Cry of Sorrow, not Passion

Wednesday, June 17

Cry for Passion by Robin Schone
Historical Romance
March 3, 2009
Berkley Publishing
ISBN: 9780425225936

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Rose Clarring sacrified passion for love, but she is no longer a naive bride. Married twelve years to a man who does not desire her, Rose seeks the help of renowned barrister Jack Lodoun to challenge English Parliament and win her a divorce.

Jack Lodoun sacrificed love for power to reach the pinnacle of his career. Personal tragedy has taught him the painful impossibility of winning a divorce. The public notoriety will ruin not only Rose's reputation but his own as well. Yet he cannot deny the need she evokes. Before he'll agree to take her case, though, Jack challenges Rose to prove that there exists a passion that supersedes vows and ambition.

And so meeting by meeting . . . touch by touch . . . the couple embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to intimacies neither could have imagined: sex that knows no sin; love that has no limitations; a carnal bond that heals both grief and guilt. Together Rose and Jack will explore the ultimate in pleasure, but what must they sacrifice to claim the passion they so desperately desire?

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Cry for Passion is a love story about Jack’s ambition, Rose’s sorrow, and both their feelings of guilt and grief in finding love again. It has been several days since I finished reading this book, and it took me that long to decide what to write in the review. I have great admiration for Robin Schone’s writing, and many of her books have made their way to my permanent keeper shelf, but her newest series The Men and Women’s Club of which Cry for Passion is the third installment has not captured my interest as her previous endeavors.

I didn’t know what it was that I have not liked as much… the writing is masterful, the characters are well developed, a tight and interesting plot with no loose ends, but I finally came to the conclusion that it was the style of her writing in these books and the conversational dialogue between characters that was different, and as a result was what I was not really liking. Ms. Schone dedicates this book to “justice and those who pursue it…”, and after I realized it was the style of writing, and applied this dedication to her work, as well as all that was occurring during the Victorian period, things fell into place and I was more accepting of how she choose to write their stories.

Jack and Rose first met during a trial where he is the lawyer and she is being questioned on the witness stand. This beginning greatly influenced the style in which their story is told because much of their conversations (outside of the courtroom) have the feeling of interrogating each other and read much like a court transcript would. As their relationship progresses their dialogue slowly changes from lawyerly questioning to conversations between friends and lovers, but still remains sorrowful and reflective.

Rose’s life is one of heart wrenching betrayal by all whom should protect her…father, brother husband, and ultimately the political justice system. The suffragette movement is at the heart of her story, as well as her right as a human, not a possession, to belong to the Men and Woman’s Club, her rights to love and passion, and her rights over her own body and the choice not to have children. Rose’s story seems more of a cry of sorrow than passion, as evidenced by this quote from the book:

“Happiness should not be painful…” p. 285 Cry for Passion

All of the Men and Women’s Club are written in much of the same style, and I believe that it was a deliberate choice on Ms. Schone’s part to write the books in this manner to reflect the character’s struggles for the choices that they make, their independence against the rigid strictures of the Victorian period, and the sweeping changes as a result of the suffragette movement. At the end, I liked the story much more than I did at the beginning, and my only criticism would be the style of writing and the interrogatory dialogue. If you have not read Robin Schone before, I highly recommend The Lover, Gabriel's Woman, The Lady's Tutor, or my personal favorite, her novella in the anthology Captivated: A Lady's Pleasure. These are all on my keeper shelf, whereas Men and Women’s Club series is more of an acquired taste.

Titles in the series:

  1. Scandalous Lovers
  2. Private Places


Romance: 1.0
Passion: 2.75
Kleenex: 2.0
Overall: 3.0

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Lea June 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

Lovely review, I appreciate your candor and insight with respect to this novel. I've read a lot about this author's work but haven't read any of her work because I'm not much for historicals these days. lol

I have to say, the cover art is beautiful.

Have a great day.

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