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I Belong

Review: A Passion For Him by Sylvia Day

Title: A Passion for Him

Author: Sylvia Day

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Georgian (Book 3)

Publication Date: November 1, 2007

Format: Mass Market Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0758217617 (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-0758217615 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Shirene


Miss Amelia Benbridge is ready to leave behind a past filled with heartbreak for a sensible marriage. Until temptation itself comes calling, with an invitation to seduction…

She Loved and Lost Him Once…

Amelia Benbridge and the Earl of Ware are the most anticipated match of the Season. Lord Ware is handsome, wealthy, and kind, and he understands that her love will always belong to her childhood sweetheart, Colin. When Colin died, Amelia believed she would never feel such passion again. But her primal reaction to the brooding stranger who approaches her at a masquerade, coaxing her into a moonlit minuet and a single, sensual kiss, proves otherwise…

Colin Mitchell knew a pairing between a peer’s daughter and a gypsy stable boy was impossible. Amelia’s mistaken belief in his demise afforded him the opportunity to return to her as a man of means. But time has slipped through his fingers. She is preparing to wed another, and danger prevents him from revealing the truth. Colin can only bid her a secret farewell, but he underestimates her determination to unmask her phantom admirer. A forbidden kiss leads to her ardent pursuit and a soul-scorching affair. Amelia is perfectly attuned to his every desire, every thought—and hungry for stability he can’t offer her. For deception lies at the heart of their love, waiting to drive them apart once again..

Quick & Dirty: Mystery man enters her life wearing a mask and Amelia is intrigued.  Will she settle for a life of passion or compromises.

Opening SentenceThe man in the white mask was following her.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Just so we are all on the same page, I went into this 3rd book of the series having not read the previous two and I don’t believe that it impacted on the story.  This is vitally important if you are like me and like to follow a story from the beginning in almost a compulsive obsessive manner.     This book is a delight as a stand alone.  Now on to the rest of the review.

The first sentence of this book sets the scene for the entire book.  A mysterious man in a mask is following our heroine, Amelia, but instead of being concerned or worried, she has as my grandmother says “gumption” and seeks to figure out who this man is.  She is a woman who has suffered through much in a short span of life and carries these experiences with her as an independent woman.  The richness of her history and her unflagging sense of determination and spunk very quickly endeared her to me.  She refuses to be the typical heroine in distress which in part is due to Ms. Day’s wonderful story telling.

Our “masked man” is Colin Mitchell, a man that saved Amelia when she was a young girl, appeared to have died in the attempt and returning from Europe in order to claim the woman of his dreams.  Colin’s journey is detoured when he is a witness to a murder that the authorities believe he committed.  So in order to not bring this tragedy into Amelia’s path he decides to visit her on the night of the masquerade so he may say goodbye.

The story from there is filled with twists and turns that had me smiling and even reading a portion again because I was completely shocked at one of the plot twists.  However, this is a story written by Ms. Day and no story would be complete with out sex.  I do recommend this book for its wonderful story but do note that it isn’t a PG-13 experience.

Notable Scene:

Her foot tapped impatiently atop the gravel as she waited.  That was why she did not hear the man’s approach.  She did, however, feel him.  The hairs on her nape tingled with awareness, and she turned swiftly with a soft gasp of surprise.

He stood just barely within the entrance of the circle, a tall, dark form that vibrated with a potent energy that seemed barely restrained.  Beneath the pale light of the moon, the man’s inky locks gleamed like a raven’s wing, and his eyes glittered with the very intensity that had goaded her to seek him out.  He wore a full cape, the gray satin lining providing a striking backdrop to his black garments, enabling her to fully appreciate the site and power of his frame.

“I was looking for you,” she said softly, her chin lifting.

“I know.”

Georgian Series:

 1. Ask for It

 2. Passion for the Game

 3. A Passion for Him

 4. Don’t Tempt Me

FTC Advisory: Kensington Brava provided me with a copy of A Passion for Him. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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