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This is series Book #2, after #1 FORTUNE FAVORS THE WICKED, and stars heroine Georgette Frost, sister of Benedict Frost, H of the first book, and hero Lord Hugo Starling, third son of a duke, a physician, and Benedict's good friend. The 6 stolen trunks of gold coins newly minted by the Royal Mint and the Royal Reward for finding them is the motivation for impulsive and rather immature Georgette to set off dressed in men's clothing to join her brother Benedict in the search.
But before she has even begun her journey, she's intercepted by serious and staid Hugo, who has been keeping tabs on her for some time now to make sure his friend's younger sister is doing OK. Georgette manages to finagle Hugo into helping her. And off they go, Hugo at first planning to get Georgette into the care of Benedict, but somehow Georgette even manages to deviate him from that plan. And there they are on their very own adventure to find the coins.
Georgette wants money to be able to live independently. Hugo needs funding for a hospital he has been planning for some time. But both of them really need to do some soul searching. Does Georgette really need that money or is there something else missing in her life? And Hugo needs to figure out why he believes that the hospital is really what will make him feel fulfilled and complete.
Along the way, they will meet up with lots of quirky and interesting characters. There will be several humorous situations they find themselves in. Some of the banter and dialogue is clever; some not so much. The H and h and their romance didn't wow me all that much either. And, although Romain's writing is good, I still find this story to be too meandering and disjointed for my taste. However, I see that mine isn't the majority opinion, so YMMV.
I think Theresa Romain fans will enjoy this. Her books are not the standard titled hero and innocent heroine during her debut, but include characters with troubles and some grit in their worlds, and a well earned HEA. Passion Favors the Bold delivers on all of this.
This is a lovely Regency romance. Georgette, the heroine, is an independent, smart, and feisty heroine. Hugo, the hero, is a physician who is trying to get funding to set up a hospital to help people from all classes in London. When Georgette decides to find her brother and join him in his hunt for lost gold coins in hope of gaining the reward money for finding it, Hugo goes after her to make sure she is okay and eventually joins her for his own purposes. Both Georgette and Hugo were well-developed and likable characters. Georgette is the perfect combination of practical (the way she helps with whatever is needed) and whimsical. Hugo is an academic with a desire to make the world a better place. The author does a good job of creating a backstory that explains exactly how Georgette and Hugo came to be the way they are which is always nice.
As far as the romance and development of the relationship, that was also well done. I love how Hugo observes Georgette and really knows her needs and desires. Hugo’s definition of love, including ‘putting down a book for one’s companion when one only wants to read’, is swoon-worthy. They’re very sweet together and I found the HEA very satisfying.
The only small problem I had with the book is that I would have loved the treasure hunting aspect to be more front and center. Maybe it’s the mystery lover in me, but I would have liked there to have been more clues and more searching. Instead that storyline takes a backseat to Hugo’s acting as a town doctor. I enjoyed that storyline, but would have liked to have seen it as an addition to the treasure seeking storyline instead of the main storyline.
Overall I found this a very enjoyable read and would recommend it to any fans of historical romance