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The Temptation of Your Touch Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Burke Brothers Series

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*Starred Review* Maximillian Burke, Earl of Dravenwood, has been a true gentleman and model citizen most of his life. But when his brother steals the woman he loves, Max turns into one of the most notorious rogues in London. He then resigns as chair of the Court of Directors of the East India Company, much to his father’s dismay, and heads to the far outreaches of the family holdings, Cadgwyck Manor. Neither Annie Spencer nor the other residents there want a “master” in the house. They’re doing quite well on their own, thank you. To discourage noblemen who intend to take possession of the estate, Annie and the rest of the meager staff do their best to make the place as uninviting as possible, even creating a dreadful specter, the White Lady of Cadgwyck, that makes potential “masters” flee in horror. But Annie’s best, spookiest efforts fail to make an impression on the jaded Max. This is quintessential Medeiros (The Pleasure of Your Kiss, 2011), who, as readers know well from her impressive body of work, never fails to entertain. --Shelley Mosley

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“Engaging characters, a tight, well-drawn plot that is complex and captivating, and an overall tone that manages to be both lighthearted and emotionally lush make this a sweet, fun and satisfying read.” (Kirkus)

"This is quintessential Medeiros, who, as readers know well from her impressive body of work, never fails to entertain." (Booklist (starred review))

"The Temptation of Your Touch captivates with intriguing escapades and charming characters...Ms. Medeiros always perfectly balances her emotional romances with unexpected hilarity and affecting heartaches. While the humor in The Temptation of Your Touch will leave a huge smile, the anguish felt by a couple of characters will deeply move [you]." (Single Titles Book Reviews)

"If you enjoy tender, beautifully-written historical romance with a Gothic feel and sprinkled with humor, do yourself a favor and pick up The Temptation of Your Touch. I can’t recommend it enough!" (The Romance Dish)

"A delicious new historical romance...a witty and absolutely riveting read... Abounding with wily servants, a beautiful ghost, humor, madcap antics, a hidden treasure, a scenic setting, mystery, romance and true love, this book should be a favorite for readers of various genres...I highly recommend this delectable tale!" (Romance Junkies Reviews)

“A pair of deeply wounded protagonists who must learn to forgive themselves, a charming group of secondary characters, and a complex, well-crafted plot result in a tale that is beautifully linked to the author’s The Pleasure of Your Kiss. With deliciously Gothic touches, this novel is another winner for the talented Medeiros.” (Library Journal (starred review))
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439157901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439157909
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maximillian Burke, Earl of Dravenwood and heir to a dukedom, finally stopped being cordial after being left at the altar by the woman he's loved for most of his life, who had in turn married his younger brother. Ever a danger to himself and others, Max decides his dark moods would be better endured in his most remote holding, Cadgwyck Manor. Nothing, however, would have prepared him for this crumbling, haunted (literally and figuratively) place, meeting his soul mate in a seemingly ironclad housekeeper, almost getting killed twice, and an infatuation with a ghost - Angelica Cadgwyck.

Anne Spencer, housekeeper of Cadgwyck Manor, has a good reason to chase out this new master. Before Max arrived, she had already prepared her bevy of servants to displease him, all the while using the ghost legend to drive him out. After all, the previous owners have either fled in horror or met untimely deaths, so how hard could this one be?

Anne and Max are both wonderfully complex characters who have their own ghosts to chase, yet find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. I greatly sympathize with Max, who has been unable to accept the loss of his fiancee for a long time and could not stop the feelings of destruction within him. Anne tries to repent for her past mistake by erasing all pleasure from her life, giving all the care and comfort to her family of servants. For these two, finding a forgiveness in each other and a light to replace past hurts became their guiding love.

Teresa Medeiros's lyrical prose and superb description of scenery details fully captures the wild beauty of a haunted castle by the cliffs, adding a flavor of intrigue, suspense, and ultimately love, to Max and Anne's adventures.
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A mysterious manor overlooking the cliffs in Cornwall is the setting for Teresa Medeiros's new novel The Temptation of Your Touch. This story has a gothic feel to it and the leads, particularly the hero are well developed and admirable.

Maximillian Burke, Lord Dravenwood has always played by the rules, a perfect son, perfect lord and a perfect fiance' and yet he is jilted at the alter; his bride dumping him for his wastrel globe trotting brother. Max becomes a bit of a bad boy but it is not a comfortable fit so he takes off to one of his family's newest land acquisitions, a castle, Cadgwyck Manor, in Cornwall to escape the gossip of the ton.

Max discovers that the local villagers will have very little to do with Cadgwyck Manor because it is said to be haunted by a female ghost with a tragic past. Max is greeted by a motley crew of servants when he arrives at Cadgwyck led by a bossy- no nonsense housekeeper named Mrs. Spencer.

Anne, aka Mrs. Spencer has assembled a rag tag group of people to live in the manor and she loves them all dearly from the senile butler to the young maids escaping the slums of London. The group has always managed to keep former masters away from the castle due to the manor's less than clean condition and their terrible service, but Lord Dravenwood proves to be difficult despite their best efforts.

At first I wondered if I would like Anne, who is quick to say "no man will be my master." I thought, "Oh, she's one of those heroines, prickly, stubborn and paints every man as a scoundrel." Well, Anne is a bit like that(at times she can be too obstinate) but she is also kind and she truly loves people as evidenced by the way she has immense patience with those around her.
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Longtime fans and those new to Teresa Medeiros will much to delight in The Temptation of Your Touch -- guilt, remorse, secrets, redemption.

Author Medeiros had an unenviable task -- taking Max, first introduced in The Pleasure of Your Kiss, and redeeming him in Temptation. She hits just the right notes in this sequel, giving us every reason to cheer for Max as he comes to terms with his upbringing and his true self. Anne, the mysterious housekeeper, also has to come to terms with her past and its effect on her present.

Family is a strong theme in Temptation, both the family we are born with and the family we create as we travel through life.

Although The Temptation of Your Touch can stand alone, readers will enjoy it much more if they have already read The Pleasure of Your Kiss.
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This book was so much fun! It had all the elements of a great Gothic story, a crumbling old manor house, odd servants, a brooding lord and of course the ghost of the white lady (no Gothic novel worth it's salt would be without one)
But it isn't all screams and horror, there is a real budding romance as well. You have well defined H and H with enough spunk and vulnerability to really care about them. The Hero is mis-understood and quite tired of being the good guy.
The heroine is mysterious, spunky and also hiding something, There is a hint of mystery here, but no so much that 1) you can't figure out what in the heck is going on and 2) It doesn't overwhelm you as a mystery story. I like to read romance and I don't care for mysteries, but this one blended it perfectly!
This has all the elements that I LOVE in a story. I would say that Ms. Medeiros hit this one out of the park!
A KEEPER! I will be re-reading it (which is about the BEST praise I can give a book)
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