I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes
Also in this series: The Trouble With Being a Duke
Series: At the Kingsborough Ball #3
Published by Avon on July 29th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Sophie Barnes does it again in this sizzling Regency-set romance where anything can happen at the Kingsborough Ball...
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?
Lucien Marvaine, as the second son, never though he would ever have the chance to win Katherine. He always knew that she deserved more, a heir and a man that could give her a title. Lucien has always loved Katherine, ever since they were children playing together, to close friends, and even more. So he decides to join the army and leave Katherine, but when he returns, he meets up with Katherine once more, who is widowed with a six month old daughter. Katherine has no desire for another marriage, the one she had was horrible and disastrous, and the only good that came from it was her precious girl. When Lucien starts courting her once more, Katherine is afraid that once he sees the real her he will be shamed by her. She doesn’t want to risk his scorn. But Lucien is persistent and unwavering in his desire for her and will stop at nothing to have her, but Lucien will have a battle to win and like in any war, he will use any weapon at his disposal to seduce her and show her the true heart…
The Danger In Tempting An Earl was a charming and poignant story that won me over. I have read the second book in the series and loved it. The Danger in Tempting An Earl was endearing from beginning to end. It had quite a emotional tune to the story that balanced it out and I loved the way that Sophie Barnes used a unique set of characters and the setting to write a romance to warm your heart.
The story begins with Katherine and Lucien sharing a carriage together on their way to the Kingsborough ball. We see a friendly interaction between them if a bit strained from their time apart. Then the romance starts to slowly blossoms at the ball where Lucien comes up with a plan to make Katherine fall in love with him. A cunning plan that puts a new spin on the story, one that is quite entertaining, seeing these two circle each other without getting very close to each other yet. Their story is a dance of sorts, and the romance doesn’t exactly begin with fireworks, but slow wooing and I loved how patient Lucien is with Katherine. He doesn’t know the full extent of her reasons for not wanting marriage, but he is determined to win her no matter what. There is such determination and fierceness in his passion for her and I loved how he isn’t willing to back down. Katherine is way stubborn, and after you read all of the story, you start to understand her reasons and the why of it, but you tend to get a bit impatient with her character especially when her stubbornness is worse than a mule. I loved the way these two end up together, and the way it had such a satisfying ring at the end. Charming and delightful!!! Excited to read more from this author.!!!!