The hero and heroine of Passionate History, Aidan and Bree, are an unlikely couple in many ways. Aidan is reserved, Bree is impetuous. Bree travels the world to get away from her New England upbringing, Aidan left urban Edinburgh, Scotland, for rural Massachusetts and never went back. Aidan’s an art history professor, Bree is his student. (For more on that, read the book!)
But one thing they have in common is a love of the outdoors, and they each have experience hiking the Appalachian Trail, a.k.a. the A.T. The A.T. is a roughly 2200 mile long continuous hiking route that starts in Georgia and ends in Maine. Some people hike the entire thing in one season; others just dip their toe in and hike a few miles of it in an afternoon. Neither Aidan nor Bree have hiked the entire trail, but I like to think that they might tackle some of the prettier stretches together sometime, and reward themselves at the end of a long day’s hike by getting cozy in their two person tent ;)
For more reading about the Appalachian Trail, I highly recommend the memoir A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, which recounts his experiences attempting to complete the trail in a season and also paints a portrait of the remarkable existence of the trail itself.
About Passionate History
On the eve of her college graduation, Bree Ross seduces her favorite art history professor. She doesn’t expect buttoned-up Professor Worthy to give her the best sex of her life, or anticipate that leaving him to start her post-college life would be so difficult. Their unforgettable encounter haunts her, and five years later, she finds herself back on campus for her college reunion—with a specific goal in mind. How hard could it be to convince her ex-professor to write her a letter of recommendation for graduate school?
Straight-laced Professor Aidan Worthy has adhered to his carefully-aligned morals his entire teaching career…until Bree Ross walks into his classroom. Guilt plagues him for his one transgression because that one amazing night has been seared onto his brain. When she waltzes back into his life after five years of silence, he’s not thrilled. But he can’t deny the illicit spark they once shared has not disappeared, and he worries he won’t be able to resist temptation a second time.
Over the course of the tumultuous reunion and commencement weekend at Weston University, rain, relatives, and rental cars force the two to confront their sizzling desire and burgeoning feelings. Is their passionate history enough to keep them together, or will it drive them apart?
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Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city’s hidden staircases.
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