Saturday, February 23, 2013

Treacherous Temptations by Victoria Vane + Featured Freebie

Treacherous Temptations
A reluctant heiress resigned to her fate…
 Mary Elizabeth Edwardes has one of the largest fortune's in England, but has no desire to leave her quiet country existence… and even less to acquire a husband she cannot choose for herself.

A dissolute nobleman bent on retribution… 
Trapped in a duplicitous existence since scandal destroyed his fortune and family name, Lord Hadley Blanchard has spent the better part of a decade posing as a disaffected exile while spying and seducing in the service of the English Crown.

A dangerous game of seduction, and intrigue…
 When summoned from abroad by a former lover, Lord Hadley perceives an opportunity for vengeance at last. By employing the full measure of his seductive charm, he woos the ward of the man who destroyed his life, little knowing that winning Mary's fortune will mean risking his own treacherous heart.


My Rating: 2/5

I had high hopes for Treacherous Temptations. Unfortunately, this book didn't quite meet them.

Before I discuss what I didn't like about the book, let me first enumerate what I did like. 
I really liked Mary's character. She was a very sensible character. Despite all the craziness going on around her, she stayed calm and steady. She was strong, clever, and an all-around likable heroine.

I liked the plot of the book. It was interesting and kept my attention. There were a lot of secrets that kept me on my toes as I was reading. And the ending was sweet.

However, there was one glaring problem: the love-interest.
I did not like Hadley at all. On a scale of 1 to debauched rake, Hadley broke the scale. At the beginning of the book, we see him when he hits rock bottom. And I don't mean sleeping with a different woman every night. I mean shocking, scandalous, make a porn star blush kind of rock bottom. In the first scene of the book, we see the night that Hadley's father finds his young wife in bed with another man and, when he sees the man's face, kills himself. It doesn't take much guesswork to figure out who that man was and, sure enough, when Hadley is first introduced, our first impression is of him effing his step-mother.
Is it just me or does not seem not okay to everyone else?
Throughout the book, I didn't feel like Hadley even felt guilty for his part in his father's death. At the end, he says that he feels guilty, but it seemed to me that, throughout most of the book, he was all good and totally unburdened by guilt. I just wasn't a fan of his character. I didn't like how he acted. I can deal with a rogue, in fact I like rakish heroes, but Hadley was just off the charts and I didn't really appreciate that. 
The one thing that I can say about his character is that I liked that, as soon as he realized that he wanted to marry Mary (that sounds a little odd)-which was right after he met her-he did try to clean up his act. Not to very much avail, but there is something to be said about effort.

BTW, one of the reasons that I really liked Mary was that, once she found out about Hadley's part in his father's death, she didn't just say "oh, that's totally fine, now come here handsome." She was actually intelligent about it and asked for some space and time to think it all over. Once again, a refreshingly sensible character.

So, I could have easily loved this book. If Hadley hadn't been a ridiculous man-whore. Everything else about this book was lovely. But, I can't exactly like a book if I spend so much time disliking the hero. So, Treacherous Temptations didn't do it for me, unfortunately.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled for a copy

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When fifteen-year-old Heather Jane Bell is diagnosed with alopecia and her hair starts falling out in clumps, she wants nothing more than to escape her home in London and disappear off the face of the earth. Heather gets her wish when her concerned parents send her to stay with a great-aunt in West Yorkshire. But shortly after she arrives, Heather becomes lost on the moors and is swept through the mist back to the year 1833. There she encounters fifteen-year-old Emily Bronte and is given refuge in the Bronte Parsonage.
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Secrets of Midnight (Regency Men of Their Dreams Series, Book 1)

If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, forced by the decrees of his father’s will to run his family’s tin mines and find a country bride. The last thing the handsome lord needed was a local lass sticking her nose into his affairs, but that seemed to be exactly what Corisande Easton had in mind.

Corie had spent her whole life struggling to help those less fortunate than herself. When she heard that Lord Donovan had arrived in Cornwall, she seized the opportunity to confront him about his family’s mistreatment of the overworked tinners. Donovan and Corie soon found their tempers flaring while fighting to deny their fiery passions—until a secret business arrangement forced them into each other’s arms.

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