Tainted by Temptation

Tainted by Temptation

by Katy Madison

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Tainted by Temptation by Katy Madison

“A firecracker of a book! Tainted by Temptation grabs the classic gothic romance by the scruff of the neck, gives it a good shake and sets it ablaze to heat up bookshelves everywhere.
—Anna Campbell, author of My Reckless Surrender


Katy Madison makes a truly spectacular Avon Romance debut with Tainted by Temptation, a deeply emotional tale of a desperate woman and a man with nothing left to lose. A novel with the haunting, gothic feel of the best of Amanda Quick, this stunning historical romance, set in Victorian England against the backdrop of the Cornwell cliffs, is alive with vivid and unforgettable characters—and will thrill and captivate fans of dark, brooding heroes and star-crossed loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062017345
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Katy Madison has always loved stories and books. As a child she was always lugging a book around. In third grade, she fell in love with the romance genre when her mother fed her voracious appetite for books with a romance novel. Sidetracked by real life, a husband, kids, and a career at The Kansas City Star, where she authored a few incident reports and a system manual, she returned to her love of the genre with her gothic romance, Tainted by Temptation.

Katy makes her home on a tree-lined street in Kansas City, Missouri, and thinks there is nothing better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book while a storm rages outside.

What People are Saying About This

Anna Campbell

A firecracker of a book! TAINTED BY TEMPTATION grabs the classic gothic romance by the scruff of the neck, gives it a good shake and sets it ablaze to heat up bookshelves everywhere.

Carla Cassidy

Katy Madison’s Tainted By Temptation has it all - richly drawn characters, a tightly woven plot and a breathless romance set against a backdrop of gothic elements.

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Tainted by Temptation 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
I read this one this afternoon and I must say I really enjoyed this book. Hot & Sexy!
FFC70 More than 1 year ago
You will be drawn in to story, there is romance, mystery and you will not be able to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book and I really enjoyed it. It is a definite spin on "Jane Eyre," as the book is even included in the story. I was emotionally invested in the characters and while there were no shocking twists in the plot, it was clever enough to keep me intrigued until the end, and had an interesting inclusion of religion that was believable but certainly not so preachy as to overwhelm. There are two sex scenes in the book and both could've been longer and included more details for my taste, but were still sexy and fun. The ending was a bit rushed, but it wasn't so bad as to spoil it. IMO this is a fun, solidly written book with great exploration of the chatacters' emotions. Characters are relatable despite having lived through scenarios with which most readers won't have personal experience. I especially enjoyed the affectionate interaction between Velvet and Iris. I hope someday I can learn how to correct a child's bad behavior and social interactions without crushing his/her spirit the way Velvet does. :) ***SPOILER: There were some details that weren't explained that bug me...who was the "ghost" by whom Iris was haunted? Was it supposed to be Nellie or truly the ghost of Lillith? Nellie doesn't seem plausible from the descriptions of physical interactions with Iris because obviously the woman wouldn't be mistaken for Lillith. Also, the character of Meg somewhat disappears; where was she in the end? More reactions/details would have strengthened the ending and added credibility to the storyline.
LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
The sexual tension between the two characters screams off the page with this one. Madison captures the hero's intense longing for the heroine beautifully. Toss in the dark, foreboding atmosphere, dangerous reputation of the hero, and a murder mystery and you have one great read! Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read - story about two people who are attracted to each other, but have a lot of baggage they are afraid to expose - once the truth is revealed about each other's past they become the perfect match
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. I did like the characters. The writing was also pretty good. Had some good romance scenes as well, and a pretty good story line. It kind of had "Jane Eyre" undertones to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this story. IT drew me in and held me till the end. What an Awsome find.. I will be going thru her books like a tail wind...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had mystery n romance. I thought it was going to be someone else at end but happy bout it anyway !
martybk More than 1 year ago
Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooked from the 1st page.
Max-Cat More than 1 year ago
I loved this story, it's highly reminiscen of some of the gothic classics with mystery, historical and sensuality added to the plot.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London Velvet Campbell was a magnet for gossip. Needing to escape the unfair whispers and innuendos, she accepts employment in Cornwall although she has heard cruel accusations of her employer murdering his late wife by throwing her off the nearby cliffs. Lucian Pendar hires her as governess to his daughter Iris in spite of a horrific first meeting. Velvet and Lucian are attracted to one another, but both know that the needs of grieving Iris must come first. The child not only wants her mom to come home, the woman's ghost seems to be walking the mists near where she fell to her death. As Velvet investigates the questionable death, she falls in love with father and daughter, but her efforts to prove Lucian is not a killer prove futile as each new piece of evidence she finds affirms the rumors that he murdered his wife. Although a linear story line in which readers will find no twists, Tainted by Temptation is an engaging gothic historical whodunit romance. The lead couple each has secrets that explain their role in the scandals that engulf them, but neither trusts the other with the baggage they carry. Action-packed from the moment Velvet faints at Lucian's feet and never slowing down, fans will appreciate Katy Madison's entertaining romantic amateur sleuth. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put down... loved it
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Very Very Good!
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Absolutely enjoyable gothic read
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