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Tempting [Kindle Edition]

Hope Tarr
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Book Description

"Pretty Woman" Meets "My Fair Lady"...

Aspiring Member of Parliament, Simon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne’s lovely, tear splashed face finds him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdue the sense that she is not at all what she seems. Though her expectations are limited by birth and circumstance, she demonstrates a keen mind and a love of books and learning. Hoping to help her as once he was helped, he assumes the role of her guardian—and tutor. As the heat in their private lessons progresses from a fledgling spark to full flame, Simon allows he has never before been so intrigued—or so tempted.

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"A beguiling mixture of historical detail, romantic intrigue and just plain fun." —New York Times Bestseller, Susan Wiggs

"Hope Tarr is a master storyteller who breathes magic into love..." —Bestselling author, Miranda Jarrett

“Tarr pegs Victorian era London perfectly…poignant and romantic.” —RT BOOK Reviews Magazine

“A touching story of salvation and renewal.” —Madeline Hunter

“A book to feast upon…fresh and original.” —Patricia Potter

"Wonderfully written! Readers will devour it." —Cathy Maxwell

“Stunning…enchanting.” —May McGoldrick

Editorial Reviews


"Hope Tarr is a master storyteller who breathes magic into love." -- Miranda Jarrett, bestselling author

"The cream rises to the top in Tempting...this book is sure to delight." -- Susan Wiggs, Bestselling author of Halfway to Heaven

From the Author

Hello There,

My name is Hope Tarr, and I'm thrilled to introduce you to "Tempting," my third romance novel for Jove and a true "book of the heart."

"Tempting" is my very first lead title and what I affectionately like to call a "My Fair Lady" story with a twist. Set in Victorian England, TEMPTING is the story of aspiring Member of Parliament, Simon Belleville, and Christine Tremayne, a former dairymaid whom dire circumstances have landed in the attic of a Covent Garden brothel. As Simon soon discovers, polishing this roughly hewn diamond into a gem of a lady is no small feat, especially with the opposing political party sniffing for scandal. In helping Christine, Simon knows he is putting his hard-won reputation and a lifetime's ambition at risk. Little does he suspect that his biggest risk is losing his heart.Wishing you fairytale dreams--and a never ending supply of fabulous romance fiction,

Hope Tarr

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: That Book Inc.; 2 edition (February 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078W0CJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like conflicted, tortured heros, this is for you! September 25, 2002
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I had just finished reading Patricia Cabot's wonderful "Educating Caroline" when I began "Tempting" - another story about a self-made man from the slums of London. But whereas (Caroline's) Braden's poor upbringing helped to mold his character, Simon's has made him bitter, ruthless, ambitious. But in Simon's defense, he has a lot to be bitter about. He has never recovered from his inability to provide for his family after the death of his father or to protect his sister from being gang-raped before his eyes at the age of 15. When Simon's mother remarries and the family's fortunes improve slightly, he takes off, determined to no longer be that helpless, pathetic boy and sets about becoming a man and accumulating wealth.
Years later, now wealthy and hungry for political power, he has taken on the role of Vice Commissioner in Victoria's London. One night he raids a brothel and in the attic, finds a young girl locked in. For some reason, she affects him and rather than toss her in jail, takes her home then enrolls her in a finishing school in order to tranform her into a lady and better her lot in life.
Simon took some time to warm up to. He's cool, aloof, self-contained and alone. He is focused on running for a seat in Parliament and needs no distractions or scandal. But Christine's beauty and background threaten just that. The last thing he needs is for it to come out that the girl he is passing off as his cousin was found in a brothel! But Simon can't seem to do without her presence no matter how inapropriate. He needs and wants her around and pulls her out of finishing school to teach her himself (!). She's fresh, open, sweet and she makes him smile. Though he is attracted to her, there can be nothing between them.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Good Read May 16, 2003
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TEMPTING starts off strong with a tragic and violent prologue that sets that stage and make-up of the main character, Simon Belleville. As a young boy he witnesses a violent act upon his sister, and feeling helpless and the cause for the tragedy, closes him off to others. His pursuits turn to making himself a self-made man in English society.
As the newly appointed head of Queen Victoria's Morality & Vice Commission, Simon Belleville finds himself breaking up a brothel where he discovers Christine in an attic. Not sure why, he takes the lovely young "prostitute" to his home instead of to Newgate Gaol. As an aspiring Member of Parliament, the very last thing Simon needs is a scandal so he introduces her as his cousin. However, he has anything but cousinly feelings towards the intriguing young girl.
Christine is also no stranger to hardship and tragedy. Bullied by her cousin who she believes she has killed, she finds herself alone, hungry, and in a brothel. Simon changes all that, as her "dark angel" and places in his old mistress's school to develop a refined woman.
Hope Tarr weaves a tale of two people searching for themselves and for each other. The mixture of violence, which is not graphically portrayed, and the nature of the gentle tale are an unusual mix. It could almost be characterized as an innocent and sweet romance without these dark undercurrents running throughout the book. I would have liked to see Ms. Tarr develop these dark themes more, and not hesitate to show the reader the brutalism endured by the main characters. I believe it would have helped strengthen the storyline of the book.
TEMPTING is an original and enjoyable read from the talented Ms. Tarr. There is an earthy realism to her writing style; her characters are portrayed as real people with flaws, both physical and mental. Don't miss this special read!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars! October 31, 2002
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Simon Belleville, head of Her Majesty's Morality and Vice Commission, is supposed to be taking prostitutes to prison, not to finishing school. Yet one look at Christine Tremayne and Simon's entire world tilts on its axis. Desperate to escape the brothel in which Simon finds her, Christine grabs at the chance to improve her station, thereby enabling her to support her family back home. But will Simon's feelings for Christine destroy his dream of holding a seat in Parliament? Will Christine's past ruin her one chance at true love?
Hope Tarr writes a Pygmalion tale layered with a fast plot, multi-faceted characters and charming wit. The full gamut of emotions-from guilt and rage, to joy and love-will be found between the pages of this book. Christine will surprise you, and Simon torment you. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, you'll cry. Truly an enjoyable read. -- Kris at Author, Author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richly detailed Victorian romance August 31, 2005
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Simon Belleville is a self-made man with a haunted past. Because his father was disinherited for marrying outside his class and religion, Simon and his sister Rebecca grow up in the stews of London. When young Simon fails to protect Rebecca against a vicious attack, he vows to become rich and powerful and never be vulnerable again. Soon after, Simon stows away on a ship bound for India.

Almost twenty years later, Simon Belleville is now a man of property and experience. Returning from India with a fortune, Simon has doubled it many times over and has become a legend, attracting the notice of several politicians. Ironically, Simon is made head of Her Majesty's Morality and Vice Commission, charged with closing down the brothels populating his old childhood haunts. He is finally on the cusp of achieving his latest goal -- a seat in the House of Commons. However, his best laid plans are thrown into chaos when he discovers a young woman locked in the attic of a brothel. Drawn by her vulnerability, Simon breaks the rules and takes the woman home.

Christine Tremayne had been trapped in a nightmare. The daughter of a dairy farmer, she gathered her younger siblings and escaped the clutches of her evil cousin after her father's death. Desperate for funds to send to her siblings, Christine went to London to look for work only to be tricked and locked in a brothel. Rescued and sent to a finishing school by her mysterious benefactor, Christine finds herself in danger once again. In danger of losing her heart.

Rich in detail and atmosphere, TEMPTING plunges the reader back to Victorian London. While the story is layered with the politics and class issues of the day, the core centers around its primary characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL STORY
With a feel of Eliza Doolittle, but with its own unique journey to get to their happy ending, I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sue S.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
another good read for rainy days. characters and story line were well written and held my attention all the way through.
Published 20 months ago by T. L. Wi
4.0 out of 5 stars TemptingisTempting
I enjoyed this book greatly! The characters were all very real and relate-able. I loved that the story had so much depth,
Published 20 months ago by Rebecca Bowman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great either.
There were parts of this book that were really good, and parts that were "ho-hum" predictable. The first chapters were gripping, then it settled into lust at first-sight, he's too... Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by C Rronck
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun story with just the right amount of angst
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were very likable and real. The plot was fast paced and unique. The writing style was fluid and had great dialogue. Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by A. M. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Romance with An Unconventional Couple
Sensitive readers should know that there is a somewhat explicit rape in the beginning of the novel.

With a distinct nod to My Fair Lady, Tempting takes a very unlikely... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly enjoyable read!
What a truly enjoyable read!

You will not be disappointed once you meet the two important characters in the story. Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book
I have been reading a lot of books but this really touched me. This is a five star book without any doubt even though i do have some things i would have loved to be portrayed... Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by YOLY
5.0 out of 5 stars This Cinderella Kicks Butt!
Christine is not your typical romance novel heroine pining away for her Prince Charming to come rescue her. Whether she likes it or not that is exactly what Simon is trying to do. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Susan K. Saltos "Kat"
3.0 out of 5 stars yudenka
I like the book, even though the end was predictable. The main thing, that I was't happy about is the age confusion. Read more
Published on April 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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