Published by Zebra on February 28th 2017
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DESPERATE MEASURES 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.
DANGEROUS LIAISONS Lord Hugo Starling has always felt protective of his friend Benedict’s sister, Georgette. So when he discovers her dressed in ragged boy’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 he’s embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime…
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
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 there is a huge reward for whoever finds them and/or the thieves involved in stealing them. Georgette Frost is going to find herself homeless once she turns 21. She decides that the best way to make sure her future is secure is to follow in her brother Benedict’s foot steps, and search for the gold herself. She wants to join Benedict (whose story is in the first book). She packs a small bag, dresses as a young man and goes to the nearest coaching inn in London ready for her travel.
Lord Hugo Starling is a good friend of Benedict, he always used to pop into the London bookshop where she lived and worked, to make sure she was OK. He is shocked when he arrives at the coaching inn himself and recognises Georgette. He swiftly gets her outside and into his carriage where he convinces her that she has to stay with him while he deals with a couple of things in London, and then he will accompany her to Northumberland and into the safety of her brothers keep. Georgette isn’t happy about it at all, especially the delay to them leaving, but she knows she has no other option.
Hugo ends up more than just chaperoning her, he joins in her search for the gold. He wants to set up a hospital in his brother’s memory and could definitely use the funding to pay for it. Along the way they meet with all sorts of bother, not least a Bow Street Runner who seems to be at every stop they make along the way. Of course the time they spend together is time where they find out they have a fondness for each other. Georgette is more than keen to be amorous with Hugo, but he doesn’t want to ruin her, and he also doesn’t think she would fit into his life should he decide to think seriously about giving in to the temptation that she provides him.
Their will they, won’t they romance was a delight to read, and when they do give in at times to the occasional kiss and canoodle, it’s written so beautifully that you can’t help but want to fist pump and say YES. Only then to go on and feel deflated when one or the other, and let’s face it, the one is always going to be Hugo, pulls away and apologises.
Amongst the wonderful romance in the story there is also the drama of the missing gold, some of it is turning up as melted blobs, a way to disguise that they were once coins. So the money must be close, but where is it, and who is the thief. Skulduggery is afoot, and shots get fired when our couple and the Bow street runner get too close to finding out the culprit/s. Somebody gets shot, but will it be a fatality? People have already died from the very first day when the theft occurred. The murders won’t mind killing more. I had NO idea who the person/s behind the theft and killings were, and I will admit that I did NOT see that coming. I love a book that can keep me intrigued and then have a fabulous ending which I could not have foreseen. A book of suspense with a lovely amount of angst and romance, some heartbreaking moments, and some fabulous light hearted moments too. This book was every bit as fabulous as the first in the series, and as I gave that a 5 star rating, this one deserves the very same too.
I voluntarily reviewed and Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book.