ARC Review: Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton

Posted October 29, 2013 by Kimberly in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton
Once She Was Tempted
by Anne Barton

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: October 29, 2013
Published by Forever
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
 

 

“Anne Barton has a unique way of setting up her heroes and heroines so that their feelings just jump out at them and shock them into submission.” ~Under the Covers

There was a time when Daphne Honeycote didn’t know where the funds would come from to pay for her mother’s medication. Those were difficult times. Times for desperate measures. While her sister Anabelle worked her fingers to the bone as a seamstress and sometime blackmailer to help out, Daphne’s solution was to pose scantily clad for her artist friend, who needed a model for paintings that were commissioned by a gentleman of the ton.

Now, some time later, Anabelle since married to a Duke and the family’s situation much improved, along with their mother’s health, Daphne’s solution comes back to bite her in that one time scantily clad arse. When Benjamin Elliot, the earl of Foxburn approaches Daphne and tells her to discourage a would-be suitor who has designs on her, she is shocked and dismayed to find that Lord Foxburn is in possession of one of the two paintings that she sat for. Denial does nothing to detain the cynical and ailing earl from his task, until he finds there is a second painting out there somewhere and tells Daphne.

Daphne Honeycote is now frantic. While she was never ashamed of the paintings, should they become public and it known that the sister of a duchess  posed semi-nude for a painter, her family would be ostracized  by the ton. Daphne would not be able to take that, for she adores her family. Against her better judgement, Daphne elicits the help of Benjamin Elliot to locate the second portrait and in the process the two seemingly unsuited pair fight to keep their budding attraction to themselves. Although it is unlikely that anyone close to the beautiful lady and the brooding war hero would even think they had anything going on, or would they?

When the second painting shows up in the hands of the spoiled rake son of the man who commissioned the portrait, Ben and Daphne toil to recover it before it can be displayed for all of London to see and auctioned off to the highest bidder therefore ruining Daphne and her family’s name.

Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton is a great follow-up to When She Was Wicked and the novella, To All the Rakes I’ve Loved Before. A family overcoming such adversity and still coming out ahead of the game after such mishaps, but ultimately learning from these mishaps. I love the fish out of water stories and the gentlemen who know exactly how to treat these non-conformist women. Anne Barton has a unique way of setting up her heroes and heroines so that their feelings just jump out at them and shock them into submission. I look forward to more Honeycote novels and anything else that Miss Barton writes for that matter.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Anne Barton

Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London—home to her favorite heroes—she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.(

Kimberly

Kimberly is our main stay historical romance guest reviewer, her genre of choice.She's very involved in the romance community and is the founder of Book Obsessed Chicks Book Club, which started out in New York and now has several other branches.

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