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Beguiled
     

Beguiled

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by Sylvia Mcdaniel
 

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Recently married Layla Cuvier is awakened to the shocking news that her husband is murdered and that she is not his only widow. It's true, she hated Jean Cuvier who forced Layla's father to sell his shipping company and sanctioned their marriage. There may be three Cuvier widows, but Layla is the most likely suspect to his murder.
Forced to turn to the man she

Overview

Recently married Layla Cuvier is awakened to the shocking news that her husband is murdered and that she is not his only widow. It's true, she hated Jean Cuvier who forced Layla's father to sell his shipping company and sanctioned their marriage. There may be three Cuvier widows, but Layla is the most likely suspect to his murder.
Forced to turn to the man she blames for the sale of her father's shipping company, she must trust Drew Soulier, the best attorney in New Orleans. Layla knows that Drew doubts her innocence and is only using her trial to further his political ambitions, yet she can't seem to deny his allure and finds herself struggling to resist her desires. Is Drew the man to find the truth that saves Layla from hanging and heals her troubled heart? Or will he stop at nothing to achieve his goal to be mayor?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781537106731
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/23/2016
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia McDaniel is a best-selling, award-winning author of historical romance and contemporary romance novels. Known for her sweet, funny, family-oriented romances, Sylvia is the author of The Burnett Brides, a western historical western series, The Cuvier Widows, a Louisiana historical series, and several short contemporary romances.

She is the former President of the Dallas Area Romance Authors, a member of the Romance Writers of America®, and a member of Novelists Inc. Her novel, A Hero's Heart, was a 1996 Golden Heart Finalist. Several other books have placed or won in the San Antonio Romance Authors Contest and the LERA Contest, and she was a Golden Network Finalist.

Married for nearly twenty years to her best friend, they have two dachshunds that are beyond spoiled and a good-looking, grown son who thinks there's no place like home. She loves gardening, shopping, knitting, and football (Cowboys and Bronco's fan), but not necessarily in that order.

Look for her the first Tuesday of every month at the Plotting Princesses blogspot, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter to learn about new releases and contests. Every month a new subscriber is entered into a drawing for a free book!

She can be found online at: www.sylviamcdaniel.com or on Facebook. You can write to Sylvia at P.O. Box 2542, Coppell, TX 75019.

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Beguiled 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kimamhill More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS SERIES! The suspense in it was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. There were parts where I had to put my kindle down and take a breather cause I was so caught up in it. I can NOT wait to read more of Sylvia's books! Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last book in the Cuvier series is just as good as the first two in my opinion, maybe even a little better, but only because you are finally put out of your misery with the suspense of not knowing who did it and what really happened. Here we meet Layla, the third and final wife of Jean. Once again we first meet her in the motel room where her husband was murdered and she finds out that she is only one of his three wives. And if that's not bad enough, it gets much, much worse! It seems she is the one that is being accused of his murder. Layla would be the first one to admit that she wasn't happy during her year long marriage to Jean, and that her father forced her to marry him, thinking it might help them get their family's shipping company back, but that doesn't mean she killed him. Why is the District Attorney and everyone else pointing their fingers at her? It seems that everything, and I mean everything is against her right from the beginning. The stakes are high. The suspense is deep. She is forced to take a lawyer that will fight for her. The one she ends up with isn't quite the one she'd imagined. She takes her late husbands lawyer, Drew, even though she thinks he is the real reason her dad had to sell his shipping company. She takes Drew because he is the best their is in New Orleans. One day Layla comes across a letter in Jean's dresser and realizes that another woman is most likely involved. Could this be the murderer, she wonders? But how can she actually find out? No one believes a thing she says. Everyone thinks she is a horrible, horrible murderer and that there is no other way it could have been. In fact, in all truth, at first even Drew thinks she is guilty. Drew takes Layla's case as a pro-bono case thinking that not only might it help him to build his political career, but also because he has actually been enthralled with Layla for years. Drew wants to have Layla acquitted and they both believe that he is the one to do just that. As they are spending a whole lot of time together going over the facts of the case, their relationship is that of a love/hate relationship and is rather humorous at times. I loved this about this book. Again, as in the previous two books, the two main characters soon realize that they have feeling for each other and we are taken along a wonderful journey as their relationship slowly unfolds and progresses.  I'm going to pretty much stop here so I don't give the book away, but I know you want to know if Drew was able to save Layla from the gallows. I know you want to know if it was Layla who killed Jean or if it was actually someone else. I know that you will want to read this book just as much as you will want to have read the first two books in this installment.
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
Accused of murder the story continues in Book 3 with Layla Curvier wife number three in the series of The Curvier Widows.   Jean Curvier although dead controlled all three the women from the grave and in each story they had to fight to get the freedom they so surely needed. Each went about it differently. Lalya DuChampe the youngest of the three had the most to loose. Forced by her father to marry the deceitful man all she knew was unhappiness in the year long marriage with seemingly no way out. Until his untimely death in their hotel suite that showed all the signs that she was the one. Fighting for her life she had no where to go, no one to trust or to rely on. When she met Jean's lawyer that she knew as a young boy with her in school she distrusted him from the start. Sparks flew between them creating the suspense filled story line Drew Soulier recognized her to and took it upon himself to defend her as a pro bono case hoping that the case will launch his political career. Finding a letter in Jean's dresser she realized that there could be another woman involved and she jumped at the opportunity to fend for her self. Colette the only remaining servant at her side.  Some of the loose ends in Book 1 and 2 are answered during the unraveling plot in book 3 Beguiled. I could not help but feel more empathy for Layla than Marian and Nicole. Her continuous struggle for people to believe in her innocence, not knowing how she will support herself and disregarded by the people left her bereft and alone. Seemingly with out hope. With the added mistrust from Drew things was seriously against her. The ongoing investigation taking its toll on her. Always on the defense but yet opening herself for the love of a man she never thought would return her affection. A beautiful written love story that brought closure to the series laying down dreams to be with the one person who can make you truly happy. Who killed Jean Curvier? Well I would suggest to buy the series and read for yourself. It is well worth it till the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago