PASSION FAVORS THE BOLD is a treasure hunt with a delightful
romantic twist. Georgette Frost is working in her parents
bookstore for her aunt, caring for the shop and her nieces
and nephews. According to her late parents' will, her
protection and employment will expire on her 21st birthday,
which is fast approaching. Georgette has decided to leave
and join her brother, Benedict, who is up north where he,
along with many others, are searching for coins stolen from
the Royal Treasury. A large reward is being offered,
enough for Georgette's future. She disguises herself as a
boy and heads to board a stage coach heading north.
Unfortunately, she is recognized and stopped by Lord Hugo
Starling, a school mate and good friend of her brother. Hugo
feels duty bound to protect Georgette and help her reach
her brother successfully. Georgette is feisty,
independent, impulsive, and refuses the help of Hugo to
join Benedict. However, Hugo perseveres and their journey
together begins. What an adventure it turns out to be!
Theresa Romain is my new favorite writer of regency romance.
This is the second in the Royal Rewards novels by Ms.
Romain. She tells a delightful story filled with pure joy
with a large serving of humor.
I adored Lord Hugo, the
hero, who had a dream of building a perfect hospital in
memory of his twin brother who passed away. He is eagerly
seeking funding for his hospital which will treat and help
people, all people. His presentations for backing have been
unsuccessful. Even his wealthy and powerful father refuses
to help him much preferring him to enter the clergy.
Undaunted, Hugo continues chasing his dream until he finds
Georgette. So quickly he becomes involved in her search for
Georgette is nosy, unpretentious, honest, and
always speaks her mind without a thought.
Hugo is serious, a perfectionist, private, but feels
protective to Georgette and very possessive. Is it just
because of his friendship with her brother or is it more?
Opposites in every way, their banter is hysterical and their
relationship is so much fun to watch develop.
Soon their physical attraction has reached the boiling
point. They stretch the limits of proper behavior until
they are alone in a wine cellar and Hugo teaches Georgette
how beautiful sex can be between two loving people. Told
sweetly, it is my favorite chapter. I re-read it at least three
As they travel farther and farther from London, they meet
Bow Street runner, Jenks, who questions them and forces them
to pretend they are married. He follows them to the home of
Frederick Chapple, who Georgette pretends is her uncle and
they are invited to stay in his large home in return for
Hugo practicing his medical talents on the neighbors and
servants of Chapple. Hugo is shot and Georgette turns out to
be an excellent nurse in removing the bullet and a piece of
fabric and nursing him back to good health. Clues are
discovered about the missing coins and in the end Hugo and
Georgette find the answers to their dreams and love
everlasting. PASSION FAVORS THE BOLD is a special read that
I enjoyed so much. I look
forward to the next by Ms. Romain. You have a new fan.
Georgette Frostâ€™s time is almost up. On her twenty-first
birthday, the protections outlined in her late parentsâ€™ 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.
Lord Hugo Starling has always felt protective of his friend
Benedictâ€™s sister, Georgette. So when he discovers her
dressed in ragged boyâ€™s clothes, about to board a coach for
parts unknown, he feels duty bound to join her search. But
mystery piles upon mystery as they cross England together,
not least of which is the confounded attraction between
them. As Georgette leads him to a reward he never expected,
Hugo realizes heâ€™s embarked upon the adventure of a lifetimeâ€¦