Review: The Fires of Paradise by Brenda Joyce

Posted March 20, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: The Fires of Paradise by Brenda JoyceReviewer: Rowena
The Fires of Paradise by Brenda Joyce
Series: The Bragg Saga #5
Also in this series: Violet Fire, Firestorm
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: September 14th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Erotica
Pages: 448
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Series Rating: three-stars

The Scorching Saga of the Braggs Continues . . .
Heiress to the magnificent Bragg empire, lovely, headstrong socialite Lucy Bragg lives a life that flies in the face of convention. Dark and rugged half-breed Shozkay Savage lives an outlaw's life on the edge. These two people inhabit different worlds--hers, opulent and privileged; his, dangerous and wild. But on the vast and sweeping plains of Texas, their worlds collide . . .
Abducted and held for ransom, Lucy despises Shoz for his arrogance . . . yet is drawn to the strapping fugitive by a bold, unquenchable desire. Sworn to escape him but betrayed by her own reckless passion, she will follow Shoz from the unforgiving wastland of Death Valley to the tropical heat of revolution-swept Cuba--braving scandal and heartbreak, risking life itself for an untamed and blistering love as perilous as it is forbidden.



This was my very first book by Brenda Joyce and though it won’t be my last because I’m going to start another Bragg story today, I have got to say that this story was quite …engaging. It engaged my emotions a lot, a lot of my more passionate emotions. The emotions that made me want to slap a bitch and throttle someone!

This story is about Shozkay Savage and Lucy Bragg. Shoz is part Apache and all throughout the story, he was this brave, courageous jack ass who had too much hot damn pride for his own good. There were times when I wanted to give him a swift kick where it hurts…the most. He ended up being a really good man, one that anyone would be proud to be married to but hot damn, all the miscommunication and all the assumptions on both him and Lucy’s part drove me up the effing wall. I wanted to hurt someone so many times during the course of reading this book.

Lucy, oh gosh, Lucy was one of those TSTL heroines that just didn’t quit it. The hero tells her to do something and she does the complete opposite of what he said, landing her in situations far too dangerous for her to be in and what does she do when hero yells at her for it?

She yells back like she wasn’t just scared out of her mind that something bad was going to happen to her. I swear, there were times aplenty when I wanted to rip Lucy a new one in this book, I think the only time that I softened in my attitude toward her was when they finally get to Death Valley and I see her bond with little Roberto. If ever anyone needed someone it was that little boy, the little boy that Shoz loved and who loved Shoz right back.

There was so much drama in this book too. From Shoz and Lucy meeting because Lucy and Joanna (her friend) left New York and traveled to Texas all by themselves without a chaperone and then their car broke down and Shoz shows up and fixes it for them and then they had to abandon the car because they ran out of gas and so they ended up walking for days until Shoz delivers them to her grandparents house.

Things go down between Lucy and Shoz of course and this is where I started getting pissed off at Lucy AND Shoz.

A few weeks ago, Casee put up a post about Forced Seduction and I’m not a fan of those kinds of love scenes. I don’t like the forced seduction and though I feel that some authors can pull off a forced seduction easily, I still don’t care for them.

This book was filled to the brim with those kinds of seduction. So naturally, I wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t like the first time they came together, it was just too unbelievable and then every other time afterward, Lucy would piss me off because she would want it just as much as Shoz wanted it and then after it was done, she would blast him for it. Even when she was the one that did the seducing.

Shoz wasn’t a bad man, he had a good heart and you could totally tell by the way that he was with Roberto. He was good to the little boy and it was more than evident that he loved the young boy. I was glad because I loved Roberto too. But just because I knew that Shoz had a good heart didn’t mean that I didn’t want to kick his ass more than one time throughout the book. The way he wore his pride on his sleeve was enough to drive me mad and the way he was so horrible to Lucy, because he hated her kind…and I didn’t even blame him for the way he looked at the kind of girls that Lucy was. She was horridly rich and she got whatever she wanted and all that junk but when Shoz was with her, the chemistry was unmistakable but they were just so stupid about it that it drove me insane.

Overall, this story was good. The characters were good characters, characters with stubborn personalities and though I ended loving the ending, I was still pissed through a great deal of this book. But I’ve got to say this, no matter how mad I got at Lucy and Shoz, I never thought that they belonged with anyone but each other and I think that Brenda Joyce did a great job writing their story. Her writing style is laced with great history that was easy to fall into and there was a wealth of other characters that were charming and likeable.

This book reminded me of one of those McKettrick books that I read by Linda Lael Miller and I remember I hated all of the assumptions that ran rampant with the hero and heroine but aside from their dumbness with each other, the story really was engaging and it did seem to fly right by when I was reading it so that’s gotta be something.

Should you read this story? Hmmm, I’m not sure…I did enjoy it but I can already tell that I won’t be rereading this story anytime soon, so yeah if you want to try it out and form your opinions you won’t hate me too much…so it’s totally up to you.

Now I’m moving on to the next Bragg book that I got, which I just found out is Lucy Bragg’s …PARENTS oh I hate finding out that I got the wrong reading order, sigh

Wish me luck. =)

3 out of 5


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5 responses to “Review: The Fires of Paradise by Brenda Joyce

  1. You crack me up. LOL

    Good review. Not a book I’d want to read, I don’t think, but you reviewed it well.

    When is the story set? I thought it was a historical, but it must not be if she’s driving a car, right?

  2. This is a totally entertaining review, and it really does sound like this book pulls a reader in.

    I totally get reading on with a TSTL heroine, you just have to see…then the next scene, then the next.

  3. Last time I checked, there are 7 books in the Bragg Series. I enjoyed them at the time (much more than Joyce’s longer de Warrenes series) but dunno how they would hold up for me since adventure/western historicals arent my faves in the first place and I prefer them even less now.

  4. Rowena


    Yeah I don’t think you’d want to read this book since it’s got one of those heroines you don’t like…she’s very strong willed and stubborn, got on my hot damn nerves but surprisingly didn’t make me hate the book at all, weird huh?

  5. Rowena

    Carolyn Jean,

    Yes, it was a good story, the lead characters just drove me up the frickin’ wall some of the time.


    I’ve only read this book in the Bragg series and I’m reading Rathe and Grace’s story right now…after that is Storm and Brett’s story and then I’m done with the Bragg series for a while.

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