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3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
"Pretty Woman" Meets "My Fair Lady"...

Aspiring Member of Parliament, Simon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne’s lovely, tear splashed face finds him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdue the sense that she is not at all what she seems. Though her expectations are
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2012 by That Book Inc. (first published August 27th 2002)
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Feb 16, 2012 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Tarr’s Tempting was published in 2002 by Jove and now Hope has self-published Tempting for .99 cents. This is now my favorite book by Tarr set in the Victorian era with a Jewish hero who becomes a very rich and powerful man and falls for a poor, country girl who was tricked into forced into a brothel.

Simon Belleville blames himself for the rape of his sister by two men when they were teenagers. His sister’s mind became broken because of it and she lives in a fantasy world. Simon is a self m
Sep 27, 2012 HÜLYA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peri masali okumak istiyorsaniz tam size göre bir roman. Sonsuz Kitaba tesekkürler bizi Deanne Gist'ten sonra Hope Tarr ile tanıstirdigi icin.... Belki çok özgün bir hikaye degildi ama kesinlikle çok seveceginiz bir hikayesi vardi Simon Belleville ve Christine Tremayne çiftinin karsilasip tanışmalari cok sıradışı oldu...Simon Kraliyetin Ahlak Komisyonunda sorumlu başkandi görevi genelevleri kapatmak idi. Kapattıgı evlerin birinin tavan arasında cok genc ve masum görünümlü bir kıza rastladı. Bir ...more
What a lovely book. The H/h characters are drawn out at a slow steady pace. Their mistakes with each other and how they handled them only made me like them more. Simon is a delicious paradox. There is plenty of backstory necessary to the H/h character but the focus is on this couple's inevitable fall into love, which is written so convincingly that even the few predictable plot turns are blithely forgiven by this girl. Such a great surprise as I bought it on a whim b/c it was only $0.99 (as of 6 ...more
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Feb 15, 2011 Anne OK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was my first book by this author but it definitely won't be my last. I really enjoyed this delightful story and the author's writing style -- and the age difference (15 years) didn't turn me off either, as it sometimes does. A very strong female lead who overcame great hurdles while standing her ground. Would highly recommend this book to historical readers.
Jun 20, 2017 Sblmrt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read for the 2017 February TBR Challenge: New-To-You Author

This is a Pygmalion tale between 34 year old Simon Belleville, a man of property and experience who’s being groomed by Benjamin Disraeli to stand for Parliament, and 19 year old Christine Tremayne, a young woman who came to London to find work after a relative inherited her family’s small dairy farm. Simon discovers Christine locked away in the attic of a brothel when he’s clearing the place out as part of his duties as head of Her Maj
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May 21, 2015 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it
Victorian London was a two-sided coin, each side the opposite of its counterpart. The rich and influential on the one side and the poor and downtrodden the other, lived (if not in harmony) together in the greatest metropolis of the time; London. Pygmalion revisited, Simon Belleville, a 34 year old vice commissioner with plans of standing for parliament in the next election, meets Christine Tremayne a crude, dirty and under nourished street urchin. Move over Liza Doolittle, there’s a new scamp in ...more
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First by this author and I look forward to reading more. The initial, very harsh scene put me off a bit, but the unusual background of the main character and the glimpses into the Jewish community of London, while taking only a sliver of space in the book, were nonetheless fascinating. I suspect the open-mindedness of the step-father and a few others was actually in itself very unusual and probably unlikely, but I enjoyed reading about it anyway. Likewise I'm not sure how effective the curing of ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Sezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın kapağı gerçekten çok güzel. Dönem romanları fırtınası estiği günlerde bir çırpıda bitirmiştim. Hoştu :D
Jenyfer Matthews
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and well developed and the story pulled me along. I enjoyed the Victorian setting as well. A definite keeper!
Jess the Romanceaholic
While I'm not a huge fan of having an "ex" in the picture, even as "just friends", I have to say I really enjoyed this one. Full review to follow, but 4/5 stars.
Lady Wesley
Apr 10, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it liked it
Very nice little Victoria romance. I enjoyed the book but didn't love it. Would probably try out this author again.
Suzanne Quill
Mar 06, 2015 Suzanne Quill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love Hope Tarr's romances! She creates a beautiful story while entwinning details of the period in which she's placed the plot. Once again she does not disappoint!
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Apr 04, 2012 Tracy's Place rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 out of 5
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several editing issues; closer to 2.5 stars
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Award-winning author of 25 historical and contemporary romance novels, including OPERATION CINDERELLA, optioned by FOX, and IRISH EYES, a women's historical fiction novel set in Gilded thru Jazz Age New York (currently out on submission).

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