Date: November 29, 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Net Galley Review
They each have their secrets but what they share is 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 as least give her a family, a home of her own, and a place to belong. 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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This, the second book in The Brethren Guardian series is so much better than the first. Series are like that though because the first (SEDUCTION & SCANDAL) book has to take the time to world build, set the tone, etc., etc., etc. In PRIDE & PASSION, we already have the foundation laid and can get on with the story.
Both Adrian (Lord Sussex) and Lucy have “Daddy” issues. Lucy knows she must fulfill her duty and marry as is fitting her station, but the man her father has picked out for her is a boring, cold, priggish aristocrat. When all she really wants is to feel: Hot, raw, passion. Adrian is also a product of his birthright and must continue with the Brethren Guardian legacy. Although, he feels mortified of being molded into the same image as his father. Once Adrian realizes that Lucy thinks he is passionless, he sets out to change her mind.
Enmeshed with all of this seduction is the search for Orpheus, an old lover resurfaces, and long kept secrets are revealed. Just when you thought the identity of Orpheus would be exposed *wagging finger*
Adrian’s sister, Elizabeth, and his fellow Brethren Guardian, Alynwick, are featured a great deal in this book. Adrian isn’t the only one with secrets it seems. Both Elizabeth and Alynwick have their fair share. Even though Elizabeth is a very strong character, there was one scene where the tears were just pooling. Another time, I was just furious because of what was happening around her. As for Alynwick, he’s a Class “A” Rake – ‘nuff said.
The blurb about the book does not do it justice at all. It doesn’t even start to capture the essence of PRIDE & PASSION. Ms. Featherstone has written a splendid piece of irresistible romance. The seduction and sex scenes are very sensual and passionate. They are not explicit or overly-descriptive; yet, they convey all the necessary ingredients to deliver an emotional powerhouse.
For all the blustering, pride and self-confidence that spew forth from both Lucy and Elizabeth, these are two women whose hearts long for romance and love. PRIDE & PASSION delivers unreservedly, and I look forward to the promise to come in TEMPTATION & TWILIGHT.