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She Has Nothing Left To Lose--
After finding herself at the center of a very public scandal that left one man dead and another on the run, Lady Alexandra Huntington has exiled herself to her brother's estate and is content to manage his affairs. But the arrival of darkly handsome Collin Blackburn awakens her curiosity and her desire--and the advantage of being a fallen woman is that she can be ruined only once...

Except Her Heart...
After a promise sworn to his father, Collin Blackburn is compelled to seek the aid of the woman who brought about his brother's death in a senseless duel. Yet Lady Alexandra is not the shameless femme fatale he expected. In fact, Collin suspects she is guilty of nothing more than a hunger to experience passion, and the brawny Scot is certainly equipped to oblige. But the quick-witted, keenly sensual Alexandra has a few lessons of her own to impart--on life, love, and the delicious joys of succumbing to temptation...
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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Debut
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100150
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.) During the winter she likes to curl up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa and think about all those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow. Victoria has published over eighteen books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA® Award for excellence in the romance genre.

Find out more about Victoria and her books at www.VictoriaDahl.com or write to her at Victoria@VictoriaDahl.com.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alyce In Wonderland on December 22, 2007
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I liked both the hero and heroine in this book. Even when they made some pretty messy mistakes, their regret was genuine. They each had a lot to learn about how to be a couple. Their fears for the future were realistic, and their resulting actions made sense. Dahl never fell into any of the typical, overused themes that we read repeatedly. The characters were not built like gods/ goddesses. Neither was totally right, while the other was totally wrong. Both were, to put it simply, human.

Alexandra is a recluse. During her coming out season, she was caught kissing a man. Her reputation destroyed, there was nothing for her to do but retreat from society. Rather than wallow in self- pity, Alex has found happiness in caring for her older brother's estate. She may be the sister of a duke, but she is not afraid to get her hands dirty in the stables. Loving his sister, no matter what her faults might be, the duke gives her the freedom to live as she pleases.

Collin resents having to leave Scotland in search of his brother's killer. The last thing he wants to do is speak with the woman who caused his younger brother, John, to be shot to death in a duel for her honor. He believes the same as the rest of society... that she must be a harlot. Upon meeting her in person, he begins to doubt what he has heard about her from the gossips. When she agrees to help him capture John's killer, Collin knows that she can't be the selfish wench he thought her to be.

Alex can't stop thinking about Collin. Even after he has returned to Scotland, she decides she will have him. Men of honor have been rare in London society. She doesn't want to give up her freedom, but wants to experience physical affection.
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STORY BRIEF:
Damien arranged for John to see him with his hands under Alex's skirt. John challenged Damien to a duel and was killed by Damien in the duel. Since dueling was a crime, Damien fled the country. He occasionally wrote to Alex asking for money which she sent. Collin was John's half-brother. Collin has been searching for Damien to bring him to justice. Collin asks for Alex's help. She shows him her correspondence from Damien and agrees to keep him informed. She likes Collin and wants an affair with him, but he doesn't respond and returns to Scotland. Two weeks later, Alex goes to Scotland under the guise of purchasing horses, but her main reason is to tempt him into an affair.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
There were several conflicts between the hero and heroine due to one of them "withholding information" from the other (for no rational reason). Collin was mad at Alex several times due to his "inaccurate assumptions" about her. More than once her response was to withhold information from him and not clear it up. The major climax happens when the "heroine does something stupid for the sake of the plot." Also, during the major climax, two important scenes were "told and not shown." I was annoyed with the lack of details.

I cannot enjoy a story so full of the above contrivances. In addition, I had trouble with the characters. I didn't enjoy reading about them. Alex kissed a variety of men. There was no relationship development with Collin. Apparently she just wanted him for his body. Collin was likeable at first but later became an abusive jerk.

DATA:
Story length: 279 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 17.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sookie Stackhouse on September 11, 2009
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I'm not sure exactly what happened to the hero after he gets married (at the middle of the book). He transformed into a sick & jealous jerk who makes the life miserable for her. It just makes no sense. He goes from a loving man to an abusive husband. Isn't the plot of romance books suppose to be the opposite? I'm not sure I'll read this author again.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. DETWILER on January 12, 2009
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I have to say the heroine in To Tempt a Scotsman seemed to be on some kind of super-duper love potion. She went after the poor hero, Collin, with a vengeance. I picked this book up after I had read the author's later book. I liked the book featuring Emma and Somerhart better than this one. My complaint with that book was that Emma was really dark==had a lot of emotional baggage from her childhood. But, that book was head and shoulders better than this one. Somerhart was a dream.
To Tempt a Scotsman seemed to be a series of vignettes wherein Alex, our heroine, attempted to get Collin to make love to her. There didn't seem to be any reason for her to want him other than she liked his body. She really did seem to be willing to be intimate with many men. She was inexperienced, but that didn't seem to be from lack of trying. I really didn't like her--she was hot to trot and that was about all.
If you like sex, not love, scenes, strung together, To Tempt a Scotsman, is the book for you. If you like some redeeming qualities in your romance novel characters, you will need to look elsewhere.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on August 7, 2007
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Collin Blackburn is determined to avenge his half-brothers death and bring his murder to justice. He leaves his home in the Scottish lowlands and scours all of England and Paris in hopes of finding the man. This leads him to English beauty who caused a scandal and precipitated the duel that lead to his brothers death.

The daughter of a duke, Lady Alexandra Huntington is no ordinary women. Beneath her facade is a wanton woman ready to be set free. Already ruined, she goes about living her life as she pleases. The freedom she gained from the scandal is a double edged sword. Alex is no longer bound by normal convention. Wearing breeches and not having to curb her tongue are some of the advantages. Unfortunately there are also the unwanted leers and suggestions that she must contend with.

When they meet, sparks fly and Collin quickly realizes that Alex is not the treacherous women he thought she was. But as a ba*tard, Collin has no hopes for a future with the tempting beauty. Alex has other ideas. She plans a full seductive assault that is sure to bring the brawny Scotsman to his knees.

A very good debut. Honestly I was a bit shocked by the behavior of the heroine. She practically throws herself at the hero. Seriously, she is like a b*tch in heat. Not your average historical heroine. It took a bit of getting used to. And the hero, jeeze who doesn't love a bonnie Scot, was so cute with the constant blushing over the heroine's antics. Sort of a reverse in roles if you will.

The love scenes were a well written and a plenty. The heroine's honesty was refreshing but the hero's jealously was extremely irritating. I do think that the murder subplot could have been explored a bit further.
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