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Monday, December 11, 2017

A Perilous Passion by Elizabeth Keysian - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

It's 1804 and Charlotte lives with her mother and aunt. She hasn't got a flawless reputation, but she tries to keep this hidden. Unfortunately her curious nature gets her in trouble. When she meets Rafe she unintentionally becomes involved in a case against smugglers. Rafe is working under a false name. He's an earl trying to restore his reputation by proving himself as a cunning and competent spy. Rafe doesn't know his surroundings that well and Charlotte can be of use, but she has a past, can Rafe actually trust her?

Rafe is on a dangerous mission. Charlotte knows he'll leave when he's done, so she shouldn't fall in love with him. However, this proves to be harder than she thought. The earl is a handsome man with many skills. He's convincing and capable, something she can't resist. Can she trust this man with her heart or will he break it? Are Charlotte and Rafe a good or a bad match? What will happen to them when Rafe's investigation progresses, will they be able to keep themselves safe?

A Perilous Passion is a captivating romantic story. I was immediately intrigued by the subject, I love stories about smugglers and Elizabeth Keysian makes this world come to life incredibly well. Her main characters are beautiful and strong. They have their flaws though, which makes them fascinating to read about. Charlotte has a good heart, she genuinely wants to help. She's also daring and impulsive and this makes her land herself in many unexpected situations. Rafe is a rake, but he does have manners too. His personality is versatile, he's daring, reckless and charming, which is a winning combination for a main character who spies. I was intrigued by their connection, there are sparks, they click on an intellectual level and they share a sense of adventure. This made me fly through the pages.

Elizabeth Keysian's writing has an easy flow. Her descriptions are vivid and I enjoyed picturing the time she writes about. Her story is fast-paced and there's plenty of entertainment. I like lighthearted historical romance and loved this story from beginning to end. I had a great time reading about complex conspiracies, matters of the heart, seduction and honor. A Perilous Passion is a terrific dynamic story with a wonderful ending that put a big smile on my face.


If you love regency romance and like a good smuggler story A Perilous Passion would be an excellent choice.

About Elizabeth Keysian

Elizabeth first started writing fiction when she was eight, encouraged to do so by her Head Teacher father, who needed something to keep her quiet during school holidays. Her favorite topics were mermaids, ghosts, Norman knights and quests, and she illustrated and decorated her own books. She emerged from the world of her imagination to read History at the University of London, after which she spent many years working as an archaeologist and artifact illustrator. She then became a primary school teacher, after which she moved to museum education work, and display and collections management.

Elizabeth has been involved in Medieval, Tudor, and English Civil War re-enactment and has enjoyed sword-play and traditional archery, excelling in neither. She lived for seven years on a Knights Templar estate in Essex where she pursued her interest in historical textiles, cookery and medicine. She loves anything to do with the past, and still looks down holes in the ground to see if there’s anything archaeological in them. There generally isn’t.

She has written fifteen historical romances since moving to the West of England in 1997, the landscape and history of which have inspired the “Wayward in Wessex” series. Book #1 in the series, “Distracting the Duke”, has recently been published by Entangled Publishing.




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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of Distracting the Duke OR Unmasking the Earl by Elizabeth Keysian (winner’s choice).

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  1. A Perilous Passion sounds like a captivating Regency romance.

  2. This is a new author for me so thank you for your honest review!

  3. I love a good bodice-ripper - these books look just right to curl up with!

  4. I love reading books set in "days gone by".

  5. Looks like an interesting read & not a book that I would instantly choose