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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 :-)

A...more
Shelley (Goodreads is All About the $$$)
I have cleared my rating and review.

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...more
Melanie
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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...more
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 (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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...more
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
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
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 (The Cosmic Bean*)
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
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
bookworm80
I love Kinsale's laer books (The Shadow and the Star and For My Lady's Heart in particular), but this one I just couldn't finish. I couldn't get pas an annoyingly and unbelievably naive heroine and equally annoyingly and unbelievably smug hero. Now, I don't mind a sarcastic antihero in romance (Sebastian from To Have and to Hold is one of my favorites), but this guy was pathetic. For all his cynicism he let everyone - his father, his father's mistress - manipulate him. He's a hero, even though h...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...
Karen
I know a lot of people really like this book; one of them recommended it to me. I'm not feeling the love. I didn't hate it, but it was a bit too much of an epic for me. My favorite scenes between the hero and heroine came fairly early in the book and nothing that came after really grabbed me the same way.
TJ
Love, love, love Kinsale, just didn't particularly love this book. Couldn't get into the characters, the endless supply of far-fetched situations flew far beyond believability and it seemed excessively wordy.
Kaetrin
Oh, the parts where they were shipwrecked! *fans self*
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,...more
Tricia Lynne
One of the best hero's ever!
Mitzi
Oct 29, 2010 Mitzi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
April Dinucci
This book had me entwined and hooked from the prologue, in fact, my only negative comment is that I was hoping for an equally raw an emotional epilogue and was disappointed (since there is no epilogue).
But that was the only negative... The two maine characters are Olympia and Sheridan and they couldn't be more yin and yang. Sheridan is a strong, hard, and selfish retired Royal Navy Capt. who has major PTSD issues and has clearly become the rake he is for survival. Olympia is a sheltered, idealis...more
April Dinucci
This book had me entwined and hooked from the prologue, in fact, my only negative comment is that I was hoping for an equally raw an emotional epilogue and was disappointed (since there is no epilogue).
But that was the only negative... The two maine characters are Olympia and Sheridan and they couldn't be more yin and yang. Sheridan is a strong, hard, and selfish retired Royal Navy Capt. who has major PTSD issues and has clearly become the rake he is for survival. Olympia is a sheltered, ideali...more
Pixelinchen
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Brie
I've always found Ms. Kinsale's writing to be emotionally draining, and Seize the Fire is no exception. Olympia and Sheridan were great characters. Olympia is a little reserved, but she has big dreams and even bigger notions about what she thinks the world should be like. This character trait was both a good and bad thing for her character because while it made her innocently endearing, it also put her and Sheridan in a lot of unneeded trouble on multiple occasions. Sheridan is mostly disenchant...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...more
Mhollie
Sheridan Drake: Honorable Knight of the Order of Bath, highly decorated sea captain, slave, thief, roué, cynic and suicidal madman from post-traumatic stress.

Olympia Francesca Marie Antonia Elizabeth: Exiled Princess of Oriens, sheltered idealist, budding revolutionary, stubborn and highly self-conscious of her body image.

This is a world-wide tromp from Great Britain, France, Spain, South America, Kurdistan and back. A touch and go love story of deception, betrayal, incredible tenacity and humbl...more
Regan Walker
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...more
Regan Walker
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...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.

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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.” 29 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.” 2 likes
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