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Thunder and Roses (Fallen Angels) Paperback – June 5, 2013
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The year is now 1814 and Clare Morgan is a 26 year old spinster and daughter of the deceased minister The Reverend Morgan. She is in dare need to save her village and the miners of Penreith, South Wales. There working conditions are horrible. Clare learns that the now Earl Nicholas Davies has returned. Clare makes a bargain with him to save the miners and help improve the working conditions of the mines and she will live with him for 3 months, allowing Nicholas a kiss a day. She on the path of certain ruin as he tries to seduce her into making love with him. Just being alone with a man could ruin a women's reputation in this era.
The author has done an excellent job in creating a well developed story. You could imagine being in the mines of Penreith. The characters are well developed and they feel believable. This is a well written story. But it moves slow sometimes. Certain scenes are just too long. Like the scene when Clare and Nicolas are playing pool and stripping the clothes off. Like Strip poker but it went on to long. There are other scenes like this just to much description.
The romance was slow and seductive. I love Nicholas and he was determine to have Clare in his bed and she was determine not to have sex with him. The angst was fun and entertaining. I really enjoyed my first Mary Jo Putney book!!
You will attend a Methodist meeting, go down into the mine, and travel with the gypsies. You will also meet the 4 men who make up the Fallen Angels: Nicholas, Lucien, Michael, and Rafael.
This is not a fluffy, easily read novel. The author does include some interesting tidbits about converting billiards tables to slate top and the relationship between the Methodists and miners. Be sure to read her author's note at the end.
I found this story to be different from others in that it is set in Wales during the Regency period and that the Rom or gypsies are an integral part of the story line.
Sensuality level I would grade it a 6, some intimacy but not graphic but buckets of sexual tension. I would recommend this book for a good entertaining read.