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(The Phoenix Club #2)

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Welcome to the Phoenix Club, where London’s most audacious, disreputable, and intriguing ladies and gentlemen find scandal, redemption, and second chances.

In nearly two years of marriage, Sabrina Westbrook has barely spoken to her husband and shared a bed even less. Both activities would require they actually live together. As it is, t
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published August 24th 2021 by Zealous Quill Press
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Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Zealous Quill Press for this arc.
While I found the story to be interesting enough to finish, I was underwhelmed with the superficial main characters. I was "told" of his work in Parliament and some background details were provided, I was "told" of her love of gardens / gardening without details. But otherwise, the main characters basically came across as sex-obsessed teen-agers who were just now learning to "use their words".
Overall, not a bad story, but one I just could
Julie - One Book More
Aug 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Impassioned is a lovely historical romance and the second book in The Phoenix Club series by Darcy Burke. This story is unique in that the main characters are already married. However, their relationship did not begin as a grand love affair. Theirs was an arranged marriage, and after two years, they are basically estranged. However, Sabrina wants a child and is desperate to connect with her husband, so she leaves their country home where she lives and comes unannounced to their home in the city ...more
Barbara Rogers
Aug 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Series: The Phoenix Club #2
Publication Date: 8/24/21
Period: Regency London - 1815

Goodness Gracious Me! We met Constantine Westbrook, heir to the Duke of Evesham, in the prequel (Invitation), and the first book of the series (Improper). I don’t know about you, but I sure didn’t like him very well. He was cold, unyielding, passionless, uptight, and, as his brother Lucien says, has a ‘stick up his xxx’. How could a curmudgeon like that become the male romantic lead in a romance novel? I knew this a
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Constantine and Sabrina Westbrook, Earl and Countess of Aldington, had an arranged marriage and continue as polite strangers. In two years of marriage, they've barely spoken or bedded, communicating infrequently through letters. Sabrina comes to town determined to push past her social anxiety and take her place in society and at her husband's side. Con is perplexed by this new version of his wife but perhaps they can begin again with the courtship they never had in the first place.

This is the se
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Despite being married for almost two years, Sabrina Westbrook, the Countess of Aldington, scarcely knows her husband at all and has rarely even spoken to him, much less shared his bed. This is made especially difficult since they live in separate houses. The Earl spends his time involved in politics with his seat in the House of Commons while Sabrina manages her social anxiety by spending time in her gardens at their country house.

Their marriage is polite, but the two times a year they visit one
Aug 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, sexy book. Sabrina and Constantine have been married for two years, but living apart for most of those. Sabrina has always suffered from social anxiety, while Constantine has grown up with a dominating father who has shaped his life. After two years, Sabrina decides that she will approach her husband so that they can resume marital relations - for the sake of a child. Constantine also wants to make changes in his life, but he's not sure how to do it.

Sabrina and Constantine work th
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
‘In nearly two years of marriage, Sabrina Westbrook has barely spoken to her husband and shared a bed even less. Both activities would require they actually live together. As it is, the Earl of Aldington attends to his seat in the House of Commons, while she and her crippling social anxiety tend to his country house and gardens.

Their arrangement is quite civilized, and their letters are painfully polite. Their twice-yearly visits are…awkward. But, if Sabrina can muster the necessary courage, all
I really enjoyed this! Earlier this year, I'd read Improper from the same series, and I wasn't impressed. When I noticed this was the same author, I'll admit I was a little wary. Thankfully, this ended up exceeding my expectations.

I think my favorite thing about this has to be the romance. I can't even describe why, I just loved it. At times, it was hard to read because both of our characters liked to sabotage themselves, but it definitely kept things entertaining. I also loved that our charact
Aug 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Impassioned, by Darcy Burke. I say that this book is another smash hit by this writer. I was excited and very thrilled to have read this book. This book is a page turner that just keeps getting better as you read your way to the end. I’m happy to say that was very pleased with everything that involved the creation of this story. Not only did the romance and the sensual heated moments between Con and Sabrina had my motor running, but the utter pure joy of following these two through out the book, ...more
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Aug 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“ I am the Countess of Aldington, and I demand my marital rights.”
I love stories about people falling in love for the first time but there’s something extra exciting about two people with history between them having to find their way to being together. Watching them unravel the misunderstandings and mistakes of their past makes the romance so much more emotionally satisfying.
I loved Sabrina and Constantine. She had been forced into a season and marriage by her cruel parents who thought nothing
Tanya Sridhar
Aug 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
3.5/5 stars

I have thoughts - many thoughts. Will write a fleshed out review soon!
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In nearly two years of marriage, Sabrina Westbrook has barely spoken to her husband Constantine Westbrook, Earl of Aldington and shared a bed even less. Both activities would require they actually live together. As it is, Con attends to his seat in the House of Commons, while she and her crippling social anxiety tend to his country house and gardens. Their arrangement is quite civilized, and their letters are painfully polite. Their twice-yearly visits are…awkward. But, if Sabrina can muster the ...more
Sep 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because I could relate to the main character’s anxiety as I think a lot of the world now can. Also, it was well written as usual and had me giggling at some parts. But I truly enjoyed Sabrina and Constantine’s journeys from estrangement to love, from timid to bold, from dispassionate to impassioned. Con was not the greatest character in previous books. But when I learned why he acts as he does it allowed me to find him likable and then I began rooting for him and for the ...more
Maggie Whitworth
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it

Very enjoyable and satisfying read from Darcy, I’m really loving this series and adore her style of writing.

The book is full of great characters, and the chemistry with the two leads is so wonderful to read.

Already married and trying to reconcile their differences is a new direction to see an arranged marriage from.
The challenges and interference from family and friends is both helpful and makes things more difficult for the couple.
This was a very busy and tense read in places, but wor
Aug 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to receive the first book in the Phoenix Club series for a review, and I’m happy to say I also received this second one as an arc as well. I’m very happy to say that I loved this book much more than the first one.

The book starts with Sabrina arriving to London to demand because she wants to have a child. She and her husband, Constantine, had an arranged marriage, and didn’t have the time to even get to know each other before they were forced to marry. They
Aug 06, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars *may change

Despite being a communications major, I often find myself at a loss for words and unable to express my thoughts. There are times when the prospect of not speaking at all sounds far better than saying the wrong thing. That being said, these are the most incompetent idiots I've ever read about. Oh my God, how can your communication skills be this poor?

I think miscommunication trope is pretty alright. I mean, you'd probably have a hard time ever writing conflict without adding in
Michelle Dohring
Sabrina is married to Constantine Westbrook, the Earl of Aldington. He is the future Duke of Evesham. They have been married almost two years and hardly see each other. Sabrina has decided she wants a child and has come to London to make it happen. Sabrina has always been shy and timid. She wants to break out of her shell and claim her position as Countess of Aldington. Constantine is surprised she is not the shy malleable woman he married. He is shocked she demands she wants a child. This was a ...more
Aug 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley and Zealous Quill Press for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 stars

This was a steamy romance read that was a page turner from the beginning. Con and Sabrina had a fun relationship to explore. As Sabrina got to know Constantine we also got to know him. It was nice to learn about him as Sabrina did. I also enjoyed that they were both out of their element. We normally don’t see the male main character struggle with seduction. It was a fun plot line
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? This Phoenix Club series is proving to be a wonderful surprise, from the short introductory book, through the first two books in the series. A joy to read.

In this book, we properly meet Lucien’s straight-laced brother Constantine Westbrook, Earl of Aldington, brought up to be an absolute reflection of his dour father the Duke.
Married for two years to Sabrina, chosen by his father, they live apart, he in London, she at their estate. Before their marriage Constantine had been attra
Cathy Geha
Aug 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Impassioned by Darcy Burke
The Phoenix Club #2

An arranged marriage of convenience for the parents of the bride and groom becomes a whole lot more when Sabrina challenges herself to become the person she would like to be and faces Constantine demanding he fulfill his husbandly duty and get her with child. Big smiles as I think back over the story.

What I liked:
* Sabrina: young, shy, anxious, retiring, fearful, forced to marry, wants more than she has after two years of marriage, miserable, more t
Jul 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an engrossing, romantic and entertaining story. Constantine and Sabrina were forced by their fathers to marry. Constantine is a rigid and very proper man, but he was looking forward to marrying Sabrina, until he found out that she didn't want to marry him. Sabrina is a painfully shy and anxious woman who didn't want to marry anyone, especially the cold and dispassionate Constantine. Not long after they got married, Sabrina went to the country to live, leaving Constantine in London. 2 yea ...more
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you to Zealous Quill Press for providing me this arc via Netgalley!
This book had so many of the things I like in an historical romance, but simply didn't deliver.
It is very hard for me to point out what exactly was wrong with it. The only way I can think of to explain it is that it feels as if a 16 year old had read many historical romances and tried her hand at writing for the time, by pac
Viper Spaulding
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So much passion, so much love to be found!

Sabrina and Constantine have endured two years of a cold, distant marriage that each believes the other didn't want. Finally at her wits end, Sabrina presents an ultimatum to her husband that forces them both to confront their true feelings and find the passion hidden deep in their union.

I loved the secret identity subplot, how it freed both characters to address their inner desires without fear of rejection. It was wonderful to see Sabrina find her stre
Lori D
Simply love this wonderful story! Already married for two years, Constantine (adore that name!) and Sabrina had a true marriage of "convenience". Both having their issues it seemed and neither pushing for more.

That is, until she came to London and told him in no uncertain terms...
"I am the Countess of Aldington, and I demand my marital rights." Yowza! She had decided she wanted a child and it took all of her courage to confront him.

Constantine was shocked to say the least and wondered who had t
The Romantic Historian
Aug 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s amazing how we get in our own way, or let the opinions and influence of others block our own happiness. Constantine and Sabrina are two such people. Their struggle to become who they truly are makes for a love story that had me grinning at the end. Though Sabrina’s timidity and Constantine’s proper behavior made for a frustrating start, the chemistry and love story was heartwarming. Great representation of how our own barriers, ideas of ourselves and behavior, how our own fear limit the joy ...more
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2021
Impassioned is the second book in the Phoenix Club series. This book follows the story of not quite newly weds Sabrina and Constantine. Two years after their marriage, they barely see each other, they have not had a child and Sabrina is sick of it.

I really enjoyed the story, The characters were well rounded and seemed like real people. So much so that I sometimes wanted to shake them and knock some sense into them.

*Thank you to the publisher for this eARC.
Norah Gibbons
Aug 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through a review crew. All opinions are my own.
Impassioned by Darcy Burke is the second book in her captivating new series, The Phoenix Club. It can be read as a stand-alone. This story has one of my favourite themes in which a shy wallflower comes into her own, dazzles the hero and creates her own HEA. Sabrina Westbrook has been married to Constantine Westbrook Earl of Aldington for two years. Their parents arranged their marriage, and due to some misunde
Aug 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darcy-burke
Brilliant story. I enjoyed the development from early marriage, in which Constantine and Sabrina were living apart - to the end of the story, when they couldn't stop touching one another.
Loved it. 5☆
Sep 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Constantine and Sabrina’s story is nothing short of wonderful and oh so romantic! Definitely one of my favorites that I’ll be reading again and again.
Deb Diem
Jul 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Impassioned is a magnificent historical romance by Darcy Burke. Ms. Burke has provided readers with a book that is well-written and populated with a spectacular cast of characters. Sabrina was shy and anxious two years ago when she married Constantine. She's matured now and while still anxious, she wants a baby and to take her place as countess and make a baby. Living in separate homes with only twice a year visits and an occasional letter, Constantine is shocked by his mouse of a wife growing a ...more
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Club at

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