Tempt Me Twice Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2001
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Kate Talisford is a beautiful, clever and strong heroine who has learnd from her youthful mistakes. She is looking after her younger sister Meg and is trying to survive on their meager income after the death of their parents.Their father, Henry Talisford died in Egypt after a four year absence from his family. Kate is very distressed because her father meant a lot to them and he died in a foreign land excavating ancient artefacts. Kate blames for his death Lord Gabriel Kenyon a handsome adventurer who convinced her father four years ago to leave his family behind and travel with him to Africa in search of ancient cultures.Kate was in love with Gabriel as a 16 year old naive girl and she cannot forget his refusal before he left for Africa. She promised herself not to trust any man again and dedicate her life to looking after Meg and to publishing her fathers journals.Gabriel comes back a different man from Africa, full of guilt and experience and he is deeply touched by Kate's loveliness and also shocked by her anger and hate for him.Sir Charles Damson arrives to comfort the ladies and to purchase the journals from Kate. Gabriel wants the journals too but he also wants to solve the mystery around the journals and Professor Talisford's death.The storyline is interesting and fast-paced from the beginning. I enjoyed all the conversations about Africa and the ancient artefacts. Ms Smiths has combined an exciting love story with a bit of mystery regarding the artefacts and Henry Talisford's death.Kate and Gabriel are strongly attracted to each other both physically and emotionally.Read more ›
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As he informs the girls that he is now their guardian, he warns them away from Sir Charles Damson. Gabe believes that Sir Charles is responsible for Henry's death and subsequent theft of a valuable artifact that Henry discovered. Romantic tension sizzles between Gabriel and Kate as Meg and Kate accompany Gabriel to his grandmother's estate and begin their search for the missing artifact.
Though the love scenes are sufficiently steamy, the romance seems a little contrived as Gabriel hardly seems the type of man to carry a torch for a sixteen-year-old girl for four years and then give up his wandering for her. And, while Yasmin's reappearance in England could tie up some loose ends and supply some angst to Gabe and Kate's relationship, the reader is left in the dark concerning the exotic Yasmin's seduction of Gabriel and subsequent association with Sir Charles. Fans of this author will recognize Gabriel as the younger brother of Michael, the hero in ROMANCING THE ROGUE. Avid readers of Ms. Dawson Smith shouldn't be too disappointed with her latest read, but it probably won't generate a lot of new fans.
Barbara Dawson Smith tells a fantastic historical story, full of intrigue, fun and of course, love.
Four years passed. Kate had only her younger sister, Meg, left in her immediate life. Meg was now sixteen, Kate was twenty. Their mother had died shortly after their father had left for Africa. Recently, Sir Charles Damson, who had seen their father in Cairo, reluctantly informed them of their father's death. The Professor had been set upon and killed by thieves. Sir Charles claimed the Professor had made him the guardian of Kate and Meg.
Gabe took over a month to bring them the news, because he had been stabbed in the back by one of the thieves, who just happened to be one of Damson's minions! He, also, claimed the Professor had made him the guardian of Kate and Meg!
Both men also wanted Kate to sell them the items her father had kept sending to her in packages. Kate refused both. Minor research led Kate to discover of a priceless ancient fertility goddess statue he had found. It had been stolen by the thieves that had later killed him. Kate wanted justice!
Great-uncle Nathaniel Babcock agreed that Gabe take Kate and Meg to Stokeford Abbey in Devon so his mother, the dowager Lucy Stokeford, could care for them. Lucy and her two life-long friends gladly agreed. But these three special women were out to make a match between Kate and Gabe, while Kate and Gabe were out to prove Damson to be a thief and murderer.
***** Fans of Christina Dodd and Susan Wiggs will especially love this story. Like them, Barbara Dawson Smith writes romance with a lot of thrilling adventures and problems to keep it all very interesting! For a touch of humor, a chimpanzee is added that I could not help but fall in love with. Wonderful reading here! *****
I will give Ms Dawson Smith one more try. If the next book is equally formulaic and flat, I will stop bothering to read them.