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Thunder & Roses (Fallen Angels #1)

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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 agrees --- only if Clare will live with him for three months.
Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Topaz
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Juliana Philippa
I first read this book in 2002 so obviously did not remember a single thing about it. This proved to be good for me, because I was able to enjoy it as if it was the first time! The plot is very implausible and the machinations that cause Clare to have to live with Nicholas are so for-the-book's-sake-and-nothing-else, but the question is: did this at all impact my enjoyment of the book? No. Did I care one iota? No. Why? Because the story and characters are fantastic so who cares how improbable it ...more
Apr 06, 2016 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

I enjoyed this one. Reminded me a little bit of Flowers from the Storm. Clare was a strong heroine. Nicholas, betrayed in the past, thought he would never love.

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Thunder and Roses is the first book in the Fallen Angels series, and was my first full length read by author Mary Jo Putney.

Those of us who are fans of historical romance know that over the past decade, the genre has been flooded with so many books that it’s hard to find anything unique, and in fact, there are many times you can predict exactly which naive but curious little chit will be ruined by what scandalous event that will take place at precisely the stroke of midnight – or shortly therea
I really enjoyed this book, but it was also a very strange, eccentric story. There were penguins in Regency Wales. There was weird gypsy mating dances. There was dueling fought with whips. There was Indiana Jones-esque escaping from burning buildings. There was naked billiards. There was Christian dogma. There were mine scenes that made me think of times when people fell down shafts in Little House on the Prairie.

Did I mention there was skinny dipping with penguins?

Anyway, it was a very interes
Dec 08, 2010 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K. by: booklover; Nicki C.
The only Mary Jo Putney book I'd read previous to this one was "The Bartered Bride," which if I'm truthful, I didn't "read" ... I listened to. It had some "pirate" type elements (at least a long sea journey) and ... I HATE that, so obviously it didn't inspire me to say "more please."

That said, a couple of Amazon posters DID inspire me to pick this one off of my TBR (in fact they chose it for me after taking a look at my TBR mountain here on GR! Just goes to show you, many times those who don't
Jan 26, 2016 Tinsoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

MJP is the queen of character development. She delves so deep in the psyche of her characters that you can't help but imagine yourself in their struggle and feel deeply for their suffering. I really enjoyed the nuances of both characters, the immensely complex Clare who is hiding behind her pious persona, and the layered Nicholas who chooses to let public speculation define his image instead of exposing past wounds which are still very much raw!

I also enjoyed their struggle to keep each
Jan 25, 2016 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that you do not forget. You forget about who wrote it, the name of the book, the names of the lead characters but you DO NOT FORGET THE STORY.

I read this book more than 15 years ago. Searching for new books to read on my kindle I came across Mary Jo Putney and remembered that I read some of her books but had no idea which ones. Then I read the summary of the book and bam, memories flooded back in and I remembered this book as vividly as if I read it last week.

The her

Una novela de las de antes, nunca mejor dicho. A medida que avanzaba me he dado cuenta de que ya la había leído. Sí, debe ser de esas primeras novelas que leí el siglo pasado y que "desaparecieron" de mi casa y no las tengo controladas. Una pena
Buena trama, buenos personajes, los dos me han gustado. Esa metodista, falta de cariño y envuelta en una sociedad estricta e hipócrita que se ve abrumada por la sinceridad y el desparpajo de este pícaro protagonista
Nicholas, un libertino de los que en
Lisa Kay

This almost made 4 stars except for the ending. I must have read it before; I saw the twists and conclusions coming a mile away. (view spoiler) Learned more about mining than I was in the mood for, but it was incredibly realistic and obviously well researched.
Feb 05, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.5 stars

I really wanted to adore this book. It's an absolute must-read for some of my friends here on Goodreads (an friends whose opinion I trust a lot) and I really wanted to feel this love for the book myslef **sigh**
It was an enjoyabe read though, very well written and engaging. All in all a solid historical romance but not one I'd see myself read again one day.
Im speechless...I dont even know what to say about this book.
I do not think Im a good enough writer to give the story justice.

I will just say, that this book moved me more then any HR I have read in the past.

Technically, it was perfect- no unnecessary drama (aka "misunderstanding"), a mostly unpredictable storyline, beautiful writing.....but what made this book so outstanding to me were the heartfelt human emotions.....(and Nicolas, I mean, he was just about the perfect hero...)
Already during t
'"I want to understand as much about Nicholas as I can." She picked a white tulip to go with the scarlet. "Sometimes I feel as if he is a play, and I came in on the second act and must deduce what has gone before.”

Lucien smiled. "That is the nature of all human friendships, and what makes them interesting.

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This book has a great sense of humour.

The humour was one of my favourite parts! The witty banter was seemingly effortless, flowing off of the page. This is one of my favourite examples:
'"I do
Putney, Mary Jo - First in Fallen Angels series

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
I wavered between 4-5 stars, wish we had that 1/2 star, but it had too many of my favorite things to be a 4 :)
As my GR friend Juliana pointed out, it had mostly everything I love in a good HR:

1) Emotionally damaged hero
2) Bad boy / Rake
3) Gypsy
4) Strong spinster heroine who saves bad boy

It also had a good plot and lots of sexual tension. Some of the big plot issues were silly things that were very contrived just to make the book work, but it is fiction so we expect that :) My only issue is th
Sophie ♥
Maybe a 3.5? I liked this book but I think it was a little drawn out. It took me four days to finish which was very surprising. The religious enlightenment stuff really struck a little bit of a nerve for me, but I'm glad I managed to stick it out to the end. By all counts, this book was a decent historical romance but nothing special.
Apr 20, 2016 Widala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Davies, not only share the same first name of my book boyfriend Nicholas, but also the same bad luck, married to a very beautiful but very unfaithful, with evil tendencies, woman. But he found, eventually, a true love with more a deserving woman. Not an easy road to travel, mind you, his dark past poisoned his ability to believe in love. But, Clare saw him through.
Clare, more or less, is what I think a heroine should be. Smart, beautiful and strong willed, but flawed. Her journey to se
I really like this trope in which H/h are forced to live together for some time, so I was truly looking forward to reading this story. I actually pushed it up in my queue of to-read books.

Let's start with this quote:
"She must concentrate on surviving the next three months with her dignity and reputation intact."
You know her virginity is as good as gone, right?

Not even 24 hours pass by when she's feeling "as if she were made of wax that could be molded into any form he desired". And that was a
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
Started off slow, but grew on me.

First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas like the rest of the town did, and loved that Clare put Nicholas and her love for him first, even if she didn't really realize it at the time.

The plot itself...not crazy-exciting, but entertaining with all the Fallen Angel side characters, like Michael, who (though I love him) I wanted to knock over the head with a vase. The dialogue was appealing and
Apr 01, 2016 Tishke rated it really liked it
The gypsy earl and the daughter of the Methodist priest who saved him from himself. I enjoyed majority of the book but Lord Michael's part was very obvious to the readers from the very beginning. It made me question how sincere the relationship between these four friends really was.
This book was super awesome.

The relationship between the two main characters felt so organic and real, it then highlighted (in my mind) how undeveloped and forced a lot of other romances tend to be. Not that intent doesn't exist in other books, but I guess I just really liked the author's development and characterization in this one. Their dialogue felt nature and I could see how they got along so well; their friendship was really sweet and both characters came to life in my mind.

Nicholas especi
Mar 29, 2016 LaFleurBleue rated it liked it
This book didn't succeed in engaging me as well as the last ones I read from MJ Putney.
Maybe I wasn't exactly in the right mood and this wasn't the best time for this book. Because thinking back about it, I clearly cannot recall any real turn-offs or shortfalls that would justify my lack of enthusiasm.
Both characters started as polar opposites, both of them a bit too set on their ways. The hero especially was so set on continuously thwarting his dead grandfather that his behaviour seemed quite c
Jul 28, 2015 Amyiw rated it liked it
The narration is horrible. The man speaking is monotone and effeminate whether speaking in a feminine voice or male. Peter Bishop.

Started listening to the audiobook as Amazon had a sale for the whisper sync at $2.99 for the Kindle then 5.75 for the audible sync. Ending listening and started to read at 20% but by then my thoughts on Nicholas may have been slightly skewed to the effeminate. Once I started reading, his character started to grow on me and the relationship did as well. The story was
I love the whole indecent proposal plot scheme. In this book, Clare approaches the Demon Earl, Nicholas to help bring back jobs and life into her little village. Nicholas, a little drunk, agrees if Clare agrees to live with him in the hopes that she will one day agree to become his mistress. And oh yeah he's entitled to one kiss a day at a time and place of his choosing.

So, I found this book really quite good at the moments when Clare and Nicholas were together and other 'village matters' were n
Sep 26, 2015 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great set-up for the Fallen Angels series. This is Nicholas' story as he returns to Penreith in Wales determined not to get involved with village life but Clare does not allow that to happen. She challenges him to make the mine there better though he owns the land but not the mine. Clare challenges him throughout the story on many levels.

I loved Clare and Nicholas. They were a strong match. Each gave as good as he/she got. Neither got away with much. I loved watching them trying to outmaneuver o
Jonel Boyko
Dec 11, 2014 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. The wildly creative plot took me away from reality for the duration of the novel, the ultimate mark of a good book. Having 'read' the audio version of this novel, I spent over 15hrs with the narrator and loved him. He brin ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Mrsbooks rated it did not like it
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I thought this was pretty terrible....

Miss Claire Morgan (26yrs) the local school teacher and the Methodist Reverend daughter bravely approaches Nicholas Davies (30yrs) the half gypsy Demon Earl to ask for help saving the local village.

Nicholas, who's jaded, bored, restless, and has absolutely no desire to help names a price he knows Claire can't pay for his assistance so she'll go away and stop nagging him: Her reputation. His price is that she lives with him for 3 months giving the appearance
Marilyn Rondeau
Jan 25, 2014 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing
Clare Morgan, a Welsh Methodist minister’s daughter, had always admired Nicolas Davies, more commonly referred to as the Gypsy Earl. It’s been four years since Nicolas had left for the continent after a notorious scandal. The gossips talked said that after catching Nicolas in bed with his young bride his grandfather dropped dead of a heart attack, and Nicolas’ own wife was so distressed that she raced away from Nicolas and died in a carriage accident. Whether or not it was true, Clare wouldn’t j ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Before I let you to read my Audible review, let me just say that the system of reviewing the Audiobooks there, leaves a lot to be desired. Because their system is vastly limited to their own questions [which vary from one reviewer to the next], I thought to write one up here.

First, I just loved this story. Everything in it worked for me. I’m a huge fan of a ‘tortured hero’ and while Nicholas was hurt as a child by everyone that was close to him, he wasn’t physically abused. Thank God for small f
Sheila Melo
Intriguing Premise and Complex Characters

"They called him the Demon Earl, or sometimes Old Nick. Hushed voices whispered that he had seduced his grandfather's young wife, broken his grandfather's heart, and driven his own bride to her grave."

FINAL DECISION: Highlighted by a great premise that pushes the characters out of their comfortable existences, the story takes a saint and sinner premise and challenges the stereotypical categories in a way that gives the characters depth, complexity and ult
Mary Jo Putney is one of those authors that knows how to write a book - with a ridiculous situation - and make it believable and endearing. The ridiculous situation is also the indecent proposal. Clare is a Methodist preacher's daughter, very devout and involved in her town. The area is supported by a local mine, which is very dangerous and many have died working there. Plus, the economy in the area is depressed, causing poverty and terrible working/living conditions. Nicholas is an earl and own ...more
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Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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“To love and be loved is the most powerful of human needs

Clare Morgan”
“I believe in love

Nicholas Davies - Earl of Aberdare”
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