Lord of Ice was OK. I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book. I felt sorry for Damien having to deal with his PTSD and I admired how Miranda did her best to try to help him overcome his demons. However, once they uttered the "love" word, the romance become sappy and the rest of the story so predictable that I just didn't care how it was going to end.
As much as I love all of the characters in Foley's 'Knight Miscellaney' books, I must admit that the twins, Lucien and Damien, are my favorites. This is Damien's story, taking place shortly after Lucien's marriage. A national military hero, he is severely troubled by memories of the war, to the point where anything that remotely resembles the sounds of battle cause him to lose control. Being an extremely self-controlled individual, this scares him half to death, and he responds by shutting himself off so that he won't accidentally hurt anyone that he loves. He's macho and tough, and all you want to do is give him a hug.
Damien meets his match in Miranda, his newly acquired ward. Miranda is something of a free spirit, although not to the point where you want to shake her into showing some common sense. She spends the first third of the book determined to become an acclaimed actress. Damien falls for her the moment he sees her, of course, but tries to convince himself (and her) that he's no good for her. Miranda then devotes herself to convincing him otherwise. She's also having to dodge a series mysterious attempts on her life, right up to a deadly showdown.
These are two very likeable characters, whom Foley has drawn in several dimensions, as she does so well. Their personal growth is evident without being hit-you-over-the-head obvious. The descriptions of the battles that Damien lived through were grim and well-done, and you can easily understand why someone would be so haunted. The rest of Damien's family is also pulled into the story, so that you are filled in on their lives and given hints as to the fates of the heroes and heroines of the subsequent novels. A very absorbing book, and an excellent waste of several hours!
I did enjoy this one - again it struck a good balance between romance, adventure and mystery (although the latter two were more emphasized). However, this was not as good as her other works. The last two chapters did not seem to belong - it was almost as if they were tacked on as an afterthought. The epilogue was amusing, but again, it would have been better coming right after the big fight scene that serves as the climax. I would recommend it if you just cannot find anything else to read, but not highly.
Found this novel in a thrift store for 50 cents. Don't plan on posting it but I just had to say: any novel that can keep me up until 1 a.m., hanging unto every word and refusing to go to sleep until that book is finished can only be described as AMAZING. AMAZING!
Damien Knight, Earl of Winterley, gives a whole new meaning to being a tortured soul and a wounded hero. While Lucien is a naughty boy, Damien is aloof, reserved and honor-bound. He is a respectable war veteran, a hero in every sense of the word. But few people know about his inner torment centered on mental flashbacks of the war. He thinks he is losing his mind and decides to isolate himself from his friends and family. However, things change when a fellow soldier is killed and Damien becomes the victim's niece's ward. He thought Miranda FitzHubert was a little girl, and he had not expected a sensual raven-haired beauty of marriageable age. Even though they experience a mutual attraction, Damien keeps his distance and decides to introduce her to the ton and monitor her suitors. He doesn't want Miranda to witness his dark torment as he slowly loses touch with reality, but Miranda is determined to help him get through his pain and win his heart in the process. There are various twists throughout the novel.
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I loved this book! It's the classic guardian/ward story but written so well that there was no yuck factor. Miranda was a strong character, she was exactly what Damien needed. And the ending was just perfect. I highly recommend this book!
I was not fond of this story. Early 1800s England.
I felt like the heroine's character changed. At the beginning she seemed to be happy and spirited. She lived for acting, but by the middle of the book, that goal had been long forgotten as her personality became serious and contemplative. Add to that the SECOND climatic event at the end of the book, and I have serious doubts about reading the other book on my TBR shelf from this author.
If you are reading this, my suggestiong would be that when you get to the "first" (and my opinion true) ending, just skip the next 20 or so pages and go right to the epilogue. That - I will say - was a cute ending to this book.
The fiery Miranda meets the seemingly cold Damien by chance before they are thrown together by events neither can control. Their developing relationship will leave you frustrated and breathless all at once. Foley is superb at leading you through twists and turns unexpectedly, making the book impossible to put down. You'll fall in love with the two people who can't seem to fall in love with each other. A true page turner and must read!!!
Damien Knight, the earl of Winterly, is proud, aloof, and tormented by memories of war. Through living in seclusion, he is named guardian to a fellow officers ward. Scarcely the young homeless waif he was expecting, however, Miranda FitzHubert is a stunning, passionate beauty who invades his sanctuary and forces him back into society. Struggling to maintain honor and self-control, Damien now faces an even greater threat: desire.
A bold, free spirit, Miranda has witnessed the darkness depths of Damiens souland has seen his desperate need for love. But before she can thaw his unyielding heart, she must endure a terrifying nightmare of her own