Warning: Adult Erotic Romance, proceed with caution. *winks*
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Series: Georgian #3
”He wears a mask…and he is following her. Staring at her like no other man since Colin. But Colin is dead and Amelia believes she will never again shiver with pleasure, never again sigh his name.
Until her masked pursuer lures her into a moonlit garden and a single, reckless kiss. Now she is obsessed with discovering his identity. Perfectly attuned to his every desire, his every thought, she will not stop until she knows his every secret.”Goodreads Synopsis
We begin 6 years after the last book, A Passion for the Game, ended. Colin in France living a new life, but still pining for Amelia. Amelia is in London with her sister Maria and her now brother in law Christopher St John. She still grieves for her childhood love, but is determined to move on with her longtime friend and companion Ware. But when Collin returns to London under dire circumstances, be sure shit is about to hit the fan.
I have a big issue with the book. There are big chunks that I’ve already read in Passion for the Game. They show up in the form of dreams Amelia has, and they are totally annoying! Instead of rewriting them into something more dreamlike or an experience from a new perspective, they are just copied straight out of the other book and given cursive text. WHY!! I get that the books are supposed to be readable as a standalone, but be a bit creative please!
The story occurs in London during the Georgian era of English history, and the whole series is named after it. Society relied heavily on the rules of etiquette during this era to avoid causing as many scandals as possible. Because your social status is pretty much everything during this era. But as in the second book, where the characters can be considered outcasts from society, we now follow people that are a part of it but are not that fussed about following the rules.
There was one thing that bothered me a LOT in this book. And that is the use of the word ”Gypsy”. (It’s Romani, thank you very much.) Maybe it’s the fact that I went to school with a girl from the Romani culture and that they really do not want to be referred to with this word here, but I cringed hard every time the character Colin was referred to, or referred to himself as a ”Gypsy” and had a lot of his characteristics and preferences contributed to his ”Gypsy blood”. I personally can’t overlook this, I found the writing of the matter appalling.
I don’t understand these people.. Not a sane person anywhere! Pretend that you’re dead and create a new life to get the girl you love? Insane. Trow away the life you planned for a passionate night with a stranger and then cry over it? Dumb. The whole book is filled with stuff like this. Or people are drawing their own DRAMATIC conclusions from three words and no questions asked. Crying, shouting, a stupid love-triangle and duel.. All because one idiot simply could not say; ”Hi Honey! I’m alive, and I love you.” And the repetitive topic of what a hotblooded ROMANI man needs because of his wild ”nature” cooled my blood to ice.
Copying so much content straight from the previous book and using a unique and rich cultural heritage to make this smut book. It’s an insult to a reader and most of all the Romani people. I’m angry and so disappointed. This book is just a big HELL NO!