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Kate Corsi always dreamed of working in her family's world-famous demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until his untimely death. He leaves a fortune to Kate and the business to her ex-husband, Donovan—but only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year. Kate and Donovan married too young and stayed too long in a dangerously destructive marria Kate Corsi always dreamed of working in her family's world-famous demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until his untimely death. He leaves a fortune to Kate and the business to her ex-husband, Donovan—but only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year. Kate and Donovan married too young and stayed too long in a dangerously destructive marriage. Ten years later, surely they're mature enough to co-exist peacefully. But the embers of attraction swiftly flare into flame again. Now, they must confront the pain of the past if they are to have a chance for a future and save their business from a saboteur they're beginning to suspect of murder. Originally published in 2000 under the title The Burning Point, this is the first in a series of three contemporary romances by acclaimed and bestselling historical romance author Mary Jo Putney.


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Kate Corsi always dreamed of working in her family's world-famous demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until his untimely death. He leaves a fortune to Kate and the business to her ex-husband, Donovan—but only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year. Kate and Donovan married too young and stayed too long in a dangerously destructive marria Kate Corsi always dreamed of working in her family's world-famous demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until his untimely death. He leaves a fortune to Kate and the business to her ex-husband, Donovan—but only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year. Kate and Donovan married too young and stayed too long in a dangerously destructive marriage. Ten years later, surely they're mature enough to co-exist peacefully. But the embers of attraction swiftly flare into flame again. Now, they must confront the pain of the past if they are to have a chance for a future and save their business from a saboteur they're beginning to suspect of murder. Originally published in 2000 under the title The Burning Point, this is the first in a series of three contemporary romances by acclaimed and bestselling historical romance author Mary Jo Putney.

30 review for Stirring the Embers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    First off I want to say that this is fiction/fantasy and not real life so what I think of the H/h in this story has nothing to do with real life situations. This could have been a pretty good story,imo, had the author been a better writer. I'm not sure what the copyright date is and I hope for her sake this was a first attempt at writing. I have read a historical by her and enjoyed it so who knows. It felt like she had a check list of events that she wanted to have in her book and wrote scenes to First off I want to say that this is fiction/fantasy and not real life so what I think of the H/h in this story has nothing to do with real life situations. This could have been a pretty good story,imo, had the author been a better writer. I'm not sure what the copyright date is and I hope for her sake this was a first attempt at writing. I have read a historical by her and enjoyed it so who knows. It felt like she had a check list of events that she wanted to have in her book and wrote scenes to match each one. Kate (h) had always wanted to work in her fathers company, since that company was blowing up or bringing down buildings with explosives her father said 'over his dead body'. In her father's eyes she was a pampered princess and needed to stay that way, the work he did was too dangerous for a woman,expecialy his daughter. It was a mans job and that was the way it was going to stay. One night, at a ball, her father tells her this and she walks out on him. Determined to walk home, she walks right past the parking valets. Donovan (H) was working as a valet to help cover the expence of college. When he sees a 17 year old girl walk past him obviously angry and going to walk home, he had to try and stop her. As he introduces himself and they get to know eachother he offers her a ride home. So with ball gown and all she hops on the back of his motorcycle and goes for a ride. As these two fall in love Donovan explanes a bit about his past, how his family died in a car crash and he lives with several different family members. Soon Kate's father Sam becomes like a father to Donovan, the two marry and Sam offers Donovan a job working with him. It doesn't take long for the marriage to go sour. It seems that Donovan had a horrible temper that he's not very good at controling. One thing or another would set him off and Kate always ended up with a fist to the face or some other injury that was his fault. Of course Donovan was always horrified at his behavoir, how could he hurt the one he loved the most?? After one perticular bad fight Kate leaves for good and files for divorce. Unable to face what her family would say about her being an abused wife she refuses to tell them why she left Donovan and moves to California and never returns until her father's death 10 years later. At the reading of the will Kate and Donovan learn that Sam had his own ideas about them and thier failed marriage. He leaves Kate an empressive amount of money and states that she can work for the company, wich is what she has wanted her entire life. The buisness Sam would leave to Donovan, however all of this was under one condition......they live together for a year. One of the many problems I had with this story was that although Kate constantly referd to herself as an abused wife, she never acted like one. She had way too much trust for him and the few times that Mary Jo Putney tried to show that Kate was acting like an abused wife would, fell way too flat. It just wasn't believable, one scene( in fact it's the first scene where she's afraid of him) Donovan saves her life by pulling her to safty after a fall and she flips out on him and acts "like a cornered animal". When this happens Donovan psyhcoanalyses her, admits that it's all his fault but there is no emotion to any of this. The fact that Donovan had been to therapy and had quit drinking should have talked about more in the book, there just needed to be more to his recovery so that the reader could believe that he was redeemable and that Kate should take him back. Also there was NO chemistry between these two at all. This book seems to be the first in a series but I won't be continuing with it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Booklover, Indianapolis

    (2010) **SPOILERS** I was so frustrated w/this book - NOT because of the topic (spousal abuse). I get what MJP was trying to say about growth and forgiveness, etc. What I found hard to believe was this book was written in 2000, not 1980. It had such a dated feel to it! The horrible parents whose love was totally conditional. The archaic, close minded father who never really loved his kids, was the true villian of the book, IMO (I hate when jerk parents are proved to be "right" at the end); the W (2010) **SPOILERS** I was so frustrated w/this book - NOT because of the topic (spousal abuse). I get what MJP was trying to say about growth and forgiveness, etc. What I found hard to believe was this book was written in 2000, not 1980. It had such a dated feel to it! The horrible parents whose love was totally conditional. The archaic, close minded father who never really loved his kids, was the true villian of the book, IMO (I hate when jerk parents are proved to be "right" at the end); the WASPy (her words, not mine) mother who was NEVER truly there for her children (really - in 10 years she never once thought to ask her daughter what happened, took her son-in-laws side by allowing him to continue to be a part of the family, allowing her husband to run her son off and never stood up for him (son) to him (hubby)); the fact that Donovan basically stole Kate's life and never once admitted to his (her) family what he'd done, never was honest or truthful. I thought his recovery would be like an AA member working the program - apologize to those you have wronged - including his in-laws. Where was the discussion of the fact that Kate needs counseling, as do she and Donovan together before they have a chance of making it? And at the end - when Kate says basically announces to their closest family and friends that she made a mistake leaving him - making her seem flighty, rather than being truthful about what he'd done and why she left, once again refusing to let him be cast as a villain or own up to what he did. Where were Donovan's apologies to Kate - again, at the end he should have stood up, manned up, and told everyone what he'd done, how amazing and wonderful Kate was to take him back, allowed himself to be villified- instead of allowing Kate to look like a wishy washy indecisive foolish "little woman."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bark | Ladies Of Horror Fiction

    This book, because of its very controversial subject matter, caused quite a stir amongst readers but it only left with me a very "lukewarm" feeling. It is chock full of "issues" and overcoming and/or dealing with those issues and it really was not a satisfying romance for me . But the bigger problem? It didn't involve me emotionally. Because of the subject matter and the many subplots there was little room for the typical romantic tension and enjoyable banter that so attracts me to the romance g This book, because of its very controversial subject matter, caused quite a stir amongst readers but it only left with me a very "lukewarm" feeling. It is chock full of "issues" and overcoming and/or dealing with those issues and it really was not a satisfying romance for me . But the bigger problem? It didn't involve me emotionally. Because of the subject matter and the many subplots there was little room for the typical romantic tension and enjoyable banter that so attracts me to the romance genre. Neither character truly came alive or "grabbed" me the way a memorable romance couple does and their past "episodes", scattered throughout the book as they were, weren't as effective as they should have been because the reader wasn't privy to much of what was going on in the characters heads at the time. The hero's attempts to control his anger were presented in a believable way but in the end I was left feeling very uneasy about the couple's future - and especially for their future children. For me "The Burning Point" was a disappointment and a mostly uncomfortable reading experience that I won't be repeating any time soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A

    Writing a romance novel about a physically abusive man (he is no hero) - let's not. Ever. This is a book about domestic violence. This is not a romance novel whereby this romance novel plot device should be used: SPOILERS heroine's father guilt-trips heroine and then effectively blackmails her into making contact with her ex-husband or else she won't get the shares in his business/won't get her inheritance. You know the drill. I mean that is SUCH a harlequin romance plotline which you overlook in Writing a romance novel about a physically abusive man (he is no hero) - let's not. Ever. This is a book about domestic violence. This is not a romance novel whereby this romance novel plot device should be used: SPOILERS heroine's father guilt-trips heroine and then effectively blackmails her into making contact with her ex-husband or else she won't get the shares in his business/won't get her inheritance. You know the drill. I mean that is SUCH a harlequin romance plotline which you overlook in those books because they are fluff but for such a serious topic I was disgusted that that heroine's family guilt-tripped and blackmailed her into seeing her abusive ex-husband again. Granted, they might not have known the extent of their issues but even so 1) stay the flip out of your child's marriage and where the fudge to you get off guilt-tripping a grown ass adult about HER choice in leaving her husband? 2) Mary Jo Putney, YOU used that gross plot-device to have the abused heroine go back to her abuser. Ok, and another kick in the guts for you - the piece of s*it ex-husband slept with (multiple times) the heroine's best friend - and made HER feel guilty for it. The poor, poor heroine. She was put through hell by her family, her nasty ass so-called best-friend, her pos ex-husband and the author. Terrible, sad, pathetic book. I judge anyone who gave this good rating.

  5. 4 out of 5

    KatieV

    I just couldn't go on with this. I knew it was controversial and frankly that is what attracted me. Ultimately, I decided life was too short and my reading list too long. I like the crazy, but usually when it's OTT and not so real. I may have been more inclined to continue had it not riled me so much that the so-called hero didn't have the basic decency to leave town and not take the place of the h and her brother in her father's life. That, combined with the violence he did to the h made him utt I just couldn't go on with this. I knew it was controversial and frankly that is what attracted me. Ultimately, I decided life was too short and my reading list too long. I like the crazy, but usually when it's OTT and not so real. I may have been more inclined to continue had it not riled me so much that the so-called hero didn't have the basic decency to leave town and not take the place of the h and her brother in her father's life. That, combined with the violence he did to the h made him utterly irredeemable. Putney is a talented author. Could she have pulled this off, I don't know? I DNFd. It's definitely debatable that this book could be dangerous to a woman in a domestic violence situation. Can these men ever be cured? The cynic in me says no. I could be wrong, but I wouldn't want to take this chance with myself or any woman I know.

  6. 5 out of 5

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalija

    It's difficult to rate a book that has a HEA that you don't believe in. I debated for a long time and came to a conclusion that apart from my own experience and attitude towards domestic violence, The Burning Point was an excellent read. First things first, I have never read a book about building demolition business. Who knew that I'd find it fascinating?! There are a lot of technical details that one might find boring, but, since I'm always intrigued by unknown, I was engrossed from the very fi It's difficult to rate a book that has a HEA that you don't believe in. I debated for a long time and came to a conclusion that apart from my own experience and attitude towards domestic violence, The Burning Point was an excellent read. First things first, I have never read a book about building demolition business. Who knew that I'd find it fascinating?! There are a lot of technical details that one might find boring, but, since I'm always intrigued by unknown, I was engrossed from the very first page. Secondly, it's a family drama that touches upon some heavy subjects, such as spousal abuse, bigotry and death. There are no utterly good or bad characters. All of them are flawed, human and will evoke a variety of emotions throughout the course of the book. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone thinking about reading it, but please be aware that any way you look at it The Burning Point is not a lighthearted read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Despite the excellent story telling, I just could not accept this couple getting together. They were both extremely physically and emotionally abusive towards each other in their marriage, which ultimately broke them up, then he years later hooks up with one of her bestfriends (which the heroine remained unaware of)? How messed up is that, and for her to accept it all AND remain friends with the said friend without any resentment or hurt? When does this ever happen except in a Jerry Springer's s Despite the excellent story telling, I just could not accept this couple getting together. They were both extremely physically and emotionally abusive towards each other in their marriage, which ultimately broke them up, then he years later hooks up with one of her bestfriends (which the heroine remained unaware of)? How messed up is that, and for her to accept it all AND remain friends with the said friend without any resentment or hurt? When does this ever happen except in a Jerry Springer's show.... I didn't buy it, and I couldn't tolerate a battered wife going back to her abusive husband. This is just tragic....

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I generally enjoy Mary Jo Putney books very much. I have been reading her books as best I can get hold of them in order of publication, and was surprised to come across this first one in the next series, because it is not a Regency era romance. I was even more surprised to find that . . . . . SPOILER ALERT . . . . . . . . . . the reason the main female character left her ex-husband started with a night when she came home to her drunk (now ex) husband, who accused her of screwing her work mates, an I generally enjoy Mary Jo Putney books very much. I have been reading her books as best I can get hold of them in order of publication, and was surprised to come across this first one in the next series, because it is not a Regency era romance. I was even more surprised to find that . . . . . SPOILER ALERT . . . . . . . . . . the reason the main female character left her ex-husband started with a night when she came home to her drunk (now ex) husband, who accused her of screwing her work mates, and then slapped her across the face so hard he knocked her down -- after grabbing her and twisting her arm. The plot twist here is that 10 years after their divorce, her dad has died and his will specifies that if she, her brother, or her ex are to inherit anything, she and her ex must agree to live together in their former marital home for an entire year. And she was dumb enough to agree to this. IF A MAN (OR WOMAN) STARTS MAKING PARANOID ACCUSATIONS THAT YOU ARE CHEATING ON THEM, AND ESPECIALLY IF HE OR SHE HITS YOU, DO NOT GO BACK TO YOUR ABUSER. GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE AND GET SOMEWHERE SAFE AND DO NOT GO BACK NO MATTER WHAT. I survived a domestic violence situation in my first marriage. I got out, and I would never ever go back to him in a million years. This main character is an idiot, and I have a real problem with this author taking her story there. Many women and men stay in or return to domestic violence situations out of fear or a lack of financial options or just trying to rationalize the behavior. This book is going in the garbage. I don't want to pass it on so another person can read it and think that that kind of behavior is acceptable or something they should forgive, let alone freaking go back to! EVER! * If you or someone you care about has been or is being abused, contact your local domestic violence shelter and ask for help. Help is out there and it can save your life, or the lives of your kids, or the life of someone you love who may be scared to reach out for help or may not know such resources are out there for them. *

  10. 5 out of 5

    S.J.

    Well, it's the first Mary Jo Putney book I read, and it got me hooked on this author. Yes, the hero of this novel once slapped the heroine and she stabbed him with a knife in response. Yes, he was bad and wrong, and, hell, that's why she divorced him. But I feel that if you're going to pull the feminist card (I am a feminist too, and a radical one at that) on that book, then so should you on every single romance novel, and please do tell me how many pass the test. Less than a few, I am afraid. Any Well, it's the first Mary Jo Putney book I read, and it got me hooked on this author. Yes, the hero of this novel once slapped the heroine and she stabbed him with a knife in response. Yes, he was bad and wrong, and, hell, that's why she divorced him. But I feel that if you're going to pull the feminist card (I am a feminist too, and a radical one at that) on that book, then so should you on every single romance novel, and please do tell me how many pass the test. Less than a few, I am afraid. Anyway, I happen to think that The Burning Point did a remarkable job at handling a very delicate topic. Just remember: this isn't a textbook on how to handle men slapping you. This is a work of fiction. A pretty good, sensitive, intelligent one. (For some reason, I always feel more incensed as a feminist when women are systematically excluded from shows of physical violence in popular fiction. So guys can beat each other up for revenge or out of intense anger, and it's morally acceptable, but women are poor little fragile things that cannot defend themselves and will only ever be victims?)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 Kate Corsi was estranged from her father and ex-husband for 10 years before her father died and she had to return to Maryland. She is appalled when, at the reading of the will, she learns that in order to receive her inheritance (and a chance to work for the family company she's always dreamed of working for), she needs to live in the same house as her ex-husband, Donovan, for one year. Problem is, nobody knows the reason for their divorce and Kate isn't sure she can ever forgive Donovan for 2.5 Kate Corsi was estranged from her father and ex-husband for 10 years before her father died and she had to return to Maryland. She is appalled when, at the reading of the will, she learns that in order to receive her inheritance (and a chance to work for the family company she's always dreamed of working for), she needs to live in the same house as her ex-husband, Donovan, for one year. Problem is, nobody knows the reason for their divorce and Kate isn't sure she can ever forgive Donovan for what he did. But there's a lot of healing to be done. Donovan has been working to improve himself these last 10 years and wants to help Kate overcome the past, and if that means a reconciliation, he's all for it because it's all he's ever wanted. But Kate's fears and insecurities are deep-rooted and finding a place of healing between them will take a lot of work on both their parts. I definitely liked the first part of this as Kate and Donovan and the mystery of what happened in their past is gradually uncovered. It was angsty and suspenseful in its own way. I mean, Kate is righteously furious at her father's manipulations, but then she admits that her father never knew why they'd divorced and this just increased my curiosity - what happened? I was not a huge fan of the flashbacks into the past because it kind of felt like they broke up the angst of what was happening in the present day, but it wasn't too bad. Then we find out what Donovan did and things took a downhill slide for me. Turns out, Donovan was physically abusive towards Kate. Yeah. Kate was physically abused and following pattern made excuses for Donovan, kept silent and basically allowed it to continue out of shame and fear. THen things got really bad one night and she hurt him and then ran off across the country, filing for divorce. In the meantime, she never told anyone what Donovan had done, so he continued living in their house, working for her father's company and basically becoming her father's substitute child while her father was angry at Kate for filing for divorce. Add to that, Kate avoided returning to Maryland in order to avoid Donovan, so he basically exacerbated the estrangement with her family. Now I'm supposed to believe that Donovan got himself all better and is in recovery and is overcoming his personal demons that cause him to abuse. But nowhere in this does Donovan come out and admit to what he'd done. He doesn't apologize to Kate's family for basically being the cause of their estrangement and he allows Kate to be the villain for their break up. He may have done the work to not become an abuser anymore, but he didn't do the work to atone for what he'd done to Kate or make her life any easier. Instead, she gets constant harping on how she was a silly, stupid woman to give up such a great and fantastic guy. THAT really bothered me. It also bugged me that he was so level-headed and unemotional when talking about his past violence, almost like he'd done with the remorse thing and was already over it. And in the end, Kate sweeps it all under the rug, doesn't tell anyone else but her mother and never seeks therapy for it (and even claims she made a mistake in leaving her abuser). This basically reinforces the "don't talk about it" message that allows abuse to perpetuate. It didn't get out into the open Kate's case and that bothered me a lot. Also: Side note, nobody celibate during the separation. In fact, Donovan has been sleeping with one of Kate's close friends for the past year and a half (and she doesn't know that he beat the shit out of his wife either). I'm okay that they moved on and had other relationships since neither figured they'd be getting back together. But it just shows how insensitive he is to be sleeping with her friend (and for her to sleep with him), especially when the reason they don't see much of each other anymore is because of his actions. Just more evidence that he basically stole her life after she ran away from him.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    Can you forgive the past? Kate knows that she has no choice but to accept the condition of her father's will and she knows that it is going to be so hard to contain her feelings for her ex. She loved him so much but he scared her and if she didn't leave he could have killed her. Patrick knows that what he did to Kate can never be forgiven, he left his anger get the better of him and he threw away the only woman that he could ever love but maybe this is his second chance at redemption. They will Can you forgive the past? Kate knows that she has no choice but to accept the condition of her father's will and she knows that it is going to be so hard to contain her feelings for her ex. She loved him so much but he scared her and if she didn't leave he could have killed her. Patrick knows that what he did to Kate can never be forgiven, he left his anger get the better of him and he threw away the only woman that he could ever love but maybe this is his second chance at redemption. They will need to live and work together for a year and then the business is safe but where will this leave them? Kate has always wanted to be part of the family business, who doesn't love to blow this up but she is angry as when her father was alive he never wanted to give her a chance at been part of the business. Now she has that chance and she can prove to herself that she is going to be good at it but with Patrick around it has become very hard to be focused on just the company. Patrick knows that is going to be near impossible not to want to touch Kate, he is still so in love with her but can he really prove to her that he has changed and that he won't ever hit her again? But there is someone that wants to make sure that they both fail as they want the company for themselves and if that means someone else has to die then so be it. But why would someone have killed her father what did he do to them? Can they find the truth about her father's death and be able to try fix their relationship or is it too late now? A good intense read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nelly

    Seriously I couldn't like this book This was the story of Donovan and his bitchy ex-wife, Kate. Kate was the victim. 10 years earlier she left him because he was an abusive husband. I was so ready to hate him. But I didn't like how the author presented the characters after their reunion. Kate was a bitch from start to end, really difficult to feel sympathy for. And Donovan was shown as grown up, mature, the guy who understood what he did, ready to repent, really patient with Kate and her childish outb Seriously I couldn't like this book This was the story of Donovan and his bitchy ex-wife, Kate. Kate was the victim. 10 years earlier she left him because he was an abusive husband. I was so ready to hate him. But I didn't like how the author presented the characters after their reunion. Kate was a bitch from start to end, really difficult to feel sympathy for. And Donovan was shown as grown up, mature, the guy who understood what he did, ready to repent, really patient with Kate and her childish outburst. Like, when she insisted on working on PDI dangerous projects, or her freaking out when he saved her life the first time, the author really didn't want readers to empathize with her or what? Or when she tried to provoke him after breaking up with Alec? They kept repeating they married young. But from what the book showed, only Donovan grew up, faced and beat his demons. Kate, not so much. I couldn't like this couple sorry...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm seriously conflicted over this book. I think MJP is one of the best writers in the romance genre and Burning Point is well written. It makes its case convincingly. Unfortunately, that case is that an abused wife can go back to her abuser if he has Really Changed. Also, of course, it turns out -- that while domestic abuse is always, always, always wrong -- there are Circumstances. (Abuse, alcoholism, etc. -- everything you'd pretty much expect that might screw up a childhood such that the her I'm seriously conflicted over this book. I think MJP is one of the best writers in the romance genre and Burning Point is well written. It makes its case convincingly. Unfortunately, that case is that an abused wife can go back to her abuser if he has Really Changed. Also, of course, it turns out -- that while domestic abuse is always, always, always wrong -- there are Circumstances. (Abuse, alcoholism, etc. -- everything you'd pretty much expect that might screw up a childhood such that the hero is a damaged and angry adult.) Based on the MJP canon (yes, I do use the word ironically), I think she's big on the theme of forgiveness (along with The Healing Power of Love, but then all romance writers are big on that). Forgiveness is good. I support forgiveness. And recognizing that the world isn't black and white. And all the other useful cliches for rationalizing what sounds on the surface like a really awful decision. But, but, but. It's still an abusee going back to her abuser and I am not happy. I think MJP probably worked really hard to make it OK -- to make her characters do the hard work such that the outcome isn't offensive. And it's not that I'm offended exactly -- I just think maybe this was an interesting intellectual exercise that shouldn't have made the leap from brain to paper. Going out on a limb a bit more here -- I think the genre works against her. Romance novels have a checkered reptation. Perhaps they are Not Good For Women. And because of that notion that the genre is retrograde and even damaging, it makes her project seem suspect. If it was straight up suspense, maybe I would be more open to the idea of a couple working through their terrible past. But because in romance the outcome is never in doubt, it makes even The Healing Power of Love seem like a subtle trap.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barbara J. Harbison

    Truly enjoyed this book This was a good book with romance, mystery, family and a few twists and turns. I will admit that I guessed the bad guy before he was revealed, but as a mystery/thriller/crime novel reader and TV show lover, I compete against myself regularly in that way. I enjoy books that have women in non-traditional roles and Kate filled that niche. I also appreciated that the sex was not bordering on pornography. I recommend this book and it looks like other books in the series will be Truly enjoyed this book This was a good book with romance, mystery, family and a few twists and turns. I will admit that I guessed the bad guy before he was revealed, but as a mystery/thriller/crime novel reader and TV show lover, I compete against myself regularly in that way. I enjoy books that have women in non-traditional roles and Kate filled that niche. I also appreciated that the sex was not bordering on pornography. I recommend this book and it looks like other books in the series will be on my reading list.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    I wanted to try this because I love MJP historical's. This isn't a story I would choose to read. I stayed with it but by the end I didn't believe in an hea. The couple had crossed a boundary that for me would be a forever deal breaker. No way no how. I am happily going to read MJP in regency.

  17. 4 out of 5

    greentreelife

    I had big expectations for this book. There was a lack of passion in their relationship. The author said it was there, but I didn't get that impression from them while reading it. There was no slow burn that gradually built to something more. Their living situation could have been used to create more "moments of awareness " of eachother. I didn't care for Julia and Charles' story. It probably depends on personal preference, but I don't particularly want to read a secondary story involving the h' I had big expectations for this book. There was a lack of passion in their relationship. The author said it was there, but I didn't get that impression from them while reading it. There was no slow burn that gradually built to something more. Their living situation could have been used to create more "moments of awareness " of eachother. I didn't care for Julia and Charles' story. It probably depends on personal preference, but I don't particularly want to read a secondary story involving the h's parents. (view spoiler)[I had mixed emotions regarding the abuse. It was as if the 18 year old H was a seperate character from the mature H. I had difficulty liking him because of the severity of the abuse. It wasn't just a once off and eventhough he tried to get help, something about it didn't sit right with me. (hide spoiler)] Here is a few things I didn't particularly liked:(view spoiler)[ H: Was so in love with the h even after all these years, but was in a sexual relationship with her best friend for 18 months. h: She was sometimes irrational/stupid/difficult. She wasn't an explosives expertm yet she would insist on handling explosives in dangerous conditions just to prove a point. It felt like everything happened to the h. She was always the victim and it got old real fast. Reading her describing her "dark side" was silly because she made herself sound like a potential serial killer when she in fact only defended herself. (hide spoiler)] I skimmed a few pages as I found alot of the demolition descriptions boring. The book to me was more about coming to terms with loss, abuse and sexual orientation. It was about forgiveness and the effects our decisions have on those around us. It was a good idea, but somehow didn't work for me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dean McIntyre

    THE BURNING POINT by Mary Jo Putney is the first of her Circle of Friends series, now numbering five novels. This could have been a more enjoyable read if better written. The owner of a highly successful company that demolishes buildings is killed in one of his projects. His daughter, who always wanted to be involved in the company but was prevented by her father, was married to a man whom her father kept as his able assistant and heir apparent to the company. They went through a bitter and diff THE BURNING POINT by Mary Jo Putney is the first of her Circle of Friends series, now numbering five novels. This could have been a more enjoyable read if better written. The owner of a highly successful company that demolishes buildings is killed in one of his projects. His daughter, who always wanted to be involved in the company but was prevented by her father, was married to a man whom her father kept as his able assistant and heir apparent to the company. They went through a bitter and difficult divorce years ago. But now, in her father's will, she will inherit a fortune and he the company if they agree to move back into the house and live together for a year. The couple's bitter divorce, uncovering a plot to kill her father, the strain of a gay brother disowned by the ex-husband, and the difficult struggle of the divorced couple to live together for a year could have been an enjoyable summer reading diversion -- light, entertaining reading. But go ahead and read it if you wish. Not highly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Realistic, wrenching in parts but a wonderful love story! This was totally relatable and is a good story about reconciliation, second chances and grief. You can't help falling in love with the characters with all their flaws and really hope for everything to work out for all of them. This is a great book to curl up and read with your beverage of choice. I'm adding to my review as I've seen a few negative comments posted about the book and wanted to clarify something. I've been the victim in two ab Realistic, wrenching in parts but a wonderful love story! This was totally relatable and is a good story about reconciliation, second chances and grief. You can't help falling in love with the characters with all their flaws and really hope for everything to work out for all of them. This is a great book to curl up and read with your beverage of choice. I'm adding to my review as I've seen a few negative comments posted about the book and wanted to clarify something. I've been the victim in two abusive relationships and although I wouldn't wish that on anyone, alcohol is a huge factor in many of these cases. If the abuser (not always the husband) recognizes their problem and gets counseling and help the chances are good for the relationship to heal and get stronger. I'm am optimist and believe that the stronger the love the harder you should work to keep it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Saramarie

    Good Storyline This is a tricky story, on one hand it has a good storyline and is really detailed, on the other hand it also contains a HUGE trigger for domestic violence. I came across a one star review for this story and just knew I had to read it. That peculiar review claimed weak characters and suggested that this story condones domestic violence. IT DOES NOT!! Yes, Kate and Donovan has a troubled relationship that ended in divorce. But they also do the work on themselves, acknowledging that Good Storyline This is a tricky story, on one hand it has a good storyline and is really detailed, on the other hand it also contains a HUGE trigger for domestic violence. I came across a one star review for this story and just knew I had to read it. That peculiar review claimed weak characters and suggested that this story condones domestic violence. IT DOES NOT!! Yes, Kate and Donovan has a troubled relationship that ended in divorce. But they also do the work on themselves, acknowledging that it takes two to fail at a relationship. I like the story, the characters felt real to me. I’d recommend reading if you like angst stories but note there are domestic violence triggers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    I first read this back when it was released originally as The Burning Point in paperback. I remembered it as soon as I started reading it. The names and situation were familiar immediately. That was years ago, so I decided if it had stayed with me that clearly for that long it must have been pretty good so I reread it. And the story is good. What fails is the translation over time of the treatment of domestic abuse and how we treat women these days. And as serious an issue as that is, it unfortu I first read this back when it was released originally as The Burning Point in paperback. I remembered it as soon as I started reading it. The names and situation were familiar immediately. That was years ago, so I decided if it had stayed with me that clearly for that long it must have been pretty good so I reread it. And the story is good. What fails is the translation over time of the treatment of domestic abuse and how we treat women these days. And as serious an issue as that is, it unfortunately leaves a bad taste in your mouth when it's not done well in books. Looks to me as if this book might need an update in its treatment of these major issues, or a really good story gets lost simply by being outdated.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    I read this book years ago and now with its new cover and reprint I reread it again. This is about a broken marriage that had ended. Kate Corsi has always wanted to go into her family business. But demolition was not female friendly under her fathers fist. The job she wanted went to her husband. After several years she leaves. There is many things going on in this story. Many triggers for those who suffer from domestic violence. And with the death of her father and his will stating she had to mo I read this book years ago and now with its new cover and reprint I reread it again. This is about a broken marriage that had ended. Kate Corsi has always wanted to go into her family business. But demolition was not female friendly under her fathers fist. The job she wanted went to her husband. After several years she leaves. There is many things going on in this story. Many triggers for those who suffer from domestic violence. And with the death of her father and his will stating she had to move back in with her ex for six months. She finally gets her shot at becoming what she has always wanted to be.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Delia

    I am a fan of Mary Jo Putney, her historicals are great and now I begun to read her contemporary and she really has done it again. The story of Donovan and Kate was very touching, and very real. Their problems we see every day. I only wish that there were more men like him. He recognized his problem and looked for help. As a rule I read Historical Romance 99% of the time, but I have found some authors that get me into their contemporary stories. Now I have one more great author, Mary Jo Putney t I am a fan of Mary Jo Putney, her historicals are great and now I begun to read her contemporary and she really has done it again. The story of Donovan and Kate was very touching, and very real. Their problems we see every day. I only wish that there were more men like him. He recognized his problem and looked for help. As a rule I read Historical Romance 99% of the time, but I have found some authors that get me into their contemporary stories. Now I have one more great author, Mary Jo Putney thanks for the great work you do. Now I am to start the next one on the trilogy. I know I won't be disappointed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jamoz23

    Just doesn’t work for me. Neither of them had moved on with their lives, even though ten years had passed. Though the author tries to deal with a hard subject, domestic violence, it just doesn’t work for me. I felt it was all brushed away too lightly and had not been given the seriousness it deserved. I could not see Kate giving Donovan a second chance without any mental problems. Yes, Donovan felt terrible about abusing Kate and had taken steps to deal with his demons. But he didn’t do it with prof Just doesn’t work for me. Neither of them had moved on with their lives, even though ten years had passed. Though the author tries to deal with a hard subject, domestic violence, it just doesn’t work for me. I felt it was all brushed away too lightly and had not been given the seriousness it deserved. I could not see Kate giving Donovan a second chance without any mental problems. Yes, Donovan felt terrible about abusing Kate and had taken steps to deal with his demons. But he didn’t do it with professional help. I disliked the secondary story of the mother and Charles. A free read but don’t think I will be getting the next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    May Grider

    Maybe 3.5? The book covers a tough subject, which is to Ms. Putney's credit. Also, there is the interest that comes from the careers of the two protagonists -- demolition. However, the plot contrivance that brings the H/h together is contrived. Also, maybe because I'm just returning to contemporary romance after a long spell of reading historicals, I realize anew that contemporaries get dated quickly. I don't even know the publication year for this book, but somehow it already seems a bit dated Maybe 3.5? The book covers a tough subject, which is to Ms. Putney's credit. Also, there is the interest that comes from the careers of the two protagonists -- demolition. However, the plot contrivance that brings the H/h together is contrived. Also, maybe because I'm just returning to contemporary romance after a long spell of reading historicals, I realize anew that contemporaries get dated quickly. I don't even know the publication year for this book, but somehow it already seems a bit dated as to the description of fashions and technology.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wordsworth

    This romance was unusual in its exploration of domestic abuse, which made it a difficult read but felt plausible, authentic, and not outrageously rose-colored. I enjoyed the well-developed setting of an explosive demolition company and learned a lot on the way. The plot resolution happened jarringly fast and melodramatically, and then a very pertinent question was left unresolved for the readers-- to avoid spoilers I'll phrase it obliquely-- did they report events accurately for the sake of thei This romance was unusual in its exploration of domestic abuse, which made it a difficult read but felt plausible, authentic, and not outrageously rose-colored. I enjoyed the well-developed setting of an explosive demolition company and learned a lot on the way. The plot resolution happened jarringly fast and melodramatically, and then a very pertinent question was left unresolved for the readers-- to avoid spoilers I'll phrase it obliquely-- did they report events accurately for the sake of their company and perhaps Kate's state of mind?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Steenson

    Dark side We all have a dark side and this book explores that perfectly It was a beautiful love story in every way but highlighted the obstacles that can get in the way of people are not prepared to admit their own failings and put all the blame on others. The only reason I am not giving a five star rating is because there were many blank pages throughout this publication. A complete book would have been preferable and added to it's enjoyment

  28. 5 out of 5

    SylviaV

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The burning point - by Mary Jo Putney SPOILER ALERT. A difficult subject to read about. 4 stars for effort - 2 stars for finished product. Please do not read this if your trigger is Domestic Abuse. An engaging and well thought out and thought provoking story, but when I finished this book, I did not get the happy vibe. For me there was still doubt and anger management issues lingering in the back ground of their relationship.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Birty

    Predictable Story had a familiar story line-estranged daughter returns home after father’s death and finds out about crazy will requirements. Of course, she’s the only person who has to make any sacrifices and does instead of telling everyone to shove the will up their butts. Plus, she has several accidents that require her former, abusive husband to save her. Just all too convenient.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ann rhodes

    Great characters got to know them , completely engrossed in this goings on ,couldn't put the book down needed to know what happened to all the characters that made the story great reading, the telling of the story was really fascinating mmHg, the telling of the story waslllll rating to read . Great characters got th know them, completely engrossed in all chapters. Couldn't put the book down The telling of the story was so good who did we they won't they, had to get to the end

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