When Passion Rules

When Passion Rules

by Johanna Lindsey

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ISBN-13: 9781451633269
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 235,575
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 4.08(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Johanna Lindsey is world-renowned for her “mastery of historical romance” (Entertainment Weekly), with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. She is the author of fifty-five previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire 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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    When Passion Rules 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 156 reviews.
    ArkansasBooklover More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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 .
    DianeOK More than 1 year ago
    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.
    LorraineTC More than 1 year ago
    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!
    CICE39 More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great storyline! Seems like a Luthanian Anastasia. A definite must read!
    catsnbunnys More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Conkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I liked this storyline better than many of the author's more recent works, but still found my interest waning at times.
    dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I'm a little surprised at all the negative things I heard about this book. While not up to par with her Mallory books I still enjoyed it a lot. I loved Poppie, the man who raises Alana, and I wish we could have seen more of his character and there was also an orphan, Henry, that I also wish we could have seen more of because he was the cutest thing. Alana gave me mixed feelings because she had this awesome, unconventional education from Poppie that included weapons training which I loved but I wish we could have seen her utilizing her skills more so throughout the book. In the beginning it seems like she was going to be one of those kick butt heroines but in she ends up having to wait to be saved by others so that was a little disappointing. The other thing I wished had been focused on more was the mystery behind why Alana's father was never able to have another heir. There are hints as to why not but it was never fully brought to light. I thought that could have brought more drama to the end than there was. The last part that bugged me was that the end seemed so rushed. Everything was going great and I was actually surprised at a few points and then all of a sudden the book rushes towards the happy conclusion. I knew it was coming but it would have been nice to have it drawn out a little.Other than that I thought it was a fun story with a few surprises thrown in. The supporting characters were my favorite part of the book. Like I mentioned above Poppie and Henry were wonderful and I also really liked what we saw of Christoph's mother and his main servant. I always enjoy these mysteries about the royal heirs who no one is ever really sure if they were murdered or managed to survive in hiding. It reminds me of the stories about Anastasia Romanov possibly having made it out of the massacre of her entire family. It's such a romantic idea that despite the odds they might have faced they managed to survive whatever catastrophe and one day reveal their true identity.All in all a fun read that while not a favorite from Lindsey it was not as bad as others made it out to be.
    mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    The Good Stuff Interesting plot with lots of twists and turns that kept me from putting the book down Secondary characters were interesting and would have liked more back-story on them -- especially Poppie A good book for a lazy day at the beach Intrigued enough to read other books by the author Chemistry was good between the characters except during the sex scenes which were extremely tame considering the title of the book Good escapist fun Like looking at the cover - the model has a nice bodThe Not so Good Stuff Wasn't as steamy as the title and description alludes too A little too much mushy dialogue for my personal tastes Had potential to be a better book, but it was like the author had lost her passion Alana could have been a fiery hell hound with her training but it was never shown, she just kept letting Christophe take care of things and save the day - expected better of herFavorite Quotes/Passages"Then would you mind telling me how you ended up with such atrocious manners?A women who grew up in England would have taught you better."He grinned at her. "But she did. When I am with the king, I exhibit the manners he expects in nobles. When I am with my men, I use manners they expect. When I'm with a women--""That's far enough.""If this was how they treated long-lost daughters, Alana could just imagine how they treated enemies. She was actually going to enjoy being a princess just long enough to put Christoph Becker in his place."Who should/shouldn't read For those who prefer a more tame romance (ie meaning lack of lengthy sex scenes) Lovers of historical fiction will find something to enjoy Fans of authors previous stories will enjoy3.25 Dewey'sI received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review
    BookLizard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This book never lives up to its potential. When Alana's "uncle" tells her she's really a princess (of a fictional country at the time of the Napoleonic wars), she returns to her homeland to claim her birthright only to be imprisoned by the captain of the royal guard who believes she is an impostor. The mystery surrounding Alana's true identity is good, but Lindsey relies on coincidence too much. The characters are never held accountable for their actions and the scene in which the romantic obstacle is overcome is laughable (picture characters slapping themselves on the head and saying, "Why didn't I see this before? This changes everything! I think I'll do a complete 180 now! Forget what I said 2 paragraphs ago!"). Definitely not Lindsey's best effort, not worth the hardcover price, but good enough when you just want a quick mindless read. I had a hard time putting it down and despite the unbelievable parts, I found it enjoyable.
    StacyLHanson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    By far not my favorite, but was enjoyable and I will wait for her next one with much anticipation.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    And then what happened??
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I've been reading her books since I was a teenager and have loved them all! Partial or not it was such a great read!!!
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    A page turner. Fun, exciting and full of twist.
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    For me this was an excellent adult-type fairy tale and very romantic. Fell in love with Christoph just as I did with the princes in CInderella and Snow White when I was a child. LORRAINE
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