Tempted By His Kiss by Tracy Anne Warren

Setting: Pre-Regency 1809

*Book 1 in Byrons of Braebourne series*

Summary:

Orphaned beauty Meg Amberley never planned to pose as Lord Cade Byron’s fiancée.  Caught in a snowstorm, she takes refuge at his estate. Stranded together, Meg soon finds herself falling under Cade’s spell. When the roads clear, she intends to leave, but fate intervenes.

Haunted by his past, Cade Byron has buried himself in the country. Then Meg—with her lush curves and soft, blonde hair—invades his house and his life. With her reputation compromised, he proposes a pretend engagement and a London Season where she can find a husband.

But as their charade deepens, Cade can’t let her go . . . vowing to tempt her with a kiss that just may lead to forever.

Review:

I wanted to like this book and expected a great deal after reading some of the favourable reviews on Amazon. The plot sounded good, even if it’s been done before. But what could have been a sweet, sizzling romance between two strangers fate has brought together, turned out to be very predictable, a bit unbelievable, dull and lacking in chemistry.

The hero and heroine meet by accident on his estate during a snow storm. The hero is only just recovering from horrifying events that took place during his stint as a spy in the war. The heroine is young but also mature for her years. Naturally, there is an attraction and before long, they end up in a compromising position, by accident.

The thing is, I never quite felt the spark between them and them falling into bed soon early on in the book robbed the plot of a lot of good old sexual tension. Cade was supposed to be still madly in love with his first love and yet he is all too eager to bed Meg from the start. To be honest, I wish there was more of a struggle with his feelings for his fiancé versus his new feelings for Meg, but no, after the ‘compromise’, he suggests a Season in London to help her find a husband. Really? When she hasn’t even been compromised that badly and it was an unintentional mistake? I felt like the fake engagement was used more as a weak excuse to keep the H and H together, rather than a good twist. It was unbelievable to say the least.

And from there, the story is boringly predictable-Meg goes about meeting new men and getting to know Cade’s family, while Cade resists falling for his fake fiancé. I confess I was about to give up right there-even a worn false engagement plot can be interesting with the right plot to pull it off, something this book was without. The sex scenes weren’t even that great despite their length, content and number and I felt myself rushing through them.

Luckily things did pick up and there was a bit of intrigue with an unexpected villain that saved the book. Pity it didn’t come sooner. I thought Cade was supposed to be dangerous, worthy of his name but he was just wounded. I did like Meg’s maturity but at the end, she kind of annoyed me with her unfounded behaviour. The author also has this annoying habit of inserting ‘mayhap’ every few pages and I started playing a game just to see when it would pop up next.

So, an average hero, a likeable heroine who ended up being annoying, a barely passable plot, boring sex scenes and little chemistry. This book is a lesson in how NOT to write a romance novel.

I just hope her other books are better than this one.

Sensuality Rating: Hot (Love scenes are long and explicit)

Verdict: Not worth your time. Skip this one.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Spotlight on Anne Gracie

I love it when a favourite author’s new book is released! Especially one as good as Anne Gracie who I discovered accidentally two years ago. Her romances are so well-written, you feel almost as if you really are there living out the characters’ lives! They’re romantic and heartfelt and can be real tear jerkers! Her chracters are real and fleshed out and her romances aren’t just focused on the romance alone as most are, but have lots of history strewn through. It’s a pity she doesn’t seem as well known as other authors.

I highly recommend you picking up a book or two of hers as you won’t be disappointed. The latest book (pictured at right) is the fourth in her Devil Riders series which concerns a group of friends just arrived back from war. What a lovely cover! This one concerns a friend of the Devil Riders known as Nash.

When Nash Renfrew wakes in the bed of lovely Maddy Woodford, he has no memory. In the days following his accident, he is charmed by her bright outlook on life, but he lives for the nights, when she joins him chastely-more or less-in her bed. When his memory returns, Nash asks for just one more night before he leaves. But it’s one night too many and it creates a scandal that leaves him no choice but to offer her marriage.
With five orphaned half-siblings in her charge, Maddy needs the security Nash offers and can’t resist the promise of passion she’s experienced in his embrace. Well born, but poverty-stricken, Maddy knows she’s not the wife he planned on, but he’s everything she’s ever dreamed of.
But will passion be enough? He’s a diplomat who knows Czars and Princes and Grand-dukes and she’s just a country girl who’s never even been to a ball.
Can their new-found love survive, or will this accidental marriage destroy her dreams and his career?

Due out-October 5th 2010

Find an excerpt here and more info here-

http://www.annegracie.com/books/AccidentalWedding.html

Spotlight on Tessa Dare-SUMMER READS

It’s summer timeeeee! 😀 😀 😀

And for most people that means sun, beaches, tanning, hot shirtless men… 😀

Alas, for me, that means packing and moving to Malaysia to prepare for my first year of university. The romance addict will be around, she will have just changed her mailbox address!

And I suppose it’s rather exciting going to be able to leave on my own and get a part time job and study things I actually like for once! (Sorry my dear math teacher-I did appreciate your efforts to infuse a love for the subject into me)

One thing that won’t change however, is my love of romance novels. In fact, I already have a huge pile waiting to be shipped off to Malaysia with me and a few novels I’m going to be looking out for once I’m there.

The first ones on my list?

Tessa Dare’s new back-to-back trilogy-The Stud Club.

In Tessa’s words—

“An all-new historical romance back-to-back series, The Stud Club Trilogy. The heroes—a duke, a war hero, and a low-born scoundrel—hold shares in a priceless racehorse. When the club’s founder is tragically murdered, these three unlikely associates are united by chance, divided by suspicion, and brought to their knees by love.”

Source: http://tessadare.com/bookshelf/

This is a series of three books one after another with one already out in May and two more out this June and July. Now that’s a great way to spend a summer! And it gets better-Her covers are super delicious. Check them out below…

ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE—May 25th 2010

True temptation begins at midnight…

A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members — yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke — until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck.

In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?

TWICE TEMPTED BY A ROGUE—June 22nd 2010

How long could she resist him?

Luck is a double-edged sword for brooding war hero Rhys St. Maur. His death wish went unanswered on the battlefield, while fate allowed the murder of his friend in the elite gentlemen’s society known as the Stud Club. Out of options, Rhys returns to his ancestral home on the moors of Devonshire, expecting anything but a chance at redemption in the arms of a beautiful innkeeper, who dares him to take on the demons of his past — and the sweet temptation of a woman’s love.

Meredith Maddox believes in hard work, not fate, and romance isn’t part of her plan. But when Rhys returns, battle-scarred, world-weary, and more dangerously attractive than ever, the lovely widow is torn between determination and desire. As a deep mystery and dangerous smugglers threaten much more than their passionate reckoning, Meredith discovers that she must trust everything to a wager her heart placed long ago.

THREE NIGHTS WITH A SCOUNDREL—July 27th 2010

The third time is the charm.

The bastard son of a nobleman, Julian Bellamy is now polished to perfection, enthralling the ton with wit and charm while clandestinely plotting to ruin the lords, ravish the ladies, and have the last laugh on a society that once spurned him. But meeting Leo Chatwick, a decent man and founder of the exclusive Stud Club, and Lily, Leo’s enchanting sister, made Julian reconsider his wild ways. When Leo’s tragic murder demands that Julian hunt for justice, he vows to see the woman he secretly loves married to a man of her own class.

Lily, however, has a very different husband in mind. She’s adored Julian forever, loves the man beneath the rakish facade, and wants to savor the delicious attraction they share — as his wife. His insistence on marrying her off only reinforces her intent to prove he is the only man for her. Obsessed with catching a killer, Julian sinks back to the gutters of his youth, forcing Lily to reach out with a sweet, reckless passion Julian can’t resist. Can her desire for a scoundrel save them both–or will dangerous secrets threaten more than their tender love?

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The first one being out and summer already underway, it’s great to know that there are another two books to look forward too! I will be getting my copies and posting my reviews on here ASAP!

For more information on the books (as well as excerpts), please visit-

http://tessadare.com/

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