In 1818 Roger Templeton is required to save a lady from
amorous advances in a garden during a party. The lady
thinks he might make a better suitor, but when he realises
who she is he's against the idea. This is Harriet Stanley,
who used to be a mischievous, idolising little girl when
they played together years ago. She was married off to a
wealthy old man and never entered Society, and now her
husband's dead, she's considering remarriage, or an affair.
TEMPTING A DEVIL is what Harry's doing, though she doesn't
realise at first. Roger is a self-confessed rake and
gambler, and even though she has a two-year-old son,
Harry's not well versed in bedroom activities. There is
another rake on the scene; his name is Faircloth and his
father has ordered him to marry respectably. A wealthy
widow would suit him nicely, especially as reputable young
misses would be kept from meeting him. Harry dislikes this
man, but he's got leverage, which he isn't afraid to use
against her. Roger Templeton, second son of a country
squire, her childhood friend and disreputable Lothario,
looks even more to be what Harry needs....
I'm not sure that feisty was a word in common currency in
the 1800s, but that's how Roger describes his young
playmate. Harry's sister married a man in trade - and that
was the end of her relationship with her family, which is
sadly believable. Suspense is maintained by attempts to
snatch Harry's little boy, while the lady is determined to
remain mistress of her own affairs and money until her son
comes of age. The story focuses on the wealthy characters,
and we see little of the poverty and squalor that swamped
London at the time, apart from a few street boys called in
to help track down a criminal. Harry and Roger are both
good characters but I have enjoyed other period romances
more. Samantha Kane has written several historical romances.
TEMPTING A DEVIL looks at the
life women experienced after marriage at the time, a side
that is sometimes forgotten.
In Samantha Kane’s erotic tale of secrets and temptation, a
woman whose only defense is seduction targets a rake who
teaches her the true meaning of love.
As wealthy and beautiful as she is desperate, Harriet Mercer
can have any man she wants—which makes picking the worst of
the lot quite easy. By convincing the ton she is a ruined
woman, Harry hopes to outwit the greedy, conniving cad
blackmailing her into a loveless marriage. Roger Templeton
is a rogue with a scandalous reputation, no expectations,
and no shame. He is perfect for Harry’s fall from grace. Her
brazen attempts at a very public seduction are delightful
fodder for gossip . . . and pure torment for Roger.
With his pockets as empty as his heart, Roger is in no mood
for games and decides to show Harry how foolish it is to
tempt a devil. But behind her mesmerizing golden eyes, he
sees something unexpected: a woman in trouble. Her
scandalous behavior would be amusing if he wasn’t captivated
by her lush, curvaceous beauty. Worse, every libertine bone
in his body has turned traitorously noble. Only a rake would
seduce her. But only a gentleman in love can save her.