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Heartless (The Fire Trilogy #1)

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A Shameless Bargain
To escape her life of poverty as a tenant farmer's daughter, Ariel Summers made a bargain with the devil-she would become the Earl of Greville's mistress in exchange for the schooling and refinements of a lady. But she couldn't foresee the arl's untimely death, or her own disturbing attraction to his bastard son and heir, Justin Ross.
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2001)
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My all time favorite HR guilty pleasure. It's not even bad.
Also, it has some wisdom we could all learn from. Sometimes in life we overlook the obvious. Deep stuff.

Edit: I see there aren't many reviews of this book, so I'm gonna give it a go. No spoilers.

When she was an illiterate fourteen year old peasant, our heroine, Ariel, made a deal with the Earl of Greville. He would put her through finishing school, give her a better life and turn her into a lady, and in return, she would become his mist
Otra novela más donde su protagonista tiene que serle infiel a su amada, porque sino no es un hombre. Venga ya, ¿en serio se cree Justin que eso le hace ser más... varonil? Solo le hace ser un gilipollas. En los demás aspectos, Justin tenía un gran corazón, pero la infidelidad y el abuso del sexo sin sentido, no es algo que se pueda pasar de largo, sobre todo la estupidez suya. Porque Justin es la clase de chico que le es infiel a su amada porque su mejor amigo le dice que lo sea. De verdad, un ...more
El libro en sí me ha gustado, de esos que te entretienen en las tardes fresquitas de verano, dentro de lo que suele ser la romántica histórica eso sí: joven hijo bastardo reconocido como heredero al morir su padre conoce a chica encantadora y dulce que hizo un trato con su progenitor (el del chico) para que la sacara de la pobreza a cambio de ofrecerle su "atención personal" llegada a una edad adecuada. ¿Mantendrá el susodicho trato o liberará a la joven?
Habría resultado una lectura muy amena de
I am always amazed once I finish reading a historical novel. I expect to be bored but I am usually in awe. This book was no exception. I didn't read the book jacket before I started reading the book so I had no idea what to expect. After reading the first chapter I almost stopped reading the book because of the direction I thought it would take. I worried that issues involving rape, prostitution, and assault would abound in thus story. However, I gave it another chapter and I became captivated b ...more
อยากจับพระนางมาเขยาๆ นาโมโหมาก มีอะไรกไมคุยกัน คิดเองเออเอง เจบเองไปหมด
นางเอกอะตัวดี เชือมันในคนอืนมากกวาพระเอก ทีจริงอยูกับเขาตลอดกนาจะรูจักเขาดีขึน แตนีกลับเชือผูรายซะงัน

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Elis Madison
Ariel is the abused daughter of a tenant farmer who dreams of better things. At 14, she approaches the aging Earl of Greville, and offers her services as his mistress if he'll pay for her to be educated and clothed as a lady.

Fast forward almost 5 years. Having finished school, Ariel is summoned to London to fulfill her part of the bargain. The thing is, the person collecting is not the earl she knew—he somehow managed to die without anyone telling her, and he's left his bastard (in more ways th
Ariel Summers makes a promise to the old Earl of Greville that if he pays for her schooling, she will become his mistress. While she is at school, she writes weekly to the Earl only unbeknownst to her, the old Earl has died and her letters are going to his son, Justin Ross. He begins to look forward to her letters as he is very jaded. Ariel and Justin soon find they are attracted to each other, but old suspicions about Ariel are hard for Justin to get past.

I liked this book and would advise othe
3 1/2 ***

Usually I really love Kat Martin's books but this one just seemed like she followed a basic formula and didn't change it up at all.

Ariel (h) was born a poor tenant farmer's daughter. After the death of her mother when she was young, her father took to drinking and beating his daughter making her life miserable. For years she had longed to escape her life and live the life of a Lady. One day when she was 14 she had a plan, one she was sure would work. She waited for the Earl who owned t
This book keeps popping up as a suggestion, and in other lists that I encounter, the blurb intrigues me, but then I recall that I did read this a long while ago. So I'll just add it here... I can remember that the hero was pushy and adamant that the heroine becomes his lover since his uncle passed away and wasn't able to teach her to learn how to act like a lady. ....I hope I can remember that I've read this.
Una historia simple y fácil de leer, con poquísimos personajes pero bien construidos. Entretiene, está bien escrita y te mantiene en sus páginas hasta que la terminas, en mi caso sólo un día. Tiene conflictos ya vistos en el género, pero también otros aspectos originales, como el inicio de la relación de los dos personajes principales. Recomendable si llega a tus manos, pero como se puede desprender de mi comentario.... ni fu ni fa (no es de las que quedará en tu memoria por mucho tiempo).
I liked the summary enough I accidentally bought it again and didn't realize I'd already read it until halfway through. Even now I can't remember if I liked it. Either time. Must mean it's on the forgettable side!
I couldn't feel too terribly sorry for Ariel given what she knew she was offering to the older man. I think she rethought it though in the end. Was Justin a bit harsh to her, sometimes and of course, that little betrayal....yeah hurtfult but at the same time he was really hurt as well. He had been down that road w/ that guy before why would he think he could trust another woman? It looked bad, BUT he redeemed WELL. It was a great story w/ angst and I have to say I liked that all th ...more
I never thought I would be reading any book as good as Sweet Vengeance. But I was wrong, this book completely blew me off. There was so much emotion, passion, anger and everything was just so overwhelming that it knocked me back. I don't know if I can ever get over from this book. I wish I have a hard copy of this book.
I wonder whether LOVE is just as beautiful emotion as depicted in novels or it is just a fantasy created by author to escape the real world.

I really liked the characters in this book. She was a very smart and independent female (in a time when it was hard to be that). He was more sensitive and thoughtful than we first suspected. When he had her strip at the beginning, I didn't know if I could like him after that. But he redeemed himself and saw the errror of his ways. The scene where he rescues her from the prison was my favorite of his scenes. I had my heart torn out by the description of the betrayal she felt after he kicked her o ...more
Good chemistry between characters. The male character is strong but full of self-deprecation.OK.
Oct 31, 2007 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like hilarious romance novels
This book taught me the value of using an unnecessarily long or obscure word to describe simple things, like drinking, making facial expressions, or reaching orgasm. A+ for unrealistic plot twists and overly emotionally conflicted characters!

(Don't judge; you know you giggle at the romance books, too!)
I liked that characters and it was a little different feel than what I'm used to from Kat Martin. I loved Justin and I liked the back story he had going into the story. Ariel fell a little flat for me but their relationship worked well and their personalities balanced eachother nicely.
Carolyn F.
Jul 18, 2012 Carolyn F. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carolyn F. by: Historical Romance Group
3-1/2 stars.

The beginning was a little boring, about a 3rd, then it finally started turning around and became heart breaking. Then romantic and sad and romantic. I don't think I've read this author before although I do own a few of her books. Pretty good.
This historical romance was better than I was expecting, but that's never been my favorite genre so I'm more than ready to take a break from it and read some other stuff. Too many earls, lords and ladies! Time for some Olympians, ruffians, and ne'er do wells!
I enjoyed this romance--a hero and heroine from humble beginnings, scarred by betrayal as children, and beset by villians that you love to hate. Good suspense and sexual tension.
Book #63 read in 2007

Another typical romance novel by Martin. Entertaining at times, but predictable.

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Lalah Never Never
you know it ain't good if after a week of reading it, you can't remember what it's about. hehe
Sharon Sherman
Heartless is another good book by Kat Martin.
Danette Steward
First by this author. Pretty darn good.
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Heartless by Kat Martin (2001)
surprisingly captivating...
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Kathleen Kelly Martin (aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars)

Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read
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