Temptingby Hope Tarr
Simon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. As an aspiring Member of Parliament, he cannot afford a scandal. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne's lovely, tear splashed face has him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdue the
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"Pretty Woman" meets "My Fair Lady" in Hope Tarr's TEMPTING
Simon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. As an aspiring Member of Parliament, he cannot afford a scandal. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne's lovely, tear splashed face has him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdue the sense that she is not at all what she seems. Though her expectations are limited by birth and circumstance, still she demonstrates a keen mind and a love of books and learning. Hoping to help her as once he was helped, he takes her home with him as his "cousin" and assumes the role of her guardian--and tutor. With a measure of patience and considerable good fortune, he will find her a position as a ladies' maid, perhaps even a governess.
But Christine is not so easily dispatched. Charming, witty, and wise beyond her years, she proves to be a woman unlike any other, a woman capable of seeing through Simon's polished facade to the shameful secrets searing his soul. As the heat in their private lessons progresses from a fledgling spark to full flame, Simon allows he has never before been so intrigued--or so tempted.
PRAISE FOR HOPE TARR'S NOVELS:
"Tarr pegs Victorian era London perfectly...poignant and romantic." --RT BOOK Reviews
"A beguiling mixture of historical detail, romantic intrigue, and just plain fun." --New York Times bestselling author, Susan Wiggs
"Hope Tarr is a master storyteller who breathes magic into love." --Bestselling author, Miranda Jarrett
"A touching story of salvation and renewal." --Madeline Hunter
"A book to feast upon...fresh and original." --Patricia Potter
"Wonderfully written! Readers will devour it." --Cathy Maxwell
"Stunning...enchanting." --May McGoldrick
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Hope Tarr is the award-winning author of twenty-five historical and contemporary romance novels, including OPERATION CINDERELLA, optioned by Twentieth Century FOX for feature film. Hope is a co-founder and current curator of Lady Jane's Salon®, New York City's first—and only—monthly romance fiction reading series, now in its sixth year with eight satellites nationwide.Find Hope online at www.HopeTarr.com, www.LadyJaneSalonNYC.com, www.WriterNYC.com, www.Facebook.com/HopeC.Tarr, www.Goodreads.com/HopeTarr and www.Twitter.com/HopeTarr.
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Haunted for decades because he failed to prevent the tragic rape of his younger sister, Rebecca, Simon Belleville has spent his career trying to atone for that by serving on Her Majesty's Morality and Vice Commission. Therefore, it would seem totally out of character for him to send a prostitute to charm school and bring her into his home; yet, that is exactly what he does when he finds Christine Tremayne hidden in a whorehouse attic.
As the months pass and Christine and Simon come to know one another, they are drawn together despite themselves, with a nudge here and there from Christine's teacher, Margot. Christine may have been an urchin, but she is very beautiful and has the soul of a lady, even if her manners and speech need refinement. Yet, giving in to his desire for her would risk losing his chances at a higher position politically, a thought that Simon can not stand. Even more though, he can not abide the thought of Christine in the arms of another, and when he does admit his love, he gets a surprise.
***** Everyone who has loved Cinderella, Pretty Woman, or My Fair Lady will be charmed by this endearing story. Though some of the scenes are too racy to call this a fairy talel, it still has a charming innocence, not unlike that captured by the heroine herself. Simon is a more romantic version of Henry Higgins, a combination of Rex Harrison's crusty, chauvanist and power driven, charming Richard Gere in their respective roles. Even if one does not usually read historicals, you will be missing out if you bypass this one. *****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
I enjoyed every minute...
Simon Bellville knows poverty first hand having grown up in the worst possible place. Though almost two decades have passed, Simon remains haunted by his failure to protect his sister from the rape that destroyed her mental state and eradicated her smile. By 1867, Simon had become legendary in London for making a fortune, but remains obsessed with that crime that changed his life. He now runs Her Majesty¿s Morality and Vice Commission as his means of attaining atonement for his one defeat of failing to keep his sibling safe. Simon invades a brothel only to find the seemingly innocent Christine Tremain incarcerated in the attic. Instead of sending her to Newgate as he knows he should, Simon enrolls her in school. Soon Simon finds he must choose between his growing attraction and apparent love for Christine and his efforts to join Parliament. She is just the type of scandal that could end his political career before it begins. Though in many ways TEMPTING is a typical early Victorian romance, what makes this novel stand out among the ton of historicals is the underlying morality theme. The story line cleverly provides an ethics message that ¿to thine own self be true¿ as the values the characters contain make the key cast members seem genuine. The era with the changing of Parliament and the prime cast feel real so that the audience will have quite a good time with this tale and hope that Ms. Tarr rapidly provides another strong story such as this one. Harriet Klausner