Book Disclosure: This is a borrowed copy.
Main Characters: Margaret Amberley and Lord Cade Byron
Related Works: This is part of the Byron’s of Braebourne series. Books in the series include the following:
- Charmed by Her Smile – the story of India Byron and Quentin Marlowe, the Duke of Weybridge – part of the Four Dukes and a Devil anthology
- Tempted by His Kiss – the story of Margaret Amberley and Lord Cade Byron
- Seduced by His Touch – the story of Lord Jack Byron and Grace Danvers
- At the Duke’s Pleasure – the story of Edward Byron, the Duke of Clybourne and Lady Claire Marsden
- Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed – to be released in September 2010
Description from the Book:
Orphaned beauty Meg Amberley never planned to pose as Lord Cade Byron’s fiancee. Caught in a snowstorm, she takes refuge at his estate. Stranded together, Meg soon finds herself falling under Cade’s spell. When the roads clear, she intends to leave, but fate intervenes.
Haunted by his past, Cade Byron has buried himself in the country. The Meg – with her lush curves – invades his house and his life. With her reputation compromised, he proposes a pretend engagement and a London season where she can find a husband.
But as their charade deepens, Cade can’t let her go . . . vowing to tempt her with a kiss that just may lead to forever.
Several years ago, I read one of Tracy Anne Warren’s early works – I can’t remember which one. I had a hard time getting through the book and remember getting rather irritated with the heroine. I have kind of avoided her books since. However, my cousin had copies of the books in Warren’s current series, the Byron’s of Braebourne, and she lent them to me. So late yesterday, I decided to pick up Tempted by His Kiss.
Boy, am I glad that I did. Both Meg and Cade made their way into my heart very quickly. I certainly can’t resist the tortured male heroes – and Cade is certainly one of those. While on a mission for the English government, he was captured and tortured by the French. His captors shot him, nearly garrotted him, murdered his fiancée’s family and repeatedly raped his fiancée in front of him. Cade survived, but returned home a broken man. He retreated to a far off estate and isolated himself from his family.
Because of a snow storm, Meg is forced to take refuge at Cade’s home. Cade does his best to avoid his young houseguest, but Meg won’t let him. When her reputation is nearly ruined, Cade must face his demons and take her to London while posing as her fiancé. As they spend more and more time together, Cade finds himself becoming quite enamored. However, because of his past, he does not believe that he can love again. Nor does he believe that he is good enough for Meg. Meanwhile the traitor who betrayed Cade to the French resurfaces.
Overall, I found this to be a delightful story. The Byrons are a very engaging family, and I can’t wait to get started on the next book in this series.
Final Thought: This book is well worth a read for fans of historical romance.
Read first on January 18, 2010
The reviewer borrowed a copy of this book.