Uncommon Passion

Uncommon Passion

by Anne Calhoun


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After leaving a restrictive religious community, Rachel Hill is on a mission to divest herself of her virginity. Newly independent and struggling to establish herself, she’s not looking for anything complicated. She bids on sexy SWAT officer Ben Harris at a bachelor auction, confident he’ll give her the night of her life and nothing more.

But Ben is jaded and detached, living his life in an endless cycle of danger-fueled adrenaline jags, drinking, and sex. When he misses the fact that his bachelor auction hookup is a virgin, he’s shocked by his obliviousness, and by the risk she took. To make amends, Ben offers Rachel all he can: a no-strings-attached sexual education.

Ben’s lessons introduce Rachel to down and dirty passion, but she’s searching for something more profound than sex, and she’s willing to walk away to find it. Ben can’t get Rachel out of his head, but will he come to terms with his troubled past and learn to love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425262900
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 686,952
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne Calhoun landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings. Her first novel won the EPIC Award for Contemporary Erotic Romance.

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Praise for Anne Calhoun and Uncommon Pleasure

“Anne Calhoun’s writing offers emotional intensity, wickedly hot sex scenes, and characters that pull at your heartstrings.”—Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine

“Scintillating sexual chemistry, wonderfully drawn characters—a total winner.”—Lauren Dane, New York Times bestselling author

“Beautifully written and emotionally charged, Anne Calhoun’s romances define the erotic.”—Alison Kent

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Uncommon Passion 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## WORST. HERO. EVER. The word "hero" doesn't even apply here. I understand that many novels begin with the obligatory cocky jerk. However, it's a fine line to cross for an author when to turn his character around into something redeemable. Well, suffice it to say, Ms. Calhoun missed the mark on this one. BIG TIME. By the time he turned human (220 pages later), there was no way to see this man as anything but a douche. SPOILER ALERT: This guy was such an ass*ole, he didn't even notice he'd just scr*wed a virgin, only worries about his own orgasm, rolls off her and goes to sleep. Then, the second time in a backseat, when he's "done" he says one word to her: "Off" (she was on top). And it goes on and on. He dismisses her immediately after the deed is done, every time. He downright mean and treats her like crap and the stupid woman just takes it. It was pathetic. This is one book where I would've loved to see her end up with someone else. Turning his character around in the last few pages just made me mad, completely fake. Shame on the author for asking $10 for this big fat waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I couldnt put it down from beginning to end. This is the kind of story where there is not only sex, but romance as well. 5 /5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book. I am not sure why I absolutely adored this book. From the beginning Ben Harris is not a very nice guy but there is still something about him that tugs the heartstrings. And Rachel Hill is a heroine I really liked. She was really strong and patient with Ben until he turned it around (with his brother's help). And the rocking bedroom scenes weren't bad either! I read a lot of contemporary romance/erotica books and this one will stay with me as a good pick for a long time. It was different and worth the time!
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I enjoyed reading this book tremendously! So refreshing to read a romance where the two lead characters aren't snarky with each other. Two very damaged people, but they both heal and grow as the story unfolds. They bring out the best in each other and yes, have their HEA, but really have to work for it. This one is going on my "read again and again" shelf.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun, Rachel has left all she has known, including her father, when she left a religious compound that kept it's people quite isolated from the modern world. Rachel loves her father, but had a yearning for more than the life she would have in the compound. She asked too many questions, had a desire to know so much ... this is not a trait the compound wants it's women to have. Rachel wants to experience life outside of the compound, she wants to be independent and do what she wants to do. Rachel has found a job working on a farm. Her goal is to become a vet technician, something she is working hard towards, pushing past her fears of rejection and not being good enough. Rachel has other goals too...she has a list of things she wants to do that she's never had the chance to. One of the biggest ones, one she is ready for, is to lose her virginity. When she buys a date with very sexy police officer Ben at a bachelor auction, hoping it will lead where she wants it to. Rachel is not looking for a relationship, but she is looking to experience all she can...and a night with Ben is a big part of that. Ben is ok with that, he's used to having women want him - even just for a night. The sexual intimacy Rachel experiences with Ben amazes her! Rachel does not tell Ben she's a virgin...and he's had a bit too much to drink to realize it until the next morning. Ben showing up at the farm the next morning is not at all what Rachel expects, but he wants another chance, a chance to show her how much better it can be. Ben has a lot going on in his life and his psyche. He doesn't allow himself to be close to anyone, and he certainly doesn't spend more than a few nights with a woman. But he is intrigued with Rachel and soon they are having regular Sunday meetings and are going places together. Rachel is eager to experience it all with Ben. Ben convinces himself he's teaching Rachel about sex and casual relationships, but it just might be Rachel teaching Ben about feeling and caring. Ben is not used to feeling. He works and loves the adrenaline rush he gets there, but he has shut himself off emotionally from almost everyone else for so long, that's what he's used to and that's what he thinks he wants. When Rachel starts to crack through his shields, Ben decides it's time to cut things off with her. The problem is they've both started caring more than either of them, especially Ben wants to admit. Rachel has so much she wants to share with Ben, and she sees beneath his tough exterior when few do...she might end up with a broken heart after all. Rachel is so open and honest, but will Ben be able to work through his issues? Or will Rachel move forward in her new life without him? Wow, I loved Uncommon Passion! Anne gives us such a great story, and we learn so much about the characters. It was really interesting having the peak into what life was like for Rachel in the compound. Anne really showed us how courageous Rachel was to leave and start all over on her own in the unknown. Anne was a fantastic heroine, one we can really admire. She is strong, brave, and despite her fears of rejection comes across as confident. For a virgin she was absolutely in touch with her sexual side and very comfortable with it when she finally found it! Rachel is very open and honest. Ben comes across at times as cold and uncaring, but by giving us insight into his thoughts, Anne shows us who Ben really is and what lies underneath the surface. He's protective, caring, strong...and despite his insistence on not getting involved with anyone, he finds it impossible not to get involved with Rachel. Uncommon Passion was a really well rounded romance by Anne Calhoun. Yes, it is very explicit, but Anne writes all of it so well. It is a major part of the story and flows well with all the other happenings. Rachel has a lot of emotions about the compound and the people she left there, and I liked that Anne integrated these into the story and took the time to explore them, because this is a huge part of who Rachel is. Ben has a lot going on in his head...I liked seeing inside it and trying to figure him out! You will really feel for and with both Rachel and Ben in Uncommon Passion, Anne brings them to life! I was thoroughly entrance by Uncommon Passion and highly recommend it to any romance reader looking for a strong story, strong characters, and hot sex scenes!
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog I’ve been a fan of Anne Calhoun for a few years now. I knew before that she possessed a special talent writing erotic romances, but I feel that it is more true with UNCOMMON PASSION. Readers who have read Uncommon Pleasure may be familiar with Ben Harris. He is a SWAT officer who volunteers to take his friends place at an auction. Little does he know that the woman who he ends up selling himself to is Rachel Hill, a woman from a religious community and also happens to be a virgin. Their first sexual encounter is awkward to say the least. It doesn’t occur to Ben that she is a virgin but Rachel isn’t phased by rough way Ben took her virginity. In fact, Rachel doesn’t quite fit the mold of what you think a harbored woman should be. She is actually quite fierce if you think about it. She wants to experience all that she has missed and that’s one of the things I love about Calhoun’s heroines. They are always willing to explore the desires of sex and be unapologetic about it. Ben wishes he can have a do over to try and make up for his lack of finesse the first time. He doesn’t expect to involve his heart though. This is when, I believe, the magic of Calhoun’s words come through. One of the things that I think that make Calhoun’s stories so good is the fact that she is able to evoke so much emotion from a single sex scene. Add in others and you’ve got a story that is filled to the brim with pleasure and passion. I wasn’t an immediate fan of Ben. Towards the end, I still don’t think he totally won me over and that’s the main reason why I can’t give the book anything above 4 stars. But this book is still a damn good read. Emotions turn this story from sexy to sizzling! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The male lead is harsh & gritty. If you're expecting roses and pg13 sex this book is not for you. If you want a realistic situation where a guy royally messes up and genuinely tries to fix things then here ya go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good story. It was sexy, but heartwarming, too. I loved seeing Ben learn how to love again.