Review: A Passion For Pleasure by Nina Rowen

A Passion For Pleasure by Nina Rowen
Series: A Daring Hearts (# 2)
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Forever Romance)
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by the publisher for review


A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.


As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly meets Sebastian again. Perhaps the man who once dominated her dreams could be the husband she has hoped for–and save her from the fate she most fears…


Risking scandal, ruin, and their own reputations, Sebastian and Clara enter into a marriage of convenience. But the pair soon discovers that their undeniable attraction is anything but convenient. Swept up in a crescendo of desire, Sebastian and Clara take each other to new heights of ecstasy–until secrets from the past threaten to doom the duet forever. Now Sebastian will have to change his tune-and prove his love is true.


Review: Nina Rowen, where have you been all my life? And why haven’t I read any of our books before?

It took me around two chapters to get into this book and follow the writing style, which isn’t a bad thing, I knew it would be good, there were just so many details to start out with that I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an easy read or one of those reads that made me go crosseyed half-way through.

Sebastian Hall is the epitome of male beauty and talent. After years of playing all over the continent, he now uses his spare time to bed women, lots and lots of women. He’s a rake and totally unapologetic about it. His father however has different designs for Sebastian, he wants him to marry. But Sebastian, feeling like half a man because of the secret injury he refuses to tell anyone about, doesn’t feel worthy of any woman, let alone the ghost of one from his past.

Clara has always been in love with Sebastian. He was her piano teacher as a girl and now that she’s a grown woman, she can’t help but set her sights on him. Clara is insistent that the only way for her to get out from underneath her evil fathers grasp as well as get her son–is to marry and take the protection only a husband can offer. Besides, Sebastian is a powerful man from a very wealthy family, if he can’t help her, all hope is lost.

I always struggle with stories where a child and one or both of their parents are estranged. It’s nothing against this author’s writing–it’s just personal preference, it seriously breaks my heart, so once the “plot” thickened in this story, I really had a hard time witnessing Clara’s pain and Andrew being pulled away from her over and over again. Her character was brilliantly written, although at times, it was hard for me to watch her at times ignore Sebastian’s part in everything–or be willing to abandon him to be with Andrew even after he offered to rescue them both. So maybe it was the fact that he bled for her and promised her the world and she still didn’t believe him. Regardless, the story was tight and really sucked you in.

Sebastian is the perfect man. No, really. He’s amazing. He’s talented, rich, arrogant but not too arrogant, oh yeah and he basically get’s Andrew to start talking again after the child refuses to speak anymore. Regardless of what Clara said to him or did to him (aka breaking his poor heart) he still rescued her, and still loved Andrew, a kid who he barely knew, with his whole heart. The love story between them as a family unit was beautiful.

The twists and turns the book takes are expected but necessary, especially the involvement with Sebastian’s dad, that reconciliation was a good one. 😉

All in all it was a fantastic read, I would give it 4 lovely roses. I’m not sure I would read it again because as I said before I have issues when kids are involved. BUT, I think any lover of historical romance would LOVE this book and obsess over it. Well done Miss Rowen, I hope to read more of your books in the future!