The Price of Temptation
by Lecia Cornwall
Lady Evelyn Renshaw's husband is a traitor to both the French AND English crown having double crossed them both and now that he's disappeared she's the one everyone thinks knows more than she does...which is a real shame because she doesn't. But try getting the English who watch her every move, or the French spies who accost her in the park, or even the friends who have cut her out of their lives to believe her. No, the only person she's been able to trust is an out of work soldier who saved her from kidnap or worse in the park a few days ago. Now she's employed him as a footman, but the chemistry between them is making their relationship much more.
Captain Sinjon Rutherford is a wanted man. While on the continent he pissed off the wrong man and was set up for treason and barely escaped with his life. On the run, and determined to clear his good name he's been told that if he keeps an eye on Lady Renshaw and finds her husband that all will be set to rights again. But what he doesn't forsee is his attraction to Evelyn, her really not knowing anything about the whereabouts of her husband, AND that the only "friend" still speaking to her is the very man who set Sinjon up to be hung.
I had a lot of trouble with the plot of this book. My biggest pet peeve with romance novels is when a husband is still alive, because this means that the wife is going to cheat and that her husband is going to have to be disposed of at some point for me to get my happily ever after...which usually means the husband is going to be killed. On top of that, I have a lot of trouble with a Lady falling for a servant plot. It can be done, but it takes a VERY masterful author to pull it off for me. So starting this book with two strikes against it wasn't a great beginning, but that didn't make this a terrible read, just not a great one for me.
Both Evelyn and Sinjon are good characters and the mystery subplot keeps the book moving. It's all very, very, VERY predictable and wasn't to my taste at all, but I think someone who's looking for a light, fast paced read who doesn't have my same character hangups can enjoy this book.
Bottom Line: Not my cup of tea, but if it's free go ahead and read it.
“A man pretending to be a footman to protect the wife of a traitor learns it's hard to wear a servant's coat.”
January 2012, 384 pages
Once wed to England's most notorious turncoat . . . Lady Evelyn Renshaw can ignore the disgrace her former husband has brought down upon her. She can even disregard the accusations. But when her life is threatened because of his actions, she realizes a stiff upper lip won't be enough to keep her safe. So she hires a new footman powerful enough to protect her . . . only to find herself shamelessly intoxicated by his breathtaking masculinity.
Captain Sinjon Rutherford is no footman . . . but there are those who believe him a traitor. The only way to prove his innocence is by playing the part of elegant Lady Evelyn's servant in order to infiltrate her home and uncover the truth about her suspicious relations. Yet what seems at first an easy deception is anything but, once he meets his alluring new employer and discovers just how tempting a woman in charge can be . . .
Because sometimes passion hides in plain sight.