Olivia Raines is one of the most famous courtesans England
has ever known.
Every man who has ever tasted her charms has come away from
her feeling nothing but complete satisfaction.
Looking for another benefactor, Olivia strives to
keep her demeanor passive without giving in to the utter
feeling of helplessness that she feels each time she has to
find a new lover. Looking bored and anything but inviting, Olivia
notices Julian Southwood, the Earl of Erith and if his eyes
are any indication, he has noticed her as well. Olivia is tired of being a fallen woman and while
Erith wants her to be his mistress, she knows they will
never suit. She
has learned too often and too hard that men are not to be
trusted – least of all men who buy her favors. She doesn’t count on Julian Southwood being the one
man in which she forgets herself and falls in love.
The Earl of Erith, Julian Southwood, is back in England for
his daughter’s wedding. Having spent the time abroad since
his wife’s death, he has returned to London to reconnect
with his children. When he sees Olivia Raines across the
room, Erith knows right then and there that she will be his
Convincing her of that fact takes a bit longer, but Erith
prevails. The terms are negotiated and Erith finds himself
with a mistress, albeit a reluctant one. When he follows Olivia to a secret appointment, he
finds out just what makes this beautiful, but often
emotionless, woman tick. Now all he has to do is convince her that he is
unlike any one else she has ever known.
While Olivia was gentle born, her status as a highly
regarded and sought after courtesan closed doors to her that
would have been open had she been anyone else. Erith, still feeling guilt over his wife’s death,
fled the ton and in doing that, he alienated his family. All too late, both characters realize that while they
love each other, their love can never be seen and accepted
in London society. I could feel the love Erith felt for Olivia, even
when he was being a ‘blockhead’… his terms, not mine. Olivia was harder to grasp, but the more I read, the
more I could see the emotional toil life had taken on her. It shaped her into the untrusting, and often times
secretive, woman that she was.
Third time is definitely the charm! Anna Campbell’s third novel,
Tempt the Devil,
allows her talent as a writer of historical romance to
shine. Amid the
glittering ballrooms and streets of London, Anna Campbell
took me back to a time when society dictated what was proper
and what was not.
Tempt the Devil
evoked in me such intense emotions that at times I felt I
was right there in the novel. I cried – quite possibly more than Olivia - and
several times I even fought despair. I got angry with Erith when he would run off at the
mouth and wound with his thoughtless words. But most of all, I smiled when, amidst all the chaos
that was their lives, Olivia and Erith found true love. Anna Campbell is definitely an author to watch and I
have no choice but to Joyfully Recommend
Tempt the Devil. It was simply stunning.