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The Price of Temptation

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  412 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Stephen Clair, the notorious Earl of St. Joseph, has a lover he can't afford, a social calendar that's out of control and a libido that rules his life. If he can't gain control of his finances, his social calendar and rid himself of his lover, he will fall into financial ruin. Could the youthful, handsome and dependable Jamie Riley be the solution to his problems?

Jamie Ril
ebook, 236 pages
Published September 30th 2009 by Seventh Window Publications (first published September 30th 2005)
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Oct 21, 2009 karen marked it as romance-covers-i-have-loved  ·  review of another edition
the price of temptation appears to be elephantiasis of the testicles.

More of my reviews and thoughts on my blog PANTS OFF REVIEWS

THE COVER- I know what you all are thinking, “what the hell is in his pants”? Well truthfully, I have no idea, but I really do love the cover. I love his stance and the other guy kneeling at his feet. I find it to be very sexy, and makes me wanna say, such cheesy lines like “Is that a flashlight in your pants or are you just happy to see me”, or “Is this a stick up and are you here to take my clothes”
May 27, 2013 ttg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, reviews
3-3.5 stars – A pretty fun historical romance. Fans of m/m regencies may especially like this story of poor Jamie, who has come to London with his last few coins to take up a position as a tutor for a Lord’s children, only to find that the Lord and his family had died in a terrible accident and the household was now run by the rakish brother. Fortunately for Jamie, he gets a job as the house’s new secretary. Even though he finds Lord Stephen overspendy and irresponsible, and Stephen finds Jamie ...more
** This has new cover but I'm sticking with the original. Because look at his package! **

I am having quite a difficult time rating this actually...

I give 2-stars for Stephen Clair, Earl of St. Joseph, that idiot earl that left me fuming throughout the book.

I give 3-stars for the whole story (it started rather strong, but then meandered in the middle, and picked up again, then ended!).

I give 3.5-stars for the darling Jamie Riley, the timid, shy, kind-hearted virgin (!) secretary who stole Stephen
Jun 17, 2015 Kati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Price of Temptation" is M. J. Pearson's first published gay historical romance. It's set around 1815 and tells the story of Stephen Clair, Earl of St. Joseph, and his secretary Jamie Riley.

Jamie Riley becomes the secretary of Earl of St. Joseph. Stephen is a good-hearted man who collects misfits but at the same time, he can't keep two coins together. And so, Jamie helps his new Master sort his accounts... and falls in love with him. Stephen is determined to seduce Jamie because he grew tire
Feb 03, 2012 Jenn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Look at that cover & package! It's like Disney's Beauty & the Beast does m/m!
Oct 29, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, borrowed
3.5 stars

Jamie Riley has traveled from Yorkshire to London with the promise of a tutoring job from an Earl and his Countess. But there is a new Earl, Stephen and Stephen has no children. He also has a flamboyant male lover. His valet encourages him to hire Jamie as a secretary. Jamie is quite successful in organizing Stephen's household and Stephen begins to find him more than just a "mouse". The household staff makes for entertaining secondary characters and I thought the descriptions of the wo
Mar 20, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: Lily
I loved this book! I haven't read a good historical, well any historical, lately and I didn't even know I was missing it. I enjoyed the twist the story took near the end and the unexpected actions of the bad guy. I also liked that Jamie made Stephen work for it and didn't just roll over and give in. This book also had a fantastic and deep cast of side characters that were wonderful and three dimensional. 5 stars!

ETA: I just bought this book with the new cover (borrowed it upon first reading) and
Oct 17, 2009 Jenre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historicals, romance
I have a confession to make here: I love Regency historicals. In fact before I discovered m/m, I read almost exclusively m/f historicals. When I began reading m/m, I looked at The Price of Temptation several times as I was interested to see how an m/m book would work in a Regency setting. However, because the book was only available as a paperback, I hesitated to buy, mainly because I was highly embarrassed at *that cover* being seen by anyone whilst I was reading it. Now, however, the book is a ...more
May 22, 2010 Erastes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-historical
I won’t say I didn’t enjoy this, because I did. It was possible to unhinge my research head and treat it as a “romance novel” with all that that genre implies. Brooding hero, delicate (but rather stubborn) hero who isn’t going to let said BH get into his pants unless it’s true love – not if he can help it! (all whilst being swept along by his own desires)

So yes, it’s an enjoyable romance read. I liked the characters in the main. The BH (Stephen) was suitably brooding and sufficiently dissolute t
Oct 29, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-fiction
An incredibly charming, funny and irreverent read, The Price of Temptation is one ebook I’d love in print. Following reasonably traditional historical romance lines, minus a heroine, this was very entertaining and I cannot wait to read Discreet Young Gentleman.

Stephen is such a likable rogue, one cannot help but want someone to take him in hand. He’s rather flighty and not remotely interested in anyone other than himself. Or so he’d like you to think. Underneath this raffish exterior he has odd
Mar 12, 2012 Snowtulip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historical, own
This is one of those books that as you read along, you notice that you are smiling. This isn't action packed, angst driven drama, just a steady sweet love story that makes you happy.

I really enjoyed the cast of characters in this book and they completely breathed life into this story and made it so fun to read. The end reminded me of one of those old school capers, where everyone is involved in taking care of the situation, no one is left behind and everyone wants to be a part of the action.

Edina Rose
Jan 17, 2012 Edina Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regency MM romance.
It is romantic, funny and quite light in spite of some angst near the end.
Typical regency plot, the Rake and the Innocent. Great secondary characters:
- The Rake's lover, greedy & diabolical but beautiful like a fallen angel.
- The Rake's best friend, his only real friend.
- The Rake's old, rich and eccentric auntie
- The sarcastic butler,
And a few others.
The Innocent is, of course, all alone in the big bad world!

This book is a delight

Jun 17, 2009 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
Not quite as good as Discreet Young Gentleman, but still a lot of fun to read. And look at.
Elisa Rolle
I’m deeply regretting to have not read this book before, this is exactly like one of those historical romances I eagerly read when I was a teenager and so loved. There is the dashing scoundrel, and as often it happens he has a wise old aunt who is holding the purse strings; she deeply love her rake of a nephew but she wants for him to settle down for the good of the title but above all for his own happiness. There is of course a vain lover, more interested to that purse than to the gentleman, an ...more
Oct 08, 2008 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2008
Books like this keep forcing my further and further out of the Romantic Closet. I'd prefer to be known as a grump, thank you very much, but this story makes me melt. For one thing, it does not apologize for having two male leads, nor does it have to - it's all so matter-of-fact, so natural in this world that it makes one almost believe that this IS the way it was back in the Regency era, and society has deteriorated since then. Stephen's household full of loving misfits speaks right to my heart, ...more
May 18, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I enjoy Pearson's fond homages to classic bodice-rippers and historical mf romances, but, unfortunately, I didn't think this one was as good as either Discreet Young Gentleman or Helpless. Especially egregious were both of the MCs -- MC Stephen was much too weak and vacillating to get much sympathy from me, while MC Jamie was too much of a Mary Sue to grab my interest.

I believe that this was Pearson's first novel, which would explain why it is not as good as the others I've read. Read the other
May 04, 2012 Zaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First impressions are everything. This is especially important with book covers. I know, don’t judge a book by its cover. Name me an avid reader that doesn’t and I’ll start eating pages from my copy of this book. We all do it because aside from the blurb, it’s the first thing that where a reader can get an idea on what the book is about. So when I see this book cover my reaction is “AWW HELL!”. Seriously, I swear my glasses fogged up there for a moment. So what about the story? It was good. Not ...more
More like 1 1/2 stars.
This is the first gay romance novel from this writer. Her second book, Discreet Young Gentleman, is much better. This one is like a gay Barbara Cartland romance. Every single cliché is there up to the young, innocent love interest chained up in a dungeon at the mercy of a very dark villain. I was laughing and not because it was funny. The book cover is so bad and as predictable as the plot of this story. Better only read her second book.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Not as much as Discreet Young Gentleman, but still, it was well written. It's a bit clichéd, you know; young ingenue improves the life of worldly older man and then falls in love with him, but it's a cliché we know and love. I never really connected with any of the characters, but I did love Aunt Matilda; that woman was awesome. My one major sticking point with this book is that the entire plot relies on a series of misunderstandings and coincidences and I'm none ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Leanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, romance, historical, sweet

3.5 stars

A fun Recency romance romp with a great cast of characters. The plot and characters were pretty flat and I skimmed chunks in the last quarter but this was a well written and rather nostalgic read, a fond nod to the trope I adored back in the day- the bluestocking and the rake.
Gayle Francis Moffet
Goddamn, this book is charming as hell.

I decided I had to read it because the cover made me laugh a lot, and I expected it to be ridiculous and melodramatic and maybe even boring, but while there is some ridiculous and some melodrama, it's tempered nicely by the fact that I just liked all the good guys and liked hating the bad guy, and even when the story took a surprising dark turn in the last sixty pages (more on that in a second), it was still handled in a way that, while weird, wasn't a deal
May 01, 2008 Ryes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jamie's nothing special when it comes to looks. His face and build are plain, but he does have killer blue eyes, hair with stunning highlights, and a more than passable backside. All that's left of his mother, his last living relative, is a small portrait. He ends up working for Stephen Clair, first as a secretary to track Stephen's schedule, but quickly proves his usefulness with numbers and managing money. Stephen's staff loves him and Stephen himself falls for him. Jamie's character is intell ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Charly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong start, but I found the second half a little disappointing

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- The relationship unfolds slowly in a way that I found endearing and realistic. It isn’t love at first sight for either man; it’s more that they spend some time together and after a while, each starts to realize that the other has more attractive qualities than he seemed to have before.
- I really liked the majority of the secondary characters.
Dec 08, 2013 tacitus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-ebook
Firstly, do not--repeat DO NOT--allow this book's cover to deter you. Honestly, it's criminal what was done to this wonderful story by being saddled with such a truly horrendous cover. Blugh! =P

Now, to the story. I found it well written and endearing, especially the fact that the two heroes do not instantly fall in love. I really don't care for love-at-first-sight stories. They are usually shallow and unrealistic. Also, I found the initial setup (how the characters come together) to be sensible
This is one that I was not at all expecting to like as much as I did. I think part of that is the historical fiction aspect (I'm finding that historical m/m romance - when well-written - has a way of pulling me in), but the story itself and the characters are definitely worth a read.

The slow build-up of the main relationship is one of those things that left me frustrated but also on the edge of my seat. The complexity of the characters and their personalities (including the supporting and side c
Oct 15, 2015 Bo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wastrel in Trouble

This is one of those wastrel-be-damned forays that can stick in the mud a couple of times but which, in the end, is saved by a remarkable character. That would be Jamie Riley (aptly portrayed on the Kindle edition cover), the young man who shows up at the house of the Clair family that hired him as a tutor to their children only to discover they are all dead and the brother of the deceased, Stephen Clair, is in charge, but not really.

Stephen is a wastrel, just a dissolute spoi
An interesting historical novel, I liked that it didn't deal with the whole angst of the society finding out or needing a wife, which is often used in such stories. I'm not sure it was really possible to live like that at the time but hey it's fiction!

Jamie is a very loveable character, which I cannot say about Stephen or Julian. Stephens going to Julian time after time annoyed me a great deal. He knew that actor was shallow and only after his money and that Stephen himself was deeply in depth,
Feb 02, 2012 Brie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
M.J. Pearson. Why you no write more? -.- I really really really liked this story especially the progression of the love between the characters. Stephen not even looking twice at jamie to noticing he is a gem, then Stephen sneaking kisses and touches while Jamie is sleeping, to FINALLY realizing he(they) is(are) in love. I didn't like the part where Jamie left for a week and some change to live in terrible places and get his stuff stolen. And I wish their coming together and reconciling had been ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Calen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the other MJ Pearson novel I totally love. I've read it at least three times and keep coming back to it when I want Regency romance. It's original, engaging and honestly, quite believable. Too often you read these romance novels and after the first two chapters you're over it because it's so unbelievable. Pearson knows how to write a story that flows from chapter to chapter and she never once makes you think you're reading something that couldn't happen. It's really the perfect example o ...more
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M. J. Pearson’s meandering career path has included stints dispatching taxis in Vermont, making pizza in Santa Fe, digging Roman ruins in Israel and studying nationalism in Scotland. Currently residing in Indianapolis, M. J. is hard at work on a new romance novel.
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