Passion Favors the Bold by Theresa Romain, who is a new to me author. Is about a treasure hunt, Basically a bunch of gold coins were stolen from the royal mint these coins were yet to be released to the public so the mint is offering a reward to anyone who can find one the chests that have been stolen before the official release date of the coins.
Enter Georgette Frost who’s brother Benedict is off searching for said treasure. Georgette has lived and worked in her families bookshop for her entire life, since her parents death the shop has gone to her cousins who are in need of a maid more than a cousin to run the shop. Georgette has decided that it is better to leave than be kicked out once she turns twenty one since her cousins need the space due to having so many kids. So she sets off to find the treasure and her brother Benedict who is also searching for it as well. However what she didn’t count on was Lord Hugo Starling. Lord Hugo is the son of a duke and a doctor, much to the dismay of his family He also wants to build a hospital which again basically has his family throwing their hands up in disgust, why couldn’t he join the clergy like a normal boy? Since the death of twin brother Matthew years go Hugo has sought to change the way medical is given. Hugo who has always gone to the Frost book shop (I wonder why?) and his best friends with Georgette’s brother finds Georgette at a coach stop alone and on her way to find her brother and the treasure…. Or is it the treasure and her brother? Naturally Hugo is not about to her go off her on her own and practically tosses her into his carriage and so the adventure for treasure and love begins.
Okay so here’s the low down on this book Banter oh my good lord the banter in this book is just everywhere and everything, but let me tell you it’s a thing of beauty and I loved it. Its obvious from the beginning that Hugo has feelings for Georgette, and I suspected that from the beginning when he made a comment about coming into the shop to check on her because of her brother being her friend he felt more for her than just being an obligation. But the duty he feels to make things right over his brother’s death does over shadow it, he has plans and she doesn’t fit anywhere into them and yet he goes with her to protect her even if it costs him everything. Hugo hates the unexpected and sadly for him Georgette is just full of from posing a boy named “bone-box” Just really? What kind of name is that? To posing as husband and wife he suffers it all for her. He even takes a bullet for her. For her part Georgette just wants freedom and wants to be off on her own, while she finds Hugo attractive she knows he wouldn’t want her, after all he’s friends with her brother it’s the only reason he’s putting up with her…..right. Did I mention her brother is blind? I cannot wait read his book!
Georgette is likeable enough, and a strong heroine she was able to patch up Hugo when he was shot and not swoon not to mention how much she likes to argue…. I can relate.
The sex in this book was not pinnacle in that it came much later in the book ( almost near the end) and the wow factor just wasn’t here, Sex in the wine cellar which I can deal with, and sex in wardrobe where there could barely move? Had me asking why? And saying just lock the door and bang on the floor. While I admit I like a book with that has a lot of sexual tension and when it happens very hot sexy time. This book did not have that. But that is okay, because this book brings something else to the table the relationship building makes up for it that you become so invested in these two that while yes you want them to kiss, and bang you also want them to “make it” to come through all the drama that is their lives to hit the HEA.
While I would have liked to have seen more passion between these two and more flirting, it would have not been right or these characters, Hugo was not the charming Rake kind that is not say he wasn’t charming and sweet in his own way the man stopped so she could pet a sheep! That made me love the man. The mystery of where the coins are, is solved and is simple enough to figure out who has them and where they are.
I have put the other book on my TBR and found this one to be well worth the read.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?