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Violet Fire [Mass Market Paperback]

B Joyce
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May 1 1989

A scion of the imperious Bragg family, golden-boy Rathe Bragg finds a society party all rather a yawn until a feisty suffragette bursts into the room. Wielding a six-shooter and shrieking feminist slogans from atop the grand piano, the impassioned lady makes a startling first impression on those gathered, especially Rathe -- and from that moment the sparks between them only intensify.

Irrepressible Grace O'Rourke, an intensely devout feminist, has outraged the entire town of Natchez with her radical ideas, and soon infuriates Rathe with her lack of regard for any opinions other than her own. Yet, despite her steadfast devotion to her cause, Grace warms to the virile gallant. But his bold suggestion of becoming his mistress stings the proud Grace, and she firmly rejects his scandalous proposition. But telling a Bragg "no" is the ultimate stimulant, and now, Rathe ardently pursues the lady whose eyes are ignited by a violet fire.

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About the Author

Brenda Joyce is the bestselling, award-winning author of Promise of the Rose,Scandalous Love and The Fires of Paradise. All nine of her historical romances have been highly acclaimed, and four of them, including the first three novels in the "Bragg" saga Innpocent Fire, Firestorm, and Violet Fire have won six awards from Romantic Times and Affaire de Coeur. She has also won three industry awards for her trendsetting promotional bookmarks from Affaire de Coeur. Brenda Joyce is currently working on her next novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Southern Romances! May 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read my share of romance novels and many of them are predictable, hackneyed, and extremely lacking in plot. Violet Fire is lacking in none of the above and it's extremely funny, and absolutely charming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excitment June 13 2002
By Shan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was nonstop action and romance in one I could not put it down Rathe and Grace are awesome. Their is only one thing about it that worries me if Rick Bragg is Rathe's son it doesn't say anyhting about him in the Bragg Books only in the Deadly Seris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving and fun May 16 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was good enough to spur me to read the rest of the series. Wonderful read!
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2.0 out of 5 stars way too alpha for me... May 11 2006
By retroredux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this historical romance, set in post Civil War Mississippi, was written in 1989-and it shows.

Brenda Joyce is a talented writer-but in this novel she had both hero and heroine doing stupid, dangerous, implausible things.

The hero is VERY Alpha male-to the point of grabbing, throwing the heroine about-constantly thinking about his lust for the heroine, but not really caring about anything she believes in-doing things that ruin her reputation, make her lose TWO jobs and become a outcast-but doesn't understand why she doesn't want to be with him?

Sadly-the heroine is even worse. For someone who is supposed to be a strong, intelligent neo-feminist/suffragette-Grace comes across and a mean, mealy mouthed,insipid, just plain stupid-even the dreaded "too stupid to live".

One wonders why the hero would want to be with her-she is hateful to him and accuses him of bigotry, womanizing, and a host of other sins simply because he's a Southerner. She spends the entire book getting herself into one perilous situation after another-and Rathe must come save her every time-real independant, huh?

Also-I understand this is a post civil war book-but the author paints a simply terrible picture of all Southerners. The women are stupid and all the men vicious "Dark Riders"(klan) who seem to go around all day raping, killing and torturing former slaves, being ignorant and turning a blind eye to everything. Not one Southern character is shown in a positive light-enough to throw me off this book for sure.

It is a testimony to Miss Joyce's writing style that I actually stuck around for about 250 pages before I gave up in disgust!

If you like intelligent, loving characters-then definately SKIP this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Feb. 20 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book! It is my favorite by Brenda Joyce. A sequel to Firestorm...it is the story of Rathe and Grace and has a lot of humor, hot love scenes and a really good story line. Grace gets under Rathe's skin like no other woman has been able to do before. Read it..you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suffragette meets rake May 22 2008
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a reissue of a Brenda Joyce book first published in 1989 but unlike many reissues this book doesn't feel dated. It visits the Bragg family again, this time featuring Rathe Bragg, youngest son of Derek and Miranda and rich rake. Rathe's lifestyle is one of playing cards, seducing women and travelling the world. When a suffragette bursts into a party he is attending to make a speech he's amused rather than appalled, like everyone else at the party, but he thinks little of it. When he meets the same woman two years later, however, he finds that he has fallen under her spell and he wants her for his mistress.

Grace O'Rourke is the daughter of two radical people and believes firmly in the rights of negroes and of women. When she takes up a new post as a governess in a Southern town she discovers very quickly that the local white people have not taken on board the ideas of human rights held by those from the north. She and her schoolteacher friend Allen find themselves under attack and Grace's work is made exceptionally difficult. When she realises that Rathe is also pursuing her she finds herself both attracted to him and repelled by his presumed political views.

Grace and Rathe's relationship in this book is alternate arguing and making up and yet somehow it didn't get annoying or wearing, perhaps because both characters were so feisty. The initial attraction to Grace appears to be entirely from her appearance but Rathe soon discovers that she's intelligent and passionate about justice and also that he has to keep her from running into dangerous situations, rescuing her with regularity. Rathe's rather aimless life seems to be given a boost by Grace's actions.

Some of the Bragg books have been a disappointment but this one was enjoyable, if rather thin on the plot. The setting in the South in the 1870s was interesting, as were the reminders of the some of the situations that former slaves had to cope with. The central love story was more of a lust story initially but the author wrote of the way in which the two people realised they needed and complemented each other in a convincing way. I occasionally felt that Rathe was rather unheroic in his actions, trying to seduce a lady and not really taking care to protect her good name, but it was overall a pleasant read.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violet Fire June 29 2000
By "vonny" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Violet Fire was another book that I read by a great author. Brenda Joyce truly has great talent. She is one of the few writers from whom I can say I enjoy a lot of their books. I am not disappointed by Ms. Joyce's work and hope I never will.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll love Rathe and Grace Sept. 17 2004
By loonigrrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Violet Fire gets better every time I read it. Grace and Rathe are two of my favorite characters of all time. Their story is very sweet, often laugh out loud funny, occasionally sad, and is one of the best romances out there.
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