Passionately Yours by Cara Elliott
Rating: 3 Stars
Description: Caro Sloane is a little restless after her 2 older sisters have married. She finds herself in the resort town of Bath taking the waters and trying to write poetry. She doesn't expect to be almost abducted while walking with a friend and she definitely doesn't expect to be rescued by the handsome but surly Alec McClellan. Caro and Alec had melt, fought and let some sparks fly in a house party in Scotland not to long ago. Now that they've been reunited the fighting and the sparks are back. They're also back in danger as something sinister seems to be lurking in the shadows.
Why I Picked This Book: I had read the first 2 (Scandalously Yours and Sinfully Yours) and had enjoyed them to some degree. I thought the series had a lot of potential. Plus you see enough about Caro and Alec in the 2nd book that I really wanted to find out their story.
Pros: I love the supporting characters in this book. Isobel and Lord Andover are just thoroughly nice people. I'd seen quite a bit of Andover in the last book and was glad to see him again. My biggest problem with the previous books in the series was the inconsistency of the books. Both books had mediocre first halves and really good second halves. Passionately Yours was much more even. I found it an enjoyable book all the way through. I also liked that Caro just liked to write poetry and wasn't a big established writer. I had a hard time buying that her older sisters were so published even though it was anonymous. I liked finding out more about Alec other than just the pro-Scottish/anti-English political stance. He and Caro have a believable if somewhat rocky relationship and it's kind of fun to watch Alec start to soften.
Cons: While I enjoyed this book I'm not sure how this would read as a stand alone. So much of how Caro and Alec meet is covered in book 2 that it felt like the foundation for the relationship really occurred in that book. Also, the motives of the villains were a little vague.
Overall: I enjoyed this book and found it the best and most consistent of the trilogy. I found the characters likable and enjoyed the adventure. While this wouldn't necessarily be a reread for me it was a fun romance and I will be looking for more Cara Elliot books in the future.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely. I feel like Elliott improved with each book in the trilogy and I'm looking forward to seeing what she writes next.
Would I Recommend this Book?: While this isn't a must read it is a fun historical.