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Never Resist Temptation

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  311 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
A woman on the run Beautiful, spirited Jacobin de Chastelux would have been the perfect prize for any man . . . but she never imagined one would win her at a game of cards! When she learns that her dissolute, dastardly uncle and guardian had wagered her virtue--and lost---she flees. A cunning disguise and her culinary talents land her in the royal kitchen as a chef. All is ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Rachel (BAVR)
Mon dieu, this book is strange. And not in the good, "Wheee! Look at all the crazy things the author threw in here! It's so crazy it's fuuunnnnn!" way either. No, Never Resist Temptation is a typical cookie-cutter Regency romance. Spunky heroine with the self-preservation skills of a blind and deaf puppy, angsty hero with debilitating mommy issues, a card-carrying villain who totally fails at all villain-y things, misunderstandings dropped all over the place, an incompetent Bow Street runner, a ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 stars. This book reminds me of the old Johanna Linsdey regency books. In fact this one has MANY similarities to 'Say You Love Me' by JL, book 5 in the Mallory series. A light, semi-fluff romance. There are no TSTL moments or big misunderstandings, but there are a few eye-rolling moments. Overall, likeable characters and a light mystery.
This was a light, fun read. Jacobin is in a rock and a hard place. Her "loving" Uncle has just sold her to another evil man, Lord Storrington. Before he can take ownership of his winnings, she runs off with the cook. Now she has ended up as a male pastry chef in a royal kitchen. Now another problem has presented itself, as her uncle came up as poisoned with food that came from her very hand. She ends up on the run again. She ends up as pastry chef for tall, blond and sexy Anthony...Storrington. ...more
Fairy / Anna
Review written couple years ago, when I was a huge fan of historical F/M romance novels :)

Maskarada, słodycze, tajemnica sprzed lat i zemsta.

Anglia, rok 1816.
Anthony, hrabia Storrington wygrywa w karty młodą kobietę. Sam za bardzo nie wie co z tak niezwykłą wygraną uczynić. Dziewczyna jest siostrzenicą lorda Candovera, jak się okazuje, mężczyzny, na którym nasz bohater pragnie się zemścić. Jeśli ktoś się spodziewa, że dziewczyna będzie cierpliwie i potulnie czekać, by dowiedzieć się jakie plan
Elis Madison

Unfortunately, Jacobin de Chastelux can’t say that. And it’s all Anthony, Earl of Storrington’s fault. Or her uncle, Lord Cardover’s. See, the two of them got into a card game and when the stakes got too rich for Cardover, he offered her—Jacobin—against 20,000 pounds, and lost. When he informed her that she was to become Lord Storrington’s mistress, Jacobin bolted, along with her uncle’s pastry chef.

Now she’s masquerading as a young man, and employed as a pâtissière (if you don't speak "snob,"
Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-minus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Our heroine, Jacobin de Chastelux, is really fun. Why? She’s a wonderful pastry cook and can make ‘little puffy things’. She’s French. She curses in French like a sailor. And she has a gay friend. These are just some of the things that make for a wonderfully unique heroine – and she was so unique that I even forgave her the mild temper tantrums that didn’t make sense and
Romance Novel TV
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Buffie Johnson for Romance Novel TV
Publisher: Avon

Consumed with thoughts of revenge, Lord Sorrington is poised to ruin Lord Candover. Anthony believes Lord Candover is responsible for the untimely death of Anthony’s mother several years ago. Believing financial ruin is the place to start, Anthony engages Lord Candover in several card games. During their last card game, Lord Candover wages his niece in the bet and loses her to Anthony. The next step in Anthony’s revenge is to bring so
Born and raised in France (although English on her mother's side) Jacobin de Chastelux returns to England after her parent's death and in care of her despicable uncle Baron Candover. Playing at cards with Lord Anthony Storrington and down on luck and funds he gambles his last asset - Jacobin. Of course she's none too pleased and high tails it out of dodge with her uncle's pastry chef, and disguised a boy and gains work in the Prince Regent's kitchen. It doesn't take long before finds herself acc ...more
Humm... I enjoyed this book but I also found it a bit lacking in some areas. Set about 10 or more years after the terror in France Jacobin flees her uncles house after he bets and looses her in a game of cards. And later flees the position she had found in the palace as a patisserie chef when her uncle is poisoned by a dish that came from the palace kitchen. From there she finds her self as the patisserie in the Earl of Storrington's house hold; ironically the same man who would had won her in t ...more
Never Resist Temptation RATING: 1.5 stars.
Just... there was nothing special about this. It was bland and not interesting.
Outro livro de Miranda Neville. É bastante óbvio que se trata do primeiro livro da autora porque o enredo está fragmentado e algo confuso, a química entre as personagens deixa muito a desejar e o ritmo é irregular. Não consegui sentir nada pelos protagonistas e dei por mim a saltar um ou dois parágrafos lá mais para o fi
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic historical romance set in Regency period. Complete with Lords and Ladies,
and all the details one hopes to get from this type of novel with a "who-done-it" twist.
I found the novel refreshing and enjoyed the character interactions. The mystery aspect also
had me "guessing" throughout.

It has fun little facts on the period and locations mentioned in the book at the end as well
as recipes by Antonin Careme (a real French chef of the time period) who shared a small part
of plot in this story.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miranda-neville
Miranda Neville's "Never Resist temptation"  
I didn't actually finish this one, not because it was horrible in any way, but because it didn't keep my interest. The story could have been better if the main characters had been more appealing as people, but as it was, meh!  Also, the heroine is too far into the TSTL range - I think the author wanted to make her fearless and impulsive, but for me that didn't work very well and just came out as thoughtless and somewhat stupid. 
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I read the first line in this book in an email and decided I had to read the whole book. First line;"Nothing in Anthony's upbringing or experience had taught him the proper etiquette for taking delivery of a woman won in a card game." It was a fun first line but he did not get to take delivery. It was a fun read. Kind of different as the heroine ran off and worked as a cook. Old recipes were included at the first of some of the chapters.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency
The pastry chef aspect wand the repeated references to Antonin Careme, the first celebrity chef was the best part of this book. Evil uncle motif, unsuspected bad guy, reluctant hero, and impulsive heroine are some of the stereotypes for this romance. The French Revolution and Marie Antoinette flashbacks were effective and interesting, making for a rich background for the female lead. Another middling romance.
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once you suspend belief that this beautiful woman was able to disguise herself as a man as she worked among many men as a chef, it's quite a fun book. Pretty darn good for a debut novel. Sprinkled throughout with some recipes (Jacobin was a pastry chef), this was a lighthearted romance with a bit of mystery. And I admit Anthony's love of "little puffy things" made me smile.

This was a fun romantic read! Jacobin is as head-strong as they get and Anthony is a flawed, ultimately good, man. The only problem for me was that I was constantly hungry when reading... Jacobin is a pastry chef and the descriptions of the sweets were just so delicious. I totally need to head to Miranda's website to check out how she made those "little puffy things" :-)
Cynthia Maltbie
This is the first romance I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery was engaging and it was fun to escape into another time period and another world. I can't wait to read Miranda Neville's next book!
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely romp ... I wish more authors would permit their heroines to have skills and avocations and passions beyond the quest to find a husband. Neville is on my short, select "have to read their latest book" list.
My first Miranda Neville novel and I really enjoyed it. It played up the delicate balance between France and England in the aftermath of the French Revolution and Napoleon's reign and included many delectable descriptions of incredible pastries. Fun and sexy.
2.5 stars. As usual, Neville's prose is smooth and readable, but these characters fall flat (heroine & hero) or piss me off in ways that the heroine may be able to forgive but I cannot.

It's too bad. I like the food theme and the recipe epigraph idea but.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, read-in-2012
Much fun, and so much wonderful food!
Mar 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1-1/2 stars
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacobin de Chastelux is hiding from her uncle. She hides as a chef. Lord Storrington rescues her from the attempted murder of her uncle
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish there was more play on food and description of the French sweets Jacobin cooked, though I loved the recipe samples in each chapter.
While I found Storrington a little annoying, I loved Jacobin.
Historical romance/mystery and food. Can't get better.
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing exciting or novel here. Rather bland characters with a staid plot, but not a complete waste of time if you have nothing better.
Kourtney Wilkinson
rated it really liked it
Jun 07, 2014
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 3.5
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Nov 29, 2015 09:27AM  
  • Daring the Duke (Lords of Intrigue, #2)
  • A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Somerhart, #2)
  • When His Kiss Is Wicked (Hamilton Sisters, #1)
  • What an Earl Wants (The Redgraves, #1)
  • Surrender to Me (The Derrings, #4)
  • The Spare
  • Flawless (The Christies, #1)
  • The Surrender of a Lady
  • The Unclaimed Duchess (Billingham Bastards, #2)
  • The Problem with Seduction (The Naughty Girls, #2)
  • Once Upon a Ballroom
  • Bound by Your Touch
  • Mastering the Marquess (The Stanton Family, #1)
  • Prelude to a Scandal (Scandal, #1)
  • My Unfair Lady
  • Captive of Sin
Miranda Neville grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other Regency romances. She now lives in Vermont with her daughter and an immensely talented cat who made a book trailer for her novel The Importance of Being Wicked. Her historical romances published by Avon include the popular Burgundy Club series, about Regency book collectors, and The Wild Quartet.

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