Series: The Lost Lords of Pembrook #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on September 25th, 2012
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Also in this series: Lord of Wicked Intentions
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Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.
Once upon a time, he was Lord Tristan Easton—now he is Crimson Jack, a notorious privateer beholden to none, whose only mistress is the sea. But all that will change when exquisite Lady Anne Hayworth hires his protection on a trip into danger and seduction. . .
Desperation brought Anne to the bronzed, blue-eyed buccaneer. But after the Captain demands a kiss as his payment, desire will keep her at his side. She has never known temptation like this—but to protect her heart, she knows she must leave him behind. Yet Tristan cannot easily forget the beauty—and when they meet again in a London ballroom, he vows he won't lose her a second time, as fiery passion reignited takes them into uncharted waters that could lead the second lost lord home. . .
This was the first book I’ve ever read by Lorraine Heath and it more than likely won’t be the last.
Lady Anne Hayworth is a woman still grieving the loss of a future that was abruptly taken away from her. But underneath the grief is a woman itching for a little adventure and yet longing for a future with a husband and children. So while she wants an adventure, she desperately needs stability. The mysterious Captain Crimson Jack is definitely capable of providing Anne with adventure and passion, but doesn’t appear to be the man to give her the stability she craves. She’s drawn to his power, his confidence, and his sense of adventure. But she’s afraid that he can’t give her what she truly wants, because his heart belongs to the sea.
Captain Crimson Jack, known as Lord Tristan Easton to only those who truly know him, is a man who’s at home only at sea. He’s a ladies man and doesn’t want to settle down; his mistress is the sea. When he meets Anne he’s immediately intrigued and willing to do anything to get her in his bed.
What I loved most about this story, was how invested I became in both the lead characters separately and together. Anne struggles with guilt and grief, and the expectations and sense of duty her family and society places on her as a woman. Tristan struggles with a mysteriously rocky past filled with pain, betrayal, guilt and death. Anne and Tristan were both flawed with vulnerabilities that made them realistically human and as a result were very root-worthy characters.
The beauty of the romance between these two is that they were two people who were more than right for each other. As passionate and explosive as their chemistry was, there was a genuine connection between the two. They were both lonely souls repeatedly drawn to one another, with the ability to relate to one another like no one else could. Tristan was very secretive about his past, but Ann was able to get him to open up. Tristan returned the favor, and took care of Anne when she needed it the most. I loved the progression of their romance, from lust, to friendship, to love. This was a very well thought- out and written romance.
Overall, I liked Lord of Temptation, which is the second book in The Lost Lords of Pembrook series. I really enjoyed getting to know Anne and Tristan and can’t wait to read the other two books about Tristan’s brothers Sebastian and Rafe. If you’re interested in this series, be sure to check out the first book of the series She Tempts the Duke, and the third book Lord of Wicked Intentions, which is due out in May 1, 2013. I know I will. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)
Titles in Series
- She Tempts the Lord, Bk #1
- Lord of Temptation, Bk #2
- Lord of Wicked Intentions, Bk #3 (May 2013)