by Gaelen Foley

January 2002
ISBN: 0-449-00637-9
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Gaelen Foley's Lord of Fire is a wonderful read. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up until 3:00 am reading this novel and then picked it right back up as soon as I got out of bed the next morning. The characters were intriguing and captivating as well as shocking in some instances.

Alice Montague is the fair virgin of the tale. She is pulled into an adventure that brings her face to face with the unimaginable, unspeakable underworld. But, things are not always as they seem. Alice's beliefs are shaken when she finds herself falling for none other than the leader of the underworld ring, Lucien Knight. To top it all off, her sister-in-law, Caro (who appears to be incredibly wicked), has already been involved with him. However, once Lucien sets eyes on Alice, he doesn't intend to let anything stand in the way of him having her. He doesn't have much faith in women due to his own mother's failures, and with this in mind, he sets up a test for Alice to find out if she is really as pure and true as she seems. Of course, as any virginal heroine would, Alice passes the test, which sends Lucien's ideas and heart into new territory. Lucien has honest intentions toward Alice, however, due to his "seemingly" wicked ways, she has a hard time trusting or believing this. To throw one more curve ball in the game, Lucien's twin brother, Damien, finds out what has been going on and feels honor bound to marry Alice and make things right because he doesn't trust Lucien's intentions, either. When Alice, at last, finds out who Lucien really is and that he is actually a spy and not and underworld scoundrel, she forces him into a choice which she doesn't realize the meaning of. The return of his oldest enemy brings separation and heartache, but, as we would expect in any good romance novel, "true love conquers all" and we finish reading this story with a sense that all is right for Lucien and Alice.

From one page to the next, this book is filled with mishap, mystery, romance, and unstoppable action. If you like the simple or if you are faint of heart, this book isn't for you. But, if you enjoy action and don't mind the occasional delve into the unseemly, this is one you won't want to miss. As for this reviewer, I am waiting anxiously for the second part to see just what Gaelen Foley has in store for Damien! You can bet I will be one of the first in line to get it.

Reviewed in December 2001 by Angela.

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