If He's Tempted

The Wherlockes, #5

If He's Tempted is book #5 in the Wherlocke and Vaughn family saga. It is a fantastic paranormal historical romance from Hannah Howell.

Olympia Wherlocke comes from a long line of people who are gifted. Their magnificent talents are used for good. Olympia is surprised when a young girl shows up at her door asking for help in contacting her brother. It seems that her mama, the wicked witch of London, is about to sell her to a debauched and lecherous old man. Olympia is familiar with the girl’s brother, Brant Mallum, the Earl of Fieldgate.

Brant Mallum has been drowning his guilt in booze and women for the past few years. Ever since it was brought to light in book # 2, If He's Sinful, that Brant's hag of a mother sold his own fiancé into slavery, assuring her death. His mother is a master manipulator, who has destroyed his life, one insidious whisper at a time.

Olympia rescues Brant, our brooding hero. She gains entrance to Brant's lair by beating down a few of his servants. A few laughs there, but the story got really intense from that point on. Let me just say that I understood what made Brant climb down into the bottle. I might've done it myself, if I'd had to face the things that he found out. Things are not as they seem, and now children have gone missing. Olympia knows that Brant will need her at his side as the stunning depths of the villain’s depravity are uncovered. I got thoroughly lost in the twists and turns the story took. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, as I kept wondering what would be uncovered next.

This book is historical romance at its best. The paranormal elements were handled with a deft hand, as Howell used the amazing talents of the Wherlocke/ Vaughn clan to weave more intrigue throughout the story. There are a lot of interesting secondary characters in the book. They never took over the story, instead they only contributed to it, and made it better. Brant and Olympia were able to stop a mad woman with the help of the eccentric family. The villains in the story were evil and demented. Their dark deeds totally convinced me that they were beyond redemption. I could see myself cheering as they got what was coming to them. It was quite the suspenseful ride that made the story so exciting and kept me flipping those pages.

What I liked most about this book was Olympia and Brant's relationship. They both knew what they were getting into here. They've both got secrets, and they've got some issues. From the minute Olympia gave her promise, she suspected where things would lead with her and Brant. I would've never guessed that she could be so brazen. Brant wanted Olympia when she first exploded into his house, kicking ass and taking names. His problem was believing that he could be good enough for her. Neither did they try to deny the truth that was staring them in the eye. I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between them.

Hannah Howell's books always end up on my keeper shelf, and this one will be no different. It has an intriguing plot, wonderful character development and an passionate romantic entanglement that are seamlessly woven together, and kept me engaged throughout the story. I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't wait to finish.

I enjoyed every minute of this book. Fans of Hannah Howell will not want to miss this one.

Book Blurb for If He's Tempted

Lady Olympia Wherlocke has the gift of foresight. When Lady Agatha Mallam asks Olympia to locate her brother so he can rescue her from an arranged marriage, she knows exactly where to find Lord Brant Mallam, Earl of Fieldgate. What happens next is something she never envisioned. Since his betrothed died, Lord Brant Mallam has drowned his sorrow with wine and women. His dissolute ways have only emboldened his calculating mother. But with the help of the enchanting Olympia, he concocts a daring plan to end his mother's devious designs for his sister. While each step in their bold scheme works to perfection, the sins of the past could unravel a growing desire that neither Olympia nor Brant can control.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 4.50