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Headlong into sin . . .

A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women—and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick's brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover. But it is neither Diana's boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so—it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask.

Intent upon the seduction that will finally free her, Diana has set her sights on the notorious Ashcroft—never dreaming that there is much more to the enigmatic rogue than sin and deviltry. His kiss is bewitching, his caress intoxicating—and even the dangerous secret Diana must protect cannot shield her from Ashcroft's dark allure.

Unwittingly yet most willingly, they are playing with fire. Now the fuse has been lit and there is no escape . . . except surrender.

About the Author

Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Her historical romances have been critically acclaimed and have won numerous awards, including the Australian Romance Readers’ Favourite Australian Romance Author from 2009 to 2012, and Favourite Historical Romance for Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed , Untouched, Captive of Sin and My Reckless Surrender. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed also won Best First Meeting of a Couple, Best Love Scene and Best Cover for 2012. Anna lives in Queensland.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061684317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061684319
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ANNA CAMPBELL has written ten multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in sixteen languages. Anna is currently engaged in writing the "Sons of Sin" series, which started in 2012 with SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED. Look out for book 4, A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT, in April 2015. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time. You can find out more about Anna and her books at her website: www.annacampbell.info
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans
Twitter: @AnnaCampbellOz

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By romancereader on January 12, 2011
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Once again Anna Campbell has written an engrossing romance that surprises the reader, even one like me who's read historical romances for many years. Yes, there are elements of this story that you'll find in a lot of other historicals - particularly a handsome rakish hero designed to make the blood tingle, and believe me, Tarquin does! However, as usual, Ms Campbell doesn't follow a tried and true (or possibly tired) route in creating her latest romance. Nor does she simply tick off various romance themes we're used to seeing. Prepare to be challenged with this one. Ms Campbell turns the tables on some of the familiar themes. This time it's not a virginal heroine being targeted by a rake. It's a woman targeting the hero for seduction, and not for love. This heroine is no simpering miss but a determined, flawed woman. Don't look for a lily white heroine with pristine motives - she definitely needs redemption. That's part of the wonderful strength of Ms Campbell's story - to take two flawed people, put them in a compelling, unusual situation and convince us that together they really have found a love strong enough to alter their lives for the better. This book is a remarkable achievement that stretches the reader even while satisfying her. And a very hot, enjoyable read! Well done, Ms Campbell.
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(3 and a half stars but I'm rounding up for the good writing.) Yes, there's lots of sex in this and at first I felt it was gratuitous. Okay, maybe there is a bit more than necessary for development of the story, but at least it's done well so that you see the lust and rabbit sex developing into real, true love and it's not cold, clinical (and yet rather vulgar) sex like in Lisa Valdez's PATIENCE, for example. Premise of the story seems familiar to me, like a meld of a few books I've read in the past: A young widow (Diana Warrick) chooses a complete stranger to have an affair with, propositioning him by telling him she wants more sexual experience. Her goal (unbeknownst to him) is to get pregnant. Her pregnancy is a requirement for marriage to an aging, dying marquess, with the ultimate goal of becoming custodian of Cranston Abbey, where she lives with her father as the marquess' baliff. Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, said to be a degenerate, jaded rake, has been chosen as her sexual partner, but it is not a random choice. That's all that can be said about that without spoilers.

Our H and H in this Campbell creation are not as tortured souls as in CAPTIVE OF SIN, her most recent previous romance, although you do have some minimal angst caused by childhood loneliness and family relationship problems. The back story of the two is revealed slowly, after Campbell has her readers hooked on (or turned off by, depending on the reader) the almost nonstop sex. Both H and H are interesting, complex characters and they need to be because they alone carry the story for most of the book. He, in addition, turns out to be likeable, unexpectedly principled, loving, generous and compassionate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AC on December 8, 2010
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I can understand how this book would cause some polarizing opinions. I don't disagree with some of the 2-Star reviewers points. Primarily, the problem seems to be that the main character, Diana, is treacherously deceitful, and lacking in some good characteristics. But I didn't find her completely unlikable. I thought Tarquin Vale (horrible name!) probably deserved a better woman than her, but it appears he didn't want one. And the plot lacked complexity (I found that refreshing). That being said, I thought the story was compelling. I wanted to know what happened next and had a hard time putting this book down until I finished. The writing was good, the escalation of attraction was gradual (or at least, the characters' acknowledgement of the escalation was gradual). I was teetering on giving this book 3 stars, but it was a page turner and I wasn't bored. Did I like the characters... not all the time, but the story was gripping.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lewis on May 31, 2010
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It's unfortunate that readers don't give a proven excellent writer the benefit of the doubt when she veers from her standard hero. I adored Tarquin and appreciated this brief departure from her dark, tortured hero.

I've read all of Campbell's books and she writes primarily from the hero's point of view which I enjoy as a reader. Diana's apparent calculation and greed are neatly explained and her journey is one of self-awareness and that most tricky of paths -- true love. That she is caught so unaware of the possibility of love is delightful to watch (read).

Sex in a Campbell book is never about inserting tab A into slot B, but about the gradually awareness of two lovers who are meant for each other. Sex is never really about sex, but about the melding of two souls.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2010
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In 1827 widow Diana Carrick wants the country house that she has managed for years. However, the house is now owned by a noted rake Earl Tarquin Vale. She decides to seduce him in exchange for his giving his property to her.

Tarquin is bored with London and its simpering women. When Diana offers herself to him, he rejects her as being another no brain all beauty. However, he dreams of making love to her so after meeting again, he decides to seduce this brazen widow who has already enticed his mind. As they share a tryst, he displays radical modern thoughts of gender equality while she fears her secret will destroy their relationship that has turned to love

This enjoyable historical romance is refreshed by the attitude of the widow who decides to use her body to get what she wants, his country house. Vale is somewhat typical of the sub-genre: a weary rake with the exception of his position on gender in parliament. He gets education in seduction but it is her secret that threaten their relationship. Anna Campbell writes a wonderful deep character driven tale.

Harriet Klausner
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