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Title: Treacherous Temptations by Victoria Vane
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: 254 pages (estimated)
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher
A reluctant heiress resigned to her fate…
Mary Elizabeth Edwardes has one of the largest fortune’s in England, but has no desire to leave her quiet country existence… and even less to acquire a husband she cannot choose for herself.
A dissolute nobleman bent on retribution…
Trapped in a duplicitous existence since scandal destroyed his fortune and family name, Lord Hadley Blanchard has spent the better part of a decade posing as a disaffected exile while spying and seducing in the service of the English Crown.
A dangerous game of seduction, and intrigue…
When summoned from abroad by a former lover, Lord Hadley perceives an opportunity for vengeance at last. By employing the full measure of his seductive charm, he woos the ward of the man who destroyed his life, little knowing that winning Mary’s fortune will mean risking his own treacherous heart.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS was very much inspired by the dark and romantic novels of the 18th century in which virtue vs. vice and plots to despoil virgins were very popular themes, books like Clarissa Harlowe by Samuel Richardson or Les Liaisons Dangereuses by LaClos. Similar to these classic tales, my story features an innocent country girl who, unlike the former heroines, is neither insipid nor naive, but still inadvertently becomes a pawn in a deadly game of revenge and intrigue.
Fans of historical romances do not want to miss Victoria Vane’s Treacherous Temptations. With just a hint of intrigue, it is a deliciously sensual romance between an innocent young woman and a rather debauched nobleman. A truly delightful story that is fast paced with a beautifully developed cast of characters that I greatly enjoyed.
Mary Elizabeth Edwardes is an heiress to a vast fortune and her unscrupulous guardian, Sir Richard Fiske, has decided it is time for her to marry. Content to live in obscurity at her country home, Mary is a fish out of water in London but she knows she must follow Sir Richard’s dictates. Inexperienced with men, but far from naive, she is quite intelligent, resigned to her fate and no match for the seductive and worldly Lord Hadley Blanchard.
Following the scandal that stripped him of his fortune and title, Hadley has been living abroad for several years. His years working as a spy have not quenched his desire for revenge nor his need to reclaim his family’s estates and clear his family’s name. When fate steps in and lends a hand in his quest for vengeance against Sir Richard, Hadley eagerly begins his seduction of the innocent Mary. But the seducer becomes the seduced when Hadley begins to fall for the beguiling beauty.
A stellar cast of villainous characters fully rounds out this fast paced story. Barbara, Hadley’s stepmother, is depraved, cunning and manipulative. Sir Richard is greedy, corrupt and calculating. Lord Barnesley plays a small but key role in the Barbara and Richard’s wicked plan to gain control of Mary’s fortune.
Ms. Vane always does a stellar job of redeeming her male characters and Lord Hadley is no exception. It is easy to sympathize with Hadley once we learn the truth about his past. By the time he returns to England, Hadley has begun to have second thoughts about his activities, and he no longer thinks the end justifies the means. His transformation from dissolute rake with a fervent need for revenge to a caring man who puts Mary’s welfare before his own is incredibly moving and heartwarming.
A novel with depth and substance, an intriguing plot and some very steamy lovemaking, Treacherous Temptations is another captivating romance from Victoria Vane. A little darker than her previous works, this beautiful story of betrayal, redemption and love is not to be missed by anyone who enjoys well-researched Historical romances.
About Victoria Vane:
VICTORIA VANE A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.
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