Format: .epub (Library book)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Once upon a time, he was Lord Tristan Easton—now he is Crimson Jack, a notorious privateer beholden to none, whose only mistress is the sea. But all that will change when exquisite Lady Anne Hayworth hires his protection on a trip into danger and seduction. . .
Desperation brought Anne to the bronzed, blue-eyed buccaneer. But after the Captain demands a kiss as his payment, desire will keep her at his side. She has never known temptation like this—but to protect her heart, she knows she must leave him behind. Yet Tristan cannot easily forget the beauty—and when they meet again in a London ballroom, he vows he won't lose her a second time, as fiery passion reignited takes them into uncharted waters that could lead the second lost lord home. . .
Lorraine Heath is just killing me with her books! Lord of Temptation continues the story of the lost lords of Pembrooke, three brothers who return to London society after years of being thought lost. The reality is that their uncle, in a quest to claim the dukedom, murdered their father and would have done the same to twins Sebastian and Tristan and their younger brother Rafe had they not escaped.
It was obvious that the murder of their father and the attempt on their lives drastically changed the lives of Sebastian, Tristan and Rafe. Not only did they have to run for their lives, they had to split up and spend 10 years enduring conditions that would have killed anyone else. Sebastian, the eldest and the new Duke of Keswick made his peace with his past and found happiness with childhood friend Mary. As the second son, Lord Tristan Easton prefers the sea to the stuffy ballrooms of London but when Lady Anne Hayworth asks that he take her across the sea to make peace with a loved one he begins to rethink his life’s plan. That’s when things start getting messy (and interesting).
Lord of Temptation had all the right things in all the right places: The dashing but troubled hero, the bold heroine and the rules of society that present just the right obstacles to make the story addictive. Not as brooding and reclusive as his brothers, Tristan kept all of his emotional scars beneath a charming but shallow exterior and an avoidance of anything permanent. He’s a really likable guy, if a woman is just looking to have a bit of man candy on her arm but not Anne, she’s looking for the whole, er, package (no pun intended) and while Tristan’s got a pretty face, she’s not going to shackle herself to a man who says he loves the sea more than anyone else. A woman like Anne has needs that she demands be met!
I loved both characters in this story, I felt they complimented each other so well. Tristan was a world weary traveler, chased by demons, who didn’t know where his place was and Anne knew what she wanted out of life but was determined to go the boring, expected route of marrying a man that was acceptable by society’s standards instead of her own. They shook up each other’s worlds in a big way. It was a question of can you have both adventure and stability with one person for the rest of your life? It was fun (and a little bit of a torment) to watch Tristan and Anne figure it out. Their chemistry was instant and it wasn’t long before trousers and slippers were flying off but the physical relationship was a far cry from happily ever after, they just wanted the hell out of each other for as long as they could have each other. These two knuckle heads got the sexy times down to an art but the fact that they were falling in love had them stumbling around like blindfolded children in a fog.
What I found particularly interesting about Anne was that about halfway through her secret affair with Tristan, she has an awakening of sorts. She begins to see just how unfair life is for women in her time. It’s nothing earth shattering but it was a strong moment for the character and it had me doing mental cartwheels because I just KNOW that in 1800s England there were women like Anne who began to subtly think “outside the box.” To have one of those women represented in a historical romance and as the heroine no less? Fantastic.
“Do you ever consider that we behave a certain way because it’s expected of us, but no one every truly explains why we must behave as we do?”
“We behave as we do because it’s the way one behaves.”
She had once thought the same, but now she questioned the staidness of her life. But how could Sarah understand when she’d never ventured from it?
Without a physical antagonist, Lord of Temptation could easily have fallen into dull territory but with such a strong story, characters and the main focus on Tristan and Anne’s growth, I found that this is, so far my favorite book by Lorraine Heath. I still have a ways to go before I’m all caught up *glares at local library’s lack of romance novels* but I think this is the book to beat.
Minor Antagonist: Lady Hermoine. A silly little girl who believed she was the one for Tristan. I wanted to pull her hair out by its roots.
Unsung Hero: The Marquess of Chetwyn. I thought he’d be Tristan’s opposite and a total villain. He wasn’t and I developed a little crush on him.
Final Verdict: Loved it!