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Pleasures of a Tempted Lady (A Donovan Novel Book 3)

Pleasures of a Tempted Lady (A Donovan Novel Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Haymore
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PRAISE FOR USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR JENNIFER HAYMORE: "4.5 stars, HOT! Readers have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to Confessions of an Improper Bride, in order to finally uncover the truth about Meg Donovan's "death." Haymore creates a highly satisfying answer, drawing the reader in with wonderfully realistic characters, adventure, passion and unexpected plot twists while crafting another delightful entry in the Donovan series."-- RT Book Reviews

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Jennifer Haymore returns with book three of her Donovan series--a sensual historical romance in the style of bestselling romance authors such as Elizabeth Hoyt, Liz Carlyle, and Nicole Jordan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1186 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOVTW72
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some unnecessary disturbing scenes 28 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't often write reviews despite reading an average of two books a week. This is the final book in this series & I've read them all in order. This book is ok but my complaint is that there are many brutal child abuse scenes put in seemingly simply to make the villain more terrifying. I found them a bit flippant and disturbing and a rather lazy use of a sore subject to sensationalise a love story. An element of danger is common in romance novels but I felt this one took it to a sideshow level that didn't enhance the story, but only left a rather sick feeling after reading the 'HEA'. Difficult to imagine the characters just moving on into the sunset as the final scene shows when the entire novel focuses on a child being horribly brutalised as a vice for sex scenes and love reconciliations. The first book was best in series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was quite simply riveted 22 Jan 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You know that moment when you rather wearily order a desert in a restaurant, knowing you are full and not expecting much of the crème brûlée, but when you take that first spoonful - oh my! It's delicious, and at once you give up following the conversation of your companions and lose yourself in a decadent few minutes of sheer escapism. That's the best analogy I can find for reading Pleasures of a Tempted Lady.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to read a copy of this book pre-publication, and from the synopsis I had expected to enjoy it given the era in which it is set, the passionate cover and the high seas adventures promised. But I hadn't expected to be quite so gripped! Jennifer is a wonderful writer with such expert control of the narrative - drip-feeding information carefully, never telling the reader more than she needs to know, and the result is an intriguing read. In addition, there is so much action, so many twists and turns, that I was quite simply riveted.

This isn't a book weighed down in over-poeticism and writing that reads as if the author were penning the novel in the time it is set, which can often be the case, I find, in historical romance - though that is not at all to say that the writing isn't well-crafted because it absolutely is. The writing is direct and modern in feel (outside of the dialogue, of course), which means it is the plot and the characters that are the focus. And I loved these two elements of the book. The plot drew me in from the outset - such drama and heartache and longing. And the characters were especially gripping - I loved the Donavan sisters' dynamic, and was delighted when it became clear that the novel was to cover not just one love story, but two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The heroine frustrated me 2 Aug 2012
By Jen - Published on
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Ever since we were first introduced to the Donovan sisters in Confessions of an Improper Bride, I knew in my heart that Meg was alive and I had to have her story. Poor Meg fell overboard into the sea eight years ago and has been presumed dead all of this time. Her sisters mourned her. So, too, did William, the man she planned to marry.

She never thought she would see him again after she was kidnapped by a cruel pirate. Since he took her, she has been aboard his ship, trying to teach his wife to be a proper lady... that is, until the woman died, sending the pirate further off into the deep end. Meg managed an escape with the man's young son in tow. She had to get him away from his father's cruelty, especially since the child's mother had passed away. She didn't make it far in her little boat. Thankfully, it was William who found her adrift and rescued her and the boy.

Even after so many years, the old feelings come rushing back for the both of them. But her experiences have changed Meg. She is terrified that the pirate will find her and snatch his son back. He has deep connections in high places and she fears nowhere is safe from his grasp. And this is what plagues her relationship with Will throughout the book.

William is a pretty great hero. He did make one misstep (which seemed grossly out of character,) but beyond that, he is damn near perfect. He is strong, stalwart, sexy, understanding, forgiving, protective and loving. He isn't afraid to speak his heart or to go after what he wants in a relationship with Meg. He is great with little Jake. Despite all this, Meg pushes him away over and over again. She thinks she is "protecting him." Instead, she hurts him and almost ruins her own chances at happiness. It was frustrating.

In the course of the story, Meg is reunited with her family, which gives us an update on the women we have gotten to know in the previous books. It also opens the story for a secondary romance between younger sister Jessica and David, a man who served on Will's ship. This side story was so good, it was a shame that there wasn't more of it. Frankly, these two should have gotten their own book --or at the very least a novella. I feel a bit robbed.

I did like the book overall, though my issues with Meg kept me from loving it as much as I hoped to.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angst ridden, emotional and romantic 2 Aug 2012
By Adria - Published on
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From the moment I read William Langley's reaction to the news that his beloved had been lost at sea, I desperately wanted to see him get his happy ending. The love that this man had for Meg Donovan and the devastation he felt upon finding out her twin was impersonating her just left me feeling heart broken for him.

So when I read that Meg was in fact, not dead, merely missing for 8 years, I was ecstatic and of course, super impatient to get my hands on Pleasures of a Tempted Lady. I couldn't wait until Will and Meg were reunited and see what obstacles they would have to face on the road to their happy ever after. I love stories of long lost loves being reunited after years apart, you have the potential for a really great story.

If there's one thing I've learned about author Jennifer Haymore, it's that she's damn good at writing "second chance at love" stories. Just read A Hint of Wicked or Confessions of an Improper Bride (Book 1 in the Donovan Sisters series featuring Meg's twin Serena) if you don't believe me.

Of course, there's always that bit of anxiety that the magic that was present in the first few books won't be there in the next book. I had very high hopes that Pleasures of a Tempted Lady would be filled with conflict, emotion, humor and passion.

I was not disappointed. It was more than I expected it to be. Jennifer Haymore introduced Will and Meg in Confessions of an Improper Bride as secondary characters, made them fall in love, ripped them apart from each other, and then eight years later reunited them but as older, wiser and in Meg's case, tougher characters. It was definitely an experience watching these two get to know each other all over again.

There is definite character growth in Pleasures of a Tempted Lady as expected, but the amount of growth is a pleasant surprise. Meg's growth allowed her to not only survive her years at the hands of a cold blooded pirate but also to develop the courage to flee and ultimately survive and find love again with the one man she never forgot.

Emotionally, this book is a roller coaster and I enjoyed all the ups and downs. The angst and longing between Will and Meg was bittersweet and heart wrenching, making Pleasures of a Tempted Lady more than your average historical romance novel.

I had some concerns about William Langley at first. He seemed too perfect. It's clear he fell in love with Meg from the start and was devastated when she was presumed dead but for him to be a paragon of virtue for eight solid years seemed a little too far fetched. Luckily, or unluckily for our hero, his biggest secret, which was revealed in Confessions of an Improper Bride, was re-introduced into Pleasures of a Tempted Lady and made Will more realistic and human. Well done.

Sometimes in a book, there are far too many conflicts that the book becomes bogged down with problem after problem that the main couple has to face. I am so glad that this wasn't the case with Pleasures of a Tempted Lady. There is one main, physical conflict and that is the pirate chasing after Meg. He is the one real threat to Meg's life, and provides the pushes and shoves that force Will and Meg to deal with the changes in their lives and personalities and to fight for a future together.

Along with Will and Meg's story is the youngest Donovan sister's love story, though it reads more as a quick novella. While I would have loved for Jessica to have her own book instead of being a secondary love story like Phoebe was in Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, I understood why it wouldn't have worked.

All in all, I loved Pleasures of a Tempted Lady. It had more raw emotion from the lead characters than the other books in the series. Rather than being about passion between two people, it was more about long lost love, reuniting and rekindling that love and being ready to sacrifice everything for the one you love.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining historical romance 31 July 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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On the Irish Sea the crew of the Freedom captained by Commander William Langley search for smugglers when they spot a drifting vessel. They rescue an unconscious woman with a frightened boy not older than six. However, Will is stunned as the female is his lost beloved Meg Donovan, who disappeared at sea eight years ago while the child is named Jake.

When she finally awakens, Meg explains that she escaped from the Defiant taking Jake with her when her friend the captain's wife recently died. She knows ruthless Jacob Caversham will come after them as he cannot accept such an affront especially in front of his vicious crew; as Jake is his son. Will vows to keep his beloved safe, but Meg refuses to allow either of the two males she cherishes to come to harm from vicious Caversham.

The third Donovan sister historical romance (see A Season Of Seduction) is an entertaining tale as Meg this time unlike in Confessions of an Improper Bride actually comes back from the dead. Although the premise for why she failed to attempt to escape much earlier seems too altruistically unlikely, fans will relish her return even if it means she is now her twin "Serena" and "Serena" is "Meg".

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Adventurous Escape! 1 Aug 2012
By Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven - Published on
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Historical romances are just made to flutter lady hearts, and mine was no exception with this book.

It has honestly been awhile since I have picked one of these up, but I do recall being a fan of Johanna Lindsey and her historical romances even back in high school years. In fact, one of my all time favorites, and one of the books I re-read the most until I had to replace my copy (pages were falling out, it was so abused) was her novel "Once a Princess", which inspired many romantic notions and fantasies through my high school years of that ever elusive knight in shining armor.

I didn't initially realize when I requested this ARC, that is was a novel within a series. But I am happy to report that this novel did well as a standalone. I didn't feel like I missed any history that took away any part of enjoyment from this story between Meg and Will.

I was transported into a world of pirates, captains, ballooning dresses full of petticoats. A world that contains gallant, honorable passionate men fighting for your heart, seducing with loving looks, touches and words that made me want to swoon right off my couch to the rug.... and maybe melt right through my hardwood floors, floating and sighing right into my neighbor's apartment, as he stares confused at me in the middle of playing Halo on the PlayStation.

AND of course, evil villains that deserve the full punishment as extended by the law, but you root for your hero to get to them first and avenge his sweetheart!!! (Swoon)

I ended this novel feeling sad, as it was over. But anxious to pick up another historical romance some time soon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lost heroine finds love never left her 2 Aug 2012
By Kim Adams - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. - Leonardo da Vinci

PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY is Book Three in Jennifer Haymore's Donovan Sisters series. For those following the series, they will welcome the story of Meg, who accidentally fell overboard and was thought lost to her family. Yet this story can read alone ... and will be tantalizing treat to sample Haymore's luxurious writing. She devles in the heart of romance - second chance at love. Haymore adds suspense with a cruel pirate, a honorable hero, and a jaded heroine who comes to realize that love was never lost.

Recommended read for those who appreciate twists and turns in finding the HEA.

I received an ARC from the publisher.
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