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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of story here, 13 Aug 2002
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K. Newman "krazykmcd" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fire Inside (Mass Market Paperback)
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.
I enjoyed Martin's weaving of this tale, in particular the range of her characters and that Kitt was no doormat - although she got into scrapes, she also gave a hand in her rescue, and that she still made mistakes and was by no means perfect. There is one essential part to the plot - I cannot divulge it without spoiling it, so I won't - but I would be interested to see if other readers wonder, as I do, if it truly was in Kitt's make-up to take that action. Certainly it drives the story forward, so I can see why it is done. Further, her belief in her flawed information means that such action may well be possible. But it does strike me that someone as fiery as Kitt, as likely to fly in the face of convention, would not have taken this action. This small doubt has made me settle on four stars, but it did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book because I could see it's justification. I am very much looking forward to catching up with Kitt and Clay and the rest again in Adam's story, 'Fanning the Flame'.
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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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This review is from: The Fire Inside (Mass Market Paperback)
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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