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Genova Smith convinces her employers, the elderly Trayce ladies, to let her bring an abandoned baby with them to a Christmas party at Rothgar Abbey, even as she does her best to get the Marquess of Ashart, the man she mistakenly believes to be the father, to accept responsibility for his actions. Ash has no intention of claiming the child, but he agrees to accompany his great aunts to the holiday fete, despite the family tragedy that has turned Ash and the Marquess of Rothgar into mortal enemies. When she is caught with Ash in a seemingly compromising situation, Genova agrees to a pretend betrothal but has no intention of giving in to her desires for the wickedly handsome Ash. While truth and forgiveness unite two long-estranged branches of a family, an intelligent, ever sensible heroine and an elegant, sinfully seductive rake spar with splendidly sexy results as RITA Award-winning Beverley, with her usual delectable wit and superb characterization, returns readers to the unforgettable world of her Malloren series. John Charles
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"Romance at its best."
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (October 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451210654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451210654
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Publishers Weekly declared Jo Beverley "arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance," and she's one of only a handful of members of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her 30+ novels have won just about all the awards in romance , including 5 RITA awards, the top award in romance, and 2 career achievement awards from Romantic Times. Reviews regularly include words like masterful, thrilling, and even sublime.

She writes historical romance novels and novellas set in her native England in the middle ages, the Georgian period, and the Regency, often with mystery and adventure elements, and sometimes with a little magic. Readers have been known to argue about which of her main series is best --the Malloren series, set in the 1760s, or the Company of Rogues books, set in the Regency. The Company of Rogues is the longest-lives series of Regency heroes, and begins with An Arranged Marriage, the first book she wrote, though not the first published. The Malloren series begins with My Lady Notorious.

You can learn about all her books here.
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She was born and raised in the UK, and has a degree in history from Keele University in Staffordshire. After living in Canada for more that 30 years she's returned to England, where she enjoys doing even more on-the-spot research.

To learn more about upcoming books. http://bit.ly/1FaLRmq

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on May 15, 2004
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Setting - England 1763 --- In an effort to escape the home of her father and his new wife, Genova Smith found herself accompanying the elderly Trayce ladies, Lady Calliope and Lady Thalia to Christmas revelries at Rothgar Abbey as their companion. The tedium of the journey ended abruptly as they stopped to aid another carriage on the road. Requesting assistance, the woman, identifying herself as Mrs. Dash, requested that Genova transport the woman's child and his wet nurse to the next inn to await the arrival of Mr. Dash. Mr. Dash turned out to be the dashing and devastatingly handsome Marquess of Ashart, who just happened to be the great nephew of the Ladies Calliope and Thalia. Handsome as he was, Genova was disturbed that he refused to acknowledge the child as his and seemed more intent on vexing her with some very disturbing kisses. After discovering that his Aunts were on their way to Rothgar Abbey to visit his mortal enemy and cousin, the Marquess of Rothgar, Ash agreed to accompany them the following morning.
Unfortunately, through a series of mishaps, the next morning found both both Ash and Genova in a compromising situation, which was witnessed by two other travelers. Lady Thalia quickly covered up the imminent ruin of Genova's virtuous reputation by claiming that Genova and Ash were secretly engaged. Agreeing to carrying out the façade of a loving couple for a few days before a public breakup, Genova found that there was more to the man than his purposeful attempt to destroy his mortal enemy. While playing at pretending to be in love, Genova discovered that her feelings for him had changed. Freeing him would be the right thing to do but it would leave her with a broken heart as she had fallen hard and deep in love with the dashing devil.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "gallina33" on October 31, 2003
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Set in 1763 England, Jo Beverley's Winter Fire tells the story of Genova Smith, an impoverished companion, and the Marquess of Ashart. He is a womanizing, "tortured" nobleman, who apparently is dominated by his grandmother. His plan in this book? Destroy the Malloren's, Beverley's characters from previous books.
I can't say I loved this book, but neither did I hate it. The beginning is a bit complicated, with too many things happening at once, and the author does not manage to describe the scenes well. Once I passed page 30, things started to make sense.
If you enjoy explicit sex scenes, this is not for you, there is one, almost at the end. But if light romance is what you are looking for...go ahead, and buy it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate Keane on February 15, 2004
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As an avid reader of romance, you learn to keep the expectations low. That's why it's such a high to find a book of real quality. Beverly breaks with formulaic romantic traditions to give us a hero who is far from perfect, and a heroine with troubles that one can relate to. Both are completely likeable and engaging characters and their story is one you won't want to put down. The pleasure is only added to by the reintroduction of our favorite Mallorens, but they do not dominate the book in any fashion. We also meet new and quirky characters, but again, Beverly shows her skill as an author in that these secondary characters perfom a function other than just filling in the blank pages. If I had to complain about anything, I would say it would be nice if she could be a little more discreet in setting up the plot for her follow up book, but this is a small sin. In the final anaylsis, we have a compelling and satisfying love story with no melodrama. Finally!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Puerto Rican Quaker on November 9, 2003
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This book gave me an afternoon of pleasant reading and a fresh new story with familiar characters. I missed Rosa and Brand, but was happy for the dialogue with Portia. The style is different than the other Malloren novels, instead Winter Fire reads a lot like Beverley's Christmas Regencies such as Christmas Angel and Forbidden Magic. If you want frequent juicy sex scenes this is not the book. If you want a sweet romance that is satisfying in plot and character development (still containing a bout of sizzling sex) this is for you. I enjoyed the book and will read it again before Christmas.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thea on November 1, 2003
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In many senses, this book was not what I expected when I first learned that Jo Beverley was going to write another Malloren novel.
For one thing, I had expected, or rather would have wished, for the story to take place at least a couple of years after the end of "Devilish". Since the whole issue in that book was the fear of Rothgar of getting married and having children, I would have wanted to see him and Diana happily married after a few years and with at least one child. I wanted to see him free of his demons and as the wonderful father I know he could be. But then I had also expected Winter Fire to be the last of the Malloren books, obviously, it won't be so, so maybe in the next, we will see Rothgar as a happy father.
Another thing that dissapointed me a little was that the book was rather short. I can never get enough of the Mallorens.
I also found Diana in this book a little haughy and cool. Specially at the beginning. I was hoping to find the spirited woman that I remembered from "Devilish", but instead she was every inch the countess except for the few moments when she interacted with Bey, but there weren't many of those.
About the main characters-Ashart and Genova-I liked them, but they were not as unforgatable as the Mallorens. Maybe because this book was more like a family reunion that a real romance novel. There was romance, don't misunderstand me, but sometimes I felt that the main characters were eclipsed by the Malloren family. The story takes place almost completely at Rothgar Abbey, during Christmas, and I think that in a way the problems between the Mallorens and the Trayces took precedence over the romance.
And one last thing, please Jo Beverley, include more love scenes in your novels.
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