"A fine character driven romance"
Lord Carodoc of Llanstephan Fawr does not have to look
at the near empty hayloft to know his estate is in trouble
and wonders when King Richard will take the castle from him
for failure to pay taxes, a deed he has not done in
months. Though he would prefer to flee from his
responsibilities, Carodoc vows to remain and do everything
he can to turn the property solvent until His Highness
takes it away.
Fiona MacDougal, daughter of a Scottish wool merchant
who died two months ago, arrives with a proposition. She
will pay off the royal arrears if Carodoc marries her. She
says she wants a titled husband with no previous children
and he needs her dowry. Reluctantly, Carodoc agrees, but
seals the deal with a passionate kiss. As they fall in
love both shares in common feelings of inadequacy and they
feel undeserving of one other.
The historical romantic story line of TEMPT ME WITH
KISSES is more of a character study than the usual action-
packed tale. The readers observe first hand the doubts of
the lead protagonists as they struggle to make their
relationship succeed even as Carodoc and Fiona are weighed
down by personal baggage that threatens to destroy their
marriage. Fans who relish an insightful look at the
primary couple will enjoy Margaret Moore's marvelous
romantic narrative, but readers who need plenty of action
should look elsewhere.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 3, 2002