When I first started reading this book, I didn't think I would like it. There was to much drama between step father and step daughter. If you find yourself feeling the same, keep reading for just a bit longer. The book gets better and will reel you in.
Hidden secrets, high passion, and a healthy dose of humor are Deveraux hallmarks, and Temptation
is one of her best. The tempting bestseller features a
fish-out-of-water heroine, a hidden family treasure, and a Scottish
laird who would rather die than be married.
is a women's rights activist in New York City at the turn of the 20th
century. At the age of 29, she had given little thought, time, or
attention to her love life and thrown all of her energy into helping the
city's poor and downtrodden women. But when Temperance's widowed mother
shows up with her new husband, Angus McCairn, everything changes. Angus
has control over the O'Neil money and uses it to force Temperance to
move to Scotland, where he's determined to make a "proper" lady of her.
This results in a brief but amusing battle of wills that culminates in a
blackmail deal: If Temperance can make Angus's nephew, James, take a
wife within the next six months, then she can have her money and her
Temperance travels to James's home in the
Highlands, only to discover a huge, filthy, ramshackle house and a style
of living that is far from the city ways she is used to. Showing up
under the guise of being the new housekeeper, Temperance sets about
tidying up the place and finding James the perfect woman. While trying
to sneak a humorous parade of inappropriate candidates past James's
watchful eye, Temperance finds herself falling in love with the man. But
just as she comes to this realization, the perfect match for James
shows up: his childhood sweetheart, who is now a widow. Torn between the
work she once did, her passion for the people in her new life, and her
love for James, Temperance makes a hard decision that forces her to risk
everything she holds dear.
Deveraux makes good use of
historical detail and creates characters who are charmingly and
believably flawed. There's a fun mystery to solve regarding a hidden
family treasure and the reason behind Angus's determination to see his
nephew married off, and plenty of obstacles to overcome. All of it is
seasoned with Deveraux's trademark humor and passion, a recipe that
never fails to satisfy.