Damien Ruthven was prepared to despise the latest Lord Byron biography to come across his desk. To his surprise, it was the most accurate one he'd ever read, despite a few errors. The authoress, Brice Ashton, knew things about Byron no other biographer ever had written- and Ruthven should know, since he was once Byron. In a case of the cure being possibly as bad as the disease, he'd long ago sought a cure for his epilepsy, with the result that he was now virtually immortal. Being so set apart from the rest of the world turned him into a very lonely man, nothing thrilled him and he didn't expect it to, until in answer to his summons, Brice walks into his life. Once more, he feels alive, yet he has made his angel a target. The creature who made him what he is wanted to kill him and thus find atonement before its own death. If Brice interferes, she is fair game as well.
***** Vibrant originality makes this what can best be described as a fast paced modern gothic novel It is the kind of book you don't want to end, but still want to see how it ends. Though I adore Ms Jackson's goblin novels- this surpasses them in excellence. *****
Not that believable, lighting is supposed to do a Frankenstein on Byron?! But it's fine if you just want a brooding hero.
I did not like this book. I could even get past the first two chapters. I was disappointed as I really like Jackson's Wildside Series.
Book critic Damien Ruthven is shocked with how accurate the eighteen hundred page manuscript written by author Brice Ashton is. However, he also feels that two points in the biography needs correcting as she is slightly in error on his affair with Lady Caroline Lamb and on a poem he wrote to her. Out of character and shocking his assistant Karen Anderson, he invites author Brice Ashton to America to discuss her first of three overpriced tomes on the life of Lord Byron. Excited, Brice accepts the invitation believing that her host has access to documents she has not seen.
The bad news is that Damien has no documents. The good news is that he knew Byron intimately because in 1816, Dr. Johann Dippel "cured" the aristocratic poet of epilepsy; Damien was Byron back in the early nineteenth century. As the critic and the writer feel a growing attraction to one another, his invitation inadvertently also brings danger to his guest as killers want Byron dead with collateral damage acceptable.
DIVINE FIRE is a fantastic suspenseful romantic fantasy starring two wonderful protagonists even if a book reviewer and an author make strange bedfellows. Especially interesting is Damien's look back to his past that comes alive in such a manner that the audience will believe that Dr. Dippel cured his patient. This in turn leads readers to expect Melanie Jackson to provide sequels starring other patients of Dr. Dippel.
In 1816, Lord Byron stayed at the castle of Dr. Johann Dippel, the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Baron von Frankenstein. Trapped there by a lightening storm, he was approached by the doctor and promised a cure for his epilepsy. That "cure" changed him forever.
In the 21st century, Brice Ashton wrote a book. Like all biographies of famous persons, hers on Lord Byron was sent to critics in advance. One Damien Ruthven responded. He contacted Brice from New York, suggesting her work contained two errors - and that only he could give her the truth. His words held hints of long-lost knowledge; were frought with danger, deception... and desire. And his eyes, those windows to the soul, showed the experience of centuries. Damien promised to share his secrets. But first, Brice knew, she would have to share herself with him.
intriguing story about Lord Byron.
Unique fantasy romance!!!!
Excellent read. Combines a multitude of possibilities.
Was a new author for me. Really enjoyed this book.
This was not one of my favorite books. The plot moved extremely slow. After reading about 134 pages, I gave up on this book getting any more interesting.
This book was horrible ~ I couldn't get past the 1st chapter. What a disappointment.
IT IS LARGLY KNOWN BY NOW THAT I DO LOVE PARANORMAL ROMANCES. THEY KEEP THINGS INTERESTING AND IN THIS ONE, I COULD NOT HELP BUT FALL IN LOVE MYSELF
When twenty-first-century writer Brice Ashton submits her new biography of Lord Byron to critic, she is stunned to receive a response from Damien Ruthven, a mysterious man with an intimate knowledge of the now-immortal Lord Byron, who promises to reveal the truth about the poet and his life.