Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Passion for Pleasure by Nina Rowan + Featured Freebie

A Passion for Pleasure (Daring Hearts, #2)
Prelude to a Kiss
A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.

Music to Her Ears
As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly meets Sebastian again. Perhaps the man who once dominated her dreams could be the husband she has hoped for—and save her from the fate she most fears.

Love Strikes a Chord
Risking scandal, ruin, and their own reputations, Sebastian and Clara enter into a marriage of convenience. But the pair soon discovers that their undeniable attraction is anything but convenient. Swept up in a crescendo of desire, Sebastian and Clara take each other to new heights of ecstasy—until secrets from the past threaten to doom the duet forever. Now Sebastian will have to change his tune—and prove his love is true.

My Rating: 5/5

I LOVED this book so much! Absolutely brilliant! A Passion for Pleasure was an absolutely perfect romance.

I really love historical romances where the couple entered a marriage of convenience and eventually fall in love. I just think it's so adorable. And this book did it brilliantly.

Clara was a wonderful heroine. She's trying to get custody of her son from her cruel father, but she hasn't been able to do it on her own. So, she asks Sebastian for help in exchange for helping him find a secret cipher machine design that his brother wants. And so the craziness begins.
I found Clara to be a remarkably strong character. I really admired her determination to find her son. She was literally willing to do anything to get him back. Sometimes to her detriment (kidnapping was kind of a hanging offence at the time). But, I can't say anything bad about her. She was a thoroughly lovely character.

Sebastian was just as perfect. He's a master pianist, but new circumstances have impeded him music career. And, he's understandably bitter about that. But that immediately made him a sympathetic character. So, right off the bat, he had me emotionally invested. And after that, he was just so amazing. So sweet and strong and intelligent and basically the perfect hero. If it's not totally obvious, I adored him. 

Clara and Sebastian were an adorable couple. I loved how Clara used to have a childhood crush on him and how that crush developed into love. They were definitely a sweet couple but with a fair dusting of spicy. I loved them together.

The plot moved quickly and had me hooked the entire time. There were some secrets and surprises that had my jaw dropping. And some thrills along the way. The ending was absolutely perfect.

I loved A Passion for Pleasure! Romance lovers, you need to read this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing-Forever Yours for a copy!
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Wilde's Fire (Darkness Falls)
Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she's ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out.
When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she's dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate's forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her.

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