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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Luce goes back in time over and over in the book with just glimpses of time periods worth exploring -- from WWII in Moscow to 1600s London to ancient China and Egypt. A few historic figures have parts to play -- Shakespeare, Louis XV. There's also some explanation of how Lucifer and other angels fell from heaven.
Love conquers all again and again here, but at a heavy price.
Positive Role Models
Luce has determination and devotion, and she's pretty brave to see past versions of herself die over and over again. But it's hard to understand why she is putting herself through all this: Daniel is her soulmate -- why does she have to travel through time to conclude that he loves her?
Violence & Scariness
Luce sees past versions of herself die over and over again in flames. She also ends up in war zones treating dying, bloodied patients; about to be made a sacrifice to the Mayan gods (with much discussion of severed heads everywhere); and ambushed in China by warriors, killing some with arrows and slitting a throat. An emperor commits suicide. Daniel throws himself off a cliff after one of Luce's deaths and wallows in the Bastille after another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kisses, usually ending in death. Luce is spotted naked in a bath by her guide, plus some ladies joke about the small size of a duke's "scepter."
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"Bitch" a few times, plus "hell."
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Products & Purchases
A couple mentions of Luce's Converse shoes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple mentions of drunken Globe Theatre patrons.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this third book in the angel fantasy romance series may be called Passion, but it sticks to just passionate kisses and lots of talk of soul mates. As the main character -- a mortal -- goes back in time she sees her past selves die after such kisses with her angel beloved. She also sees some bloody parts of history: Mayan sacrifices, bombings in the World Wars with up-close casualties, and a warrior ambush in ancient China. Readers will get glimpses of the past, but only brief ones, with a few historical characters -- Shakespeare, Louis XV -- making cameos.
Is It Any Good?
How is it that this time travel book goes nowhere? PASSION somehow manages it. The heroine stumbles back through history and that's it for hundreds of pages with no big realizations, no plot twists, no real plot. About halfway through she realizes Daniel really must love her a lot. Being soul mates and all, wasn't that already established? Die-hard fans may like a few moony moments. And sometimes it's fun to see where and when in the world Luce will end up next -- sure, a Mayan sacrifice will get your attention. Casual fans should skip to the last few pages where the series finale gets its big set-up. Now we're getting somewhere. Maybe.
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