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Night Fire (Night Trilogy #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,711 ratings  ·  71 reviews

Trapped into a loveless marriage, Arielle Leslie knew a life of shame and degregation. Even after the death of her brutal husband, she was unable to free herself from the shackles of humiliation. Only Burke Drummond's love could save her . . . if she let it. But as his passion blazed, his patience wore thin . . . and Arielle risked a fu
Paperback, 388 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Avon (first published February 1st 1989)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Burke Drummond is totally besotted upon his first meeting with Arielle Leslie.He knows nothing can become of them right now,she being way too young and he about to go off to fight in France.He vows upon his return he will have her for his own! Ahhh..but departures can change many things,and what we expect to be still the same or waiting upon one's return is not always to be.While Burke was off fighting,Arielle is sold by her half brother to a cruel and sadistic old man who needs a young beauty t ...more
3.5 Stars! This book won as the group read of the month in the Bodice Ripper Readers Anonymous Group, and I decided to participate, as it's been over 10 years since I read this book for the first and only time. I remember it not being anywhere near one of my favorites of Coulter's work (who I used to glom back in those days like she was my bff lol). In fact, I remember not being a big fan of this one at all. But, growing up some, and the experience of those in between years may give me a differe ...more
Ugh, thank God that's over. If I gave more of a shit, I'd review it, but I'd like to forget this ever happened.
He knew now that he could control her. Oh, yes, indeed he could.

@.@ It's on like Donkey Kong.
First Coulter novel I've read.

I thought it was dry, repetitive, and confusing at the crucial moments. Not sure if I'll even look into the other in the series since this one turned me off so much. I've read other novels involving abusive relationships and healing love and this was just done poorly.
If you're into obsessive hero's - because he loves her so much - then you need to read this. This also has the love-at-first-sight theme and a sexually abused heroine.

I know themes like these might not be everyone's cup of tea, so I thought I would mention that. I hate sexually abused (from previous relationship) themes myself normally because they tend to drag on, however, when done by a gifted author like CC, it wasn't a bore. I loved this book.
One of my favorite historical romances. I definitely understand why some readers would have beef with the hero, but I thought he was a very sweet man and really loved and cared for Arielle. The story progresses really well and I loved how their relationship grows and turns loving. Arielle has some obvious PTSD, and even though Burke doesn't go about comforting her in the best way, he still helps her heal and she turns into a strong woman.

Some spoilers ahead.

Ok, so maybe kidnapping a woman, hold
Dec 02, 2008 Laura added it
This is the first book in one of Coulter's trilogies. Set in regency times, it is about a girl who is forced to marry an older man who abuses her. When he dies, she thinks she is free only to find out that other problems arise.
Luisa B.
¿Qué sucedió con el bendito caballo Victor?
Este libro me ha gustado más de lo que esperaba.
Inicialmente no me convencía Burke, era muy agresivo en su manera de acercarse a Arielle, además de que su dichoso amor me parecía más una completa obsesión... pero poco a poco empezó a ser el dulce héroe que esperaba encontrar y el romance se fue haciendo más bonito y tierno mientras que Arielle encontraba su fuerza interior.
Es una historia dulce que se lee en un suspiro, porque la pluma de la autora es b
This is the first book in the Night Fire Trilogy, which takes place during the 1800's in England. Arielle Leslie the heroine, was 15 years old at the time, when she had come upon a man sitting at her favorite spot by the water. He was handsome and charming, and Arielle found herself quickly becoming infatuated with him. He introduced himself as Burke Drummond, the new Earl of Ravensworth. But Arielle's romantic fantasies of this man would be short lived, because her half-brother had other plans ...more
Sawyer Belle
I almost didn't like this book, until I liked it very well!

Ariel was a victim of her time and of her sex. A desirable, fiesty youth is robbed of her will and broken beneath the brutality of her husband. When his death sets her free she is determined that she'll not marry again...

But Burke has other plans...Returning from war on the continent, his thoughts are bent on the beauty who ensnared him years before. When he returns to learn that she had been married and recently widowed, he is astonish
I adore Catherine Coulter's older historical romances. Partially because she was one of the first romance authors I ever read (The Sherbrooke Bride being the very first), but also because while the conventions of the genre are clear cut and well-defined, her characters lives are anything but.

In Night Fire, the main characters deal with things not spoken of in Regency England, let alone written of by contemporary historical romance novelists. The heroine is abused physically, sexually and emotio
As much as I enjoy Ms. Coulter's romantic suspense, I love her historical romances even more. Night Fire is the first in the "Night" Trilogy. This one was very uncomfortable to read to at times. The things that Arielle's first husband put her though were just brutal and despicable. Ms. Coulter does not shelter the reader from the reality of the situation either. While it was hard to read, I have to give her props for being willing to not sugar coat everything. Had she done that, I don't think th ...more
Kristal Taylor
I really like this book although I hope the next book is better. I thought it too to long to get to the romance and happiness. These people were awful. Burke Drummond was totally in love when first meeting Arielle Leslie. Her being to young he moved on. Back in his mind no one could compete with his love for her. And when she was older getting her to fall back in love with him was awful going through the terrible things she went through. Just saying took to long for them to be together. Like fil ...more
Healing after an abusive relationship done very poorly. I find it interesting that modern readers would entertain this, especially as we are moving towards a general sense of female empowerment etc.

I find that Burke is overbearing and high-handed, and that in light of the heroine's history of sexual abuse, those traits are unforgivable in the hero. The only thing separating him from the heroine's ex is his own belief that he is 'the best thing for her'.

Which becomes his argument as to w
May 08, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the abused heroine
This book seems to get mixed reactions. Apparently, Coulter's got some really controversial stuff out there. Compared to some of her other works, I think this one's pretty tame, but it still has some unpleasant scenes involving Arielle's abusive first husband. Burke, however, is a decent hero. The worst thing he does is kidnap her when she's trying to flee her estate to go to America. Normally, I despise any hero who tries to take away the heroine's freedom, but Burke grew on me when he didn't d ...more
I have mixed feelings about this. Arielle is horribly abused by her first husband, but frankly, Burke wasn’t much better for much of the book. He decided that he wanted to have Arielle as his wife, and who cares what she thinks about it. Surely, if she’s forced to spend all her time with him, she’ll come around eventually! Burke may have never physically hurt her, but the beginning of their relationship was no less abusive. That being said, I did like Arielle and Burke and I liked them together, ...more
Cas H.
I love Catherine Coulter's writing style. She has a way of drawing readers into the full story, not just the action. She has a way of making you feel for the characters as well as feel like the characters. Night Fire is about a man named Burke Drummond and a Woman named Arielle Leslie. When she is 16 they meet and she decides that she likes Burke a lot, Burke also likes her a lot, but thinks that he is crazy because she is still so young, so he goes back to the Army only to return three years la ...more
Married to a sadistic abuser, Arielle has suffered through degradation. Now a widow, she finds herself married to her childhood infatuation, Burke, who is determined to heal her.

I found that I just couldn't like this book as much as I wanted to. It pretends to be a sweet romance, and portrays Burke as being so solicitous with his poor abused love, but I thought he was selfish and heavy-handed, and it was a wonder Arielle recovered at all. He was so set on what he wanted that I just wanted to sma
Susan Ritter
I love her other series (Brides) mostly 4 and 5 star for me. This book was just not for me. I'm rating it a 3, as it is written well, but the story for me is a 2 star. I have already purchased the first in the FBI series and look forward to reading this series.
I could have live my life peacefully without reading this book, meaning, I did not give me anything, not a night of insomnia trying to finish it, nothing.
Burke, Ok, at first he did not know a thing about Arielles condition, and thoughts about men, but Come ON! If you are the gentlemen you claim to be, behave like that! You do not force a woman just because you love her.
The author could have gone deeper in Dorcas history, so that way we could simpatize more with her, and see the other way that
This was a very different book. Very graphic for the time in which it is set. It was an interesting way that Burke set about his task. Not sure I agreed with his methods but it worked.
Arielle Leslie was married off to a wicked old man by her heartless half-brother. When the wretch died a year later, Arielle breathed a sigh of relief, but never managed to regain the vivacity of her former life. Burke Drummond carried the fond memories of 15-year-old Arielle with him to the Napoleonic Wars. When he returns to find her cold and hostile, he's determined to do whatever it takes to bring back and marry the sweet girl he fell in love 5 years ago. The brutality of Arielle's first hus ...more
I love Catherine Coulter's FBI novels and am not a fan of historic fiction particularly romances set back in these distant era's. But this trilogy was a lovely surprise. I was enraptured from the first pages and could hardly put this book down or the ones following. The entire trilogy was brilliant I thought, with plenty of steamy romance, some shocking moments, and lots of good story telling.

Catherine Coulter did not disappoint and wove a wonderful story that takes us over three books and thre
I only read the FBI series by Coulter. This genre of her work never interested me, until I read the synopsis for this book. I am so glad I gave it a try!!!
Cecilia Rodriguez
I absolutely hate it when a romance starts out with the abuse of the female lead, especially when it is described in cruel detail.
It's an I-loved-it-when-I-was-sexually-repressed-in-my-twenties/guilty-pleasure kinda three-star book.
I've always liked romance novels where the hero pursues the heroine and when it is the hero that reforms the heroine, as opposed to the other way around. I guess it's because it is a theme that isn't as common. This book reminded me a lot of Redeeming Love (one of my fav novels). In both the heroine is physically and sexually abused, hero wants to save and protect, hero forces marriage on semi unconscious bride, hero shows heroine what love is truly about.... Etc. I still liked redeeming love be ...more
Marsy Key
Already looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Cute love story.
I really liked how this book started out. It was fast paced and really kept my interest. Arielle is one abused women, she goes through so much torture from her husband and step-son and yet with the help (though it wasn't wanted)from Burke she was able to heal and become a strong independet women. Burke was a great hero, very patient(unless you count the kidnapping),easy going and understanding. It was nice seeing the way he helped Arielle get over all of her trama. The reason I gave it 4* instea ...more
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