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Taste of Temptation (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Cheryl Holt
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425235149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425235140
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 10.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic and dull 28 Jun 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
At 25 years old, Helen Hamilton is firmly on the shelf of spinsterhood. With the death of her notorious father, Helen is destitute and must care for her two sisters with little money and no prospects. When she tries for a position of a governess at Captain Tristan Odell's home she is turned away.

Desperate, she ends up in a brothel selling herself as mistress to the highest bidder. It's a shock to both when Tristan ends up taking her home. An illegitimate rake, Tristan is excited by the prospect of having Helen in his home. But will he offer her a position as governess or something more?

I am usually a fan of Cheryl Holt although I'll admit that she does like to stick to her formula of rich, arrogant man and down-on-her-luck lady mixed with plenty of evil relatives thrown in to keep the couple apart. However, in this novel it seemed far too formulaic which resulted in a dull story that I struggled to get into.

I can't really say much about Helen as a character that's positive. She was supposed to be a strong survivor while she actually came across as weak and pathetic. Tristan was your usual arrogant hero but without much depth. His actions didn't seem to match his words and he was too quick to jump from one extreme to the other with his emotions for them to be believable. I'd like to say the pair had chemistry but to be honest they had so little interaction in the book that you practically forgot they were even there.

The reason for the lack of interaction was the secondary characters who seemed to take up all the pages. There was the "romance" between the immature, randy earl who was hard to like and Jane, the teenager who clearly knew what she was doing in trying to trap herself an aristocrat.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Hearts from TRS! 9 Jun 2010
By Tina Pavlik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Normally I'm not a huge fan of the historical genre but the blurb for this one made me want to read it. Once I started it, I couldn't stop reading. The characters and their dilemmas were so well written that the pages flowed quickly. Helen, as the oldest child, shouldered the burden of caring for her siblings. Her trials and tribulations were even more poignant for all that she was willing to sacrifice for them, especially when you consider the time period. While Tristan wasn't as noble as Helen, you have to remember he is a product of that time period also and his arrogance and demeanor could be explained by the circumstances he was thrown into. Taking care of his two siblings who he didn't even know had to be a huge adjustment for him. I loved how even though he fought his attraction to Helen he couldn't figure out why he couldn't get her off his mind. The sexual tension built throughout the book and at times I found myself smiling at the maneuvers employed by each of the couples so they could have some private time. This is the second book in a trilogy but it stands on its own with no problems. Read this one if you enjoy emotional, sexually charged storylines that draw you in and leave you breathless at the disparity between humans and how they treat others. - Lisa Freeman
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun Regency Cinderella romance 1 Jun 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1814 Philippe Dubois sells desperate Helen Hamilton the Spinster's Cure that he insists will have her wed in four weeks. Since she has no money he accepts her payment after she is married.

Thirty years old Tristan Odell warns his eighteen year old half brother the Earl Michael Seymour not to mess with the servants. Illegitimate Odell struggles with what is best for Michael and his twelve year old half sister Rose as he wonders why his father whom he never recognized him named him their guardian. He seeks a governess though Michael's cousin Maud Seymour insists they do not need one. She plans for Michael to wed her daughter.

Helen applies for the job, but Odell rejects her because she is beautiful. She begs him for the sake of her sisters eighteen year old Jane and twelve year old Amelia as they were kicked off their estate. When Michael grabs her, Odell accuses her of being a hooker. Thirsty she drinks the elixir and tells him she cursed him with the Spinster's Cure

Helen visits Madam Lauretta to arrange a mistress position for her. Odell escorts Michael there hoping to reduce the earl's sexual prowling of the staff. He is stunned when Lauretta introduces Odell to Helen. He hires her as Rose's governess and welcomes her two sisters into the mansion. Odell begs her to lift the curse. Michael and Jane are attracted to each other while Maud is outraged by the hussies honing in on her and her daughter's turf.

The Regency Cinderella plot lines are fun with their adult spins while the cast is extremely strong yet diverse in personality though three extended families make up the storyline. Although the story line is too similar in many key ways to the first tale though refreshed somewhat by a second romance, sub-genre readers will look forward to more Promise of Pleasure tales starring the Spinster's Cure.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Premise: Poor, Poor Execution! A Disppointment! 5 Jun 2010
By SNB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read all of Cheryl Holt's books and the later ones get worse and worse! The premise is very engaging...but, there's a side-love-story with two 18 year-old kids (the hero/heroine's sister and brother). The sensuality is 3 on a scale of 1 to 10! There's more romance in the annoying, shallow side-story than in the main story. There's ZERO character development! Especially with the hero, of whom there is nothing HEROIC about him! You never get to know him at all...you just see him make stupid and obscure decisions. Oh, and there's a BIG portion of the book dedicated to the ramblings and going-ons of a fake French love-potion seller--this book is RIDICULOUS!

Save your money on this one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Scandal! 9 Feb 2011
By HS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Helen is likable and quite bold in a number of scenes. I like how she absolutely refused Tristan (for a time being) unlike many "virginal" heroines who predictably swoon and surrender after little persuasion.

The author tends to use plot elements similar to her other books, but it is Regency Era England, and women had few options in life, so I suppose the plot can only go in so many directions. To her credit, the book does have a few creative twists.

The middle was a little slow but the last third of the book was fantastic, filled with heart retching betrayal. It was almost painful to read and imagine Helen and her sisters' situation becoming worse and worse by the chapter.

I thought Tristan should have stood up for Helen a little more during the scene when he and Maude confronted Helen to explain what her fate would be. He seemed to stand by and let Maude verbally attack and humiliate Helen. The one thing I remember and like about the previous book in the series, Promise of Pleasure, the hero tended to stick up for the heroine against the cruel remarks made by the rivals in the house.

That's a minor complaint. Tristan's character was believable, although unlikable at times. In the end, he makes up for it, and I was smiling when I read their happy ending.

The secondary romance is OK. I thought Jane was naive to the point of being a little annoying. She lacked the depth Helen had. Michael was fun. He went from being a vain, notorious flirt to growing up into a real man. He had more courage than Tristan at times.

I love Cheryl Holt and will keep reading. I disagree about her books getting worse. The characters in her newer books are often more balanced instead of being so extreme (either good or bad) yet still bold enough to get into plenty of trouble :-)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good read 25 Aug 2010
By Orpheus Ascending - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm shopping around for new romance authors as I've read (and in some cases, re-read) the catalogues of my personal faves.

It's a Cinderella story, plain and simple. I think this is the first book in the regency genre where the characters are really humanized, warts and all. In that I mean that sometimes it's very hard to like the hero(es) because they make such stupid choices and the heroine(s) are sometimes just as impulsive.

Overall, the story is a good one if a bit predictable. There are some rather harrowing moments towards the end but you know it's going to have a happy ending simply because this is a romance novel.

I'll give Ms. Holt another shot, especially earlier ones. In response to a review where the reviewer states Ms. Holt's books have gone downhill, it happens to *every* romance author. They start out great and then it gets very formulaic and assembly line-like.
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