A Passion for Him

Sylvia Day
2007, European Historical Romance (Georgian England)
Brava, $14.00, 320 pages, Amazon ASIN 0758217617
Part of a series

Grade: B
Sensuality: Burning

A Passion For Him is the sequel to Passion for the Game. I havenít read the first book in this series, but after reading this installment, I'll be sure to pick it up.

Amelia Benbridge is courting a longtime friend, the Earl of Ware, and one of Londonís most eligible bachelors. She knows that it is only a matter of time before they get married. However, while she finds Ware handsome, charming and kind - everything she could want in a potential husband - she cannot truly return his affections. Her heart still belongs to her first true love, Colin Mitchell, who died years earlier.

While attending a masquerade ball, she meets the eyes of a man in a white mask. He stares at her from across the ballroom, and she brazenly returns his gaze. He later introduces himself as Count Reynaldo Montoya. They share an intimate dance, and a passionate kiss, a kiss that evokes the feelings she once had for Colin. What she does not know is that this mysterious stranger is Colin, who is now a spy. Colin never forgot Amelia, and never loved another woman as much as he loves her. But because he felt he could not provide for her in the manner he truly wanted, he reluctantly let her believe he was dead. It was always his intention to return to her, and he does so only to find that she is soon to be married to another. He keeps his identity a secret, and they begin an affair that can only be described as intensely sexual.

I like this book on many different levels. Amelia is outspoken, and some might think perhaps a bit too forward for her time, but I liked that about her. The sex scenes were hot, and while Ms. Day employs a certain "c-word" a little too frequently for my usual taste, it fit these two characters. The fact that Colin kept his mask on whenever they interacted only added to the sensuality.

My interested only waned when the spy sub-plot took center stage. It needlessly distracted from Amelia and Colin's love affair and I flipped the pages to get back to scenes involving the couple. This issue aside, I had a great time reading A Passion for Him and am avidly searching for Sylvia Dayís backlist.

-- Keisha Hudson

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