What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?

If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Trove Of The Passion Room by Marica McClure

The Trove Of The Passion Room
Marcia McClure
Contemporary Romance

“The Trove of the Passion Room is not simply a story. Nor is it only a fable, a legend or mere nonsensical superstition. It exists. There is a trove hidden in The Passion Room…a trove that has never before in its fullness been found—for it is hidden by the spell of passion that lingers within the room itself. The passion inspired of the room cannot be denied. It cannot be controlled or resisted. And as the influence of The Passion Room cannot be evaded, neither can the trove be revealed without absolute and consummate surrender to...” She paused as her eyes widened. “What?” she breathed. “No way!”

Can I just say this.... Marcia has always dazzled me with how swoony and delicious her men are and the kisses that make my knees melt. I went into this book expecting the same and was left with the following statement: "HOT DAMN!" I really feel that she has FAR outdone herself with this book. She's gone from swoony to SEXY swoony and it wasn't just my knees that were melting. Not only was Sharlamagne endearing but Maxim was compeltely edible and OOZED sexuality. I really feel she turned the sex appeal up HIGH in this book, going WAY beyond anyhing she's written which makes me chuckle because lovely Shar had THE hardest time saying the blushworthy "s" word.

I absolutely ADORED the pairing of these two characters. They were AH-MAZING and such a perfect fit. The sexual tension and chemistry between them built so well and when it exploded between them, it threatened to set my Kindle on fire. I was in a constant state of swooning and fanning myself, smiling like a giddy school girl with a crush, all the while getting that rush of excitement I crave when reading romance. Did I mention that Marcia ROCKED the romance in this story? I seriously feel like a junkie now, shaking for my next fix and having no clue when it's coming. It's hard to type this while I'm still clutching my chest, sighing dramatically.

When I first saw the cover, I immediately thought "YAY, Marcia's released another historical!" I started thinking about how much I loved Shackles of Honor and The Highwayman of Tanglewood so I was giddy to start. I'll admit, I was a little disappointed when I saw it was a contemporary. But I've learned to never doubt this trusted author to deliver so I pushed on and LOVED the story that developed.

Sharlamagne is the daughter of an antiques dealer and as a result, loves all things historical, delighting in finding treasures and cherishing the past. The story opens with her at a antiques show and meeting with her beloved friend, who has a surprise guest with her. Blown away with how handsome he is, Maxim impresses both Shar and her sister, Gwen and they promptly put him on the list of guys they want. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes, bringing Shar and Maxim together years later and this is where it becomes magical. What seemed to be a friendship of convenience becomes one of need and heartfelt longing, and the attraction between them builds to a fevered pitch *insert swoon*

Sorting through antique treasures, there's a room in the home Maxim inherits called the Passion Room that holds a very serious warning: Beware all who enter and spend time because whether it's attraction, lust or a soul abiding love, people are pulled together where their passions ignite. Joking around about it, Maxin and Shar enter and HOLY FREAKN' COW! I would GLADLY have exchanged spots. From that moment on, things become intense and I enjoyed being lead to the very end where I was completely satisfied and happy.

There are so many wonderful moments in this story. Ones where I quickly highlighted on my Kindle for future use and some where I had to immediately share them with my BFF. I ADORED the scene where Maxim takes Shar to the dance where they experienced their first kiss. It was hard to read because I kept wanting to close my eyes and savor it, tracing my own lips as I imagined it. Yep, I might have looked like a fool to those around me but my gosh it was SO GOOD!I loved the little touches Marcia added to the story, the quirks and traits that she gave the characters that made them instantly likable. You wanted Maxim and Shar to get together, begged for it, willed it and  whooped out loud when things went well. It really was an interactive read for me LOL I'm a sucker for the banter that happens between love interests and I was in HEAVEN with this story. The texting was funny and swoony all at once, and it was probably one of my favorite scenes in the entire book.

I honestly can't gush enough. There were a few things I had a hard time with (editing stuff) but once I was swept up in the romance of the story, it was all I could focus on and I didn't care. I couldn't put the book down until it was over. It met every one of my romance loving needs and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. Happy reading everyone!


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