About the book:
A PORTRAIT OF A LADY
. . . or is it? The risqué painting owned by Benjamin Elliot, the earl of Foxburn, features a stunning beauty with sapphire eyes, golden hair, and creamy skin. Ben recognizes this particular English rose the instant he meets her-though she’s wearing considerably more clothing. In person, the demure debutante is even more irresistible . . .
In desperate need of money for her sick mother, Daphne Honeycote had posed for two scandalous portraits. Now she must hide her secret to save the Honeycote family name. Ben’s possession of one painting makes him an insufferable thorn in her side-and yet he may be her best chance at finding the canvas’s companion. As she becomes drawn to the dark-tempered earl, can Daphne risk laying bare the secrets of her heart?
I’ve been on a historical romance reading binge lately and it seems that a lot of them have featured injured heroes. ONCE SHE WAS TEMPTED has an injured hero and he is delicious. Ben, the earl of Foxburn, was shot in the leg during the war and suffered a great injury in his leg. The pain makes him grumpy, but Daphne Honeycote brings out something in him that he didn’t thing he would ever feel again…hope. Daphne has lived in a small apartment in St. Giles and now she resides in a beautiful home thanks to her sisters advantageous marriage. She wouldn’t do anything to put her family’s reputation in danger, now, but once upon a time she had been winning to do anything to keep their heads above water. Daphne is drawn to Ben and asks him to help her find the other painting. Ben can’t say no to Daphne and knows that helping her will also give him more time alone with her. I really love this couple. They don’t seem like they should work at first glance. Daphne is kind, sweet, and a little naive. Ben is grumpy and cynical. I think that they really balance each other out. I love how Daphne takes care of Ben and works to make him feel better. She finds ways to ease the pain of his injury and makes sure that he is taking care of himself even when he doesn’t want her help. Ben also takes care of Daphne, although he struggles at times with not being able to physically protect her the way he thinks he should. Their romance is slow to build – they become friends first. I really enjoyed the secondary characters in the story and can’t wait for Rose and Olivia’s happily ever after.
the book girl gives ONCE SHE WAS TEMPTED a 4/5
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