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Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland...The eldest Concannon sister, Maggie, is a reclusive, stubborn and free-spirited glassmaker—with a heart worth winning.Margaret Mary is a glass artist with an independent streak as fierce as her volatile temper. Hand-blowing glass is a difficult and exacting art, and while she may produce the delicate and the frThree modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland...The eldest Concannon sister, Maggie, is a reclusive, stubborn and free-spirited glassmaker—with a heart worth winning.Margaret Mary is a glass artist with an independent streak as fierce as her volatile temper. Hand-blowing glass is a difficult and exacting art, and while she may produce the delicate and the fragile, Maggie is a strong and opinionated woman, a Clare woman, with all the turbulence of that fascinating west country.One man, Dublin gallery owner Rogan Sweeney, has seen the soul in Maggie’s art, and vows to help her build a career. When he comes to Maggie’s studio, her heart is inflamed by their fierce attraction—and her scarred past is slowly healed by love......

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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Born in Fire Reviews

  • Flannery
    2019-04-18 00:38

    When I was little, I used to have this ridiculous dress purse that I'd carry around with me. Most little girls would probably fill their purses with makeup or toys, but what did I fill mine with? Tiny glass figurines. Our family would go to Vancouver and I would salivate over tiny blown glass unicorns. They were like crack to tiny Flann. I hoarded them and carried them around but I did not exercise due care with them--I'd wrap them in toilet paper to attempt to keep them whole but, in the end, I had more of a collection of maimed glass animals. The point of this story is for you all to know that I am predisposed to think anything that has to do with blown glass is awesome. Even though I no longer have an affinity for unicorns or glass tchotchkes, I still get a major boner for blown glass art that is well-done. Aaaaaand, that is one of the reasons I love this book so much. Mary Margaret Concannon (Maggie), the heroine of Born in Fire, makes fabulous glass art. (well, it is described fabulously and in my imagination it is pretty much my sweetest dream)Maggie lives in the west of Ireland (another major love of mine) in a cottage near her childhood home. Her sister, Brianna, runs a small bed and breakfast out of Blackthorn Cottage and cares for their heinous mother, who has nothing but awful things to say about Maggie and spends her days complaining about her lot in life. While Maggie has had relative success with her artistic endeavors, she’s always hoped that she could make enough money to move their mother to her own home so Brianna could actually live her own life. Enter Rogan Sweeney, a Dublin businessman who runs an international corporation and owns several large galleries. He approaches Maggie to manage her work and make her the money she’s dreamed about. Besides the glass art and County Clare in Ireland, I love this book because of the romantic relationship. Maggie is hard-headed, disorganized, passionate and temperamental—she knows exactly what she does and doesn’t want. Rogan seems like her complete opposite but, in reality, he’s very similar to her…only much more organized. The two fight quite a lot during the book but it never gets to the point of legitimate meanness, which is something I hate in some romance novels. The romance IS the story in this book, as opposed to many Nora Roberts books that center on some mystery or other storyline. If you don’t want to read about making art, describing art, and selling art, than this book will bore you. Because I eat that stuff up, I am happy that this book still performed for me, even after 3 or 4 reads. This book is a comparative 5 stars. Is it as fabulous as lit fic books I’ve given 5 stars to? No. But in terms of romance books, I just love it. NBN Week 2011, B2.

  • Erin
    2019-04-07 03:37

    I was craving a milkshake and nothing goes down smoother than a Nora Roberts romance. Good thing I can always count on the local library to quench my thirst. Originally published in 1994,the Born in Trilogy tells the story of the Concannon sisters, Maggie and Brianna. Their father, Tom has died and their mother, Maeve increasingly difficult for the sisters to take care of on their own. Born In Fire is Maggie's story. Maggie is a glass blower and her items soon catch the eye of Dublin gallery owner, Rogan Sweeney. Maggie wants to be recognized for her work, but is terrified of the strong feelings she begins to have for Rogan. Personally, I love the characterizations of Robert's characters and I find that her female protagonists are ones that a reader can relate and empathise with. Maggie wants so much to be an independent working woman, to see Brianna follow her own dreams, to do her father proud, and to handle her complicated relationship with her mother. But Rogan Sweeney manages to complicate matters and causes Maggie to step back and consider her life and the wall that she had built around herself.Now Rogan is pushy and flaunts the alpha male role, which did cause some eye rolling on my part, but one thing that I will say is that Nora Roberts always gives her characters time to get serious. It might be lust in the beginning, but soon one of the characters, in this story, it is Rogan, that realizes he loves Maggie. I appreciated that the characters have time to talk about their feelings and work through their frustrations-like we would all hope mature adults would want to do. But more than the romance is the relationship between Maggie and Brianna. In my opinion, this was definitely the backbone of the novel. Sisters who have rheir disagreements, but remain truly their for one another. It is also the reason that I immediately lunged for book 2.

  • Leea
    2019-03-26 06:52

    This is my first novel by Nora Roberts, I will admit to avoiding her books thinking they were just fluff - Eating my words, which should make some of you very happy. "You'll be mine, and glad of it." "I'll be yours." She lifted her face to the wind. "And glad of it." Born in Fire is the first in the Born In Trilogy about three sisters (haven't met the third yet) set in Ireland, woven with history and rich in character. Maggie is the oldest Concannon sister, she's bright, strong and very unique. Her life has been shadowed by her mothers anger and regret at being stuck having a daughter. Margaret Mary's father Tom is the shining light in her life, he's supported and encouraged Maggie her whole life. When Tom dies on a rainy Ireland night making Maggie promise to follow her dreams and make sure her sister, Brianna does the same. Maggie is then put on a path of truth opening her up to following those dreams and taking chances. Maggie's beautiful glass works catch the eye of Rogan Sweeney, a are curator who's looking to showcase Irish artists.What first caught my eye during the first chapter was Miss Roberts ability to weave these beautifully descriptive words in such a different way. For example:An unpredictable man he might be, full of starts and stops and quick turns, but she knew him. Of all the men she had known, she had loved no one with the full thrust of her heart as she loved Tom Concannon.The story of Margaret Mary unfolds in such a natural way, she sort of jumps off the page as either a women you wish you could be, free and artsy or the women you already are. I found myself wishing I could be as free with my ideas of how relationships develop. Wanting him to call or wishing he would come by. For Maggie, she just lets life happen, doen't play games and welcomes the idea of what fate has to offer. She's riddled with the past mistakes of her mother and father. Almost to a painful point where she's gone so far the other way and warded off marriage because of what she witnessed as a child.Reading the interactions between Margaret Mae and Rogan were hilarious. Like fire and ice together they worked their way around each other to the point that they were the only people in the room who didn't know they were mad in love. Written to perfection, dripping in words not normally used to convey love and affection. When Rogan and Maggie come together, it's not a slow burn it's a raging fire. Elegant, he was. And beautiful, she thought, in a way so uniquely male, and as wonderfully competent and precise as the handy little machine he used to run his figures. Not a man to run across sunny fields or lie dreaming under the moon. But he was more than she'd first imagined him to be, much more, she now understood. So with one Nora Roberts book under my belt, it's only fitting to go back for seconds.

  • Cristina Leitón
    2019-03-25 03:41

    Ha sido una de las relecturas más especiales que he hecho. Lo leí hace ya años, y aunque recordaba lo básico, todos los detalles de la historia de Maggie y Rogan se habían perdido con el tiempo. Y no solo ha sido especial reencontrarme con ellos, sino que lo he hecho en inglés (el primero libro que leo de Nora en inglés, debo añadir) y vaya cambio (¡a mejor!). Casi parecía que podía escuchar el acento irlandés de los personajes al leer los diálogos. Sin duda, uno de mis libros románticos favoritos. Siempre volveré a las Concannon.

  • Maria_Love_For_Books
    2019-03-30 02:36

    Ireland......and romance......just perfect!You can see the following review also here: http://loveandlivetoread.wordpress.co...Really? Another great book by Nora Roberts? Is that possible? The woman is so talented that I find it unfair! It was a great read that I enjoyed very much! The story is set in Ireland and I couldn’t be more happy because it’s definitely a country I love to read about!Maggie is a young but lonely woman. She lost her beloved dad five years ago and her relationship with her mother is far from good. Actually, because of her mother she prefers loneliness and she doesn’t want to marry. She really doesn’t trust anyone, expect her sister Brianna who is very kind. Maggie is an artist and when in her life comes Rogan the owner of an international art gallery, many things will change in her life either she want it or not.I liked Maggie a lot. Many will say that she is too lonely, too stubborn and too rude. I will say that she is haunted and wild. She misses her dad and she mourns silently for the mother who doesn’t love her. I believe that she finds it unfair that her dear dad is dead and that snake of a mother is alive, criticizing her daughters for everything. The truth is that she craves to love and be loved in return. Her art is an act of love and that’s why everything she makes is beautiful.Rogan is the opposite. He had the love of his parents but he lost them too soon. He’s sophisticated, smart and a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He was in love with Maggie before even realizing it because in her, he could see an honest person. He knows that when a woman like Maggie gives her love, this love will last forever.It was a very good read! I absolutely adored every single page! I totally recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

  • Lizzy
    2019-04-11 22:37

    I readBorn in Fire a few years ago, but suddenly wanted to read something beautiful and not very demanding. Often that is just what going back to a book that I already read and loved means to me. It is like a vacation, when I go to the beach and just lay on the sand or take a little swin. I don’t have to worry, I don’t have to agonize wondering whether I will like what is to come. Just revel in it. Of course, it has to be a well written book. As I share a love for Ireland withNora Roberts, this book seemed to fit the bill. I loved the setting, the art of blown glass but above all Maggie and Rogan. Tormented by the relationship with her mother, she's always supportive of her sister but above all an ambitious and highly talented artist; he's a gallery owner, deeply commited to art and very sure of himself. Both have strong personalities and know what they want. They are not without their conflicts, not perfect at all. Great, just like all of us. I also enjoyed Brianna and Murphy a lot. Born in Fire is the first in theBorn In Trilogy about three sisters, followed byBorn in Ice andBorn in Shame. I have read and enjoyed them all. They are strongly interconnected and you should read them in sequence, besides in the second and third installments the protagonists of the previous books are very present. It’s almost as if it was a long book with many characters and shifting leads. This is a romance trilogy as opposed to many Nora Roberts novels whose plots are basically mystery and suspense mixed with romance, but one of her best of the genre in my opinion. I highly recommend Born in Fire and the whole trilogy!

  • Amy
    2019-03-26 04:57

    I decided to read books that have forever piqued my curiosity since I was kid: I would see these books line the shelves at the library, on and on. These authors still are bestsellers and incredibly productive. Thus, a little fun project that both entertained and surprised me. I selected these authors based on recollections of my hometown library back then, so it's not necessarily all-encompassing. Here is part two of four!Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4---It was a horrible, horrible version of Taming of the Shrew. I could barely get through it. Lost count of the number of similes and uses of personification, and obvious innuendos... oh yes, this was a romance alright, if you could call it one. I felt no sympathy for the characters despite their backstories--it seemed so blown out of proportion. And yes, this is the type of book where you read things like HIS LOINS WERE ON FIRE and HE RAVAGED HER. But in all of that, I did try to find something, anything, that sounded poetic even if cliched. Because I believe that even in books I personally find terrible, there's always a hidden gem that surprises you, like this one: "His heart bled a little for the woman. He knew from personal experience how miserable it was to love someone who thought of you as only a friend." Not super-eloquent, but that's something at least.This book is the beginning of a trilogy, and no, I will not be reading anymore. I can't. All I can say is, my Nora Roberts curiosity has been painfully satisfied and now whenever I see someone with one of her books, I will know what they're reading. Hopefully the next book in my project will be better...

  • Sharon
    2019-04-11 05:48

    I don't usually read books that were published before I was born, but I feel like once I read one series of an author, I have to read all of the others as well.

  • Chitra *CJ*
    2019-04-04 03:44

    Book one of "Born in" Trilogy and our OSRBC book of the month was an engaging.. but oh SO WONDERFUL ride.The explosive story of Maggie and Rogan is the tale of when scorching fire meets calm water, chaos meets order.We are introduced to the glass blower Maggie in a heart wrenching introduction to the character, and a parents' death that is expected yet agonizing.5 years later, she runs her life with an independent streak, surviving with her sister Brianna who owns a B&B; laden with bitter and unhappy mother.Enter the art connoisseur and agent Rogan, who wants to take her precious art and expose it to the world. Always having lived in poverty, and having seen a dreamer father die unsatisfied- she takes the chance to improve their life and find a new path for herself.The chemistry between Rogan and Maggie is searing; existing from the moment they met but slowly simmering into this volcano that erupts when they finally consummate their relationship. Beautiful love blooms.. and the contrast between their characters was a delight to read. I really really loved the portrayal of Maggie- this unconventional,self reliant, temperamental, impulsive and disorganized artist who is always striving for more- and finds home as well as in this efficient, suave, polite Rogan. Her interactions with the mother contribute to being one of the most interesting parts of the story- and you can't help root for her.I felt so much for Brianna- and cannot wait to read about her. Also (view spoiler)[ happy for Patricia and Joseph(hide spoiler)]That being said, I haven't despised a character for so long as much as I do the mother. I hope.. *mutters vile curses*I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it truly deserves all accolades it has gotten.Safe4.75/5

  • Alex Farrand
    2019-04-06 02:45

    A red-headed, sassy, aloof woman, who makes glass art, meets a stuck up, scheduled, rich dark hair art business man. Of course they are opposites. Of course they both sass each other. AND of course INSTANT ATTRACTION. Really, it was a Pride and Prejudice themed with added hot and heavy sexual fling. Cool.... It was alright for what it was. So let me tell you what was wrong with it.1. The main character somehow reminded me of Merida from the Disney movie Brave. Not totally Nora Roberts fault, but that is what I imagined. Curly, crazy red-head, with a sassy attitude. So the entire book I just imagined this animated character going from Clare to Paris to the Mediterranean. Sorry that is what happened.2.I am sure, pretty positive the lover, Rogan Sweeney, was attractive. I am sure he was this hot dark-haired looking man, but for the life of me only thought of Sweeney Todd. HA. Then my cousin married a Sweeney and I am not attracted to my cousin's husband, so we had problems. Sorry Nora, not your fault there.3. The sex scenes. I laughed. How authors describe sex cracks me up. I am sorry. I don't know what it does, but it does. One of the lines was she "bucked and rolled and reared". I just couldn't help but laugh at that line. I don't know how I would describe a sexual scene, but I don't think I would describe a horse. Also, what parent says you were conceived out of hot, raw passion. Awkward.4. Lastly, one of the lines came from Star Wars. "I know". I am sure I am the only nerd you read this and thought of Star Wars at the same time.Good things:1. I want to see Ireland.2. Scenery seemed beautiful.3. I want to eat some bread. HOMEMADE BREAD.It wasn't for me or the right timing, I suppose to read this. It was alright. Possibly, I will read the other two books. I am unsure at the moment. If anyone reads this book, please tell me your thoughts.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-04-15 04:51

    THIS IS MY FAVOURITE NORA ROBERTS SERIES OF ALL TIME, set in Ireland, my favourite setting!!!!Born in Fire is the first book in Nora Roberts Born In Trilogy about the lives of three Irish sisters and is the story of Margaret May Concannon, who becomes a famous glass sculptress. Her father, who she was very close to, sent her to Venice to study glassblowing, which her mother had resented. The heartbreak of her father’s death and the bitterness towards her by her mother, who blamed Maggie for ruining her life, Maggie, unable to trust anyone, except her sister Brianna, retreats into her own studio, making her glass sculptures when and how she wants.Rogan Sweeny is a sophisticated, gorgeous is the owner of an international art gallery that supports Irish artists and when he first sees one of Maggie’s work, is determined to sign her up. Maggie is not prepared to comprise her art for fame and acclaim and is suspicious of Rogan’s real intent.I absolutely loved Maggie. This is someone I can admire and like. She’s strong, beautiful, artistic, temperamental, loyal, outspoken and none of that little naïve virgin stuff. She might not trust Rogan but she sure knows that she wants him but in her terms and she will not apologize for what she believes in.Rogan is one of those males that you just fall in love with. It was so romantic seeing him falling in love with Maggie and telling her that he will not give up until they are together. He’s alpha male all right but wow…..this is a man who feels deeply and forever.The character development is so well done, they are so believable, compelling and real that you are totally absorbed in their lives and of course, you know that untimely these two very different people will find their happiness together.This is such a great story which likeable characters that will remain with you for a long long time.

  • ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
    2019-03-28 03:51

    Another great book by Nora Roberts and can't wait to get my hands on the next book. I love Maggie's stubborn character. She is a strong person but with a good heart even with a mother who's main purpose is to make her life a living hell but no matter what she is determined to keep her promise to her father to care for her mother and sister. Maggie is a great glass artist who does her glass from the soul and never saw the real value of her work until Rogan Sweeney, a gallery owner, sees Maggie’s work and is determined to help her sell and show her worth but more becomes of their relationship.

  • Michelle, the Bookshelf StalkerQueen of the Undead
    2019-04-08 05:57

    A nice 3.5 for this book. The ended just ended and it was really disappointing. I wanted more but that made me realize that I liked the book (because I wanted more). However, I think the setting was what kept me interested. The narrator on this audio book is outstanding so it made me feel like I was really in Ireland. Loved that part. So this might be a so-so book that was made better by the narrator. Regardless, it was pretty good. I'm rambling. Long day.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-04-13 03:30

    I loved reading about Maggie and her entertaining characteristics and temperament.Maggie is an artist who creates glass sculptures. She lives in a small village in western Ireland. Rogan is a wealthy Gallery owner in Dublin. He wants to represent her work. He calls her repeatedly but she never answers her phone. He has to travel there just to be able to talk to her. After he signs her, he has to send telegraphs to her because she still doesn’t answer her phone. He views her as irresponsible, scatterbrained, canny, obstinate, brilliant, bad-tempered and beautiful. He’s her opposite, a business mind and manner with schedules and timetables. Maggie is constantly throwing insults at Rogan and others, but I find her insults funny. An example of her insulting style is below in Caution Spoiler. In the sequel “Born in Shame,” Shannon describes Maggie as suspicious by nature, hot-headed, frank to the point of rudeness, overly protective and fiercely loyal. Shannon describes Rogan as “cultured, smooth, organized, shrewd, sophisticated and sharp enough to run an organization that was respected around the world. And, she thought grimly, he had to have a sense of humor, and the patience of Job, to live with Maggie.”I also enjoyed the subplots concerning Rogan’s friend Patricia and his grandmother Christine.I’m not usually moved by descriptions of place, but in this book, I was, especially on page 116. Maggie has just finished an intense creative session for several days and is riding her bike to town for some food and a break. As the author describes the sights and scents around Maggie’s bike ride, I felt like I was experiencing a piece of art. She describes the sun, the hedges, the breeze, the scents of honeysuckle, hay and sweet mown grass, etc. Maybe, because I was so into Maggie’s artistic activities, I continued to feel the art surrounding her bike ride. Who knows what it was, but I felt a lovely, emotional fulfillment, with that bike ride.“Born in Fire” is the first book in a 3 book series. It can be read alone. Books 2 and 3 are about Maggie’s sister Brianna and half-sister Shannon. Maggie has small parts in the subsequent books, but it’s not necessary to read them, although it was nice to see Maggie having a child in a later book. I gave 2 stars to "Born in Ice" and 3.5 stars to "Born in Shame."CAUTION SPOILER:I’m quoting a section of the book, to give readers a sense of Maggie’s insulting style. If readers enjoy it, then I think they will enjoy the book. On page 49: Rogan offers to manage and sell Maggie’s glass sculptures. He tells her he will take a percentage from all sales. She asks“What percentage do you take?” Hoping for a reaction, he kept his eyes level with hers. “Thirty-five percent.” She made a strangled sound in her throat. “Thirty-five? Thirty-five? You thief. You robber.” She shoved back from the table and stood. “You’re a vulture, Rogan Sweeney. Thirty-five percent be damned and you with it.” “I take all the risks, I have all the expenses.” He spread his hands, steepled them again. “You have merely to create.” “Oh, as if all it takes is sitting on my a** and waiting for the inspiration to come fluttering down like raindrops. You know nothing, nothing about it.” She began to pace again, swirling the air with temper and energy. “I’ll remind you, you’d have nothing to sell without me. And it’s my work, my sweat and blood they’ll spend good money for. You’ll get fifteen percent.” “I’ll get thirty.” “Plague take you, Rogan, for a horse thief. Twenty.”Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: four. Setting: current day village of Kilmihil, County Clare, west coast of Ireland, Dublin, Paris and the south of France. Copyright: 1994. Genre: contemporary romance.For a listing of my reviews of other Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb books, see my 4 star review of "Angels Fall" posted on 6/30/08.

  • Chryssa
    2019-04-10 22:39

    What can I say for Nora Roberts that millions of readers do not know already! Her language and descriptions, her character building, her fully developed plots leave nothing to be found lacking. This is my second book of hers (I KNOW! SHAME ON ME!) and it will certainly not be her last.This was a story about family relationships, dreams that die and dreams that come true, love for the art and fighting with inner demons, all set in a magnificent county in the west of Ireland. The heroine, Margaret Concannon, is a glass artist that some would identify with Katharina, Shakespeare's well known shrew (guilty reader here! AYE! I DID!)! Don't get me wrong, I love my heroines being feisty, but there are times when a woman should know when to just pause and take deep breaths. And here comes the Petruchio of our story, Rogan Sweeney, a man in love with art in every possible form and - oh yes!- with Maggie as well! I loved how he was both dynamic and patient in dealing with the shrew (said in the most loving way!) of the story...what a man can tolerate when he loves a woman! To be honest, Maggie's behaviour is justified up to a point, as she grew up feeling the resentment and being maltreated (abused both physically and emotionally) by her mother for the latter's turn of life and end of dreams. In my opinion, everything in life is a matter of choice of what life brings us and our effort to make the most of it. And this our dearest Nora Roberts, among other things, emphasises with this story. In the end, Maggie chose to leave her past (and issues!) behind and give Ronan the chance to prove her that life is what we make it to be, that happiness can be found even though we may have lost hope in it and that the sins of the parents are theirs and theirs alone!Despite this being a very sweet story and finding nothing lacking in it, I couldn't just adore it...I am still trying to explain this to myself. What I 've gained from it, though, is that Ireland is a magnifent country and every book I read about it makes it all the more appealing to visit and learn more about its history and people. Still, I am going to continue the series because the author deserves my reading and seeing her Concannon Sisters's world complete in order to form a solid opinion. And you can never consider reading Nora a waste of time!

  • Rosana Maia
    2019-04-04 07:00

    Como já devem saber, Nora Roberts tem um registo muito próprio. Sempre que pego num livro da autora, sei exactamente o tipo de leitura que vou encontrar – um romance, com as suas particularidades que diferem de livro para livro, mas que termina normalmente da forma mais doce possível. Assim, há que compreender que não é uma obra que agrade todo o tipo de leitores, mas que consegue cumprir muito bem o seu propósito para quem gosta do género.Como já referi também noutras opiniões, este livro não se enquadra na categoria de livros brilhantes e complexos. No entanto, se há coisa que a autora faz muito bem em cada livro que escreve é a caracterização das suas personagens.Em Herança de Fogo - o primeiro volume da Trilogia da Herança - ficamos a conhecer a história de Maggie Concannon. E, apesar de à priori não me identificar nem gostar muito desta personagem principal, a verdade é que à medida que progredi na leitura fui compreendendo melhor o seu feitio e os seus motivos para ser assim. E, no fim, cheguei à conclusão que tinha à minha frente uma grande mulher. E isto não deveria ser surpresa nenhuma para mim, uma vez que em cada livro de Nora Roberts encontramos personagens femininas muito diferentes, mas com um carácter e personalidade muito fortes.Maggie, como nos diz logo a sinopse, é uma mulher “talentosa e rebelde”. Contrariamente à sua irmã – Brianna – que irei conhecer no próximo volume, é dona de si e independente. No entanto, toda esta rebeldia e segurança não passa de uma máscara que Maggie coloca em si todos os dias. Ao longo da narrativa, através de Rogan Sweeney, a máscara que tanto trabalho deu a construir não se segura muito bem e ficamos a conhecer a verdadeira Maggie Concannon :).Assim, estamos perante um romance leve, de agradável leitura, capaz de satisfazer os fãs do género. Para quem como eu gosta de variar não só no tipo de leituras, mas também na sua intensidade, aqui fica mais uma recomendação.http://bloguinhasparadise.blogspot.pt...

  • valee
    2019-04-16 23:56

    I just don't know what exactly makes me love and adore this author so much but I can't seem to be able to do otherwise. I just feel so exhilarated while reading her books, which is funny because for too long I was reluctant to pick one of them as everybody else seemed to crave her work so badly. For some reason I got into my head that I wouldn't be as fascinated with her as everybody else seemed to be and it took me way too long to discover how mistaken I was. I simply can't stop reading her books now.Born in Fire is an amazing story. We have a poor farmer's daughter, an artist who always dreamed of having her art appreciated but was too hard-headed to even admit it to herself. Then we have a too wealthy city businessman who always gets what he wants. How this 2 very different people made such an amazing story possible is beyond me, but made it they did. Now the best part: The whole thing develops in Ireland... sigh. I don't know if it's only me but I just ADORE that country, everything about it compels me so VERY much. Such a difficult history, so many thrilling legends and there's nothing more sexy that an Irish accent,lol. If passion and romance is what you like you will love this story as sparks don't seem to be able stop blowing everywhere between this 2 main characters. Nothing is easy between them but never frustrating, always alluring and making you wanna know them better and keep reading.Great story with lots of family drama, unconventional love and a small town willing to do anything to help their own. I definitely recommend this series just as much as I recommended all NR other cont-romances. Can't wait to read more.

  • Anna Casanovas
    2019-03-19 01:38

    3 1/2 ESTRELLAS"Nacida del Fuego" es la primera entrega de una trilogía ambientada en Irlanda y una novela del estilo más romántico y mágico de Nora Roberts. Es decir, no hay ningún misterio ni ninguna tragedia exagerada (ni asesinato, ni secuestro, ni mentiras); es una historia "chica/chico que no creen en el amor se conocen, se enamoran, resisten esa atracción/amor y acaban juntos". El argumento, aunque no tiene complicaciones ni sorpresas, es sólido y Nora Roberts retrata los sentimientos de Maggie y Rogan tan bien como solo sabe hacerlo ella, y las descripciones de Irlanda son preciosas y se nota que es un país cuya magia tiene fascinada a la autora.El único problema que he tenido yo con esta novela, y el motivo por el que no la he puntuado más alto, es el personaje de Maggie, aunque Nora Roberts se esfuerza por explicarnos porque es así, a mí no me ha convencido y me hubiera gustado que al final evolucionase más y que estuviese a la altura de Rogan. Él es un héroe fantástico, romántico y complejo y creo que se merecía una protagonista femenina mejor con unos sentimientos más profundos. Quizá en los próximos libros de la serie vuelva a aparecer la pareja y cambie de opinión sobre Maggie.Seguiré con "Nacida del hielo" porque la hermana de Maggie, Brianna, me ha parecido un personaje muy interesante y creo que su historia de amor puede ser más profunda que esta. "Nacida del fuego" es buena novela romántica contemporánea, muy bien escrita, con un protagonista masculino perfecto (de esos que ofrecen amor incondicional) y con una protagonista femenina que a mí me ha parecido un poco fría.

  • Pamela Shropshire
    2019-03-20 00:00

    This was the April old school BoTM for the OSRBC. I got a late start, as you can see.I've never much cared for contemporary romance and until I began the In Death series last July, I had never read Nora Roberts.Speaking of the In Death series, I found quite a few similarities between Maggie Concannon, the heroine of Born in Fire, and Eve Dallas. Both had difficult childhoods (although Maggie's would be considered idyllic compared to Eve's); both are completely dedicated to their work to the exclusion of all else; both are stubborn and irascible; and neither has any desire for love and marriage. (On a related note, I'm curious whether all or a majority of her heroines are from the same mold.)Maggie's character is extremely well drawn. By the time I was half-way through the book, I already felt as if I knew her intimately. I really loved the descriptions of her glass-blowing - both the nuts and bolts of the process and the finished works of art. I thought Maggie's relationships with her mother and her sister were fully fleshed out as well. I would like to know more of Maeve's POV, and for this reason, I will likely read the other two books of the series.Rogan, however, was not nearly as interesting. He came across as a garden variety romance hero - handsome, wealthy, successful - nice, you know, but nothing special. For this reason, I give the book 3.75 stars, rounded up to 4.

  • Redial
    2019-04-07 00:35

    If you love books with substance and an engrossing story line with well-developed characters, I suggest you ignore this book's existence. Although I have yet to open it up or indeed see it in real life form and not just an image upon a smudged laptop screen, I can confidently say that I would feel the same. Having never read a Nora Roberts book but being subjected to 3 of her movies in a so called "Romance movie marathon" at a friend's birthday party, I can truly say that she, as an author, has changed me. You might say "Oh, that's just wonderful Redial! I'm so happy for you!" and such, but NAY, nay I say. Montana Sky was so gross I wanted to throw my handful of Cheezels at the overly huge LCD screen and run screeching from the room, but the Cheezels were really good so I didn't. Northern Lights was worse and the story line was much like something I wrote in fifth grade whilst under the effects of Phenergan during a bout of horrendous chicken pox, except worse. That story was mainly about Border Collies in the Scottish Highlands but let's not split hairs. I got halfway through Carolina Moon before leaving to do some dishes (at 12 am). For anyone that knows me, I never do dishes even when my Grandmother asks. So the point is. Born in Fire is only catchy as a Harry Potter title and she should give it back instead of making it the start of this literary insult/future visual vomit.

  • LiliMarcus
    2019-04-18 03:33

    When your head won't give you the answer, it's best to listen to your heart.Oh damn. Here's a confession. I love novels, even films, that have artists in them. Doesn't matter if the artist is the protagonist. And this book just captured my heart. Unexpectedly, I'm telling you my fellow bibliophiles. Why, because I was reluctant at first to read this. It's been long since I've read a contemporary romance seriously... I read romance but the once with the usual erotic touches. Gladly, I read this one. Roberts reminds me of Sparks. And I love Sparks. Needless to say, I'm now in love with Nora Roberts too. I mean I have ten of her books in my shelf-all of them in series. As for the novel itself, darn it. I find myself in there. I nearly cried, I just held myself barely. I think I am Maggie,the protagonist, right now. I'm sooo her. This is like a window to my soul. As a writer, I am an artist, a struggling one because I'm afraid. Just like Maggie, who's also too stubborn, so smart and so not want marriage.. Well, until, gallery owner, Rogan came into her life....This isn't a review at all. But I don't want to be a spoiler. Lately, my reviews became just a mere reflection of myself, of how I find myself in every book I read.:) :) :) Off to read the next in the series.

  • Mónica Silva
    2019-04-11 03:00

    Opinião no blog http://howtoliveathousandlives.blogsp...A combinação perfeita entre um romance apaixonante, um esplêndido drama familiar e paisagens encantadoras. Nos vales verdes e vastos da Irlanda, o leitor é arrebatado para uma cultura deslumbrante onde reinam a História, os mitos, as lendas, a magia! Para quem almeja um dia percorrer o mundo, a Irlanda caracterizada neste livro é um destino imperdível!A personagem principal, Maggie é uma mulher determinada, rebelde e explosiva, com um temperamento volátil que confesso que no início me deixou menos agradada. Contudo, é através da arte vidreira – a sua vocação – que descobrimos o seu lado mais frágil, capaz de produzir obras tão delicadas. A arte de soprar vidro parece bastante complexa e exigente e adorei as explicações acerca da técnica incorporadas no livro. É por este lado artístico que descobrimos o lado mais doce de Maggie, apenas reservado para quem se mostra merecedor. A razão para esta sua vida resguardada dos outros recai na sua família: uma família que a reconforta e dilacera ao mesmo tempo. Enquanto deposita todo o seu amor no seu pai e na irmã Brianna, Maggie sofre com a rejeição da sua mãe. Maeve é uma mulher empedernida e cruel, presa num casamento que lhe frustrou as ambições e lhe quebrou os sonhos, e do qual Maggie é uma lembrança constante. Com esta personagem, a autora espelha concretamente o que acontece a quem se agarra aos ressentimentos durante toda a vida.A componente romântica neste livro é bastante previsível, adquirindo encanto pela riqueza das personagens. Maggie, já teimosa e obstinada por si só, encontra em Rogan, um homem de negócios inflexível, um verdadeiro desafio. Para duas pessoas com feitios tão problemáticos, foi interessante observar como se descobriram um ao outro e aprenderam a complementar-se. Com momentos intensos e explosivos, assim como outros mais ternurentos e amorosos, acabamos por nos apaixonar pelo fogo que se ergue entre estas duas personagens! Na minha opinião, esta é uma das melhores coleções escritas por Nora Roberts e mesmo em separado os três livros constituem romances belíssimos que compõem o meu top de favoritos neste género literário. Aconselho vivamente a quem se quiser estrear com a autora ou a qualquer fã acérrimo da mesma. Numa palavra: imperdível!

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-03-23 04:54

    Written in the mid-90s, this book is a big step up from Roberts' O'Hurley novels, despite nominal similarities (mainly in the pseudo-shiftless, Irish father).Maggie Concannon isn't the kind of heroine that normally appeals to me. She's tempestuous and impulsive and argumentative and way too willing to inflict emotional pain on those nearest to her. Fortunately, she has a softer, humbler, more caring side to her that comes out when it matters most. This let me care enough to want to see her be happy.Rogan Sweeney isn't the kind of hero that normally appeals to me, either. He's bossy and commanding and way too willing to manipulate others into doing what he thinks is best for them. Fortunately, he has a humbler, softer, more caring side to him that comes out when he can see that his more forthright methods would endanger the very things he wants to accomplish.So I hadn't thought I'd end up caring much about this novel, even if I was never truly tempted to simply stop reading. By midway through, though, I'd seen enough of the complexity of the characters to be fully invested in wanting them to succeed and cheering for them as they overcame the adversity of Maggie's circumstances (and what a chilling portrayal of a mother gone completely off the rails in her duty to nurture and protect her children!).A note about the narrator: It took me a while to get used to the narrator of this Brilliance Audio production. Fiacre Douglas' sentences tend to be delivered quickly and with a faint pause at the end of each. This makes it sound, at first, like he's running sprints and timing himself to see how fast he can get to the end. It doesn't help that much of the book is read in an Irish accent and, while I love the sound and flow of the words, I'm not very good at decoding even this mild accent at speed. After a bit, though, I caught the rhythm of his reading and it stopped bothering me.A note about Steamy: While there's only a couple of explicit scenes, one of them was markedly hot. Not that it was that much longer than normal, or more explicit, or anything, but Maggie is an unashamedly passionate woman and that came out in spades.

  • Janet
    2019-03-26 05:55

    When I read and re-read a book, it's almost always going to get a 5 or 4 star rating, or else why re-read? Born in Fire is the first of a trilogy and unlike some trilogies, you have to have 2 and 3 close at hand as soon as you finish Born in Fire because the unfolding family story is that enthralling. Maggie has a dreadful relationship with her hardened, mean-spirited, caustic of tongue and tone mother and watching them dance around each other rings so true. It's at times heart-breaking. Adulthood means growing up and standing independently of our childhood and our parents but growing up can leave us with chains of guilt and love that prevent us from moving on. Rogan, a wonderful, master of the universe hero, is just knocked off his feet by the temperamental and charming Maggie. She's a gifted glass artist and he's the empresario of elegant art galleries. His marketing ability will allow her art to reach the world and oh, the struggles between the artistic and business temperaments are epic. Set in Ireland and Ireland and its tales, ways and people are a character in the book.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-26 01:38

    This book reminded me of why I don't pick up contemporary romances very often. It wasn't terrible, but nothing really set it apart either. The family angle with Maeve and Brianna interested me the most and I wish more time would have been spent exploring that, but it was clear early on in the book that the romance between Maggie and Rogan would be the focus. I liked Rogan (he came off as a workaholic but nice Mr. Darcy-type), but I found Maggie a little frustrating. Aspects of her behavior came across incredibly unrealistically, like when she never returns Rogan's calls and refuses to do business with him yet he doggedly pursues her and her art anyway. This would never happen in real life and felt very contrived to me. This book in general had all the annoying fairy-tale aspects of the romance genre, like the hot guy who is also super rich and the gorgeous heroine who looks better in a shirt and jeans than other women do in evening wear. Not that I don't appreciate a good romance novel, but I prefer historicals or at least romances with some kind of unique/unexpected twist (yes, this is a particularly formulaic genre, but there's still room for originality so no excuses in my mind). This one just fell flat. The supporting characters were pretty bland and unmemorable, and the writing itself was also just so-so. The few scenes of romance were really corny and over-the-top dramatic. I will say I liked the setting in Ireland and the glassblowing details, but that's it. I think I just had high expectations going in, since this is the first book I've read by Nora Roberts.

  • Célia Loureiro
    2019-04-08 01:39

    Mais um livro da rainha do romance... Não li muitos dela, confesso, mas os que li foram todos iguais.O primeiro que li foi o "Herança de Vergonha", por sinal o último desta trilogia. Depois li o do meio, da Brianna (Herança de Gelo), e por fim, anos depois, aborrecida de morte e incapaz de pegar num livro a sério, decidi obrigar-me a adquirir este volume em formato bolso e a lê-lo, apenas para terminar a trilogia. Também li uma trilogia sobre flores, "A Dália Azul", etc..., mas já estava muito aborrecida daquilo. Meto-a no saco dos autores com uma fórmula, e que a aplicam até à exaustão. Tudo bem, o leitor assim já sabe ao que vai... Mas não desenvolve. As falas são sempre parecidas, idem com as descrições, idem com os cenários, idem com a pessoa a cozinhar, os chás, as personalidades... Tem graça, é divertido, entretém, mas não são livros para se lerem de enfiada, agora este e a seguir outro dela, porque vai sempre dar ao mesmo. Também o final é sempre 100% garantido.Este é a história da Maggie Concannon, curiosamente a irmã que eu achava menos interessante das três, porque surgiu sempre como a personagem secundária rabugenta das outras histórias. Porém, aqui, a Maggie revela a personalidade mais interessante de todas. Livre, decidida, uma artista compulsiva e uma mulher segura de si. Também tem o lado vulnerável, não se engana a si própria e é brutalmente honesta. Tudo isto é agradável de se ler, ri-me algumas vezes com algumas coisas que eles diziam. O Rogan foi, obviamente, feito como uma luva para ela… Também ele tem uma personalidade interessante. Mas a linha dos livros, sempre igual, sempre com eles a correrem atrás delas até à exaustão, sempre pacientes e amorosos, exaspera-me. E que dizer das metáforas? Já não aguentava tanta metáfora. “Fazia isto como x faz y”. “Estás para aí como um x a fazer y”, etc…Enfim: light literature. É fácil para ela, fácil para o leitor. Não admira que esteja rica e venda tanto. Ela, o Nicholas Sparks, a Sveva Casatti Modignani, etc., etc…É descobrir a galinha dos ovos de ouro e depená-la até ao degredo.É pouco provável que volte a lê-la em breve, embora, de momento, me tenha sabido bem ler algo com esta leveza e, sobretudo, ambientado na Irlanda, que tanto amo.

  • Ria Lize
    2019-04-03 03:58

    I'm around book 30s mark in J.D Robb's In Death series, but I've been curious to see how she writes as Nora Roberts. I guess I can say that I not only admire her dedication and her skill, but also her versatility.She can write something set in the future, she can write a story set in the past, and I can say that whatever period in time, I will always be spiraled into the wonderful story she created.Just to make it all clear: I thought book one was amazing.There were books I've rate 4 or 3 stars to be on the safe side. I admit to being guilty that there were books I've rated 5 stars because they were great and there was nothing wrong with it. But this book to me, is, without a doubt, 5 stars. The characters are the heart of this story. It isn't often in a book I can empathise so well with a character that I'd cry big fat tears, as ifI was in there. I wanted to hug Maggie, I wanted to throw my own words at her mother. Plus this morning I wore that stupid grin on my face going "awww" when Rogan did something sweet. ;P I'm usually a fan of UF and PNR and reading this book was like a breath of fresh air. No teeth-gnashing, head-banging moments, moments you want to smack the female lead [usually] for being so rash and the both characters deciding to date someone else. For a book with a blurb that leaves the question of whether the protagonist will "overcome her dark past", I expected that, but it didn't come. Finally, characters who are mature. Characters who know their heart. I find it refreshing that the male protagonist would openly admit his feelings first, and that the protagonist to took the plunge and risked her heart despite her stubbornness and pride. There are heart-wrenching moments, scenes that would make your heart melt, that would make you laugh out loud. It was a pleasure reading Born in Fire. Every freaking minute. I look forward to reading more of JD Robb's books, and Nora Roberts' books in between. :) P.S I swear this will be the last book I'll read until I finish my exams on the 23rd. If I don't, I will never stop reading. I don't have any self-control once I start a book. >.<

  • Lesa
    2019-04-11 22:32

    The last time I read one of Nora Roberts' trilogies, I went back and picked up an earlier one set in Ireland. Born in Fire is the first in the Irish Born Trilogy. This one brings the Irish lilt and magic to life.Margaret Mary Concannon is a glass artist who sells her glass under the name M.M. Concannon from her small shop in County Clare. Her father, Tom, sent her to Venice to learn, despite the angry opposition of her mother. Maggie returned and built her own studio, and she's determined to pay back every penny so her mother can no longer gripe and moan about it. It's that determination that forces her to strike a bargain with Rogan Sweeney.Five years after her father's death, Sweeney, owner of Worldwide Galleries, tracks Maggie down. He's equally determined. He wants Maggie's work exclusively for his gallery because he has a dream of showcasing Irish artists. He wants to make Maggie into Worldwide's first native Irish star. But, the two have a volatile relationship from the very beginning. She's angry she has to work for money instead of love. But, she's also determined to make money to buy her mother a house so she'll leave Maggie's younger sister, Brianna, to run her dreamed of bed-and-breakfast without the constant demands on Brianna's time. And, no matter what Maggie does, she knows she'll never change her mother, a bitter woman who was stuck in a loveless marriage. It's that bitterness and sad marriage that makes Maggie fight Rogan every step of the way in their evolving relationship.As always, Nora Roberts creates unusual, strong characters. Her female characters are always independent and beautiful. Her male ones are always strong and handsome. A little bit unrealistic? Yes, but it's the individuality of their characters, and the independence that always stands out in these books. And, in the Irish Born series, there's an additional attraction. Ireland is depicted as beautiful in all varieties of weather, the sun and storms. The B&B, the pubs, the music, the landscape, all come to life with Roberts' careful words. Born in Fire is a delightful book of art and passion and Ireland.

  • Riccarla Roman
    2019-04-19 00:40

    O, the joys of a Nora Roberts book! I've been a fan for years and decided to re-read one of her great trilogies. The "Born in..." trilogy is set in Ireland and tells of the Concannon sisters. Each one is different but each one is wonderful to read about."Born in Fire" is the story of Maggie Concannon, a genius at creating glass sculptures. As the book opens, she is with her father when he suffers a fatal heart attack. Five years later, she and her sister Brianna are following their dreams - Maggie with her glassblowing and Brianna with the Bed and Breakfast she made out of the family home which their father left to her. He didn't leave it to their mother Maeve and boy, does that cause a lot of tension.Maggie's tranquil artistic existence is interrupted by Rogan Sweeney, a wealthy magnate from Dublin who wants to buy her art for his Worldwide Galleries. He'd tried calling and mailing, but she ignored him. Even when he shows up, she wants nothing to do with his business. No one can have control over her heart except herself. He finally promises her artistic autonomy in return for showing her pieces and managing her career.The real joy is watching the sparks fly between them. No triangles; no supernatural creatures; just two strong personalities falling in love against the odds and trying to make it work. Rogan is more agreeable, but Maggie has major issues about marriage, having seen how miserable her parents were. Her mother has always blamed her pregnancy with Maggie, the reason she had to get married, as a curse and punishment for her sins. Only by conquering these fears and trusting her heart can Maggie find her happy ending.These are great characters, a wonderful visit to Ireland, and passionate love - the only thing better is know that there are two more books in the trilogy. Wait, there are only two sisters, you say. Sometimes there are secrets that slowly come to light. Take a trip to Clare, Ireland and meet the Concannons - it's worth the trip.

  • Ronel
    2019-04-18 01:39

    This story really captured me, the calm and gentle Brianna and the fiery Maggie Concannon were wonderful characters to me. And I was captivated by the sad family structure they faced and I would have loved to read more with their father as I really liked him, even though he was only present in the beginning.The story does have romance in it, but it did not just feel like a sappy romance so much as a story of these two sisters and their attempts to move on with their lives and deal with their problems.Having said that though, I have to admit that I did fall a little bit in love with Rogan Sweeney and I loved the fiery clash between him and Maggie. This romance was made even better being set in western Ireland and the romance this land already has just made the read even better.I have admitted many times before that I love a good romance and this was certainly one of the best for me, particularly that it was not just a romance but a novel about a family with love and anger thrown together. Nora Roberts certainly writes wonderful novels with strong female characters, her writing always draws you in and her characters always manages to capture you and make you grow with them.The first time I read this book some years ago I struggled with understanding Maggie or her mother, but having re-read it now that I'm older I understand them so much better. Before, I struggled to connect with Maggie's fiery and independent character that is riddled with so many flaws and uncertainties. Now I see those same traits in my older self, and I can place myself in her shoes more comfortably. As for Maeve, I still think she's very dislikeable but now I understand her so much more.Ultimately, I loved this book when I was younger and incapable of really understanding characters not like myself. But now I adore this story and have come to really love Maggie as an independent woman with the same natural flaws and uncertainties that most women have.