It started with a stolen kiss …
Fiery Myriah Whitney is wild of nature, contrary, and independent. But when her father catches her kissing the handsome Sir Roland (how else is she to determine if he is the one who will make her feel thunder and lightning, hear bells and music?), he declares that her days of headstrong independence are over. She will, he commands, announce her engagement to Sir Roland—immediately.
But in an age where marriages are about alliances rather than affection, practicality not passion, Myriah wants more—she wants to fall in love. And she does not love Sir Roland. So she runs away to her grandfather with her faithful manservant, Tabson, at her side.
A wrong turn in the fog, however, leads to the discovery of an injured young man, and before she knows it Myriah is caught up in world of intrigue and secrets. And when she meets the young man’s older brother, the mysterious Lord Kit Wimborne, the sparks fly. Their first encounter—in his bed, both of them naked, no less!—is an explosion of wills, and it is what finally set Myriah on fire.
She has, it seems, finally found her thunder and lightning…
She lay staring in utter disbelief
at the stranger she was still holding in her arms
Lantern in hand, Kit moved upstairs to his bedchamber. He was surprised the drapes in his room had been pulled tight but was too tired to contemplate the mystery. He set the lit lantern on a side table and shrugged out of his clothes. He then picked up the lantern and made his way to his bed, setting the lantern on the nightstand. However, there he stopped short.
Someone with long, flaming ringlets of hair was lying face down, covered only to her waist—in his bed!
His first thought made him grin. His puppy of a brother had no doubt brought her home with him, but why would the rascal send her off to his bedchamber?
Drape mystery solved, and another one to contemplate.
“Now what to do with you, sweet,” he murmured. Grinning, as he thought, One shouldn’t infringe on one’s brother’s property—but really, Billy, why the devil did you put her in my bed? This question repeated itself, and still grinning, his lordship decided the only thing to do in such a situation was to wake her—his way!
He nibbled at her delicate ears and placed a warm kiss on her throat. She groaned pleasurably. The sound stimulated him, and he leaned over her and took her mouth with
What was once an innocent, if rollicking, regency romance has exploded with passion as Claudy Conn revisits Myriah Fire to turn up the heat.
No mewing coquette she, Myriah Whitney refuses to settle nicely into marriage as prescribed by the haut ton of British society. Born into wealth and privilege with both beauty and brains, Myriah is willfully holding out for a love match. Unfortunately, Myriah gets caught in what appears to be an amorous kiss with the eligible Sir Roland and rather than create a scene or acquiesce to a loveless marriage, Myriah chooses to slip away before an engagement can be announced.
The road Myriah takes from London turns out to be one of high adventure, when she comes across a young nobleman, bleeding to death with a bullet in his side. Myriah manages to get the youth safely to his manor and in the absence of servants tends his wounds. As innocent as she may be, Myriah quickly finds herself in yet another compromising position, when she wakes in the silken embrace of Lord Kit Winborne, the youth's older brother. Being mistaken for a bit-of-muslin might have proven devastating for a lesser soul, but this miss is anything but daunted. She rises from the encounter with dignity intact and proceeds to win the good Lord's heart.
Myriah may feel an instant attraction for Kit, but she already has suspicions that all is not well on the Winborne estate. Most of the servants are gone, the grounds have become overgrown, and then there is the mystery of how young William Winborne came by his bullet wound. The Winbornes seem to have fallen on hard times. Something dark and sinister hangs over their dealings and Myriah finds herself caught in the thick of it, unable to reveal her true identity, yet unwilling to return home and face her father's ire.
In order for true love to blossom and take root there is a price to be paid in honesty and trust, something neither Kit or Myriah can afford to give each other blindly. The passion and desire they feel only serves to confuse matters further as neither Myriah nor Kit can risk honesty, when more than their personal happiness stands to be lost. Matters become complicated further when Sir Roland discovers Myriah's whereabouts.
The addition of unbridled sexual passion to Myriah Fire's strong story brings dimensions of maturity and depth to the struggles faced by Myriah and Kit, without diminishing any of the innocence, joy or charm found in the original story. This revised version of Myriah Fire allows Claudy's regency followers to appreciate what her paranormal romance fans have discovered -mind bending eroticism.
A truly captivating tale with a blast of added sizzle, Myriah Fire will kindle the flames of your heart and burn up the night.Read more ›
I have to say that this story was as about as boring as it gets. There was no romance, just two people who wanted to have sex together. No building up the characters, or the plot. Ridiculous behavior from the heroine, inappropriate language for the time period. Basically, crap. This book was so bad, I couldn't finish it. I don't know the people who wrote rave reviews. All I can say is, "Really?"
1.5 Stars: would give one except I actually finished the story. The male lead may have had some redeemable qualities hidden under his rough exterior, but they weren't fleshed out enough to make me fall in love with him. And there was no "falling" just sex and boom there is love. I'm not an expert on the language of the day, but the dialog is old English until they have sex and then it becomes very modern. At least the ending was decent.
I saw all the great reviews and thought I would give this book a try. OMG, I am only half way through the book and I can't take any more. I never not finish a book. I hate to not finish a book. Were these people reading a different book then me? This book is so stupid. In those days if you took off like this, your life would be ruined, your reputation shot, done. Yet this girl, who is has never been with a man, runs off and within um I think one day, ends up in bed with the supposedly handsome, ex soldier, peer of the realm who has lost all his money, no servants to speak of and has turned into a smuggler. However, thank goodness he still has expensive "clean" clothes to look the part. Boring, boring and boring. There are too many good books out there to waste my time on this one. I am deleting it from my library.
I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. Claudy is a wonderful author, with detailed story telling that allows you to become part of the story. From beginning to end I was thoroughly entertained with this book, and hated for it to end. I would defintely recommend this to anyone who wants to be swept away to another time and place, to enjoy a great story. Claudy definitely has created a life long fan, and I can't wait to read more of her books.
Myriah flirts her way through a few seasons but cannot find a man she can love. While at a ball her father finds her kissing Lord Roland, a fellow who is deeply in debt. Mariah`s family is rich, and the nasty Roland is really wanting her money. But of course she is beautiful and he wouldn't mind bedding her -- at least for awhile.
Her father has spoiled her but decides she needs to marry Roland. Our heroine does act a tad spoiled, and she doesn't understand why women are not allowed to kiss a few men. Well duh -- this is the Regency period and she isn't Caroline Lamb.
So she runs away intending to go to her grandfather, but comes across a young man who has been shot. She takes him to his home and looks after him. Shortly after our hero arrives home. The older brother and Lord of the manor.
Kit is suspicious of our heroine, and she returns the compliment. He knows she is lying about her identity, and she thinks he is involved in smuggling.
There is basically an immediate physical attraction which the couple does not fight. She has sex with him and then knows she loves him.
Roland discovers where she is hiding and plans to force her to marry him. I won't give any spoilers, though I think most readers will have figured it out.
The characters were not fleshed out enough for me. Basically they were both good looking and both honorable people. She did look after the brother, and their relationship was written as one of their seeing each other in that light.
I did get a little tired of the use of cant. The characters sounded like teenagers trying to impress their peers. Did the writers of that period use those phrases? I don't think so-- unless it was a character being made to look foolish. Perhaps I am being overly particular.
This was a n OK story. I really couldn't get into the characters deeply. This was worth reading but I won't go back to it again.
Some may know Claudy Conn as Claudette Williams/Melanie Davis, two names she used when publishing her regency and historical romances, with Random House, Zebra and Doubleday.
Now as an Indie author, she has the freedom to step out of the formula and go with her characters wherever they take her.
We asked what does she do when she isn't writing and she tells us, she and her husband love hiking, swimming, traveling and playing with their variety of animals--wolf Cherokee and her now overgrown hybrid pup, Rocky the Man, included.
Her favorite things she says are, chocolate, fries and pizza. She loves to hear from her fans, so visit her at: www.claudyconn.com
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