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Seize the Fire

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,503 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Olympia St. Leger is a princess in desperate need of a knight in shining armor. Sheridan Drake, amused by Olympia's innocence and magnificent beauty, but also intrigued by her considerable wealth, accepts the position of white knight. Unaware that Sheridan is a notorious scoundrel, Olympia willingly allows herself to submit to his protection and his potent embrace. Theirs ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 453 pages
Published October 2nd 1989 by Avon Books (first published October 1989)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This is one of the BEST historicals I have EVER read! Bravo!!!!!

The second half of the book:

My fav quote:

"He shrugged. "I suppose I'm a fairly downy bird when it comes to hoaxing dragons. But when one of 'em ties you down and punches you in the stomach, not to mention beating you over the head and drowning you by degrees, it's high time to retire from the field with what grace you can muster." He looked at her, his dark lashes swept low over the silver firelight in his eyes. "I'm sorry you were
Wicked Incognito Now
Oct 17, 2009 Wicked Incognito Now rated it it was amazing
I am often reall embarrassed to be a lover of romance novels. I don't tell everyone, because I don't want them to think I am simple-minded because I just like reading about love stories and happy endings.

Then, I feel irritation at myself and anyone who would judge my reading choices. I am more intelligent than the average bear. I have just as much (or more) capacity for deep, intellectual thought as the next person. And I DO enjoy excellent literary fiction. I just ALSO enjoy romance novels :-)

Feb 19, 2016 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy book!?

The plots are crazy, the characters are crazy. They travelled from Europe then the Americas, stranded on an island, then to Turkey and there was a sultan. A princess, a revolution, a un-heroic hero. This book is ce-razy!!

What I loved about the book (and what earned this book 4 stars in my book):


Sheridan (38) and Olympia (24?) are by no means the usual character types you see in this genre. Sheridan is a handsome scoundrel with no principles. He wa
I read this a while back and haven't had time to write a full review. I did, however, write this mini-review for AAR.

I felt emotionally exhausted by the time I’d finished reading this book. There’s no way to do it justice in couple of paragraphs, but there’s no question that in Sheridan Drake, Ms Kinsale has created one of the most complex, compelling heroes – should that be anti-heroes? – I’ve ever read.

A decorated naval officer, widely regarded as one of the nation’s heroes, Sheridan knows he’
Jul 01, 2012 Glamdring rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Glamdring by: Blacky *Romance Addict*

The best asset of this book is Sheridan, the hero. He alone is worth a 4 stars. But then we have the heroine and the story.

Sheridan is not your standard bad boy or gamma hero, he is a anti hero plain and simple and doesn't apologize about it. Also, he is honest and clear about it with the heroine. I enjoyed him a lot.

I have nothing against naive or/and idealist heroines in historical romances. But let's face it, Olympia wasn't only that. At one point of the story, Sheridan went to
Alex Morrison
Actual Rating: 4.5

I am so glad I didn't give up on this book. More coherent thoughts later.


This book isn't perfect - let's get that out of the way first. After having read three novels by Kinsale, I'm coming to understand that she tends to shove A LOT into 400 pages. I read this after My Sweet Folly which really suffered under the weight of the twists and turns she introduced, but that was not the case here - despite global adventures, pirates, a revolution, and a pet penguin.

I almost DNF'
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Mar 27, 2016 Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, hero-dibs-worthy, angst-fest, hero-endearing-delicious, hero-alpha-hot, him-tortured-past-emo-scarred, wrap-it-up-pls, love-the-intimacy-n-interplay, h-sweetheart, heartwarming-romance-or-story, historical-rom, emo-unfaithful-or-betrayal, older-guy-10-yrs-or-more, hero-smitten, made-me-smile-or-chuckle, om-involved, nurses-saves-his-her-life, new-to-me-author-i-liked, plain-janes-game-set-match, adventure-travel, h-meek-to-tough, hero-only-lover, h-shy-or-reserved-or-dignified, hero-caring-protective, woos-bfrenz-weds-fr-decptive-reasns, h-manipulated-vulnerable, h-ditsy-quirky-cute, ow-involved, hero-sarcastic-mocking, royalty, h-amazon-bbw-zaftig, h-h-in-isolation, he-knows-she-virgin, he-protects-on-the-run-heroine, takes-a-shot-for-her-him, cheating-thieving-spying, h-says-ily-first, hate-u-love-u, psych-help-pls, suicidal-ideation, love-this-couple, by-love-redeemed, badboys_ex-or-not, hero-wid-older-significant-ex, blow-hot-blow-cold, oh-darling-nothing-to-forgive, h-poor-lil-rich-girl, knight-mode, h-stupid-but-likable, h-mixedup-foolish, two-lost-souls, some-ick-factor, problm-trust-sharing_not-lov, sweet-delicious, endangers-life-for-other, stained-sheets-n-all, slow-to-buildup, hero-dishonest, h-dumped-rejected-sent-away, details-or-timeframe-unclear, he-in-financial-difficulty_ruin, he-commitment-phobic, story-waxes-n-wanes, he-swoonworthy-yet-smackable, villains-to-heroes, roughing-it-out_survival, made-me-swoon, sex-wid-other-ppl-in-book, mcs-who-hav-killed, hist-safe-sex-practices, crashlandings-n-castaways
Anti-hero is too glamorous a label for him. He is a scoundrel, a lying low-life, a common thief, a blackguard, a cad and he should be boiled in a vat of hot oil for his self-serving ways. Only his fallen angel charm, devilish wit and bad boy sex appeal lets him get away with it. Of all the cheating, lying Hs I’ve read about, he has to be the worst but at the same time the most lovable and the most swoonworthy!
He dares you to not like him despite his repeated transgressions and acts of treachery
Well, I had some feelings about this book, which seemed like it was really multiple adventure-romances Vulcan mind-melded together into one totally next-level insane adventure-romance.

Heroine is Olympia, a princess of "Oriens", a tiny kingdom in the Alps. Hero is Sheridan, an outwardly heroic Navy dude. Olympia is on fire with democratic longings and wishes to get back to the kingdom she's never actually seen, to lead her people to a peaceful democratic revolution. Sheridan just got out of the
Jan 12, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The first time I read Seize the Fire was last year, shortly after finishing my first (and still favorite) book by Laura Kinsale, Flowers from the Storm, and I have to admit -- I just didn't get it. It was so weird! Flowers from the Storm had been unusual and full of heartrending emotions and high angst, but it was grounded in a setting I recognized in historical romances. The whole story takes place in England, and its concerns -- health, finances, religion -- were fairly domestic, if far from p ...more
I've given this an A+ for narration (well, duh!) and an A for content at AudioGals.

Even though I have eagerly snatched up every single audiobook from this hugely talented author/narrator team as soon as they’ve appeared, Seize the Fire is one I’ve been waiting for ever since Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton began their collaboration. The prospect of hearing Sheridan Drake brought to life in all his tortured, roguish, f**cked-up, delicious glory by such a wonderfully skilled narrator made this
Oct 30, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
How do I describe my love for this book? Laura Kinsale had me nearly in tears when I finished it last night. (view spoiler) ...more
Kinsale is a master story teller. Do not be misled into thinking that her work fits neatly in the romance category. Kinsale succeeds on all levels again. We have complex character development, a demanding plot with twists and turns, important psychological subject matter, a roller coaster ride taking us around the world to unexpected places, and ability to convey love/grief that transcends all. Full of tragedy and angst and nail biting adventure. I am spent. 4.5

This is my favorite of Laura Kinsale's books. The cover is stunningly beautiful, the characters are fantastic, and the story hits every romantic button in my body. I've read this book over and over and it's still fresh every time. I never get tired of it.
Apr 17, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Wow. There was a lot going on here. Regency, Gothic,Julie of the Wolves/Island of Blue Dolphins survival porn, pirates, Arabian slavery, plus a very serious case of post war PTSD. I am way too confused to write a review.
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Historic Romance I thought this was going to be another silly romance. I was wrong. Not since Jamie sent Claire back through the stones has a book hurt this much to read. This book deals with PTSD with such realism, I could hardly breathe.

The author put her dedication at the very end, understandably so. It reads "This book is dedicated to the combat veterans of Vietnam. With respect, and love, and hope for healing."

This is one of the most romantic books I've read, in a class with Tale of Two Cit
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
May 28, 2010 Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers, epic love story
Recommended to Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide by: Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oh man, I almost missed out on a precious gem of a book. I got about 50 pages into Sieze the Fire and started thinking that it wasn't my type of story. I put it down and moved on to something else. For the next few days it kept bothering me that I didn't give it more of a chance, so I picked it back up and tried again. Boy, am I glad I did.

One of my initial reasons for disliking the book was the hero (or I should say more appropriately the anti-hero) of the book. Sheridan is a bastard at worse
Apr 24, 2009 Errolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites
So Unexpected. So good. It is always a joy to go into a book expecting a certain type of entertainment...and get something all together different, but in a good way. This was my experience with this book. And it made me appreciate it even more.My re-introduction into historical romance continues.
From the blurb I expected a nice lighthearted, and humorous adventure with the usual romance staples: they meet, they hate each other, they fight, they kiss, they fight some more, love, love, love, they
Mary B.
I'm not quite sure what to say. This is my second Kinsale book, the first being "Flowers from the Storm." Like FftS, Seize the Fire was a long, arduous and often convoluted plot which ended in a powerfully emotional, tear-inducing, grab-you-by-the-gut-type of ending. The difference is that... with Flowers from the Storm, I felt as though the ends justified the means. In other words, as the reader, I really understood why it was absolutely necessary for Kinsale to take the readers along for the d ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: hero-i-would-do
I have cleared my rating and review.

I don't think I can accurately describe my love for this book (I even think I prefer it to Flowers from the Storm!). I almost don't want to think about it too much just in case I find some issues that I can't get past.

I think that Laura Kinsale is becoming one of my favourite authors. I've now read three of her books over the last month or so and I've really enjoyed all of them. Her writing is so beautiful and it brings up such vivid pictures in my mind without being overly descriptive and her c
A.B. Gayle
Jan 27, 2013 A.B. Gayle rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
Before I started reading m/m I used to devour Regency Romance, beginning with Georgette Heyer and progressing through Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Loretta Chase and Laura Kinsale. The last four were my first foray into ebooks, as I discovered authors who were rarely seen in print in bookshops and libraries in Australia. (We are a deprived lot and rely heavily on female librarians who managed to sway the purchasing power of their male counterparts who believe romance is BAD and would much prefer to ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Fsabtow rated it it was amazing
I never write reviews. Ever. I rely on them but selfish-to-busy-to-write-barely-enough-time-to read- 'ole me doesn't write reviews/comments/anything on the world wide web. This book? Yanked me out of self-titled importance and practically begged me to write something. I've read my fair share of romance, and never in my lengthy and at times unhealthy experiences have I read a tale so beautiful and heart wrenching and funny and splendid. I smelt the ocean. I felt her anguish. His heartache. I was ...more
4.5 stars
Jun 06, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me say that I never write reviews. This is my first Goodreads review. I just had to write and muddle through my thoughts so that I can move on.

I'm not sure how I'll read another romance after this. I think this book may give me some serious book hangover. So many romances are trivial and this is not. I don't ever expect Laura Kinsale's books to be trivial or shallow, but holy cow. This one blew the others (that I've read of hers) out of the water as far as character depth and characters that
Regan Walker
Feb 24, 2012 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Masterful, Absorbing Storytelling

An intriguing, well-written tale of a tortured hero who must come to terms with his past, and a brave young woman who must face reality. Kinsale's dialog is snappy, her humor dry and fitting and the characters' inner thinking terribly witty and appropriate for the times. The twists and turns are clever and the angst believable. Very well done!

Set in England, the Falkland Islands, the Middle East and Europe, beginning in 1827, this is the story of Olympia, Princ
Dec 05, 2015 Ania rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

I don't think I have the words to properly convey how much I absolutely adored this book. It was rather unexpected the way it just pulled me in. I started it thinking one thing and by the end of it, I was crying my eyes out, completely floored by how wonderful and amazing it had all been. It was one of those books you feel satisfied when the end comes and yet you wish you could have just a little bit more. It was that bittersweet.

It was an exciting adventure, I loved eve
Barbara Elsborg
Jun 03, 2014 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, just what I was in the mood for. A well written, over the top historical romance that had everything in it! I loved both hero and heroine, especially the hero with his PTSD - just when you wondered what else could happen to this pair, the author came up with something else. I could see how it might annoy some readers - maybe it did go on a bit too long, a bit too much back and forth between them but I needed a long book to read on a lazy afternoon and this was perfect. I can't wait to re ...more
Oct 26, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This was the first actual "romance novel" I've ever read. I usually read mystery, action, sci-fi, etc...
I was very surprised by this book....was just expecting all lovey, dovey...just look at the cover and you can see what I expected.
The book had a good story line and was mainly a love/hate story of two people, but there was a lot of action as the characters fought pirates, struggled to live on a shipwrecked island, etc...
This was lovely and emotionally devastating. I adored Sheridan's character and Olympia really got to be a fun character around the midpoint of the book. I could have had a little bit less of the obstacles constantly thrown in the way of the characters, but I still very much enjoyed the book. A longer review to come when it's not finals week.
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Laura Kinsale is a New York Times bestselling author and both winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America.

She become a romance writer after six years as a geologist--a career which consisted of getting out of bed in the middle of the night and driving hundreds of miles alone across west Texas to sit drilling rigs, wear a hard hat, and at
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“Then you came and I started to feel again. I started to think there was a reason I survived, that you were my reason. But nothing's so simple, is it? I didn't protect you. Here you are hurting so bad, and I can't even help. I'm just here and I need you. That's all it comes to. I need you to be brave when I haven't been. I know how hard it is. Look at me. Look at what's happened to me. Jesus, I feel like I'll be crying for the next century." He bent his head, pressed his tear-wet cheek to her dry cold skin. "But I'm here. I'm not hiding anymore. Princess, I'm asking you. Come back to me. You're my life.” 36 likes
“I think,' Olympia said slowly, 'that I know you quite well.' She looked down at the deck and added in a carefully mild voice, 'You can be a scoundrel; I know that. You stole from me and betrayed me and lied to me. You have no morals and no ideals; you think of yourself first and you're a coward sometimes on that account.' She hesitated, chewing her lip. 'What people call a coward, anyway. I don't know what cowardice is anymore. I don't know what heroism is.' She looked up. 'But I know one thing, and I learned it from you. I know what courage means. It means to pick up and go on, no matter what. It means having a heart of iron, like they say. You have that.” 7 likes
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