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Taste of Temptation (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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About the Author
Cheryl Holt is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon "Top 100" bestselling author who has published more than forty novels. She's also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She'd hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn't sell any of her manuscripts, so she took a detour into romance, where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world's greatest love stories. Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She lives and writes in Hollywood, California.
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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. That we were supposed to root for these two was beyond me.
Overall, as I said, I realty struggled with this story. It's the second in the Spinster's Cure series (after Promise of Pleasure and before Dreams of Desire) and I'll read the next book but really can't recommend this one. 2 stars and even then I feel I'm being generous!
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