Monday, October 7, 2013

RIDE THE FIRE by Pamela Clare

Blackwell/Kenleigh Family Series, Book Three

Berkley Sensation
February 5th, 2013
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts


Elspeth Stewart will do whatever she can to survive the wilderness and have her baby in a safe place. She just never anticipates a mysterious stranger to stir her passions and make her feel safe in the world she lives in. Nicholas Kenleigh wakes up to find himself tied to a bed, wounded and wondering where his gun is. But when Bethie walks in, he finds himself intrigued by the beauty even as she tries to keep him at an arm’s length, slowly Nicholas breaks down her walls and soon both are drawn to the flame their passion stirs between them. Can both Elspeth ‘Bethie’ and Nicholas deal with their past in order to have a future together?

This was the first book from Pamela Clare I read that had me enthralled for hours. The story is fast paced, delivers loads of action and though the torture scene is a bit cringe-worthy, keep reading…you will find that the story really picks up after that scene. The author does a marvelous job in keeping her readers on the edge of the seat with RIDE THE FIRE and lets the characters shine in this latest story in the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Series. This is a masterful storyteller at her finest and I fell in love with Nicholas and Elspeth immediately. This story can be a bit brutal but if you keep at it, you are treated to a story that weaves a spell around you and you are left, after the last page is read, wondering where the time went.

Meet Elspeth Stewart. Abused by her step-father and step-brother, she is a woman who finds herself looking for a safe harbor to go to so she can have her baby in relative peace. The scenes of the torture, abuse, etc are brutal to read much less imagine but the reader finds themselves rooting for Elspeth to persevere and her safe harbor comes in the form of Nicholas Kenleigh, a man whose past left physical scars as well as mentally. These are two scarred characters that literally make your heart melt when they come onto the pages. The reader cannot help but root for these two to get their own happily ever after. The characters are well written, multi-dimensional and very enjoyable. The secondary characters are just as well written and you cannot help but feel sympathy for Bethie and Nicholas even as they resist falling in love with one another.

RIDE THE FIRE is a fast paced historical romance that will steal your hearts by chapter three. The author does a great job in keeping the reader entertained as well with a story that tears at your heart. I can’t wait to check out the other books in this series and see what adventures this author gives the Blackwell/Kenleigh families.

If you enjoy an action packed story that is an emotional journey for the main characters, then try RIDE THE FIRE and settle in for a heart pounding ride from start to finish. I can’t wait to see what else this author has to offer in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


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