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.
Review: I have been a fan of Ms. Vane’s ever since she contacted me and asked me if I’d like to read A Wild Night’s Bride. Her books are well researched and full of rich history of a time I wish I’d been born into.
Treacherous Temptations was no different.
Hadley is a despicable scoundrel and has wasted the majority of his life drinking and sleeping with as many women as possible, including his stepmother. Despite his penchant for debauchery, I actually really liked Hadley from the beginning and felt that with the right person, he could truly redeem himself and become a better person.
I disliked Barbara and Sir Richard and feel that they deserved each other. She’s a revolting whore who doesn’t feel anything for anyone else unless they can do something for her…and even then she still doesn’t feel anything besides them owing her favors while she spreads her legs for whomever. Sir Richard is just the worst type of scoundrel who gave me the creeps every time I came across his name.
I LOVED Mary! Though she’s naive and far too innocent, I found her absolutely refreshing. She stays pretty much the same throughout the book, but does grow as she learns to stand for what she wants. Her maid, Jenny, amused me so and I would love to see a sweet spinoff where her and James, Hadley’s man, get together.
This is labeled as a dark romance and it truly is, with a touch of smoldering erotica. I wish I could elaborate, but I’d give away far too much and that would just be wrong. This is definitely a book that you want to read on a cold winter’s night…it’ll heat you up in no time.
I eagerly await her next novel with fervent anticipation.