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The Elusive Flame (Birmingham #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  3,688 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
A woman in desperate straits ... A fearless man ... A marriage of convenience on turbulent waters ...

Cerynise Kendall has been left destitute and in dire need following the death of her doting patron and protectress. A brilliant young artist tossed from her home with only the clothes on her back, Cerynise must now turn to a childhood companion for assistance --- the dashin
Mass Market Paperback, 488 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Avon (first published 1998)
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Kat Kennedy
I suppose this review isn't necessarily for this book - but there were some things in this book that made me wonder and now I'm kind of curious.

I admit to not having read many traditional romances at all. Paranormal romances, yes, I think I can speak with some kind of authority on those but the regency, chic lit and...well, what other type of romances there are? Well, I don't really have a clue. Sorry!

But there are some devices used in Romances that kind of make me wonder what those particular a
Rebecca Behrman
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is my first romance author, and you really never forget your first. Typically I like her--she writes lovely bodice-rippers with elements of chivalry and family and sinister villains. Her settings are quite opulent, usually taking place largely in mansion homes set in the wealthy parts of London or the English or American countryside. The Elusive Flame is the sequel to The Flame and the Flower, about Brandon and Heather's son Beau and his friend Cerynise Kendall.

I did enjoy
Amanda Westmont
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm obviously on a Woodiwiss kick and I'm happy to confess the reason: I spent $200 at Amazon's kindle store last month and I'm trying to cut back. With a Woodiwiss title - usually at 600 pages or LONGER - you get a lot for your $6 investment.

In the case of THIS particular book, however, I really wished it ended at page 300, where it needed to DIE. And be BURIED. Once the hero/heroine are TOGETHER, this books needed to END. It was the PERFECT SPOT for a nice happy ending!

But then, in her usual
Cyn Mistress Kitty
Good sequel to The Flame and the Flower.
Loved Beau although it took him some time to realize what he wanted.
It bugged me that in this story Beau's eye color kept changing. First it was blue then green then blue.
The ending reminded me of the movie Home Alone and was kinda silly.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
If you have seen a crappy horror film, you have read this book.

E.g. "Oh, no. A serial killer is stalking us? Let's all split up and wander alone through the dark forest waving flashlights so he can more easily pick us off one by one."

The most interesting thing about the hero is his dad is B. Birmingham senior, the rapist lover man from Flame & Flower*. The most interesting thing about the heroine is that her husband's dad is B. Birmingham Sr., the rapist lover man from Flame & Flower.

Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I love books from Mrs. Woodiwiss, but that was one of the most boring books I've read.
I mean, the first half was okay, you know, pent up sexual energy and stuff but when all was well, I was exposed to the boring description of a perfect marriage. I don't wanna hear about how often she have to feed the child or how the tea party went. I don't care. Give me a plot twist or something to get excited about. Most of the time I wished that a bomb would drop nearby and create a havoc so it would become
I like Woodiwiss because unlike a lot of other popular romance authors, she can actually write. I really loved The Flame and the Flower. I thought I was in for a poorly written and trashy bodice ripper, but it far surpassed my expectations, So this lackluster sequel was even more disappointing.
The first half was okay, but I really didn't care to hear about their perfect and violently happy married life throughout the second. The last 80 or so pages were pretty exciting, but it certainly didn't
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Five Fabulous Stars

I have loved this book since I first read in 1998. It is the followup of my all time favorite. The Flame and the Flower. In this book we read the story of the grown up Beau Birmingham. His foot steps follow that of his sea captain father as he to rescues his damsel in distress. This is a awesome historical romance that makes you fall in love every time.
I got to the part where (view spoiler) I can't even.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was hoping to read another exciting adventure in the Birmingham series, but this one just seemed to fall short of my expectations. A lot of parts in the book (specifically since half of the story takes place on a ship voyage) seemed to just drag along and was just utterly boring. The romantic relationship between Cerynise and Beau seems almost forced and unrealistic in some points, and some of the so called "intense" scenes just seemed so comically... blegh. The only part that really pulled me ...more
Tamie Hall
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

Excellent book. Kathleen Woodiwiss has a wonderful flare with words that brings her characters to life. I enjoyed reading it and will definitely read it again.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Bailey Peyton
I have to say it... I loved The Flame and the Flower!! I know this it was an Old School romance, but I also liked his flawed character. It also wasn't muddled up with insta love. This continuation was quite sappy. I feel like Ms. Woodiwiss felt the pressure of New School romance critics and in an effort to win back fans with the ever changing genre, she over-corrected Beau. Where Brandon was a brutal sea fairer with a golden heart deep down, Beau is a love sick horn dog with no character develop ...more
Elisa Vangelisti
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
questo della k.e.w. non è tra i più emozionanti, ma è senza dubbio tra i più briosi. li ho letti tutti, i suoi, ma tra quelli che ho conservato è l'ultimo che ha scritto. ci ha lasciati nove anni e 3 romanzi dopo, due dei quali mi son piaciuti così così e l'ultimo certamente non lo ha terminato di scrivere e si vede. ha sempre descritto scene piene di passione tra i suoi protagonisti, con una terminologia datata ma efficace. qui osa un po' di più, come se si fosse stancata di essere modesta o se ...more
Debora M | Nasreen
Romanzo dolce e appassionante anche questo nuovo capitolo che parla della famiglia Birmingham. Qua ci troviamo in compagnia di Beau, figlio maggiore di Heather e Brandon, i protagonisti di Il Fiore e la Fiamma.

Cerynise è rimasta orfana e, grazie a qualche buona stella, viene lasciata andare a Londra dallo zio, dalla sua tutrice, per completare la sua istruzione femminile. Sono cinque anni di gioia e la ragazza cresce diventando una splendida diciassettenne alle prese con il suo ingresso in socie
Safa ❥ bewitched by 'dem heartbreakers
After Woodiwiss' epic success with The Flame and The Flower, it is no surprise there's a sequel to the epic saga featuring Brandon and Heather's son Beau. Brandon and Heather conceived Beau in crazy circumstances and his birth was the cord that brought his parents together so I was really interested to read about this baby all grown up. Although we all know no one can take the mantle that is Brandon Birmingham, not even his son, Beau nevertheless was charming in his own way. Where his father is ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathleen Woodiwiss es una de las autoras más prestigiosas del género y con algunas de sus novelas me inicié como lectora de RA. Después de tanto tiempo sin leer nada suyo, cogí La frágil llama del amor con muchas ganas, con la ilusión de reencontrarme con la autora y, sobre todo, con unas ganas inmensas de empaparme de esa RA con aroma a antiguo que tanto me gusta y a la que echo tanto de menos.

De la noche a la mañana Cerynise se ve expulsada del que ha sido su hogar durante los últimos cinco añ
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
For the last few weeks I'veen been craving this kind of books. I pride myself for having a pretty good taste in literature and I rarely read romantic books, but lately it's all I want to read. I don't mean to offend anyone, it's just that I don't usually read such books and I can see all their flaws.
This book was one of the best I've read so far - the story is pretty nice and realistic and the heroes are acting pretty sensible (for a romantic book that is). I liked the characters and the way the
Mary Honeycutt
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy, 2010
I really enjoyed the story of Cyrnese and Captain Birmingham, although there were times, that I would have elaborated a little more on details. Cyrnese is dismissed from her guardian's home when her guardian passes away suddenly by her guardian's jealous nephew and Cyrnese is unaware that her guardian's entire estate was left to her. She runs to the dock and discovers Captain Birmingham whom she has known since she was a young girl. She entrusts him and asks him to transport her back to the Caro ...more
Edan Marie Esquibel
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
If you want a happy ending story, this one is for you.

The story is fairy good, equipped with ample descriptions that can really make you imagine events in the book. The heroic, tall, dark and handsome hero is there with the fair, lady in distress maiden. It was a good read and one of your usual stories. Nothing really stood out about the story.

Although I'm a bit troubled about Cerynise's state (okay, spoiler) when she killed someone. Okay, maybe she was defending herself and the one she killed w
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-storici
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jay  wechter
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Enjoyable Book Worth Reading

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is one of those authors you just have to go back to and read. She's been among my favored authors since I was a teen and her books remain as beloved memories. Her stories have an easy flow to them and her characters are believable. Her characters in this book are well developed and for anyone familiar with her rightfully beloved The Flame and the Flower, this book is a must read because this is the love story of Heather and Brandon's first bor
Jan 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-fav-authors
Sequel to THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER which was a much better read IMHO. THE ELUSIVE FLAME is written about 26 years later (Beau is grown and a sailing man like his father). Meets a young woman in distress, marries her in a platonic arrangement and they leave England to sail to North Carolina in America. During the trip Beau becomes deathly sick, impregnates our heroine (who doesn't want him to feel forced to stay married to her because she's pregnant). When they reach Charleston she moves in with ...more
Lynn Smith
I discovered Kathleen E. Woodiwiss in the early 1980s with Ashes in the Wind and The Flame and the Flower. She writes lovely bodice-rippers with elements of chivalry and family values and sinister villains. Her settings are quite opulent, usually taking place largely in mansion homes set in the wealthy parts of London or the English or American countryside.

I do prefer her earlier novels I admit to her later ones which I feel do not have the same structure, emotion or the prose of the earlier n
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
The story was ok but the writing style is over wrought with a great deal of repetition in regards to what characters think and the hero and heroine's actions. The novel would have benefited from being shorter and author modifying her writing style to say things using less words. Her descriptions and dialogue suffer from an over abundance of words. One reviewer said that it felt as if she was being paid by the word and I agree with that thought. The story has been done before but the characters a ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Kathleen Woodiwiss always tells a good story. If she could just resist the compulsion to make her characters the epitome of perfection in ALL ways, her books would be so much more enjoyable. All her villains are hideous or have a physical deformity. All her heroines and protagonists are the height of physical perfection, feminine pulchritude, masculine beauty. The heroes are interchangeable: they're always built identically (tall, lean, broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped, muscular, well-tanned) wit ...more
Stevie Seber
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Beau's story, though I admit, I read it out of order, I read The Flame and the Flower, then A Season Beyond A Kiss and then The Elusive Flame, the correct reading order is The Flame and the Flower, The Elusive Flame and then A Season Beyond a Kiss; The Elusive Flame tells the story of Heather and Brandon's first-born, their son, Beauregard Birmingham and how he meets, rescues and falls in love with the darling Cerynise Kendall. If you're a Kathleen E. Woodiwiss fan or are just me ...more
Brit Blaise
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This isn't the first time I've read this book. It may not even be my second time. The edition I just read had Mom's initials in the corner of the title page. I read it again just to be touching pages I knew she'd touched. Kathleen WOODIWISS was her favorite author and it was a passion we of historical romance.

The storyline was good, but it's hard for me to read so much flowery narrative without skimming. I used to enjoy it. If you like to read at a slow pace and soak up the words.
I don't know why I gave this 3 stars some time ago, because looking back this is one of the books I still think about as a bad example for a number of things that come up in historical romances. The heroine's name is so awfully forcefully "unique" that it's just... dumb... if I remember correctly this is the one that starts two weeks into a relationship they either have flashbacks to the beginning or they just kind of mention the romantic part. Spare me. Unless I am mistaken, this is one of the ...more
Jun 27, 2008 rated it liked it
this is the sequel to The Flame and the Flower. As far as the love scenes go it is very hot and steamy. this book was written i think 27 years or so after the first one so I can see why it might be a good story but because I read one after the other I felt like they were practically the same story. The adventures were not new only the characters. but like I said if nothing else the love scenes are hot! It was a page turner because I needed to find out what would happen between the hero and the h ...more
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Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana, she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys (Coker) and Charles Wingrove Hogg, a disabled World War I veteran. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwiss at a dance, ...more
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