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Pleasures of a Tempted Lady (Donovan Sisters #3)

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Forbidden passion is the ultimate temptation...

Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child—and Meg Donovan, Will's long-lost love. Meg's disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she's back, as beautiful as ever, and with
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
Sep 13, 2012 Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥ rated it it was amazing
**I was eating when I read the moment William found Meg. This is so touching it brought a tear to my eyes.**

Why I love her Donovan's series

A must read for Jennifer Haymore fans.
Engaging and entertaining at the same time
You will not bored reading the series
The book stand alone
Her Donovan series make me relax, smile, cry and happy
Her story filled with emotion, twist, passion and humor

I loved a story about Jessica and her gentleman Mr. Briggs. Soooo cute! They are wonderful, funny and wicked. I wi
Jun 02, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Jun 12, 2012 Nely rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, e-book
This is the one I liked the least - although still a wonderful series.
Jul 24, 2012 Lily rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars


Historical romances are just made to flutter lady hearts, and mine was no exception with this book.

It has honestly been awhile since I have picked one of these up, but I do recall being a fan of Johanna Lindsey and her historical romances even back in high school years. In fact, one of my all time favorites, and one of the books I re-read the most until I had to replace my copy (pages were falling out, it was so abused) was her novel "Once a Princess", which inspired many romant
Lover of Romance
Will, is on a new mission, to find a pirate and a smuggler. On board his new ship, he heads to where he thinks he may be hiding. What he didn't expect to find was a woman and a child floating on a damaged boat, and none other than Meg Donovan. A Woman he thought was dead all these eight years, one he has only dreamed of seeing again. But she is not the woman he once knew, she has changed and so has he. Meg's life changed the moment she was thrown overboard into the sea eight years ago. She was k ...more
The Window Seat
I went into the latest Donovan series book with a bit of trepidation. While I had enjoyed the first story of the series Confessions of an Improper Bride, I didn’t have the same luck with book two Secrets of an Accidental Duchess. Knowing that book three Pleasures of a Tempted Lady would include the reunion of two characters desperately in need of a happy ending I allowed myself to start the story with no expectations and to see where the author would take her characters. I am glad to say that Je ...more
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
You can find this review and more at Forever Book Lover.

I was excited to see that Will's story. I just have to get this out... I never liked Serena and after reading this story I still have mixed emotions about her and her deception. But enough about that, let's talk about the latest book in the Donovan series.

There was alot going on in this book, deception, kidnapping, pirates, scandals~ it was action packed. I think why this didn't work for me, is that so much of the story line was just too h

This started off as a cute love story - I always love "Regency Romances"... There was some clever and witty dialogues and some very loveable characters (Jessica and Mr. Biggs). However, as the story went on, my feelings altered between "like it/dislike it/like it/dislike it" so I'm rating it a bit better than ok.

First of all, I could not grasp the severity of the major conflict in the story. Meg is kidnapped by a pirate and rescued by Will, yet she does not want to share the captor's name/s
Aug 18, 2016 Phoenix77 rated it really liked it
A great conclusion to the Donovan series, with a happy ever after for two well deserving characters. I enjoyed Margaret for her strength and I loved Will for his dedication. Side characters were well written, but I could have done without the side romance. Overall this was a much better read than the previous title and a good companion piece to book one.

Full Review posted below:

I went into the latest Donovan series book with a bit of trepidation. While I had enjoyed the first story of the series
Aug 21, 2012 Stella rated it liked it
Pleasures of a Tempted Lady is the third novel in Jennifer Haymore's Donovan Sisters series (and there were some novellas inbetween novels as well), so maybe I shouldn't have started the series at the end. However, have no worries, Pleasures of a Tempted Lady can be read as a standalone since there will be short recaps of all the previous characters and couples and you'll be told of what happened to them and what they have been up to since their book, so you won't feel lost.

The Donovan Sisters s
Adria (Romance Reviews)
Jun 08, 2012 Adria (Romance Reviews) rated it really liked it
As originally posted on Breath of Life Reviews

From the moment I read William Langley's reaction to the news that his beloved had been lost at sea, I desperately wanted to see him get his happy ending. The love that this man had for Meg Donovan and the devastation he felt upon finding out her twin was impersonating her just left me feeling heart broken for him.

So when I read that Meg was in fact, not dead, merely missing for 8 years, I was ecstatic and of course, super impatient to get my hands o
Joyfully Reviewed
Captain William Langley has never gotten over the death of his love Meg Donovan. It’s so much easier living his life at sea hunting down pirates for the crown. He has become quite successful with many ships of his own. His orderly and successful life is about to come to a screeching halt as he pulls the love of his life from the ocean eight years after her supposed death.

Meg Donovan has been held captive by a vicious pirate for the last eight years. She finally formed a plan to escape the pirate
Jul 12, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
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Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

When I finished reading the last book from Jennifer Haymore, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I had such high expectations for it. Unfortunately I think my high expectations ruined it a bit. I just couldn't really get into this book and it just felt like it moved so slowly.

Eight years ago while sailing home to Antigua with her sisters Meg accidentally fell overboard and was never found. She was presumed to be dead, but in tru
Katie Michaels
Aug 13, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Ever since we were first introduced to the Donovan sisters in Confessions of an Improper Bride, I knew in my heart that Meg was alive and I had to have her story. Poor Meg fell overboard into the sea eight years ago and has been presumed dead all of this time. Her sisters mourned her. So, too, did William, the man she planned to marry.

She never thought she would see him again after she was kidnapped by a cruel pirate. Since he took her, she has been aboard his ship, trying to teach his
The historical world of the novel was convincing enough and interesting, though much of the action takes place on ships, so we're not overly involved in historical 'high' society. The 'out at sea', ocean, whatever scenery was interesting but not overly focused on. I didn't mind it, the fact that world was subtle helped me focus on the plot and characters more.

Now, focused on them as I was, the main couple William and Meg were fun, but they didn't win me all the way. I felt bad for them both, I g
Hannah Fielding
Jun 27, 2012 Hannah Fielding rated it it was amazing
You know that moment when you rather wearily order a desert in a restaurant, knowing you are full and not expecting much of the crème brûlée, but when you take that first spoonful – oh my! It’s delicious, and at once you give up following the conversation of your companions and lose yourself in a decadent few minutes of sheer escapism. That’s the best analogy I can find for reading Pleasures of a Tempted Lady.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to read a copy of this book pre-publication, an
Jun 16, 2012 D.C. rated it it was amazing
Forbidden passion is the ultimate temptation...

Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child—and Meg Donovan, Will's long-lost love. Meg's disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she's back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will's own.

After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
This review will be a little different from past ones, as I feel that I honestly have nothing to personally to add to the summary above. I read the first two books in the series and truly liked Serena (who is masquerading as her twin Meg, who she believes to be dead) and Phoebe. I loved Serena and truly felt how torn she was about becoming Meg to save her family from ruin. Phoebe's strength and presence of mind were awesome compare to most historical romance heroines. I thought that the real Meg ...more
Once again we meet the Donovan sisters. While Serena and the rest of the family has been in London, Meg has been going through hell. After falling overboard on during a voyage, she vanished – presumed drowned. Little does anyone know, she was rescued and has been held captive by an evil cold blooded pirate! She manages to escape, taking with her the son of a friend; who she desperately wants to protect from his menace of a father.

The last person she expected to see on her rescue ship was Will -
Jun 20, 2013 Melanie rated it liked it
This is the third story in Donovan Sisters series and we finally get Meg’s story.

Meg is the twin sister to Serena who eight years ago was presumed drowned while they were sailing home to Antigua after a scandal in England.

In this book we find out where Meg spent those long years and the story’s not pretty.

So far this series isn’t blowing me away, and the only reason I read this story is its hero, Captain William Langley who was left high and dry by ‘Meg’ [actually Serena pretending to be her] wh
Sep 15, 2012 Daisy rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really liked the second book in this series, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, so when I saw the sequel about the mysterious Meg I didn't know how fast I had to click that request button. I'm sad to say this one didn't live up to my expectations.

I REALLY wanted to like Pleasures of a Tempted Lady, and while it was ok, it wasn't nearly as good as Secrets of an Accidental Duchess was. In theory it had all the right ingredients: ships, pirates (sort of), a dashing hero, SECRETS and there was act
2.75 stars. I picked this up eagerly intrigued by the prospect of a woman held prisoner for 8 years. I haven't read any others in this series so some of the intrigue was not as emotionally impacting as it might have been but while I thought it a decent story, I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped. Meg is good character. She's been shaped by her captivity, beatings, fear,and escape. Her emotions are all over the map and rightly so as her trauma isn't over because she kidnapped her captor's son, a ...more
Shan ~ A ~
Sep 13, 2012 Shan ~ A ~ rated it liked it
Okay, as you can see from my 3 star rating, I like this book. I would have given 5 stars but 1 was deducted because it took me longer than usual to read and the other deducted because it wasn't better than Olivia's story and Jessica didn't get her own book. Other than that I liked just fine.

The copy I read came from NetGalley I am sadly just finished it a few day ago. Anyway, on to my thoughts.


I love
Nov 25, 2013 Audel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
troisième et dernier tome de cette série de romance historique avec un brin d'aventure. ce tome est à la fois une histoire indépendante et en même temps un résumé des deux précédents, aussi peut-il se lire sans avoir lu les deux premiers.

L'auteure reste dans la continuité des tomes précédents en reprenant certains des ingrédients du tome 1 pour les mélanger à certains autres du tome 2 tels que les intrigues politiques, les violences conjugales, un ancien amour retrouvé... on avance donc en terri
Jun 06, 2012 Farrah rated it really liked it
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Always good to see the Donovans :)
lovely, thrilling and sweet. As always, a delightful mix of romance, action, and intrigue.

Meg is definitely a scarred character. After being held captive by a pirate for 7 years, she has been scarred both internally and externally. But she's not corrupted by it. She's a kind, sacrificing character and I really liked her. The whole part about self-sacrificing became more than a little
Jenni Ebba
Jul 19, 2012 Jenni Ebba rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from NetGalley for an unbiased review. THANKS!
I am such a sucker for Historical Romance and me loving this story is proof! This novel is whimsical and passionate- the very things that make me love HR. Though the third in a series, this novel can definitely be read as a standalone. Charming is too mild a word for the characters in this story.
Captain William Langley lost his true love, Meg Donovan, eight years ago to the stormy seas he now patrols for England's Navy. Little
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Jul 30, 2012 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, historical
Eight years ago, Margaret Donovan was lost at sea and never seen again until she was spotted in a little floating boat by Captain William Langley. Will and his crew rescues Meg and the little boy with her. Will is in utter shock to see the love of his life alive. A miracle.

Meg has a hard time trusting Will, after all she just escaped a horrible wicked man by the name of Caversham. She is reluctant to share the secrets she keeps, but Meg gives a modify version to Will. Will's first mate, David Br
Jo (My House of Books)
It's difficult to like a heroine when you tend to disagree with her choices and actions. That was my problem with Meg Donovan. I understand the past eight years of her life have been difficult, but she continually keeps her family and Will at arm's length when, were I in the same situation, I would think I'd be overjoyed to have been reunited with them. Her experience has changed her, yes, so I suppose her trepidation is to be expected.

I enjoyed the youngest sister, Jessica's, love story much m
Aug 16, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reminded me of the books I devoured in the 80's when pirates were all the rage, with a few notable alterations. This tale did not feature 'the rape you until you love it/him ~hero~' that was all the rage back then, nor is the hero in anyway a bad man. If you want to shake things up and root for a 'good guy' for once? William Langley may be just the hero for you. Not perfect by any means, Langley is much more of a white hat than I expected.

The secondary characters are fully realized and eve
Jul 26, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
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Not liking Meg made it hard for me to like this book. If she’d wised up sooner –and cut Will some slack!– Pleasures of a Tempted Lady would have earned a higher rating from me. Frankly I thought she was a bit of a ninny.

One woman, who’s been living on a pirate ship and forced to work as a companion and governess for eight years, is a better match against a marauding pirate than her retired naval captain love, her two titled brothers-in-law
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 07:17AM  
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • Forever a Lady (The Rumor, #2)
  • The Price of Temptation
  • A Season for Sin (The Sinful Scoundrels #0.5)
  • The Saint Who Stole My Heart (Regency Rogues, #4)
  • Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #1)
  • How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)
  • The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)
  • Secrets of a Wedding Night (Secret Brides, #1)
  • A Lady Never Lies (Affairs by Moonlight, #1)
  • Loving Lady Marcia (House of Brady, #1)
  • A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)
  • When the Duke Found Love (Wylder Sisters, #3)
  • Lord of Fire and Ice
  • Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2)
  • Obsession Wears Opals (Jaded Gentleman, #5)
  • The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)
  • The Mad Lord's Daughter

Other Books in the Series

Donovan Sisters (3 books)
  • Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Sisters, #1)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)

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