FROM THE BACK COVER:
Alexander Drummond, the Marquis of Warrick, is no saint. Descended from a long line of rakes, he vowed to stop dallying with the fairer sex. But now he needs a woman - an extraordinary woman - to tame his wildcat of a daughter. Intelligent, spirited Mary Callahan is the perfect nursemaid for the child, but one look at her bedroom eyes and luscious lips and Alexander is tempted to seduce one last woman. For Mary, masquerading as a nanny and enticing the master of the house is all in a day's work - until stolen kisses and passionate caresses distract her perilous game. Soon two people who know the risk of mixing danger and desire find themselves on the brink of a shocking scandal.
I absolutely adored this book! Alex is a handsome, serious, and often uptight Marquis and heir to a dukedom. He tries so hard to be an upstanding gentleman and peer of the realm, and to distance himself from the rest of his family commonly known as "The Wicked Warricks"... Mary is a beautiful commoner with a Cockney accent. She's frank and often crass in her deeds and comments, but totally hilarious and endearing. She's strong and full of life, but also kind, often insecure (though she'd never admit it) and vulnerable. Mary pries Alex out of his shell, shows him a different side to life, and makes him smile and laugh - two things he doesn't often do. This couple, so utterly different and worlds apart, yet so wonderfully perfect for each other.
TEMPTED was an utterly unique and memorable romance. It's wholly unconventional, especially with Mary's chosen career of circus performing. Add in her pet monkey Abu, along with Alex's raffish father and scoundrel cousin, and its quite unlike anything I've read before. The characters were well fleshed and the passion between Mary and Alex held me in awe. I laughed throughout most of this, expect for the few times I was near tears. It was moving and funny, and just a joy to read. This was my first book by Ms. Britton but certainly not my last. She's only written a handful of historicals and I plan to read them all, including "Scandal" which stars Alex's rakish cousin Rein. Overall it was truly a treat and I cannot recommend it highly enough =)
- Hardcover: 413 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (9 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786266236
- ISBN-13: 978-0786266234
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings