fully delivers.
If you are a medieval fan, a beauty and the beast fan, or just like a really well told story that packs an emotional wallop SECRET THUNDER is most definitely worth a few hours of your precious reading time
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Ryan's Best Effort 2 April 2001
By Judith H. Anderson - Published on
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Patricia Ryan is a good author, but the plot of this book is nonsense from start to finish. First off, I simply cannot buy into a conquering Norman soldier in 1066 refusing to consumate his marriage and secure his right to the land until the lady "cares" for him. Silly beyond belief. Then, the mystery part of the plot has a HUGE, gaping hole. Supposedly the murderer of her first husband is the owner of a pin found at the site house of a dead prostitute. Well it never occurs to Faithe that prostitutes are visited by large numbers of men, and that pin could have been dropped by anyone days earlier. Why suppose the murderer dropped it? Is there blood on it or something? No. All Alex had to do to cover up Luke's murder was to say: "Hey, that's my pin. Sure, I visited that prostitute. So did half the Norman army. But that doesn't mean I killed her." The pin is not proof and means nothing and Faithe never even thinks of that possiblity. Instead, she is running around England in 1066 looking for the owner of the pin. Nonsense from start to finish. Ryan has written better books. Try any of those instead of this drivel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Likable characters and a good story 29 May 2011
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I enjoyed this book. The hero and heroine were both likable and the plot was suspenseful. There were some funny moments, too. During the first couple of chapters, I must have laughed out loud at least five or six times. Four stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 9 Oct. 2014
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Faithe and Luke - If you like Patricia Ryan and the magic she weaves then reading Secret Thunder is a must! Faithe's second marriage and her saving grace and Luke the principled, honorable but tortured nice guy/ hero. You end up loving them both, groaning in frustration, clapping in glee and giggling in delight! A must read....get it now! You won't regret it. The character development is masterful and the story is spun with magic.
4.0 out of 5 stars good read! 26 Dec. 2014
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This is a great series of books! Like all books there is a point of slow down and then it kicks in and is exciting again! The story line is consistent and we'll written. From time to time I question the syntax and chosen words but this doesn't take away from the story. The characters are well developed and engaging. All in all, I recommend these books for any reader who loves a good romance set in the 1100's
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