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    Don’t Tempt Me by Loretta Chase
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  • Published: Jul 8th, 2009

donttemptme_lorettachaseReviewed by: Kate Garrabrant
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: June 30
Stars: 4

Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont has an interesting history with Lord Lexham’s daughter, Zoe Octavia. When a ten-year-old Lucien lost his parents, his father’s best friend, who happened to be Lexham, took him and his brother Gerard into his home. Lucian and Gerard were quite welcomed into the Lexham brood. But the child who makes the most impression on Lucian, is five-year-old Zoe Octavia. Zoe was there always annoying Lucien and getting into trouble. She had a bad habit of running away and not doing what she is told. And because of that unfortunate trait, Zoe Octavia goes missing for years. When she was twelve, her parents took her on a tour of the eastern Mediterranean. It is public knowledge that Zoe bolted from her parents and was kidnapped, lost forever, never to be found again. Lexham spent years trying to find his youngest daughter, but failed. Lucian grew up, trying to forget the young girl that found her way into his heart. Twelve years later, Zoe Octavia is found, and Lucien’s life will change in so many ways.

The Lexham family, especially her sisters, don’t know what to make of this young woman who was held captive and part of the harem in the palace of Yusri Pasha. Zoe was able to escape and now her parents have welcomed her back with open arms. But in the eyes of society, Zoe is ruined. They need to hire a tutor to teach her the ways of British society. And that is where Lucien comes in. Lucien has no choice but to accept because he owes Lexham so much. He will help Zoe find a husband and teach her the acceptable ways of a proper British lady.

Zoe Octavia knows how to navigate her way around people, especially Lucien. She wouldn’t mind marrying him. She tells him of her skills at lovemaking and is very knowledgeable about the ways between a man and a woman. Everyone around her seems shocked by her blatant words. Lucien is at his wits end because Zoe constantly does what she wants to do without any concern for her safety and well being. She refuses to listen to him and tries to handle him. He will not be handled by some blonde goddess whose kisses are sweet and is willing to enjoy more pleasures in parks and secluded carriages with him.

Zoe wants Lucien and she definitely knows he wants her. She will try her best to tempt the man who always held her heart, waiting for her to return to him.

Loretta Chase is a master storyteller and she has done it again with Don’t Tempt Me. Her words and characters are amazing to read. This is one historical romance you will not want to miss especially with Zoe Octavia, who has one of the best names for a heroine I have read in years. It is great to watch Lucien, who is so set in his ways, become so topsy turvy because of Zoe. Lucien walks through life bored, that is until Zoe comes along and makes him feel again.

The way Zoe and Lucien interact is oh, so good. It was so fun to watch Lucien become jealous because Zoe’s father thinks she should meet more single men. Lucian can’t stand it and decides to claim her in one hot and scorching love scene in a carriage.

Zoe Octavia is a character you will not soon forget and Don’t Tempt Me is one of my favorite historicals I have read this year. Don’t miss out on this wonderful book. It is a very tempting read.

6 Responses to “Don’t Tempt Me by Loretta Chase”

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  1. KatiDancy
    on Jul 8th, 2009
    @ 3:00 pm

    *haves sad sigh*

    I’m still waiting for a Loretta Chase book (other than Lord of Scoundrels) to work for me. I just DNF’d Your Scandalous Ways, which the whole world (but me) loved.

  2. KatiDancy
    on Jul 8th, 2009
    @ 3:00 pm

    Dang it! *HEAVES sad sigh*

    Seriously M’s, my kingdom for an edit button!

  3. Marisa
    on Jul 8th, 2009
    @ 5:54 pm

    First Kati – we’ll work on getting an edit button – I’m totally in agreement with you, it’s definitely needed.

    Kate – this sounds like a very interesting historical – I’m particularly interested in the hero; I love a story line where the hero is taken out of his comfort zone.

  4. katiebabs
    on Jul 8th, 2009
    @ 5:58 pm

    I love the heroine’s name- Zoe Octavia. The scene with Lucian is so angry because Zoe must chat up all these gentlemen at a dinner party is priceless. Leads to some nice things between the two ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Joy
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 8:55 am

    Great review! I read the book earlier this week and had a very similar reaction. Its a good read.

  6. Buffie
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 7:04 pm

    Great review Kate! I have to say that I have a thing for heroes names Lucien. Not sure why, but that name always conjures up the imagine of a very hot, bad boy.

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