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Don't Tempt Me (The Fallen Women Series) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets—as a meter maid—and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early nineteenth century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA®. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her at LorettaChase.com.
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In "Don't Tempt Me," we have a somewhat original type of storyline - in that our heroine, Zoe Lexham, was kidnapped in a foreign country while traveling with her parents when she was 12 years old and has recently returned to England after escaping the harem where she had lived for 12 years. What makes things even more interesting is that although she was married off straight away, to the pasha's youngest son, he was sickly so she's still a virgin - albeit a virgin who has been well versed in all things sexual. Additionally, she's been gone so long and accustomed to conversation tendered with sexual connotations, there are some truly funny parts, especially when she talks frankly about how "she's been trained to pleasure a man," and the names she has for certain body parts such as a man’s “instrument of pleasure” when she attempts to explain why she’s still a virgin.
Because of her “harem girl” past, family members are up in the air about how fast they’re all going to come crashing down in Society with the exception of her father, Lord Lexham, who searched for Zoe for years and years and is just thrilled to have her back. To Lord Lexham's credit, he's a good man who years previously took two young orphan lordlings in hand following the death of their parents - Gerard and Lucian - heir and spare to the dukedom of Marchmont. Gerard passed away leaving Lucian to carry the burdens of the Marchmont dukedom along with the heaviness in his soul of having lost those in his life that he most valued, including his childhood friend, Zoe.
However, if there's one person in his life that he truly values, it is Lord Lexham. Therefore, when word that the "harem girl" has been restored to her family with the accompanying gossip, Lucian decides he will take it upon himself to bring her back into good standing with Society, all for Lord Lexham's sake. There's never any doubt that he will be able to do exactly what he sets out to do. However, Lucian's plans do not include opening up his heart to anyone ever again – including Zoe. But, we know that his plans to protect his heart will come crashing down and the fun is getting to come alongside Lucian and Zoe as she very quickly not only affects his "membrum virile" but also slowly penetrates his heart. A very fun love story.