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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet (19 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451407415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451407412
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,425,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Jude Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Oct 2013
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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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By anne hamilton on 19 July 2014
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far fetched but a good read
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully, gritty & romantic medieval romance 30 Dec 2002
By BarkLessWagMore (Horror After Dark Crew Member) - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
... 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
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not Ryan's Best Effort 2 April 2001
By Judith H. Anderson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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.
A warrior's heart and soul 18 April 2014
By Linda Elliott - Published on
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Finally a book about a warrior, his heart, feelings and soul. Ryan touches on something we don't often see with the warrior's and lords of olden days - they are so secure and unfeeling as other books make them out. I was looking for something a bit different and this was it. A strong woman with a mere man that stumbled on his feelings, yet wanting love given freely. I read it in one day - couldn't put it down. I will be looking for more books by this author.
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