TITLE – Tempting His Mistress AUTHOR – Samantha Holt GENRE – Victorian Romance PUBLICATION DATE – November 2014 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) - 80,000 COVER ARTIST – Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains
What could possibly induce at woman to follow in the footsteps of her mother and further sully her reputation by becoming a mistress?
Lilly Claremont is well used to being at the centre of gossip. Being the illegitimate child of a rich businessman never failed to titillate the gossips and while she cared little about the wagging tongues she never intended to reinforce their opinions of her by ruining herself completely.
But it seems Lord Hawksley is determined to make the fascinating Lilly his mistress…
Evan has no doubt her bold tongue and beautiful body could keep him entertained for some time. Captivated by her, he must find a way to burn through his desire for her. He cannot marry a woman of such social standing so why not make her his mistress?
After the murder of her father, Lilly is searching for answers and they lead her directly to Lord Hawksley. But will they also lead her to his bed...?
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Lilly jerked her head up. “Evan!” She shoved the letter on the desk behind her and straightened. “What are you doing here?”
“This is my home.” A brow rose.
Having discarded his jacket somewhere, his necktie hung loosely around his collar and the first few buttons on his shirt were undone. That familiar pang of need rolled through her at the sight of a little taut flesh. With his mussed hair and lazy smile, he reminded her of how he looked after their lovemaking.
“I didn’t expect you back until tomorrow.” She clasped her hands together and eyed him warily.
“I caught the late train and walked from the station.” He stepped fully into the room and shut the door.
“Walked? But it’s two miles at least.”
“It is.” Evan closed the gap between them until they were only a pace apart. “But I found myself eager to come back.”
“Why?” His close proximity forced her to crane her neck. Lilly swallowed as he searched her gaze and yet again she found him unreadable.
His expression shuttered and she noted a brief stiffening of his body but he remained close. “What are you doing in here? I keep it locked for a reason.”
CAT'S REVIEW"Tempting His Mistress" is a historical romance that involves Lilly and Evan. Having read previous works by Ms. Holt that I thoroughly enjoyed, I was a bit disappointed in this one. Neither character thrilled me. Lilly, despite being raised an illegitimate child by her mother, who was a mistress, falls readily into the same role. Evan, as arrogant as most alpha heroes, seemed to like to throw that in her face - too often for me. I guess I just didn't feel the love between them. Even so, the when the two of them came together, it was pretty hot and steamy. Despite not loving the characters, I did enjoy the plot itself. There was a bit of mystery and I did like that Evan stood up against domestic violence. Overall, this was just an ok read for me - not terrible but not one of my favorites. I am still a big Samantha Holt fan and look forward to reading future works from her. (Received copy for honest review).
Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier. She enjoys writing historical romance involving chivalrous knights, hot highlanders and cravatted men, but sometimes gets lured away by bad boy bikers, soldiers and other heroic modern men.
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