New author Jenny Brown's first book took me on an unexpected journey and showed me that debut authors can make an overused plot new, and she has done it again with Star Crossed Seduction. The connection between Temperance and Trev was phenomenal to watch unfold to its inevitable conclusion.
Trev is on leave from active service in India as an officer of the King's Dragoons, and is out carousing with a friend when he spies a woman dressed in widow's weeds. It is not unusual to see ladies in mourning in London but, it is unusual to see them in the Rookeries, and even more unusual to catch them picking pockets.
When Temperance is caught Trev steps in to save her from the magistrate. Temperance wants nothing to do with the man in the same uniform as those that killed her beloved.
From their first meeting Trev and Temperance have an instant connection to each other that deserves exploring. What they don't know is that they are both pawns in a treacherous game involving a mystic jewel and the king's coronation.
The plot of Star Crossed Seduction was rife with spies, betrayals and treachery and was so much more than a simple romance. Trev and Temperance have diverse backgrounds; he is the son of a soldier and a hero, and is a hero and soldier in his own right, she is the daughter of the “Cotton King” and grew up in luxury, then gave it all up to fight for liberty and equality. Both have been abandoned and betrayed by people they trusted and trust does not come easily for either of them.
The beauty of this story is the way in which the author brings these two characters together and keeps them together. Temperance leads Trev on a merry chase before agreeing to a truce. In this truce he promises to believe her completely if she stops lying to him, and she agrees to never leave him without saying goodbye. It would take too long to explain why this is so important to the two of them - and you do need to read it for yourself - but, it was a perfect moment. Their truce is tested most cruelly and it nearly brings them to their knees.
The heroine from the first book is back and still charting horoscopes but, Star Crossed Seduction is a stand alone book. Star Crossed Seduction is not a light, fluffy read - it is deep, it is emotional, and it is heart-wrenching as well as heart warming. The way it all came together was beautifully crafted, and should not be missed.
Reviewed by: Valarie Pelissero