One of my all-time selected authors is Lorraine Heath, from the moment I read TEXAS DESTINY, she captivated me! This is an author, whose books I pre-order, months in advance. So it is with great regret I review A MATTER OF TEMPTATION. Although, the author's idea of 'The Man in the Iron Mask meets Victorian England' is a wonderful concept, the delivery is disappointing!
Robert Hawthorne, the Duke of Killingsworth has endured eight, grueling years in London's Pentonville Prison, courtesy of his manipulative twin brother, John. John Hawthorne wanted all that belonged to his older brother - his title, his assets, his life! For eight years John lived a counterfeit existence, while Robert lived in agony. Now, Robert's daring escape signifies freedom, vengeance, and a bride. A bride, who upsets him, confuses him, and threatens his plans.
Her new husband bewilders Victoria Lambert. He makes her feel unwanted and miserable. She knew he had not married for love, but she thought they suited. Yet, her new husband is so different from the man who had courted her. He is a mystery, he is unfamiliar, he is a complete stranger. On the other hand, Victoria finds herself softly intrigued by his current unusual excitement, emotion, and passion.
A MATTER OF TEMPTATION is comparable to a slow waltz. Lovely, unhurried, and fatiguing. Yes, the hero is a good man, but his 'I will not take from my despicable brother that to which I have no right' attitude quickly grows exasperating and tedious. The entire 'reluctant but falling in love' plot is just too slow-paced.
Reviewer for: RomanceDesigns.