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Lord of Fire

(Knight Miscellany #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,712 ratings  ·  243 reviews
After years of preparation, he has baited his trap well, luring the depraved members of Society into his devil’s playground so he can earn their trust and uncover their secrets. Yet no one in London suspects that Lord Lucien Knight is England’s most cunning spy, an officer who has sacrificed his soul for his country. Now an unexpected intruder has invaded his fortress of s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 407 pages
Published January 2nd 2002 by Ivy Books
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First read Oct. 2007, Re-read August 2012

I finished reading this book in 1 day.

This is Lucian's story. The "fallen" twin who just never quite measures up to his brother. A spy who hosts "orgies" in his underground grotto to gain useful information for national security. A man who is the verge of personal collapse. He has seen, experienced, and performed dispicable acts of humanity and is completely disenfranchised with everyone and everything. He is alone.
Enter Alice Montague.

She is his oppo
Blacky *Romance Addict*

Great book, though the first half is so much better than the second. Love Lucien!!!!!!!!!

Here's my favorite quote:

“You don’t know,” he said in a low, almost hostile voice. He shook his head. “I don’t even know what I’m doing with you. You’re not like anyone else who’s in my life—” He stopped abruptly. “Did you ever drink too much wine, Alice?” He held up the glass in his hand and waggled it idly, making the ruby contents swirl.

  “I’m not one to overindulge.”

  “No, you wouldn’t be,” he said w
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Fans
Lord of Fire was a fabulous book that has a little bit of everything: heart-pounding action and suspense, spy intrigue, history, and best of all, swoon-worthy romance. Galen Foley's writing style contains a richness of detail that vividly brings to life the world she has created, making me feel like I had actually been transported to another time and place. It is apparent to me through reading her books and looking at her website that Ms. Foley is meticulous with her historical research, and it ...more
I got lulled into security by reading four romances in a row where the heroes were likeable, treating heroine and others around them with respect, and not in need of reform.

But that's all right.

Things are back to normal with Gaelen Foley's Lord of Fire. What an apt name for the novel because that is precisely what I want to do to the hero - stick him into the fire and have some barbeque while he roasts.

OK, let's get down to this hypothetical. You are a young woman and this is your experience wit
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

“I should never have made you stay here," he said, his voice dropping to a whisper. "But I could not help myself."
Alice took a step toward him. "I know. You are tired of being alone. You told me."
"You don't know," he said in a low, almost hostile voice. He shook his head. "I don't even know what I'm doing with you. You're not like anyone else who's in my life-" He stopped abruptly. "Did you ever drink too much wine, Alice?" He held up the glass in his hand and waggled it idly, making
An emotional 4.5 stars.
I put off reading this one in the series because I did not like the sound of the hero, Lucien Knight, at all. And as I began reading the story- with some trepidation- I found my fears largely justified. He was a pretty horrible person.
Whatever the excuses or explanations, he was a massive man-whore, one who thought nothing of indulging any selfish desire he had or, just as disappointingly, thought nothing of using sex as a means to an end. That end might have been vaguely
I enjoyed this addition to the series and thought it a good read. Although it is classed as a Historical Romance it has quite a few elements of a Spy/Thriller novel which I really enjoyed.

Lucien is a bit of a dark character but in his job he has to have secrets and pretend to be many different things/people. Deep down he is a bit of a tortured sole who believes that he is not loved or wanted by anyone, even his family. He puts on a stoic exterior and even tries to convince himself that it is no
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've just finished it. I'm not sure how I'm feeling about this book.Because in the first half of it, I could enjoy and forgot some senseless developments. But last quarter part was almost unbearable for me.

There are so many things in the story that I can't accept. First of all, the hero forced the heroine (Alice) make a choice out of a child who was ill at that time. It's an unacceptable thing. Anyway, in a week, our strong, infamous, strong hero fell in love with the heroine and proposed her! O
Joanna Loves Reading
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, hr, i-own-nook
This novel started and ended well, but it felt like a drudge in middle. Lucien, a spy, is a nuanced, fleshed-out, compelling hero. I had a bit of a crush on him, to be honest (despite his dastardly deeds in the beginning of the novel🤷 \_(ツ)_/). Alice is a mama-bear to her nephew but also a sheltered young miss. She didn't feel like a match to Lucien, and that was my problem for much of the novel. There was a very touching scene towards the end (view spoiler) ...more
I was on the sofa ALL DAY reading this book. What a slug but, hey, it snowed last night and I pretended the roads were bad and I was stranded.

I couldn't put it down. Lucien and Alice were such a great pair. They were so loving towards each other it made me smile. He was a bit of a bad boy with a real softness to him, as contradictory as that sounds. He definitely needed a hug. No, alot of hugs. Which I would have gladly provided. Alot. Of hugs, that is. :-)

Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book had me exercising eye-rolls. I think I actually strained an eye-muscle (if such a thing exists).

The heroine is sooo incredible stupid that I was wishing she'd trip, fall down the stairs and die so I could start reading a new book.

Imagine you're a young virgin with high moral standards. You end up smack in the middle of an orgy, get forcefully dragged off by an unknown man and felt up by him, perhaps even thinking you'll get raped, threatened with a gun, emotionally blackmailed with a c
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
Goodness, I am in the minority here. This book was just horrible for me. Gaelen Foley is always a hit or miss unfortunately, and this was just such a disappointment. Shame because I loved the first one. Just read through my progression of the book and you'll see what frustrated me so much. Just terrible romance build up, terrible characters and the stupid ending was dragged on foreeevvveerrr. She always does that and it's so annoying

Behold the progression of my rage thoughts during this book:

Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
It could have been a good story if the heroine had been smarter with her actions.

I disliked the heroine Alice's actions. Lucien was a highly skilled spy. He told her to stay away from certain things, but she didn't and as a result, she caused problems, putting him in danger, herself in danger and causing a spy to get away. Later in the story Alice's sister-in-law didn't do what she had been told to do, and as a result she was taken hostage. This story used women's stupid actions to cause the con
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Not my favorite in the series.
5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's now 3:40am. I stayed up to reacquaint myself with this book which I remember with loving memories. I read it more than 10 years ago, forgot all about the names of the book, the writer and lead characters. But I remember the plots and oh the characters. I have been on some kind of a hunt for this book for about a year, reading any books which have similar plots hoping to find this book again. Reading The Duke led me finally to Lord of Fire. While I disliked The Duke, I am so happy that it ...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
3-3.5 Stars

I’ve been avoiding writing a review for this, so I’ve decided that I'm not going to write a whole long one.

I just want to say that I absolutely love, LOVED The Duke and still haven't found the words to express my feelings for that amazing book. But this second instalment of the Knight Miscellany series took me what felt like forever to finish (though it was only 11 days).

I don't know what happened since quite a lot of you seem to have loved it. For some reason, which I still haven
This books starts off highly charged with Lucien holding court over a party that is basically a BDSM and orgy scene. I did say these books were not for the faint of heart didn't I?Lucien and Alice's first scene together made my toes curl and well, basically "Oh Nelly!" is all I have to say about that.
Lucien is that delicious combo of dangerously dark and little boy vulnerable. Alice is the consummate good girl (Lucien calls her "Goody Two-Shoes") until she gets around Lucien, then she finds he
Mary B.
So this book took me forever to read. FOREVER. Part of that was because I went through a huge reading slump for the majority of last year. I just couldn't sit down and allow myself to indulge in reading long enough to make it feel worth it. This book at on my nightstand getting dusty until finally I resumed in the last couple of week. It wasn't the books fault.

This book didn't quite grab me the way its predecessor did, but again, that could have been my fault and not the book's. Overall, the st
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
In one way so naive and predictable, bad as well, on the other, not so anymore but only with glimpses. I don't like these transformed in one week rakes, even if she walks on water. Lucien Knight was really a bad motherfucker so I didn't want to read about his emotional breakdown after 12 hours.

Is this me being too insensible, aren't men supposed to be like this, little hard little soft. God, that freaking Judith McNaught just ruined me immeasurably.

And as always, I don't like chasing, suspense
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I adored Lucien. This is an insta-love romance, which isn't my favorite, but was well written. I enjoyed the spy/revenge plot. I didn't expect to enjoy it after reading a few reviews, but was pleasantly surprised.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is my first Gaelen Goley novel and I'm impressed. I started out with the second novel in the series, but each story is a stand alone, even though they all flow together with connecting characters. I'll go back and read one as soon as I read the third, which is Damien's story. Lucien is my favorite of the two, but the more I read, the more I wanted to know more of Damien. I look forward to this series.

This is a story of loneliness, love and revenge. Each character plays a key point in
Gripping right from the start with a superb plot. The hero is a tortured, charismatic, magnetic bastard, who, in his service to the Crown, has totally lost himself and any sense of morals or humanity. The heroine is a sad, lonely woman, treated with spite by her brother's widow, upon whom she is reliant, who spends her days and her love on her treasured nephew, her only living relative. This story is superior to the first, The Duke, I think, although both are extremely well-written and equally d ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
To sum this up concisely: too much chest heaving, not enough character focus. I tried reading it, but got fed up with Alice's "innocence" and "purity" by first third of this book. In addition, I found it extremely unrealistic that Alice's view on Lucien changed so quickly from the scene where he forces her to make a decision between her or her sister in law staying and the next few scenes. Overall, just kind of terribly cheesy and dreadfully boring.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-and-bd
The Draco pagan cult was a bit of a mess, and so was Lucien falling immediately in love with Alice, but Lord of Fire could have been worse. Lord of Fire is one of those dastardly stories that has enough good parts battling it out with the bad parts that, if you're like me, you can't come to a neat conclusion on whether or not it was worth reading. Are the bad parts excusable? But were the good parts really that good? While Lord of Fire certainly gives me more than enough doubts about its overa ...more
I don't know what it is about Gaelen Foley's heroes but Oh.My.God. How does she make them so good?! Romance writers take some notes.

Lord of Fire has a bit of everything: action, suspense, spies, murder, history and of course a heart pounding and swoon worthy romance.

Lord Of Fire is Lucian's story.
The 'fallen' twin who never quite measures up to older brother Damien. A spy who hosts 'orgies'-literal orgies-in the grotto of his home, Ravell Court to gain/bewitch invitee's into giving away useful
Sarah Z
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I was going to rate it 3 because I liked the beginning so much, but overall it was just so bad. Such a pity because I really liked her writing, but the story was awful.

Let me start by saying how amazing the start of the book was! I was like wow this is good. This is going to be awesome. I actually found myself more in love with Damien at first haha, but Lucien was dark and rakish and he intrigued me. Then we shift to Alice and I adored her. I couldn't wait for her to change Lucien's b
He had been blind to how she she had taken control of their relationship over the past few days. their whole liaison had been his whim, for his own pleasure, but now the seducer had been categorically seduced. Did she enjoy having him on his knees? he wondered, taking a rather bitter drink of his brandy. Emotionally, he was in her hands now, and it scared the hell out of him.

Lucien Knight is a hardened spy for England, who, despite his cunning reputation, is a bout of insecurities and is basical
Nov 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I just couldn't get into this book. I did not like Alice and Lucien, hmmm.. just didn't feel it for him either. He had all the qualities and the right amount of tortured past that I so love in the characters, but it just didn't seem to click together to me. I felt like I just slogged through this book. The story itself was good, but the emotions just felt too forced. I loved, The Duke so maybe I was expecting more from this one.
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
Moving right thorough this series. I liked this one a lot. Seriously, Gaelen Foley is changing my mind about a lot of the plotlines I usualy steer away from. The spy theme being one of them. But she really keeps it moving and you really fall in love with the h/h. Another great one!
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Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the ...more

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“You are tired of being alone. You told me.”
“You don’t know,” he said in a low, almost hostile voice. He shook his head. “I don’t even know what
I’m doing with you. You’re not like anyone else who’s in my life—” He stopped abruptly. “Did you ever
drink too much wine,Alice ?” He held up the glass in his hand and waggled it idly, making the ruby
contents swirl.
“I’m not one to overindulge.”
“No, you wouldn’t be,Allow me to explain, then, that the more you drink, the more thirsty you become. Not all the wine in the world can assuage the thirst for water. Water. Wine makes
you merry, but a man needs water to keep him alive. Pure, clean, sweet water. I am parched,Alice , scorched like a wasteland, burning
like a damned soul in hell. I thirst.”
“We’re all a little mad, my friend. Keeps life interesting.” 17 likes
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