A Talent for Sin

A Talent for Sin

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by Lavinia Kent, Lavinia Klein
     
 

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She was blessed with a gift of temptation.

Violet, Lady Carrington, possesses everything a spirited woman could want out of life. Money (and lots of it). The freedom to make her own choices, with no husband to rule her. And a delightfully attentive young lover, Lord Peter St. Johns, to satisfy her every wild whim. But Peter desires more than Violet's lascivious

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She was blessed with a gift of temptation.

Violet, Lady Carrington, possesses everything a spirited woman could want out of life. Money (and lots of it). The freedom to make her own choices, with no husband to rule her. And a delightfully attentive young lover, Lord Peter St. Johns, to satisfy her every wild whim. But Peter desires more than Violet's lascivious attentions. He's desperate for her heart—and her hand in marriage.

Yet with a toss of her russet curls, Violet refuses. A man like Peter belongs with a naïve, blushing beauty, not a luscious lady with a talent for sin, and she would rather die than be beholden to anyone. But try as she might, she cannot convince him—or herself—that their tantalizing dalliance is a mere trifle. Perhaps Lady Carrington has finally met her match—a man who will love but not control her, a man who can meet her wickedness with a fierce passion of his own . . .

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Publishers Weekly

Though set in 1818 London, Kent's debut lacks any real period feel, but it does include a refreshing romantic dynamic: honesty. Violet, Lady Carrington, is a thrice-widowed beauty of 31 who values her freedom as well as her sensual affair with the younger Lord Peter St. Johns. Peter wants marriage, but Violet refuses. She cannot readily admit emotion, and her past relationships justify her caution. Violet suspects her mercenary older brother has pushed their 19-year-old sister, Isabella, to seek a husband, and she determines to protect Isabella even at the cost of driving Peter away. Violet's failure to communicate this plan to Isabella predictably leads to problems, but her conversations with Peter are as articulate and open as their limited self-awareness allows, and this realistic bluntness helps to balance out some otherwise implausible plot twists. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061734083
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Most days Lavinia Kent loves her life and knows that she has found her own happily-ever-after with her husband and three children But on those other days (you know which ones!), she is very glad for the wonderful romances, sensuous gowns, and tall, sexy men that fill her mind – and then her computer.

Lavinia lives in Washington, DC, with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets. She attended Wellesley College as an undergraduate and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

What a Duke Wants is Lavinia’s fourth book from Avon Romance. She also has a fun and sexy serial of e-novellas, The Real Duchesses of London, available from Avon Impulse.

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Talent for Sin 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SpyderRyder More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed the interplay between sisters and their controling brother. Not to mention the suitors. Worthwhile read.
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RCJBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Lady Violet Carrington isn't your usual Victorian shrinking Violet. Neither is she the cougar that the entire ton believes her to be. What she is a woman who knows her own mind and will not be order about. After three marriages, Violet is finally free to do what she likes and when she wants. She's not about to be dictated by her young lover, Lord Peter St. John, no matter how devilishly handsome he is in and out of her bed. Why can't she make Peter understand that what they have is perfect? Why does he keep persisting in wanting to bind her to him with a marriage certificate? She will give him everything he wants but just not the one thing he desires most. Lord Peter St. Johns on the other hand, is not taking no for an answer from his very erotic and beautiful lover. Since the moment they met Violet has driven the young Lord insane. There had always been a strong current of desire but now Peter wants more from his lovely widow. He tells her of his devote love but she throws it back in his face. Tired of being treated like a boy he has set out to prove to Violet that he is the only man for her. He'll be damned if he'll let their seven year age gap interfere with what he desires most. Her hand, in marriage. Marriage to this wild red-head certainly won't be boring or controllable, but past hurts have given Lady Carrington the impression as to how marriage life will be with any man. Peter wants to show her that not all husbands will abuse their wives or turn to another woman. Peter is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to make Violet feel secure in their union. Everything goes awry once Lady Carrington's eldest brother, Master and their younger strong willed sister, Isabella come to town. Isabella is desperate to have Violet help her find a husband before she is married off to an old bloated goat to pay for Master's old transgression. Not wanting her sister to face what she twice had to do in the name of "saving the family" Violet strikes a bargain with her sister's devious betrothed. After the bargain is struck all hell breaks lose and Violet and Peter's world is rocked from it's very foundation. Finding love was never what Violet ever believed she'd want or thought she'd find, but like most heroines she finds it right at the time when she can no longer have it. Betrayal, broken promises, broken hearts along with a mysterious murder enter to wreak havoc on this couple. How are they to find their way back to one another when so much is against them? Truly, you have to wonder, is love thicker than blood? Or will blood ties and responsibilities win out in the end? A TALENT FOR SIN by Lavinia Kent has to be hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year. This is Ms. Kent's debut book and I honestly can say that this is the start of wonderful writing career. Ms. Kent drew me in with the sensuality and intrigue on the back cover. Her heroine was strong not only in opinion but in character even though the people around her didn't seem to think so. I found myself riveted to my chair as I became engrossed in Violet and Peter's story. It's not always that you find a rare gem from a debut author but I honestly couldn't find a single fault in the authors writing, prose or characters. The story was well written, ripped at my heartstrings, repaired them than ripped them all over again. For this reader that is the kind of story I live for. A story that will not only entertain me for a few hour
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
Lady Violet Carrington possesses everything a woman could want, money and freedom. At the age of seventeen she was sold, by her brother to an older man. When he died she was sold again to another older man. When he died she made up her mind to marry a rich older man, who left her well off. Now she's free to do what she wants. Violet has taken many lovers, but her true love is Peter St. John, who's seven years younger than she is. Peter will love Violet til the day he dies, but can he convince her that if they marry, he won't change her. This was an excellent book. The characters were great. Violet was a strong woman, who believed she didn't need anyone to complete her. Peter even though he was young, knew what he wanted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book at all, and I read alot of romance novels and put up with alot of fanciful reaches on the authors part but I just could not get into this book it was ridiculous... it was one thing after another after another to get in the way of the "relationship" and there was no build up in the "relationship" to begin with the opening scene is him having her as a mistress and trying to get her to marry him... I just can't recommend this book
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1818 the widow Lady Violet Carrington loves her life with no husband. She is a liberated woman due to her status and her wealth. Although she receives proposals, she rejects all of them because she logically thinks why she would never willingly become a second class citizen again. Besides which she has a younger hunk as her willing lover and she assumes he would never want to wed a woman seven years his senior. Her male is rich Lord Peter St. John who believes in marriage to one's beloved; in his case Violet, who he knows is recalcitrant about remarrying. Still she owns his heart and he prays he has hers too. Though he knows the risk he proposes; she refuses insisting he needs a virgin sometime in his future. Peter challenges his beloved to be his equal partner placing Violet in emotional peril as she begins to see how much he wants her and how far he is willing to go. Will she take a chance on a second marriage with love as the equalizer or will she choose her current single freedom? This is a superb Regency romance starring two likeable lead protagonists who both think they know what they want. Violet is especially wonderful as she takes advantage of society' unwritten rules for widows while her lover Peter demands more of her and their relationship. Ironically his being younger than her make a marital match unacceptable by the Ton, but being lovers is fine by the aristocracy. Fans will enjoy this strong poignant historical as Violet must choose between to be or not to be married for that is the question. Harriet Klausner