Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Review: Temptation and Twilight

Author: Charlotte Featherstone
Title: Temptation and Twilight
Publisher: HQN
Publish Date:  June 19, 2012
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: Iain Sinclair, Marquis of Alynwick, is certain there is a special hell for him. An unrepentant rake, he holds nothing sacred-except for beautiful Elizabeth York. For years, Alynwick has tried to forget the woman he loved so well, and treated so badly. A woman who could hold nothing in her heart for him but hatred. All of society believes Elizabeth, the blind daughter of a duke, to be a proper young lady. But no one knows of her wanton affair with Alynwick. When Lizzy learns of her ancestor's ancient diary-filled with exotic tales-she longs to uncover the identity of the unnamed lover within and hesitantly agrees to allow Alynwick, who claims to have knowledge of the "veiled lady," to help her solve the mystery. Eager to be Lizzy's eyes, Alynwick brings the seductive text to life, and each night it takes greater effort for her to forget his betrayal. With each whispered word, her resolve gives way, without her knowing that a centuries-old secret will lead them to a present-day danger
Review: This is book 3 in the Brethren Guardian trilogy. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book because of the tension between Iain and Elizabeth. It was a little too much to handle. Iain was entirely too overprotective for anyone, especially Elizabeth not to realize that he had feelings for her. There conflict takes up a little to much space in the book and the story plods along at the beginning. It is hard to decide if you like Iain or not, especially when Lizzie is being pursued by Lord Sheldon.

I loved Sheldon. For the most part, I thought Lizzie should end up with him and damn the story line. As the story line continued, I kept my fingers crossed that he was going to be a villain, because there are times when it is hard to tell. I'm glad in the end he was one of the good ones. It is a shame that he couldn't have found someone too.

Sheldon was what really kept this story going, even though Iain made sure Lizzie was going to have doubts about him. I also liked how Sheldon's character helped reveal more about the Templar Knights and Sinjin and The Veiled Lady.

The conclusion really came as a surprise to me. By mid story you knew who Orpheus and Georgiana were, but the connection to the Brethren was a real shock to me.

Overall, this was a satisfying read. Lizzie was not your typical heroine. She was blind and she isn't thin, which I liked. It is a shame the cover can't display a woman that looks like what readers would picture for Lizzie. Charlotte Featherstone is now one of my go to authors for regency era historical romance.

Rating:  4 flowers


Jeremy said...

How have you liked this series so far? I have the first book sitting on my TBR pile and I'm excited to get started.

Paige Cuccaro said...

Nice review. The book sounds like something I'd like. Thanks for posting your thoughts!

Anonymous said...

I am always trying to find good romances. I am very particular about them, but this one does sound quite good. Thank you for your review.

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