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Historical Romance 101: Recommendations for Beginners

Historical Romance 101

Welcome everyone!! So today is something really special. So Quinn. and Anna and along with Jennifer, have some great recommendations today.  What we have planned for you is if you are starting to get interest in historical romance, here are some great recommendations to start with. These will slowly get you entrenched into it. These are specifically engineered for those that are new to the genre, but if you have read Historical Romance and looking for something new to read then step on up and grab on of these. (Side note: I know this is quite a few, but I had so many I wanted to recommend, and quite frankly it was damn hard narrowing the list down, and what I have here is something to suit anyone’s taste or mood.) So Enjoy!!

Have you of you read any of these? Or books by these authors? What did you think?  Continue reading

Book Review-The Wicked Deeds Of Daniel Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Title: Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie
Author: Jennifer Ashley 
Series: Highland Pleasures (6)
Format: E Book 
Publisher: Berkley Sensation 
Release Date: October 1 2013 
Pages: 384 Pages 
Acquired: Self Bought (Barnes And Noble)
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-1-101-62558-3

Synopsis

Second Sight And Seduction…

Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family—he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien—one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England—he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

Violet knows she can’t really contact the other side, but she’s excellent at reading people. She discerns quickly that Daniel is intelligent and dangerous to her reputation, but she also finds him generous, handsome, and outrageously wicked. But spectres from Violet’s past threaten to destroy her, and she flees England, adopting yet another identity.

Daniel is determined to find the elusive Violet and pursue the passion he feels for her. And though Violet knows that her scandalous past will keep her from proper marriage, her attraction to Daniel is irresistible. It’s not until Daniel is the only one she can turn to that he proves he believes in something more than cold facts. He believes in love.

My Review

I will be honest when I reveal that I have had this in my library since it first came out last year. *gasp* I know….I know. When I bought it last year, I had many other books on my plate at the time, and I just totally kept forgetting to actually get my booty in gear and read this. Also ever since seeing Daniel from the first books in the series, I had high high expectations from this one, and was hoping I wouldn’t get disappointed. Now when I first started reading this book, my mood was not getting better, it took a while for the story to get fully set up, so it is sad to say that was it fully what I wanted and expected from wicked scandalous Daniel Mackenzie? Not fully, no. *but wait* Don’t go yet…I am just getting started on the review. So keep your pants, or skirt on, because it only gets better.

I will say that as I kept reading, the more involved I slowly started to get into the story, and the better is seemed to get. I think due to the circumstances surrounding the heroine of the story, it takes a while for the story to really get in gear and fly away…but fly it does—both literally and figuratively :). I will try to contain my excitement on some entertaining scenes and keep this spoil free (if that is possible…just a warning to you all who have yet to read this delight!!).

I first want to discuss the characters of the story The hero: Daniel Mackenzie, son of Cameron Mackenzie. Now despite Daniel seeming on the surface to be a rake and scoundrel–which he is definitely all of that, he definitely is pretty complex. He has different qualities from his father and uncles. The one quality that overrides the other is my favorite–Ian Mackenzie. Ian is very different from the rest of the family, very unique and focused on certain things, and the way he is with Beth and his kids is just tender and charming. But he is a scientist and can spend hours and hours on a subject without realizing the passing of time. Daniel is very much like Ian in that way, he loves machines and is a scientist in his own right. And it is very evident in this story and we begin to see a whole different side to Daniel that I adored seeing. Now for the heroine: Violet Bastien, she is very original and unique to the series. She definitely has many qualities that you just never see coming in a a character from Ashley, flawed but also fun and strong and fiercely independent. Violet suffered a trauma early in her life, and has had to live with her mother on the run, posing as spiritual mediums. In Violets mind, its a matter of survival, even knowing they are lying to people for money. Violet is so courageous, I really liked her character, and a fighter and spirited–you have no problem relating with her at times. I love that she isn’t this gorgeous all perfect heroine that could do no wrong. One of the things I adored about her character, was how human she seemed to be.

The story itself, is pretty ongoing, and keep you guessing. In the beginning of the story, Daniel saves Violet from a man that is set out to destroy her. But after sharing a passionate embrace, she clobbers him on the head, he wakes up to find her gone. When he fins her again, in Marseilles, he sets out to charm and seduce her. Daniel can’t get this mysterious woman out of his mind. He is fascinated and we see how dedicated he is to her from the beginning. He doesn’t seem to care that much about her “career” or that she keeps trying to run from him. But Daniel is very persistent, and slowly shows her passion and we begin to see a more deeper side to their relationship as the story continues. Daniel and Violet, do know how to have fun together, and the family readily accept Violet and seeing all these characters again just made me want to read the series again.

Overall I found this installment to be exciting, full of adventures, set in beautiful France, with plenty of heated scenes to fog up the windows this winter, a story that is packed full of romance, endearing characters, and quite a whopper of a story!! A GEM!!

Favorite Quotes

“I don’t know anything about life. I only know how to run.”
Daniel reached his tanned and callused hands out to her. “Then grab hold of me and hang on. We’re both scared about where this will end up, and when the hurting will come. If the hurting comes, it will be bad, I already know that. But hang on to me, and we’ll find out together, all right?”
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“She isn’t just any woman. She’s different.”
“So every man has said since time immemorial.”
“Yes, that’s true. I’ve met plenty of women, Mr. Sutton. From a young age, I have had mistresses whose beauty and skills would astound you. Skills they taught to a young man, because I was ever so rich. I also got to know them—courtesans are living, breathing women, you might be surprised to learn. With dreams and ambitions, some longing for a better life, one in which they won’t have to rely on wealthy men’s sons for survival. I became quite good friends with some of the ladies and am still. And then I met Violet.”
Mr. Sutton was listening but striving to look uninterested. “Another courtesan?”
“She’s neither one thing nor the other. Which is why I say she’s different. She’s not from the upper-class families whose mothers throw their daughters at me with alarming ruthlessness. She’s not a courtesan, selling her body and skills in exchange for diamonds and riches. She’s not a street girl from the gutter, selling her body to survive. She’s not a middle-class daughter, striving to live spotlessly and not shame her parents. Violet faces the world on her own terms, making a living the best she can with the skills she has. And everywhere, everyone has tried to stop her. They’ve used her body to pay their debts. They’ve used her cleverness to bring them clients. They’ve used her skills at understanding people to make them money. Everyone in her entire life has used her in every capacity she has, and yet, she still stands tall and faces the world. They’ve beaten her down at every turn, and still she rises. This is a woman of indomitable spirit. And I want to set her free.”

My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order
Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (1)
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (2)
The Many Sins Of Lord Cameron (3)
The Duke’s Perfect Wife (4)
A Mackenzie Family Christmas (4.5)
The Seduction of Elliot McMcBride (5)
The Untamed Mackenzie (5.5)
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (6)
Scandal and the Duchess (6.5)
Rules For A Proper Governess (7)

Book Review-Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures by Lillian Marek

Title: Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventure
Author: Lillian Marek 
Series: Victorian Adventure’s (1)
Format: E Book 
Publisheer: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Release Date: November 4 2014 
Pages: 320 Pages 
Acquired: Netgalley
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance 

 

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Harry DeVaux, Viscount Tunbury, loves Lady Elinor Tremaine, but is convinced that his past makes him unworthy of her. He agrees to accompany the Tremaine family to Italy to explore Etruscan ruins, even if it chips away at his resolve to stay away from the delightful woman he loves.

Amid the sightseeing and treasure hunting, Elinor comes to realize that she wants far more from Harry than friendship, but when a dangerous discovery leaves them fighting for their lives, it might just be too late…

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity. 

I think what first drew me to the book, was this beautiful cover!! This is Lillian Marek’s debut novel, and I didn’t know what to expect to be honest, since this is her first book, but I had quite a adventure reading this one. Lillian Marek sure knows how to write a outstanding romance, and it was evident from the first few pages. Especially with first novels from authors, it will take me awhile to get into the story, but no way was that the case with this one. I was hooked from the start.

The story begins with seeing how comfortable Harry and Elinor are with each other. They grew up together, Harry is Elinor’s brothers best friend, and Elinor unlike most other English ladies, grew up climbing trees and fishing. She is spritied, headstrong and loves adventure. She has loved Harry most of her life, Harry has been gone for four years from traveling. Elinor has yet to get married, and when he returns, she starts to realize why she can’t be another man, because her heart has always belonged to Harry, she just has to convince him of that. Harry feels the same way, but instead of going out to seduce her, he steers clear away from her. His parents are scandalous and he is ashamed of his parenthood and refuses to contaminate Elinor that way. But when her mother pleads with him to accompany them on a trip to Italy, he can’t refuse, even though it will be torture for him to be so close to Elinor, aching for her but won’t be able to have her.

Well Elinor is the alpha male in this portion of the story, she is like a train no stopping or changing direction from what or who she really wants. Amidst the travels, Harry begins to learn that he can’t resist Elinor any longer, he just has to have her and damn the consequences. It was quite fun seeing these two trying to muddle along, both loving each other, but not realizing it at all. There was so many scenes that just had me laughing out loud, and they were quite the pair. I just couldn’t get enough of these two. I felt so energized while reading this one, and it had a tone to the story that just lifted me up and made me forget all the stresses of life and delve into this romance that was packed full of adventure,some villains, princes, buried treasure and intrigues of french revolutionaries…this one had it all!! Everything I was looking for and expecting…and even more! There is also a side romance, involving Elinor’s brother–which was fascinating to see.

Overall this romance was well put together, the voice of the author fresh as a bundle of daisies in the spring, with heartwarming romance, sizzling passion, witty humor, and entertaining characters!! A FUN HISTORICAL RIDE!!

Favorite Quote

“Under control,” he jeered. “That is no doubt why you were cowering behind the furniture.”
“I wasn’t cowering! And I don’t see why it’s any concern of yours anyway. There is no need to act as if you are my brother. You can’t even bring yourself to dance with me, so I can’t believe you care who I kiss.”
He was going to go mad. She was impossible, infuriating.
He swore furiously, grabbed her, and pulled her into his arms. One kiss he would have at last, even if she would never speak to him again. One kiss.
He pushed his hand into her hair to hold her head and brought his mouth down fiercely on hers. One kiss to last a lifetime. For this moment at least, he would possess her. He coaxed her mouth open and slid his tongue in. He could feel her startled gasp, but he didn’t care. He needed to taste her. She tasted of lemonade. For the rest of his life, lemonade would bring back this moment.

My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Rating

Warm

Book Review-My Fair Mistress by Tracy Anne Warren

My Fair Mistress
Mistress Trilogy (1)
Tracy Anne Warren
Ballatine Books
Paperback
Published October 2007
411 Pages
Victorian Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-345-49539-6
Authors Website

Synopsis
He drives a hard bargain, but the pleasure is all hers.

London financier Rafe Pendragon has a reputation for ruthlessness, and exotic beauty Julianna Hawthorne is determined to clear the debt her brother owes him. Captivated by Rafe’s virile good looks, weakened by his intoxicating mix of danger and sensuality, Julianna boldly agrees to Rafe’s shocking terms: six months as his mistress. As Rafe’s intense green eyes pierce her body and set it afire, Julianna can only imagine what emotions his kiss may unleash.

Surrendering to the pleasures of seduction and carnal delight, Rafe never anticipated that love would be the cost of his bargain. When he realizes that a vindictive enemy may harm Julianna should their clandestine liaison be exposed, Rafe must choose between loving her and protecting her. To save his fair mistress, Rafe must risk what he has already lost: his heart.

My Review

When Julianna hears that her brother has been gambling, a big debt, that he is unable to pay off. She sets off to see Rafe Pendragon, one of the major financiers in London. When she goes to Rafe trying to work out a deal, he will only except one things: full payment of the debt or have her as his mistress for six months, and she agrees against her better judgment, but there is something about Rafe that calls to her. Julianna was married for five years before she became a widow, and since that time has never thought of another man, until Rafe. As he shows her the pleasures of the bedroom, they start to form a bond to each other, sharing deep secrets, and for the first time Julianna finds herself being able to share with Rafe what she can’t share with others, every part of herself. But Rafe has a enemy, a brother, who despises him. Afraid that if he continues a relationship with Julianna that her life may be put in danger….he has to decide what is the better course of action…choose to be with Julianna or set her aside for her own protection…

My Fair Mistress is the first book in this trilogy, Tracy Anne Warren, is one of those authors you can enjoy her stories over and over again. My Fair Mistress is a prime example of what makes me love romances, especially the historical genre. She brings characters to life, and in my opinion, this is one of her best works. Although I will say there hasn’t been a book of hers that I have read that I didn’t enjoy immensely…but there was something so sensual and poignant about this story. Its not your typical mistress romance…in fact upon reading this, you see more of a slow and sweet romance story that just pulls at your heartstrings. Rafe is a illegitimate son of a Lord, but his father died, and his brother kicked his mother off the property that she was living at, and as Rafe was making a name for himself in the financial world, his brother sought revenge. Rafe will do anything to protect those he loves. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love with his mistress, but he finds Julianna a woman of beauty and caring, a woman that doesn’t deceive, and she is like a breath of fresh air for Rafe. But soon his past starts to take over his future, and will he be able to find a future with the woman that he truly loves and would do anything for?

I found myself falling in love with Rafe and Julianna with each chapter. In the first half of the story, there is quite a few bedroom scenes, but nothing too explicit, just sweet and charming, and even though its sensual there is a sense of friendship and affection forming between the two, scenes were they are playful together (those were my favorites) just seeing a emotional connection form with the physical.  One of the things I really admired about this story, was the focus on the emotional bond between these two, the love story was the priority, and it was so tender seeing these two come together. They go through some rough patches, but when I finished it…I had the feeling of pure satisfaction and I wanted to read it again I loved it so much. Overall a winning romance that stole my heart, and a story to win yours!! EMOTIONALLY RIVETING!!

My Grade
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Other Books In Series
The  Accidental Mistress
His Favorite Mistress

Quickie Book Review-The Taming Of The Wolf

The Taming Of The Wolf
Westfield Wolves (4)
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published November 2010
372 Pages
Paranormal Historical Romance
ISBN:978-1-4022-4437-7
Authors Website

Synopsis
He could never lose control…

Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has spent his life fighting the wolf within him. But when the full moon rises, Dash is helpless. A chance encounter with Caitrin Macleod on a moonlit night inadvertently binds the two together irrevocably, and Dash’s impulsiveness plunges them both into a nightmare.

She never saw him coming…

Caitrin Macleod is no quiet country lass, but a witch with remarkable abilities. But when it comes to Dashiel, she’s as helpless to fight his true nature as he is. Her senses overwhelmed, she runs back to the safety and security of her native Scotland.

But Dashiel is determined to follow her—she’s the only woman who can free him from a fate worse than death. And Caitrin will ultimately have to decide whether she’s running from danger, or true love

My Review

 The Taming Of The Wolf is the fourth in the Westfield Wolves series, and would probably be ranked as one of my favorites so far of this author. Dashiel Thorpe, is a sexy hero, who has you wrapped around his finger from the first chapter. Dash is definitely everything you love about a hero, and I loved the conflict this couple is faced with. I found this story to be endearing and full of charm and sensual tension. Dashiel Thorpe, when he first meets Cait, bites her and without fully realizing it he claims her as his mate. When she flees, he follows her up to Scotland, and a dance of seduction begins. I loved Cait, she has spunk and is very creative in her ways of dealing with Dash, and it was such fun reading their story. It was fun, adventurous, witty and riveting. The story completely draws you in, the powerful connection that is evident between this couple is intoxicating. The characters are endearing. This story is packed with pure sexy fun with a  hint of sensuality, and a perfect blend of historical setting and paranormal romance that will capture your heart!!!  A GEM OF A READ!!

First Line 
Caitrin Macleod vowed never to step foot in England again–or at the very least, to keep her distance from Lycans in the future.

Favorite Quote 
” I dinna ask ye ta come.”
“But I came anyway because you’re my intended mate,” he growled. “I know it. You know it. Even your father knows it. So stop being difficult,”

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books in Series 
A Certain Wolfish Charm
Tall Dark and Wolfish
The Wolf Next Door
The Wolf Who Loved Me
Wolfishly Yours

Audio Book Review-Temptation & Twilight

Temptation and Twilight
The Brethren Guardians (3)
Charlotte Featherstone
HQN
Audiobook
Published June 2012
384 Pages
Victorian Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780373776627
Authors Website  

Synopsis
Iain Sinclair, Marquis of Alynwick, is certain there is a special hell for him. An unrepentant rake, he holds nothing sacred – except for beautiful Elizabeth York. For years, Alynwick has tried to forget the woman he loved so well, and treated so badly. A woman who could hold nothing in her heart for him except hatred.

All of society believes Elizabeth, blind daughter of a duke, to be a proper young lady. But no one knows of her wanton affair with Alynwick. When Lizzy learns of her ancestor’s ancient diary – filled with exotic tales – she longs to uncover the identity of the unnamed lover within and hesitantly allows Alynwick, who claims to have knowledge of the “veiled lady,” to help her solve the mystery.

Eager to be Lizzy’s eyes, Alynwick brings the seductive text to life, and each night it takes greater effort for her to forget his betrayal. With each whispered word, her resolve gives way, without her knowing that a centuries-old secret will lead them to a present-day danger.

My Review
Elizabeth York is a spinster, and blind, and inherited her blindness from her mother who was also blind. With the danger against the Brethren Guardians, her brother wants her to focus on other matters, thinking that she is in grave danger. Most of her life, Elizabeth has had the Guardian business to keep her busy. Now with her blindness, she feels useless. With Iain Sinclair back in her life, she is doing all she can to resist his tender voice and tempting kisses. Suddenly a Lord Sheldon, who shares her interests in the Templar’s, is courting her, and for the first time she feels like she can overcome the pain and grief of her past and Iain Sinclair, and find true happiness. Iain Sinclair, one of the Brethren Guardians, is more reckless and hotheaded, and a Scot. He has made many mistakes in his life, but his most disastrous was hurting the one woman with whom he gave his heart too. Iain has finally realized that after all of these years, he still aches and dreams of Beth and the passion they once shared. He knows that he doesn’t have a chance in hell to get her back, but being full of pride and arrogance, he tries anyway to show her of his true feelings and that she is the only way that can find anything redeemable in him.

Temptation and Twilight is the third in the Brethren Guardian series. I really enjoyed the second book through Audible, so I decided to get this title on Audible as well. The second book Pride and Passion ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I couldn’t wait very long to listen to this story. It begins with seeing Iain getting fully involved in Elizabeth’s life, when she begins to be courted by a Lord Sheldon. Iain is full of rage at the mention of his name, but seeing them together, infuriates him so that he attacks Lord Sheldon at a ball and puts Elizabeth into shock and dismay. Elizabeth doesn’t trust Iain and that is very obvious through the whole story. Elizabeth has been hurt and betrayed by Iain, since they once had a affair ten years previous, and Elizabeth is still hurt and bitter over it. There is also the side plot of intrigue that develops and starts to unravel as the tension between Iain and Elizabeth gets only more fierce.

I had a few issues with Temptation and Twilight, one being Elizabeth.For the most part I liked her  as the heroine, and I loved the “blindness” aspect, and I admired her for accepting it as she does.  I could understand why she was so bitter and angry with Iain, but it tended to get very frustrating to see how she kept fighting Iain, and vocally, she could get very brutal. As I read this, or listened to it, I got to the point where I wanted to scream or yell at Beth at times. Not always, there were parts of the story especially in the beginning, that I understood why she was so cold and unfeeling toward him. However she didn’t really soften until the very end and I found myself being on Iain’s side. Iain is more of a darker character, compared to the other Brethren, but you see a side of him that is irresistible.  Iain has made many mistakes, and has sacrificed much for the Brethren Guardians. I couldn’t help but love him immensely. Iain, a Scot, gorgeous, temptation itself, and he humbles himself quite a bit for Elizabeth. You see the changes in him, determined to win Elizabeth’s forgiveness and her love. I couldn’t help but admire his tenacity to stick with it, and I felt like Iain is the most misunderstood of all the guardians, and he just might be my favorite. Because he is far from perfect, has many challenges and faults, but he seemed more human to me, and that is my favorite aspect in characters, is when they have faults and more human.

Overall I fell in love with the last installment in this series, and Temptation and Twilight was a good final story that wrapped the series up nicely. I really enjoyed the tension and the intrigue aspect of the story, and the secrets that are revealed that I have been waiting quite a long time to find out. The romance between Iain and Elizabeth was powerful and stimulating. A erotic filled passion that jumps from the pages, and the story entices and pulls you in so that you can’t put it down. A sensual tale that will consume you!!!

Favorite Quote 
It’s always only ever been you. And it always will be, Beth. You have my heart. My love. And my regret that I am not the man you deserve

My Grade 
4 Blossoms 

Heat Rating 
Steamy 

Other Books In Series 
Seduction and Scandal 
Pride and Passion
 

Book Review-Pride & Passion

Pride And Passion
The Brethren Guardians (2)
Charlotte Featherstone
Harlequin
Audiobook
378 Pages
Published November 2011
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780373776177
Authors Website  

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Lucy Ashton had long ago given up her quest for true love. In the rarified society of Victorian England, Lucy plays the game; flirting, dancing and dabbling in the newly fashionable spiritualism. Even marrying when and who she’s supposed to. If the stuffy Duke of Sussex cannot spark the passion she craves, he can at least give her a family, a home of her own, and a place to belong. But when her polite marriage reveals a caring and sensual man, Lucy begins to wonder if she can indeed have it all.

But Lord Sussex is not the man the London ton has come to admire. And Lucy has some ghosts of her own, as well. Thus, when a blackmail scheme turns to threats of danger, the newfound peace of the Sussex marriage is cast upon the rocks. Passion has a price, Lucy learns. And not all ghosts stay buried.

My Review

Lady Lucy Ashton once thought herself in love, but then she was betrayed and hurt and has decided that she may never be able to have it, even though her dream is to find a man to love and have a small cottage in the country and never have to worry about society or the Ton or expectations. When her father informs her that she must marry, and she will marry the Duke of Sussex, she refuses. But her father is insistent that Adrian will be the man she will marry. Lucy thinks of Adrian as cold and unfeeling and passionless. She knows that a life with him, will be a life without love or passion or tenderness. She isn’t willing to give up her dream yet. When her old lover Thomas, thought dead, is very much alive, she is desperate to find him. She has grieved for him, but there is a part of her that loves him. Sussex informs her that it is forbidden to even look for Thomas, for Adrian believes him to be a danger to her. Adrian, has always loved Lucy, and she is everything he could want for a wife. For so many years, the Dukedom has been drilled into him, he puts off the impression that he is cold and unfeeling, but he burns and aches for Lucy. As a Guardian, he has certain responsibilities, but when he sees a connection between Lucy and her ex lover, whom he believes is his enemy, he must find the truth about Lucy, and protect her at all costs. But a danger surfaces, a danger that could threaten all that he holds dear.

This is the second book that I have been able to read by this author, and I have to say that she has scored high again. I decided to try this one through Audible, so was able to listen to it. I have always loved audio books, but don’t listen to them too often. So at first I was a bit nervous when I started this, since I had to get used to the accent and the voice of the narrator. However I found I quite enjoyed the accent, and the way she displayed the emotion in the story. It took me about a week to get this listened to, since I would just listen to it at bed, or on my way to work. I found many positive elements to the story and the way Charlotte Featherstone weaves a story together. I would say she is at the top of my list of favorites. I love the way she puts a story together, there is much more to it than a simple regency romance. It has a bit of a darker side to it, but not too dark, but mysterious and exciting and perfect for this time of the year. From the first book, I could hardly wait to read Adrian and Lucy’s story. You see the connection they have in the beginning and frankly I was on Adrian’s side the whole time!! You see both sides, but I would say I have adored Adrian for quite some time, and you see from the first chapter, how much he genuinely cares for her, and only wants her to feel as he does. I did understand Lucy’s dilemma, she has been hurt in the past, and doesn’t want to settle. I loved how stubborn she is, and stands up to Adrian. But I thought she was too stubborn and too pigheaded to see what was in front of her.

The plot was exciting and definitely had some shocks, and I loved seeing the suspense and mystery side to the story. It seemed to me that it had such depth and such captivating scenes that instantly draw you into the book, and you can’t seem to pull yourself away. There is a certain magical quality I seem to think, to the authors writing, that keeps the reader engaged until the end, and even then keeps you thirsty for more. The danger aspect was quite thrilling, and there were times I was on tender hooks wondering what was going to happen next. Many a time, there was a moment or two that I was a bit tempted to skip ahead, but I wanted to stick with the story, no matter how tense it became. There was quite a few things I liked about the romance in the story. One is that it is more the heroine that has to learn more about love and devotion. I could help but fall in love with Adrian, sexy and handsome, tender and sweet, but beyond possessive, it will curl your toes. Lucy, even though I had a couple issues with her, I felt like there was much more to her than meets the eye. She has a will of iron, and I enjoyed seeing how she stands up to her father and to Adrian. She is willing to wait for love no matter the consequences. The relationship between Adrian and Lucy was full of tension especially in the beginning, but toward the end, there was such a beautiful complexity to it, that just made me green with envy.

Overall I felt like Pride & Passion was packed full with every positive element that makes a romance like this one intimate and heart wrenching. There was quite a certain sensual passion to the love story, and with more than enough suspense and danger to satisfy any thrill craving you may have. A tantalizing read that will satisfy your craving for a sizzling and passion filled romance.


My Favorite Quote 
”I would die for you.”

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Seduction and Scandal
Temptation and Twilight