Passion and Propriety (Hearts of Honour) – Book One
By Elise de Sallier
Release Date: 7th August 2014
Genre: Regency Romance/ Historical
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-261-7
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
A hidden beauty . . . a wounded beast. Can the curse threatening their happiness be broken?
There is absolutely nothing improper about Hannah Foster, the vicar of Hartley’s eldest and least pretty daughter, nursing the badly wounded Viscount Blackthorn back to health—that’s if the returned officer can be saved. At twenty-seven, she is two years the man’s senior, a confirmed spinster, and far too sensible to develop feelings for her patient. The fact he was once her childhood friend, has grown into a fine specimen of a man—his terrible scars notwithstanding—and seems as lost and lonely as she sometimes feels has no bearing on the matter.
Even if the unthinkable were to happen and William was to see past her plain exterior and recognize the caring, intelligent, passionate woman beneath, he is determined to break the curse that has plagued his family for generations by letting his bloodline die out. Her best friend Grace’s warnings are moot; a man of Lord Blackthorn’s wealth and position would never be interested in a woman like Hannah . . . would he?
Passion and Propriety was excellent, the promise Elise de Sallier has shown in her previous work came to fruition in this outstanding Regency. The Viscount of Blackthorn returned home, something he swore never to do, to die. Gravely wounded his refusal to allow the sawbones to amputate his arm was tantamount to a death sentence. He is drawn to the village church recognizing his childhood playmate Hannah Foster daughter of the vicar. When Hannah discovers him collapsed near death in the graveyard she insists on trying to save him.
“That we reap what we sow. I understand Papa, but why should William reap the consequences of his forebears’ actions, or the wives for their husbands?”
“Ah, but that’s the nature of curses. To our modern way of thinking, they’re neither fair nor equitable, passing the sins of the fathers on to the sons even the fourth or fifth generation. Yet we see evidence of curses all around us.”
“We do?” Hannah was unaware of any other accursed souls in their district.
“How often does the son of a drunkard grow up to follow in the same path as his father, turning to the bottle because he is full of anger and hate? Gambling, licentiousness, violence towards women… it rarely springs from nowhere.”
Despite comparisons to the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast I found myself reminded of Jane Austen’s work and the best contemporary historical romance writers like Teresa Medeiros and Elizabeth Hoyt, as I read Passion & Propriety. Hannah’s character was perfectly strong willed without ever coming across as ridiculously stubborn. William was equally appealing as the “cursed” hero who desperately wants Hannah but knows that he cannot ever have what he desires as the last five generations of Blackthorn viscountesses have died in childbirth.
I cannot recommend highly enough Elise de Sallier’s latest offering, best enjoyed curled up with a cup of tea and no interruptions. I am eagerly looking forward to the next work in the Hearts of Honour series.
A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don’t just happen, they take work . . . which doesn’t mean writing about them can’t be a whole lot of fun!
While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer’s muse made its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twenty thousand reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer’s Coffee Shop later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.
Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.
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Praise for Passion and Propriety
5 Star Reviews
“This is the third book I’ve read by this author and I couldn’t help falling in love with de Sallier’s characters once again. I was completely taken into the story not just by Hannah and William, but by the secondary characters at the same time…” -Lindsey Gray Author on Author Book Review
“I really enjoyed this, and Elise de Sallier is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I love a good bodice-ripper, and this reminded me very much of the series I enjoy by Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare and others. It’s well-written with interesting, fleshed-out characters the reader can feel for…” -Andrea (Mrs Aubergine) Goodreads Review
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Praise for Innocence and Protection:
“I flew through BOTH books in The Forbidden Love series because they are that good!!” Kristen – Shelf Life
“The romance, intrigue, scoundrels, and miscommunication kept me enthralled from the first page to the last…. I applaud Elise de Sallier for once again giving us a novel to fall in love with.” Lindsey Gray, Author on Author
“Ms. de Sallier writes a great plot and gifts us with love scenes that we can swoon over.
I truly enjoy a plot with steamy scenes that fit the story well. This book is a shining example of that!” Kathie, First Page to the Last