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When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey

August 29th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review for San Francisco Book Review

Publication date: June 14, 2011

Publisher: Gallery

I give this book 3.5 ouf ot 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 

 Forced to flee Napoleon’s rampaging army on the continent, orphaned Alana Farmer and her eccentric guardian make a new home for themselves in London. There, Alana enjoys every privilege a daughter of the nobility could hope for, plus an education fit for a queen. Now, on the eve of her debut into London Society, she learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Persuaded by her guardian to return to their homeland to quell a bloody revolt, Alana finds herself in an isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval!

With controversy and intrigue brewing around the beautiful newcomer, Christoph Becker, the captain of the palace guards, arrests Alana on suspicion that she is either a wily imposter or a seductive spy working for the shadowy figures determined to depose the king. No stranger himself to seduction, Christoph uses every means at his disposal to draw the truth from his alluring prisoner, even if he must lay his own life on the line to protect her from harm. Now, as a fiery passion flares between Alana and the man who has wrongly imprisoned her, the fate of a nation rests in their hands and on their hearts.

I’m a little surprised at all the negative things I heard about this book.  While not up to par with her Mallory books I still enjoyed it a lot.  I loved Poppie, the man who raises Alana, and I wish we could have seen more of his character and there was also an orphan, Henry, that I also wish we could have seen more of because he was the cutest thing.  Alana gave me mixed feelings because she had this awesome, unconventional education from Poppie that included weapons training which I loved but I wish we could have seen her utilizing her skills more so throughout the book.  In the beginning it seems like she was going to be one of those kick butt heroines but in she ends up having to wait to be saved by others so that was a little disappointing.   The other thing I wished had been focused on more was the mystery behind why Alana’s father was never able to have another heir.  There are hints as to why not but it was never fully brought to light. I thought that could have brought more drama to the end than there was.  The last part that bugged me was that the end seemed so rushed.  Everything was going great and I was actually surprised at a few points and then all of a sudden the book rushes towards the happy conclusion.  I knew it was coming but it would have been nice to have it drawn out a little.

Other than that I thought it was a fun story with a few surprises thrown in.  The supporting characters were my favorite part of the book.  Like I mentioned above Poppie and Henry were wonderful and I also really liked what we saw of Christoph’s mother and his main servant.  I always enjoy these mysteries about the royal heirs who no one is ever really sure if they were murdered or managed to survive in hiding.  It reminds me of the stories about Anastasia Romanov possibly having made it out of the massacre of her entire family.  It’s such a romantic idea that despite the odds they might have faced they managed to survive whatever catastrophe and one day reveal their true identity.

All in all a fun read that while not a favorite from Lindsey it was not as bad as others made it out to be.

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