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Passion (Passion Quartet #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,245 Ratings  ·  356 Reviews
In her second year of mourning, lovely, young widow Passion Elizabeth Dare never dreamed she would be with a man again—and certainly not a complete stranger. But amidst the crowds of London's Crystal Palace, Passion finds herself discreetly, yet insistently, pursued by a sensual gentleman who awakens her long-supressed desires. After a loveless marriage of restrained propr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 311 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Berkley (first published 2005)
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Aug 30, 2009 Ridley rated it did not like it
This book made me wonder if I read the same book that the 5-star reviewers did.

What dreck!

I am by no means squeamish. I lurve the trashy erotic romance, I do, and the hotter the better. Unfortunately, Passion wasn't hot, it was merely profane. I have never read sex scenes that have left me quite so cold.

The plot, when we're treated to it, is fairly tight and satisfying. Valdez does create a sticky situation for the hero, forcing him to choose between his beloved brother and the woman he's grown
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

5 passionate, scintillating, erotic stars!

I absolutely loved this book, though I don’t know if I can put into words all the reasons why and do this story justice because it’s more than just a book...It’s an exciting escape into sexual fantasy, a touching love story, and a happily ever after to rival the best of them.

In her second year of mourning, lovely, young widow Passion Elizabeth Dare never dreamed she would be with a man again—and certainly not a complete stranger. But amids
Eda** # Dax Lahn's Golden Tigress  #

** 4-4,5 “tell me something” STARS **

“Your profile ought to be pressed upon a coin.”

“Your body ought to be pressed upon mine.”

This book was exactly what I'd needed: A mix of cum and tears.

The first half left me panting and desperate to call my boyfriend and demand he get dressed and come over IMMEDIATELY...while the second half was so heart-wrenching that my pillow was drenched with tears when I read the last sentence of the story.

“If you want to say no, say it now.” He shook his head. “
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Duchess Nicole
"He had given her a gift - a gift she had longed for. Rapture instead of restraint. Desire instead of disinterest. Freedom and fulfillment instead of duty and obligation...

I was waffling between three and four stars but as sat here writing this review and reading back over my highlights, I realized that I liked it enough for four stars despite a few complaints.

I tend to really love erotic historical romances because they tend to have fairly original plotlines and let's face it...those lasciviou
Feb 26, 2010 Holly rated it liked it
Recommended to Holly by: fans of historical erotica and intense love stories
5+ Stars

To me, Passion felt like two completely different books.

For the first 10o pages or so, I found myself caught up in the incredibly vivid and passionate secret love affair between Passion Dare (the heroine's name is beyond silly, but I got used to it) and the intense Mark Randolph Hawkmore.

Literally from the first sentence of this novel, the sexual chemistry and heat generated by these two characters is enough to render a person speechless. Okay, it rendered *me* speechless at least. Ther
Blacky *Romance Addict*
Dec 26, 2012 Blacky *Romance Addict* rated it liked it
Recommended to Blacky *Romance Addict* by: Glamdring

Well, I guess historical erotica really isn't for me :(
This was HOT, really hot, but also really really crude, the language and everything, I have no problem with that in contemporaries, but while reading this it just sounded WRONG. But this is my brain's problem. For all erotica lovers, even those who are not into historicals, you will love this one for sure!!

May 09, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
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Rach~The Highlander luverrr
Before i read this book all i heard was how everyone had such a difficult time with one particular word "cervix"
I wasn't to eager to read it after hearing a few bad things however im so glad i did.. you no when you find one of those books that touch and ruffle every emotion in you, where you are left breathless and heartbroken staring into a blank wall thinking
******"ow my god i cant take this heartache anymore" *********
well this is one of those books .. one of those truly magical emotional h
I am sad to report that I have reached the limit of my endurance for the pure tedium that is A Lisa Valdez Novel. Even the act of buddy-reading it could not sustain me.

So I shall DNF at 56%, and Fiona Goode speaks for me when I say to Passion & Mark (and his battering whang):

Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
Because having mobile internal parts may now be a requirement of sexy times!?

This is one of those situations where I am willing to take one for the team to do some Research .
Victoria Vane
IMHO -More pornographic than romance.

While there is a decent story here, it was almost completely buried in the graphic sex. The language was far too crude for me to enjoy with the female genitalia constantly referred to by the much reviled C word and every encounter referrd to as F***ing. Erotic yes. Romantic- NOT.

There was also much made of his "huge" instrument and it seemed almost pathetic to me how he could only fall in love with a woman who could take "all of him". The ensuing sexual enco
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬

naber benim gibi mezun olmuş ama hala single olan 20'lerindeki kız kuruları.
gelin biraz yaşlanalım.
triple meaning kastediyorum...

2 gece önce, nereden estiğine dair hiçbir fikrim yok, zat-ı bekar halimi, bu serinin 2. kitabını TEKRAR okurken buldum (o konuya 2. kitapta gelicem). tabi ki sonra Markcığımın boynu bükük kalmasın diye bunu da okudum. sdfasdf

şimdi; çıkıp ortamlarda, erotik kitap okudum ben yeaa diye gezeniniz varsa utanmadan o single haliyle, dönüp bi kitaplarına baksın bunu okumuş mu?
Maureen Feeney
Mar 26, 2010 Maureen Feeney rated it really liked it
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Extremely extremely ridiculous. And that's why I'm giving it 4 stars. As I was reading this, I kept wondering how the sexual acts described for anatomically possible and it led me to more thoroughly research uteri. I was already read up on the various pelvis shapes, you know, for identification of corpses/skeletons, but I learned so many new things about uteri positions due to this book. Anyway. This book is ridiculous, but it made me laugh and I've not read anything like it before, hence it rec ...more
Kübra Yağmur
Yorumların kraliçesi @ilknur a.k.a iko'nun yorumunu okuduktan sonra bu kitabı listeme eklemiştim. Bekletmeyi düşünürken yılın ilk günü bunu okurken buldum kendimi. :) Ama ne bulmak?! Siz birde bana sorun.

Bugüne kadar okuduğum tüm bilimsel bilgileri yerle yeksan eden bu kitap, kitapsa diğer okuduklarım neydi?

Hâlâ etkisindeyim.
Ne zaman çıkarım? bilinmiyor.

Çalışma masamın vazgeçilmezi cetvelim ve üzerindeki -artık büyülü olan- 27 cm! Sen nelere kadirsin?
May 03, 2009 maricar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance, series
Excuse me while I recover from being scorched…

This was the first romance story that literally made me go, “Hot DAMN!” on the first words of the very first chapter. And then all tingly the rest of the way.

I know a lot of romance buffs are either indifferent to, or even disdainful of, erotica. And they can be justified sometimes—most of the stories in this genre are simply mindless sex, with most bordering on “perverted” liaisons. (Well, what may pass as perversions to some, in any case.) Another
Feb 28, 2010 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
************possible spoilers**************************

Ooohhh I finished tis late last night and went to sleep a very happy woman, but wondering how I could possibly write a review that conveys adequately exactly how this book made me feel. I've gone over all my emotions and feel what you end up reading here may seem, well,...... oh make your own minds up:)

Mark and Passion and their story is wonderful,full of lust, and love, whispered and declared in hushed tones whilst the world goes on around
This book was recommended to me by a friend whose enthusiasm about the book was so great that I knew I must quickly get my hands on it and read it as soon as possible. I knew going into it that the book was supposedly very hot with some scorching sex scenes but at the same time had a great love story to go along with it. After reading Passion I can say with great confidence that it lived up to it's reputation and surpassed my expectations of it! 5 Smoking Hot Stars!!!

The story about Passion (our
3.5 Angsty-Explicit-Victorian Stars

Passion is a vicar's daughter and a young, beautify widow. When she encounters the hero for the first time--in a public place and without introduction--she inexplicably abandons her standards of restraint and morality to have sex with this stranger in the very public setting (although out of sight).

Mark, the Eighth Earl of Langley, is a truly insufferable, selfish prick (really the only word that fits him, and I do not usually sink to such language in my rev
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
He latched, voraciously, onto one thick nipple and rolled the other between his fingers. Passion bit back a cry at the hard pull of his mouth.

This was a very good historical romance. I loved the interactions between Passion and Mark.

Yet she arched against him, offering herself as she threaded her fingers through his hair and held him close.

The minor characters and blackmail scheming made for an intriguing story that kept me hooked until the end.

He fed upon her longer and more insatiably t
Aug 10, 2015 Blair rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I loved this book.The ending was beautiful.
Jenn *The Crimson Dark Lord Scribe, House of Slytheread*
Buddy read with The Lovely Killer of the Deep sometime next week.

Though this cover sucks, because when I look at it I keep thinking it's a damn fucking strutting peacock.

Honestly, it could be way better.
Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
My reviews are mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

I didn't used to read erotica when I first read Passion but man, this was some great introductory book for me! When I first came across this one on a very ordinary day almost 2 yrs ago, I knew nothing about it; about all the debates of 'to read or not to read' or 'wow or eww'. I read no reviews, just picked it up because I was curious about the title ... So, when Mark saved Passion from that accident in the very beginning of the book, I
Well I can honestly say that if it hadn't been for trying to meet the goal of reading all of the AAR top 100, I would still been just as happy not having read this book. I can see why people had such distinct and varied opinions about the book. The first 1/2 read like a bad repetitive erotic historical. The 2nd half felt more true romance and wasn't so bad. I was unaware that a woman's reproductive parts could move like that...sounded completely painful and giggle worthy at times. I just didn't ...more
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolik te yayınlanmıştır.

İlk okuduğumda ki yorumum;

Bu kadar yoruma ve ısrara kesinlikle değen bir kitaptı. Ahh, ne diyeceğimi bilemiyorum. Nutkum tutulmuş durumda ve kendimi terkedilmiş gibi hissediyorum. Yine kitap sonrası boşluğa düştüm. Mark'tan ayırdılar sanki. Valla kitabın gayet cesur olduğunu konusunda uyarayayım. Mutlaka evinizin sakin bir köşesinde, rahatsız edilmeden okunması gereken bir kitap. Arkadaşım daha önce Lisa Valdez'in bir erkeği iyi ağlatabildiğ
Dec 26, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
What can I say but HOT! STEAMY! SEXY! OMG! I got pulled into the story from the very beginning. Though it started off like an erotic novel, the author slowly weaves the romance into the story. I was anxious, quickly trying to figure out when the main characters were going to find out that they knew each other more then they realized. I liked the heroine(but not her ridiculous name) and felt for her once she discovered she was in love with (the hero) and could not have him. I felt torn for her. H ...more
This book is one of those that causes quite a bit of heated reaction from readers- both love and hate. Whereas when I first read it I would have definitely fallen more in the former than the latter category- as I think back on it, I'm much more ambivalent about my reactions.

On the the one hand I found it, Sexy, explicit, and yes romantic I thought it was a good read. For me the plot seemed simple and intriguing at the same time. The conflict was not hidden- except from the two leads and I waite
Her şeye rağmen okumaktan büyük keyif aldığım bir kitaptı.Bazı yerlerde beni gerçekten hüzünlendirdi bu kitap.Hatta bir ara Mark'ın annesini boğma isteğiyle doldum.Kadının o Mark'a hakaretleri beni çileden çıkardı.En başlarda matt'i sevmiştim ama bu kadının matt'i mark'tan daha fazla sevmesi ve hep onun üstüne düşmesi bile nedense beni matt'ten soğuttu.Ama en sonda her şey ortaya çıktı da matt'i yine sevmeye başladım.Hele Mark ki ömründe hiç lütfen dememiş insan,Passion'a lütfen,gel dediğinde ço ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, reviewed
I picked up this gem after seeing it rated so highly among erotica fans. And let me tell you this is a hot and steamy. Passion takes naughty smexing and dirty talk to a new level. From reviews, I knew the c-word was common, but Lord Almighty that was just the tip of the iceberg. At times it was completely titillating and others a bit crude for my taste. However, somewhere along the way Passion and Mark’s story evolved into so much more than sex. It became the heart-felt love story about a man an ...more
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“Passion: "Your profile ought to be pressed upon a coin."
Mark: "Your body ought to be pressed upon mine.”
“Polite applause punctuated the end of the clockmaker's speech. But Passion continued to stare. Her
words came before she thought to hold them back. "Your profile ought to be pressed upon a coin."
He bent his blue gaze upon her. "Your body ought to be pressed upon mine.”
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