Cara Elliott’s PASSIONATELY YOURS is a fun, sweet Regency romance with a feisty, lovable heroine and sexy hero with secrets and past wounds aplenty. I enjoyed that Elliott was able to strike a balance between aspects of traditional Regency romance and a sexy, vibrant love story with characters that break some of the traditional molds.
I love heroines who come to realize their own worth, and Caro fits that bill. In many ways she’s quite fearless and ready for adventure, but she’s also patient and compassionate regarding Alec’s past wounds. The development of the relationship between Caro and Alec is both tender and sexy, and I relished every interaction between them, their banter, the discussions in which they came to appreciate each other, and the simmering attraction between them that built from the first chapter.
The plot moves along quickly and includes tension from a menacing secondary character and the unfolding of Alec’s past. I particularly liked Elliott’s voice. She managed to infuse the story with many traditional Regency romance elements and a rich sense of the Bath setting with a freshness that enlivened the story’s pace and kept me turning the pages. I’d recommend PASSIONATELY YOURS to any lover of sweet yet passionate Regency romance.
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 . . .