Many years ago I received a frantic text from a friend late at night. It read something like, “I just read the most amazing book and I can’t believe how much I loved it and if you don’t read it immediately I’m going to go crazy. I can’t even put into words what this book has done to me.” That book was Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare. I was kind of shocked my friend was going so gaga over a historical – in fact it was the first one she ever read. So I immediately bought it to see what the fuss was about and found myself completely swept up into an amazing love story that really touched me deeply.
In the dedication Clare writes: This book is dedicated to all the victims of sexual assault. May you find the courage, love, and healing you need to live a full happily ever after.
Ride the Fire is not just a simple historical romance. It deals with heavy and difficult subject matter. Both the hero Nicholas and heroine Bethie have suffered abuse and lived lives full of brutality. Not to mention the time period of the mid-1700’s obviously sets the tone for the whole story and it’s often graphic and gruesome. However, ultimately Clare gives us a passionate and sweeping love story along with some gripping adventure that allows the reader to watch these amazing characters overcome all the obstacles in their lives and we fall in love with them as deeply as they fall in love with each other. Reading this book again for the review, I fell in love with Nicholas all over again just like the first time and the story sped along as quickly as the first time too.
Ride the Fire has been re-issued with some new material and most important of all, an epilogue. Pamela Clare always writes a fabulous epilogue. The epilogue for Ride the Fire is right on target and extremely satisfying. While this is the third book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, Ride the Fire can definitely be read as a stand alone.
This is one of my all-time favorite books and definitely my favorite from Pamela Clare. If you want to see how Pamela Clare writes an amazing sweeping love story that hooks you right from the start, Ride the Fire is the book to read.
“Men who hurt Women are my favorite men to kill. Touch her and I’ll send you straight to hell – with a smile on my face