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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,025 ratings  ·  95 reviews
For Olivia Raines, London's most notorious courtesan, and the infamous Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith, falling in love will be the greatest risk of all in this wicked and wild romance from Anna Campbell.

Any man in London would worship her. Yet Olivia is, quite frankly, bored of them all. Despite her many dalliances, she's never felt true passion, never longed for any love...more
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Avon
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I stayed up until 3:30am reading this book on Friday. It was just that good. Certainly not a book that is light and fluffy, but so excellent that you feel as though you have eating a ten course meal instead of a sweet, tasty cupcake. Erith is not what I would call a nice guy. He's selfish and blunt and doesn't work too hard to observe social niceties. He lives for his own desires, and goes where he wants to go, always drifting, and leaving nothing behind that he regrets despite the many mistress...more
Eastofoz
Jan 05, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who like a darker romance with excellent writing
This story has everything I love in a romance novel : a very dark hero, a razor sharp tough as nails heroine, virtually no eye-crossing filler, the screeching emotional roller coaster and all that told within the framework of some brilliant writing. Anna Campbell is a genius with her eerie yet refreshing prose. Suzanne Enoch and Lisa Kleypas can rip your heart to bits with those nasty rakes of theirs but Campbell, she tears away at you slowly until you think you just can’t take it anymore and yo...more
Rane
From the moment he first saw the famous courtesan Olivia Raines, Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith wanted her, as he plans and makes arrangements to make her his new mistress, he finds out there’s more to this well-sought courtesan then meets the eye.
Olivia finds the life of a courtesan tiresome after so many years,but finds a challenge in Erith and sets out to prove he’s just like her old keepers.
As the wagers are set, a battle of wills between Olivia and Julian flare up with sexual tension w...more
Kathrynn
Tempt the Devil is the sequel to Claiming the Courtesan, but the characters in the latter book play an extremely minor role in this one. They are mentioned once, then they have a small scene near the end. While I feel the books are related they are not--necessarily--a series and do not need to be read in order.

Having said that, I enjoyed how Tempt the Devil started out. Unique plot with a notorious "rake" (Julian and Earl) openly bargaining for the attention and body of Olivia, a well-known and...more
Cheryl
It's been a long time since I've read an Anna Campbell book and I have my friend Kelly to thank for recommending this one! I loved it! It had the perfect blend of steam and emotion, without being heart-wrenching or smutty! ;)

My only complaint... the ending!!! Was my copy missing a chapter or did everyone else's copy just end suddenly? I wish it had a more solid ending, rather than ending on the assumption that she said "yes"!
Mary Chen *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
What a deep, moving story! Time to finish my Anna Campbell marathon...
Katie(babs)
With Tempt the Devil, Campbell has written two characters who are on equal footing, perhaps not in society eyes, but when it comes to the bedroom, both her characters fight over the right to be on top. Julian and Olivia are both alphas who won’t back down from what they want. Julian wants Olivia’s total submission, where as Olivia just wants respect and the elusive joy that constantly escapes her ever she was forced into the lifestyle she hates because of the way she lost her innocence. Tempt th...more
Abby
Re-reading the back cover/teaser here on Goodreads makes me even MORE mad than when I finished this book on the airplane. The back cover/teaser makes it sound as though her deepest secret and scandal is a secret baby, or that she's of foreign origin, or something equally as silly (not silly then, but silly now).

Readers, listen up close. Olivia's secret, her private scandal, is that she was sold into sexual slavery at age 14. She was pregnant at 15 and nearly died during the birth. Ever since, sh...more
Tiffany Clare
Definitely one of those books you want to give more than five stars.
Very romantic, deeply evocative and of course, as always, beautifully written in Anna's unmistakable, elegant, deeply emotional, raw prose.


Julian is do die for. Even when he's being a jerk his love is palpable. Definitely a knight in shining armor, and willing to bare his heart no matter the vulnerability it shows in him. Olivia is a beautifully written character.
Christine Morehouse
May 24, 2009 Christine Morehouse rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Romance Book Lover
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Alaine
Romantic Times said 'takes your breath away ... an unforgettable powerhouse romance'. That is an understatement! I absolutely loved this book and will definitely read it again. Although I feel I must warn you, I recommend reading this book in a very cold room with the air conditioner turned to the coldest setting because it is steamy hot!

Anna Campbell has an amazing ability to write a story that gets to the heart of women's sensuality. What impressed me most about this story was not only was it...more
Alexandria Tale
3.5

The plot was quite good, though the ending was somewhat rushed. We didn't know how Julian changed his mind, the process of it and all. Just all of a sudden, he appeared in front of Olivia and proposed her. I was pretty disappointed.

Furthermore, Julian said that he loved her and her past was irrelevant. But when he found Roma (his daughter) was in Olivia's house, he was enraged and blamed Olivia for getting Roma in her "dirty" house. He said a lot of hurtful things to her, reminded her that sh...more
Kelly
HATE the cover LOVE the book.

I was surprised to love this book. My first experience with Campbell(Untouched) didn't wow me a bit but boy did this make up for it.

Julian and Olivia both feel they have no souls, that they will suit for a tryst. Julian wants for pleasure and Courtesan Olivia agrees to become his mistress. Julian is trying to overcome the death of his wife and reconnect with his children. At a very young age Olivia experiences a dreadful event that changes her life.

A plus for me were...more
Rose
Anna Campbell's writing is growing on me. Where I found her first novel "The Claiming of the Courtesan" somewhat distasteful due to rape scenes, "Tempt the Devil" was very refreshing. Julian was the kind of hero I appreciate in that he wasn't completely dominating and he was willing to humble himself completely for his love. I liked that in this book, the courtesan was a courtesan. She hadn't had only 2 or 3 lovers. She wasn't a shy miss when it came to pleasing men sexually, and she wasn't asha...more
Sarah
An interesting twist from the norm. Olivia is the most sought after courtesan in London but no one knows of the dark secrets that she holds. Having been sold to a Lord by her bother to cover gambling debts she was sexually abused for several years until she was able to reinvent herself as a courtesan. Though for all the pleasure that she gives one would never suspect that she neither finds pleasure nor likes the men whom she takes as protectors. And no one ever would have if she hadn't taken Jul...more
Carolyn F.
I have no idea why Julian would want to be with a frigid, mean-spirited woman who is supposed to be his mistress. I know a lot has happened to Olivia in her past, but what about her after just one meeting would make him want to keep trying to break through her coldness. Another example of where the book itself was okay, but the story line drove me bananas.
Linds
Dec 02, 2010 Linds rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of dark regencies
Julian is a jaded, cynical widower who had given up on life almost a decade past. Olivia is a jaded courtesan sold into prostitution at a young age and is obviously extremely cynical.

It was a joy to watch both of them fall in love with each other against their will. It's very intense and a bit dark, which is typical of Anna Campbell.
Keri
3.50 Stars. Loved this right up to the end. I felt like we needed a bit more explanation on the hero's part of why he changed his mind. He was a bit to hard about telling her no way in hell four months earlier. Now he comes back with a proposal and boom the book is over.
Brenna Call
I liked the beginning of this book but about 2/3 in I just thought "oh come on, get over yourselves!" The sex scenes were steaming and wonderful and the story could have been great (it was an original idea-hard to come by in this genre) but I just found it to be lacking.
Bree T
Julian Southwood, the Earl of Erith is back in London after some time in Europe. He’s here only briefly to attend a family event and hopefully right some wrongs that he committed many years ago. While he’s here he’s looking for a little bit of entertainment. He’s finished up with his mistress in Europe and when he sees Olivia Raines, he demands an introduction.

Olivia is one of London’s most notorious courtesans and Erith wants to secure her services whilst he’s in Town. He makes her an offer whi...more
Cinde Morris
I could not put this book down. Anna Campbell is my new #1 fav author.
Juana "Darkness" Duran
I really couldn't get into it. It was good at parts.
Jenny
Love Love Loved it. This is her best book yet.
Heidi
Anna Campbell can flat out write! I loved the flaws! Julian was an irredeemable cad. He came to purchase the most notorious mistress in London. Oh, and hang around for his daughter's wedding. He lost the love of his life and abandoned his children at a very young age. And never looked back. Now he must possess the notorious courtesan.
Olivia Raines has only her formidable will to live. And her pride. Life thrust her in the role of mistress. And she plays the part beautifully. Even though she hat...more
Shawna
Sep 24, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of angsty, sensual historical romance & rake heroes
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5 stars – Historical Romance
Cherie Jensen
First Olivia was in control, then Erith (Julian). Then Julian falls in love and Olivia is in control. Then Olivia falls in love and they are in balance. Then Julian puts his very large foot in his mouth and the equilibrium is gone.

Olivia is a courtesan and Julian is Earl of Erith. He wants to be in possession of The Most Elite of Courtesans. He accepts nothing but the best for himself. But Olivia is elite for a reason and she challenges him like no other and keeps him jockeying for control of hi...more
Perdani Budiarti
Sepertinya Oak Tree, anak penerbit Gramedia ini mengkhususkan diri menerbitkan buku-buku bertema kontroversial, seperti buku karya Anna Campbell ini yang menceritakan tentang kehidupan seorang wanita penghibur.

Dengan jalan cerita khas historical romance yang melibatkan keberadaan para bangsawan dengan gaya hidup mewah mereka dan tingkah laku yang kurang bermoral, buku ini berusaha menceritakan bagaimana seorang wanita penghibur bisa memperoleh kebahagiaannya dengan menjalin hubungan dengan seora...more
Ozzy Ross
Novel ini sebenarnya berpotensi dapat 5 bintang tapi sayang terlalu fokus terhadap cerita saat ini padahal permasalahannya berakar di masa lalu. Ceritanya Olivia Raines sebagai wanita penghibur yang tersohor cantik & misterius. orang-orang yang pernah menjadi pelindung olivia selalu memujanya & mereka sebenarnya enggan untuk melepas Olivia. Olivia berniat meninggalkan dunia malam itu dengan gemilang & ia memilih Julian Southwood sebagai pelindung terakhirnya. Sedangkan Julian sang pe...more
Tina
Olivia Raines is London's most desired courtesan, and Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith, one of London's most notoriously rakish nobles. Olivia is tired of the courtesan's lifestyle and believes she is beyond finding true passion, but when Erith chooses Olivia as his new lover, Olivia gets more than she bargained for - Erith is a passionate lover who is only satisfied when he possesses her completely.
Firstly, I must admit, I've never read a Regency Romance before, so it's quite possible that some...more
Maureen Feeney
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