A Matter of Passion by Allison Knight
Publisher: Champagne Books
Length: Short Story (30 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender
Clay arrives at the home of his older brother's mistress to claim their love child. However the mistress who died giving birth insisted her sister, Ellie, raise the infant.
Ellie flees with the babe but Clay follows. Circumstances force them together and on the paddlewheel boat north they discover true love themselves.
New Orleans in 1849 was an interesting place and a great setting for this story. Ellie Monahan’s sister, Elaine, had a baby and died in childbirth. Before she dies, Elaine makes Ellie promise to take care of her daughter, Hope, and not let the baby’s father, Matthew, raise his daughter. In this day and age, this means that Ellie has to flee with Hope. Ellie does, with friends. The trouble is, Matthew is from a prominent family with resources. Suspense is created. Historical details are intact in this short story to involve the reader in this world.
Ellie is a strong character. She shows integrity and courage. Her friends are helpful secondary characters. Clay Alden is Matthew’s brother, and he's looking for her to bring back his brother’s baby. When he first sees Ellie, he thinks she’s Elaine. He finds his brother’s “ex-mistress” beautiful. Clay is also a likeable character.
Ellie flees on a steamboat, and Clay books passage. The suspense remains steady. Ellie notices Clay watching her and is attracted to him. There's good chemistry between them. When an accident happens, the reader sees some character development in Ellie.
There is some vagueness and distant writing, but it didn’t interfere with the story. When Clay kisses Ellie, he thinks she’s her sister but has a strange feeling. What’s going to happen when he finds out the truth? Will he be loyal to his brother? Will he help Ellie?
This is a good little story worth a look for those who like historical romance.