Regency Romance with a Twist
Cover photo © RomanceNovelCovers.com
Background photo © iStockPhoto.com
Cover design by KGee Designs
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9915075-5-9
iBooks ISBN: 978-0-9915075-6-6
RTReview Source Review
Four Stars HOT
SETTING: Regency England
Although Sande's novel seems to follow the usual romance tropes at first, the characters elevate it to something more, making this a delightful and unexpected page-turner. The romance grows gradually, although not without its obstacles, which keeps the pages moving briskly to a satisfying conclusion. Little details of life in upper-class British society are nice touches. Readers of the previous novels will be rewarded with mentions of their favorite characters.
SUMMARY: Samantha is at the cusp of spinsterhood at 23. Resigned, she agrees to take a trip with her aunt to the Continent as a distraction. Onboard the ship is the Marquess of Plymouth, and his ill-temper results in her learning a secret that turns her life upside-down. When a storm pitches Samantha and Ethan off the ship and into an uncertain future, the deserted island they discover becomes a sensual paradise. But upon their rescue, a misunderstanding may result in the two never seeing each other again. (LINDA RAE SANDE, Jan. 2015, 328 pp., $11.99)
After four Seasons and no prospects, Lady Samantha is resigned to life as a spinster. Her aunt, Caroline Fitzsimmons, Viscountess Chamberlain, has another option in mind—she insists they set sail to Italy for a tour she hopes might allow her charge to meet and marry a European aristocrat.
His mines having suffered a multitude of disasters, Ethan Range, Marquess of Plymouth, is determined to secure a recent invention from an Italian count to alleviate the danger of fires. He's none too happy to discover Lady Caroline traveling on the same ship as he is to Rome. He knows her secret and is rather incensed she's been able to hide Samantha's true past from the ton.
While taking a late-night stroll on deck, Samantha is confronted by the scowling marquess. Incensed by his assertion that Caroline is really her mother, Samantha barely has time to slap the man before a sudden storm sends a wave of water onto the ship, washing them both overboard.
Forced to save each other, the two end up as castaways on a deserted island in the Mediterranean. Although they face perils a plenty during the week they're stranded, they have far more to fear from one another than from hunger, weather, and pirates. Can the two overcome their circumstances and realize the mistakes of the past are not their own? Or will their week on the island lead to more turbulence? The heart may be the best life preserver in The Passion of a Marquess.Buy the paperback Audiobook Sample
From the May-June 2016 BTSeMag, page 42: I liked the original storyline, the characters, and everything was well described, you could see it playing in your mind as you read. And you won't want to quit reading for long. Highly recommended for historical lovers. -- Cyrene