2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 1999
In 1813 England, Judge Porter decrees that pirate Captain Maureen Hawthorne and her men are to be hung as smugglers. As she is escorted out of the courtroom, she overhears the Lord Admiral Peter Cotwell talking with his long time friends, Captain Will Johnston and Porter. He asks them to give him ideas as to how to catch the notorious traitor-pirate De Ryes, who hides among the Ton. Maureen offers a deal that will provide her and her men freedom in exchange for her identifying De Ryes, who as her spouse, betrayed her now deceased father. Peter quickly accepts.
Lord Julian D'Artiers is the most scandalous rogue that is acceptable by polite society. To everyone's shock, he enters Almack's. To his own shock, he sees his wife Maureen, who he thought drowned when she jumped off his ship eight years ago. The brazen Julian dances with an equally stunned Maureen, warning her to beware of Peter, not him. Still in love with the person she thinks killed her father, Maureen wonders who to trust because if she selects the wrong person, she will end up at the gallows.
BRAZEN TEMPTRESS is an exciting Regency romance that fans of the sub-genre will enjoy. The story line is entertaining as Maureen struggles between believing her beloved or the political appointee. The characters are fully developed, especially Julian, who will make readers' blood boil. As with her two previous "Brazen" tales (BRAZEN HEIRESS and BRAZEN ANGEL), award winning Elizabeth Boyle provides a pleasurable, action-packed novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 1999
Elizabeth Boyle can write the best swashbuckling fun ever. Masquerade, intrigue, passion... she can do all of these wonderfully. "Brazen Angel" was superb, "Brazen Heiress" very good, and this, her latest, is just so-so.
Oh, the exciting intrigue is still there. However, "Brazen Temptress" is basically a Big Misunderstanding story. A very well-done BM story, but nonetheless, the story is driven by the hero's incomprehensible refusal to set the story straight early on (probably because otherwise there will be no story!). Seeing the heroine being put through suspicions after suspicions, just because the hero won't talk, becomes very irritating after so much and ultimately spoils the fun.
on 4 May 1999
The Lord Admiral wanted to capture the elusive pirate known as deRyes. Instead, as he was pronouncing sentence on a band of smugglers, he found he had captured the wife of deRyes. The Lord Admiral made a deal with Maureen. If she were to enter London society and point out who deRyes was, she and her crew would be allowed to go free. Since deRyes had betrayed her and murdered her fathr, she was more than happy to agree.
***A delicious adventure with more twists to the plot than I ever imagined possible to instill in a story! An excellent choice to read!***