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Never Resist Temptation Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2009
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The passion and chemistry between them was emotionally complex. I loved watching how their relationship evolved throughout the story. I look forward to reading more from Miranda Neville. --Night Owl Romance
Miranda Neville's NEVER RESIST TEMPTATION is a delectable concoction of hot sensuality, suspense, and a fascinating look at pastry-making in the Regency. Jacobin is a thoroughly delightful, engaging heroine, and Storrington is a sexy, wounded hero. --The Romance Readers Connection
I adored Never Resist Temptation. --Michelle Buonfiglio's Romance B(u)y the Book
A charming romance, an intriguing plot, a new, fresh voice. --Madeline Hunter, New Times bestselling author
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Top Customer Reviews
Sure, it doesn't have the polish of the author's later work.....it's a debut! And yes, the plot was wacky and a bit complicated. But it was fun. And I thoroughly enjoyed the melding of the art of French pastry into the story. Nice touch.
Enjoy your reading! :)
Thankfully I do have a few nice things to say about this book, which makes me glad, because overall it was not good. While tipping my hat in acknowledgement that this is a debut novel by a new author, this book cannot compare to a historical romance written by a seasoned pro such as Lisa Kleypas or Madeline Hunter. The plot is a steaming pile of overly complicated conundrums, and the author was clearly in love with the foodie side of the story. Too much in love. I enjoyed the pastry chef tidbits, but I think it took the focus from the romance. More on that later.
The good news is that Jacobin's character was spot on perfect. She was a wonderfully complex heroine, and her English and French halves created interesting conflicts. She lives with the English, but she's not truly one of them, and taken within the historical context of the book (after Napoleon's defeat), Jacobin's defensiveness is convincing.
The bad news is that Lord Storrington was a kaleidoscope of the least desirable character traits I'd want in a hero. At some point he was either weepy, gullible, arrogant, selfish, or rapacious.Read more ›
When hooligans assault Jacob, Anthony rescues him. Though he is a bit perturbed that he finds the lad attractive, he hires Jacob to serve on his staff as a pastry chef. When someone tries to kill Candover using poison in his food the evidence points towards Jacobin as the culprit. She, as a male, begins to investigate in an amateurish attempt to expose the culprit, but soon finds Anthony helping him, make that her.
This is a fun Regency romantic suspense starring a likable delightful duo. The debates between Anthony and Jacobin-Jacob are fun to follow as he begins to see the similarity in his-her pattern. Although happenstance allowed Anthony to be in the right place at the right time to rescue Jacob, fans will not care as they began to fall in love when she was his male chef.
Lord Anthony Storrington is determined to bring down Lord Candover and he believes the man's self indulgent attitude is the key to achieving his goal. He thought he'd succeeded when he won Candover's niece in a card game but miraculously the man managed to raise the funds owed after Jacobin ran away rather than honor her uncle's debt. Anthony assumed that was the end of any possible association he'd have with Candover's niece Jacobin but he's in for a huge surprise.
Jacobin dreams of someday opening her own pasty shop and she's saving toward that goal but with her measly salary it will be a long time before that happens. When she receives an employment offer at the sum of eighty pounds a year, Jacobin considers it - until she learns that the offer stems from Lord Storrington himself. The last thing she wants is to work for the very man she once ran from - even if he doesn't know that the chef he seeks to hire is really Jacobin.
Anthony prefers simple English deserts. He has no need for fluffy French creations, but he is well aware that Candover loves them. By hiring such a prominent pastry chef he'll have the tools to lure Candover over and hopefully entice him into another card game.Read more ›
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Too much explicit sex. If you want to read pornography, this one's for you. Won't read any more by this author.Published on April 23, 2014 by J. Neal
You cannot resist the temptation of buying all of Miranda Neville's books. Ms. Neville's books are a great way to escape and enjoy what her characters are experiencing in their... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Adele Kalil
Born and raised in France (although English on her mother's side) Jacobin de Chastelux returns to England after her parent's death and in care of her despicable uncle Baron... Read morePublished on January 15, 2010 by Misfit
Jacobin de Chastelux is stunned to find that her uncle has waged her on a game of cards.....and lost! Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by Melissa
I purchased this novel because it is a debut novel, and I want to encourage new talent. Miranda Neville shows great promise and I will be looking for her next book as this one is... Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by D. Summerfield