Tempted By the Night

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A Secret Admirer . . .

They say he's a shameless rake who cares for nothing but pleasure, a rogue who spends his nights in London's lustiest locales, gambling and carousing until dawn. But Lady Hermione Marlowe refuses to believe that the handsome gentleman she's loved from afar for so long could be so wicked. If only she had a way to prove to the ton that Lord Rockhurst is as proper as the rest. If only she ...

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Overview

A Secret Admirer . . .

They say he's a shameless rake who cares for nothing but pleasure, a rogue who spends his nights in London's lustiest locales, gambling and carousing until dawn. But Lady Hermione Marlowe refuses to believe that the handsome gentleman she's loved from afar for so long could be so wicked. If only she had a way to prove to the ton that Lord Rockhurst is as proper as the rest. If only she knew what he really did under cover of the night . . .

A Clandestine Encounter . . .

Lord Rockhurst knows what they say about him, and he doesn't care. Let them think his nights are filled with craven debauchery. Only he knows his true purpose, his dangerous goal. But when a mysterious woman falls into his arms—and thereby saves his life—Rockhurst will struggle to save his secret. Who is this creature with such tempting curves and an enticing touch? Rockhurst can only wonder how he can trust her . . . for he knows he cannot resist her.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061373220
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 759,241
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as "page-turners." Since her first book was published, she's seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and always-growing collection of yarn.

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Tempted By the Night

By Elizabeth Boyle
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008

Elizabeth Boyle
All right reserved.


ISBN: 9780061373220


Chapter One

The arrival of the Earl of Rockhurst at Almack's the next night caused a near panic amongst the other guests. Of course he had the necessary voucher. He'd always had a voucher at his disposal. And why wouldn't he? He possessed the fortune of Midas, and if that wasn't enough to pass muster with the patronesses, his handsome visage and hawkish looks were admired wherever he went.

But most importantly, he was single. More than one mother had lamented that an unwed earl without an heir was truly a sin against nature.

Though they hadn't necessarily been talking about Lord Rockhurst. For there was the small matter of his reputation—a man whose tastes favored expensive courtesans and high--stakes gaming, as well as an unsavory penchant for frequenting some of the most dangerous hells and darkest brothels.

To bring him to heel, one matron had declared, would take a lady of some consequence. A lady who could touch his black, unfeeling heart.

Yet here he was, at Almack's, all but declaring his intention to find a bride. For what other reason was there for a rich, unmarried nobleman to attend the Wednesday night balls?

Accustomed as he was to the controversy, Rockhurst gave little regard to the stir his arrival caused, for there, to his amazement, was his cousin, Miss Mary Kendell.

He held out his arm to her, and she settled her hand atop it automatically. Taking a glance around them, then back at her, he asked, "Cousin, whatever are you doing here?"

"I would ask the same of you," she replied. "Really, Rockhurst! Send around a note of warning before you decide to arrive at Almack's."

He glanced around the room and blinked several times. "Almack's? Is that what this is called?" He patted the front of his jacket. "And here I thought I had tickets to the ballet this evening. Remind me to sack Tunstall tomorrow for driving me to the wrong address."

"The sun hasn't even set yet," Mary pointed out. "I'm sure when you arrived, you might have noticed the difference."

The earl grinned, completely unrepentant. "I will maintain to my dying day this was all Tunstall's doing. Or until his."

"Poor Tunstall," Mary said. "I'm surprised he didn't fall over with apoplexy when you directed him here rather than your usual haunts."

"Ah, Mary," Rockhurst replied. "As forthright as ever. 'Tis why I adore you above all my other relations."

"Since your only other choice is Aunt Routledge, I can't say I am impressed with your singular favor."

Rockhurst laughed. His cousin was one of the few -people who was neither awed nor impressed by his title and rank.

"You still haven't answered my question. Whatever possessed you to come here?" She waved her hand at the ballroom, where a good portion of the ton was staring back at the pair of them as if they had arrived dressed for a masquerade.

"I lost a wager." He winked at her and led her toward the punch table.

"You never lose wagers."

Right she was, but he wasn't about to explain himself to anyone. Hell, how could he explain it to her when he wasn't quite sure of the reasons himself. "I will tell you if you can tell me what you are doing here amongst all these dullards, Mary?"

"If you kept to proper society, you would know I am out this Season."

She couldn't have said anything that would have shocked him more. "Out?"

"Rockhurst, I would like to get married. Before it is too late even to consider the possibility."

Quite frankly, he didn't know what to say. He'd never considered that his bluestocking cousin would even want a husband.

She continued on, "And I would appreciate it if you wouldn't point out the impracticality of such a notion like Father or . . . or others have."

Yet there was one point he could argue, glancing around the room one more time and suppressing the shudder that threatened to run up his spine. "Why here?"

"Aunt Routledge," she confessed.

"Bullied you into it, didn't she?"

Mary cringed, then nodded.

He leaned over. "You need to spend more of your days away from your library and out in the world—where our aunt can't find you."

"I haven't the Dials to hide in, as you do," she commented. Then she glanced over at him, taking a measuring glance if ever there was one.

A skill she'd no doubt inherited from their aforementioned aunt.

"You've looked drawn of late," she said. "I take that to mean that your other responsibilities have become more pressing than usual."

"In a manner of speaking."

She lowered her voice, and asked, "You haven't found the hole yet?"

He shook his head, but said nothing more given the curious and close company surrounding them. Mary wouldn't pry further—at least not until she had him alone where she could pepper him with questions. Nothing like a true bluestocking to want every detail of a matter.

If anything, perhaps his troubles of late were exactly the reason he was here. At Almack's.

He glanced around at the bevy of young beauties and heiresses and those who'd just arrived in the world with all the necessary pedigree and nothing else to recommend them, and he shuddered.

No, for a brief second of late, he thought he'd found a lady who was different. Miss Charlotte Wilmont. But it hadn't taken him long to realize the lady had eyes only for another.

But in those few hours in her company, he'd discovered something he hadn't thought possible. A spark of something that he'd never found before. Perhaps it had only been a brief enigma. A happenstance of fate.

Yet here he was, at Almack's, surveying the ladies of the ton, in search of . . . someone.

His musings were interrupted by a sharp fan into his ribs, and his cousin saying, "Rockhurst, stop measuring the guests as if they were horses at Tatt's. It is unbecoming."



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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    Magic and Mayhem ensues

    I've read many of Elizabeth Boyle's historical romances novels and adore her style and stories. This 2nd book of the Marlowe series is different with it's paranormal elements and darker potentials. I was fascinated at the extra layers and depth that could be revealed of other worlds and dangers. I was caught up in the story (trusting that Elizabeth would deliver an awesome ending) but truly wasn't seeing how to get these characters out of their dilemma! Every time I thought I had it figured out, nope, something different happened.

    What an awesome story!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    A great Regency romantic adventure thriller

    In 1810 Lady Hermione Marlowe has loved the rogue Lord Rockhurst, but the rake seems to ignore her except with quick fleeting glances of desire when he thinks she is not looking. She wonders how to make him see her without causing a scandal and wishes to learn his deepest secrets as that will bolster her chances.------------------ She is stunned when the ring she wears makes her invisible. She follows Rockhurst and learns what her heart has been saying that he is not a scoundrel but instead he is London¿s protector, but she wonders who protects the protector. She vows her. When she saves his life coming out of nowhere, he calls her his 'Shadow'. As he tries to get her to back off from the danger of the night as only the Paratus would understand, Hermione refuses to heed his plea instead she demands he allow her to join him in love protecting the innocent from evil.-------------------- Few authors use secret or mistaken identities as well as Elizbath Boyle consistently does (see THIS RAKE OF MINE and LOVE LETTERS FROM A DUKE). This time the superb historical author has her intrepid heroine believe in her heart there is much more depth to the wastrel she loves (sort of believing Percy is the Scarlet Pimpernel with all proof to the contrary that he is a dandy). Hermione obtains the gimmick that lets her prove her theory with ¿stalking¿ her hero inside of a great Regency romantic adventure thriller while fans will be TEMPTED BY THE NIGHT to buy Ms. Boyle¿s backlist.-------------- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Great series

    This is the 2nd book in the series. It is a historical romance (with all the restraints society puts on ladys and gents) mixed with a little paranormal action and suspense. The male and female main characters both show great character development throughout the book. Main Disappointment: The series is about the 5 Marlowe children and this is the last book Boyle has written since '09...so yeah :(

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Oh, snap!

    This book had me spent. I have read her previous titles. And this one was on the mark. The love scenes, as well as the action had me weak. A definate page turner. Ya heard.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    A wonderful book to read

    I started this book before bed and stayed awake till 3AM because i could not put it down! In the beginning i was a little confused and unsure, but i am glad i kept reading! it was wonderful! a great way of putting mystery, romance and science fiction together! Don't miss this one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 7, 2013

    night runs in to starlights body ( im going to bring her back) s

    night runs in to starlights body ( im going to bring her back) she touches her nose to her head and her marking on her fur glows not only does she bring starlight back she heals all of her wounds(she will wake soon)night pads out

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Don't read it!

    This is the worst book ever! The cover should tell you it is a paranormal junk so readers would be know. Instead it steals your money and gives you pure junk. Don't bother to waste your money on this one.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    I was disappointed. While none of the excerpts give hint to the

    I was disappointed. While none of the excerpts give hint to the supernatural aspect of the book it was a pleasant surprise at first but it quickly fell flat due to a lack of any real development. The heroine lacks personality and the hero lacks intrigue. All in all I'm the only real surprise was the fact that I bothered to finish it.

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    Night

    This is the alpha females den and im the alpha female

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Amazing read! Boyle draws the reader into the character's lives

    Amazing read! Boyle draws the reader into the character's lives and one cannot help but feel for them as they struggle with the problems they face.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    Enchanting Tale

    Very enjoyable read with a magical twist! My first book by Elizabeth Boyle, but certainly not my last.

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