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  • Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060749768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060749767
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Paperback. Pages: 384 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers The handsome duke whom Victoria married is more deliciously exciting than the cold-hearted rogue she was engaged to ... How could he possibly be the same man

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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ladybubbles VINE VOICE on 30 July 2006
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Lorraine Heath gives a new twist to Somersby/The Man in the Iron Mask. A very tempting tale which will have turning and twisting with the characters. Get it you want regret it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A Slow Go. 28 Sept. 2005
By MaryGrace Meloche - Published on
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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.

Grade: C-

MaryGrace Meloche,

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
ok but......... 14 Nov. 2005
By stacey renee - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lorraine heath is perhaps the best writer in the western genre. Her books are excellent without exception so it is with much disappointment that she has moved on to regency bks. A Matter of Temptation is a cute read along the lines of the 'man in the iron mask' wherein one brother has his twin locked up so he can take over the birthright and riches of the firstborn. Iron Mask is in a class by itself as an old classic movie, and I don't know how it is in book form. This story by Heath is not a very good replica if we compare the two. The dialogue is great.......totally heath dialogue...and the characters are likeable (except the bad guy of course). My main problem with the book itself is that it is 400 pages of 'thoughts, feelings, and whether he should consumate marriage with his "brothers" fiance" or not. Very little physical action (other than bed)..and then after all that, the last 20-25 pages are devoted to the bad guy breaking out and being caught, etc.....20 out of almost 400 is a bit disproportionate. If it were not a Heaht book, I would not have finished it. And it never really delineated how he proved which one was the real duke and which was the imposter........sorry, LH.......i do love your westerns though........texas destiny and its offshoots are real keeprs..
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Sizzling and Seductive 23 Oct. 2005
By D. Lane - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end. This was just the kind of romance novel I love. There are interesting plot twists and we get to know several secondary characters well. The secondary characters are not boring. The chemistry between Robert & Torie was very sensual and immediate. Wonderful love story, great characters with an emotionally scarred hero and strong but vulnerable heroine, unique setting, intriguing plot, heart-tugging emotion, excellent writing, intense sensual love scenes, and a superb ending. The plot was interesting and it kept you interested in what was going to happen next. It has intrigue, passion, revenge, and "wow" sensual tension. Most of all is the character development. I love stories that are character driven and not just about lust. I loved seeing Robert & Torie fall in love. From page one the characters in this charming book reached out and grabbed me. Page after page I just got sucked in deeper until I closed the book with a happy sigh. I loved how conclusion with Robert's brother came about. This a deeper romance book than most so some readers might not enjoy it. but I LOVED it! I'm always looking for a book with a plot that intrigues me. A Matter of Temptation did that in spades.

All I can say in conclusion is if you like a good, emotional, heart-tugging historical, with characters that leap off the pages, buy A Matter of Temptation.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another great by Lorrine 16 Aug. 2006
By M Read - Published on
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Lorrine Heath is one of my favorite writers of all times. I wish there were more books written by her. No one creates better heroes then her. In her novel a matter of Temptation she takes a classic tale and creates a sizzling romance. Robert comes across as such a sweet hero that you almost want to cry. The ending is wonderful. I wish I could go on reading another 500 pages. The heroine is a classic Heath female character. Fans of Heath and all the genre lovers will not be disappointed
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't put the book was that good! 17 Dec. 2009
By H. Catalona - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I will admit that I almost didn't read this book due to the reviews and the fact that the last book I read ended with the introduction of Tom Warner who will be the hero in Promise Me Forever. Wow, am I ever glad I took the time to read this story. The hero was everything I would want to have in a hero.... You find yourself feeling for him the whole way through the story. I even felt for the heroine and what she was wondering....I would love to give more details, but I don't want to give any of the story away in case there are others out there like me who read these reviews prior to reading the story.

The story was so interesting that I literally had a hard time putting the book down. If I could I would have read it while cooking dinner for the family....

I love Lorraine Heath books and this one is no exception. I like how she brings people in from her other books. I know some don't care for that, but I love seeing familiar faces (so to speak). If you have started with her Texas Rogues books through to these ones, you will really appreciate meeting some of the characters again or learning more about characters you have only got a glimpse.

My recommendation..Don't miss out on a great this book.
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