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Violet Fire Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1989


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (May 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380755785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380755783
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #673,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Shan on June 13 2002
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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By A Customer on May 28 2004
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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By A Customer on May 16 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was good enough to spur me to read the rest of the series. Wonderful read!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
I didn't love it. March 2 2009
By AmusingMadWoman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story of Grace O'Rourke and Rathe Bragg was my second-least favorite book of the very talented Brenda Joyce. The absolute worst was Runaway Bride, which I didn't bother to finish after just a few chapters.

This book was very unsatisfying and highly predictable. While Rathe was somewhat interesting, Grace was very stereotypical and cliche, in my opinion. Most of Joyce's fans look to her to really make the pages sizzle with passionate heat, and sadly, this book fell short and it fell HARD. None of the love scenes were endearing or worthwhile. Is this the same author that wrote The Fires of Paradise?

On a more positive note, Joyce's use of the deep south during the horrible aftermath of slavery was a very promising backdrop for an excellent story. The plot did not stand up to the setting, and the "romance" between the main characters was dry and inspired very little emotion from the reader. If you love stories set in the deep south, you may be able to find some enjoyment out of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Why can't I find a Rathe of my own? June 3 2011
By Whizzy10 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brenda Joyce knows how to write love scenes for sure. That is truly her talent. I loved Rathe's character, but not so much Graces's. She annoyed me after a while, because here she has this gorgeous hunk of a guy and she's willing to put him in harm's way every time for her "principles". What a dork! Other than my irritation with her, it held my attention mainly because it was fun imagining someone like Rathe in my life, at least for a day!

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