“They say he ran away.” Mrs. Conrad leaned close to impart this bit of gossip. (from TO TASTE TEMPTATION)
With that first sentence, I was drawn into TO“They say he ran away.” Mrs. Conrad leaned close to impart this bit of gossip. (from TO TASTE TEMPTATION)
With that first sentence, I was drawn into TO TASTE TEMPTATION and knew this story wouldn’t be relinquishing its hold on me anytime soon. The “he” to which Mrs. Conrad refers is Samuel Hartley, a brash, arrogant, wealthy self-made businessman from Boston who has come to London to secure a business deal with the fledgling Wedgwood pottery company. At his first London ball, Samuel contrives, no, demands an introduction to Lady Emeline Gordon, a model of haute ton propriety, and engages her services to chaperone his younger sister during their stay in England.
Samuel is a complex man, brash and bold in manner but hiding a tormented soul inside. Raised in the American wilderness, he joined the British troops as a tracker and was one of the few survivors of the massacre of the 28th Regiment, the same Indian massacre that claimed the life of Emeline’s beloved brother and so many other young men, the massacre that Samuel believes never should have happened and occurred only because someone betrayed them. And that is Samuel’s true purpose for being in London – to find the person who betrayed all those men, the men whose souls have haunted his dreams night after night, year after year, until his tortured mind is driven to the very brink of madness.
Emeline is no shy, retiring young miss but a self-sufficient widow with a rambunctious and curious young son. She is appalled by Samuel’s disregard for the rules of the ton while at the same time increasingly fascinated by the man himself. Who is this man who boldly places himself in her path at every turn, flaunts convention by wearing moccasins, of all things, to London balls, calls at her home at the ungodly hour of 8am when all of the ton knows you never call before 2pm, and runs the streets of London in the middle of the night as if the very demons of hell were nipping at his heels? Because of England’s strict separation of class and other reasons known only to Emeline, she is not free to pursue her growing attraction to Samuel yet she cannot bring herself to stay away from the only person who has ever looked beyond the face she presents to the world and seen the real person inside who longs to be set free.
Hoyt writes with such emotional intensity that I found my skin tightening, breath shortening and heart pounding as Samuel, the hunter, pursues and Emeline, the prey, evades as they continue to circle one another, growing closer and closer until that moment when desire will not be denied and they finally come together in a blazing explosion that sets the pages of this book on fire.
This story is populated with a wonderful cast of secondary characters who bring richness and complexities to the many layers within. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of them in future books in this series.
Will desire turn to love for Emeline and Samuel? Will love be enough for Emeline to turn her back on her obligations? Will Samuel find the betrayer? You’ll have to read TO TASTE TEMPTATION to discover the answers but clear your schedule first. This is a book you won’t be able to put down! ...more
"Lucky" Logan Grey is a man who is haunted by the tragedies of his past. Though newspapers have dubbed him the "luckiest man in Texas" because of his"Lucky" Logan Grey is a man who is haunted by the tragedies of his past. Though newspapers have dubbed him the "luckiest man in Texas" because of his mysterious ability to sense, and ward off, trouble before it occurs Logan knows his luck is anything but good.
Caroline Kilpatrick fell in love with Logan Grey the first time she saw him at the tender age of 8. He was the first boy to kiss her and nine years later he was the 18 year old louse who married her, bedded her and rode away the next morning without looking back. Unbeknownst to Caroline, he'd been hired by her father to marry his daughter in a fake ceremony in order to give her father access to Caroline's inheritance.
Fifteen years later... Logan finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery. He's frantically trying to form a plan to save the hostages when a gorgeous woman slips him a gun then proceeds to help him stop the robbery. Logan is stunned, mystified and totally captivated by the beautiful stranger but when he turns to thank her after the robbers have been subdued she's nowhere to be found.
Caroline Kilpatrick is furious! After traveling to Fort Worth with one goal in mind, to find Logan Grey, the last man in the world she wants to see, and convince him to help her rescue her beloved foster father from the outlaw-infested Black Shadow Canyon then helping him foil the bank robbery, the "lying, rotten, no-good, low-life, snake-breath, dirt-eating, overstuffed, ignorant, heartless, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, dog" didn't even recognize her! Truth be told, for reasons only he knows, Logan has purposely blocked Caroline and the years that immediately followed that time of his life from his memory. He has no idea that Caroline's father died two months after the "wedding", leaving her homeless and destitute. He doesn't know that he left Caroline pregnant and is the father of her son, Will, and he sure as shootin' has no idea that the marriage was, in fact, legal and the smart, feisty, gorgeous woman who helped him foil the bank robbery is his wife!
So begins another terrific historical Texas romance from the incomparable Geralyn Dawson who has delighted readers with her many adventurous and heartwarming stories. In this first book of her new "The Good Luck Grooms" series, Dawson leads Caroline and Logan on a tumultuous journey that risks their lives and tests their resolve as they face down killer tornadoes and killer outlaws while searching for their missing loved ones. Even more perilous, perhaps, is their intensely emotional journey of the heart as they rediscover the special, but tenuous bond that has always been between them and that eventually grows into a deep and abiding love. But is love enough for Logan to overcome his fears and stay with his newly found family or will he once again turn his back on Caroline and Will to live the life of the Loner?
Don't miss this fast-paced, action-packed, emotionally satisfying story! ...more