Temptation and Twilight is the second in a series involving heirs to a secret society with external conflict generated by a rival evil secret society. The heirs of the good guy society are the heroes in the series, and Iain, the hero of this novel, is a bullish sort of alpha, complete with flared nostrils and a hair trigger temper. I did appreciate how the heroine, Elizabeth, had a genuine beef with Iain and wasn't about to jump into the sack with him at the crooking of his rakish finger. Though the brutish Iain isn't to my taste and the mystery is no mystery, this repentant Scottish rake who wants to reclaim his one true love may appeal to some habitual Regency readers.
Iain spurned Elizabeth over ten years ago, and after a decade of dissolution and on the eve of a duel, he decides that he will reclaim her affections. Elizabeth is older and wiser and has completely lost her sight and she is very determined to keep Iain out of her bed. However she can't keep him out of her life since her beloved brother is a member of the same secret society that Iain belongs to. In addition, a centuries old mystery that intrigues Elizabeth and which Iain can solve, as well as the mission that Iain is engaged in for the Brethren, allows Iain to return to Elizabeth's life and chip away at the wall she has built around her heart.
Iain Sinclair, Marquis of Alynwick, is certain there is a special hell for him. An unrepentant rake, he holds nothing sacred-except for beautiful Elizabeth York. For years, Alynwick has tried to forget the woman he loved so well, and treated so badly. A woman who could hold nothing in her heart for him but hatred.
All of society believes Elizabeth, the blind daughter of a duke, to be a proper young lady. But no one knows of her wanton affair with Alynwick. When Lizzy learns of her ancestor's ancient diary-filled with exotic tales-she longs to uncover the identity of the unnamed lover within and hesitantly agrees to allow Alynwick, who claims to have knowledge of the "veiled lady," to help her solve the mystery.
Eager to be Lizzy's eyes, Alynwick brings the seductive text to life, and each night it takes greater effort for her to forget his betrayal. With each whispered word, her resolve gives way, without her knowing that a centuries-old secret will lead them to a present-day danger.