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Pride & Passion by Charlotte Featherstone
Series: The Brethren Guardians #2
Published by HQN Books on 2011-11-15
Reviewed by Miranda
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 at least give her a family, a home of her own, and a place to belong. But 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.
Miss Lucy Ashton has been searching among soothsayers and witches to find her beloved Thomas on the other side. How shocking to discover that after all of her searching for her dead love that he is still alive and thought to be the menacing Orpheus the brethren guardians are searching for. Lucy refuses to believe that Thomas could be a part of something so dreadful. What better way to get at the Duke of Sussex than to prove his thoughts regarding Thomas wrong.
Lord Sussex is a member of the Brethren Guardians. It is his job to protect the templar legacy from those that would use the relics to harm the world. The Duke has been pursuing Miss Ashton romantically but she refuses to give him a chance. She thinks him priggish and passionless. Well the Duke is ready to show her just how passionate he can be while protecting her from herself. The Duke is hunting the dastardly Orpheus. His plan is to capture the evil man and seduce the stunning beauty.
Charlotte Featherstone has given us a magnificent unforgettable romance with Pride and Passion. Lucy and Sussex reek of passion and pride. Lucy has enough pride to get her into trouble. Adrian, the Duke of Sussex is full of passion for the sassy Lucy but she can’t see it. She is so wrapped up in her supposed love for Thomas she can’t see what is right in front of her face. Lucy and Adrian are one of those couples that you can’t wait to see them together. Their romance is a powerful one. What makes them so special is their journey to love. The scenes of Pride and Passion are filled with their witty banter and intense sexual chemistry. I love the inspiring plot of Pride and Passion. I was not expecting the secrets that are revealed here but they make it all the more exciting.
In Pride and Passion we learn more of the legacy surrounding the Brethren Guardians, and we also learn more about Miss Elizabeth’s past with the Marquis de Alynwick. I can’t wait to see how their story turns out because the fireworks go off when they are together.
Lucy and Sussex redefine the words Pride and Passion. Their explosive love makes this story a hit!