Monday, October 18, 2010


Book 2 in series
Publisher: Berkeley Sensation
Date of publishing: June 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-235-14-0
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Helen Hamilton is trying to survive after her parents died, leaving her to raise her two sisters. No money or prospects, Helen tries to find work as a governess for Captain Tristan Odell. Turned away by Tristan, Helen will do whatever it takes to support her family and ends up in a brothel, where she agrees to sell herself as a mistress to a client of wealth and prestige. What she gets is much more than she bargained for. When she is bought by Tristan, both are surprised to feel the sparks fly between them. With the aid of a magical elixir, can Helen find a way to turn the passion that is between her and Tristan into something much more?

First I have to say, I have never read the first book in this trilogy and found this one to be highly enjoyable. I was kind of skeptical after reading the blurb about a magical elixir but it all came together beautifully. A TASTE OF TEMPTATION was highly engrossing, characters were well rounded and the passion scorching hot. I had to laugh at times of how they tried to find a few moments alone together. The author really does a good job in capturing her characters hearts and souls and writes it beautifully.

Helen Hamilton is a spinster woman who has to care for her two siblings. With no money or prospects, Helen is trying to stay off the streets by trying to find a governess job. Alas, the one chance she has doesn’t work out and she finds herself in a brothel selling herself to the highest bidder to become a mistress. Tristan is shocked to see the woman he bought is the same one he denied a governess job to. Passion sparks between them and they embark on an affair that will capture both their hearts as well as danger. I really enjoyed both Tristan and Helen together. They were both a product of their time and though Tristan was arrogant and annoying at times, he came across as very likable after awhile especially as he tried to figure out why he kept thinking of Helen when he was not with her. The characters are very well written and some secondary characters had me in stitches at times. I highly enjoyed the way the dynamics of all the characters came into play throughout the story.

TASTE OF TEMPTATION is one wild, passionate ride from start to finish. I am eager to read the first book, PROMISE OF PLEASURE, to see how the series came about. If you are looking for an enjoyable afternoon reading about rakes, magical elixirs and feisty heroines, then look no further than TASTE OF TEMPTATION. I look forward to reading more of this author’s books in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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