Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Review: The Price of Temptation by Lecia Cornwall

Title:  The Price of Temptation
Author:  Lecia Cornwall
Genre:  Historical Romance
Pages:  384
Published:  December 2011
Publisher:  Avon
Source:  NetGalley
Where to Buy:  Amazon

Synopsis:

Once wed to England's most notorious turncoat...

Lady Evelyn Renshaw can ignore the disgrace her former husband has brought down upon her. She can even disregard the accusations. But when her life is threatened because of his actions, she realizes a stiff upper lip won't be enough to keep her safe. So she hires a new footman powerful enough to protect her...only to find herself shamelessly intoxicated by his breathtaking masculinity.

Captain Sinjon Rutherford is no footman...but there are those who believe him a traitor. The only way to prove his innocence is by playing the part of elegant Lady Evelyn's servant in order to infiltrate her home and uncover the truth about her suspicious relations. Yet what seems at first an easy deception is anything but, once he meets his alluring new employer and discovers just how tempting a woman in charge can be...

Because sometimes passion hides in plain sight.
Trying to put the past behind her is hard when everywhere she goes there are whispers.  Even a few brave souls have come out and asked Evelyn if she's heard from her traitorous husband.  She must put on a brave face and stay strong, despite what has happened.

Sinjon has been branded a traitor, even though what everyone believes is a lie spread by the real villain.  The one person who can clear his name has disappeared, and when he finally finds someone willing to help him there are strings attached.  Thrown together by a chance encounter in the foggy depths of Hyde Park, Evelyn and Sinjon have to help one to find the truth. 

After taking a position as a footman in Evelyn's household, Sinjon has strict orders to keep a low profile and learn everything he can about the Renshaw's.  There is something about the new footman that Evelyn can't resist.  Her sisters have decided she is to take a lover, and she can't keep "Sam" out of her mind.  The list Evelyn's sisters have put together is filled with rakes, rogues and men who shouldn't be allowed in good company.  With that in mind, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

I loved how the fact that this story was so filled with a diverse range of things:  intrigue, adventure, secret identities, romance, betrayal and seduction.  I couldn't put the book down, I HAD to find out what would happen to Sinjon and Evelyn!  Would they find her disgraced husband?  Would they be able to prove Sinjon's innocence?  Would they finally be able to be together?

This was the first book by Lecia Cornwall for me, and I'm hooked!  Another great thing about this book is that the author is originally from Canada!!  This is a great book for anyone who loves historicals with a touch of mystery. 

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