When Passion Rules

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In this “magical” (Library Journal) tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey, a stolen princess discovers her true destiny—in royal duty and in love.

On the eve of her debut into London society, Alana Farmer learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Returning to the homeland she and her guardian fled when she was an infant to escape Napoleon’s rampaging army, Alana ...

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Overview

In this “magical” (Library Journal) tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey, a stolen princess discovers her true destiny—in royal duty and in love.

On the eve of her debut into London society, Alana Farmer learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Returning to the homeland she and her guardian fled when she was an infant to escape Napoleon’s rampaging army, Alana attempts to quell a bloody revolt in this isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval! Suspicious that this beautiful newcomer is a wily imposter or a spy scheming to depose the king, Christoph Becker, the captain of the palace guards, arrests Alana and vows to draw the truth from his alluring prisoner, even if he must lay his life on the line to protect her from harm. Now, as a fiery passion flares between Alana and the man who has wrongly imprisoned her, the fate of a nation rests in their hands and on their hearts.

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Saved as a baby from death when her would-be assassin whisks her off to England and raises her as his niece, Alana has no idea that she is actually Princess Alana of Lubinia. Rising unrest owing to the Lubinian king's lack of a legitimate heir forces her Uncle Poppie to reveal the truth—and return with her to her homeland. Handsome palace guard Capt. Christoph Becker doesn't believe her tale and takes Alana prisoner, leaving her to realize that proving her identity—and seeing her father—is going to be much more difficult than she'd thought. Old secrets, vengeful plots, and a few too many lies intensify this twisting story line. VERDICT Fast paced, intricately plotted, and laced with villainous court intrigue, this whimsical, magical tale puts a refreshing spin on the classic long-lost princess plot. A perfect way to spend a lazy summer afternoon. Lindsey (That Perfect Someone) lives in Maine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451633269
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 484,538
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 4.08 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with over sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of “first-rate romance” (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.
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When Passion Rules

THE LONG BLADE OF the rapier bent as Alana pressed its tip hard against the chest of the man in front of her. It would have been a death skewer if not for the protective padded jackets they both wore.

“You should have accomplished that move three minutes ago,” Poppie said, removing his mask so she could see the disapproval in his sharp blue eyes. “What’s distracting you today, Alana?”

Choices, she thought, three too many! Of course she was distracted. How could she concentrate on her lesson with so much on her mind? She had a life-changing decision to make. Of the three completely different directions she could take, each held its own special appeal, and she’d run out of time. She was eighteen today. She couldn’t put the decision off any longer.

Her uncle was always so serious about these fencing lessons. Now was not the time to tell him of the dilemma she’d been grappling with. But she did need to discuss it with him and would have done so much sooner if he hadn’t seemed so preoccupied himself these last few months. It wasn’t like him. When she’d asked him if anything was wrong, he’d fobbed her off with a smile and had denied it. That wasn’t like him either.

She’d been able to hide her own preoccupation—until today. But then he’d taught her how to hide her emotions. He’d taught her so many odd things over the years. . . .

Her friends called her uncle eccentric. Imagine, his teaching her to use weapons! But she would always defend his right to be different. He wasn’t an Englishman, after all. Her friends shouldn’t try to compare him to one. She’d even lost a few because of the wide-ranging education Poppie insisted she receive, but she didn’t care. The snob who had moved in next door was a prime example of such narrow-mindedness. Alana had mentioned some of her recent studies and how fascinated she was with mathematics when she first met the girl.

“You sound like my older brother,” the girl had said disdainfully. “What do you and I need to know about the world? We just need to know how to run a household. Do you know how to do that?”

“No, but I can skewer an apple tossed in the air on the tip of my rapier before it hits the ground.”

They never did become friends. It was no loss. Alana had many others who marveled at her diverse education and just chocked it up to her being a foreigner like Poppie, even though she’d lived in England her whole life and considered herself an Englishwoman.

Poppie wasn’t her uncle’s real name but the name Alana had given him when she was a child because she liked pretending he was her father rather than her uncle. She was average in height herself, and he wasn’t much taller than she was. And although he was in his mid-forties, he didn’t have a line on his face yet to prove it, and his dark brown hair was just as dark as it had always been.

Mathew Farmer was his real name, so English-sounding, which was funny, because his foreign accent was so pronounced. He was one of many European aristocrats who had fled the Continent during and immediately after the Napoleonic wars, to start new lives in England. He’d brought her with him because he was the only family she had left.

Her parents had died when she was an infant. Tragically, in a war they weren’t even fighting in. They had tried to visit Alana’s maternal grandmother in Prussia because they’d received word that she was dying. They were shot on the way by overzealous French sympathizers who mistook them for enemies of Napoléon’s. Poppie guessed it was because they were obviously aristocrats, and the simpleminded peons considered all aristocrats to be enemies of France’s. He didn’t know the details, and it made him sad to speculate. But he did tell her so much about her parents when she was young that she felt as if she had real, firsthand memories of them.

As far back as she could remember, her father’s brother had always been her guardian, her teacher, her companion, her friend. He was everything she could want in a father, and she loved him as one. What had happened to her parents was horrible, but she had always been grateful that Poppie was the one who ended up raising her.

Because he was wealthy, her life with him was a mix of privilege and the unexpected. She’d had a long stream of tutors, so many she’d lost count. Each taught her something different and each stayed for only a few months. Lady Annette was the only one who had stayed with her longer. An impoverished young widow forced to seek employment, Lady Annette had been hired by Poppie to teach Alana all aspects of being a lady, then he’d continued to employ her as a chaperone, so Annette had been part of the household for nine years now.

Alana’s days became even busier when she turned ten and her martial training began. Poppie himself taught her how to use various weapons. The day he took her into the room that had been cleared of furniture and whose walls were now lined with rapiers, daggers, and firearms, she recalled something he’d told her when she was younger and probably thought she wouldn’t remember: “I used to kill people. I don’t anymore.”

She’d known he’d fought in the wars that Napoléon had instigated all over the Continent, the same wars he’d come to England to escape, but that had been an odd way to refer to it. That day he’d put the rapier in her hand, she’d asked him, “This is the weapon you killed with?”

“No, but I trained myself to use all weapons, and this one offers the most exercise and requires the greatest dexterity, quickness, agility, and cunning, so training in its use has more than one benefit. But for you in particular, it will teach you to avoid grappling, which a man will most definitely attempt with you, thinking he can subdue you with his superior strength. So it will teach you to keep your distance no matter the weapon at hand.”

“But I will probably never be required to use it to defend myself?”

“No, you won’t carry a rapier to defend yourself. You will master the pistol for that.”

Sword fighting was simply a form of exercise to keep her fit. She understood that. She came to look forward to those practice sessions with Poppie as the highlight of her days. Unlike some of her other tutors, he was always calm and patient with her.

Annette had risked losing her job when she’d confronted Poppie about the new turn Alana’s studies were taking. Alana had caught the tail end of that argument as she passed Poppie’s study one day. “Weapons? Good Lord, she’s already too bold and opinionated, and now you put weapons in her hands? You’ve given her a man’s education. How do you expect me to counter that at this late date?”

“I don’t expect you to counter it,” Poppie had calmly replied. “I expect you to teach her that she will have choices in how to deal with people. What you criticize as being too bold, manly even, will only be a benefit to her.”

“But it’s not ladylike, not in the least.”

Poppie had chuckled. “It’s enough that you teach her manners and all the other things a lady should know. Keep in mind, you aren’t creating a lady out of thin air. She’s already a lady of the highest caliber. And I’m not going to deny her a real education just because she’s a woman.”

“But she questions everything I’m trying to teach her, just as a man would.”

“I’m glad to hear it. I taught her to be thorough, even meticulous, in the analysis of any given situation. If anything strikes her as odd, she’s not to shrug it off, but to find out why. I have confidence you will persevere without disrupting what she’s already been taught.”

With that remark sounding like a warning, the discussion had ended right then and there.

Now, Alana stepped back from Poppie and moved to the wall to put her weapon away. It was time for her to tell him what was distracting her. She couldn’t put it off any longer.

“I have some unexpected decisions to make, Poppie. Can we discuss them tonight at dinner, or as soon as I get back from the orphanage?”

She knew he would be frowning now. He might not have forbade it, but he didn’t like her going to the orphanage even though it was his orphanage. When she’d found out last year about this institution he had established soon after they’d arrived in London and had been supporting ever since, she’d been incredulous. She didn’t know why he’d never mentioned it to her. Because her later education had leaned toward turning her into a lady? And ladies shouldn’t associate with urchins from the slums? But his explanation had been simple.

“I was given a new life here, a second chance. I felt unworthy of it. I needed to give something back, to try to give others the same chance I was given for a new life. It took me a few years to figure out that the people most in need of my help were the most hopeless, the homeless street urchins.”

A worthy cause. Could she do any less? It had seemed so natural for her to decide to teach there. Her education had included so many different subjects and skills that she was far more qualified than any of the other teachers. She loved doing it. Whether she should continue to teach at the orphanage was one of the decisions she had to confront because teaching wasn’t at all compatible with the other two paths she could choose.

“I’ve made a decision as well,” he said, standing behind her. “I never thought this day would be so momentous for you, but I cannot put off this matter any longer. Come to my office now.”

Good Lord, was she going to have even more choices set before her? She swung around abruptly and saw how uneasy he looked. He couldn’t see the apprehension in her gray-blue eyes through the fencing mask she hadn’t yet removed. Momentous? That sounded so much more important than her own dilemma.

He turned to the door, expecting her to follow him. “Wait, Poppie. The children have planned a birthday party for me. They’ll be disappointed if I don’t visit the orphanage today.”

He didn’t immediately answer. He had to think about it? When he cared for those children as much as she did?

He finally said, “Very well, but don’t be long.”

He left the room before he could see her hesitant nod. By rote she removed her mask, the padded jacket, and the tie that bound back her long black hair. Now she was filled with dread.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    No bang for the buck

    I did wonder if it was me or the author.
    I just found the leading characters to be a bit lackluster. The princess was trained to be skilled with weapons and not once was any skill shown. The hero had a attitude about females that seemed a bit insulting. The storyline was not fresh nor worth the cost of a hardback. Most budgets cannot afford this luxury unless it is one that will make one forget about budgets!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Very good - must read

    Johanna Lindsey did not let us down. This book was so good and so many turns - youn don't know what is going to happen next. Love the story and characters.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Loved!

    I absolutely loved this book, couldnt put it down. Only thing i kept waiting for her to use her weaponry skills because it was talked about so much but she never did. Hands down one of my favs from this author .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

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    HORIBLUE

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

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    Johanna Lindsey brilliantly shines again!!!

    I have read many romance books over the years. Lindsey's 'When passion Rules' was a fresh, fun and fast paced read. It has a light and entertaining story line. I highly recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    When Passion Rules

    Johanna Lindsey has been one of my favorite authors since I was sixteen years old. I have read almost all her books. When I finish reading her lastest novel I always say, "I think this is my favorite book" well this one has now become another one of my favorites. It is packed with twists and turns and just when you think that its going to be predictable, there is a change in events. The secret Princess is a lovely character and her knight in shining armor is amazingly mean to her throughout their time together. He never believes who she says she is but near the end the truth comes out and she is almost forced to marry someone she doesn't know nor love. In the end, all the right people unite and live happily ever after.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Lindsey Fan No More

    I've been a Lindsey fan from the beginning, but this book was not good. Lindsey fans expect a good story with well defined characters and steaming love scenes, half way through the book I was nashing my teeth together and lamenting earlier (much better written) books. I can't recommend this book and suggest that if you really have to read it borrow it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    A Must Read!

    Great storyline! Seems like a Luthanian Anastasia. A definite must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Good, but predictable.

    Even with the twists to make you think, I knew what would happen, and pretty much how it would play out, but it was still a lovely story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Loved it!

    I thought this book was very entertaing and fun to read. I've been a huge fan of Johanna Lindsey since the 1980's and have read every one of her books. I love them all! I can hardly wait for her next book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Horrible

    I am normally a huge fan but so dissapointed,story was boring little to no romance and if i had read this in paperback instead of my nook i would never have finished it!!!!
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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Enjoyed thoroughly

    Enjoyed thoroughly

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Highly recommend this book

    I bought this book on a whim not knowing if I would like it. I started reading it. it was one of those books I could not put down. It had me trying to guess what was going to happen next. I am defiantly going to have to purchase more books by her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Good Read

    Good Read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Not my fave

    I'm a huge Lindsey fan, and I own nearly all of her books. I find myself pulling them off the shelf over and over again. This one seemed like maybe she rushed it, or tried to edit her story down to a set number of pages... Maybe she is even planning to revisit it later as part of a series? What ever the problem is, it's just not quite what I've come to expect from her books. It was still a good story though.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    Fun

    Quick fun read about an abducted princess trying to prove her identity and the incredulous palace guard who falls in love with her. It's a sweet romance with plenty of action and intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    recommend it - I always recommend anything Johanna Lindsey writes

    Couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Typically Lindsey!!

    A good, quick read that takes you away from your problems. The main characters are well developed as is usual for Lindsey. The plot line has some twists and turns that are not necessarily predictable, which was refreshing for a historical romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Couldn't put the book down!

    I love the way Johanna Lindsay writes....from the first book I read to now I think she is getting better and better....Love her writing style.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    A sweet love story!!

    This was such a good book!! One of my favs!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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