Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Title:       Passionately Yours [Hellions of High Street, book 03]
Author:   Cara Elliott
Rating:   ★★1/2
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*ARC provided by Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is me eating my words that I did not want to read the third book in the Hellions of High Street series, after the second book, 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).

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only things they are encouraged to pursue are eligible bachelors. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

With her older sisters both happily married, Caro Sloane yearns for a romantic adventure of her own. Unfortunately the muddy, sulfur-scented waters of Bath seem the least likely setting for love or excitement. But the aspiring young poet soon finds inspiration when she runs into a familiar-and achingly handsome-Scottish laird.

Visiting Bath with his sickly sister, Alec McClellan is shocked to be reunited with Caro Sloane. He hasn't been able to forget the English beauty since their brief but exhilarating first meeting. But Bath is not nearly as serene as it appears, and soon Alec must protect Caro from a danger that threatens to extinguish the sparks flying between them. Little does he know that a bit of danger is exactly what Caro is looking for . . .

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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