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The Passion [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 0739413686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739413685
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Nicole Jordan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous historical romances. She lives with her real-life hero (her husband) in the Rocky Mountains of Utah, where she is at work on her next enthralling tale about the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice light story 10 Jan 2001
By A Customer
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a lovely read of a budding romance with Nicholas and Aurora. Although it did not ring true that the relationship between the two could develop so quickly into love. I feel that the build up was not so effective as in her previous story. Some parts were slow and I found myself more interested in the secondary characters. I am a lifelong fan and looked forward to this read so can honestly say it was not one of her better books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 21 Aug 2007
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When her bookish and noble fiance and lifelong friend, Geoffrey, Earl of March, is lost at sea, Lady Aurora Demming, daughter of the powerful duke of Eversley, believes she has lost her only chance to be free of her abusive father and her fear intensified by his having arranged a marriage for her with a controlling man twice her age. An opportunity for freedom arises when Nicholas Sabine, an American about to be hanged for murder and piracy, asks her to marry him for just one day and one tempestuous night. His money will give her independence, while her title will enable her to guarantee that Nicholas's raven-haired half-sister, a love child born out of wedlock will be accepted by British high society. Aurora's new life as a London widow and the guardian of her new ward is shattered when Nicholas appears at a masquerade ball, explaining how he escaped death and desiring to claim her publicly as his wife. Although she is desperately attracted to him, Aurora fears marriage to a man so passionate about danger, life and love will trap her as completely as did life with her father. Just as Nicholas seems to be persuading her of their mutual love and rightness for each other, the long-lost fiance turns up, obviously not drowned at all...

Jordan aptly maintains the tension between Aurora and Nicholas, while moving the plot smartly along with lively dialogue and interesting secondary characters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced, somehow predictable... 6 Feb 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked the beginning set on a tropic island but after it's original start this book shows nothing more.
Aurora has no obvious reason justifying her personal incertitudes and I found it difficult to approach both characters' inner motives.
Nice to meet Dare (Prince of Pleasure) though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Passionate! 30 Oct 2000
By Beth Little - Published on
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"The Passion" by Nicole Jordan
This story takes you on a passionate ride! The scenes Nicole Jordan presents are breathtaking, poetic, beautiful, erotic, intoxicating, bold, and passionate! The reader learns about Aurora and Nicholas as they learn about and discover each other as well as about themselves. Their fire is ignited from the very beginning of the book as Aurora and Nicholas gaze into one another's eyes, then fire becomes a roaring blaze when they kiss. When they realize passion and love are one in the same the fire is fueled uncontrollably! Both characters are strong individuals that have and can endure what life expects of and deals them. They learn about true courage, commitment, desire, passion, and love. Aurora has always been what society expects of a "proper" woman, but yearned to be passionately free. Nicholas is a man who chose to be free from society's expectations and lives life to the fullest. They are separated for a short period of time after their wedding night, and each discovers something different. After reading an erotic journal that Nicholas entrusts to her, Aurora believes she has learned all she needs to know about desire, passion and love but feels she should never open the heart to love because it will only be broken. And vows she will never allow that to happen to her. Nicholas discovers differently. During their time apart he realizes that his feelings for Aurora are stronger than any he has ever felt for a woman. He thinks at first those feelings are simply desire and lust. However, after spending time and getting to know her he realizes he wants Aurora's heart and now must convince her. The book is heart wrenching, suspenseful, surprising, & tearful from it's beginning to it's VERY passionate ending! This is book two in "The Notorious" series by Nicole Jordan. I highly recommend this book as well as book one in the series, "The Seduction"! Nicole Jordan is an amazingly talented author and you will not be disappointed.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Jordan nevers lets you down! 27 Oct 2000
By Heather - Published on
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I LOVED this book. From the beautiful Prologue, until the very end, you are given a story with wonderful main characters, great secondary characters (Nicole makes secondary characters as fun and interesting to read about as the main one's), a wonderful story, and some really sensual love scenes. Nicole's writing at times, seems poetic, and the lush love scenes are so beautiful, they leave you breathless. The Passion starts off exciting and is a thrill from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down.
Lady Aurora Demming meets Nicholas Sabine as he is about to go to the gallows. They make a pact, and share a glorious night of passion before he is to be hung. Aurora marries Nicholas to avoid marrying the man her father betrothed her to, and Nicholas marries Aurora so that she can become the guardian of his sister. You'll enjoy the story of Aurora and Nicholas, and their sensual journey to love. I did.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More like 2 1/2 stars. I had mixed feelings about this book 15 Feb 2006
By Gemma - Published on
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Where to start? This was the first book I'd read by this author. It started off quite well, with an interesting, if somewhat far-fetched premise. However, if one can suspend disbelief (and I usually can), this book captured the reader's first.

I blasted throught the first 100 pages. The book was shaping up well. The characters were likeable, and I cried a little when Nicholas "died", even though I knew he wasn't really dead. The plot was moving swiftly, and the focus appeared to be firmly on the relationship between hero and heroine. That's just as is should be. So far, so good.

But then the book started to fall apart. Aurora really began to get on my nerves. She was lamenting about how much she missed Nick and what might have been. Then Nick returns from the dead, and suddenly she doesn't want him anymore. Then she doesn't want a true marriage with him (kind of late for that, chickipoo!) unless it's based on love. So then he falls in love with her, and admits it to her, and again, she changes her mind and decides that she doesn't want him anymore. Then she realizes she's in love with him too, but casts him aside for someone else based on some pretty lame excuses about honor and duty. Then she wants him again. Arrgh! As my English mother would say, "changeable as the bloody wind!" I wanted to smack her and tell her to make up her stupid mind already--choose the man you love, the one who's name you already share! I'd started out liking her, but this pretty much killed any warm feelings I had about her.

And then there was the overabundance of sex in this book. I'm no prude, but it got to be ridiculous. There had to be at least a dozen sex scenes in this book, and most lasted for almost 10 pages. I was starting to roll my eyes and mutter, "Oh, for Pete's sake, are they doing it AGAIN?" It seemed like they were either fighting or screwing (mostly screwing) for the last 2/3 of the book. I was like, get on with the story. Where's the love, the romance in my romance novel? If I wanted erotic fiction (I don't), then that's what I'd buy. I started skimming whole sections of this book, and skipping scenes entirely because I was getting bored.

I was barely able to make myself finish this. If I can borrow another book by this author from the library, I might consider trying it. Otherwise, I'll save my money. Unless you're a die-hard fan of this author, I'd suggest you save your money and skip this book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book 4 Nov 2000
By Ginger L. Savage - Published on
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At a friends reccomendation I purchased the last Nicole Jordan "Seduction." I liked it enough to purchase "The Passion." Wow, what a difference one books make. This is a powerful book, both in the "steam" factor and in the story and plot factor. I have never read an erotic romance that had a better story based upon love and respect. The two character Aurora and Nicholas, draw you into their pain and confusion over this new passion. This book in fact brings to mind "The Duke and I" by Julia Quinn. This is much more steamy, but the story is as fresh as "Duke." Get a big cup of coffee on a cold winter night and enjoy this wonderful story! Good Reading!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thank God It's over! 27 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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I have never despised a female character so much! This is my second book from Nicole Jordan and it'll most likely be my last. I had to force myself to finish this one (hoping it would get better). The introduction of Aurora's character was so far afield from what she regressed into throughout the novel. Initially she struck you as an interesting if not courageous personality... then she became self-righteous and over-dramatic, going around and round for CHAPTERS with the same insecurities and arguments about the type of person she thought Nicholas was. Literally CHAPTERS are spent in Aurora's emotional angst over how adventurous, "violent" or at the very least interesting Nicholas' character was to the detriment of Aurora's "independence" (i.e. living by herself fearing what everyone thinks-striving for a boring and shallow life). In fact shallow is a great adjective to explain the overall plot. The explanation of her physical and emotional abuse by her father was so weak that it didn't really substantiate the melodrama that ensued as a result of it. And once her father was introduced, the entire situation was not as dynamic as one would have expected. I can't believe that such a strong male character evolved while the female character regressed into such an irritating drama-queen. All in all, quite a disappointment.
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