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Tempting by [Tarr, Hope]
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"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: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: That Book Inc.; 2 edition (February 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078W0CJ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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 better. I love the tragic beginning even though it tears my heart, but from there I already knew the novel was going to give me pleasant day. Simon Belleville, is a character i definitely liked, one with a difficult past,very focused, disciplined, a hard worker,very organized and knew supposedly what he wanted or should be good for him. He is a believer of perfection generally. On the other hand, Christine is a spontaneous person,honest,hardworking, a fighter and a sentimentalist.
Simon is the queen`s appointed morality commissioner, trying to eliminate all forms of prostitution, they break into brothels and lock up all the occupants in newgate at the gaol. This is where Simon meets Christine in the attic of a brothel.Instead of taking her to newgate, he takes her to his home as his cousin, cleans her up and sends her to his old mistress` school of young ladies. Simon is running as the mayor of Maidstone and need no scandal associated with his name, but gradually he starts falling in love with Christine but is not willing to call those emotions love. Christine is more open and shows her feelings towards simon, her appreciation. A must read novel, and i love the character of Margot, Simon`s ex mistress and Rebecca though she suffers From PTSD and multiple personality disorder,her recovery proves she will be a passionate person.
I love the fact Christine, stood her grounds with Simon so he will accept her for who she is and not what he wants her to be. I was disappointed with the intimate part, it was suppose to be intense but it wasn`t, i really wanted that part to be detailed, knowing how long Simon has been dreaming of that. Also would have loved to have an epilogue, with long term expectations, but so far the book was excellent. Hope others enjoy it as much as i did.
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