09 April 2013

Lord of Temptation (The Lost Lords of Pembrook #2)

Summary from Goodreads:

Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.

Once upon a time, he was Lord Tristan Easton—now he is Crimson Jack, a notorious privateer beholden to none, whose only mistress is the sea. But all that will change when exquisite Lady Anne Hayworth hires his protection on a trip into danger and seduction. . .

Desperation brought Anne to the bronzed, blue-eyed buccaneer. But after the Captain demands a kiss as his payment, desire will keep her at his side. She has never known temptation like this—but to protect her heart, she knows she must leave him behind. Yet Tristan cannot easily forget the beauty—and when they meet again in a London ballroom, he vows he won't lose her a second time, as fiery passion reignited takes them into uncharted waters that could lead the second lost lord home. . .

Tristan, being the younger twin to the newly restored Duke of Pembrook, isn't quite at home in London. He's more comfortable at sea.

Lady Anne, mourning a fiancee lost in the Crimea and about to be married to the deceased fiancee's elder brother, hires Tristan to take her to the Crimea to finish loose ends.

This set-up is interesting but where the book doesn't work is that it is far too similar in plot to the first book in the series, She Tempts the Duke.  Heroine is engaged, hero doesn't feel at home in London, heroine keeps progressing toward the altar with the wrong man, etc etc etc.  A well-done ending, though.

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