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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,129 ratings  ·  124 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
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Wicked Incognito Now
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 :-)

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Glamdring

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
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.

Olympia
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
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Corduroy
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
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MomToKippy
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

Jennifer
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.
Melanie
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Caz
Wow. What an amazing book - Sheridan has to be one of the most tortured, fucked-up, multi-layered characters I've ever read.

I'll write a review at some point, but for now, I am verklempt.
Errolyn
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
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Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
Jun 08, 2010 Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers, epic love story
Recommended to Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide by: Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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puppitypup
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
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Shelley
I have cleared my rating and review.

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
Katie
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
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A.B. Gayle
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
Fsabtow
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
Erin
DNF-I don't know about this one. A lot was happening but at the same time nothing was happening. A pity since I really liked the concept but I just got bored with it after awhile. Might work for someone else though.
Barbara Elsborg
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
Cheryl
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...
Kaetrin
Oh, the parts where they were shipwrecked! *fans self*
Tricia Lynne
One of the best hero's ever!
Madeline
I think Laura Kinsale puts together some great sentences, and this makes me forget that I really only liked one of her novels (the delightful Lessons in French) even though I've respected others (For My Lady's Heart). Okay, so I guess Seize the Fire is only the fourth of her books I've read. Details. They do all have very nice sentences!

And I thought I was going to like Seize the Fire a lot, at the beginning. It starts out like a Ruritanian romance: fictional European countries, a stranded princ
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Blaze King
The first 80% of the book was plain WOW!

It was Sheridan who carried this book on his shoulders. The story and plot was okay. Heroine was sweet in her innocence, but later it started to look more like foolishness. There were many times when she was just too dumb.

If the latter part of the book hadn't taken a sudden U turn in Sheridan's character for me, it would have been a full 5 star review.

At first he was an anti-hero you wouldn't ever forget soon. He was a man who lived only for himself. Then
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Lizzy
Una Dulce LLama, com o título original Seize The Fire, é um livro que vou demorar a esquecer. É um dos primeiros romances de Laura Kinsale e, sem dúvida, ela colocou na narrativa todo o seu imenso potencial de uma brilhante contadora de histórias. Existe a segurança do final feliz? Sim. Mas, como se chega a ele, é o que faz toda a diferença e torna esse livro original, impecavelmente pesquisado, denso e extremamente humano. Eu particularmente adoro um enredo com uma ambientação histórica capaz d ...more
Maya
This novel kept swinging back and forth from 1 star to 5 star territory for me, which forced a final rating smack in the middle at 3 stars.

There was the good and very good: great writing, hugely interesting hero who often seems to behave unheroically, compelling depiction of military character suffering from PTSD in a time before this was a medical term, almost all the action taking place in unusual-to-me settings, shipwreck, Ottoman palaces, and a species of animal mascot that I don't think ca
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Zoe and the Edge
This book is a long journey. The couple go through many ups and downs and there are plenty of “I love you”s and “I hate you”s. It's that type of book. I personally think many rabbit trails could have been left out quite nicely to make this a 5-star read.

You could not find a more unlikely couple.

He had her so infatuated with him that she’d probably eat grass if he informed her she was a sheep.

Olympia is a perfect idiot and so stupidly naïve. But I guess that's part of the fun – to see cynical,
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Shaula
Normally I love Laura Kinsale's books. I love the complexity of her plotting and the subtlety of her characters, but this book left me cold.

The plotting was delightfully labyrinthine, but the characters made me want to bash my head against a wall. Olympia was dangerously naive and gullible and constantly enraged when she realized she had been duped. Again. I admire the representation of Sheridan's PTSD; it was well done and heartbreaking, but his insistence that he was a scoundrel got old and wa
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Joy
This was...panoramic. The heroine is a princess of some little Alpine country and has been educated in England to be a revolutionary idealist. The "hero" (I use this word loosely) is basically Flashman, that is, if Flashman had enough of a conscience to--barely--NOT push the girl toward danger as he ran away, and eventually end up with a fixation on protecting her (as long as it didn't threaten him). Throughout this book, which is set variously in England, Portugal, the Falkland Islands, and the ...more
Jellie Dawn
More like 3.5. It initially was a 4 but the story dwindled down from a scream to a murmur, accounting to the unsatisfying yet rightful ending to the whirlwind that is the story of Princess Olympia of the Oriens and Sheridan Drake. I've noticed the depth of the turmoil of the characters when it comes to historical novels, and attribute it to the maelstrom of events they had to go through in their lifetimes. And as this novel was painted to be in the era of navies and middle eastern thievery and s ...more
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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.” 32 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.” 3 likes
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