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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bond of Passion by Bertrice Small: Mini Book Review

Bond of Passion
by Bertrice Small
New American Library
ISBN: 978-0-451-23476-6
Buy From Indigo

Description: Called the handsomest man in the borders, Angus Ferguson, Earl of Duin, lives a quiet life, avoiding the constant political intrigues of his neighbors in order to keep his small clan safe. Now, in exchange for a piece of land he has long coveted, he has taken a wife: Annabella Baird, the plain-faced daughter of the laird of Rath.

Reluctant at first to bed the unassuming Annabella, Angus finally accepts his duty as a husband—only to discover that beneath his bride's modest demeanor is a wildcat with a spark waiting to be ignited. When, however, they accept an invitation to the court of Scotland's Queen Mary, they find themselves caught up in royal intrigue.

Mary's unfortunate marriage to her cousin Lord Darnley has proven a disaster. Worse, it has driven her into the arms of another man, James Hepburn, the dashing, powerful Earl of Bothwell. When Darnley is murdered in spectacular fashion, and his body barely cold before Mary and Bothwell wed, the queen's adversaries retaliate with a war that divides Scotland and tries the long friendship between the Earl of Duin and James Hepburn—even as it tests the bond of passion between Angus and Annabella in ways they have never expected

Mini Book Review: Not my favorite of hers, but still an enjoyable read.  Lots of steamy scenes between a married couple which is a nice change of pace for a historical romance.  There was just something missing in this one like she was sorta bored with the whole thing.  The characters are intriguing, its historically accurate and well its set in Scotland so that is always a bonus.  Its just the story that fell a little flat, almost like she was giving a play by play of what was going on, instead of telling a tale.  I think it would have worked much better as a short story. I guess I just expect much better from Bertrice who was always my go to girl for a story that I could lose myself in.  And yes, even-though was disappointed, I will still buy her next book  If you have never read her before I would suggest picking up A Moment in Time or Skye O' Malley, now those were outstanding tales!

3 Dewey's

I purchased this and will keep buying a copy of every book she writes


  1. I love Bertrice Small and I loved A Moment In Time! :) I interviewed her last year for Romance Week - it was a dream come true! I must get caught up on her series though. :) Thanks for the review.

  2. Chrystal - that is awesome that you got to interview her - she is just so sweet and fabulous!

  3. I think I have Sky O'Malley. I've never read her before so I'll have to see if I can find it.

    1. Skye is awesome it was the first book I ever read of hers