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Hidden secrets, high passion, and a healthy dose of humor are Deveraux hallmarks, and Temptation is one of her best. The tempting bestseller features a fish-out-of-water heroine, a hidden family treasure, and a Scottish laird who would rather die than be married.

Temperance O'Neil is a women's rights activist in New York City at the turn of the 2

Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Pocket (first published 2000)
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♥ Melody
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The most frustrating book I've ever read. After I finally finished it I felt I completely wasted my time reading it. Story was completely dragged out to the point that I had trouble finishing it a few times. The ending I felt was completely rushed and made no sense and was just completely unrealistic and out of character, from James' side at least. The ending was the biggest problem I had with this book. It categorizes under 'WTF just happened?!' ending. I felt totally whiplashed and fuming aft
Sep 16, 2015 Linzy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I hate the name of the book cuz it makes it sound like a cheap romance novel. It is so not. It is very funny and more like romantic comedy. It ends good, but i feel like it just ended fast. i wanted more! It is the ultimate story of how pride can ruin everything.
Feb 18, 2009 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, really takes you there. The ending was a bit forced, but cute as usual with romance novels.
Sheri Salatin
Feb 08, 2009 Sheri Salatin rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Temperance O'Neil is a young, headstrong woman determined to make life for woman better. She is a woman ahead of her time - fighting for women's rights in 1909. Running an apartment building for women who have fallen on hard times, fighting goverment officials and speaking on the liberation of women is how she fills her time. Or at least that is how she was filling her time until her widowed mother gets remarried to a headstrong Scotsman.

Temperance's new father, Angus is determined to keep his
I got this for 3 euros at a local drift store, intented as light holiday reading. I don't have a great past with Deveraux so my expectations weren't too high. Last book of hers that I read had a "romantic" rape-scene towards the beginning and that's just something I can't tolerate.

Anyways, this early 20th century romance was pretty bland, but OK. It had a great collection of romance novel cliches: annoying kids, proud scottish hero with a temper and a virginal yet somehow confident heroine who g
Maria Sanigan
Oct 05, 2013 Maria Sanigan rated it it was amazing
Humbling yourself, taking the selfishness away from your heart, and drowning your pride down in the abyss of the deepest sea, are the keys in true love. The story depicted it very clearly.

The heroine in the story, Temperance, once knew everything in the world. She knew how she stands, how a problem is to be solved, how she should walk, and talk, and everything in between. For short, she is a know-it-all kind of a woman. At one point in the story, I thought that she was the woman I would love to
Kristine Morris
Jun 02, 2015 Kristine Morris rated it liked it
Many of Jude Deveraux books are mislabelled as "romance". I read this book long ago on a beach in the Dominican Republic (the least offensive choice from the tack shop...I had forgotten to pack any books) and I remember enjoying it a lot. So when I came across it this weekend at a library discard sale for $1, I thought it was worth a second read. Like other books I've enjoyed, it tells the story of a young woman at the turn of the 20th century, shirking the traditional role of women and finding ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
I was very entertained by this book. There were funny scenes including visions of a mayor eating a woman's hat to a spoiled rich woman learning to make do on a country Scottish estate. She puts her pushiness (is that even a word) and stubbornness to good use. she helped revitalize industry and create businesses and support systems in the small village. And she did it all while making sure that the laird of the clan didn't push her around. She also overcame some personal pride issues and became a ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I really liked this book although the ending was off for me. I enjoyed how Temperance, our protagonist, develops through her experiences. Even though she complains and feels she cannot endure her trials, she pushes ahead and is determined to succeed in all that she does. She makes the best of each situation and has a positive influence on everyone’s lives. She realizes in the end what is really important and how to be a better person.

There is one detailed sex scene.

I did not like the end. It see
Mar 25, 2016 Marcy rated it really liked it
Hidden secrets, high passion, and a healthy dose of humor are Deveraux hallmarks, and Temptation is one of her best. The tempting bestseller features a fish-out-of-water heroine, a hidden family treasure, and a Scottish laird who would rather die than be married.

Temperance O'Neil is a women's rights activist in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. At the age of 29, she had given little thought, time, or attention to her love life and thrown all of her energy into helping the city's poo
May 29, 2009 Jill added it
So far, it hasn't been what I expected - Temperance has more depth than what it seemed on the back cover. I have a feeling the ending is going to be obvious, but we'll see ...

Well the ending wasn't quite what I expected. It wrapped up a little too quickly, but I was glad she didn't just settle right away, although 2 years is a little bit long of a time to wait.
Kah Cherub
Oct 04, 2014 Kah Cherub rated it really liked it
I'm glad I gave this book a second chance. And then a third. I was extremely mad after the first couple of chapters with the terrible things the heroine had to go through, and how the hero and his uncle were so horrible.... they really wanted to "humble" her. But then things got interesting. The misunderstandings were a little TOO much, and the hero never became very likable, but I simply LOVED the wedding scene. She was standing there, at the altar, and all I could think was "I couldn't do it i ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Temperence is such a strong woman, much ahead of her time. The stress of this read was hard, because I wanted things to be perfect. It had good humor and great characters. I love Jude Deveraux and this did not disappoint,
Feb 09, 2009 Claire rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romantics
Temperance's self discovery is what I liked about this book. Learning & accepting who she really is and standing for what she truly believed in is what made this a good book. All women, through her, should learn the value of self worth.
Feb 24, 2016 Kshydog rated it liked it
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Dec 15, 2015 Donia rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Typically I don't read this sort of book but I am in a spell where I can't find anything quality to read right now. Jude Deveraux is a very good writer in this genre. I did find "Temperance" an annoying character; I found her this way from start to finish and although I am big on women's rights, I know I would not like her in real life. She was stuck on herself in a big way and more than that the basic fact is that she could not have done what she did for women if she had had to earn the money t ...more
I have a weakness for well written historical romances. That's my only explanation.
Phifer, Barbara
May 25, 2009 Phifer, Barbara rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy intrigue, mystery and romance intertwined and she delivers!
Harisa Lagji
Jul 03, 2015 Harisa Lagji rated it it was ok
Well then.

I am really, really unsure what to say about this book. On one end I am happy to see the redemption of the "evil character" and I am glad for the commentary it made on sexism and double standards and all that. However.....the actual love story sucked. Both characters were pretty horrible especially the guy. Just....ew. I did not get it. At all. I didn't get a lot of the characters, actually, not only the main two and didn't really like any of them. Her mother also sucked at being a mot
Paula Marlene
Aug 28, 2012 Paula Marlene rated it it was ok
Shelves: amore, meine-meinung
Das ist eines dieser Bücher wo man eigentlich weiß, dass sich keine neuen Gehirnzellen bilden werden. Die Heldin wird wunderschön, ein bisschen dumm (aber liebenswert) und durch irgendeine merkwürdige Verkettung der Umstände von ihrem (noch) gehassten Erzfeind abhängig werden. Mann und Frau können sich nicht leiden, finden sich gegenseitig aber heimlich unglaublich attraktiv und können sich das Gestrampel in niedrigeren Körperregionen einfach nicht erklären...
Plötzlich können sie vor Liebe und V
Sep 12, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
Temperance O'Neill and James Macairn... 1909...

Starts in New York, and Temperance, in her 30's, wealthy, has invested her life in helping poor women, making speeches, petitioning the rich to support apartment buildings for poor women, listening to women & wanting to help them, but blaming their weakness on the situation they find themselves - she's a bit holier than though... enjoys the popularity and power she has...

Until her mother remarries... to a Scottish man, with very traditional val
Sol González
May 09, 2011 Sol González rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, romance
El libro en sí lo comencé para tranquilizarme un poco de los viajes. Resultó que en Puebla el 5 de mayo es por ley un día festivo (y se intercambia el día por el correspondiente al 1 de mayo). Sin embargo por causas mayores ese día tuve que trabajar y para colmo, fuera de la ciudad.

Para las 2 de la tarde ya había terminado y mis pendientes se reducían a bajar información de una página del gobierno (y no tenía red) y a integrar en una sola hoja de excel lo de 20, cada una con 20 pestañas. So para
Shweta Dabgar
Feb 20, 2016 Shweta Dabgar rated it really liked it
cute story........among all the historical romances i have read i liked this one has a right mixture of humor, romance and twists(a little might be).the story begins with a young rebellious woman speaking rakishly to more than 200 women and circumstance brings her to a village in scotland...... mccairn which is a total disastrous place .......she changes the place to a fine one...and also about the treasure there s a sub story(which i did not personally appreciate) but i absolute ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Monkeyface rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to Temptation by Jude Deveraux. It is l909 and Temperance O'Neil is a woman ahead of her time. She's happy and devoted to her career helping single mothers on the streets of New York. But her new stepfather, Angus McCairn, does not approve. He makes her an unlikely offer: to go to Scotland, pose as housekeeper to his nephew James, and find him a wife, secretly. If she succeeds, he'll allow her back to New York.Temperance -- smart, passionate, as stubborn as her stepfather -- is determin ...more
Sahar Mirza
Mar 10, 2015 Sahar Mirza rated it it was ok
I can't stand romantic anything, let alone a book. I liked Temperance's character when I started reading: helping out distressed, desolated women, yet she becomes ordinary as the story progresses? I really liked her spark! And the ending was rather forced.
Thank you Sam, and Khadijah, this was one rushed love story. Jude D. could've at least elaborated some bits.
Diane Wachter
Temptation, Jude Deveraux, HB-B, @ 2000, 12/00. In 1909, a New York Women's Rights Adtivist is suddenly uprooted by her mothers marriage to a Scotsman who now controls all his stepdaughters money, and forces her to Edinburgh, and then to his nephew in McCairn Scotland, where she falls in love. Predictable, but okay.
May 19, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Jude Deveraux's books. I'm not a romance reader by nature, but when there's a decent plot, the characters are engaging and the author manages to make me smile or laugh, it's a worthwhile read. She has not yet disappointed me!
Susan Kemp Maldonado
Apr 19, 2011 Susan Kemp Maldonado rated it it was amazing
Really good read! Set in the early 1900's New York City, Temperance O'Neil is a young woman determined to help women who are abused, destitute, and needing help to survive on their own. After her mother surprisingly remarries a Scotsman, she is forced to move to Scotland with the newly married couple. She has no desire to move there since her work is in New York, but her new step-father now controls her inheritance left to her by her father. His condition for her to continue to receive any money ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Janine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobooks
I wanted to love this book, but I was so disappointed in the ending. (Spoiler: Temperance leaves McCairn and doesn't see James for TWO years!!! Really?? I did not like that at all and the child would have still been a toddler and not able to meet James as portrayed). I listened to the audio version of this book and thought Carrington MacDuffie did a pretty good job with the narration and the Scottish accent.

There were a couple more unbelievable moments like when they delivered the twin lambs -
Catherine Haynes
Feb 15, 2016 Catherine Haynes rated it it was amazing
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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