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Night Fires [Kindle Edition]

Karen Harbaugh
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Enter a midnight world of dark seduction and unquenchable desire, of sinful pleasure and breathtaking intrigue—where amid the flames of war and the immortal thirst of two irresistible lovers, an alliance is born that would burn forever....

NIGHT FIRES

Beautiful and damned, Simone de la Fer roamed the French nights as a vampire. A reluctant immortal, she thought she’d never again taste the bittersweet pleasures of mortal love—until she met an enigmatic human spy she found impossible to resist. Haunted by his own violent past, Michael Corday arrived from England on a secret mission. On a starlit highway he found his life changed forever by a creature of the night unlike any he’d ever encountered. Unable to deny their destiny, they traveled together through the
Parisian underworld on a dangerously erotic journey to right a terrible wrong—even as they were stalked by a merciless hunter intent on destroying them. For theirs was a passion so taboo, it had been forbidden by human and vampire alike; so sinful, it could only be paradise. And they would risk eternal damnation to taste it just once again...


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Simone de la Fer paid a high price for youthful indiscretion. Forced into a vampire's world of darkness, she uses the powers of her curse to help victims of the French Revolution. British spy Michael Corday lives a dark life of his own, though one forged from childhood scars. The two join forces to complete their respective missions, never dreaming each would be the other's salvation. This story would be noteworthy enough for its female vampire, a rarity in the romance world, but Harbaugh paints a poignant portrait of all forms of faith lost and reclaimed, and of redemption, against a richly detailed canvas of the chaos of turn-of-the-nineteenth-century France. The only disappointment is that there is no evidence that Harbaugh plans to further elaborate on the concept and culture of vampirism set forth in this book in the near future, although one can always hope. Nina Davis
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Enter a midnight world of dark seduction and unquenchable desire, of sinful pleasure and breathtaking intrigue?where amid the flames of war and the immortal thirst of two irresistible lovers, an alliance is born that would burn forever....

NIGHT FIRES

Beautiful and damned, Simone de la Fer roamed the French nights as a vampire. A reluctant immortal, she thought she?d never again taste the bittersweet pleasures of mortal love?until she met an enigmatic human spy she found impossible to resist. Haunted by his own violent past, Michael Corday arrived from England on a secret mission. On a starlit highway he found his life changed forever by a creature of the night unlike any he?d ever encountered. Unable to deny their destiny, they traveled together through the
Parisian underworld on a dangerously erotic journey to right a terrible wrong?even as they were stalked by a merciless hunter intent on destroying them. For theirs was a passion so taboo, it had been forbidden by human and vampire alike; so sinful, it could only be paradise. And they would risk eternal damnation to taste it just once again...

Product Details

  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553584189
  • Publisher: Dell (December 2, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJDV6
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2.0 out of 5 stars More Like a Flicker Than a Blaze June 15, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I completely agree with the reviewer that said there is absolutely no reason to make Simone a vampire. The only purpose it serves is to turn this character into an unpleasant, humorless walking pity party. Night Fires would have worked better as a straigh forward historical for all the impact the vampire gimmick made on the story.
As others have said, this takes place during the choas and terror of the French Revolution. Simone returns to her family estate to find the family that turned their backs on her murdered. She slays the killers, and then runs off to church to beg forgiveness. The priest instructs her to dedicate her life to help other flee from the agents of the revolution. Hence, Simone becomes La Flamme, a Scarlet Pimpernel minus the brains clone, dedicated to rescuing imprisoned aristocrats. At the same time, the English government sends over a spy named ..er... I'm drawing a blank... let me check... (I just finished the book an hour ago) yes... Micheal Corday to seek out and assasinate the one financing a revolutionary movement in England.
As a historical spy romance, the book is also a dud. Simone is again the problem. For someone who risks danger at every turn, she sure is stupid and ineffective as a spy. I can't see why a seasoned expert like Corday is so adament that he must enlist the help of La Flamme when he isn't sure can trust a third party and Simone is more of a help than a hinderance. In fact, if Corday just went to Paris without her, the book would have been finished in a third of the time and we'd all be spared Simone's endless self-flagellation. She's cursed, she's evil, she's wicked, she must suffer, she must wear a hairsuit, and she must give us every detail of her pain and agony because we must suffer along with her.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 31, 2003
By Wm19
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a great book. Usually I don't read books about French Revolutionary times, but I liked Karen Harbaugh's previous Regency romances, and this plot turned out to be engaging and cool. Unlike other vampire books, in this novel, the heroine is the vampire, and vampirism isn't glorified the way it is in other books. Instead, becoming human again is something possible and sought for. If you only want to read about sexy/scary immortal male vampires, then this isn't the book for you. If you want to read about a strong woman who made a mistake when she was young and now uses her vampiric powers to save people from the Revolution and how her good deeds allow her to win back her humanity, find true love, and live happily ever after, then this is the book for you. The heroine is smart, determined and has a nifty disguise. The hero is more than a match for the vampiress and as an assassin, he's very cool under pressure. They had great chemistry. The plot was very realistic, in the way they interacted, travelled, etc., and author's description of that period. What I enjoyed the most was the surprise twist in the ending involving the children. I highly recommend this. I don't read historical romance anymore, but this book is definitely a keeper. I will buy the sequel as soon as it comes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely teriffic December 2, 2003
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When Simone de la Fer reaches her family's Chateau in Normandy in 1793 she discovered that her family was slaughtered by the citizens who hated the aristocrats. Being a vampire she killed them all and then confesses to her priest who gave her an unusual penance. She is to rescue as many people from the Reign of Terror as possible and only kill in self-defense. Her prowess soon earns her the hatred of the board of the committee of public safety who put a price on the head of La Flamme as she is known.
Simone's path crosses that of Michael Corday, a British spy dispatched to Paris to assassinate the person who has killed several British agents and wants to bring the revolution to England. Simone hopes to redeem herself and regain her humanity and sees this opportunity by succeeding in their respective missions. Danger stalks them from Normandy to Paris and it is only due to Simone's powers that they have a chance of carrying out what looks to be mission impossible.
NIGHT FIRES is a very special vampire romance starring a protagonist who believes she can be redeemed through good works, and a hero who accepts her for what she is and falls in love with her. Readers who crave something different and unique will want to read this historical supernatural romance that is filled with intrigue and action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual May 22, 2008
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I am almost finished reading this book and don't want it to end. Ms. Harbaugh draws you in to her world like the trademark trance of the vampire. Her descriptions are vivid, and Corday is as sensual as they come. Both characters are flawed, Simone is a Vampire and Corday an assasin, both deal in death. Together they find comfort. There is humor and lust, along with raw emotions.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, and admire the author's writing style.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH MORE January 3, 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know they put reviews by famous authors on the front and inside covers of books to catch your attention and get you to buy books and sometimes it even works. More often than not I end up wondering if those authors have actually read the book. But hold the phone! This one delivers!!! It is so much more than a vampire story. A wonderful love story and, even though it takes place during the horror of the French revolution, a story of hope and redemption. If you're looking for an exciting, funny, sexy, tear jerker with a different twist, give it a shot. You won't be disappointed. This one is going on my keeper shelf.
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