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The Fire Inside [Mass Market Paperback]

Kat Martin
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29 Oct 2001
Bestselling author Kat Martin takes you into the glittering ballrooms and candlelit boudoirs of Regency-era England in a novel of seduction and secrets, and breathtaking romance.Kassandra "Kitt" Wentworth was no ordinary young woman. Headstrong and rebellious, this daughter of a viscount had no intention of obeying her father, submitting to a husband...or falling in love. But she never thought a man like Clayton Harcourt would pursue her. As the bastard son of a wealthy duke, Clay was no stranger to scandal. Taking a wife was not his plan, but Kitt's wild spirit drew him like a flame in the darkness, and the gossip swirling around her awakened a desire to tame and protect her. When Clay lays a trap for marriage, Kitt can't help but surrender to the passion he stirs within her. But will a secret from her past keep her from trusting her heart to the magnificent rogue who arouses her most burning desires?THE "FIRE" INSIDEBestselling author Kat Martin takes you into the glittering ballrooms and candlelit boudoirs of Regency-era England in a novel of seduction and secrets, and breathtaking romance.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (29 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743419154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743419154
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,048,791 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of story here 13 Aug 2002
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Kassandra Wentworth (aka Kitt) has suffered a trauma in her past that means she does not wish to marry - not anyone. She is known for being freespirited and impetuous and it is judged she is ripe for scandal to hit, so not many seem want to marry her except for her rather attractive dowry. Clayton Harcourt, bastard son of a wealthy duke, is not looking for a wife. Although the two have known each other for some time, Clay has become aware that he cannot wait until Kitt marries until he begins an affair with her - he will have to marry her himself. This unabashed rake therefore goes so far as to be responsible for her downfall - her reputation in tatters, she agrees to marry Clay.
Okay, pretty standard Regency Romance stuff, you think. And what's wrong with that, so long as it is well written and there is enough spark of originality contained within? How delightful, then, that this book offers even more. It is very densely written, and continues on where others might have left off, that is where we the reader knows how the central characters feel, certainly everyone else in the book does, and now the moment might be ripe for them to know it too. Instead the plot takes a sudden turn down a new path and the story thickens into a more satisfying mix. This deeper than usual treatment skilfully draws out the tale and turns a generic romance into something fuller with a great deal more adventure, flavour and style.
The characters are very well drawn, not only the central characters but also the supporting ones. Justin and Ariel's tale has already been told in 'Heartless', but it is not necessary to read that book before this one - the story is plenty strong enough to stand on it's own.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great regency romance 23 Feb 2002
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Get married or get sent to a convent, what a choice, Kassandra 'Kitt' Wentworth has to make. Kitt is a rebel who does not accept the rigid conventions of London in 1805. Clayton Harcourt is the bastard son of a duke who takes on the task of taming her and rescuing her from her various adventures.
Once again Kat Martin had written a story that will keep you entertained with her characters and waiting for her next story to be published.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 Jan 2005
By Donna K. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was way too long. The beginning and ending were action-filled and interesting, but the middle section just dragged along in a very frustrating direction.

As a modern woman, I immediately admired Kitt for her rebellion against her society's oppression towards women - she was intelligent and lively, not to be owned or dictated to by a man. She was found a perfect mate in Clay, who encouraged her free way of thinking, and rather than hold her back, he went along with her on all her adventures. Even the bickering between them, something I usually find very annoying in a romance novel, was appropriate - probably b/c it was short-lived and basically the two did show great respect towards each other. Having been raped as a teenager, Kitt was afraid of sex, and Clay was incredibly patient and tender towards her regarding this, slowly gaining her trust and helping her to understand her sexuality.

It's no wonder these two fell deeply in love. So then, why did Kitt leave Clay after just a few weeks of marriage, right after discovering that physcial intimacy was a beautiful way to express their deep love? Her reasoning 1) that he didn't really love her b/c he never said it in words, despite his every action showing how desperately in love with her he was - and 2) that one woman would never be enough for him, and eventually he would stray and she couldn't bear to share him - were ridiculous. And then when she finally came to her senses, Clay had heartened his heart in bitterness towards her. This conflict was so unnecessary, and torturously dragged the story down. A little communication, which would have been expected from two such outspoken characters, could have avoided this entire mess.

The action packed ending, when their lives were threatened by an enemy from their past, brought them to a greater understanding of their love for each other, and redeemed the story.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heatwarming and Rich Love Story 20 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was everything I could have wanted in a love story. The hero Clayton is a strong well-written romantic hero. He's handsome, attractive to women, and strong. Kassandra (Kitt)begins as headstrong, stubborn, and reckless. She later becomes a strong and mature woman.
There is romantic and sexual tension between these characters from the beginning of the book!! It actually begins in Heartless and carries over into their story. I read Heartless first, and I couldn't wait to read The Fire Inside to find out what happened. I was not disappointed.
Kitt leads Clay on a merry chase before a "compromising" position forces them to marry. Kitt has a secret from her past that threatens her marriage to Clay and forces her to decide whether or not to trust her husband. Clay hopes that by marrying Kitt he can control her recklessness as well as the burning passion he has for her. As each of them soon finds out, they both must find a way to come to terms with the undeniable feelings they have for each other.
This book captured my interest from the first page. The sexual tension is believable. The plot is just as believable, with many twists and turns. I didn't want this book to end. I wanted the story to go on and on.
My wish is that Adam Hawthorne, Lord Blackwood, will get his story next. He played an instrumental part in several scenes in the book, and he is begging to feel the snares of passion like Clayton and Kassandra.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Regency romance 27 Jan 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1805 London, the Ton concludes that Lady Kassandra "Kitt" Wentworth is too reckless for any respectable man to marry even if she is the daughter of a viscount. That is fine as far as Kitt is concerned as she refuses to bow to any male including her father just because society rigidly insists she must. Duh! Kitt believes that is all a female can expect from a nation ruled exclusively by males.

Clayton Harcourt, heir to a dukedom, has no plans to wed in the foreseeable future until he meets Kitt. He finds her wild behavior intoxicating, but he also sees beneath the veneer to her vulnerability. Clayton wants to hold her until she realizes that whatever her secret is that has forced her to don a mask of not caring what others think, his hugs will always be there. Though they fall in love, he worries about ever cracking the shell that keeps them from a lifetime of happiness.

Kat Martin, one of the top authors of Regency romances, enhances her high esteem of entertaining the sub-genre fans with her latest novel, THE FIRE INSIDE. The story line is exciting as Clayton sets his strategic goal, mounts a campaign, and deals with setbacks by revising his plan without losing sight of his mission. Though readers will want to adopt this caring hunk, Clayton's actions tend to limit the strife between he and Kitt. Still as only Ms. Martin can induce out of her audience, readers will feel Kitt's obvious defenselessness in spite of her shield, and hope she can finally open up to her beloved.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true romance story 25 May 2002
By hagobu namwenye - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was just lovely unlike most romances that always make us feel all the tension even before the characters developed i thought this had a little of everything although Clay and Kitt love each other and don't really acknowledge it the way the story is written it makes us understand why it is difficult for them to love and i have to say most of the time in most books it is hard to actually understand why the characters find it hard to commit but in this case we do understand i like Kat Martin but i think this is the best book by far.i feel confident in giving her all five stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Crazy Love Story 20 Mar 2002
By Tricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although I have not read the whole book, I just had to make a comment. This book is a page turner. This is the first time I read a book by Kat Martin and I love it. The characters are fun and the author always gets from one exciting scene that you're into, to the next scene, without making you wait for five chapters. I'm used to reading novels from Rosemary Rogers but became very bored because I probably just read too many of her books and they are becoming passionless. Anyway, the story between Clay and Kit is just plain fun. The love, the fear, the passion, the anger. I just cannot wait till the end. I love a happy ending, and I hope it is. Although the main character Kit can be annoying with her doubts, it doesn't distract from the rest of the story. It's fun the way the author allows you to catch both sides of what each character is thinking as well. I go home to my hubby feeling so warm and loving inside from reading this book. I can't wait to pick up another of her books. If they excite me, I'll probably have a collection full. :)
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