Tempting His Mistress

Samantha Holt
Tempting His Mistress
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Release Date
November 2014
Historical Romance

What could possibly induce at woman to follow in the footsteps of her mother and further sully her reputation by becoming a mistress?

Lilly Claremont is well used to being at the centre of gossip. Being the illegitimate child of a rich businessman never failed to titillate the gossips and while she cared little about the wagging tongues she never intended to reinforce their opinions of her by ruining herself completely.

But it seems Lord Hawksley is determined to make the fascinating Lilly his mistress…

Evan has no doubt her bold tongue and beautiful body could keep him entertained for some time. Captivated by her, he must find a way to burn through his desire for her. He cannot marry a woman of such social standing so why not make her his mistress?

After the murder of her father, Lilly is searching for answers and they lead her directly to Lord Hawksley. But will they also lead her to his bed...?

Book Review by Christine Blackthorn (author,reviewer)
Mar 18, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
266 people found the following review helpful
TEMPTING HIS MISTRESS by Samantha Holt has all the ingredients of a great historical romance. An opinionated heroine, a hero with a secret and a soft heart and more than one evil adversary. They fall in love, face social strictures and in the end, after a surprising climax in the story line, they find happiness. As I say, all aspects of a great book one can get lost in are there.

But there are some problems with the book. We are being told about his secret and that we should admire him for it, but much of what makes him admirable happens in the backstory and in short bursts of descriptive scenes. We cannot really step into them.

One of the fascinating things about this book is the reality of the characters. They are not perfect, neither of them. She is not the highly intelligent, plucky heroine all the time, actually whilst she has character, she is not particularly smart. He is not the strong, dominating, perfect male specimen with all the skills in bed and out. He can be quite a bit of an ass. Frequently. For many readers, this will work and will be great, but it did not work for me. I expect my romantic hero and heroines to be larger than life. I want an hour's escape with the only niggling worry, if at all, whether some of the historical details are correct or not.

It's still a fun book to read; it just is not as good as it could be. Everything you need for a great story is there, and aside from the occasional cringe when you want to slap the characters, the read is easy and light.
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