Lord of Fire eBook Õ Lord of Kindle -

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 407 pages
  • Lord of Fire
  • Gaelen Foley
  • English
  • 27 September 2017
  • 9780449006375

10 thoughts on “Lord of Fire

  1. Crista Crista says:

    First read Oct. 2007, Re-read August 2012

    I finished reading this book in 1 day.

    This is Lucian's story. The fallen twin who just never quite measures up to his brother. A spy who hosts orgies in his underground grotto to gain useful information for national security. A man who is the verge of personal collapse. He has seen, experienced, and performed dispicable acts of humanity and is completely disenfranchised with everyone and everything. He is alone.
    Enter Alice Montague.

    She is his opposite. A naive, innocent, virgin who has never seen half the things that haunt Lucian. The scene and circumstances to which they meet for the first time is perhaps my favorite meeting of all time, and there are scenes throughout this book that make it UNFORGETTABLE (ie..the rain scene, the hot springs scene, the key scene..just to name a few).

    Other reviewers have mentioned the unlikelyhood that these two could ever actually get together. Others talk about Alice's naivity and purity as being annoying or stupid. I just don't agree. Alice is exactly what Lucian has been missing from his life, and if she were any different, I don't think she would've had the impact on him that she did.

    I really liked Alice....I really loved Lucian. He was a unique blend of power, strength, vulnerablity, and tenderness. He is in touch with his feelings and tells Alice he loves her before she tells him. He goes to extreme measures to keep her with him, but as soon as their friendship develops past attraction, he gives her the keys (literally and figuratively) to leave. Of course by this time, WHY would she want to! This is a wonderful love story. This is really Lucian's story of his redemption and acceptance of himself...the definition of a keeper.

  2. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    Great book, though the first half is so much better than the second. Love Lucien!!!!!!!!!

    Here's my favorite quote:

    “You don’t know,” he said in a low, almost hostile voice. He shook his head. “I don’t even know what I’m doing with you. You’re not like anyone else who’s in my life—” He stopped abruptly. “Did you ever drink too much wine, Alice?” He held up the glass in his hand and waggled it idly, making the ruby contents swirl.

      “I’m not one to overindulge.”

      “No, you wouldn’t be,” he said wryly. “Allow me to explain, then, that the more you drink, the more thirsty you become. Not all the wine in the world can assuage the thirst for water. Water. Wine makes you merry, but a man needs water to keep him alive. Pure, clean, sweet water.” He sighed, silent for a moment. He stared almost bitterly into the fire. “I am parched, Alice, scorched like a wasteland, burning like a damned soul in hell. I thirst.”

  3. Julianna Julianna says:

    Lord of Fire was a fabulous book that has a little bit of everything: heart-pounding action and suspense, spy intrigue, history, and best of all, swoon-worthy romance. Galen Foley's writing style contains a richness of detail that vividly brings to life the world she has created, making me feel like I had actually been transported to another time and place. It is apparent to me through reading her books and looking at her website that Ms. Foley is meticulous with her historical research, and it definitely shows in her writing. I also loved that the author kept me on my toes throughout the story. Every time I thought that she was going to resort to some well-worn plot device, she surprised me. There were many times I thought that Lucien and Alice were going to have the “big misunderstanding,” but then not long after a confession would be forthcoming. They did have a few quarrels, which can often be irritating to me, but in this case, I found them to be genuine issues that a couple in their circumstances might actually have to face, rather than just petty bickering. Even though there were a couple of things that I predicted would happen early on, it did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel, because there were plenty of things that didn't go as I expected. I normally am not a fan of love at first sight stories, but Ms. Foley managed to make me believe in this couple's love for one another and a lasting happily-ever-after, even though they had only know each other for a short time. She accomplished this by creating a deep emotional connection between Lucien and Alice, as well as between the characters and the reader, by having them get to know each other fairly intimately before sharing physical intimacies. Admittedly, the love scenes are few, but I found the sexual tension to be exquisite and laden with tender emotions. All in all, Lord of Fire was a very well-rounded story that kept me excited about reading it.

    Lucien and Alice were a wonderful and perfectly matched couple. In spite of his charming personality, Lucien is a tortured soul. Working deep undercover as a spy for the Crown, he lives a dark, rather solitary existence. Personally knowing someone who has done deep cover law enforcement work and having heard some of his stories, I felt that the aloneness and soul-searing intensity of Lucien's work was very realistically rendered. It was a fabulous contrast of dark and light, and doing things you really don't want to for the greater good. Lucien loved his twin, Damien, deeply, and their recent estrangement over Lucien's choice of professions has left him feeling more alone then ever. Yet, Lucien has always felt like he was living in his brother's shadow and never quite measuring up. When Alice unexpectedly shows up in Lucien's life she brings the light of her innocence and goodness into his darkened world, making his heart long for things he thought lost to him forever. When Lucien used trickery and manipulation to keep Alice at his country estate, I wasn't sure I would like him, but aside from that one lapse, he behaved in a gentlemanly way for the remainder of the book, which endeared him to both me and Alice. I thought Alice was a very well-balanced heroine. She was kind, caring and intuitive, understanding Lucien in a way that most people didn't, and he reciprocated in kind. She also had spunk and spirit, speaking her mind to both Lucien and her sister-in-law, Caro, when the circumstances warranted. There were a few time when Alice's spunk led her into potentially dangerous situations, but I felt like I generally understood her reasoning and that she was usually just trying to protect those she loved. Overall, I found Lucien and Alice to be a delightful couple who were a pleasure to read.

    The palette of secondary characters was varied and interesting. Lucien's rogues were charming and entertaining. The main villain, Claude Bardou, was irredeemably evil, bringing a dangerous menace to the story. There are a couple of other foreign spies, an American double-agent and a Russian woman, who added a bit of extra intrigue. Alice's sister-in-law, Caro, is very well-rendered as a flamboyant, self-centered woman who rarely thinks of anything but her own pleasures, and has little interest in even trying to be a good mother to her three-year-old son, Harry. Harry is a sweet, endearing child who charms nearly everyone with whom he comes in contact. In addition to these, there are a whole host of other supporting characters who for the most part play small roles, but manage to add a great deal of depth to the other characters and the narrative. There are even a couple of brief mentions of Lucien having met Darius Santiago (from Princess, the second of book of Gaelen Foley's Ascension Trilogy) in his undercover persona. This is something that I didn't pick up on until re-reading this book, because the first time around, I hadn't yet read the Ascension Trilogy. The most realistic and intriguing of the secondary characters though, is Lucien's identical twin brother, Damien. These two rogues may look alike, but their personalities are opposites, with Lucien being a charming, smooth-tongued devil and Damien being more staid, reserved and uncomfortable in social settings. Most interesting of all is the sympathetic portrayal of Damien as an honorable man and wounded war hero suffering from severe PTSD. I was so fascinated by Damien that I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series, Lord of Ice, in which he becomes the hero.

    Lord of Fire is the second book in the Knight Miscellany series. It is preceded by The Duke, which was another wonderful book. I wasn't sure that Ms. Foley would be able to equal it, but I was mistaken. As much as I enjoyed The Duke, I actually liked Lord of Fire slightly better. The remaining books in the series are Lord of Ice, Lady of Desire, Devil Takes a Bride, One Night of Sin and His Wicked Kiss. I love Ms. Foley's writing style, and think that she has found a great balance between descriptive prose and beautiful dialog. With two keepers in a row, she has definitely earned a place on my favorite authors list. In fact, I have already ordered a copy of Lord of Ice and will be anxiously watching for it to arrive in my mailbox, so that I can read sexy, tortured twin, Damien's story and continue this enchanting and thoroughly romantic series.

    Updated: 6/7/20

  4. Dangermousie Dangermousie says:

    I got lulled into security by reading four romances in a row where the heroes were likeable, treating heroine and others around them with respect, and not in need of reform.

    But that's all right.

    Things are back to normal with Gaelen Foley's Lord of Fire. What an apt name for the novel because that is precisely what I want to do to the hero - stick him into the fire and have some barbeque while he roasts.

    OK, let's get down to this hypothetical. You are a young woman and this is your experience with a guy - you first see him presiding over a disgusting dusgusting orgy during which he drags you off against your will (and you fully believes for raping), sticks a pistol between your eyes, and feels you up everywhere against your will. Even when he finds out you are actually the sister-in-law of his mistress, come to fetch her to her sick child, and have never done anything improper or sexual in your life, he still offers you some sex.

    Next morning, he tells you that only one of the two, you or your sister-in-law, can go to the sick kid, because he knows you treasure the child and wants to use your weakness for the kid to get you in his clutches.

    OK, in this hypothetical, if you are in any way sane, are you going to (a) assume this is a horrible monster who deserves to be castrated and soon the hero of the piece will appear to help you heat the knives or (b) decide that all of this is OK because he's hot and angsty.

    If you picked (a), congrats, you are a normal human being. If you picked (b), my condolences, you are Galen Foley.

    I am supposed to believe the heroine feels physically drawn to him after that? In what Universe, unless she is a closet BDSM afficionado with a rape fetish?

    How on earth the author expects me to root for them as a couple is beyond me. As it is, there is some evil French spy who supposedly wants to off our hero and I keep hoping he will succeed. I mean, when hero was relieving his hideous torture at French dude's hands, my reaction was not poor woobie but a serves you right, you bastard! and a fierce desire that the French Dude do it again.

    I like other Foley books but wtf wtf forever about this one.

  5. Karen Karen says:

    4.5 STARS

    “I should never have made you stay here, he said, his voice dropping to a whisper. But I could not help myself.
    Alice took a step toward him. I know. You are tired of being alone. You told me.
    You don't know, he said in a low, almost hostile voice. He shook his head. I don't even know what I'm doing with you. You're not like anyone else who's in my life- He stopped abruptly. Did you ever drink too much wine, Alice? He held up the glass in his hand and waggled it idly, making the ruby contents swirl.
    I'm not one to overindulge.
    No, you wouldn't be, he said wryly. Allow me to explain, then, that the more you drink, the more thirsty you become. Not all the wine in the world can assuage the thirst for water. Water. Wine makes you merry, but a man needs water to keep him alive. Pure, clean, sweet water. He sighed, silent for a moment. He stared almost bitterly into the fire. I am parched, Alice, scorched like a wasteland, burning like a damned soul in hell. I thirst.
    I know, she whispered.”

    LOVED this one. The perfect tortured, jaded hero who is healed by the pure heart of this 'goodie two shoes' heroine. Not my words. Definitely a Hades meets Persephone love story. I absolutely loved the hero. Lucien was actually quite vulnerable, despite his jaded facade. Easy to fall in love with. Whereas the heroine was a little prickly at times. Almost indignant. I liked her, but I found her a little too holier than thou. But once she took the fall, she never looked back, and I admired her for that.

    The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that I had a few issues with some of the writing. Too much discriptive flummery at times. But otherwise a great story. I am really looking forward to Damien's story.

  6. Ursula Ursula says:

    An emotional 4.5 stars.
    I put off reading this one in the series because I did not like the sound of the hero, Lucien Knight, at all. And as I began reading the story- with some trepidation- I found my fears largely justified. He was a pretty horrible person.
    Whatever the excuses or explanations, he was a massive man-whore, one who thought nothing of indulging any selfish desire he had or, just as disappointingly, thought nothing of using sex as a means to an end. That end might have been vaguely linked to some patriotic duty (view spoiler)[ he was a spy for the Crown (hide spoiler)]

  7. Dee Dee says:

    I enjoyed this addition to the series and thought it a good read. Although it is classed as a Historical Romance it has quite a few elements of a Spy/Thriller novel which I really enjoyed.

    Lucien is a bit of a dark character but in his job he has to have secrets and pretend to be many different things/people. Deep down he is a bit of a tortured sole who believes that he is not loved or wanted by anyone, even his family. He puts on a stoic exterior and even tries to convince himself that it is not affecting him but then he falls in love with Alice. Already feeling a bit raw that his twin brother is practically ignoring him, Alice then rejects him and in order to win her love he breaks down and bears his sole to her. Alice admits that she still loves him and they eventually get their HEA.

    On a personal note my husband says that it can't have been that good as it didn't occupy me enough to stop me from moaning that he was watching football on the tv and made him turn the channel over ha ha......However, I am not that mean and did let him watch the cricket (I hate football!) :))

  8. Nefise Nefise says:

    I've just finished it. I'm not sure how I'm feeling about this book.Because in the first half of it, I could enjoy and forgot some senseless developments. But last quarter part was almost unbearable for me.

    There are so many things in the story that I can't accept. First of all, the hero forced the heroine (Alice) make a choice out of a child who was ill at that time. It's an unacceptable thing. Anyway, in a week, our strong, infamous, strong hero fell in love with the heroine and proposed her! Of course she accepted it buceause she noticed that actually he was a good guy etc.
    After a few absurd other things, Alice learned that Lucien was a spy and he had a duty to capture a very bad French spy. Well, what did she do after this information? First tried to persuade him to give up. When she failed, she tried same tactic, he did to her a week ago, forced him to make a choice! Because she couldn't bear to think lose another a loved one, so left him! Actually either way she lost a loved one. In my opinion it's not a logical choice nor honorable or protectiveness yourself.

    The last quarter part was so bad for my taste that it ruined the story. I don't know which ones I can write. When they were running out of time to capture the bad man, they had time to make peace, make love, make big confessions, give command with each others, get in action to set trap blah blah...
    And in a day, they had so much different emotions which in my opinion is impossible. You can't believe their sincerity. And so-called Miss Goody Two-Shoes, Alice was not so good for me. She's just a good-hearted girl. I couldn't see any special thing.
    Sometimes H/h behavior is very incompatible with depictions of their characters, especially the hero...

    So I thinks Ms Foley's stories are not for me because I didn't like much The Duke book either :(

  9. Cherna Cherna says:

    This book had me exercising eye-rolls. I think I actually strained an eye-muscle (if such a thing exists).

    The heroine is sooo incredible stupid that I was wishing she'd trip, fall down the stairs and die so I could start reading a new book.

    Imagine you're a young virgin with high moral standards. You end up smack in the middle of an orgy, get forcefully dragged off by an unknown man and felt up by him, perhaps even thinking you'll get raped, threatened with a gun, emotionally blackmailed with a child you care about and then what do you do? Yes! You fall in love with the guy, ofcourse! eh okay.. didn't see that one coming. But hey, he's good looking, right? :P

    She never tries to escape, she never stops to think about his actions and what that tells her about him. Her (re)actions are all over the place, she fights about things that don't matter, she accepts or ignores the things that do. Then she kills the last braincell she had by going against his wishes when he is threatened. I mean, she loves him, she knows there is a bad guy on the loose who can use her as leverage but she just *has* to prove she doesn't have to do as he tells her. How old was she again?

    I don't understand the raving reviews for this book. So to compensate for at least one of them, I give you one star! Enjoy.

  10. Joanna Loves Reading Joanna Loves Reading says:

    This novel started and ended well, but it felt like a drudge in middle. Lucien, a spy, is a nuanced, fleshed-out, compelling hero. I had a bit of a crush on him, to be honest (despite his dastardly deeds in the beginning of the novel🤷 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Alice is a mama-bear to her nephew but also a sheltered young miss. She didn't feel like a match to Lucien, and that was my problem for much of the novel. There was a very touching scene towards the end (view spoiler)[ when Lucien comes to ask her help to draw a likeness of his archenemy (hide spoiler)]

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Lord of Fire[Download] ➵ Lord of Fire Author Gaelen Foley – Thomashillier.co.uk After years of preparation, he has baited his trap well, luring the depraved members of Society into his devil’s playground so he can earn their trust and uncover their secrets Yet no one in London After years of preparation, he has baited his trap well, luring the depraved members of Society into his devil’s playground so he can earn their trust and uncover their secrets Yet no one in London suspects that Lord Lord of Kindle - Lucien Knight is England’s most cunning spy, an officer who has sacrificed his soul for his country Now an unexpected intruder has invaded his fortress of sin, jeopardizing his carefully laid plans–and igniting his deepest desiresBeautiful, innocent, Alice Montague finds herself at the mercy of scandalous Lord Lucien But as he begins his slow seduction to corrupt her virtue, Alice glimpses a man tormented by his own choices, a man who promises her nothing except his undeniable passion.

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