Reviewing Dangerous Passions by Kat Martin

Posted January 9, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments

Dangerous Passions K MartinThis is an older novel that like many books, has been reprinted.  A friend gave me a copy of Dangerous Passions a few months ago.  I just got around to reading it a few weeks ago, and have finally finished it.  Yes, that’s right – weeks.

Here’s the book blurb from Goodreads:

Let bestselling author Kat Martin sweep you away-from Society’s grand ballrooms to the perilous battlefields of the Napoleonic War-in a magnificent story of love, betrayal, and trust regained.When Elissa Tauber learns of her beloved brother’s murder and that her native homeland is threatened, she is determined to expose the traitor. Posing as a recently widowed countess, she moves through the glittering world of the court, willing to barter even her lovely body if she must.

More than one man poses a threat, but it is the tall, imposing Lord Wolvermont, Colonel Adrian Kingsland, who endangers her heart. Even as she suspects he might be the spy called the Falcon, she longs for his touch. When fate takes a hand, Elissa must decide whether to betray her mission-or lose the man she loves.


Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 15th 1998 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks (first published 1998)
original title
Dangerous Passions
ISBN 0312962479 (ISBN13: 9780312962470)
Given to me by a friend.
Read on for my review.  I promise no true spoilers are ahead:

I wish, truly wish I could say to you that I loved this novel.  I didn’t.

While Kat Martin has long been a “go-to” author for me – this one just didn’t click with me.  I wanted it to but no matter how many chances I gave the novel to pull me in and make me really care about these folks – I never did.

On the other hand, Dangerous Passions is a very good spy novel… with a touch of romance tossed in.  I learned more about spy networks during the time when Napoleon’s madness raced across several countries than I ever knew before.  While fascinating in some respects – it was very slow reading for me.

I did care about Elissa and Adrian as a couple with their rocky romance interrupted by war.  And was relieved when they finally found their way to each other.

It just did not capture me enough to sit down and finish it in a day or two.

I will always read Kat Martin’s novels, one book that didn’t click with me won’t change that.  I just wish I could have agreed with other reviewers that found this novel wonderful.

Do I recommend Dangerous Passions?  Yes, if you are a Kat Martin fan, if you love suspense and spies mixed in with your romance.  It’s not a bad book, it just wasn’t a great read for me.