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Storm’s Passion by Christine Young
Life strikes Storm Graham a shattering blow when she learns her father has bartered her to a man she detests. Storm is beautiful, self–assured and fiercely independent, and refuses to be a pawn in her father’s schemes, yet she can find no way out of this bargain made in hell. Going on the offensive she asks the wealthiest man on the eastern coast of England to marry her, never believing she might fall in love.
HE TRIED TO REFUSE...
For Hadden Johnston life has provided everything he ever wanted, including a sanctuary for homeless children. He is wealthy, handsome and happily unencumbered...until stunning Storm Graham marches into his life and proposes a marriage of convenience. Yet this type of marriage to a woman who inflames his senses is far from acceptable. If he’s going to be tied down, he will move heaven and earth to have this woman warming his bed.
"No! I'd rather jump off hell's cliff north of here." Storm's hands were fisted at her side, her insides churning. What could her father be thinking? But it was her father, and she knew he thought only of himself.
"What?" Bradford appeared stunned at her revelation, his eyes narrowing. His cheeks turned red, and a small drop of saliva slipped down one corner of his chin.
"You heard me father." She turned from the old man who thought to call himself a man, unable to look at him, yet resigned to see this through to the bitter end if that's what it took. She would find a way to thwart his plans.
"You can't refuse. I have a signed contract." His slack jowls quivered, his cheeks flaming with the rage he wasn't holding in check. He shook his fist in the air as if to make his point clearer.
"This is not the Dark Ages. What kind of contract." Back stiff, she faced the man who'd sired her. He was mean- spirited and meant nothing to her. No familial feelings had ever existed between them.
"A written agreement, signed and notarized, promising you will marry Charles Robertson. In this matter, you'll do as I tell you." He moved forward in his chair as if this would accentuate what he said.
By all accounts, Storm Graham is brazen, strong-willed, and beautiful. She despises her father and loves her horses. So when Storm discovers that her father has signed a contract that forces her (and her horses) into the hands of one of the region's wealthiest and most despicable bachelors, she does not take it lying down.
After evaluating her options, she determines that her best bet is to convince the region's wealthiest bachelor to marry her. She believes that Hadden Johnston's money and power can protect her from the evil clutches of Charles Robertson (and his father). In return, she can offer her interest in the family's horse and brewery businesses. The problem? Hadden and Storm are merely business acquaintances and neither is really interested in getting married.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Storm has nothing to lose by proposing marriage. Well, maybe a little pride. And Hadden knows all too well the ugliness that lurks in Charles' mind. How could he not try to intervene on her behalf? Combine that with the sparks of attraction between Hadden and Storm, and you'll end up with a marriage of convenience that had me wanting my own Hadden.
"This is an outrageous game you're playing Miss Graham. But I do understand how loathsome marrying Charles would be. I wouldn't wish it on my best friend and for some reason I've a need to protect you." - Hadden Johnston
Rich, powerful, and cruel, Charles is also not one to take things lying down...
Storm's Passion is a fast-paced, easy-to-read novel. I read it over a weekend. Luckily for us readers, the marriage turns out to be more than Hadden and Storm bargained for. They have a chemistry that is fun to read and watch grow. Storm isn't the stereotypical damsel in distress. She is a heroine that you really get behind and pull for as the story plays out.
I think that Storm's Passion is a great choice for people who enjoy historical romance stories. I must admit, I was a little thrown off by the book cover at first. It didn't really scream historical romance to me. But don't let all that hunkiness fool you. The book is set in England in 1818.
I look forward to reading more of Christine Young's work.
NOTE: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Personal blog: http://christineyoungauthor.com/
Rogues Angels: http://roguesangels.blogspot.com/
Addicted to Writing: http://christineyoung-romancewriter.blogspot.com/?zx=2544da86de7d5327
Buy at: Rogue Phoenix Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble