Posted by: Jennifer | November 23, 2008

The Passion – Nicole Jordan

Jordan, Nicole. The Passion. (New York: Ballantine, 2000). ISBN – 0449004856.

Main Characters: Lady Aurora Demming and Nicholas Sabine

Date: 1813

Related Works: This is part of Nicole Jordan’s Notorious Series. Other books in the series include the following:

  • The Seduction – Lord Damien Sinclair and Vanessa Wyndham
  • The Passion – Lady Aurora Demming and Nicholas Sabine
  • Desire – Lucian, Earl of Wycliff and Brynn Caldwell
  • Ecstasy – Raven Kendrick and Kell Lasseter
  • The Prince of Pleasure – Jeremy (Dare) North, (Earl of Clune) Marquess of Wolverton and Julianne Laurent

Description from the book:

To escape marriage to a despised man twice her age, Lady Aurora Demming makes a scandalous arrangement with Nicholas Sabine, a dangerously handsome American facing execution for murder and piracy. She agrees to become his wife for one day . . . and one glorious, intoxicating night. Widowed, Aurora returns to London society with Nicholas’s orphaned sister at her side to face a lifetime without love – until her “dead” husband returns insisting that she honor their vows and haunting her dreams with promises of forbidden desire . . .

My Thoughts:

To escape an arranged marriage, Lady Aurora Demming agrees to become the wife of Nicholas Sabine – a man sentenced to die for piracy. She gets financial freedom and, in exchange, agrees to take Nicholas’ half sister to England. The two find an unexpected attraction for each other on their wedding night. Aurora then departs for England with Nicholas’ sister in tow. Imagine her surprise when Nicholas returns several months later. Aurora is not entirely what to do when her husband returns. She doesn’t particularly want to be married nor does she want to be married to Nicholas. She thinks of him as an adventurer who risks way too much. Aurora seems to just want peace and quiet. She has finally been able to get out from under her father’s oppressive influence and has no desire to become anyone else’s property.

However, she cannot deny her feelings for Nicholas. Nicholas has returned to England specifically for Aurora. She is his wife, and he wants to keep it that way. Of course, he is a wanted man and only has a limited time to woo his wife. Aurora is quite stubborn and does not makes things easy on Nicholas. Things become more complicated when Aurora’s believe-to-be-deceased fiance returns.

Given that this is a romance, there is definitely a HEA for Aurora and Nicholas. But it is a very bumpy ride. Aurora must overcome her own insecurities in order to be able to take a chance on love. I do admit that a couple of times I wanted to tell Aurora to get over herself already. It was very apparent to me that Nicholas loved her deeply. Yet, she was not ready to trust. This was really the only irritation that I had with this book. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable book. I liked both Nicholas and Aurora and was very happy when they finally resolved their difference. I now will have to get my hands on the rest of the books in this series. I can’t wait for Dare’s story!

Read first November 2008

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