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Temptation and Surrender by Stephanie Laurens

September 27th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest—and he has. He’s played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones.

But now he’s restless and bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so it’s with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family’s estate in rural Devon. His most pressing need is to hire a new manager for the inn—the center of village life. Such a small task, yet he discovers few decent applicants are willing to live in a quiet country backwater.

Then genteel but impoverished Miss Emily Beauregard applies for the position. Jonas’s initial response is an emphatic “no!” Ladies, especially one as attractive as Emily, belong in the ballroom or the bedroom, not running an inn. But with no alternatives, he grudgingly allows Emily to try, and she rapidly proves herself worthy, resurrecting the inn with tact and skill.

But Emily has a secret. It’s not only the need to provide for herself and her orphaned siblings that has brought her to Devon. She’s surreptitiously searching for a family treasure hidden in the village, the only clues to its location a cryptic rhyme handed down through the generations. Emily is determined to solve the puzzle, find the treasure, and reinstate her family to its rightful place in society.

But Em hasn’t bargained on Jonas. His experience is temptation, his attentions irresistible, and he’s determined to aid her in her quest. He eventually persuades her to trust him, and together they unravel the clues. But someone else is watching, waiting, and once the family legacy is unearthed, the villain strikes, threatening Em, her family, and the love she and Jonas have discovered in each other’s arms.

I’ve enjoyed most of the Cynster books from Laurens and this was another nice addition to the series.  I enjoyed both Emily and Jonas’ characters and we also got to see a little of Lucifer Cynster.  One of the best parts was watching the transformation Emily makes with the village inn.   The book blurb was a little misleading though.  When it says that Jonas was emphatically against Emily running the inn it made him sound very chauvinistic but in the book itself it was nice to see that although his initial gut reaction was to say no he did admit his own sister would have been able to run the inn so he did give Emily a chance.  I love when the male character’s don’t automatically assume all women are weak and empty headed.  Watching the two fall in love was wonderful.  I do have to mention that a lot of the story was predictable though.  It was easy to tell who the villains would be and guess what actions they would take.  So that did take a little bit of fun out of the story.  That said this is a romance story versus a mystery so it was still a fun read.

This was a library loot book.


Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Romance

3 Responses

  1. Suzy Levin

    The book sounds like a nice read! Sometimes predictable is a great escape when you just want to relax with a good book. I love the cover too! Thanks for sharing this! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to my romance books and your review makes me want to pick one up now!!


  2. dsuzuki

    Yeah, predictable is nice when you are wanting to relax and not have to think too much :) One reason I love romances.


    reading your review sounds fair enough. some times, if the characters are good, it’s ok that it is predictable…you just want a nice escape book.

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