Taken By the Passion by Maxine Mansfield


Taken By the Passion by Maxine Mansfield
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (338 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rated: 4 Stars
Review by Poppy

Lizbeth wasn’t given a choice whom to marry. She’d been betrothed to the, stubborn, arrogant, egotistical, Adan Hammerstrike, barbarian prince, heir to the throne of Alaria, and…and…murderer, since the day she’d been born. But, did that mean she wasn’t entitled to follow her own dreams? Especially if those dreams could keep those she cared for safe? And so what if Adan had grown from the troll of a little boy he’d been into a ridiculously handsome, sexy man. Her heart could resist him, couldn’t it?

The last thing on Albrath, Adan ever wanted was to be saddled for all of eternity to the screeching, boring, lackluster, Lizbeth Soulenticer. Though her beauty’s beyond compare, there are only so many turns of the hourglass in a night to enjoy it. The rest of the unbearable time, he’ll be forced to contend with her silly, hero worship, and her stupid pet choices. But, Adan is a man bound by duty and honor, and he will do what he must, even though he longs for a mate who will challenge him in bed and out. Not that he’ll give her his heart, mind you, at least not until they both find themselves Taken by the Passion.

Looking for a fantasy world of trolls, elves, barbarians, magic … and plenty of heat? Taken by the Passion fits the bill.

Lizabeth appears to be a well-trained woman, raised her entire life to be wife of Adan, barbarian price. But appearances are deceiving. She has more spirit and backbone than we’re originally led to believe. And Adan (the bunny killer) isn’t exactly what he appears to be either.

I liked Adan … sexy, intelligent and frequently funny. An ideal hero, even if Lizabeth doesn’t think so at first. She’s determined to make her own way, to go to the academy despite what she’d been raised to do. She has spunk and Adan is mostly pleased by this. Lizabeth grew on me, too, after a bit. She starts out a little mousy (who can blame her when we find out how she was raised), but her spirit was never broken.

The author weaves a story with threads of humor, sex, sadness and suspense. There’s more here than you might think, and while it can sometimes feel like a little too much more, it’s worth reading to the end. I’m still not a huge fan of the gnomes, but that may just be because I prefer humor that’s a bit less slapstick and a little more intellectual. Sometimes Lizabeth’s backbone gets a little stronger than it should, and the two butt heads, which is occasionally frustrating, but nothing I couldn’t get past.

There’s no shortage of the action between the sheets, either. Adan wastes little time trying to woo, talk or trick Lizabeth into bed. Who could resist him? Not me… and not Lizabeth either. The sex is steamy and well written and are some of the best scenes in the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this tale. It’s the second in the series I’ve read (there are three so far), but it stands easily alone. If you enjoy sexy fantasy that doesn’t take itself seriously, I can recommend Taken By the Passion.


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  2. Sue Brandes says:

    Thanks for the review. It sounds like a very interesting story. Pretty book cover too.

  3. Catherine says:

    It’s important to know that the book can be read as a stand alone. I am terrible with keeping up with series so don’t like to read things where I’m “forced” to read other books in the series to know fully what is going on.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Thank you so very much for taking a look at Taken by the Passion. Your opinion means a lot to me. Book 4 Tamed by the Fire will be out later this year, and I’m hoping you’ll look at that one too. Thanks again 🙂

  4. Thanks for the great review. I think a little bit of steamy mixed with fantasy is a great combination

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  5. Karen H in NC says:

    Thanks for your honest review.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the review. Sounds like a hot read.


  7. Thanks for an honest review. Maxine writes a fun, steamy story.

  8. Angelina Jameson says:

    I like when a mousy heroine develops into a strong confident woman. I’ll give this story a try.

  9. jae awkins says:

    I love the gnomes! What unusual characters, full of wit & humor – and crude enough to get away with it.
    Great story, as are the others. A sexy romp through a well-developed fantasy world.
    Bravo, Maxine – you’ve done it again! ;o)

  10. Nice character review

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. Mary Preston says:

    Very helpful thank you.


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