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  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061234931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061234934
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Campbell lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia. She has four times been voted Favorite Australian romance writer by the Australian Romance Readers Association (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and her work is published in 16 languages. She has written eight multi award-winning historical romances set in the Regency period for Avon and Grand Central Publishing Forever. Her most recent release is A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS, book 2 in the "Sons of Sin" series. Look out for book 3, WHAT A DUKE DARES, in late August 2014. Anna blogs with the Romance Bandits - www.romancebandits.com You can find out more about Anna and her books at her website: www.annacampbell.info
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was much, much better than the description on the back suggested to me. Yes, it's a story about a courtesan and a rake and a wager between them, but it's much more than that. What was noticeable about this story was the incredible concentration on the two main characters. They were the focus of every scene, there were just a handful of episodes that involved people other than Olivia Raines or Julian Southwood, the Earl of Erith. This led to the book having quite a claustrophobic feel as we were admitted into the thoughts and feelings of these two people in great depth.

In terms of actual plot there wasn't a great deal but it didn't seem to matter as so much focus was given to the characters of both Olivia and Julian. Both have parts of their lives that they don't like to bring to the light, both like to feel in control and to exert their influence on others, both have found themselves in behaviours that are different from their natural natures. There was a great deal of emotion in this story as Julian learns about Olivia's past, what led her to being a courtesan, and she begins to understand the source of his rakish and emotionless behaviour. Both characters were appealing although Olivia at times felt a little too distant and I had a tiny suspicion at the end that Julian had been slightly emasculated by Olivia's requirements and because of his deep love. But overall this was a very enjoyable story and I'll be looking out for more books by this author in the future.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on 14 Mar. 2009
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After reading another wonderful review from "Auntie Helen", I had no hesitation in buying this book. This book is different from the usual fare and so well-written that I could not put it down until it was finished. I then ordered two more books by the same author and am eagerly awaiting them!
You have enough details from the two Reviewers above so all I will do is confirm all they have said and say "Buy this book and enjoy the difference"!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ROMANCE JUNKIE on 17 April 2009
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After having read Anna Campbell before I had no hesitation in buying this book & I was not dissapointed. What makes AC exceptional is her ability to explore the characters in depth which creates an exceptional read in a story that has very little plot, few characters & fewer place settings. Its the talent of the author therefore that still manages to grip the reader throughout. As the relationship develops & you discover that Olivia was sold at a very young age to pay her brother's debt & hence the reason she becomes what she is & for that reason meets Julian, you become embroiled in the complexity of the emotions that begin to develop between them. Olivia made the no kissing rule but it was so "finely" handled & you begin to love both of these characters immensely & feel sad when the story ends.
Each episode is reaped with emotion rendered through Julian's determination to "cure" Olivia & accept herself. This task almost destroys their relationship but Julian has this dogged aim to prove Olivia worthy.True exploration of feeling & the reader witnesses the build of true love between these two central characters. What makes the story a sincere joy is that there are no distractions, no inane silly secondary characters & plot but just the ability for the reader to get to know & enjoy & then to miss these two at the end!!!Surely this is true grit & power of AC's pen. Very few authors have the ability to just focus a novel on the meeting of 2 people over a short term & succeed in captivating the reader & to keep her completely enthralled.
For anyone that loves well written characters & loves the build of romance & love please go read this as you will love it & keep it to read again in future.You will love the conversations & the expressions that Julian uses - which I beleive is always the true sign of an exceptional writer!!
Cannot stop enthusing over this book- GREAT JUST FANTASTIC!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leontine's Book Realm on 17 Jan. 2009
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With the openings scene of Tempt The Devil, where the Earl of Erith, Julian Southwood meets the reigning courtesan of de demimonde, Olivia Raines, the sparks start to sizzle from the pages. Sometimes when two people meet an electrical current awakens that inexplicable draws them together. No force will stop them though the two people in question might not even realize for what it is. The introduction of the Earl of Erith to Olivia Raines holds the beginning of a non-stop emotional ride fueled with dominance and surrender but most of all, it contains a seduction in its purest form.

I was pulled into a liaison that from its inception was an entanglement of wills, temper and pride with secrets to uncover from both sides. I often speak about the courtship of trust between the leading couple in my reviews but I must say that in Tempt The Devil this excelled. The story of Erith and Olivia lured me into the intimacy of the bedroom which became a platform where they told their striking stories. Don't think for one second that these were bedtime stories. The physical was often functional as to bare the steep emotional scars or to emphasize when trust was gained. The innate characters of Olivia and Erith provided for a continuous verbal clash that was invigorating to read.

I totally fell for the charisma of Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith. He exuded an arrogance that matched his confidence, virility and strength. With these traits he appealed to my femininity but it was with his determinate way of wooing Olivia that appealed to my romantic beating heart. Olivia is as mysterious as she is strong-willed and bend on doing things her own way.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Sensual, heart-wrenching historical romance 30 Dec. 2008
By Jennifer A. Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The most sought after courtesan in London is looking for a new lover. The Earl of Erith is determined to be that man.

From the moment they meet, Julian and Olivia are drawn together in a way they've never experienced before. Even so, they are both intent on their arrangement being strictly temporary, only lasting the duration of his short visit to London.

They soon learn that even the best laid plans have a way of going astray... Once Julian and Olivia come together, they discover a depth of feeling for each other that is irrepressible, even if unwelcome.

Between Olivia's secrets and Julian's adherence to societal expectations, however, their love may be doomed before it even has a fair chance.

With every new release, Anna Campbell raises the bar a little more. Her latest novel, TEMPT THE DEVIL just might be my favorite yet, although I would be hard pressed to pick one story over all her others. Is this one my favorite simply because it is the most recent I've read or does it really have something a little more than the others?

Whatever the case, I can honestly say I am addicted to Anna Campbell's work. I don't even have to read a synopsis of her stories to know I will be buying them - she's that good.

TEMPT THE DEVIL is another historical romance, and once again Ms. Campbell explores the life of a courtesan in Regency England. She explores the making of a courtesan as she delves into the past of renowned courtesan Olivia Raines and the events that made her the person she is Julian meets her. The woman has endured unimaginable pain, and has managed to persevere through it, even blossoming - at least in the public eye. Julian, however, begins to uncover her truth in just one night...

Julian is far too canny for any woman's peace of mind. As a diplomat, he must be able to read people easily, and when he applies this talent to his lover, the effects are devastating. For someone with the kind of secrets Olivia hides, that can prove quite distressing. But Julian knows just how to break through to the woman beneath the courtesan's glamour and embarks on a methodical seduction that wins readers as surely as it does Olivia.

This book flat-out did it for me. Everything worked - the plot, the emotions, the characters - Julian especially. The man makes a few mistakes along the way, but he more than makes up for them before the story closes.

In her previous books, Anna Campbell became known for doing the unexpected, and this book is no different. Olivia harbors many secrets, but one in particular has the potential to unseat her as the most celebrated courtesan in the city.

TEMPT THE DEVIL is a sensuous whirlwind of emotion set amidst the spectacle of Regency England. Lovers of historical romance will be enticed by the theme, and the story itself will undoubtedly earn Anna Campbell a host of new fans while delighting her old fans.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A must read from Anna Campbell 3 Jan. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a definite squee moment when the Amazon box arrived with this book. Ever since I devoured Campbell's last book, I've been not-so-patiently waiting for her next, and she does not disappoint. As a fan of Regency Noir, it's a great delight to find a writer that pulls you into her characters like Anna Campbell does.

Tempt the Devil is the story of Olivia, the most sought after courtesan of the ton. Stories of her prowess are known throughout London and the man who wins the role as her lover is one to be envied. However, Olivia is the master in these liaisons, requiring control in all aspects, and with her charms, she has no problem getting what she wants from her lovers. Until she meets Lord Erith.

Lord Erith, Julian, is a powerful earl and notorious rake; his exploits renowned across Vienna and most of Europe. Once he sees Olivia, he knows he must have her, no matter what the cost. He is a dark man, used to getting what he wants, while running from his past. He is surprised by his desire for Olivia, and has little control over himself in her presence. Determined to win her, he discovers one of her shocking secrets, her inability to feel pleasure. He then sets out to show her pleasure, whatever it takes.

Their relationship is purely a battle of wills in the beginning, with both wanting to be in control over the liaison, but the darker secrets come out as the story progresses, and their relationship takes on an entirely new level. The two open up to each other about their unfortunate histories, and begin to feel more than just what the basic relationship between lover and mistress usually entails. Erith is such a dark character that you only begin to see the lighter side of him in slow bits as he coaxes Olivia into trusting him. He fights with himself over dominating Olivia, and wanting her to desire him at the same time. Olivia becomes more than just a courtesan to him, she becomes a confidant as he confesses to things in his past that he is back in London trying to rectify. Olivia begins to trust Erith and admits part of her painful past that she has kept hidden since she was a girl. Her facade of a cool, detached courtesan is nothing like the real person underneath. Olivia is still a frightened little girl, dealing with her fear and throwing up walls around herself that only a select few can breach. Letting Erith in is something she resists at first, but eventually her guard comes down to reveal her vulnerability. But with their own stations in life, can they be anything other than lover and mistress?

I won't go further into the story, as it would reveal the plot and I want you all to read it for yourselves. The characters in this book, down to Erith's daughter, are all flawed and emotional in their own way that brings such reality to the tale. Erith fights to forget his painful past and let go of the guilt that has followed him for years, while Olivia deals with her own demons while wishing for her birthright. Olivia's pain runs so deep that it's hard not to cry along with her. Anna Campbell is the master at creating deep, emotional characters whose stories make you weep with sorrow for them, despite how deplorable they are acting at the time. This story of love above all costs is so beautiful! Tissues are recommended for this one!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Smoldering Tensioned Filled Romance (B+ Grade) 30 Dec. 2008
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a big fan of all of Anna Campbell's books from the controversial Claiming the Courtesan, to Untouched, which had an interesting love story about a widow and her relationship with young man who never experienced physical love with a woman. Now with Tempt the Devil, she has written two characters who are on equal footing, perhaps not in society eyes, but when it comes to the bedroom, both her characters fight over the right to be on top. Julian and Olivia are both alphas who won't back down from what they want. Julian wants Olivia's total submission, where as Olivia just wants respect and the elusive joy that constantly escapes her ever she was forced into the lifestyle she hates because of the way she lost her innocence. Tempt the Devil is about forgiveness, trust and most importantly acceptance. If you are in the mood for a luscious and emotional read, Tempt the Devil is the book for you

Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith, has come back from Vienna to London, England for the marriage of his eighteen year old daughter. Julian has never gotten over the death of his young wife who he loved with such fervor, and because of that he does not have any relationship to speak of with both his daughter and son. Julian is also a man with intense sexual needs, and has the need for a mistress for the few months he will be residing in London. He sets his sights on Olivia Raines, who has quite the reputation of being London's most notorious courtesan.

Olivia uses men for security and the money they bring to her. She allows Erith to be her protector for the moment, because she thinks she will be able to handle him, like all the other men that paid for the honor of bedding her. Erith thinks he will be able to break down her defenses to the point she will be craving his touch. Olivia is quite the skilled actress, especially in bed, and can give Erith what he needs even though she may not respond to his touch the way he expects her to. Olivia lays down some ground rules between them, such as no kissing and having as much freedom as she desires. Erith wants things his way and will not stop till Olivia is a pile of lust around him.

These two play an interesting cat and mouse game both in and out of the bedroom. Soon Erith is beyond obsessed with Olivia and wants not only her body, but her heart also. Olivia will not give into Erith because of her horrible past where another man ruined her for all other men, as well as a respectable life. Erith won't allow Olivia to remain cold around him, and will use everything in his power to make her respond to his touch and the growing love he has for her. Erith thinks he can get Olivia to respond to him, even though her body can't. The poor woman has never enjoyed sex and has emotionally blocked her mind and body from any pleasure she can received from a man. Erith decides he will be the man to break down these walls, and will make her come to the realization that she can let herself go with him.

Anna Campbell sure does write some of the most emotional and angst filled romances, and Tempt the Devil is no exception. The road to happiness between Julian and Olivia is a very long and hard one. Olivia fights tooth and nail against all that Erith is offering her. She is one of the most tortured heroines I have read this year, and at times, the way she and Julian interact with one another makes for some heavy and dark reading.

Julian is a character full of faults, which he realizes quite quickly due to his relationship with Olivia. He wants Olivia to confront her own issues and use him as support so they can have something worth while together. Olivia wants everything from Julian and that means marriage. But, Julian can't give Olivia that even though he longs for her with every sense of his being. The scene where his daughter goes to confront Olivia, and where Julian finds them talking together will make most readers angry because of the way Julian acts. Olivia's reaction is exactly as I would expect from her, and I couldn't help but cheer Olivia because tells Julian to go to hell because she refuses to be degraded. And those who enjoy a good groveling scene, there is a nice one that Anna has written with Julian because of his fear of losing Olivia.

I would have to say that third time is a charm for Anna. Tempt the Devil was a very enjoyable read. The sex was pretty hot and Anna made her hero, Julian suffers very deeply because of Olivia's indifference to him. Perhaps it was a bit evil on my part but I loved how Olivia wouldn't fall for Julian's charms. He was so dumbfounded, and because of that, he had to work for her heart. And when Olivia finally allowed herself to free and open with Julian, it is well worth it.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Emotionally Charged and Sexy Hot--Magnificent!!!! 3 May 2009
By Sassafras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story took my breath away and captivated me from the very first. I am a sucker for emotionally tortured heroes and heroines, and this story had those elements, albeit safely tucked away and peeled away ever so carefully with magnificently timed revelations. If you want angst and an emotionally charged read, none of which is gratuitous, this is the book for you. Now, as far as the sex goes, this author knows how to prolong the sexual tension and to heighten the sexual acts to a fevered pitch, every time. You will not be disappointed in this area either, if you like it hot.

You will find some of Lord Erith's and Olivia's behavior disturbing, but it all goes along with their characters. They are flawed human beings, with their own emotional baggage to deal with. When you put too such tortured people together, there is bound to be some really bad mistakes made, some poor, even unconscionable behavior for which to atone. I found this book to be exceptional and totally gratifying. There is not one thing I would change--not one.

[I purposely left out the synopsis as well as a detailed narrative of Lord Erith's and Olivia's characters. Many reviewers have done that for you. I've only set out to tell you how the book affected me and why. The rest, I leave to you, but I will be buying her other books.]
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
So disappointed 3 Mar. 2009
By Mae Adamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The reviews let me down on this one. I love Claiming The Courtesan and so wanted to like this book. I did not.

Another reviewer used the word "joyless" in describing this book. I could not agree more. The early sex sequences read like scenes from a bad marriage. And Olivia's background. It was just too much. This book was darned depressing. There is no happiness or ligtness here. And certainly nothing to recommend it.

I hate books where the heorine tells the hero she wants to get married, but he rejects her-for whatever reason. Julian seemed like he was not that in to Olivia. He was not willing to even TRY to move mountains for her, even when she told him she needed him to want to.

I did not feel the love between these two and I have no affection for this book. So disappointing.
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