The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball Series #3)

The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball Series #3)

by Sophie Barnes

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ISBN-13: 9780062245182
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: At the Kingsborough Ball Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 323,924
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes Book Three of the At The Kinsborough Ball series Publisher: Avon Books Publication Date: July 29, 2014 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn't have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time. Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she's known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien's arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can't help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien's charms when love is at stake? What I Liked: Well. This one was not to my liking, very much. This series started brilliantly, in my opinion. The Trouble with Being a Duke was SO GOOD, a gorgeous Cinderella retelling, and I gave it four stars. The second book was The Scandal in Kissing an Heir, and that one was an okay novel, a Rapunzel retelling, garnering three stars from me. I'm not sure which tale this book is retelling, but it got two stars from me. So it would seem that the series is declining in quality, I'm afraid. For what it's worth, I liked Lucien a lot. Lucian and Kate were friends when they were younger - they grew up together, along with Crossby, who ended up wooing Kate and marrying her, NOT Lucien. This story is not typical, because instead of Kate being in love with Lucien from the beginning, it's Lucien who has always been in love with Kate, and Kate never had a clue. I must say, I rather hate this type of romance. See more below. So that kind of ruined the romance for me. And that's a really big part of the HISTORICAL ROMANCE novel. Also, the secondary plot was stupid.  Also, I hate widower-type books as well. When the woman's husband died, leaving her with children, or even without children, just the title. I don't know why this bothers me so much. The same goes with a widower male. Not a fan of that story, though you don't see it too often in historical romance novels. I think the only widower historical romance novel I've liked is Elizabeth Hoyt's Thief of Shadows. I loveeee Hoyt's books. But as I mentioned before, I really, really liked Lucien. He is the reason why this book gets two stars, as a opposed to one star. I loved how much he loved Kate, how hard he worked to get her to notice him and his feelings, all of the selfish things that didn't seem selfish at all, in the name of love.  Now. Let's get to what I didn't like. What I Did Not Like: The romance. The secondary plot. Kate. Ugh ugh ugh. There were too many little AND big things that really weren't all that great. I really enjoyed the first book of this series. This series had a lot of promise, especially with the unique way that the author set up this series, but this book, and the previous one, to be honest, weren't that good. I really did not like the romance. Lucien is in love with Kate. They were childhood friends. I'm not sure why I don't like it when the male is in love with the female from childhood. Personally, I'm not sure I like it when the female is in love with the male from childhood. A few years, maybe, but childhood? Ehhh, not necessarily the story I like to read. At any rate, I dislike this romance setup. Lucien is so smitten, his love for Kate never wavering, even when she married his rival (their childhood peer).  For that matter, I seriously do not like Kate. She married Crossby, who never loved her, but married her to spite Lucien. What?! Are you serious?! Did Kate herself ever love Crossby? Because it didn't seem like it. Kate had her pick of many men, including Lucien, but she chose horrible Crosby, who ended up treating her pretty terribly. I would have chosen Lucien any day. So when you hate the romance in a ROMANCE novel, that's kind of the whole book right there. This book really had no chance, as soon as I realized how the romance was set up. Also? It was a bunch of crap, in my opinion. So much back-and-forth, indecision, stupid wavering from Kate. Lucien flirts with her, proclaims his feelings for her, drops everything for her, and that's still not good enough?! Spoiled b****. She acts so entitled and snobby, especially since she has her precious daughter (with her late husband, of course). He proposes marriage to her over and over, and she refuses. But of course, when she finally deems that she is ready, and he doesn't ask her, suddenly he doesn't love her, right?! Are you f***ing kidding me?! The man asked you to marry him HOW MANY TIMES?! Of course he's not asking at the moment, how many times can a man have his pride wounded like that!? Ugh. Moving on to the secondary plot. Oh my gosh. It revolves around Kate, and it's so stupid. It really pops out of nowhere, and I rather dislike it a lot. It just proves to me that Lucien is an honorable, decent, love-struck gentleman, and Kate deserves to be run over by a wagon. NOT that the conflict is necessarily directly her fault, but gosh she is so dumb. There is one thing that she did that is SO DUMB - I can't say the specifics but ugh, who is that stupid?! WHO?! I've probably said enough, right? Steer clear of this one, unfortunately. The first book in the series was amazing! Magical! Captivating! This one... not so much. Would I Recommend It: No, not at all, unfortunately. I'm so happy that I stuck through this series (so far), but I think I've reached my limit with the series. We'll see when the premise of the next book is released (if there is another book in the works). I would TOTALLY recommend the first book, The Trouble with Being a Duke, but not the second book or this one. Rating: 2 stars. Lucien gets those two stars - I really like him. I had hoped for more from this book, given my immense love for the first book, but this book was even worse than the second book (not that the second book was horrible, but it wasn't great). Try the first book in this series, or Sophie Jordan's A Good Debutante's Guide To Ruin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all things from the regency era, this was a good representation of that time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I am not the most avid historical romance person, this book distinguished itself for its clever plot, plausible characters, and most uniquely the character perspective in which the male was certain of his love and needed to settle the heart of the woman. Great read.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Katherine is a young widow with an infant who had a loveless marriage that stripped her self confidence, especially her looks and in the bedroom. She is extremely self conscious and unhealthily prudish, even more so than a Georgette Heyer heroine. Lifelong friends, Lucien and Katherine separated when he left for the Continent. He has now returned to England and is determined to court her and offer marriage, finally. But Katherine is afraid that her close friendship with Lucien will change if they become romantically involved. Lucien has always loved Katherine and has never wanted to marry anyone else. In fact, he left England after she married because he was heartbroken. He is a second son so he felt unworthy of her and was not brave enough to pursue her. But now he’s the Earl of Roxbury and is older, wiser, and knows what he wants. Against Katherine’s better judgment, she becomes jealous when she sees Lucien with another woman. Indeed, he is trying to make her jealous. I felt that some of their behavior was a bit childish. Katherine supposedly doesn’t want marriage with any man ever again after her disastrous first union, even Lucien, but after they have sex, she becomes irritated when he doesn’t propose to her again right away! She doesn’t know what she wants. But she does love Lucien. There is a mystery plot in this story that I feel takes a little bit away from the romantic tension in the novel. But it reveals Lucien’s great protectiveness of Katherine (and her daughter) when her life is threatened and she is grateful for his help. Sometimes the prose teeters on the purple and the theme of a woman scorned rears its ugly and almost predictable head near the end. I felt the way that Katherine defied Lucien’s orders to stay in the house was a little irrational on her part, but it does play nicely into the rescue. The romance between Katherine and Lucien is very tame and mild and I didn’t see much passion and sexual tension, though the sex is described. They’re just very good friends who love and care about each other.  This is the third book in the At the Kingsborough Ball series by Sophie Barnes. The clever premise of the series features concurrent and pivotal events that occur at the same ball. It’s an entertaining story; just don’t expect a sizzling romance.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Kate and Lucien grew up together, so they know practically everything there is to know about each other or so they thought. Kate got married, and Lucien takes off without so much as a word. When they re-unite, Kate doesn't know if this is the same guy she grew up with. I LOVE the bantering between Kate and Lucien. Kate has it so set in her head that she isn't going to re-marry. It was fun watching her unravel. The ARC of The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes was kindly provided to me by the publisher/author through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining. LORRAINE
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Lucien has loved Katherine for a long time. Thinking he wasn't good enough for her he never told her and has been away from her for years. When he becomes an Earl he knows the time is right to make his move. Katherine is a widow and she plans on staying single. She is glad to see Lucien again as they have always been great friends. When he lets her know he has to marry soon and has a woman in mind she begins to look at him differently. Then she hears rumors he is in love with her. While she finds it hard to believe it all makes her look inside her own heart and what she wants. When Katherine finds herself in danger Lucien vows he will keep her safe, He also plans to show her what they could have with kisses and more. Katherine has o decide if she wants to let him go or give marriage another shot. Katherine is a smart lady and a wonderful mom. She was treated by her husband and is afraid to let another man have the shot at hurting her. Lucien loves Katherine and she really is the only one he wants. He is very charming, protective and can be sneaky at times if it means he gets what he wants. I liked both of them and I loved Lucien's grandmother. If you enjoy historical romance you will love this one. Katherine isn't the normal heroine in trouble waiting on a man. Nope she has learned to take care of her self and her daughter. She does rush in sometimes but she is doing it to protect those she cares about. It is a nice change seeing a character like her. Someone is after Katherine and it give Lucien the chance to show her how things could be between them. There is action in this book so it isn't all falling in love and such. It has a great plot and was a delight to read. I didn't see he why or who that was after Katherine and that was great. I enjoyed the chase not only to find the bad guy but the chase to see if these two would take a chance. 
Tricia_FtWorth More than 1 year ago
Nice read, not my favorite in the series. But does not turn me off if the author writes another to address Casper and Jane, or Lord Starkly I enjoyed the book, but it did spend too much time with the characters doubting each other instead of just saying what they felt and going for it. Maybe this was more noticeable because I had just finished a book where the main characters knew from the moment they meet....
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, even though about one-third of it frustrated the hell out of me. Lucien and Katherine are both terrific characters in their own right, each surviving their own personal hells while apart before being reunited years later. But their doubt and lack of admission for their feelings toward one another drove me crazy. Lucien’s asked another woman’s help in gaining Katherine’s attention, which I didn’t understand as he is the very picture of confidence. And Katherine, who lacks confidence thanks to her late husband, doubts the truth spoken by good friends who knew her better than her peers. There’s an interesting mix of mystery, suspense, and romance in the pages of this book. Still, I guess it’s one of those better late than never sort of circumstances for these two. It took an act of violence for Lucien to jump into action and protect the woman he loved. And it took close quarters with Lucien for Katherine to see herself through his eyes and to truly hear what her heart had been telling her all along. 3.5* ***Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does a great job finishing out the series! Lots of plot twists and turns! Loved this one and the whole series!
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Fun The Danger in Tempting an Earl is the third in the series. This is a sweet story of a widow and a second son of an earl who given a second chance to make beautiful Kate his. Lucien Marvaine is the new Earl of Roxberry and trying to make Kate see him more than a friend. Kate has always seen him as a friend but now she starts to see him as a man she desires. Since Kate miserable marriage she lost her confidence in herself and tries to resist her attraction to Lucien. The story start in the Kingsborough Ball,I was looking forward to find out who was responsible for shooting and the motive.It is a fun historical romance with modern dialogue and enjoyable read. Thank you Sophie Barnes