Passion Fest

| 24 April , 2009 | 1 Reply

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Guest Editor, Amanda Cole Author of I Hate Cinderella

True Louise Bagshawe fans don’t really notice what is written on the back of the book, we see her name splashed across the front of an unread brand new release and pounce on it. Making sure that our hands wrap around it quickly, fingers flicking the pages to breathe in the scent, relinquishing it only for a second, long enough to pay for it, then tucked into a safe handbag to devour it hungrily as we go about our day on the bus, or on a lounge chair or curled up in bed.  If you haven’t read a Louise Bagshawe book (I doubt there are any people like this really!) be prepared to become one of her worldwide fans as you are drawn in by the back cover.

Passion“, her latest sumptuous feast, reads so well and so fast for such a big book, that I had to force myself to put it down so I wasn’t late for real life.

PassionFramedHeroes, Heartbreak and Hitmen. Can it all lead to happily ever after…? A failed marriage between Melissa Elmett and Will Hyde did a lot of damage. She was too young, he was hurt when she left him. Years later, Melissa becomes the target for a kidnap plot, a consequence of her father’s ground-breaking invention, and Will is the only man who can protect her. Now they’re on the run, thrown together again by the pursuit of vengeance, will their passion for each other reignite? (Hachette)

Her words about a lost love, tangled emotions, assassins, high society, glittery social set and intrigue, captured me. Her main character Melissa (or Missy as we come to know her) is so real you feel like handing her a towel to wipe her brow with, through the pages of the novel and her “Will” simply makes you turn the pages quicker to see more of his manly and decisive nature, unfold.

It’s sharp pace, as it treks from Oxford where young love blooms, to America, through Boston (my favourite City) through Paris and Rome and across the globe in a frenetic pace that you almost wish it was you being chased by a top class assassin “or operatives” just to have Will beside you.

“Passion” is simple that, a tale as believable in a world that we dream of, of two people almost destined to be part of each others’ lives, inextricably tied to each other. After the initial introduction to Will & Missy’s failed marriage due to snobbery, you read the words hungrily waiting for them to meet again and when they do, it does not disappoint on any level, intellectually, physically or spiritually.

Bagshawe’s characters are divine, complex, complete and probably have their own twitter accounts!

Pick “Passion” up and read, but before you do that, turn your phone to silent, secure the coffee and get ready! It’s as addictive as all her others to the very last drop!

Available: 1st May, Hachette, $32.99

Look out for my interview with Louise herself very soon.



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