Don't Tempt Me

Don't Tempt Me

by Loretta Chase

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Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains.

That's the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she's shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She's a walking scandal, with no hope of a future . . . unless someone can civilize her.

Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor. He's cynical, easily bored, and dangerous to women. He charms, seduces, and leaves them—with parting gifts of expensive jewelry to dry their tears. But good looks, combined with money and rank, makes him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe's risqué reputation . . . if the wayward beauty doesn't lead him into temptation, and a passion that could ruin them both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061632662
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Fallen Women Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 327,860
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets—as a meter maid—and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early nineteenth century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA®. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her at

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Don't Tempt Me 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twelve year old Zoe Lexham disappears while on a family trip to the Middle East. She spent years in a harem after her father foolishly took the family on a tour of the dangerous Eastern Mediterranean and was abducted in Egypt; there she learned to speak openly and honestly about sex. When she finds her way home in 1818, Zoe knows she has no prospects for marriage; being too old and worse ultra scandalous. Lord Lucien de Grey may be a shallow rake, but as a Duke with money he can go anywhere in the Beau Monde and thus he could help his childhood friend become accepted by those in Polite Society. However, Lucien is attracted to Zoe and though she reciprocates, she fears his reaction to learning what happened to her years ago even as the danger that exiled her has returned to complete the job. DON'T TEMPT ME is an enjoyable Regency romance starring two fascinating lead protagonists. The roguish Lucien learned never become deeply attached to anyone especially avoiding love and passion when his parents died when he was ten years old; he knows love hurts. Zoe realizes that scandal is her rightful name having spent years in a harem and learned (by osmosis) about sex; ironically the men want her because she is beautiful and assumed to be an expert in the boudoir, but has a secret that would stun any who ever found out though none except her beloved stand a chance. Fans will enjoy Lucien's chase of Zoe whose reputation is to bolt into trouble. Harriet Klausner
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
Twelve years ago Zoe Octavia Lexham was kidnapped while with her parents in Egypt. Now having escaped the haram she back with her family. After many young women claimed to be Zoe Lexham, the Duke of Marchmont, Lucien de Gray, is going to check her out. Zoe is surrounded by her family, Lucien knows just by looking at her the this is the little girl who terrorized him as a boy. Now it's his job to make her popular. It's hard, because Zoe now knows things that a proper young lady of twenty four shouldn't know. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I loved the plot and all the characters. I knew right off that Zoe and Lucian were meant for eachother, when she turned into a she devil after he said something about her.
SuzieQSK More than 1 year ago
Cute, sexy, everything you could want in a romance novel.
SherryBwine More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Excellent Read! Beware, it is steamy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Major plot was family friend Duke smoothing the way in society for heroine, the harem girl, kidnapped at age 12, in a harem until her escape at age 24 Her major duty in the harem was to try to stimulate her impotent husband to no effect, she remins a vigin the major plot climax was terrific , her touching presentation to the Queen, acceptance in society, & the 'carraige ride' home The subplot wicked house steward wasn't as successful dialouge became a bit cheesy Still enjoyed the story not as good as lord of scoundrels or silk is for seduction
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Loretta Chase, she has written a couple of my all time favorite rereads. So it's with some sadness that I confess that I just didn't like Don't Tempt Me. It wasn't that I didn't like the lovers, Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont and Lady Zoe Lexham but I just didn't buy the scenario. I didn't believe the adult Zoe had had the experiences she was meant to. And of course, why was she a virgin? That just didn't make sense. I liked the courtesan story line in Your Scandalous Ways much better, I found the situation and heroine more congruent. This was a pleasant way to spend a few hours, but it won't linger and I won't reread. Really disappointing from an author I love. But Chases misses are a hundred times better than many others hits, so it's worth reading, but not keeping...
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh My Goodness!! I LOVED this book. I thought I'd come out right off the bat and let everyone know this. This book has it all!Lucien, after seeing everyone he loved die in his youth, the final straw being Zoe's disappearance, has decided that he won't feel anything. He's lost too much and as a result has become cold and aloof, a master of whit and everything one would detest in a hero. But the reader knows that's not his real character. He is dragged kicking back into feeling when Zoe returns to the bosom of her family and needs help in becoming a part of society again. He's wildly attracted to her and her innocent yet very seductive ways.And Zoe - what a wonderful character she is!! She's a mix of innocence and sensuality. She knows what she wants - Lucien - and goes after him even though she's not quite sure she is ready to head back into a cage of 'marriage' after living so long in a harem.There were many moments in this book that had me smiling and chuckling and when I close the cover, I couldn't help but think "Well Done Ms. Chase!!" While not quite up to the same level as my all time favourite by her, Lord of Scoundrels, this one comes very, very close! This one gets a real thumbs up from this satisfied reader!
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a Romance - a highly entertaining, suspend-disbelief, Hot romance. Loretta Chase is one of the few romance authors who seldom, if ever, disappoints. And she's hit it out of the park with this one. Very briefly, the initial premise is unbelievable, so the reader must begin by taking a big breath and just going along with the plot - Zoe Lexham - blond, beautiful, spunky, and the daughter of an English peer - has escaped from the harem where she was held captive for twelve years - and is returned to the bosom of her excitable family. The question then arises of how to re-introduce 'the harem girl' into English society and secure a suitable marriage. Enter Lucien deGrey, the Duke of Marchmont, and the answer to any clever maiden's prayer. Lucien is charming, sexy, and has the romance hero's requisite hidden sadness. All the elements of a successful romance are here: chemistry, humor, witty repartee, suspense in a minor key. If you are looking for the latest Orange Prize nominees, don't look on the romance shelf. Romance novels are the banana splits of the book world - made to formula, not especially nourishing, and - when done well -addicting. So just throw your reservations to the winds and let Chase entertain you on a hot summer's day at the beach or warm you up on a cold winter's night before the fire. But read and enjoy 'Don't Tempt Me'! As we say in Alabama, it's a HOOT!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zoe Olivia is a baron's daughter who was kidnapped at 12. Now she is 24, and has returned to London--miraculously still a virgin, although no one believes that. Her childhood friend Lucian, now a duke, undertakes to make her acceptable to Society, despite her notoriety.Not one of Chase's very best books--that would be several of her Carsington series--but quite enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all her books, but unsure about this story...needless to say it is now one of my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All characters were interesting, kudos to the author. Loved the main ones especially, but to Jarvis a special hats offs! I shall never view an umbrella for just rain!
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Definately not in the same level as the lord of scoundrels. this book was fairly good though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there were a higher rating this book would earn it. One of the best romances ever.
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It kept me up late almost very night. And it had a very good story line and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Loretta Chase you will not be disappointed.
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