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Passion Favors the Bold

(The Royal Rewards #2)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Georgette Frost’s time is almost up. On her twenty-first birthday, the protections outlined in her late parents’ will are set to expire. With prospects for employment or marriage unfavorable at best, she decides to leave London and join her brother, Benedict, on a treasure hunt for gold sovereigns stolen from the Royal Mint.

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Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Zebra
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
My favorite thing about this book was how much I liked the two main characters. They are both very sweet people and I enjoyed their adventure together and their falling in love. Also an interesting look at medicine in the 19th Century. Theresa Romain is an author to read for historical romance.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

Passion Favors the Bold is the sequel to Theresa Romain’s thoroughly enjoyable romance-cum-treasure hunt, Fortune Favors the Wicked, wherein a blind former naval officer teams up with a former courtesan to locate the six missing crates of gold sovereigns that have been stolen from the Royal Mint in order to claim the hefty finder’s fee. The events of this book run more or less concurrently with this one, so it’s not really necessary to have read t
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I thought the idea of two strangers united by desire to find money stolen from the treasury (and get the big reward, of course) was a nice one, and the characters from book one (a blind officer and a former courtesan) were interesting and fun to spend time with.

Unfortunately, this book was just very... underwhelming in my opinion. It's very light on the romance (there is one kiss, two rushed encounters where nothing earth-shattering happens (serio
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Passion Favors the Bold 'Passion Favors the Bold' by Theresa Romain is book Two in "The Royal Rewards Duo" series. This is the story of Georgette Frost and Lord Hugo Starling. Georgette's brother was in the First book "Fortune Favors the Wicked" is the story about Benedict (Georgette's brother) who is looking for what the Royal Mint is offering a reward for finding a cache of stolen gold coins. Georgette is being a Spinster and per her parents will that if she is unmarried at 21 she will be put ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Passion Favors the Bold' by Theresa Romain is book Two in "The Royal Rewards Duo" series. This is the story of Georgette Frost and Lord Hugo Starling. Georgette's brother was in the First book "Fortune Favors the Wicked" is the story about Benedict (Georgette's brother) who is looking for what the Royal Mint is offering a reward for finding a cache of stolen gold coins. Georgette is being a Spinster and per her parents will that if she is unmarried at 21 she will be put out on her own. So with ...more
Joanna Loves Reading
This is a 2.5 star read for me. The writing style is good, but I just didn't care for any of the characters or the love story, which is why I am going with a rounding down to two stars at the moment. I may bump up with some consideration but that seems doubtful. May add more after BR discussion.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I love Theresa Romain. Truly. I highly anticipate her next release and have not been disappointed in a very long time. I read and LOVED the first book in this duet, but sadly, this second book did not click with me. I read through 50% and then gave up.

Here are the reasons this one didn't grab me:
1. The plot. I didn't understand how the characters got on the treasure hunt (aside from Georgette reading a newspaper and being impulsive). Then, Hugo and Georgette were masquerading as siblings, then
“She had not experienced so much of love that she would shy away from it, even in these small forms. Small enough, maybe, that to him they seemed only right, or sweet, or pleasant for an afternoon.
She had experienced enough of love to know that it was following her on quiet feet, ready to pounce. To capture her for him, and never to let her go.
Oh, she had been wrong: this afternoon, these illicit kisses and touches amongst a fortune in wine, would not be enough. The pleasure of the moment only
Interestingly, while the first book in this trilogy hit on some of my favorite historical tropes, Passion Favors the Bold did the exact opposite—it's a romance full of some of my least favorite cliches, and the end result was pretty disappointing. "Passionate" this story was not. But if you're into a slow-burn roadtrip romance featuring a treasure hunt and characters in a fake relationship, this might be the book for you.

Much of the plot of this book occurs concurrently with Fortune Favors the W
2.5 stars

I throw around the word "underwhelming" a lot when I'm reviewing a book that I didn't like. It's a nice word. It's a gentle way to show my displeasure without being a bitch about it. So 70% of the time what I really mean is "this was awful and a waste of my time". This book, however, is in the 30%. It wasn't awful. It wasn't a complete waste of my time. I loved the previous book and had high hopes for this one but alas, it just wasn't great. It was underwhelming.

We met Georgette Frost i
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

I really, really like Theresa Romain’s writing. She does this thing with tiny moments and actions that don’t seem significant until later, when after a few pages they become the type of detail that makes me press my hand to my chest, lest my heart be attempting to slide out through my ribs. Words are not wasted, characters are carefully, finely developed, and there’s a buffet of dialogue, too. An all-you-can-read style buffet of dialogue, with layers of
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jenny Q
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been hearing lots of good things about Theresa Romain, and I'm always down for a good treasure hunt, so I decided to make her Royal Rewards duology my introduction to her work. While I can find no fault with her writing, and she created some very intriguing characters in Benedict and Charlotte in Fortune Favors the Wicked, I thought their backstories needed more fleshing out to make them fully plausible, and the plot didn't turn out quite as I expected, though it had a wonderful ending that ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely delightful!

Georgette Frost is a delightful force of nature. Lord Hugo Starling thinks he's rescuing her from a hare brained plot to try to find the gold sovereigns stolen from the Royal Mint. What he's doing is miring himself even more deeply in her scheme.
Georgette's world turns upside down when she reaches twenty-one, which is very soon. She plans to find her brother Benedict and the gold and start a new and glorious life. Benedict we met in Fortune Favors the Wicked.
Boarding a coa
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
While I didn't mind the slooooow burn, it did get to me that nothing really happened with the plot. I liked them as a couple, so I it's sad that the book didn't work for me. I enjoyed the first book so much, so maybe my own high expections got to me, but there was jut something missing here. I really liked Georgette but Hugo was just too bland for me at times, even though I admit he had his cute moments. I usually love Romain's heros but here I dind't connect with him. Even when they got separat ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Passion Favors the Bold is the second part of Theresa Romain's Royal Rewards Duo. It runs partially parallel with the first book, Fortune Favors the Wicked. It centers around Georgette and Hugo, Georgette is the younger sister to Benedict Frost from the first book, she has spent her life in the bookstore and with her twenty-first birthday looming she knows she needs to do something with herself before her birthday and she is forced to move from the only home she has known. Hugo is the
Debra Martin
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It took the reader out of the usual Regency balls and parlors and takes us on a road trip. Georgette Frost has never felt loved either from her academic parents who didn't have time for her or to her cousin with a brood of children to care for. Once Georgette hears about the stolen gold from the Royal Treasury, she's off on a treasure hunt. Only she's interrupted by Lord Hugo Starling who recognizes Georgette dressed in boy's clothing at the beginning of her adventu ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The treasure hunt plotline is a bit undercooked but the sweet, slow burn romance is delightful. The dialogue is really sparkling and Georgette and Hugo are very lovable. Both books in this series are low key, without a lot of high octane action, and the carnal element, while present, is not heavily emphasized, so in the hands of a less skillful author they could have easily been boring but Romain has such an endearing voice and such an appealing vision of what a good relationship should be that ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Passion Favors the Bold is the second book in The Royal Rewards Duo by Theresa Romain. I was fortunate enough to have read the first book, and although you don't have to read it to fully enjoy this second book in the set, it's a good idea to so that you get an earlier introduction to the 'gold heist'.

There's gold in them there hills, no not the ones in the wild west of America, but in the not so sunny climes of Northumberland, England. A shipment of newly minted gold coins has been stolen, and t
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
As I went on this road trip, I kept wondering, "Are we there yet?" Yeah, I know, it's not the destination that matters; it's the journey. But this journey meandered all over the place and made little sense. But, OK, yeah, I admit that a road trip in a book is used as a metaphor for self-discovery. I guess that was accomplished here by the H and h. But still, did the journey have to be quite so disjointedly peripatetic?

This is series Book #2, after #1 FORTUNE FAVORS THE WICKED, and stars heroine
Barbara Rogers
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
6 wooden boxes of newly minted gold sovereigns have been stolen from the London mint. A HUGE reward has been offered. What better way for an orphan who will soon be homeless to secure their future.

The banter and humor in this book is absolutely outstanding. I found myself literally laughing out loud as I read through the book. I was really wonderful!!! I'd love to share some quotes, but since I had an ARC, I am not allowed to do that.

In the last book in the series, our heroines brother was on
Sonya Heaney
Yay for a cover that matches the book!

There aren’t many authors whose books I’d pick up when they advertise two of my three most hated historical romance tropes: the heroine in breeches, and the treasure hunt. (The third is the “duke who is a spy”.)

However, I have really enjoyed most of the books Theresa Romain has written, and so I took a chance. Her books are often lighter-hearted, but usually they’re funny rather than trying to be funny.

Firstly: the silly boy’s disguise disappears near the be
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I liked the previous novel in the Royal Rewards duology, but this one doesn’t quite measure up to the first.

As in the first book, the story revolves around the theft of gold coins from the Royal Mint and the protagonists’ attempt to find them to gain a reward. The heroine this time around is Georgette, the sister of the hero from the previous book. Georgette wants the reward to secure her own future, so she doesn’t have to rely on others to take care of her. As a duke’s son, Lord Hugo S
Eleanore June
While I like Benedict's story better, this was still a lovely story and well worth the read. Royally rewarding!
Candace N
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Theresa Romain did it once again! She never fails to please. Another well written book with memorable characters, full of wit and a fun story line. I really enjoyed the book from beginning to end.
This is a companion novel to Fortune Favors the Wicked, set at about the same time. The books can probably be read in whatever order you come across them, but I think it's best to read "Fortune" first, as some of the stuff in this book is set up there.

Georgette Frost's parents are dead, and though the bookshop they ran when they were alive was sold to some cousins, it was stipulated in their will that Georgette be allowed to live there until she turned 21, an event that is only a few weeks away.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Review originally posted here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...

I found Passion Favors the Bold something of a disappointment compared to the first book in the series. However, there were some aspects I did like. Romain has an engaging writing style, meaning even with the story's flaws, I still found myself interested in reading more. I also like that she is consistent in creating characters that for the most part feel easy to root for. Georgette is the star of the book, and I love that w
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book through a giveaway on the author's Facebook page. Also, it is the second half of a duo and I think it could be read as a standalone, but reading the first book helps you understand some of the backstory to this book.

This is a lovely Regency romance. Georgette, the heroine, is an independent, smart, and feisty heroine. Hugo, the hero, is a physician who is trying to get funding to set up a hospital to help people from all classes in London. When Georgette decides to find
I'd originally started this a while ago, but wasn't in the right mood to continue it. Came back to it when I needed a historical fix after some PNR/contemporary reading. Witty banter FTW!

Georgette took such pleasure in needling Hugo and gently nudging him from his very focused path. Her excitement at seeing the world around her was infectious and I really liked her as a heroine. Hugo was much more reserved, but I think a lot of his character was revealed in how he treated his patients. Taking t
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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), she has received starred reviews from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA® finalist. A member of Romance Writers of America® and its Reg ...more

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The Royal Rewards (4 books)
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