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A Passion for Pleasure

A Passion for Pleasure

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by Nina Rowan

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A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.


As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful

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A Passion for Pleasure 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Nina Rowen, where have you been all my life? And why haven’t I read any of our books before? It took me around two chapters to get into this book and follow the writing style, which isn’t a bad thing, I knew it would be good, there were just so many details to start out with that I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an easy read or one of those reads that made me go crosseyed half-way through. Sebastian Hall is the epitome of male beauty and talent. After years of playing all over the continent, he now uses his spare time to bed women, lots and lots of women. He’s a rake and totally unapologetic about it. His father however has different designs for Sebastian, he wants him to marry. But Sebastian, feeling like half a man because of the secret injury he refuses to tell anyone about, doesn’t feel worthy of any woman, let alone the ghost of one from his past. Clara has always been in love with Sebastian. He was her piano teacher as a girl and now that she’s a grown woman, she can’t help but set her sights on him. Clara is insistent that the only way for her to get out from underneath her evil fathers grasp as well as get her son–is to marry and take the protection only a husband can offer. Besides, Sebastian is a powerful man from a very wealthy family, if he can’t help her, all hope is lost. I always struggle with stories where a child and one or both of their parents are estranged. It’s nothing against this author’s writing–it’s just personal preference, it seriously breaks my heart, so once the “plot” thickened in this story, I really had a hard time witnessing Clara’s pain and Andrew being pulled away from her over and over again. Her character was brilliantly written, although at times, it was hard for me to watch her at times ignore Sebastian’s part in everything–or be willing to abandon him to be with Andrew even after he offered to rescue them both. So maybe it was the fact that he bled for her and promised her the world and she still didn’t believe him. Regardless, the story was tight and really sucked you in. Sebastian is the perfect man. No, really. He’s amazing. He’s talented, rich, arrogant but not too arrogant, oh yeah and he basically get’s Andrew to start talking again after the child refuses to speak anymore. Regardless of what Clara said to him or did to him (aka breaking his poor heart) he still rescued her, and still loved Andrew, a kid who he barely knew, with his whole heart. The love story between them as a family unit was beautiful. The twists and turns the book takes are expected but necessary, especially the involvement with Sebastian’s dad, that reconciliation was a good one. ;) All in all it was a fantastic read, I would give it 4 lovely roses. I’m not sure I would read it again because as I said before I have issues when kids are involved. BUT, I think any lover of historical romance would LOVE this book and obsess over it. Well done Miss Rowen, I hope to read more of your books in the future!
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dotland101 More than 1 year ago
A COLORFUL LOVE STORY! Sebastian Hall must find a wife: his father gave him an ultimatum or he would be cut off from his inheritance.  Should he do what he told his older brother, Alexander to, "get a sweet young chit...." for himself now?  A few months ago, he could defy his father, but not now that his life, his career as a pianist, is over, in ruins and in debt.  Then his brother, Darius, showed up and offered him an opportunity to make some money, mysterious but easy enough, it seemed.  Until Sebastian ran into Clara Whitmore, who's not only his former piano student, but also the niece of the man with the information Darius wants.  He could use his charm with her to get what he wants.  It  shouldn't be any problem: after all, he'd done this many times before with other women when he was still famous and his music performance was much sought after. Clara Whitmore, now Mrs. Winter, is a widow and has been living with her uncle this past year while trying to find a way to get her son, Andrew back.  It's been her only goal this past year since he was taken from her by her father.  Then fate put Sebastian in Clara's path again... her former piano teacher, her old crush since she was seventeen, the man she was in love with for years.   An idea's formed in her head: perhaps Sebastian could be the answer to her dilemma. He needs to marry and make some money.  She needs help to get her son back.  Clara proposes with the marriage of convenience that would benefit them both.   But Sebastian didn't want that kind of union, nothing would be 'convenient' about his marriage, he'd make sure of that.  He wants a real marriage in every way.  Clara decides it should be easy enough to marry Sebastian; she loved him once before, after all.  But she won't let herself love him again, not now, it would distract her from her efforts to regain her son. As for Sebastian, it's easy to fall in love with Clara, but does she love him for who he is now, or is she still in love with the man he once was?  The story will take you on an adventure of two people who come together for a purpose, joined efforts to meet their challenges.  They also discovered something about each other and of themselves along the way while trying to overcome their obstacles. This is another wonderful story from Nina Rowan.  I like her witty storyline and her strong female protagonist.  Clara is that character, she has plenty of wit and determination, bewitching beauty, and abundance of passion when it comes to intimacy and love.  Sebastian, on the other hand, represents the persona of imperfection in an otherwise expected stereotype of male protagonist.  Rowan aptly compensates his flaws with other endearing qualities. I was very impressed with Rowan's clever way of describing and correlating music with colors, she masterfully composed them with such artistic flare: colors in emotion and senses, in kisses, in passion... love, indeed is a full rainbow of colors.  In addition, her perceptive analogies of things around us: from sunrise to sunset, of light and sound... to desire and sensuous feeling gave vivid colors to one's imagination.  "A Passion For Pleasure" is the second book in the sensual Daring Hearts series and a colorful love story of trust and determination, of meeting challenges and a testing of hearts.  This book easily found its way to my favorite shelf to be reread again and again.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
A Passion for Pleasure: A Daring Hearts Novel.  Nina Rowan. Grand Central Publishing.  April 2013. 384 pp. hbk. ISBN #: 97814555509560. Clara Winter’s husband is dead and she has lost her son the wiles and whims of her father-in-law who sees her as an unfit mother.  Clara would do anything to have her son live with her as a mother and son should; but the law favors her father-in-law. The problems around her authority have to do with Wakefield Hall, property which is rightfully Clara’s but isn’t thanks to a legal decision binding in 1854 and favoring males rather than females. For now, she works with her Uncle Granville who makes musical dolls, jewelry boxes and other musical paraphernalia.   The situation seems impossible to solve until she meets Sebastian, her former music teacher, who no longer plays or composes music because of a mysterious ailment in one of his hands and arm.  Whatever has caused this malady has him feeling bitter and extremely disillusioned with life.  Why then does he manifest such an interest in her Uncle’s musical models?  He is searching for papers about a cipher machine that could have numerous uses during war.  Is it in Uncle Granville’s possession and is it effective?  That is Sebastian’s mission, now complicated by the draw he feels toward Clara. As the story progresses, Sebastian will become involved in Clara’s conundrum and that actually increases the tension and excitement of this meaty story.  Yes, it’s a romance that has plenty of tender and sexy moments to thrill every romance lover, but it also involves a thrilling mystery seemingly beyond the knowledge and skills of everyone involved. A Passion for Pleasure: A Daring Hearts Novel is fun and fascinating to read.  Romances are always thrilling but this one moves away from stereotypical plotting to reveal secrets and complex plans for solutions to readers who love to try to solve a riddle before the characters do – and no you can’t predict how this one will end! Very well done, Nina Rowan!  This reviewer looks forward to reading more of the Daring Hearts series!
Karen_E More than 1 year ago
Sizzle, spice, intrigue, and exceptional writing are what you’ll encounter in A Passion for Pleasure by Nina Rowan. The second installment of The Daring Heart Series, set in London England during the Crimean War, has the second oldest Hall brother Sebastian as the tormented hero. Tragedy as befallen Sebastian and the cultured Bon vivant of the Hall family is a broken man, gone is his jovial devil-may-care attitude; for he is a husk of his former self. Enter Clara Winter née Whitmore, a former piano student of Sebastian’s as well as a girl he didn’t bother to notice at the age of sixteen despite the fact that he was only a few years older. Sebastian was then the elegant sought after musical genius. What did he need with a girl like Clara who swoons while hanging onto his every word? He in truth had not even noticed her when she was his student. Clara is in Sebastian’s sight, as he is he now on a secret mission for his brother Darius, and he will stop at nothing to fulfill his familial obligation, and set his own life’s course. Clara too has deep familial obligations that she will do anything to fulfill. Both Clara and Sebastian are dealing with tragedy and hardships, and how they weather them will either unite or destroy them. What will happen when these two cross paths, both looking to accomplish their goals? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. What I love the most about Nina Rowan’s books is the tapestry of emotions that she weaves with her words. The emotions of the characters are palpable, and you’ll experience the story with its twists and turns right along with the them. Her plots are written in bright technicolor with colors added that you didn’t even know were part of the literary palette until she revealed them, and then you’ll wonder why all books don’t have the same depth of texture to them. She paints a setting with such vibrancy that you can not only imagine it in your mind’s eye but almost reach out and touch it. Rowan is an author not to be missed, and even if you have never read a historical romance, this series should be on your “to be read list.” You just might discover a new genre.