Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jonel's review of Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney

Reviewed by -- Jonel        

Book Review of -- Thunder and Roses, Fallen Angels #1 by Mary Jo Putney        

My overall star rating --- 4  
      
About the book:
A Welsh Methodist minister's daughter changes her life when she appeals for help to Nicholas Davies, a half-Gypsy earl...

They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a Gypsy, Nicholas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside.

Desperation drives quiet schoolteacher Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid—only if Clare agrees to live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

Furiously Clare accepts his outrageous challenge, and the two are swept into an intoxicating Regency world of danger and desire. As allies, Clare and Nicholas fight to save her community. As adversaries, they explore the hazardous terrain of power and sensuality. And as lovers, they surrender to a passion that threatens the very foundations of their lives.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 26 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 9
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Character development in this novel is phenomenal. Readers get to know all major characters in this novel in an intimate manner. The main couple in this novel is a comically fantastic pair. I loved the pairing of her beliefs with his outgoing nature, and the ultimate conclusion. Based on Putney's development of these two, I could easily identify with and feel for both of them. I felt a real connection with these two. Although Putney follows all of the major points for a historical romance (and is accurate in her descriptions of the time), she tells a wildly unique story that is all her own. The storyline kept me captivated and on my toes throughout. Being the first novel in Putney’s Fallen Angel’s series, one must expect a great deal of world building.  Putney does so, with eloquent narrative and unforgettable descriptions.  At the same time, she works this into the development of the harrowing plot of this heartfelt novel. Having 'read' the audio version of this novel, I spent over 15 hrs with the narrator and loved him.  He brings this novel to life in a big way. Each character has their own voice and personality.                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- historical romance        
Age recommendations -- 18        
Sex content rating -- This novel definitely has it's hot moments, and a couple that sizzle.        
Violence rating -- mild        

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