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Friday, August 5, 2011

When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey

When Passion Rules
by Johanna Lindsey
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4516-4970-3
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Description: Forced to flee Napoleon’s rampaging army on the continent, orphaned Alana Farmer and her eccentric guardian make a new home for themselves in London. There, Alana enjoys every privilege a daughter of the nobility could hope for, plus an education fit for a queen. Now, on the eve of her debut into London Society, she learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Persuaded by her guardian to return to their homeland to quell a bloody revolt, Alana finds herself in an isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval!

With controversy and intrigue brewing around the beautiful newcomer, Christoph Becker, the captain of the palace guards, arrests Alana on suspicion that she is either a wily imposter or a seductive spy working for the shadowy figures determined to depose the king. No stranger himself to seduction, Christoph uses every means at his disposal to draw the truth from his alluring prisoner, even if he must lay his own life on the line to protect her from harm. Now, as a fiery passion flares between Alana and the man who has wrongly imprisoned her, the fate of a nation rests in their hands and on their hearts.

The Good Stuff
  • Interesting plot with lots of twists and turns that kept me from putting the book down
  • Secondary characters were interesting and would have liked more back-story on them -- especially Poppie
  • A good book for a lazy day at the beach
  • Intrigued enough to read other books by the author
  • Chemistry was good between the characters except during the sex scenes which were extremely tame considering the title of the book
  • Good escapist fun
  • Like looking at the cover - the model has a nice bod

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Wasn't as steamy as the title and description alludes too
  • A little too much mushy dialogue for my personal tastes
  • Had potential to be a better book, but it was like the author had lost her passion
  • Alana could have been a fiery hell hound with her training but it was never shown, she just kept letting Christophe take care of things and save the day - expected better of her
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Then would you mind telling me how you ended up with such atrocious manners?A women who grew up in England would have taught you better."
He grinned at her. "But she did. When I am with the king, I exhibit the manners he expects in nobles. When I am with my men, I use manners they expect. When I'm with a women--"
"That's far enough."

"If this was how they treated long-lost daughters, Alana could just imagine how they treated enemies. She was actually going to enjoy being a princess just long enough to put Christoph Becker in his place."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • For those who prefer a more tame romance (ie meaning lack of lengthy sex scenes)
  • Lovers of historical fiction will find something to enjoy
  • Fans of authors previous stories will enjoy

3.25 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review 

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