Tempt The Devil

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Tempt The Devil

Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith is captivated by Olivia Raines, London's most sought-after cyprian. He knows he must have her. Olivia is bored with her life, she figures that she will take on one last protector, before retiring to a quite life. Neither of them expected the exploding passion and emotion that was about ignite between them.
 
Anna Campbell has the wonderful knack of being able to take story lines that I don't like, and create spellbinding tales that I can't put down. I will admit that courtesans are my least favorite type of heroine, I don't mind a non-virginal heroine, but I would rather that she wasn't paid for sex, even if she didn't enjoy it. I find it quite an accomplishment for Ms. Campbell to enthrall me into such a book. I was riveted by Olivia and Julian's struggle to find love. Olivia really didn't want an emotional connection to Julian, I loved watching him woo and court her, seeing her shell brake around her heart, as she learned how to feel again. 
 
Julian was not exactly emotionally stable himself. He'd married young, lost a wife he loved, and pushed his children away, allowing them to be raised by relatives, as he stayed abroad. The only relationships he would involve himself in was the purely physical kind. I liked seeing how he evolved from a sardonic aloof man, to a man of needing to express his love. I liked how Olivia didn't fall strait for him, but made him think about his actions, making him discover himself as he discovered the depth of his emotions for Olivia.

Book Blurb for Tempt The Devil

For Olivia Raines, London's most notorious courtesan, and the infamous Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith  falling in love will be the greatest risk of all in this wicked and wild romance from Anna Campbell.

 
Any man in London would worship her. Yet Olivia is, quite frankly, bored of them all. Despite her many dalliances, she's never felt true passion, never longed for any lover's touch . . . until Julian, London's most notoriously wanton rake, decides to make her his mistress.

 
From the moment he first sees her, Julian knows he must possess her. And when he discovers her greatest secret, a scandal that could ruin her reputation and end her career, he knows just the way to use this damaging information to his most delightful advantage. He offers Olivia a deal with the devil: he'll keep her secret . . . if she allows him the chance to show her true ecstasy.

 
But Olivia must be careful, for Julian has a secret of his own: he will not rest until she is completely, shamelessly his. 

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2008 4.75