Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: A LESSON IN PASSION by Jennifer Connors

Ginny is a career focused woman who could use a boost in her love life.  As she embarks on a vacation, a well meaning friend gives her a stack of romance novels to read.  Ginny makes fun of the books, but after encountering the vacation from hell, she ends up reading them out of boredom.  After a freak accident, Ginny finds herself smack dab in the middle of a romance novel, set in medieval Scotland.  Her snarky inner dialogue about the hunky hero is funny, and Ginny decides to play along with the plot until she can figure out how to get back home. 

There were things I liked and things I didn’t about this book.  The first part describing Ginny going on vacation and having a bunch of bad things happen seemed to go on too long.  It also was written very “telly” rather than showing the action to the reader.  This got better once Ginny woke in the romance novel setting.  Here, the writing was funny and entertaining.  Ian, the hunky Scottish laird, was super stereotypical, but he was supposed to be, and that was part of the fun.  I didn’t completely buy into the romance between he and Ginny though.  Hot or not, a 21st Century woman would have trouble with his chauvinistic ways. 

The ending was also a little quick, but the cliffhanger is meant to build suspense for the next book in the series, A Lessons in Forgiveness.  The book could have benefitted from a professional editor, but it’s not bad for a self-pub.

Overall, I give A Lesson in Passion

Plot – 3 ½ bookmarks
Character Development – 3 bookmarks (Thought Ginny was a tad disrespectful of the social morays of the time period.)
Love Story – 2 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Rachael Bilson (Ginny), Ben McKenzie (Ian)


  1. I might have to pass on this one. I'm pretty picky about my historicals! If I had more time I might add it to my list though. Thanks for the review!

  2. It was a free book, so that is what originally got me to read it.