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Tempted by His Kiss

(The Byrons of Braebourne #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,583 ratings  ·  130 reviews
London Society knows the Byrons are “mad, bad, and dangerous,” and every bit as fascinating as their poetic non-relation. This tempestuous family is famous for scandal and legendary at love…

Orphaned beauty Meg Amberley is caught in a snowstorm, and takes refuge at the estate of Lord Cade Byron. Haunted by his past, Cade has buried himself in the country. Then M
Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Avon (first published February 19th 2009)
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Oct 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Beanbag Love
Once again, I have no time to write a full review, so I'll just make some random comments about it...

The storyline was kind of predictable, but Ms. Warren's writing made it engaging enough to keep me reading the book. Plus, Cade and Meg were likable characters, so it was fun to follow the ups and downs in their relationship. They did have a very TSTL moment followed by a Big Misunderstanding near the end of the story, and I wanted to grab them and shake some sense into them, but I st
This wasn't a bad book, but I wasn't really wowed by it either. My favorite part of the book was in the beginning before they hatched that stupid plot. The friendship and connection felt way more genuine than later in the book. Perhaps that was because there was no focus beyond them interacting together.

I liked Meg in the beginning, although I was taken aback by her out of place mothering over a relative stranger. I just found it odd that she would have the gall to bring up her host'
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
So I liked this, but I'm not sure if I am the biggest fan of this author's style it seems like she's the type with heroes who don't recognize they are in love with the heroines until like the last 5 pages of the book, and are just overwrought with miscommunication or straight up inability to communicate, because that's how I felt here as well as in book 2
Beanbag Love
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Despite the contrived plot devise at the end of the story, I still really like Tracey Anne Warren's writing.

Is it typical regency? Yep. Is it implausible? Yep. Is it amusing, romantic and sexy (when it needs to be)? Yep. And, frankly that's what I look for when I pick up a regency these days.

Lately I've been reading some things that have really had problems. Mainly because of something lacking in one or both of the characters. It's historical romance! I expect implausibil
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Hmmm no great shakes. In fact the very formulaic read made me drop it for few weeks and I had to push myself to get back to it.
Happily the second half had a stirring twist (view spoiler) ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for; book release Feb09

When I read the back cover blurb for “Tempted By His Kiss” by Tracy Anne Warren, for some reason I expected a humorous book. And I guess there were some humorous parts, but this story is written as a more serious historical about a physically and mentally wounded soldier. Is it strange that I read this tale back-to-back with another historical about a suffering military man? Or is it that the ‘wounded warrior’ theme is one that has sp
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
I am a fan of the "trapped together because of a snowstorm" conceit, and this was good enough at first. It very quickly turns into a "fake engagement but we both wish it was real only are too shy also I am in love with his family and don't like lying" book with a touch of "dead first love" and "French spy poses as English nobility". These cliche plots are well used for a reason, and I don't mind them, but this ended up being nothing BUT a cliche. The heroine's hair looks like "moonlight". The fa ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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I liked when we are first introduced to the characters and how they play off one another. Their initial interactions and Cade's antagonistic nature made it amusing to read, especially because Meg could--and would--give as good as she got. However, once the story moved to London, the relationship and the feel of the story changed and I felt that it didn't have the same magic the beginning did. Although I did like the addition of Cade's family, I would've preferred if Meg and Cade were as they had ...more
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
It started out fine. But then the squire shows up so they decide they must pretend to be engaged - why didn't they just give the squire a false name and she could go on her way? The set up was not constructed on strong enough legs for me to buy in to her going off to London with this stranger. (Which he really was - a stranger - basically.) The other books in this series look to be built on the same weak stilts so I'm going to abandon this series for now. I may come back to it, but the next summ ...more
Dec 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Ok... so i read it and after page 200 it got a bit better... the chemistry picked up... not enough to really keep me hooked... but I sped through it to the end. This is a series so I will possibly keep my eye out for the others... the next one seems to have an interesting plot with a bluestocking and another Byron brother.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet passionate romance! I love a tortured hero especially a hero with glasses!
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19 year old Meg Amberley seeks shelter in a heavy snow storm from Lord Cade Byron. Her parents have both died and she's traveling to Scotland to live with a Great Aunt she's never met.

Cade is recovering from wounds he received from being caught and tortured during the war. He suffers from nightmares of the French (English) speaking interrogator beating him and torturing his fiancee to death.

Meg, being the dauther of a Naval Officer, recognizes his anguish and draws him out by challe
Michelle Connolly
I'll start of by saying this is the book I've liked the least from Tracy Anne Warren. I really loved her 'Trap' series, but I'm sorry to say this one isn't looking very promising. The story is full of clichés, the plot sometimes didn't make a whole lot of sense, and the characters seemed pre-fabricated to me.
Things did get a bit more entertaining towards the end, and I quite liked some bits at the beginning, so I wouldn't say the book is a complete waste of time; it just wasn't nearly as good a
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I can't fathom why I liked this because there are SO many things wrong with it. Meg is kind of an idiot! Cade is definitely an idiot! It's very odd that Cade's mother asks Meg to call her Ava, and the barrier to Meg and Cade's HEA is dealt with to great dissatisfaction! And yet I flew through it and cared about their romance? The world holds so many mysteries.

We don't really see them fall in love; we just see normal interactions spiced up with those ye olde markers of love, possessiveness/jealo
Tracy T.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 star story 4 star narration by Rebecca De Leeuw (audible review)

Wow, this story was about 5 hours too long. Just sayin........

The story line just drug on and on and on it was never ending it seemed. The angst was just to extra, the internal dialogue too much. Geez I never thought this book would end. I am actually surprised I finished it. It had potential, but the author took it way to far filling up pages with a bunch of blah blah blah.

As for the narration, it was g
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Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, nook, historical
Tempted by His Kiss (The Byrons of Braebourne, #1) by Tracy Anne Warren Cade, Cade, Cade. I know you've lived a nightmare, but it's time to embrace life. What, I sound like your mother? Hmm. Well, then; it's a good thing Meg came into your life. While she echoes the same sentiment as do your mother and I, she has the face of an angel and an unfathomable love for you. So, get over yourself and go after the love of your life.

What? You're going to be stubborn? Humph. You're going to say one thing and deny those pesky feelings? How like the brooding hero that you are. Well, no
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Northumberland 1809

Cade is 30 and Meg is 19. Cade is another one of those dark brooding tortured men we love! Got a slight limp and scar from torture being a spy. Loved him, great character with good flaws. Meg however was the typical I love you but I won't tell you type. And at the end why does she believe what Cade told Everett??? She knew most of what he said was to fool him, so why believe any of it??? Stupid girl. Then she up and runs away? What are you 5? Then pulls the im not
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, romance-histo
I rather liked this story. The hero is rather convincing in the traumatized-not-ready-to-go-back-to-life type, with more than enough good reasons. I also liked the heroine, feeling overwhelmed by the family, as well as Cade, and generally willing to do everything she could to help him. Their relationship was rather interesting and showed an interesting development.
Even when Meg behaved stupidly at the end, there was some reasons to explain why it might not have been the worst idea ever.
Tiffany Reads It All
This has more depth than I initially expected it would. In fact, some moments are downright dark and disturbing. There's also some suspense and espionage thrown into the mix (which I hadn't anticipated at all). Good read!
Apr 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I even bother
Michele Bolay
Jul 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Because life is too short to finish a book where the heroine (who is an idiot, btw) is "ethereally beautiful" and the hero is named Cade. CADE. I can't even with that nonsense.
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
This is for those who are looking for a Regency romance with some sex written on a 3rd grade level.
Zel Polev
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When the fierce snowstorm hit, Meg Amberley was on her way to her aunt in Scotland but had to find refuge in northern England at the home of Lord Cade Byron. Cade had suffered injuries in the war and just wanted peace and solitude. He had no choice but to let Meg stay until the snow stopped. When the storm lasted two weeks, he knew her reputation would be ruined so they developed a plot for them to act as if they were engaged. Meg would accompany Cade to London where she would be able to meet ma ...more
Liz Clappin
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I overwhelmingly agree with the majority of reviewers that the book starts strong with a great chemistry and deliciously slow build with strong character development as the two lovers are snowbound and then takes a frivolous turn. I like Cade and Meg as lovers, and they're definitely steamy together but... The back and forth just falls flat. The espionage angle is beyond far fetched and pretty sloppily handled, also, as many pointed out making Meg look like a moron. There are worse crimes than a ...more
Lisa Price
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh boy, I liked this book. I have no concept of its actual quality because it hit like 75% of my favorite romance tropes and did them all really well, and the main characters were both compelling, believable, and likeable, so it was just so damn fun to read that I was blinded to any flaws this book may have.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is the first book and first series I read written by Tracy Anne Warren. This wasn't a bad book. It had a fairly good romance, and would suggest for a lazy day read.
Sabina Alilovic
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It's a new author for me and I hope this series is good.
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“Kissing her all the while, he stroked toward her center, tangling for a few brief seconds in the nest of short curls he found there before slipping a single finger between the tender folds of her femininity. Wet heat dampened his hand, a reaction he seemed to expect and enjoy, the fragrant moisture turning her slick against his touch.
She gasped, the sound muffled against his lips as he tilted her hips a little more to slide deeper, using his fingers, and even the heel of his hand, in ways that drove every rational thought from her brain. Tiny breaths panted from her mouth as he caressed her in the most shockingly delicious manner, her initial embarrassment fading against a compulsive need for more.
Breaking their kiss, he pressed her face against his neck. "Let go," he murmured into her ear. "Let yourself fly."
And after another pair of rapturous, stroking caresses, she did- her entire body shuddering in a great, cataclysmic burst of pleasure that set every nerve and sinew afire. He held her as she shook, her cries muffled against the starched linen of his neck cloth.”
“He captured one of her legs, stilling her for a moment so he could fit his own between hers. Sliding upward, he insinuated his thigh against the part of her that ached the most, then rubbed, her nightgown bunched between her flesh in a way that only increased her craving.” 0 likes
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