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Silk And Steel Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 2000

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312972814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312972813
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

An 18th-century hero, Lucien Raphael Montaine, fifth Marquess of Litchfield, wants to marry an affable woman to have his children, grace his table and not challenge him in any way. Lucien wants to create a life different from his parents': his mother, a spirited woman, ran off with another man, and his father died by his own hand. Fate enters Lucian's life in the form of Kathryn Grayson, a lively, intelligent runaway from a madhouse where her uncle committed her so he could spend her considerable fortune. Kathryn has a passion for medicine--an unorthodox pastime for a Georgian lady--and likes nothing better than analyzing cadavers and mixing potions. Stubborn Lucien can't fight his attraction to Kathryn, and despite his reservations, he agrees to marry her to thwart her uncle. Gradually, Lucien softens and accepts her vocation, and she learns to understand his needs. Unfortunately, Martin's (Dangerous Passions) story line suffers from lightly sketched period atmosphere and heavy sentimentalism. (Jan.)

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"Kat Martin delivers what readers desire: an exciting, sensual, engrossing romance whose characters use the power of their love to give them strength." --Romantic Times

More About the Author

Currently living near Missoula, Montana, Kat Martin is the bestselling author of over fifty-five Historical and Contemporary Romance novels, currently an NYT bestselling author of the romantic suspense AGAINST series. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, L. J. Martin, also an author with over 33 book length works. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. "I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era."

To date, Kat has over fifteen million copies of her books in print. She is published more than two dozen foreign countries, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Japan and Greece.

Customer Reviews

Loved the characters and loved the plot!
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I have not read Nothing But Velvet, and can only judge this book by itself.
Laurie E. Baker
I would definitely recommend this book if you like historical romances.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A long awaited sequel to Nothing but Velvet, we are treated to the story of Lucien Montaine, Marquess of Litchfield, the friend of Jason Sinclair, Duke of Carlysle, who makes an appearance, along with Velvet and their two children in this story. The heroine, Kathryn, is given an interesting background, having been committed to a lunatic assylum so that her uncle can control her fortune. Needless to say various plot complications follow. Another charming romance from Kat Martin, with some serious undertones - women were locked away for a family's convenience - but of course our heroine manages to escape and find the man of her dreams. Written with Kat Martin's usual flair for believable characters, and some interesting supporting roles, this latest book should please her fans, and introduce new readers to her well-crafted books. Always an interesting read, and one of the better writers of this genre, a new Kat Martin book is worth waiting for.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 24, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Earl of Dunstan, Douglas Roth, will do anything to control the fortune owned by his niece Lady Kathryn Grayson. Taking advantage of Kathryn's interest in medicine, Douglas claims she tried to poison his daughter. He succeeds in locking up his niece at St. Bartholomew Hospital for the Insane.
Kathryn manages to escape the asylum. She persuades Lucien Montaine, the Marquis of Litchfield, into protecting her, but hides the truth from him. Lucien soon learns that he harbors a lunatic, but cannot quite match that description with the beautiful woman he now loves. Kathryn reciprocates his feelings, but fear of her uncle forces her to take action rather than allowing their relationship to develop. She tricks Lucien into marrying her, but that turns him into her enemy. When she can no longer take his scorn, she flees into the night once again, leaving Lucien to ponder what he really wants out of life.
SILK AND STEEL is a fast-paced story line that centers on the Regency era ease of an aristocratic male can locking up a female under his protection. Kathryn is a warm, intrepid, but desperate character. The smug Lucien is a typical sub-genre protagonist filled with male superiority and aristocratic haughtiness while believing he is always right until he loses his beloved Kathryn. Douglas seems more like the antagonist in the Perils of Pauline. In spite of the cartoon-like villain, Kat Martin's Regency romance remains worth reading as she guts the insides of her audience with the same fears that sends Kathryn running into the night, heart palpitating.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dana K. Wolcott on October 19, 2000
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I'm going to start out by saying I am hooked on Kat Martin's books. I have several other favorite authors, but her books have a way of hooking me in and keeping me enthralled.
The story of Lucien and Kathryn was full of adventure and passion. Kathryn Grayson is a smart, intelligent woman born in the wrong century. She wants desperately to work as a doctor, but it only gets her into trouble. So much trouble, in fact, she winds up in an insane asylum. Her greedy and villainous uncle is behind her horrid treatment, and she becomes desperate to save herself. Lucien becomes her saving grace more than once, and their relationship is full of ups and downs. Lucien is downright yummy. He's dark and passionate, and the image Kat Martin paints of him on several occasions was just wonderful. He's as aristocratic as they come, but he has a soft side to him as well. This makes him endearing and likeable.
As a whole, the story was fast-paced and riveting. However, I did feel that the long separation between Lucien and Kathryn a bit overwhelming. Perhaps it felt a bit too long. Reading good characters makes one want them to NOT be separated for such long periods of time. :)
Now, onto the biggest nitpick: Something is definitely wrong with the editing. I have never read a book with so many glaring errors. At one point, one of the characters was cut off in mid-sentence and a new thread of thought was put in its place. Then, those same exact words were repeated by the hero a few paragraphs later. I was frustrated because I couldn't figure out what the first character was trying to say! I noticed many, many scanning errors. I try not to let grammatical errors and mishaps bother me - nobody's perfect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Rudnicki on November 16, 2001
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I've read a few of Kat Martin's books and they tend to be a smooth read every time. This one was a little to overdone for my liking. The hero, Lucien, was really shallow. All he seemed to want from Katherine was sex. I know what your thinking, that comes with a romance novel, but you couldn't get through a chapter without him WANTING her!! It was too much. Katherine was ok, she also had her shallow moments, but all in all, the book had some great moments and was still worth reading. It's just not one I would put in my top ten list.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
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Of all historical romance authors, Kat Martin is one of the best. She is capable of bringing her characters to life and stirring emotions in her readers with her vivid and descriptive style of writing. Silk and Steel is a great book because the story is passionate and intriguing: a ravishingly handsome Lucien Montaine falls in love with the beautiful, virginal Kathryn Grayson who's run away from a sanitarium her cruel uncle committed her to in order to gain her massive inheritance. But of course, the story is just not that simple. BUY SILK AND STEEL AND I GUARANTEE YOU WILL ADORE IT. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but the most important thing that Kat Martin accomplishes is this: she takes passion and incorporates the essence of real-life love full of hurt, pain, happiness, loss, and gain. The deeper message of this book, if you look hard enough, is that a fantastical romance such as that of Lucien and Kathryn is not all about sex and a happily-ever-after ending, but that love itself carries with it tremendous sacrifice. Ms. Martin has written another book worthy of 5 stars and the hearts of millions of historical romance fans.
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