Award-winning author Zoë Archer returns with another novel of breathtaking suspense as Nemesis, Unlimited schemes to avenge injustice--and conquer a woman's heart--in Wicked Temptation.
FATE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Newly widowed, Bronwyn Parrish's fortune has been spent settling her late husband's debtsthanks to an unscrupulous business managerand now there's nothing left. Society has no place for a woman without means, and with nowhere to turn, Bronwyn is lost…until, from out of nowhere, a handsome gentleman steps in and makes her an offer she can't refuse.
WILL DESIRE TEAR THEM APART?
Secrets and subterfuge are in Marco Black's blood. As one of Nemesis, Unlimited's most senior agents, Society women aren't his usual cup of tea. But Marco's sixth sense tells him that there's more to Bronwyn than meets the eye…and he wants to help the brazen beauty retrieve her lost fortune. But is his attraction to her worth the risk? His mission will lead him all the way to Les Grillons, France's most ruthless crime syndicate. Soon, Marco and Bronwyn will find themselves facing a danger that could cost them their livesand a passion that is priceless.
"Zoë Archer's books are not to be missed!"
USA Today bestselling author Alexandra Hawkins
About the Author
Zoë Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in literature and fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed Blades of the Rose series and the historical paranormal series The Hellraisers. Zoë and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, live in Los Angeles.
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Zoe Archer is a name I've seen cropping up quite a lot recently and I was quite keen to see just what all the fuss was about, plus, as I was in the mood for an historical romance, I thought this book would fit the bill nicely. Ms Archer is an award winning author who seems to straddle numerous genres with ease so it was with great expectation that I settled in to read this book which is part of her Nemesis Unlimited series. Nemesis is a secret organization run by men and women determined to right wrongs and fight for justice. It doesn't matter who you are, if you need help, then these dedicated men and women will move heaven and earth to be there for you. Bronwyn is recently widowed but can't quite understand just what's happened to the money she and her late husband had. Bronwyn may have led a sheltered and privileged life, but she realizes that something just doesn't add up. Left destitute, she prepares to leave her home one last time but a strange man appears who informs her that he and those he works with have heard of her plight and just might have a solution. Bronwyn reluctantly agrees to listen to the enigmatic Marco but what she hears changes her life. Marco has a knack for espionage and has learned to use his skills to his advantage but he abhors injustice and so secretly works to help those who have been oppressed. When Bronwyns plight is brought to his attention he's pretty sure that the man her late husband entrusted their fortune with has embezzled it but proof is needed. Bronwyn is the only one who can identify the thief and so the hunt is on but there's just something about the young widow that appeals to Marco. Bronwyn has steel in her backbone and music in her heart but Marco has no time for romance or does he? I really enjoyed this and found it quite unexpected . Its a very entertaining story that takes the heroine Bronwym on quite a journey both in terms of travel but most importantly on a voyage of self discovery! She lives in a time when appearances and rules are everything but polite society isn't always kind. Marco sees a wildness in her that has been hidden and as they spend more and more time in each other's company Bronwyn is like a butterfly leaving her chrysalis behind. This was fast paced and filled with suspense and romance. A passionate awakening that just felt right and a couple you just want to cheer for. Loved the historical details and I personally hated the way women were perceived as little more than chattels but the author has done an excellent job of bringing those outdated views into her storyline. An intelligent heroine paired with a hero filled with depths, fabulous!
The third book in the gripping and gritty Victorian era series, Nemesis, Unlimited, by Zoë Archer. Bronwyn Parrish is a lady of privilege whose husband’s death has left her destitute, when Nemesis, Unlimited assists in helping her regain her lost fortune. An amateur violinist who relinquished the impossible dream of playing professionally due to her class and position, she possesses an inner fire and passion. "An unfortunate situation. That’s what wisdom and safety had netted her. A debt-ridden dead husband, with nothing left for her but a boardinghouse and advertisements in a newspaper.” (p25) Marco Black is a smooth and experienced agent, and a spy, who cannot let attraction get in the way of the mission. He’s reluctant to take on Bronwyn’s case but is quickly impressed by her zest for life, her inner hunger for righteousness, and her fearlessness and strength. They quickly enter a world of subterfuge and adventure as they pursue a powerful and very dangerous French syndicate. Along the way, they get to know one another and begin an affair that Marco insists will be temporary. And Bronwyn also develops a taste for risk and excitement. And, of course, for Marco, an enigmatic and mysterious English-Italian spy. Marco has no time for love in his perilous work, especially with a high-class widow, even though she has lost her wealth. But she attracts and intrigues him like no other woman ever has before. "Whether or not he felt a growing attraction to a spirited, redheaded widow was irrelevant." (p90) This has been a bite-your-nails series as Nemesis, Unlimited, an underground group of clever and daring vigilantes, helps those unable to seek justice for themselves. Bronwyn’s maid enlists their help for her lady, against Marco’s initial wishes for a woman of privilege. Their romance is passionate and sizzlingly sexy. Their conversations are beautiful to read as they get to know one another and pursue the dangers that surround them. The threatening situations they find themselves in often had me on the edge of my seat and the pacing in the story is excellent, a lovely balance of excitement and romance. This book can be read as a standalone but it’s preferable to read them in order as heroes and heroines from previous books make an appearance and/or are mentioned here. A sexy, thrilling, and enjoyable story.
Nemesis is an organization created to help the helpless. In Wicked Temptation, one of the founders of Nemesis, Marco Black is a reluctant savior to the newly widowed Bronwyn Parrish. Claims of debt have been made against the Parrish name has left Bronwyn homeless and penniless. As a woman without a man, Bronwyn has no recourse to prove these debts false. Marco vows to assist Bronwyn in reclaiming her stolen money and bring those who pray on the weak/vulnerable to justice. Marco doesn't want to want a socialite but Bronwyn's tenacity and perseverance is just one of the many attributes that draw Marco in. Passions fly in this wickedly delightful historical romance. This sensually enticing plot is infused with intrigue, mystery and action. Wicked Temptation is a highly entertaining and very enjoyable read.
This is book 3 in the Nemesis, Unlimited series. After her husband's death, Bronwyn Parrish learns that her fortune is gone. The day she leaves her home to find work, she has an unexpected guest. Marco Black, from Nemesis Unlimited, has taken the job of trying to get her fortune back. Nemesis heard about Bronwyn's trouble from her former maid. They normally didn't help the nobility, but they were convinced that Bronwyn was worthy. They soon learn that Bronwyn's late husband's business manager stole the money to cover his gambling debts and travel to Paris to find him. After locating the man, they learn that he owes money to one of France's most ruthless crime syndicates, Les Grillons. Unfortunately, the business manager can't pay back the money he owes and is soon killed. Since Bronwyn and Marco witnessed the murder, they are now on the run from Les Grillons. Marco searches out a former associate of his for help. While running from Les Grillons, Marco and Bronwyn can't fight their attraction to each other and soon become lovers after agreeing that this would be a short affair. But what happens when their feeling start to run much deeper? I LOVED this story. You see bits of Marco in the other books in the series and knowing that he was a spy for England had intrigued me. His story did not disappoint me. Browyn was not your typical society wife. When she lost all her money, she didn't lose it. She had set a plan in motion when Marco swept in to help her find the missing money. Had she been the typical society miss, Marco would have never fallen for her. His background working with Nemesis has given him a dislike of the upper class. It said a lot to Marco that Bronwyn's maid was the one asking for help. She had to be someone special to inspire such loyalty from an employee. As with all the other stories in the series, the significant other seems to fall right into the life of Nemesis. The organization plays such a big part in their lives that the relationships wouldn't work otherwise. Because of this, these stories are not your typical historical romance with the relationships taking place at several society balls. If you are looking for that type of story, this book (and series) is not for you. But if you are looking for a historical romance with some adventure and mystery then this is the series for you. I'm really hoping that Archer continues to write this series as I just can't seem to get enough of it. Thanks go to St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.