"A Regency romance that is heavy on suspense"
In 1805 London, Lord Robert Bradstone seduces Olivia Sutton
through words of love and kisses. However, it is not her
body he wants; it is her brain. He coaxes her into
deciphering a coded missive that claims a King's Ransom in
a tomb in Madrid. However, a Spanish 'spy' tries to
intercede, but Robert shoots him and blames a shocked
Olivia for the murder. The dying Spaniard gives Olivia a
gold band and tells her to flee with the deciphered note.
Seven years later, Robert returns from the seemingly dead
of a sunken ship. Meanwhile Olivia needs him to clear her
name and to accompany her to Wellington so she can deliver
information he needs. Robert apparently wants to atone for
his travesty and offers to escort Olivia. However, she has
deep doubts about trusting the scoundrel who destroyed her
life even if he appears to behave honorable now. She also
wonders if he would betray his country. To her chagrin,
her thirst for vengeance wars with her love for the rat.
ONCE TEMPTED is an exciting Regency romantic suspense novel
that stars a brilliant, intrepid heroine, whose naivetÈ is
destroyed by the dashing aristocratic cad. The story line
is fast-paced, filled with action, and loaded with
shockers. Elizabeth Boyle's boiling tale will provide much
enjoyment to sub-genre fans as the ingenious Olivia, though
once burned, struggles to avoid that same flame.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 30, 2001
A notorious rake, the Marquis of Bradstone stole young Olivia Sutton's heart...and then ruined her life. For seven years she has been forced to hide her past behind a false identity. And now the dashing scoundrel has returned a different man: handsomer, more serious, more desirable...and far more dangerous than the cad who brought scandal and shame into Olivia's world.
Major Robert Danvers is living a lie -- but for a noble cause. Masquerading as his cousin, the late Marquis, Robert's secret mission for the crown has led him straight to the beautiful, scheming seductress he believes was responsible for his brother's death. But there is a gentle innocence about this Olivia that belies her murderous reputation -- and a passionate sensuality that makes him yearn to hold her in his arms forever. So while his loyalty to his mission tells him that surrender would be the worst sort of betrayal--once tempted, how can a man resist, when his heart tells him here is his one true love?