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Cry for Passion

Cry for Passion

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by Robin Schone

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A brand-new, intensely erotic romance from a USA Today bestselling author known for her "sizzling"(Booklist) novels.

Married twelve years to a man who does not desire her, Rose Clarring is dying of loneliness. She seeks the help of renowned barrister Jack Lodoun to challenge English Parliament and win her a divorce. Cynical and haunted by

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Cry For Passion 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the Old Bailey courthouse, James Whitcox wins acquittal and freedom for his client, widow Frances Hart from her son¿s complaint. James and Frances are lovers who both belong to the Men and Women¿s Club. Jack Lodun loses the case. Afterward thirty three year old married Rose Clarring asks Jack to obtain her a divorce from her husband Jonathan of twelve years. He says that is impossible to obtain and besides she being a member of the club he raked her in court in the Hart case as a loose woman; everyone even her family believes she is a slut. She explains her spouse like her wanted kids, but he caught the mumps soon after they married and became sterile.

Rose leaves Jonathon a note that she is leaving him although she knows her husband can have her committed. A drunken Jack asks her to prove passion exists. She says no because she will humiliate her husband. She explains the last time she had sex was in 1875, eleven years ago. He asks why now and she says the look of love between Whitcox and Hart. Jack says he wants to have sex with her, but she says no and asks him how he felt when his lover, James¿ wife Cynthia died in an accident. Jack says he loved her but could not attend the funeral. As their attraction grows, neither knows what the future holds except in the long run not together as a married woman only has the rights her spouse grants her.

The nonexistent legal rights of women in Victorian England even with a queen ruling the country already for five decades are fascinating. The relationship between the lead couple is interesting as both know it can go nowhere while the erotic scenes are graphically described so sub-genre fans will enjoy them. However, a late abduction adds suspense to an already deep historical that did not need it. Still fans will enjoy the latest Men and Women¿s Club Victorian saga (see SCANDALOUS LOVERS).

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Emptrix More than 1 year ago
If you have not read Scandalous Lovers, this is still going to take your breath away, but it will be so much more powerful if you read Scandalous Lovers, which is the back story for this book. I have read every book by this author. Robin Schone is in a class all her own. This is far more a feminist historical novel than an erotic love story, but it is also an amazing erotic love story. This story is a must read if you have any interest in 19th century British legal history, especially as regards women, morals, and the sexual roles of men and women, how that relates to class, the rights and power (or lack thereof) of women in various strata of society. Like it's predecessor, Scandalous Lovers, I put it in a category of it's own, and something akin to A Handmaids Tale in the feminist power it has. It also presents the awakening understanding of men to the need for change in how women are treated and the need for women to have power over their lives in society. This story is rich in history and presenting one the incredible social, political and personal evolution of an incredible woman's (Rose)sensual, sexual, and over all life awakening after being married for 12 years to a man who has ignored her for 11 of those years because he has become steril. She realizes he has relegated her to role of a breeder whose services he no longer requires. She challanges the prosecuting attorney who, in the court proceeding in Scandalous Lovers, ruthlessly but inadvertently makes her a person sconed by society, to help her obtain a divorce. She wants to experience passion and not be viewed as having the limited role in life as a procreator. Like Scandalous Lovers, this love story takes my breath away, not only from a sensual or sexual standpoint, although there is ample heat in that department, but rather from the heart wrenching personal and private and shared perspectives of both a man and a woman trying to find a passionate, close relationship, in Victorian England, and the awakening to their sensual selves, and their true needs, desires, and inner selves. The heart and gut wrenching realization, that there is no way they can legally pursue their relationship without serious consequences, including destroying both Rose's and Jack's positions in society. This is a magnificent book! The author has a sound and impressive knowledge of British history, especially of this time period, and of British Law of the time. I finished this book in one day and cannot stop thinking about it and Scandalous Lovers, which I reread just before this book. This is definitely NOT light escapist erotic fiction, but it is a page turner. I know this is a book I will read again, and again, and again. No one out there writes like this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Scandalous Lovers and then went for this one. I liked this one better. There was more depth to the characters and I could really sympathize with the heroines loneliness and her need for 'companionship'...Other titles by Schone that are keepers are 'Awaken My Love' and 'The Lady's Tutor'.
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G-maJ More than 1 year ago
Always a great read, hope to see more in ebook form, if you haven't read them all, you should!
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misspiggymail More than 1 year ago
I was SO looking forward to this book, and so disappointed to read it. I'd devoured Schone's "A Lady's Tutor", and was hoping for more of the same amazing quality of work. This was not it. If you want an amazing piece of mind blowing imaginative good stuff, don't buy this one. Buy "A Lady's Tutor"...and then seriously pre-skim everything else of Schone's that you pick up to make sure you'll like it. I wish I had.
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
Cry for Passion is a love story about Jack's ambition, Rose's sorrow, and both their feelings of guilt and grief in finding love again. It has been several days since I finished reading this book, and it took me that long to decide what to write in the review. I have great admiration for Robin Schone's writing, and many of her books have made their way to my permanent keeper shelf, but her newest series The Men and Women's Club of which Cry for Passion is the third installment has not captured my interest as her previous endeavors. I didn't know what it was that I have not liked as much. the writing is masterful, the characters are well developed, a tight and interesting plot with no loose ends, but I finally came to the conclusion that it was the style of her writing in these books and the conversational dialogue between characters that was different, and as a result was what I was not really liking. Ms. Schone dedicates this book to "justice and those who pursue it.", and after I realized it was the style of writing, and applied this dedication to her work, as well as all that was occurring during the Victorian period, things fell into place and I was more accepting of how she choose to write their stories. Jack and Rose first met during a trial where he is the lawyer and she is being questioned on the witness stand. This beginning greatly influenced the style in which their story is told because much of their conversations (outside of the courtroom) have the feeling of interrogating each other and read much like a court transcript would. As their relationship progresses their dialogue slowly changes from lawyerly questioning to conversations between friends and lovers, but still remains sorrowful and reflective. Rose's life is one of heart wrenching betrayal by all whom should protect her.father, brother husband, and ultimately the political justice system. The suffragette movement is at the heart of her story, as well as her right as a human, not a possession, to belong to the Men and Woman's Club, her rights to love and passion, and her rights over her own body and the choice not to have children. Rose's story seems more of a cry of sorrow than passion, as evidenced by this quote from the book: "Happiness should not be painful." p. 285 Cry for Passion All of the Men and Women's Club are written in much of the same style, and I believe that it was a deliberate choice on Ms. Schone's part to write the books in this manner to reflect the character's struggles for the choices that they make, their independence against the rigid strictures of the Victorian period, and the sweeping changes as a result of the suffragette movement. At the end, I liked the story much more than I did at the beginning, and my only criticism would be the style of writing and the interrogatory dialogue. If you have not read Robin Schone before, I highly recommend The Lover, Gabriel's Woman, The Lady's Tutor, or my personal favorite, her novella in the anthology Captivated: A Lady's Pleasure. These are all on my keeper shelf, whereas Men and Women's Club series is more of an acquired taste. Read more of my reviews on my blog, Seductive Musings
Barbara25 More than 1 year ago
It had been love at first sight for Jonathon and Rose Clarring. After a whirlwind courtship the happy couple marries, a blissful future had been lain out before them. However, when he is suddenly rendered infertile, their ideal life quickly came to a complete halt. For Rose, it doesn't matter that she will never have children, so long as she has Jonathon's love. Jonathon, however, sees things far differently. He soon becomes consumed with his inability to reproduce. Many long and lonely years pass, until finally, Rose can not only no longer bear her husband's misery, but her own loneliness as well. She realizes that although he doesn't desire her any longer he will never willingly let her go. The only way out is for her to divorce him. Jack Lodoun is a man at the top of his game. Rose approaches him about seeking a divorce from her husband, even as a successful barrister, Jack knows it is an impossible achievement. No woman, unless abused or deserted by her husband, would ever be granted a divorce. He cannot help her in her out of the marriage, yet, he can't help but sympathize with what she has been suffering. Jack knows far too well what a woman feels when she is not desired by her husband. He had loved a woman much like that. He loves her still. But, she had never truly Jack's to begin with, and all too soon the only woman he ever loved had been taken from him. With the yearning for love lost haunting him, Jack finds himself uncontrollably drawn to Rose. In a way, they seem to understand each other as no one else can. Her desperation and want to feel passion again seeming to mirror his own. Until inevitably, these two people turn to each other for the physical comforts they had both been denied for so long. This was a tale of two people both longing for something they could never have and--if only for a moment--finding a reprieve from their hunger within each other's embrace. Two lovers needing each other to heal the past in order to find a way to truly live again. Cry for Passion, in my opinion, is NOT so much a romance novel. Instead, it is a tale that for a specific moment in time gives us a glimpse into the lives of two people, both at the height of their own inner turmoil. I personally think that Robin Schone is an amazingly talented author. Her voice is very unique. Her writing is tight and to the point, yet, her use of words is almost poetic. She is an author who finds a way to delve deeply into the darkest recesses of human desires and emotions. She dares to be different. Each of her characters are completely unrefined and her tales, highly erotic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Ms Schone has written an intensely satisfying story. Her characters are believable and so is the plot. For those who like erotica, no one does it better. But even if the sex was left out this would still be a moving, can't put down read.
Romance-Reader More than 1 year ago
I've read a few of her books in the past. But this was one of the strangest books I've read. I liked the plot & the characters. The writing style didn't appeal to me. The background distractions drove me nuts. At times it got intense, yet it dragged on & on...I don't think I can go through another novel like this.