The Price of Temptation

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The Price of Temptation

Is Lady Evelyn Renshaw a widow or is she still married to England’s most notorious traitor?

Lord Philip Renshaw has been missing for months. Wanted by two governments for treason, the Crown wants to hang him. While the Ton wants to know if Evelyn is her husband’s accomplice or an innocent woman caught in her husband’s high stakes political game.

Needing a place to hide till he can prove his innocence, Captain Sinjon Rutherford receives an offer of help from The Crown. If he’ll help them uncover the truth about Lady Renshaw’s part in her husband’s treason, they’ll give him the time he needs to prove his innocence.

Masquerading as a footman, Sinjon doesn’t have time to fall in love, but Evelyn needs a protector and a lover.

Will Evelyn’s closely guarded secrets get them both killed?

Traitors, spies and lies fill the pages of Lecia Cornwall’s intriguing Regency romance, The Price of Temptation. With likeable characters, good dialogue and a smidgen of suspense, Ms. Cornwall captured my attention with her story of a woman and a man who were victims of circumstances beyond their control. The world Ms. Cornwall created was the perfect setting for a historical romance.

Since her husband’s disappearance amidst accusations of treason from the Crown, Lady Evelyn Renshaw has gone from being a society darling to becoming the subject of gossip. Tainted by her husband’s scandal she’s become a virtual prisoner of her home only leaving its confines to visit her sisters or two of her closest friends. While she’s free from the control of a man for the first time in her life, she’s also in danger until she can prove she’s not involved in her husband’s treason.

Accused of a heinous crime, Captain Sinjon Rutherford has fled to London in search of a fellow soldier who can help him prove his innocence. Taking a chance, Sinjon challenges his accuser to a duel in the park only to end up rescuing a woman who’s being attacked instead. Captured by government agents, Sinjon finds himself agreeing to help an agent of the crown, the Earl of Westlake, spy on a suspected traitor. Taking a job as a footman in the suspected traitor’s home, he never imagined he’d be working for the woman he rescued in the park.

The scenes between Evelyn and Sinjon are full of heat and simmering chemistry. While Sinjon is supposed to discover if Evelyn is part of her husband’s treason, he ends up becoming her protector. Evelyn makes the most of her new found freedom and becomes the woman she was always destined to be, independent, spirited and strong. I liked how Ms. Cornwall developed the relationship between Evelyn and Sinjon, as they spend time together they each blossom into the people they were meant to become.

When Sinjon’s identity is revealed, will he be able to prove his innocence? And will Evelyn still love him? You’ll have to read The Price of Temptation to find out, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Book Blurb for The Price of Temptation

Once wed to England’s most notorious turncoat . . .

Lady Evelyn Renshaw can ignore the disgrace her former husband has brought down upon her. She can even disregard the accusations. But when her life is threatened because of his actions, she realizes a stiff upper lip won’t be enough to keep her safe. So she hires a new footman powerful enough to protect her . . . only to find herself shamelessly intoxicated by his breathtaking masculinity.

Captain Sinjon Rutherford is no footman . . . but there are those who believe him a traitor. The only way to prove his innocence is by playing the part of elegant Lady Evelyn’s servant in order to infiltrate her home and uncover the truth about her suspicious relations. Yet what seems at first an easy deception is anything but, once he meets his alluring new employer and discovers just how tempting a woman in charge can be . . .

Because sometimes passion hides in plain sight.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2012 3.75