Fires of Destiny [NOOK Book]

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Loves endures, even in the face of danger and death.

As a child, Alexandra Douglas adored her older, wilder friend Roger Trevor, a troubled lad who turned his back on his heritage. Ten years as a sellsword and pirate have transformed Roger into a darkly handsome but enigmatic stranger. His return to his father's castle causes a passionate ...
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Overview

Loves endures, even in the face of danger and death.

As a child, Alexandra Douglas adored her older, wilder friend Roger Trevor, a troubled lad who turned his back on his heritage. Ten years as a sellsword and pirate have transformed Roger into a darkly handsome but enigmatic stranger. His return to his father's castle causes a passionate uproar in the bookish and otherwise sensible Alix.

Dangerous to know...
Surprised by his unlikely desire for his childhood friend, Roger is determined to encase his heart in ice. Haunted by his past and trapped in a lethal web of intrigue, he fears entangling Alix in a plot that could doom them both to a traitor's death.

But destiny has set them on colliding paths, and Roger can no more resist the fire in Alix than she can turn away from his increasingly ardent touch.

New, revised edition of a classic, award-winning romance.
When the original version of this historical romance was originally published in 1986, Linda Barlow received the Romantic Times award as New Historical Romance Author of the Year. Fires of Destiny was also a finalist for the prestigious Rita Award from Romance Writers of America.

This special new edition has been revised and edited by the author, but her beloved characters and their sensuous, suspenseful adventures remain the same.

"Linda Barlow's sexy, suspenseful page-turners are pure pleasure to read." Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author.

Bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz describes Linda Barlow as "a wonderful story-teller. She grabs you on the first page and plunges you straight into the tumultuous lives of her fascinating characters.”

Bestselling author Catherine Coulter called Fires of Destiny "a bold and clever tapestry, provocative and seductive."

In their 1986 review, Romantic Times said: "Fires of Destiny marks the impressive debut of Linda Barlow in the historical romance genre. Ms. Barlow proves herself to be an extraordinary writer in every respect. Weaving together a strong historical background, an intriguing mystery subplot, along with a touch of mysticism, Ms. Barlow crafts a marvelously textured novel that mesmerizes the reader on every level. The timeless magic of this outstanding romance will guarantee recognition of Linda Barlow as a powerful writer with the talent to surpass all genre boundaries."

Don't miss this chance to grab a copy today.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016626703
  • Publisher: Linda Barlow
  • Publication date: 6/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 575,274
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Barlow is an internationally published, Rita Award winning author who has been addicted to inventing characters and writing stories for most of her life. Fires of Destiny was her first novel; she created the initial versions of Roger and Alexandra when she was in seventh grade. They've been lingering in her head ever since.
Linda lives in a suburb of Boston with her partner, Curt Monash, and their cat, Tiger. A former university instructor of both English literature and neurobiology, she is also the author of many other critically acclaimed novels.
Linda's website:
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Fires of Destiny was a wonderful book when it was a Rita runner-

    Fires of Destiny was a wonderful book when it was a Rita runner-up, and the new edition, if such a thing be possible, is better yet. Two childhood friends, separated for a decade, caught up in life-and-death intrigue now that they've re-met. Passion. Desperate escapes. All of Queen Mary's spymasters can't keep them apart.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    This book is wonderfully written and really draws the reader in.

    This book is wonderfully written and really draws the reader in. It is loaded with twists and turns for the hero and heroine, leading the reader to wonder if they will be united or if it will have a not happily ever after ending. Just when you think there can't possibly be another road block, Surprise! A great read!! Contains white-knuckle action, seat-gripping adventure, and sensuous love scenes. And this reader especially loved all of the historical details. Had me giggling at times and wiping tears at others. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    An exceptional Tudor historical romance¿and so much more! Fires

    An exceptional Tudor historical romance—and so much more!

    Fires of Destiny is a rip-roaring historical romance adventure full of suspense, action, love, tragedy and triumph. I was so caught up in the lives and risky exploits of Alexandra and Roger, I could barely put the book down to live my own life. Barlow is an exceptional storyteller, whose characters are both compelling and flawed, which makes them human—and easy to relate to as they grow to understand themselves, each other, and the nature of their love for one another. Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary’s) England—rife with treachery, appalling violence, and the extreme precariousness of existence—is the setting for Alix and Roger’s story, in which friends are enemies, enemies friends, and lies and deceit rule the day. Will they be wise enough to recognize who their true allies are in time to save their love—and their lives?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Linda Barlow's Fires of Destiny now has me hooked on Historical

    Linda Barlow's Fires of Destiny now has me hooked on Historical Romances. Set in Tudor England at a time when the Catholics (under Queen Mary) are attempting to purge England of the Reformers, the story concentrates on two families and the ties that bind them together and the feuds that rip them apart.
    Barlow's characters are so vivid they step off the page and the scene settings are the same. From woodlands to lakes, Royal castles to merchant sailing vessels, the reader  roots for the heroine, Alexandra Douglas, and the hero, neighbor, Roger Trevor, whom 'Alix' fell in love with when they were children. Both characters have flaws as well as heroic qualities, but they match each other perfectly and come across as very real. No character in the book is perfect (except possibly the witch, who perfectly exemplifies my idea of a witch). Even the villain is the hero of his own journey when Barlow shows what motivates his character.
    Fire of Destiny has passion, danger, intrigue and love all mixed up in a wonderful cauldron of great writing. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    The story follows characters Alexandra Douglas and Roger Trevor.

    The story follows characters Alexandra Douglas and Roger Trevor. Here’s a small quotation from the book: …”He tipped her chin up with one sun-browned finger and kissed her upturned mouth in a lusty manner that was new to her. It happened so swiftly that she hardly had time to note the unfamiliar tingle that shivered along her nerves at the feel of his lips pressing on hers. It was pleasant—very pleasant—“ so that you could make an idea.
    If you are looking for a book that has characters with depth and a storyline with great meaning, Fires of Destiny is it. This novel teaches the reader not to give up hope in the person you love and trust. Linda Barlow wrote this book with passion. I love how she introduces her characters, and how the story unfolds. I would recommend this to anyone who loves being taken back in time and treated to a love story that has depth. This story wraps you up in interesting people and places. I couldn't ask for more. It's a historical romance that peaks over and over again with every chapter. The characters are real and vibrant. You come to know each of them personally through Linda Barlow’s talent of bringing them to life. The storyline is remarkable and believable. The author will make you laugh, turn you on with her incredibly seductive heroes and of course, make you fall in love with her story. Reading her book was truly a pleasure.
    If you haven't grabbed your copy of the historical romance Fires of Destiny, what are you waiting for?


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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Fires of Destiny by Linda Barlow is a historical romance. Alexa

    Fires of Destiny by Linda Barlow is a historical romance. Alexandra and Roger, friends during childhood, meet years later and fall in love. Fine, simple, and straightforward. Not. Set in the England of Queen Mary with her brutal prosecution of Protestants, everything is complicated. Francis Lacklin, who Alexandra at first despises, has converted Roger’s family to a Protestant faith. Roger, burdened with guilt because a woman in his care has died, has returned to his family after years of absence. One of Alexandra’s best friends is a follower of the old religion, or, in the terms of the times, a witch. The brother of the woman who died in Roger’s care, Geoffrey, blames him and wants revenge, pushing his desire to hurt Roger to pathological extremes. Roger’s younger brother is in love with Alexandra, who, up to his recent and suspicious death, was betrothed to Roger’s older brother. Alexandra’s father, an agent of the Queen, considers Roger a scoundrel and possible traitor and doesn’t want him near his daughter. Roger and his own father are constantly fighting. At this point the complications are just starting.

    As in almost any romance story, girl meets boy, girl and boy are separated (several times), girl and boy get back together. That part is expected and, to some readers, may become a bit tedious after the first few misunderstandings and separations. The Fires of Destiny starts slowly, but moves inexorably on, drawing the reader with it, looking for the next twist and wondering, as the protagonists often are, exactly what is going on. Was a death an accident, a suicide, or a murder? Where do a person’s loyalties lie? What is the mysterious connection between Roger and Francis? Is there a supernatural force at work or are the witch’s predictions and the premonitions of others just the ability to make good guesses? By the middle of Fires of Destiny it is difficult to put the book down, because the reader wants to know what happens next. At that point the pace picks up, with chase following battle following personal clashes, duels, and one crisis and revelation after another.

    Barlow adds Love triangles in several forms, although physical love is not always a factor. The physical contacts between Alexandra and Roger, when they finally occur, are often described in explicit sexual detail, but make up only a tiny fraction of Fires of Destiny. Aside from the romance elements Fires of Destiny is an excellent swashbuckler and a good historical novel. In fact, I’d consider the second half of the book more a swashbuckler than a romance, although the romance element is a constant force in the plot.

    None of the major characters are one dimensional or unbelievable, although the mentally ill villain Geoffrey stretches the limits. Even he, when compared to some of the fanatics and psychotics who exist in real life, is marginally within the bounds of realism. In several cases the reader might think, “Wait, no one could get away with that disguise, escape, plot, whatever”, only to realize more fantastic things have happened not once by many times.

    Because of the tangled webs of intrigues and interactions Barlow weaves skillfully into Fires of Destiny it is difficult to say much about the plot with introducing a spoiler. What I can say is this. I enjoyed the book and sincerely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Excellent

    Highly recommend

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