Thursday, August 7, 2014

Passion and Propriety by Elise de Sallier

Hearts of Honour- Book One


Elise de Sallier

Release Date: 7th August 2014

Genre: Regency Romance/ Historical 

ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-261-7

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

A hidden beauty . . . a wounded beast. Can the curse threatening their happiness be broken?

There is absolutely nothing improper about Hannah Foster, the vicar of Hartley’s eldest and least pretty daughter, nursing the badly wounded Viscount Blackthorn back to health—that’s if the returned officer can be saved. At twenty-seven, she is two years the man’s senior, a confirmed spinster, and far too sensible to develop feelings for her patient. The fact he was once her childhood friend, has grown into a fine specimen of a man—his terrible scars notwithstanding—and seems as lost and lonely as she sometimes feels has no bearing on the matter.

Even if the unthinkable were to happen and William was to see past her plain exterior and recognise the caring, intelligent, passionate woman beneath, he is determined to break the curse that has plagued his family for generations by letting his bloodline die out. Her best friend Grace’s warnings are moot; a man of Lord Blackthorn’s wealth and position would never be interested in a woman like Hannah . . . would he?

* Passion and Propriety is a stand alone story, the first in the Hearts of Honour series.

Kathie's Review:

I loved this. That could be my entire review, right there. But I need to gush a bit more. This historical novel had everything that I want in that genre. A wounded hero. A woman with a backbone and caring heart. A bit of angst as I wonder if they will overcome the obstacles that stand in their way of true love.

Ah, yes...this was wonderful. Hannah is "on the shelf." She's been labelled a spinster by everyone in the village and her family. It doesn't sit well, but she's given up on finding a hearth and a loving man to share it with. When she finds the badly wounded William slumped at his father's graveside, she immediately rushes to help him. For his part, he's pretty sure she's an angel, well, except when she's forcing vile concoctions down his throat.

There was the correct balance between these characters as they walked that fine edge between Passion and Propriety. Their first kiss? Yeah, wowza. Hannah was pretty much blown away, as was I. Incredible, since they are both virgins. Yes, this has a virgin hero. William has a very good reason to be one, too, because there's a curse that follows his family.

The flow of the story was natural, not rushed, and I enjoyed every page. I'm very happy to hear that there will be more in Ms. de Sallier's Hearts of Honour series. I want the next one now! I really need to find out if Grace is getting her own HEA. I also want to see Hannah's sisters find their loves. Yes, I want stories for them all!

If you like historical romance, this is the book for you.

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read Passion and Propriety


A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise de Sallier began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don't just happen, they take work . . . which doesn't mean writing about them can't be a whole lot of fun!

While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer's muse made its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twenty thousand reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer's Coffee Shop later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.

Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.

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5 Star Reviews

"This is the third book I've read by this author and I couldn't help falling in love with deSallier's characters once again. I was completely taken into the story not just by Hannah and William, but by the secondary characters at the same time..." -Lindsey Gray Author on Author Book Review

"I really enjoyed this, and Elise de Sallier is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I love a good bodice-ripper, and this reminded me very much of the series I enjoy by Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare and others. It’s well-written with interesting, fleshed-out characters the reader can feel for..." -Andrea (Mrs Aubergine) Goodreads Review

Also by Elise de Sallier:

A Forbidden Love: book one and two on SALE!
$0.99 Sale ends on the 6th of August and then the price will permanently drop to $2.99


Praise for Innocence and Protection:

"I flew through BOTH books in The Forbidden Love series because they are that good!!" Kristen - Shelf Life

"The romance, intrigue, scoundrels, and miscommunications kept me enthralled from the first page to the last.... I applaud Elise de Sallier for once again giving us a novel to fall in love with." Lindsey Gray, Author on Author

"Ms. de Sallier writes a great plot and gifts us with love scenes that we can swoon over. 
I truly enjoy a plot with steamy scenes that fit the story well. This book is a shining example of that!" Kathie, First Page to the Last

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Kathie, for your wonderful review and all your support!