Jun 29, 2012

Book Review: Pride & Passion

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.

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I have read a few books by Ms Featherstone and have enjoyed them all.  PRIDE & PASSION continues  on with the elements that I really enjoy such as heroines that that are strong women who aren't bound by convention and heroes that are strong enough for such women.  Also the erotic threads that weave thru the story is also livens up the tales quite nicely.

PRIDE & PASSION is a book that I really didn't want to put down but it did have its issues that threw me out of the story a few times.  One that comes to mind immediately was wondering just how a man can loom over a much smaller woman when his head is between her breasts.  One was why Lucy swallowed a seed hoping to see her lover on the other side when she has already discovered that he was still alive.  Or how someone can be as still as a statue when it had already been stated that they were squirming and mewling.  Now mind you, they didn't pull me from the story from long but still I feel that they should have been caught in the editing process.

I do recommend PRIDE & PASSION despite those instances noted above because it is a darn good story.  So now that you are warned, I recommend this book from lovers of historical romance with a lot of spice added in.

I rate this book a 3.25.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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