Sinfully Yours, fell flat of my expectations. Passionately Yours is one of the few books that made me feel so thrilled at how the story was going down. I read a lot of romance, but not a lot of them actually made me feel giddy (or as more aptly termed in Filipino, kilig).
In Sinfully Yours, I wasn't feeling much love for gruff McClellan. Since I felt more like Caro -- impetuous, stubborn, and with a wide romantic streak -- I also want amiable men. However, McClellan won me over with his struggle to show Caro how he really feels. I understand that men find it hard to reveal how they feel in a language women can understand, but McClellan tried so hard. In the end, I wanted to have a huggable bear like he is.
I was a little put off by Caro. In the past three books, she hasn't exactly endeared herself to me. She lacked confidence in her instincts, and I hate that (yes, I also hate that part about me heh!). I felt that she needed to grow up some more, and I think McClellan is the man who will allow for her youthfulness as they grow old together.
The romance between them was hot, and their growing affection for each other was nicely built up. I also liked their interaction with other characters, and the developing relationship between the secondary characters Andover and Isobel.
What I didn't appreciate much about the story was the long-drawn out affair about what McClellan actually does for Scotland, and I feel that it wasn't sufficiently explained. I also wished that that note that Isobel was delivering had been shared with the reader. There were also parts that I felt could have been removed from the story and it would still have made sense.
But overall, I'm really glad I didn't let my first impression of Passionately Yours sway me from finishing the series. You should get a copy of this (if not the trilogy!) because if you're looking for an engaging set of characters and really lovely men, Hellions of High Street might just do the trick.
About the Author
Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. However, she traded in her cowboy boots for Regency high-top Hessians after reading Pride and Prejudice in junior high school and hasn't looked back. She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.
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