Don't Tempt Me (Fallen Women, #2)
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Don't Tempt Me (Fallen Women #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,110 ratings  ·  194 reviews
"Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains."

That’s the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she’s shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She’s a walking scandal, with no hope of a future...unless someone can civilize he...more
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Published June 30th 2009 by Avon (first published 2009)
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Talulah Mankiller
So, although I am a Romance novel fan, I don’t exactly keep abreast (heh) of what everyone’s writing–except maybe Eloisa James, because I’m apparently contractually obligated to buy her latest book, a 3 Musketeer’s Bar, and a diet coke and consume all three in an orgy of stereotypical American femaleness. Sometimes I even dye my hair red while I’m doing it.

I WISH I WERE KIDDING.

Anyway, I’m a fan, but I’m not a good fan, so I didn’t know anything about Don’t Tempt Me until I read this review–desp...more
Rane
Zoe Lexham, after twelve years has return to England from being a captive of a harem. A walking scandal with adept knowledge of the sensual arts, her family is at odds at what to do in order for her be welcome back into the ton.
Her knight in not shining armor and childhood friend, Lucien de Grey, The Duke of Marchmont finds it his duty to his old guardian and friend Lord Lexham to find a way to have the ton accept Zoe, what he didn’t expect was the attraction between him and Zoe that may lead...more
Corrine
Jul 03, 2009 Corrine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Loretta Chase
Another one that came very close to being five stars, if it wasn't for the unnecessary suspense plot added at the very end. This isn't Lord of Scoundrels or Mr. Impossible but it is a good example of why Loretta Chase is one of the top historical romance writers.

Zoe Lexham has always been the rebel of the eight Lexham children - willful, stubborn, and fiercely independent, given to daring feats and running away. No matter her past behavior, Society, her family, and most of all Lucien de Grey is...more
Angelc
This was my first Loretta Chase book, and I really became a fan of hers! In "Don't Tempt Me", Zoe Lexham has found her way home to London after 12 years of exile in the East. She was kidnapped and sold into slavery on a family trip there when she was only 12 years old. Lucien de Grey, Duke of Marchmont, is determined to prove that the woman claiming to be Zoe is lying, but one look proves she is the spirited childhood friend that he'd given up on ever seeing again. Lucien decides that its his du...more
Kathrynn
Not enough of a plot to hold my attention, so I gave this one up more than half-way through. Too much emphasis on London's society rules, social norms, proper dress appearance, getting accepted in society by snobs and gossip. Ugh.

Hoped the story would move out of this, but it did not. With a few extremely minor exceptions, nothing happened other than Lucien (Duke of Marchmount also called Marchmount throughout most of the book) trying to help Zoe become excepted by society after she was returned...more
Beanbag Love
This isn't the best Loretta Chase book, but it's certainly not near the worst. It's actually very enjoyable. The end peters out a bit strangely, but overall this book was much better than I thought it would be based on other reviews I've seen.

Lucien and Zoe are a really great couple. Chase does her patented and peerless manipulation of the reader to make a hero who is a paradigm of lazy, arrogant, selfishness actually lovable. The specifics fill out the model and you just have to feel for the gu...more
Lady Jaye
Reading this book made me angry. Mostly because of the heroine. All the other characters were bland/stupid/inconsequential/did not signify, even the hero, so the only person worth talking about is the heroine.

I would be hard-pressed to find a stupider, selfisher, more idiotic, more obnoxious, more slap/smack-worthy female in any book I've read all year. Or ever. In fact, the only other character I can think of who comes close to her is the heroine in A Little Bit Wild.


Beyond stupid. Beyond horr...more
Cheryl
I LOVED this book! I thought it was so funny and there are too many hilarious moments to mention!

Zoe Octavia Lexham has been held captive as a harem slave for 12 years in Egypt. She finally escaped and returned to her family in England only to find that she doesn't quite fit in. She knows too many things a young English lady should not know and doesn't know what is or is not proper topics of conversation.

For instance- "Zoe had found out that one was not allowed to mention a great many subjects:...more
Jocelyn Zombie
Good novel by a great author - I enjoyed it but wouldn't re-read it, hence the 3-star rating.

This novel was unbelivable in a fun way, like many of Chase's best (Mr. Impossible is a good example). Plucky English girl is abducted at 12 and held in the harem of an eastern pasha with erectile dysfunction, and escapes at the age of 24 and returns to England to find love with her father's ward, the Duke.

Yes, it stretches your credulity, but ironically I had no problem with the virgin harem girl plot p...more
Liz
I really don't like reading series books out of order. But I just couldn't resist this one! It sounded so good!! A woman (Zoe Lexham) is kidnapped as a child and is forced into a harem for 10 years! Now, you find out through the course of the story that although she was in this harem of some Egyptian king's favorite son, she was still a virgin. To me, this is THE most unbelievable thing I have EVER read. Come on!! Still a virgin?! She explains that the king's son was ill and whatever illness it...more
April
A fun and fluffy romance. So far my least favorite of Chase's novels. I think mostly because the heroine got on my nerves. She was smart and clever and caring but quite often she made the most ridiculous choices it annoyed me. It was almost as if she wanted the world to revolve around her - and this could quite be the case considering she was the youngest of a large family and had spent 12 years as a captive. But I think my issue was that she was so clearheaded about everything else; this stubbo...more
Katie(babs)
Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont has an interesting history with Lord Lexham’s daughter, Zoe Octavia. When a ten-year-old Lucien lost his parents, his father’s best friend, who happened to be Lexham, took him and his brother Gerard into his home. Lucian and Gerard were quite welcomed into the Lexham brood. But the child who makes the most impression on Lucian, is five-year-old Zoe Octavia. Zoe was there always annoying Lucien and getting into trouble. She had a bad habit of running away and...more
Hanife Albayrak
Beni Baştan Çıkartma dialoglarıyla sizi eğlendiren, kimi zaman sinirlendiren hoş bir kitap. Ama malesef çevirisinin kurbanı oldu. O açıdan kitapta çeviri yüzünden kızdığım çok yerler oldu. Ben gülerek okudum çoğunluğunu. Konusu Zoe adlı kızımız 12 yaşında bir Mısır seyahatinde hizmetçisi tarafından kaçırılır. Ama ailesine kaçtığı söylenir. Yıllarca araştırmadan sonra kızı bulamazlar. Zoe 12 yaşından beri bir harem de yaşıyordur. Bir gün tesadüfi mi yoksa komplo mu bilinmez hem kocası hemde kayna...more
Jackie
An odd and to me offensive book, one that feels as if the talented Chase just mailed it in. Drawing on the white slavery trope, the novel features a girl kidnapped in Egypt at the age of 12 and given as a "wife" to an impotent prince. Escaping at the age of 24, Zoe returns to England but needs to find a powerful husband in order to take her rightful place in ton society. That a girl who was kidnapped at 12, who stayed in another culture for 12 more years, and who was taught about sexuality in a...more
PJ
Aug 25, 2013 PJ marked it as did-not-finish
DNF -- not my cup of tea

In order for me to enjoy a period piece I need to be sucked into that time from page 1. This story felt like a modern telling conveniently placed in the past. Also, I knew I was going to grow sick of the H's "shuttered" eyes--I mean who really does that.

Maybe I'll come back to this, but there are so many books to read.
Kaetrin
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in only a few hours, the pace of the story and the witty repartee between the characters kept me smiling and engaged the whole time.

Lucien de Gray, Duke of Marchmont and Zoe Octavia Lexham knew each other as children. After the death of Lucien's parents, Zoe's father stood in loco parentis to the young boy and his elder brother and the families spent much time together. Lucien and Zoe have a connection even as children. After the death of his brother in a ri...more
Danielle
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was immediately intrigued. However, I found this book predictable. The Duke of Marchmont, who grew up with the heroine of this story, Zoe, decided that he is the only one who could save her from being shunned by the ton. And regardless of the ridiculous things that Zoe forces him to do, the Duke of Marchmont still arrogantly believed that he would succeed in making the ton accept her, even after the years she spent in a harem. He definitely had arro...more
Gina DeBacker
This is the third book I've read in the romance genre and it was nice to have a heroine who wasn't the naive damsel in distress. I thought this book was very enjoyable and I enjoyed Zoe's struggle to fit in with London society. Her outsiders perspective was hilarious to say the least. (Although I found it hard to believe that she remained a virgin throughout her stay at the Harem. I guess it was one of those "just play along with the author" plots.) The romance between Zoe and Lucien felt very r...more
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Now, I was 'tempted' to give this 4 stars but a few things got in my way. But still this was a good historical romance, a fun book to read and some parts really was funny and they entertained me.

Zoe, an englishwoman who's famous for her rule-breaking and runaways, is kidnapped from a family holiday in Egypt when she was twelve years old and sold to a harem. The book starts after twelve years of Zoe's kidnapping, when she finally manages to escape the Harem and finds her way into England. Lucien...more
Jay
Originally posted at RomanceReaderAtHeart.com

For years I had heard about how great Loretta Chase’s books were, but at the time, I wasn’t reading historicals so I had never tried one. Then, once I started reading historicals, I read MISS WONDERFUL—and it was wonderful!! I knew I had to read more of Ms. Chase’s work, so I jumped at the chance to review her latest. I’m happy to report that DON'T TEMPT ME didn’t disappoint.

I really enjoyed that Zoe and Lucien had essentially grown up together and t...more
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Lady Wesley
I quite enjoyed this tale of childhood frenemies discovering one another many years later. Zoe makes for a very lively outspoken heroine. She was kidnapped in Cairo at the age of twelve and spent the next twelve years living in a harem after being married to the sickly son of Yusri Pasha. Because of his infirmities, she remains a virgin and learns to get along with all the ladies of the harem. Finally, she gets a chance to escape and manages to return to England. The press and public are all ago...more
Kim H
Loretta Chase is back, and announcing her presence with authority, with Don't Tempt Me, a "Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains" story, and so much more. Chase is one of my all time favorite romance writers, yet I had found her 2008 release: Your Scandalous Ways unfortunately lackluster, so while I was awaiting this release with baited breath, I have to admit to being a tad nervous as well. Thankfully, that concern has proven to be unfounded, and I can hap...more
Bronwyn
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Julia
The premise was really good. A young English girls gets kidnapped and sold to a slave market in Cairo where she then becomes a Harem girl and a second wife to some rich man. Twelve years later she escapes and returns home. The hero is a jaded Duke, scarred by his past, who doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone. Having been a child-hood protector of the heroine his goal is to help bring her back into society's good graces, but in the process he falls in love with her.

The book was interest...more
TheBookSmugglers
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It is a truth accepted and confirmed by us, Book Smugglers, that if you are in search of a good romance novel you should look no further than the “C” in your local book store. It is there that you will find Loretta Chase’s books in all their splendid quality that comes from all The Loretachaseness in them: wonderful dialogue, the light and yet deeply emotional plots and wonderful heroes and heroines.

Don’t Tempt Me is yet another one to those books by the author in which every sin...more
Leah St. James
This was my first Loretta Chase novel, but it won't be my last. I have to agree with some of the less-than-stellar reviews that the plot is thin, but then aren't most Regency historicals? (I mean, it's pretty amazing how many ways historical authors have come up with to tell the same bored-duke/earl/whatever-needs-to-wed-to-save-family-fortune plot. I applaud them...seriously!) It was Ms. Chase's writing style and characterizations that made this an enjoyable story for me.

But then I think it's...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I purchased this as soon as it came out, because Loretta Chase is an auto-buy for me. The funny thing is, though, that I'm not quite as enamoured of Chase as most of the romland seems to be. Most romance authors list LC as their fave romance author. I saw Your Scandalous Ways on many Best of 2008 lists, and my reaction to it was: "meh." However, I DO list Lord of Scoundrels among my all-time favorite historical romances, and I DO think LC is a stand-out among historical romance authors. I'm just...more
Willow Brook
4 1/2 stars. Another fun, touching story from Loretta Chase. Zoe returns to London society 12 years after being kidnapped at age 12 and sold into a harem. Having escaped at the risk painful death from her captors, she wants to be accepted by the scandalized, titillated, judgmental high class society that she should have been a part of. Her parents and siblings can't see how she can overcome the stigma of her past, but family friend and society darling Lucien declares it can be done quite easily....more
Tori
What a great read! It was one of those cases of being lucky enough to find exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for at that exact moment. The description on the back sounded okay, but kind of run of the mill. However, this book definitely wasn't! I absolutely loved both of the characters, I loved how spunky and brave the heroine was. I love the fact that she was content with her sensuality; it was a refreshing change from the naive virgin bride. I love how the hero was such a complete, una...more
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl...more
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“He cleared his throat, "Zoe, i think you said you love me."
"I did say it. I do love you with all my heart."
"I see." There was a long pause, then he said, "For how long has this been going on?"
"I don't know," she said, "Sometimes i think it started a long, long time ago."
"You might have mentioned it."
"I didn't want to encourage it," she said, "I thought it was a bad idea.”
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“It is she, then.'
'Beyond a doubt. You'll recognize her the instant you see her.'
'Not at all sure of that,' Adderwood said. 'You knew her a good deal better. To me she was always a blur disappearing into the distance.”
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